What do post-natal doula's actually do?
KH: Why do you think people would be interested in hiring a post natal doula?
LT: Straight after birth is a very special time for the mother to bond with her baby. I think that having some extra help around the house (cooking, cleaning and looking after little ones) is very nurturing. It helps the mother to relax and take time to bond with her baby without worrying about everyday tasks.
KH: Would other family members help out too?
LT: Yes, some do. But there are a lot of people that have family living in other states or have some difficulty getting along. Sometimes it's nice to have some nurturing help without judgment or pressure. This is the advantage of having a doula come and help.
KH: How come you're drawn to this kind of work?
LT: I'm a nurturing person who loves to help. I'm friendly and caring and I love to cook! I grew up in an Italian family so cooking is everything! Being in an Italian family- you're thinking of food constantly! I cook from the heart so it's really nurturing and so beneficial for new families.
LT: I come in and ask the mother what she actually wants done. I can tailor my help to what needs to be done. I can run errands, I can look after her newborn while she showers or has a bath and I can help with washing/hanging clothes or cleaning the house.
KH: When is a good time to hire a postnatal doula?
LT: I would say that it would be different for each woman. Some have family members in the first week so tend to hire a post natal doula when their partner needs to return to work or help drops off. Other people don't have close family so they want extra help straight away within the first or second day.
KH: Did I hear you have some discounts at the moment?
LT: Yes! From now until mid september you can enjoy a discounted rate. The price for 2 hours is $70 (normally $80) and 3 hours is $85 (Normally $100) and for 4 hours it's $100 (Normally $120). I can be contacted on 0405 730 933 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for the interview Laura! I hope more people can realise the amazing benefits of having a post natal doula come and help out!