What does your Doula do while you sleep?
Written by Elizabeth Loughlin, Newborn Care Specialist, Postpartum Doula, Infant Sleep Specialist
Coffee. Coffee. Cofffffeeeee.
Most parents of newborns need coffee like they need oxygen because of the sleepless nights taking care of their newest addition. What if I told you that you could actually get that sleep that you so desperately need, and not give away your life savings to the barista who likely has your order ready upon your arrival at your favorite coffee shop? (Sleep? What’s that?!)
Our Postpartum Overnight Doulas can remind you about that precious moment that your head hits the pillow and you drift off to dreamland for a couple hours (or even a whole night!) of uninterrupted sleep, all while your sweet baby’s needs are taken care of.
So what exactly does a Postpartum Overnight Doula do?
When we come for an overnight shift, our main goal is to make sure you are getting the rest you need to be able to function the next day. Happy parents and healthy babies are our primary focus as your doula.
If you are exclusively breast feeding, your Overnight Doula will bring your baby to you when it is time to nurse, and get the baby when you are finished. You get to drift back off to sleep while your doula (aka Fairy Godmother) will burp, change, and swaddle and soothe your baby. If you are bottle-feeding, your doula will take care of everything and you can get the whole night off if that’s what you need! Once your baby is happy and sleeping, your doula will wash, fold or put away baby’s clothes, clean bottles, and even prepare some easy-to-grab snacks for you for the next day.
But will I be paying someone to sleep?
Do we rest? Yes.
Do we sleep peacefully in your guest bed? No.
We are professionals and take our jobs very seriously. Our job is to support your family, and when we are working overnight shifts, our utmost concern is to make sure that the needs of both parents and baby are taken care of. You can rest assured (pun intended!) that your doula is not being paid to sleep in your house. There are moments when the baby is sleeping peacefully, we have already put away the laundry, cleaned up the sink and prepared you some delicious protein muffins for the morning that we will take a moment to sit down and close our eyes. As long as the baby doesn’t need us, we believe that resting for a few minutes makes our commute home after 8 overnight hours that much safer for everyone on the road.
We are here to support you, the family. We are not your guests. We are here to serve and support you. We are here to take care of you and your baby and to allow you to get rest and whatever support you may need.
“Rest and self-care are so important. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” – Eleanor Brownn
Are you ready for a good night’s sleep?! Charlotte Doulas can make that happen!