CAPPA states that the role of a Doula consists of support. 'Postpartum doulas are knowledgeable professionals who assist families during the critical period immediately after the birth of their baby. They offer physical, emotional, and informational support to the family as well as practical help. The doula's expertise in mother and baby care enables her to assist with postpartum comfort measures, breastfeeding support, non-judgmental guidance in infant care techniques, information on normal postpartum restoration, and family emotional assistance through this major transition.'
"With changes taking place in the family structure over many years, and new families not having the resources available to them as in the past, the postpartum doula is making a significant impact on the process that takes place in the postpartum period. All the research seems to indicate this to be a very positive impact. The 'fourth' trimester can be a very turbulent time for some families in that they have limited resources for support. The postpartum doula fills a void left by families not being close enough or able to offer help, and reassurance while parents adjust to their new role and responsibilities. New families deserve the support and encouragement a postpartum doula can give."
"Lochlan's birth was amazing, but coming home was very overwhelming for me. I thought I could just do it all the night that we came home, but I couldn't. The mom guilt hit me hard and I wished I had stayed in the hospital an extra night, but I missed my daughter. I was encouraged by my birth doula to call Julie. She came over that night and stayed for as long as I needed. Some of my favorite memories with my new baby were those times when Julie was over, helping and just sitting with me while I nursed him. You don't realize how much you need that company and hand, from a fellow mother, until you have it. Julie really helped me into the transition of being a new mom again. During her initial visit, I cried, laughed, ate, and slept while she was over. She made me feel comforted. I really appreciated all of her help during those precious weeks after my baby was born. I felt nourished, supported, and loved. She is an amazing support that will help in whatever way you need. I would highly recommend Julie."
I'm Julie Palmisano. Originally a school bus driver for over twenty years, In October 2019, I took a C.A.P.P.A. Postpartum class . I am in the process of fully certifying. The certification process is not easy. We must read nine books from categories picked by our CAPPA manual, attend a lactation class, get two professional referrals, serve two families that give feedback to CAPPA, pay our CAPPA Fee's annually, attend yearly re-training through CAPPA conferences, Certify/Complete Infant C.P.R., Because of my status as a school bus driver, my fingerprints are on file at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I'm not some random person off social media. I have a clean (and valid) drivers license. I am a graduate of the Citizens Police Academy, and have been a C.N.A. for over thirteen years. When interviewing your potential birth worker.....do they have a positive presence in their own community?
As a mother of six children and three losses, I have personally experienced a diversity of births as my children came into this world. My first was born exactly on his due date, but he had to stay in the hospital for a couple weeks. During that time, I had a desire to breastfeed, but I had no support to sustain it. My breastfeeding journey with him lasted only a few months. My #2 and #3 were born in the hospital, with medication, and vaginally. Breastfeeding was successful, as we made it past the first year. My #4 was born by C-Section (Belly Birth), I struggled with feeding him. His birth happened in the middle of a horrible divorce. I had a tubal ligation after that birth.
Years later, I remarried. We had a tubal reversal, suffered through one ectopic pregnancy, and were given the final diagnosis of ‘Secondary Infertility’ after another miscarriage. It was devastating! We didn’t let that stop us. Our seventh (yes seventh) doctor finally found the set back. After an MRI of the pelvis, it was discovered that I had a Uterine Scar Separation (Uterine Dehiscence). We had our Rainbow baby in 2016; I was 40 with only ONE working Fallopian tube. That Rainbow baby (#5) was a very successful VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean). Breastfeeding was a challenge and I pumped exclusively for over four months as he couldn’t latch. My last baby (#6 naturally conceived at age 42) was born at home with a brilliant birth team beside me. Each experience gave me more confidence; and desire to help others.
Let me walk beside YOU on YOUR journey, giving you encouragement along the way!
The term ‘Doula’ is a Greek word that means ‘Mother’s servant’. We are trained, professional assistants. A Postpartum Doula comes in AFTER your birth. The postpartum adjustment period lasts well into the first year, making the ‘fourth trimester’ the longest. In today’s mobile society, extended families might not live close by and may be unable to provide care for the new family. That’s where Postpartum Doula Care comes in.
Doula’s bridge the gap, becoming an invaluable resource to the new mother/family.
You may ask what our role is or how we can assist you....
While anyone can support a new family during the postpartum period, only a trained and certified Postpartum Doula can provide professional support.
Research shows the benefits of having Postpartum Support are:
*Lower rates of postpartum mood disorders, including depression
*Higher breastfeeding success rates
*Deeper bonds between parents and infants
*More confidence in parenting skills and competence
After twenty years of driving a school bus, with the last ten years of that being in Special Education, combined with 13 years of working at rehabilitation care and nursing homes on the weekends as a C.N.A. (Certified Nurses Assistant), I’m slowly 'birthing' my OWN change. Many years ago, my OBGYNE called me a ‘Veteran Mother’. Those two words started growing a seed into my mind. In all the experience I’ve had over the last twenty-five years of birthing, breastfeeding, and raising children, I feel it’s my time to ‘pass the baton’ and help other families with the adjustment of bringing A NEW LIFE into your home.
You could hire a Doula who only has the experience of books, or you can hire a ‘seasoned veteran mom’, who has walked the road and WILL walk beside you. I have the experience and energy to help you get a great start on this wild adventure called PARENTING. Thanks for taking the time to read this.
Best Wishes on your journey.
A New Life, Postpartum Doula, CAPPA Student 2019
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