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What I Did Today as a Postpartum Doula

What I did as a Postpartum Doula today ๐Ÿ‘‡โ€‰โ€‰ โ€‰โ€‰ I (Julie) had a 5 hour Postpartum Doula shift today (I love this work so much) and thought Iโ€™d share what all I did so you can get an idea of what it may be like to have a Postpartum Doula support you in those early days.โ€‰โ€‰ โ€‰โ€‰ Hereโ€™s what today looked like (each time is often different):โ€‰โ€‰ โ€‰โ€‰ - I was sent a grocery list by my client so started at the grocery storeโ€‰โ€‰ - Got to the home, put on a mask and brought the groceries inโ€‰โ€‰ - Put all the groceries away as I chatted with the clients and talked about what they needed for support today โ€‰โ€‰ - Took a roast out of the freezer to cook laterโ€‰โ€‰ - Washed the dishes โ€‰โ€‰ - Washed and sanitized the bottles โ€‰โ€‰ - Made a chicken noodle soup and served it up for the parents for lunchโ€‰โ€‰ - Cleaned the kitchenโ€‰โ€‰ - Put the pot roast in the instant pot for their dinnerโ€‰โ€‰ - Cut all their veggies for easy access and put awayโ€‰โ€‰ - Roasted potatoes and put awayโ€‰โ€‰ - Cooked taco beef and put away โ€‰โ€‰ - Pre-made pasta and put awayโ€‰โ€‰ - Washed more dishesโ€‰โ€‰ - Did 2 loads of laundryโ€‰โ€‰ - Chatted with the clients about how feeding, newborn care and postpartum care is going.โ€‰โ€‰ - Helped disassemble and move the bassinet to a different roomโ€‰โ€‰ - Refilled the different diaper stations around the houseโ€‰โ€‰ - And finally baby was awake so I watched her while her parents had some alone/resting time.โ€‰โ€‰ - I took out the garbage and recycling on the way out and thatโ€™s it until Iโ€™m back tomorrow.โ€‰โ€‰ โ€‰โ€‰ One of the parents has a lot of newborn/postpartum experience as a fellow Doula, so I would say my postpartum doula work with this family is unique in that they donโ€™t need a lot of informational support around newborn care, postpartum care and infant feeding - something most new parents benefit from. โ€‰โ€‰ Did you have a Postpartum Doula?? Tell us how they supported you in the comments!

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