The Postpartum Doula
I specialize in helping families after the baby is born, easing the burdens of daily life so you can enjoy and bond with your baby while taking time to heal. I provide physical, emotional, and spiritual support as you recover from childbirth. I help you prepare yourself for parenthood, maximizing healing and rest. I am fiercely passionate about the importance of postpartum wellness, and will support and nurture you and your family throughout the entire postpartum period.
Postpartum Care Tailored to You
Postpartum doula hours and services are variable and customized to your needs. Every family's postpartum needs differ, and I am committed to designing a postpartum plan that works best for you and your family.
Nourishing Postpartum Support
As your postpartum doula, your postpartum health and well-being is my primary focus. Once you are settled in at home with your newborn, I provide you with hands-on and dedicated care. I make sure to provide you with rest and healthy nourishment to help your body heal, reassurance to ease your mind, and a guiding presence to calm your spirit.
Guiding Newborn Care
I am professionally trained in newborn care and will help you navigate the first few weeks of getting acclimated to what your baby needs. As your newborn adjusts to life outside of the womb, I am there every step of the way to support and guide you in your role as a parent(s). Whether it is providing breastfeeding or general feeding support, grooming care or general newborn comfort care, I am by your side to help you find your footing.
As you and your family adjust to life with a new baby, I am happy to help make the transition smooth and easy. I provide you with tools to encourage sibling bonding, and are ready to help you look after the older children in order to support you as you acclimate to your new family dynamic.
Postpartum care and newborn bonding require time and focus in the immediate months following the birth of your baby. A postpartum doula will ensure the household chores are tackled while you rest and nurture your baby. Light tidying, laundry, meal-prep, errand-running are all things your postpartum doula can provide to ease the burden.
Get extra personal support throughout the entirety of your journey. As a Doula, I promise to offer unwavering support to you and your family before, during, and after birth. I will stay in close contact in order to routinely check how you’re doing and offer anything needed.
I provide 24/7 support via email, text, and phone, addressing any concerns you may have about yourself or your baby. We will set up at-home visitations where I will provide evidenced based information on things such as infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, mother–baby bonding, infant soothing, and basic newborn care.
At these meetings we will accomplish the following:
At our postpartum visits, I will gather information about you and your concerns about and preferences for your postpartum care. Based on a questionnaire you complete prior to our visit, I will offer some resources for you to review prior to our next visit.
You will have an opportunity to process your birth experience with me by talking it over and allowing me to clarify any procedures and events of your birth.
We will address any questions you have about infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, mother–baby bonding, infant soothing, and basic newborn care.
We will discuss the dynamic of having a newborn in the house and I will help you to establish a routine that best fits your lifestyle.
I will offer light house work, light meal/snack prep and sanitation of baby bottles and breast pump items. *Client is responsible for purchasing meal ingredients, but I can go shopping for you.
Postpartum Package Investments
Intermittent Care Package
4 hour minimum shifts
Client chooses hours and weeks to use.
$40/hour - 1/3 due at contract signing
Extended Care Package
200 hours minimum
Up to babies first year to use hours.
$36/hour - 1/3 due at contract signing
Hours of work will be logged daily and sent to you in an invoice to be paid before the next shift.
Do's & Don'ts of Doula Services
We define a postpartum doula as a professional support person trained in the needs of the family in the days, weeks and months after birth or addition of a new baby. The doula offers non-judgmental support, guidance, evidence-based education and practical hands-on support immediately after birth through the first year. Doula originates from the Greek word meaning woman servant.
The Professional Doula is trained in 5 Core Competencies:
Caring for and Understanding the Needs of the Postpartum person and Partner
Caring for and Understanding the Needs of Baby/Babies
Caring for and Understanding the Needs of the Siblings
Caring for and Understanding the Needs of the Home
Emotional Intelligence/Communication Skills
What a postpartum doula is NOT:
-A postpartum doula is not a medical professional.
-A postpartum doula is not an herbalist and will not prescribe or suggest herbs or remedies.
-A postpartum doula is not a lactation consultant and will not make decisions about how the baby will be fed. (However, I am a Certified Breastfeeding Counselor if needed)
-A postpartum doula is not a psychologist or mental health professional.
-A postpartum doula does not make any decisions for the family.
-A postpartum doula does not perform clinical tasks such as checking the baby's respiratory rate, check a c-section incision, suggesting medications (over the counter, prescription or herbal) or any other medical advice.
Tasks of the postpartum doula:
-Assessing the Needs of the Family
-Providing Recommendations and Referrals
-Emotional Support of the individuals parenting choices
-Encouragement and positive affirmations
-Preparation of bottles and washing/cleaning/sterilizing
-Cord and circumcision care
-Organizing the nursery
-Light house work
-Sibling education and transition
-Care of big siblings
-Creating shopping lists
Newborn care hands-on education and care including:
Normal newborn behavior
When to call the doctor
And so much more
Advanced breastfeeding education
Help knowing what is normal or when you need specialized care
Help with comfortable positions for nursing person and baby
Establishing helpful routines
Establishing a good latch
Establishing a good milk supply
Learning to use your pump
Proper milk storage