Postpartum Doula Support
Postpartum Doulas are supportive providers who are professionally trained in postpartum adjustment for parents, maternal healing and recovery, newborn characteristics, care, feeding, and development, and the promotion of parent-infant bonding.
Coming into the home during the fourth trimester following birth, the doula’s role is to provide education, nonjudgmental support and companionship; and to assist with newborn care and family adjustment, meal preparation and light household tasks.
Postpartum doulas offer evidence-based information on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, infant soothing and coping skills for new parents and can make appropriate referrals when necessary.”
Taken from: DONA International Position Paper
Studies show that cultures in which women feel secure and are cared for by others and are expected only to nurture themselves and their babies during this time period have superior outcomes in postpartum adjustment. Women who are given support have greater breastfeeding success, greater self-confidence, and less postpartum depression than those who do not.
A Postpartum Doula Can Help With….
- Caring for the mother as she recovers from birth (including perineum and c-section scar care)
- Processing her birth experience
- Screening for postpartum mood disorders
- Breastfeeding counseling and help with latching and positioning
- Understanding baby’s feeding cues
- Changing diapers (disposable and cloth)
- Baby wearing assistance, education, and demonstrations
- Swaddling baby
- Soothing strategies to reduce crying
- Sleep education and routines
- General newborn education for parents
- Bottle and pump cleaning and sterilization
- Light housekeeping, nursery organization, laundry and food prep
- Provide resources and referrals for professional services to assist in mother or baby’s healing process (massage, chiropractor, pediatrician support, IBCLCs, support groups, ect.)
- Care for baby when parents want to shower, nap, or spend some time with their older child(ren)
My Qualifications and Experience
Newborn Care Specialist
Advanced Breastfeeding Skills Support training
B.S. Counseling Psychology
A.A. Child Development
Former child care center director
Certified in Pediatric and Adult CPR and Emergency First Aid
Mother of four children
Ala Cart Hourly Price: $30 per hour
Baby Basics: 12 hours
1 half-day (4 hrs.) a week for the first 3 weeks
Welcome Home: 16 hours
2 half-days (4 hrs. ) each week for the first 2 weeks.
Off to the Best Start: 24 hours
3 half-days (4 hrs.) each week for the first 2 weeks -OR-
2 half-days (4 hrs.) each week for the first 3 weeks
Thriving!: 40 hours
Weeks 1 and 2: 3 half-days each week
Weeks 3 and 4: 2 half-days each week
Postpartum Support Packages make an excellent gift!
Grandparents who live far away and cannot be there to help, coworker group gifts, or added to your baby registry. Give the gift of support to someone you care about! Ask about purchasing a Gift Certificate.
“You don't have to do all of it alone. You were never meant to.”Brene Brown