"Interesting read about postnatal support…"
I have been aware of doulas for several years but they didn't really appeal to me - I planned for homebirths with both my children and I felt well equipped to be my own advocate during the births. This book is not about general doulas - but the specific role of the post-natal doula.
Some mums want extra support solely after the baby is born but not necessarily before and during the labour too.
Naomi Kemeny is an ex-midwife who now works as a doula supporting mothers after the birth and the book gives a broad summary about the kind of support she and her peers can offer. It isn't a handbook about how to become a doula or a babycare manual - but if you are considering your support options for after the birth it is an interesting read.
To summarise - it looks at who might want or need extra support, what sort of services they might offer, and why you might find it helpful. Essentially, the doula's role is to 'mother' the new mother. Help them to become confident in caring for/feeding the baby, help with errands, be a listening ear. The sort of things a handy mum or MIL might do (if only they wouldn't also drive you a bit potty)
In places, the author being an ex-midwife shows a bit - it seemed to assume there would be a hospital birth. And there are some illustrations showing breastfeeding in which the positioning and attachment looks very shoddy, it has some brief information about breastfeeding but it is not extensive.
But there is some useful practical advice that I haven't seen in some other books - eg tips about fastening up babygros easily and some decent information about baby blues.
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