What is a Postpartum Doula?


What is a traditional postpartum?

Many cultures around the world acknowledge the importance of the “sacred window”, which is the first 40 days after a baby born. This period is for the mum to be deeply loved, supported and cared for as she recovers from the task of birthing her child into the world. This period is also used to facilitate the bond between mother and child and the establishment of breastfeeding.

Postpartum doulas support the family after the birth of their baby. This is often in the first few months after birth, but can be with older babies too. A postpartum doula can support you for your first 6-8 weeks (a traditional postpartum period) or much longer, sometimes even years. Postnatal doulas offer practical, emotional and informational support. Help can include:

  • Around the household
  • Looking after your baby while mum rests
  • With older children
  • Preparing nutritious meals
  • School runs
  • Overnight stays 


Whatever is needed (within reason for the doula) for the family to have a supported experience with a baby. 

Whenever and however you give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body, and your spirit for the rest of your life. (3)


We do not vet our doulas – this is a simple directory to make it easier for you to find the right doula for your needs based on location and skills. We do not take responsibility for any doula listed on this site.  Please do your due diligence when contacting Doulas and ask for credentials and qualifications during your interview. We trust your ability to make decisions for yourself.