This is the traditional doula role and the one that most associate with the name. The birth doula usually meets with a mother or couple several times before labor to become familiar with one another and learn about the mother’s preferences and goals for her birth. She is on call for the birth and joins the mother during labor at the mother’s request.
The doula stays with the mother and provides constant encouragement and support until the baby has been born and everyone is comfortable and resting. A doula will usually stay in close contact in the days after the birth to check up on everyone, and go to at least one home visit in the week or two after birth.
A postpartum doula provides support and help to the mother and family in the first few weeks after a new baby’s birth. Sometimes, a labor and postpartum doula may be the same woman, or these may be two different people.
A postpartum doula is on call as the baby’s arrival gets closer, so that she is ready to step in and help as soon as the baby is born. Her role may include breastfeeding support, emotional support, or physical support such as meal preparation, laundry, child care for older children, running errands or housekeeping.
A sibling doula is on call as labor approaches to provide child care to the new baby’s older siblings. However, in addition to her skills in child care, the sibling doula is usually also an experienced childbirth professional and helps the child understand labor and birth in an age-appropriate manner, and prepares them for baby’s arrival.
A sibling doula will usually have several meetings with the mother and her child prior to labor so that they can become familiar and comfortable with each other and to discuss the plans for labor and birth. The doula is then on call to come at any time of day or night and stays with older siblings until several hours after birth. She handles all the necessary transportation, feeding and care while parents are busy with labor and birth. She may also be available to bring older children to the hospital, if the parents desire.
Placenta Consumption has not been abundantly researched, however it has been a common practice in many cultures throughout centuries. It is believed that birthing persons who consume their Placenta receive benefits from the Sodium, Phosphorus, Iron, Magnesium, Copper, Zinc, Calcium, Manganese, Potassium, and protein.
Many new mothers notice one or several of the following when consuming their Placenta in early postpartum; more balanced hormones, reduced fatigue, increased energy, higher iron and protein levels (protecting from anemia and fatigue).
There are two common ways to consume a Placenta; Raw Consumption and Encapsulation.