Postpartum Birth Worker

  

What is a Postpartum Birth Workers?

A Birth Workers is a “woman caregiver”: someone who is experienced and trained to help the new mother and family. This very important service provides knowledgeable, caring, and personal support during those first few weeks as new parents.

What services does a Postpartum Birth Workers provide?

Physical comfort to the new mother:

· Helps family to care for her postpartum body

· Encourages mom or caregiver to eat properly and drink plenty of fluids

· Allows caregiver to rest when baby is resting or shower and nurture self

· Support of choice to breast or bottle feed

Emotional support for the new family:

· Listens to the story of the birth

· Validate the normal adjustment process

· Supports mother through emotional vulnerablity

· Supports father through transition to new role

· Supports silblings in their new roles

Guidance in infant care:

· Supports mom and partner in their feeding choices

· Gives information on newborn care recommendations

· Aids parents in developing their own styles of nurturing and bonding with the baby

· Solutions to common breastfeeding challenges in the first weeks

· Proper storage of breastmilk and formula

· Pumping information and guidance

Household assistance, if requested

· Prepare meals and snacks for the new mother and family

· Cleans & prepares bottles 

· · May do baby laundry or other light cleaning


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