What is a Postpartum Doula?
A postpartum doula eases the transition for your family during the first months after the birth of your baby. She can cook, clean, care for older children and run errands so you can rest and meet the needs of your new baby. She can answer many questions you have about feeding, diapering, dressing, burping, and soothing your little one. She is skilled at infant care and can care for your baby while you take care of yourself (sleeping, bathing, getting out of the house alone). She is knowledgeable about the emotional and physical transformation you are going through and can address your concerns about how you are feeling. When appropriate, she can refer you to local resources that will help you and your family move through the first tender year of your new baby's life and become the parents you wish to be.
A postpartum doula is not a baby nurse or a baby sitter. Nor is she a health care provider, a mental health professional or a lactation consultant. A postpartum doula nurtures, educates and can refer new parents to resources that may help you as your family grows.
Postpartum doula support is especially helpful if you are:
- experiencing emotional complications (insomnia, depression, anxiety, irritability, afraid to be alone with your baby)
- having a slow recovery from birth (as a result of surgery, injury or trauma)
- parenting twins or other multiples
- a single parent
- having feeding challenges
- have an infant with special or high needs
- living far away from family and friends
- feel like you can't do this alone and need more help
Parenting is hard work and all families deserve and benefit from experienced, compassionate support.
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● An interview (at no charge) to give you the opportunity to determine if you would like me to be a part of your postpartum experience. I invite you to ask questions about how doulas help, my experience and training, the services I offer including rates and availability and anything else that's on your mind.
ONCE I AM HIRED I OFFER:
● Support visits tailored to your needs including:
- Willing, efficient, practical household help with cooking, dishes, errands, laundry, taking out trash, vacuuming, organizing and more
- Respectful, openminded responses to questions you may have about caring for your new baby including approaches to feeding and sleep
- Skilled, experienced childcare for your new baby and older children so you can sleep, eat, bathe, get things done, have some time to yourself and more
- Compassionate, non-judgmental companionship and emotional support
● Extensive referrals to local resources
● Punctual, professional delivery of services
● Daytime phone and email support between visits
● A schedule of support that meets your needs: Visits can be daily, weekly, a few times a week or on a week to week basis. I provide as few as one visit and as many as daily visits for several months. Some families contact me prenatally, many reach out after their baby or babies are born. Some families schedule months in advance and some contact me on a week to week, as needed basis. Most visits are three hours or more. Every situation is different, as every family is different!