What is a Bereavement Doula?
A bereavement doula is a professionally trained person who supports families through the many aspects of pregnancy loss in any gestation. The support received is similar in nature to the support received from a labor doula; however, support through pregnancy loss is more complex and specialized. A bereavement doula is with the family prior to, during, and after the birth of a baby who has been miscarried, stillborn, or is not expected to live. A key area of support is helping the family to say hello to their baby despite having to say goodbye.
Services you can expect from Dragonflies for Ruby’s bereavement doula support are:
- Family preparation to include education and coping strategies.
- Logistical planning for miscarriage, birth at home, hospital admission and birth, memorial/funeral services, returning to work, and more.
- Comfort measures during the labor and birth process.
- Explaining the difference between grief, mourning, and depression.
- NICU support and companionship.
- Referrals for additional support such as therapists, financial assistance, sibling counseling, postpartum mood disorders, and grief.