Postpartum Birth Worker

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

What does a Post-Partum Birth Worker do?

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 themselves
  • Support of choice to breast or bottle feed

Emotional support for the new family:

  • Listens to the story of the birth
  • Validates the normal adjustment process
  • Supports mother through emotional vulnerability
  • Supports father through transition to new role

Infant care guidance:

  • Supports mom and partner in their feeding choices
  • Educates new parent(s) on newborn care recommendations, including pumping breastmilk and proper storage of breastmilk and formula
  • Aids parents in developing their personal bonding styles
  • Provides solutions to common early breastfeeding challenges

Household assistance, if requested

  • Prepares meals and snacks for the new mother and family
  • Cleans & prepares bottles
  • May do baby laundry or other light cleaning

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