A birth doula helps the parent physically and emotionally before, during, and shortly after the birth.
A postpartum doula helps the parent adjust to new life with a newborn, assists in infant feeding, may stay overnight to allow the parent to sleep, and does light housework.
It is becoming more popular for clients to wish to consume their own placenta. This is thought to help with milk production, hormones, postpartum depression, etc. Placental encapsulation involves steaming, dehydrating, then grinding the placenta and placing it into pills for consumption.
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