A postpartum doula’s is an expert at protecting, nurturing, and coaching you through the 4th trimester period after birth; while you and baby are learning how to do life together. She’ll teach you feeding, swaddling, diapering, bathing, baby-wearing techniques and so much more. She helps in your recovery, offering tips for sore nipples, perineum and cesarean after care; making sure you’re getting nourished, hydrated, taking naps and getting some time to yourself.
A postpartum doula helps with tips and tools for managing your new life with baby. She will help you filter through some of the opinions, advice and information you've come across; sharing some of her best resources and trade secrets. She will also help with light housekeeping, as well as demonstrate how to balance the household duties with baby duties. She will help you create routines for days, nights and sleep, along with getting things done and getting out of the house together and on time.
Ultimately, a doula helps you transition into a new lifestyle with a baby or with adding another baby to the home. She helps you to gain confidence in your ability to mother your baby by providing emotional, physical and informational support.
A nanny’s primary responsibility is childcare. She is someone who is knowledgeable about babies and children after most of the above has been figured out. They help parents get a break and get time for themselves away from the kids, in order that parents can focus on and get more of their other things done; whether it is errands or their careers.
Maggie Watkins is the mother of 2 adult children. She has 20 years experience working with pregnant and postpartum families as a private hire doula and prenatal educator. She has a passion for birth and postpartum, along with a strong belief that parents become more confident in their roles the more they are supported and encouraged, without judgement of birth choices; and through the first several days at home with their new baby.