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SCOPE OF CARE

Postpartum Doula Scope of Care

Doulas fill an important role in providing emotional, physical, and evidence-based informational support to the new family after the birth of their baby.

The Postpartum Doula works with families in the postpartum period; offering support, information, instruction, comfort, and referrals as needed. Postpartum Doulas support the mother’s recovery, give instruction on infant care and feeding, and assist with household organization.

Postpartum Doulas are skilled support persons who act as consultants and resources, not clinicians. They therefore work with the healthcare system by encouraging and promoting excellent communication between the new family and the health care team, encouraging informed decision making and self-advocacy, supporting the choices of the new family, providing non-clinical care, and offering appropriate referrals when their observance or counseling uncovers situations that require healthcare attention or support.

  • Provide non-biased emotional, physical, and informational support during the postpartum period
  • Encourage the family to seek care that reflects their values and needs
  • Models and teaches effective communication
  • Encourage informed decision making
  • Support the physical and emotional healing of the mother
  • Provide information on care options and resources for the mother and newborn
  • Support and assists with infant feeding
  • Support and assists with diapering and bathing
  • Educate the family on newborn care and characteristics
  • Provide support to the new mother’s partner and/or family
  • Assist with household organization (including meal preparation, light housework, pet care and laundry)
  • Refers to healthcare professionals when support requires clinical assessment, a need for prescription, or medical diagnosis

Postpartum Doula care does not include:

  • Diagnoses of medical conditions
  • Interpret medical diagnoses or clinical results
  • Prescribe or administer treatment of medical conditions
  • Perform clinical procedures, including: taking infant’s temperature or administering medications to infant or mother
  • Take over complete care of the infant, including: buckling infant into car or car seat and cutting infant’s nails
  • Transport any family members
  • Stay alone with babies or other children
  • “Sleep train” babies
  • Act as a housekeeper or nanny

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