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My CAPPA Postpartum Doula Scope of Practice

I am attaining my certification as a postpartum doula(PPD) through the Childbirth And Postpartum Professionals Association (CAPPA).  I will take much of this blogs information from their webpage or my training.

According to CAPPA a PPD provides a new family emotional, physical, and evidence-based information after the birth of their baby. PPD’s offer support, information, instruction, comfort, and referrals as needed. As a PPD my main goal is to mother the mother, providing support to her recovery, giving the family instruction on infant care and feeding, and to help with household organization.

What I will do as your postpartum doula:

  • Provide you non-biased emotional, physical, and informational support
  • Encourage your family to seek care that reflects your values and needs
  • Model and teach effective communication
  • Encourage informed decision making
  • Support the physical and emotional healing of the mother
  • Provide information on care options and resources for the mother, father, and extended family
  • Support and assist with infant feedings
  • Educate your family on newborn care and characteristics
  • Provide support to your partner and family
  • Assist with household organization
  • Refer to healthcare professionals when support requires clinical assessment, a need for prescription, or medical diagnosis

What I DO NOT do as your postpartum doula:

  • Diagnose medical conditions
  • Interpret medical diagnoses or clinical results
  • Prescribe or administer treatment of medical conditions
  • Perform clinical procedures
  • Take over complete care of your infant
  • Transport any family members
  • Stay alone with babies or other children
  • “Sleep train” babies
  • Act as a housekeeper or nanny

There is another advantage of working with a hired postpartum doula rather than relying exclusively on friends or family. While they likely have good intentions, family and friends are normally not experienced in caring for a postpartum mother, often lack special skills a doula will offer and do not understand the mother’s physical and emotional needs.     ~A Postpartum Doula for Every Mother

I look forward to assisting you in any way I can!

~Shannon

 

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