Postpartum Doula Services
A postpartum doula provides emotional and practical support to the whole family during the postpartum period. Research evidence shows that the quality services of a postpartum doula can ease the transition that comes with the addition of a baby to a family, improve parental satisfaction, help achieve breastfeeding success, and reduce the risk of mood disorders and child abuse.
The goal of the postpartum doula is to:
- Offer education, companionship, and nonjudgmental support during the postpartum fourth trimester;
- Assist with newborn care, family adjustment, meal preparation, and light household tidying; and
- Provide evidence-based information on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, infant soothing and coping skills for new parents, and makes appropriate referrals when necessary.
What a postpartum doula does changes from day to day as the needs of the family change. Postpartum doulas do whatever a mother needs to enjoy and care for her new baby. A large part of the doula’s role is education. She shares information about baby care with parents, as well as teaches siblings and partners to “mother the mother.” She also assists with breastfeeding education. Above all, the postpartum doula makes sure the mother is fed, well hydrated and comfortable.
Women have complex needs during childbirth and the weeks that follow. In addition to medical care and the love and companionship provided by their partners, women need consistent, continuous reassurance, comfort, encouragement, and respect. They need individualized care based on their circumstances and preferences.
For more information on the role a postpartum doula can play in your family, please see DONA International’s FAQ on postpartum doulas.
My Postpartum Doula Services
My goal is to support your evolving style of parenting and offer services and resources that complement your family.
For you and your partner:
- Emotional and physical support for mother
- Support father through his transition to his new role
- Parenting guidance
- Breastfeeding support
- Active listening
- Resource referrals (books, counselors, websites, etc)
For your family and home:
- Preparing healthy meals
- Helping older siblings with adjustment
- Caring for your infant (so you can take a shower, sleep, be with your partner or other children, etc)
- Light housekeeping (including laundry, dishes, etc)
- Running errands
Scheduling postpartum doula care
Many families want support immediately after the birth, ensuring that the parents can get off to a good start with breastfeeding and family bonding. Some families prefer to have at least six weeks of regular help a few times a week during the day. Other families prefer to taper care, with more visits during the first few days, gradually decreasing over the next few weeks. Many mothers want extra support and company when their partner returns to work, so they are not alone with the infant all day.
I would love to meet with your family during pregnancy to get acquainted with you and discuss your projected needs and timeframe. I believe every woman deserves support in the postpartum period. Let's talk about what services your family particularly needs. Please contact me to set up a free interview.
$30 per hour for single babies and $35 per hour for twins