Step 6: The Role of a Postpartum Doula

Step 6: The Role of a Postpartum Doula

This step describes the role of a postpartum doula, the Code of Ethics,  and the meaning of support.  It  goes into more depth about what constitutes practical doula care.  These will be of much value to you as you begin your Postpartum Doula business.

We have also provided you with an easy to read overview of the postpartum period with anticipations and expectations for the new mother, baby, and doula.  At a glance you will be able to obtain ideas of how to deal with various situations that may arise up to six weeks postpartum and beyond.

Read the text articles below and answer the Application & Understanding questions below.  They are listed here in addition to the text articles for your convenience.  Then upload your files.

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 Code of Ethics

The Role of the Postpartum Doula

What is Support

Practical Doula Care


Application and Understanding

1. True or False:  A Code of Ethics is the same thing as Professional Standards. If false, explain        why.

2.True or False:  A Code of Ethics means that a postpartum doula agrees to uphold the values of the certifying organization. If false, explain why.

3. Upon entering the home of your client what is the first thing you should do?

a. Pick up clothes and toys to clean the room

b. Smile and show delight for the mother and baby.

c. Do the laundry

d. Offer to take her baby for awhile so she can get some rest.

4. It is in the Scope of Practice for a postpartum doula to:

a. Take the temperature  of the baby

b. Take the temperature of the mother

c. Communicate directly with the doctor

d. None of the above

5.  A BWI postpartum doula may accept clients

a. As soon as she registers in the program

b. When she has completed half of her prerequisites

c. Only when she is fully certified ©

d. After she has permission from her reviewer

6.  For each letter of S.U.P.P.O.R.T give an example of how you wotld apply that to a visit with a typical client.

7. During the interview your client expressed interest in breastfeeding. You arrive for your first visit when the mom is six days postpartum. You learn the mother had unexpected delivery complications that resulted in an extended hospital stay and long hours of separation from her newborn. As a result mom is supplementing and is now considering fully weaning. Keeping in mind our standards of practice, S.U.P.P.O.R.T., how would you support this family?

8.  Keeping in mind our standards of practice, S.U.P.P.O.R.T., how would you support this family?  You are changing a three week old baby’s diaper and notice a pretty severe diaper rash.  Keep in mind S.U.P.P.O.R.T.

9. John and Sally have hired you to help them with breastfeeding questions and newborn care following the birth of their new baby.  You arrive on the morning of the third day after birth and find Sally and the baby crying and John pacing nervously across the room.  They were up all night with a crying baby despite the fact that Sally had nursed her every three hours for fifteen minutes on both sides as the nurses had instructed.  Keeping in mind our Standards of Practice, S.U.P.P.O.R.T, how would you support this family?

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