Postpartum Doula Support
Postpartum Doulas are professionally trained in maternal healing and recovery, newborn care, feeding, and development, and the promoting bonding between parents and their infants.
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
- Processing her birth experience
- Screening for postpartum mood disorders
- Breastfeeding support and help with latching and positioning
- Bottlefeeding tips, as well as bottle and pump cleaning and sterilization
- Changing diapers, both disposable or cloth
- Baby wearing assistance, education, and demonstrations
- Swaddling baby
- Soothing strategies to reduce crying
- Sleep education and routines
- General newborn education for parents
- 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
- Postpartum Doula Training–Birth Arts International
- 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 Pricing: $30 per hour
Baby Basics16 Hours
- 2 half-days each week
- For the first 2 Weeks after birth
Welcome Home24 Hours
- 2 half-days each week for the first 3 weeks –OR–
- 3 half-days each week for the first 2 weeks
- Weeks 1 and 2: Three half-days each week
- Weeks 3 and 4: Two half-days each week
- Perfect for new parents without family support!