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Karla Leng CD(DONA)    hello@douladoulabirth.com     (213) 321-0706

"Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers-strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength."
-Barbara Katz Rothman

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Postpartum Doula Services
 

Since ancient times and in cultures all over the world, the postpartum period has been honored as a unique time of transformation, recuperation and connection. Mother is cared for by the women in her life so she may spend all the time necessary caring for her new baby. Special healing foods are prepared with love to nourish her body and regain strength after the most admirable task of giving birth. She has many experienced hands to help her when she has a question about how to nurse or how to hold her newborn. After a period of time this new mother will emerge from her cocoon of love and support with her baby in her arms ready to continue on her path transformed and ready to bring her support to another new mother.

This sounds quite lovely right? And a whole universe away from what has become normal in our society today- you have a baby, 24-48 hours later they push you in a wheelchair to your car and wave you goodbye as you head home. Usually, you’d see your pediatrician the next day or 2 and you won’t be seen by a doctor for about 6 weeks. If you’re lucky you might have family and friends nearby who offer to drop off dinner or hold your baby while you rest but sometimes that help comes with well-intentioned opinions about what you should or shouldn’t be doing. We may believe we can just bounce back into our old lives except with a baby in tow and everything will be the same. Except we’re not, we are not the same.

As your postpartum doula I’m there to:

  • Offer evidence based information on a variety of postpartum and newborn care topics

  • Provide you with emotional support as you transition into parenthood

  • Prepare delicious, nutritious meals and snacks for you and your family

  • Support and guide you in feeding your baby whichever way you choose

  • Help you physically recover from birth

  • Provide you with referrals to other professionals when necessary

  • Nurture your relationship and bond with your new baby

  • Empower you to discover the parenting choices that align with your personal values

  • Help older siblings, pets and other family members adjust to baby

  • Hold space for you during this special 4th trimester

 

I truly believe having a baby and becoming parents are something we’re not meant to do alone. Don’t believe the hype!