Because babies don’t come with instruction manuals!

​​​​What is a Postpartum Doula?
A postpartum doula is a professional support person who's trained to help not only the baby, but the family as well, in the days or months after birth.  As you Doula I provide education about infant care, like how to burp and bathe your baby. I look after your newborn so you can rest and recharge, knowing your baby is in good hands. I also offer support in the practical side of things: baby’s laundry, dishes, tidying up, or prepping a nutritious meal or snacks. As a Postpartum Doula it is my job to mother the new mother, nurturing her so she can nurture her precious new baby.

Do I need a Postpartum Doula?
Not so long-ago women and their partners had a village to be there to teach, guide, assist, and offer emotional support. That type of community is not often available anymore. Parents may not have any family near them or their family may have other obligations such as work and their own families that don’t allow them to provide as much assistance as they would like to. That is where I step in as a Postpartum Doula.

According to Katie Page, a certified nurse midwife, “Postpartum doula care may even help keep the baby blues at bay. Two major contributors to postpartum depression are fatigue and lack of support. Having a reliable doula or village to rally around you while you bond with your baby can be critical to maternal-infant attachment, mental health, and future parenting." Plus, a 2009 study in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing found that postpartum doulas effectively promote maternal responsiveness and competence in new moms.

How Long Does a Postpartum Doula Stay?
As your Postpartum Doula I am there to assist and support you during the fourth trimester, which is the three months after the birth of your baby. A typical shift is 2-4 hours, 4 hours being the average and usually the most beneficial. The amount of time I work with each family is as unique as the family themselves. My goal is to “work myself out of a job”, meaning that I have assisted and supported you in feeling confident in your skills as parents and you no longer need my assistance. When the time comes that you feel you no longer need my services then I have completed my job.

How Much does a Doula Cost?
I charge $30 an hour for my Postpartum Doula services. In addition to Doula services I provide lactation education and infant CPR during our time together at no additional cost.

It is common for parents to request that hours be purchased on their behalf as a baby shower gift. This is an especially meaningful gift for family members who are not nearby to be able to gift you with. Knowing that they cannot be with but can provide you with the gift of care and support is truly amazing.

 I do have gift certificates available, as well as package deals.  


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