As your postpartum doula, it is my pleasure to help you in whatever way is best for you.
I am here to educate, support, encourage and empower you! These services will be available to you during my visits to your home and via text/email.
I am happy to serve you using English or American Sign Language :)
Assistance with perineal healing/c-section recovery
Nutritious snack and meal preparation
Care for child while parents rest
Help with babywearing
Assistance on outings
An extra set of hands to help with anything!
Listening without judgement
Validating your joys and concerns
Encouraging bonding with new child
Watching for signs of postpartum depression
Discussing various options and supporting your choices
Care for child while parents take time for self-care
Support for non-birthing partner, siblings, and other family members
Strategies for positive family communication
Sharing techniques on feeding, bathing, dressing, etc.
Information on newborn norms and development
Providing evidence-based information on any topic
Sharing of local resources and support groups
Information on baby gear
Providing resources for partner
Help with navigating information available online
House plant care
Nursery and supply organization
Spending time with siblings
Taking photos for you
What does a postpartum doula not do?
Diagnose or interpret medical conditions
Perform clinical procedures
Stay alone with babies or other children routinely or for extended periods of time
Transport family members
Act as a nanny or house-keeper
Make parenting or infant care choices or decisions
Teach a 'cry it out' approach of sleep training
While these tasks are beyond my scope of practice, I will be happy to provide resources and referrals to those who are equipped to meet these needs. Knowing who to turn to in specialized situations is one of a postpartum doulas most important responsibilities!
What are the benefits of a postpartum doula?
Studies show that mothers who receive postpartum support are less likely to develop postpartum depression and are more likely to breastfeed their babies longer. The support that a postpartum doula provides decreases feelings of isolation and can help parents feel confident in their ability to parent their new child. Personally, one of my goals is to help you feel present and mindful during this unique time.
What does a typical visit look like?
A typical visit will start with a discussion - how have things been going, how can I help you today? From there, I will work to satisfy your needs, whatever they may be. This could include anything from chatting, help with breastfeeding, a walk around the block, hanging out with your babe while you nap, etc. Before I leave, I will make sure you have what you need or know how to get it.
Do you offer virtual support?
Yes! In times when in-person support is not possible, I am happy to connect with your via video chat! This kind of support provides the opportunity for connection, trouble-shooting and peace of mind in difficult times. See Packages for details!
If I'm interested in working with you, what do I do next?
Please reach out via the contact form and I will get in touch with you as soon as possible to set up a consultation. During this time, we can talk about your needs and expectations, figure out logistics and make sure that any questions you have are answered. There is no charge for this consultation. I look forward to meeting you!
When would you work with us?
This is really up to you! Some families want support from day one, others would like doula support later on, perhaps after visiting family members have left. Normally, a visit is a minimum of 4 hours. How often these visits occur and for how long is something that we will figure out together! Please see the Packages page for more info.
What if I just want lactation support?
Sure! This is totally possible. I am happy to meet with you for breastfeeding or chestfeeding troubleshooting and support. Please see the Lactation Support for more info.