Raise your hand if you really- truly, actual-factual know what a postpartum doula is?
Now if when asked to describe the role of a doula, your answer is something along the lines of, "Well, they're kinda like a nanny," then I am sorry to say, you do not really know!
It's an unfortunate truth that sometimes pregnancy and birth don't go as expected. If you have a friend who is on bed rest due to a high-risk pregnancy, is facing a longer-than-expected recovery after birth, or has a baby in the NICU (and perhaps even all three of these apply), you might be wondering how to best offer support to them. We've got the best tried-and true ideas for offering practical help for families experiencing a rough pregnancy or postpartum recovery.