About Doula Mel...
Welcome! I'm Melissa, and I am a postpartum doula currently going through the certification process. I trained with DoulaCare Ireland. I am a member of the Doula Association of Ireland and I am fully vaccinated against Covid-19. I serve counties Dublin, Meath, Westmeath, and parts of Kildare, Louth, Cavan and Longford. I would be honoured to help you and your family, whatever size or shape that may be, as you make the transition to parenthood. Please look around, I would love to hear from you if you have any queries or would like to know a bit more about the role of the postpartum doula and how I may be able to help!
What is a Doula?
A doula was the most important female servant in the ancient Greek household. Throughout history, childbearing women have been cared for and surrounded by other wise women. Today, a doula provides non-medical informational, physical and emotional support to their clients during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. This could take the form of helping with light housework, preparing nourishing meals for the family, chatting about your birth and pregnancy experience, giving guidance around postpartum healing, infant care, and infant feeding.
What does a Doula do?
A postpartum doula is your soundboard, your confidante and your shoulder to cry on. They could take the form of a personal chef, tea-maker and house-keeper. They are a source of knowledge on all things infant and maternity. They are non-judgmental. Their goal is to nurture and empower as you transition to parenthood. They encourage bonding with all members of the family, including partners and siblings. They are non-medical professionals who do not impose their own beliefs on parenting on their clients.
"If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.” Dr. John H. Kennell
Why Hire a Postpartum Doula?
A postpartum doula provides continuity of care during the weeks or months after birth. They are there to help you to optimise rest and recovery during the postnatal period. They are there to support you in whatever mode of infant feeding you choose. They are there to make nourishing meals for you and your family. They are there to listen to your pregnancy and birthing experience, non-judgmentally. A doula helps the new family bond, and fosters confidence and empowerment in parents.