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Five reasons you need a Postpartum Doula

What the heck is a doula anyway? Postpartum doulas are non-medical professionals who provide new families with non-judgmental, hands-on support as well as evidence-based information on newborn care, feeding and a mother’s physical recovery.

Benefits of the presence of doulas in the postpartum period:

• Increases breastfeeding initiation and continuation

• Can reduce the incidence of postpartum mood disorders

• Increases new parents ’confidence in the care of their newborn

Lakeshore Doula Services provides postpartum doula support to families in the West Island of Montreal. I am taking inquiries for May and you can book me for a free info session HERE!

Postpartum doulas are the “women of the village helping the women of the village”. This is not a new idea.

Throughout history, women have supported new mothers. In today’s society of scattered friends and families, postpartum doulas fill this vital role of support for the people birthing the next generation.

And families in the Montreal area have benefited from working with me since 2022!

Not only did Cara take care of my baby (she is a true baby whisperer) but she took care of me as well. She provided a shoulder to cry on and some much needed guidance and I instantly felt at ease when she walked into my home. Parent K - DDO

Having a baby is one of life’s biggest transitions and greatest joys. However, many parents find themselves feeling extremely isolated and overwhelmed during the postpartum period after the initial excitement, adrenaline and stream of visitors has subsided.

Hiring a postpartum doula can help reverse those feelings and provide the support that new families need to instead have a parental leave that is filled with feelings of contentment and empowerment.

Here are the top 5 benefits of hiring a postpartum doula:

  1. More enjoyable parental leave – Postpartum doulas help ease the transition for new parents. Having a baby is a major life change. Postpartum doulas are there to calmly support you through the shift and help you focus on enjoying it, rather than muddling through it alone.

  2. Non-judgmental support - a postpartum doula does not come in with specific parenting style or push a specific ways of doing things. A postpartum doula is there to help you come up with your own parenting style. She’ll help you figure out what feels right for your family. Postpartum doulas are also expert listeners who have no baggage of a family history with you.

  3. Expert advice –That being said, your postpartum doula can share what works for other families, and other ideas and tips based on her training and experience, IF YOU ASK. It’s so wonderful to have all your questions answered as you go through your day in your own home instead of relying on Google.

  4. An extra set of hands – Your postpartum doula will take care of baby so you can nap or shower. Postpartum doulas will also tackle the dishes, laundry and light meal preparation so that you can focus on resting, healing and snuggling your new baby.

  5. Decreased risk of postpartum depression & anxiety – research has shown that new mothers who feel supported tend to report less problems with postpartum mental health.

If you are expecting a new baby, give me a call and see what a postpartum doula can do for you!


Hi!  I"m Cara Benvenuti, the "Doula in Chief" at Lakeshore Doula Services.  I am so thrilled to be following my heart and calling as a doula!  I spent 25 years of my life in finance at some of Canada's largest financial institutions in a variety of roles from advising people on their mutual fund portfolios, to supporting investment management firms.   My goal is to empower women and families to make good financial decisions, and be supported in the journey of new parenthood.

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