What is a postpartum doula?
Postpartum doulas provide families with information and support on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from childbirth, infant soothing, and coping skills for new parents. They might also help with light housework, fix a meal and help incorporate an older child into this new experience.
Benefits of having a postpartum doula:
You will be able to get the sleep you need to heal
Allows for more bonding time with baby
You are taught how to soothe a fussy baby
Help with breastfeeding support
Assistance with your partner in becoming confident in diapering, feeding, soothing, and swaddling techniques.
Can identify early signs of perinatal mood disorders and can provide you with resources so you get the help you need as soon as possible.
Postpartum Doula Services| $30 per hour
As your doula, I agree to provide non-medical physical, emotional, and informational support after the birth of your baby. I will help with self-care recovery, postpartum comfort measures, infant care, and parenting information, and will provide assistance with learning to feed and take care of your baby. I also will assist with breastfeeding (if desired). If something related to breastfeeding is beyond my scope, I can refer you to a lactation consultant.
My doula services will include preparing simple meals and snacks, getting drinks, and answering the phone and door if desired. The tasks I provide each day will depend on the priorities discussed together before beginning services and on your particular needs that day.
I am happy to provide some basic food preparation and light housework, which may consist of laundry for you and your baby, sweeping, picking up toys, dusting in areas, and kitchen clean-up (such as emptying the dishwasher and wiping countertops). I do not do major house cleaning tasks, such as mopping, washing windows, or yard work.
I do not diagnose any medical conditions for you or your baby. If you bring it to my attention or if I notice anything of concern, I will refer you to an appropriate healthcare provider.
I do not transport you or your baby, although I am available to ride with you if you need me to accompany you. I do not take overall care of your baby, but I can stay with the baby alone for short periods of time. My goal is to help you become confident and secure in your own abilities as a new mom and family.
I operate off of a sliding scale fee charge starting at $30/hour