Postpartum doulas becoming available in W. Michigan for new mothers
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - You may have heard of birth doulas, who assist women before and during birth.
But a new trend hitting our area is the use of postpartum doulas--experts who help families in the days and weeks after a baby comes home. Those services are about to expand to West Michigan.
Postpartum doulas are there to assist new mothers by providing advice, a listening ear and assistance with chores.
Jessica English, from Birth Kalamazoo says postpartum doulas are critical in helping mothers deal with or prevent postpartum depression.
More than 600,000 women are diagnosed with postpartum depression in the United States every year.
English hopes women realize there's a resource out there for them.
"We're feeling a real snowball effect where people are understanding the value of this role and really wanting that postpartum nurture and support," she said.
Tonight on Newschannel 3 at 5, we'll take a closer look at this trend. We'll also hear from a local mother who says her postpartum doula has made adjusting to motherhood an easy transition.