What Does a Postpartum Doula Do?

Sometimes people call us “night nannies,” “newborn care specialists,” or  “baby nurses.” We are more than that in many ways, but we never provide medical care. A postpartum doula is an expert in normal adjustment. Her training is specific to the many changes that families experience following the birth of a baby. She provides non-medical support and companionship, assistance with newborn care and sibling adjustment, meal preparation, and household organization. She also offers evidence-based information on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from childbirth, and other issues related to the postpartum period, and can make referrals if necessary.

  • Nurture the family with her loving heart and hands, offering non-judgmental support.
  • Educate the family by modeling behavior, observing and offering options.
  • Assess the environment in order to best meet your needs.
  • Refer by providing resources and referrals, and also assisting the family in developing the skills to seek out resources and referrals.
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Daytime Postpartum Doula Responsibilities

  • Allow the mother or birthing parent to rest so that they can heal
  • Provide gentle reassurance and education as a new parent gains confidence
  • Handle basic family needs: meals, siblings, & pet care
  • Help with practical chores such as light housekeeping, laundry, and errands, so the birthing parent can concentrate on regaining strength and getting to know the new baby
  • Breastfeeding/chestfeeding tips
  • Prenatal at-home help for pregnant person on bed rest

Nighttime Postpartum Doula Responsibilities

Recovering After a C-Section

Caring for Twins or Multiples

Breastfeeding/ Chestfeeding

Family Support

Postpartum Guidance

At Pittsburgh Doula Network, we are committed to providing exceptional support and guidance to new and expecting mothers. With a legacy of over two decades, our team is dedicated to empowering women through the transformative journey of childbirth and early motherhood.

Our experienced doulas offer personalized care to ensure a smooth and empowering transition into motherhood. We offer practical assistance, infant care education, and emotional support to help you adjust to the joys and challenges of postpartum life with confidence and peace of mind.

Pricing Guide

Do you want a daytime doula to catch a nap, learn some baby 101’s, and receive help with housekeeping, and/or could you use a full 8-hour rest with the support of a nighttime doula?

How many days/nights per week would you want assistance?

How long would you like coverage for?

What are my next steps?

Finding a doula can be difficult. We like to make it simple.

1. Complete Registration

Complete the Pittsburgh Doula Network registration form so we can learn more about your wants and needs.

2. Doula Matching

Our matchmaker will evaluate your registration and pair you with a doula that aligns with your requests.

3. Meet & Greet

Your doula will contact you to introduce themself and schedule a virtual meeting.

Ready to Get Started?

Questions Before Registering?

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