Role and Scope of the Postpartum Doula

Michelle D. Hardy, MS, LMT, ICCE, ICD, ICPD, IAT

The International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) recognizes the evolving and changing needs of the family who has just experienced the birth of a new baby. Awareness of the eleven domains of postpartum care enable the postpartum doula to facilitate and promote healthy practices. ICEA agrees with the evidencebased research which states that new families can transition through the eleven domains successfully with the assistance of a postpartum doula.

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