What is a Bereavement Doula?

There are a lot of different types of doulas out there, besides the known Birth Doula and the Postpartum Doula. I could get into the different types and how they are beneficial to many different situations. One in particular is one that I have studied, certified in, and is close to my heart. The Bereavement Doula. This type of doula is needed way more than we could ever imagine, yet the needs are a taboo subject. Miscarriages occur 1 in 4 pregnancies, stillbirths are 1 in 160 birth, and fatal diagnoses each have their own statistic. So what exactly is a Bereavement Doula?

 

  1. A Bereavement Doula provides support for all types of births, including stillbirths, fatal diagnosis, miscarriages, and NICU support.
  2. A Bereavement Doula may be very beneficial for Rainbow Baby pregnancy and birth because they understand and are sensitive to the special needs of the Mom and Partner.
  3. A Bereavement Doula will listen to your story, hold your hand, offer a shoulder to cry on, and provide a safe, non-judgmental environment. They also listen to doctors and nurses as they speak to you in order to fill in the gaps if anything that was said was missed. They provide options and discuss these options as many times as you need to. They provide continuous support throughout this difficult journey, and provide resources, such as funeral homes, support groups (online and in person), memorial ideas, books, websites, and so much more.
  4. A Bereavement Doula is a wonderful resource for grandparents, partners, family, and friends for themselves and to help them understand how to help Mom.
  5. A Bereavement Doula goes wherever they are needed – hospital or home.
  6. Many times, a Bereavement Doula is works completely as a volunteer or works based off of donations and fundraisers so the bereaved family doesn’t have to pay. Some Bereavement Doulas charge. Ask if they are willing to do a payment plan.

 

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