In the days following a loss, it is important to remember that a woman’s body has just given birth, and the physical recuperation is just the same, but compounded by grief.
Having a sensitive postpartum doula who understands the phases of grief can help a family anticipate what they might be feeling in the days ahead. Frequently friends and even family shy away from the darkness because they are fearful.
Along with traditional postpartum doula care, a bereavement doula:
"What makes a mother feel cared for is when she is reminded of her resilience."
Women with a history of pregnancy loss are at increased risk for depression and anxiety, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), after the birth of a child. Parents with complicated bereavement will be recognized and with permission, referred to other healthcare professionals. We have a perinatal loss therapist on our board of directors to advise on referrals.
A bereavement doula-maintains a hope filled attitude she can get through this, eventually sort out the meaning of this baby’s life and embrace the transformation that the future holds.