Postpartum Doula Care
The missing link in american maternity care
For centuries the birth of a new baby was considered a communal event. Still today, many cultures practice rituals that provide support and care for new mothers. Around the world, a mothers "lying in period" is honored by having household responsibilities alleviated so that she may take the time she needs to rest, recover from birth, and figure out this new little being. In America today, mothers are seldom given the rest, recuperation, and support they deserve. We are expected to move through day to day responsibilities while learning myriads of new skills on little to no sleep. Just thinking about it is overwhelming!
This lack of community is where your postpartum doula steps in; for parents to rest and recharge. We nurture you so you can nurture your new baby. On top of helping you rest or get a much needed bath; your postpartum doula is there to help you navigate the new worlds of breastfeeding, baby-wearing, and all things newborn care.
What will your postpartum doula do exactly?
Our favorite question is "What do you need right now?"
Our mission is to leave you feeling on top of the world (or at least this whole parenting thing). Your priorities are our priorities...
Overall baby care. We can help with bathing baby, making sure the cord is healing well, diapering, etc.
Bottle care: sanitizing, safe formula prep guidelines
Baby carrier guidance
Helping baby get on a schedule
Overall family/caregiver support
Handle feeding baby so you can get a full nights rest.
Bottle feeding? We'll feed baby and bring you the pump parts so you can pump. If you're formula feeding we will make the bottles for the night and leave you with extra for the morning.
Nursing? When baby wakes up or if we're still needing baby to get back to birth weight then we'll come get you when it's time for baby to wake up and nurse.
Washing of all bottles, pacifiers, breast pump and accessories.
Burping, swaddling, diaper changing, rocking baby back to sleep.
Gentle sleep guidance.
One of our most important jobs is to support Mom & her partner (single mama's we got you!!) with evidence based information about baby care. Parenting comes instinctually but at the same time requires a lot of learned skills. You've got questions? As experienced Moms and Doulas and infant care experts, we have a wealth of knowledge that we'd love to share with you.
$30 an hour, package pricing available upon request
*If you need a payment plan, sliding scales or if you'd like to bundle services together for a special rate please contact us. Please don't let finances get in the way of hiring the right doula!