Fostering a newborn has its own unique joys and challenges.
You may be a respite home or caring for a child temporarily until he or she is placed in an adopting home.
You provide love, protection, and regular, consistant care to the baby, for days, weeks, months, or even years.
Having a doula help you in the transition of welcoming the baby helps you as you are able to ask intimate questions and receive personalized support regarding everything from feeding, medical concerns, to questions about bonding and connecting with the baby.
This same doula can work out arrangements to also provide support during the transition from your home to the next home, with support in how to best navigate the transition for the best interest of the baby, including establishing a sense of a continuity of love and care through the shift of family. She can also provide you with support resources and validation in your own feelings through the transition to a new home.
Interview an adoption doula to learn more about how she can help make the reception of a new baby into your family, and the farewell as the baby moves into a new home, best for all involved, the baby in particular. She will listen to your story, and work with you on establishing a contractual relationship that includes her services, more about the benefits for you and for the baby, boundaries, and possible reimbursement opportunities. Look for an asterisk (*) next to the name of your adoption doula, as this indicates that she has the Adoption Doula Handbook to provide you with optimal support.