Although most doulas serve as birthing assistants, some are available to offer advice on breastfeeding and other newborn-related concerns after your baby arrives. Some will even do light housekeeping and run errands. "When a mom comes home from the hospital, I provide emotional support and help her establish a routine," says Ferin, who also does postpartum work. "I'll bring her soup, do her laundry, help her nurse, and recommend a lactation consultant if necessary." In fact, one of the most important things postpartum doulas offer is resources, such as names of pediatricians and information about La Leche League meetings.
This is your miracle time, and a doula is there to make sure you have the birth experience you desire. "She has the luxury of focusing only on what Mom wants," says Grauer.