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Postpartum Doulas, with Jackie Kelleher

The Birthful Podcast: Episode #71

What is a postpartum doula? How does she help smooth your transition as a family? Is she only helpful during the first few days? Can having one lessen your chances of postpartum mood disorders? What if you had a Cesarean, or your baby is extra sensitive? How can you find one? Jackie Kelleher tells us more.

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What we talked about:

  • What is a postpartum doula (PP Doula)? What does she do? What doesn’t she do?
  • The PP Doula “NEAR” mantra
  • How is a PP Doula different from a night nurse or a nanny?
  • How is a PP Doula helpful for the partner?
  • When’s the best time to have the help of a PP Doula?
  • Spreading your support
  • How long does a PP Doula spend with a family?
  • Can having a PP Doula help mitigate the chance of having postpartum mood disorders?
  • Are PP Doula more helpful after a Cesarean birth, or if you have a colicky or more sensitive baby?
  • Are PP Doula also helpful in the case of an adoption?
  • What are some good questions to ask when interviewing a PP Doula?
  • How much does a PP Doula cost?
  • Jackie’s favorite postpartum tips: replenishing the nest, and more!

 

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About Jackie Kelleher

Jackie Kelleher has been supporting growing families since 1996 as a birth and postpartum doula, childbirth educator, lactation counselor, doula trainer/mentor, and community volunteer. She served as the Director of Postpartum Services for DONA International and continues as DONA Postpartum Doula Mentor. She is the author of Nurturing The Family. In addition, she is a self-defense instructor and teaches classes on Boundary Setting and Personal Safety.

Find out more at her website: NurturingTheDoula.com

 

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Comments

Kelly Kolb

Great discussion! Thanks for sharing. I was lucky enough to do my postpartum doula training with Jackie. It’s so gratifying to see the changes postpartum doula support makes for families.

Adriana Lozada

Kelly – That’s so great that you got to do your training with Jackie! I’m thrilled that the work of postpartum doulas is being more recognized and happy to help the word out there. Thanks for what you do!