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Q&A: Postpartum Doula?

What is a postpartum doula, and how is it different than a baby nurse?

Postpartum doulas have advanced training in newborn care and breastfeeding support. They look at the entire family unit, and support new mothers in their daily needs. Doulas believe that moms are best at caring for their newborn, and aim to gently guide moms when they have questions and provide time for them to rest when necessary. Doulas visit a few hours a day and sometimes even stay overnight. They believe in supporting the family until they are ready to snuggle with the baby on their own. Baby nurses, on the other hand, take care of babies for their mothers. Despite the title, they aren't actually nurses, and typically have less training than doulas. They stay at homes 24/7, and are there only for the baby. Think of a baby nurses as nannies for newborns.

Tara Brooke is a certified doula and cofounder of Gifted at Birth, a service that provides new parents with postpartum care packages full of must-have baby gear. Find out more about Tara and her one-of-a-kind services at

By Tara Brooke