Many kinds of support are available to help the new family with their baby. This will help you understand who does what!
What is a Doula?
The word “doula” comes from a Greek word that means “servant to a woman." Postpartum Doulas are sometimes referred to as nannies, night nurses, baby nurses.
Triangle Mothercare Doulas are professionally trained “postpartum” doulas who provide education and support for the mother, father, baby and extended family. We help families during the day and overnight for the first six months of the baby’s new life with them.
Our expertise and experience includes breastfeeding support and caring for newborns (onesies, multiples, preemies), educating parents on how to interpret and respond to a baby’s needs, teaching soothing techniques, helping parents understand baby sleep needs and problems and helping to integrate the new little one into the existing family with siblings.
There are also “birth doulas” who attend the laboring mother during delivery.
A baby nanny provides care at home for the baby (or babies) when parents have to return to work.
A baby nurse cares for the infant and can be either a trained nurse or a layperson with experience with babies. Typically they provide only baby care and do not offer baby care education or mother care, nor are they trained to help with breastfeeding or other special needs of the mother.
A night nurse is much like the baby nurse, in that she provides overnight care for a baby while the parents sleep. She is usually not trained to provide any other kind of support to the mother or family other than overnight baby sitting. Sometimes this person will have nanny training or simply experience with her own children or some other training in child care. Her services are most helpful for babies who have passed through the newborn stage, after about 3 to 4 months.
A mother’s helper generally provides housework help and childcare for older children during the postpartum period.
Postpartum Doulas providing in home care for newborn babies, new mothers and families in Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh, Carrboro, Hillsborough, Pittsboro, Apex, Cary, Holly Springs, Willow Springs, Angier, Morrisville, Knightdale, Garner, Clayton and Wake Forest.
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