Everyone knows how childbirth affects a mother. There is so many things to worry about… will the pregnancy go well? How will I survive the birth? And once your beautiful child arrives there are physical and mental health concerns. Families and friends flock to the mother and the child to show love and support during the postpartum period. Sometimes the father can get pushed to the side and can even feel unsupported (although there may be many people around him). Fathers need support as well and postpartum doulas in Los Angeles are one of the best ways to support the father.
Doulas have been around for a very long time. The term was created in 1969 but certification did not happen until 1992. A doula is a trained professional who supports another person through a significant health related experience such as childbirth. A doula may also provide support to the client’s partner, family and friends. Postpartum doulas in Los Angeles have a role to help the client feel safe and comfortable, but not to provide medical advice or medical care.
Children do not come with a manual. Care tips and tricks are often taught by friends and families or by struggling through and learning. Unfortunately, dads do not always benefit from the knowledge passed on from their family. When caring for a child they can feel uncertain if they are doing things right. Our doulas can help dad learn the basics of child care and help answer questions. How do I swaddle a child? How do I change a diaper? Why won’t my child sleep?
This is often a question that gets missed during the postpartum stage. The focus is on mom and the child. Dads are often in the background and sometimes forgotten. The have the same worries as mom but often no one is there for them. Dads worry about the health of the child and their spouse, they feel anxious and uncertain, they can feel frustrated as their whole lives have changed and they are not sure how to adjust. Sometimes a dad will want to just cry. Postpartum doulas in Los Angeles can be there for a dad to talk to, a shoulder to cry on and someone who can give piece of mind with their knowledge and understanding of what it means to be a dad.
When the whirlwind of the birth is over and family and friends begin to leave, life returns to some sense of normalcy. A doula can help a dad breath easier knowing that there is someone there for mom and baby. When a father has to work or go out of town, knowing there is someone available is a great sense of relief.
Hello Meela is a great place to find postpartum doulas in Los Angeles. We have doulas for every stage of the birth, and we don’t forget about dad.