If you are interested in helping new babies, mothers and families to get started on a good life together, and reaping all the rewards of being paid to nurture them, consider being a postpartum doula!
Triangle Mothercare offers training and jobs for:
- Daytime Postpartum Doula (Requires DONA or CAPPA training and Triangle Mothercare training which includes HUG Your Baby introductory course)
- Overnight Postpartum Doula (Requires DONA or CAPPA training and Triangle Mothercare training which includes HUG Your Baby introductory course)
Candidates must also have recent experience caring for newborn babies (ages 0-3 months). We also LOVE and welcome Mother/Baby and NICU nurses!
Triangle Mothercare Postpartum Doulas
A postpartum doula is trained to provide support and education for the mother, father, baby, and extended family during the first three months of the baby’s new life with them. (There are also ‘birth doulas’ who attend the laboring mother during delivery.) She is trained to recognize special needs and refer to appropriate resources. She is a teacher and source of information as she helps care for the new baby and nurture the family. She offers evidence-based information on newborn care, infant feeding (breast or bottle), mother care and coping skills for new parents. She helps with some of the tasks necessary to keep the family running smoothly during this busy time. She has been trained by Triangle Mothercare and DONA or CAPPA and has achieved (or may be working towards) certification by one of those professional organizations. Her expertise and non-judgmental support create a calm experience for the new family while encouraging them to develop their own parenting style.
Postpartum Doula Training includes:
- Standards of practice
- Postpartum doula basics
- Effective listening and counseling
- Providing education to clients
- Helping new mothers process their birth experience
- Postpartum physical changes in the mother
- Postpartum mood disorders
- Integrating the baby into the family, including older siblings
- Newborn care and development
- Educating/supporting parents of multiples and providing newborn multiples care
- Breastfeeding and bottle feeding support
- Support for loss and grief
- Values, procedures and protocols
- Referrals and resources
A Triangle Mothercare postpartum doula also provides overnight care for the newborn while new parents get the sleep and rest they need to recover and be able to care for their families during the day. Parents often think of her as a ‘night nurse’ or ‘baby nurse’, but she offers non-medical care and is not licensed, so this term cannot be used in some states. She is professionally trained in all areas of newborn care. She is there to educate the parents on techniques as needed, including bottle-feeding, swaddling, self-soothing and feeding recommendations. She is specially prepared to minimize the stress of the new family, and offers gentle and confident support for the mother and loving care for the baby. She has fulfilled all requirements and testing, plus an extended period of mentoring while working with newborn babies.
For information about Postpartum Doula training offered locally, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (919) 225-2493.
DONA International (Doulas of North America, International) is an international training, certifying and regulatory body for birth and postpartum doulas with exceptional ethical standards of professionalism.
IBCLC (International Board of Certified Lactation Consultants) is the global authority that determines the competence of practitioners in lactation and breastfeeding care.
CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association) is a non-profit international organization, founded in 1998 to offer the highest level of professional membership and training to childbirth and postpartum professionals.