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Overnight Newborn Care is sometimes a new concept. Tired parents often approach us and ask: “what does an overnight postpartum doula do to care for their family while they sleep?” It almost sounds too good to be true! Rest assured, this exists and works beautifully.

The role of a postpartum doula is so varied from family to family that it’s difficult to answer “what do you do?” The proper question is, “what don’t you do?!”

The whole purpose of overnight newborn care is for the entire family to GET MORE SLEEP! So, we won’t be doing a lot of noisy housework, of course. But, we will take care of simple tasks to make your life easier. Then, our focus will be entirely on looking after your baby, allowing you to get a full night of sleep.

Let’s walk you through what a shift with an overnight postpartum doula might look like for you.

Your doula arrives and checks in quickly to find out how you are doing and tasks that need to be done overnight. You had some questions about pumping and your doula shares her knowledge to help you fill in the gaps.

You discuss the list you’ve prepared which includes folding a load of baby clothes, wiping kitchen counters, and restocking the diaper bag with diapers and wipes. After telling her when the baby ate last and any other information she may need, you head off to bed. You’re asleep before your head hits the pillow.

If you’re breastfeeding the baby, your doula quietly wakes you a few hours later to nurse your hungry newborn.

You snuggle and nurse for a bit. Your doula returns with a fresh glass of water for you and takes your baby back to their nursery. As you settle in to sleep again your doula is busy changing baby’s diaper, swaddling them, and soothing them back safely to sleep.

If you’re pumping milk for overnight use or using formula, your doula takes care of all of the night feedings while you sleep uninterrupted.

Before she leaves the nursery, she checks to make sure diapers and wipes are stocked and ready to go for the next day. She also grabs any used burp cloths and blankets to toss in the wash.

She’s completed everything you needed her to and everyone is fast asleep. So, your doula lays down in the guest room or on the couch to rest. With the baby monitor nearby she’s able to hear your baby stirring, ready for their next meal. She brings your little one for their next nursing session and heads out to clean the pump parts in the sink. Once the baby is full, she returns and once again changes and soothes baby to sleep. Meanwhile you go right back to sleep!

When it’s time for your doula to leave in the morning everyone is asleep including baby. She sneaks out the garage like you planned, making sure everything is secure. You wake to your baby’s cues to feed feeling rested and ready to take on the day.

Overnight care may look similar or completely different to you! We work closely with our clients to make sure we’re meeting your expectations and, most importantly, getting you the most sleep possible!

Make this story your reality: book one of our Postpartum Doulas for your Overnight Newborn Care today!

About Amy Lewis

Amy is the co-owner of Buddha Belly. She is passionate about assisting women through life's most challenging transitions and nurtures a lifelong commitment to women in serving mothers as a doula. She is certified by ProDoula as a labor doula, postpartum and infant care doula and postpartum specialist. She was certified by the Healthy Children Project and the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice as a lactation counselor and is a birth, newborn and breastfeeding educator. > keep reading