Why Hire A Postpartum Doula Instead of a Baby Nurse?

I hear a lot of families ask why they would be interested in postpartum doula services if they can hire a night nurse or night nanny for their baby. After all, why would they need expertise and extra help in the middle of the night? Surely postpartum doulas only work during the day, when people can really reap the benefit of the support? …right?

Well, not exactly.

First things first: what exactly is a “night nurse” (other than a Marvel comic book character), a “baby nurse,” or a “night nanny”? What are the differences and what do they all mean?

“Baby nurse” and “night nurse” are often used to describe people who care for babies, but who actually have no nursing education at all. In fact, these monikers are a bit misleading in that way. While many professionals do carry LPN or RN credentials, it is important to know that many do not, while still using the term “nurse” to describe their positions. (With that said, if medical expertise is what you are seeking, be sure to hire a licensed nurse for your family.)

“Night nannies” who take over all care of a newborn or baby at night while parents sleep can also be nice, but still do not encompass all that postpartum doulas are able to.

When you hire an Intown Doula for your family’s postpartum needs, you are receiving love care and support from a trusted professional…and so is the rest of your family.

Postpartum doulas care for what matters most to you—and we know that what matters most to you isn’t just your sleep, but your family. You want to know that everyone—from you to your new sweet baby, to your partner, to your older children and pets and plants!—is being cared for just the way you would. You want to know that everything can fall together as you acclimate to a new life in your space.

Postpartum doulas are experts in all things baby, with skill and knowledge in breastfeeding support, bottle feeding, newborn and baby sleep, bathing, bedtime routines, and more. And yes, when you hire our postpartum doulas for overnight care, you will get wonderful sleep! Butmore than that, our doulas also perform dozens of small services that add up to create your most blissful postpartum possible.

Here are just a few things that postpartum doulas do that baby/night nurses or night nannies do not:

Light meal prep
Help with meal planning
Light housekeeping
Short errands/groceries
Sibling support
Nursery stocking and upkeep
Breast or bottle feeding support
Pet care

Imagine coming home from work and enjoying every second with your baby before bed, knowing that your postpartum doula will walk through the door at bedtime and put everybody down—you, your baby, even your spouse! She soothes the baby and settles her in for some great sleep while you and your partner drift off to sleep, fully confident that your family is being care for. Your doula lets your dog out and makes sure all you plants are watered. When your baby is ready to eat again, she will either feed the baby in the way you feel is best, or bring your baby to you for nursing. After, she changes and soothes the baby back to blissful slumber. You awaken to a clean kitchen, a healthy breakfast, a cooing baby, and a rested start to the day. Best of all, you know you made the best possible decision for your family by hiring professionals whom you trust and who care for your family as if they belonged to it.

And isn't that truly what most of us want?