Postpartum support

As a postpartum doula, my goal is to "mother the mother" and nurture the entire family as you transition into life with a newborn. Ideally we will come up with a plan before your baby comes home. If you are a birth doula client of mine, we will discuss this in a prenatal visit. However, I know you may not realize that you want the support of a postpartum doula until you do! If this is the case, please don't hesitate to reach out. If I cannot meet your needs, we will find someone who can.

 

Frequency of visits

Frequency, duration, and number of home visits is entirely up to you. For example, for the first two weeks I might come 3 days/week for 4 hours at a time. Then you may decide you just need me to come once a week for 3 hours at a time for the following few weeks. Usually it works well to have more frequent visits at first, slowly spreading out as the weeks go by.

 

Below are my guidelines for the lower and upper limits of what I can offer.

  • Frequency: I am happy to visit your home 1-4 days/week

  • Duration of individual visit: Between 2-6 hours for each visit

  • Number of weeks: Up to 8 weeks after baby comes home. (The frequency and length of visits can vary throughout the weeks.)

Meeting your needs

As your postpartum doula, my specific tasks will vary greatly throughout the weeks and even in the course of one visit. My hope is to be a source of encouragement and information, give you breaks to rest and replenish, and help make this transition as smooth as possible. Below is a list of things I would expect to do:

  • Check in on your and baby's physical and emotional health

  • Refer you to local resources such as pediatricians, lactation support and support groups

  • Share baby soothing techniques

  • Assistance with newborn care such as diapering, bathing, feeding and comforting

  • Light housekeeping, running errands

  • Light meal preparation

  • Sibling care

How much does it cost?

I will establish fee based on the extent of support you need and your financial situation. I am open to bartering in some situations and sincerely hope that I can provide my services for any family who would benefit from them. If you would like an estimate, please feel free to reach out!

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