The Postpartum Doula
"The moment a child is born, a mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new." Rajnessh
A postpartum doula offers many services to her clients, but her main goals are to help "mother the mother" and nurture the entire family as they transition into life with a newborn. This includes but is not limited to the following:
- Knowledgeable care for physical recovery after birth
- Processing the birth experience
- Nurture and empower the mother and family within their new roles, including sibling adjustments
- Foster a restful environment for the new family - Helping to organize the home to meet the needs of life with an infant (breastfeeding and changing areas, areas for self care etc.
- Evidence based infant care including understanding baby’s cues, feeding, soothing, comfort and safety
- Breastfeeding support
- Synchronize household organization and family schedule
- Babywearing assistance, education, and demonstrations
- Nutritious snack and meal planning
- Local errands
- Light housework
- Helping mothers transition back to work while breastfeeding
- Provide other professional resources and referrals as needed
Research shows that women who have competent and helpful postpartum support enjoy greater breastfeeding success, greater self confidence and fewer cases of postpartum depression. -The Postpartum Doula's Role in Maternal Care. DONA 2006
The duties/descriptions listed in our packages are merely suggestions on use of allotted time but can include anything within our scope of practice.
Postpartum Doula Packages
All postpartum doula packages include a one hour home visit to develop a physical plan for the postpartum period. Scheduled around 37 weeks, this 1 hour plan covers all the upcoming changes and role shifts as it pertains to household members and lays out specifics regarding the doulas role.
Doula services are sold in packages starting with a 6 hour minimum commitment.
A non-refundable deposit of $30 is due at this time to secure your spot on my calendar.
Doula hours are daytime shifts provided in 3 hour blocks.
Packages of hours 6-12 hours are charged at a rate of $35/hour.
Packages of 12+ hours are discounted at $30/hour.
Our WelcomeHome package is made up of 2, 3 three hour visits and is recommended for the intensive first 7 days of life at home. These visits focus on birth processing, the birthing parent's mental and emotional heath, physically supporting postpartum recovery and care, hands on, in home education and assistance with baby care, establishing breastfeeding or feeding routines, and managing household tasks.
Our SettleIn package provides extra time to aide in healing and self care, continued education and assistance with baby care and growth as well as continued assistance with feeding and routines. Solidifying new household systems will keep everything running smoothly and foster bonding opportunities. This package is great for families who would like care transitioning home but also have older children who could use support in their new roles. This is our most popular package and is often scheduled weekly, covering baby's first month of life.
Our InTheGroove package is a comprehensive package aimed at getting you on track for the long haul. First visits are spent addressing postpartum recovery and care, infant feeding and routines. The intensive early weeks can be addressed and additional hours can be spread out to handle the changes that always accompany a growing child. All our packages can be customized to your specific needs and will provide complete care from the day you come home to well into your child's first months.
Our FullyNested package spans the entire fourth trimester and gets everyone on track. The hours in this package can be spread out to address all the major hurdles. While the hours needed in the first two weeks may be more intense, having extra support for some of the challenges that come later can be beneficial. We are here to help address return to work, and help establish successful routines for resuming physical activity and work responsibilities that often come around 6-12 weeks postpartum. Infants are constantly changing. We can be there to help you address their needs and yours as they grow.
Postpartum Planning Visit
If you are not sure what your needs will be but know you would feel more confident with a plan we offer this prenatal consultation as a stand alone visit. This prenatal consult, scheduled around 36 weeks, is a two hour session in your home where the doula and partners make a physical plan for the postpartum period. This includes education about recovery needs after birth, how to manage visitors, plans for shifting household roles and expectations, and establishing a plan for existing systems to accommodate changes after baby's arrival.
This is a stand alone, single day service that does not require purchase of an hourly doula package.
First Year Support
Parent support for the first year
InThisTogether offers continued support into the first year of your baby's life. Topics can include but are not limited to safe sleep, feeding, weaning, babywearing, babyproofing, and signing with your baby.
These are custom packages crafted for previous clients that desire additional parent support for the first year.