Do I need a Nanny, a Baby Nurse or a Postpartum Doula?

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And what’s the difference?

It’s not uncommon for new parents to spend ample amounts of time preparing for the birth. They choose the care provider, the birth place, compose a birth plan, and hire a Labor Doula.  Then the big day arrives. Soon a tiny baby is placed in their arms, and they bring that baby (or babies!) home.

“You’re letting me take this baby home?! Is that legal?!”

If it didn’t happen in the car on the way home, it usually happens as soon as they walk through the door. “We have a baby! Now what do we do?”

Then the postpartum hormones start to flare. The muscle soreness, exhaustion and hunger catch up to you. The apprehension of what to do with breastfeeding or bottle feeding, sleep, soothing and parenting feel like bricks in a backpack on your already aching shoulders.

The thought of another night of no sleep drives you to Google. You type in:

Baby Nurse Los Angeles

Night nanny LA

Postpartum Doula Los Angeles

But how do you know which you need?

Here’s a quick run down on the differences. A baby nurse is not actually a credentialed nurse, unless she is a Registered Nurse, Licensed Vocational Nurse or Certified Nurse Aid. In fact, According to the California Nurse Practice Act:

“In the interest of public safety and consumer awareness, it shall be unlawful for any person to use the title “nurse” by any individual except for an individual who is registered nurse or a licensed vocational nurse. This law does not prohibit certified nurses’ aides from using their specific title.” (CA Nurse Practice Act)

But there are some great nannies and night nannies. You just have to know where to find them. They have varying levels of education and experience; and their care is focused on the baby.

But what about you?

Here’s where a Postpartum Doula can really help. You can have a certified Postpartum Doula come to your home to help with getting everyone into a sustainable routine. She can help you get baby into a good sleep pattern, help troubleshoot breastfeeding challenges, or help you put together a combination or bottle feeding plan you feel good about.

She can do some light housework, some light cooking and just generally be an extra set of hands and eyes to help around the house. But there’s more! She is well versed in the signs and symptoms of Postpartum Depression and can help your family navigate the challenges that can sometimes be present during the time after your baby is born.

Multiples? We’ve got you covered! Your Labor Doula can help you anticipate the extra challenges that you will encounter when you’re expecting twins, triplets, quads or more. And your Postpartum Doula can help you establish some sanity in those first crazy months.

Your Postpartum Doula is focused on whole family care. Remember, your healing is essential and your wellbeing is central to your family’s stability and comfort. Call Doulas of Los Angeles today to schedule a no-obligation consultation. We’ll help you put a plan in place now that will make tomorrow easier!