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
All doula packages are charged at a rate of $30/hour with a 6 hour minimum with a $60 deposit applied to your first day's balance, to secure a spot on my calendar.
Larger, custom packages are available and a discount is given for packages that include over 24 hours. All packages listed include a free prenatal planning session around 37 weeks.
The duties/descriptions listed in our premade packages are merely suggestions on use of allotted time but can include anything within our scope of practice.
Postpartum Doula Packages
Our WelcomeHome package is a great package for the intensive first week home. These2, 3 hour visits focus on supporting mom in postpartum recovery and care, hands on, in home education about baby care, feeding and safety as well as managing visitors and meal plans. This package includes 2, 3 three hour visits and is recommended for the first 7 days of baby’s life but can be used at any time.
Our SettleIn package helps you do just that. This package provides extra time to aide mom 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 leave family members time to get to know their new little one. This package is also great for families who would like care transitioning home but also have older children who could use support as they transition to their new roles. This is our most popular package.
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. We would be proud to see you through the fourth trimester because we're InThisTogether!
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 mom address Dad's 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 in their early infancy. We would be proud to see you through the fourth trimester because we're InThisTogether!