When I tell people that our business contracts with postpartum doulas, the majority of questions are renditions of: What on earth is a daloola? LoL. Doulas are a somewhat infant term in our modern world. I think doulas have always existed, but they haven’t had a name. Doulas were simply mothers, aunties, sisters, friends. Women who would support you through childbirth and postpartum. People to pick up your pieces. Friends to be there for you so you could be there for baby.
The support that postpartum doulas provide can be summed up in three categories: physical, emotional, and informational. These important needs of a new mother are hashed out below. Without a doula or incredible familial support, these wickets often get neglected and a mom has to forge ahead despite these unmet needs. Doulas today are a luxury, but hopefully as we understand their purpose, we can make them more of a given for new moms!