As of 10/10/20 our pricing structure has changed:
Hourly Rate: $40.00 / Hour
To secure your place on our calendar, a two week deposit for services is required. Your deposit will be applied to your last 2 weeks of care.
What is a Postpartum Doula?
A postpartum doula is a support person for families with newborn babies. Our focus is on nurturing the parents by handling the basic household organization, giving them time and space they need to rest and refuel so they can be at their best when caring for their new baby. Our goal is to help new parents develop and gain confidence in their own unique parenting style and skills to the point that they do not need us anymore.
What kind of Postpartum Doula do you need?
All of our "Daytime Doulas" can do but are not limited to doing the following:
- Catch up on laundry
- Prepare a warm meal and ensure parent(s) get to eat it uninterrupted
- Tidy kitchen & surfaces, to prepare for the days meals
- Grocery shop (or accompany parents with baby to grocery store), plan and prepare snaks and meals for the day (or week depending on what's needed)
- Clean & prepare baby feeding supplies (pump parts or bottles)
- Provide baby feeding support
- Provide resources, and a gentle non-bias ear (emotional support), information or demonstrations on newborn and postpartum family's care
- Care for baby while parent takes a shower, talks to a friend on the phone, does yoga, takes a nap or whatever is needed for a parental mental health break
- Go for a walk with parent and baby or send parent on a walk
- Accompany parent with baby on appointments or errands
- AND much, much more!
Types of Bud to Blossom Postpartum Doula Services:
**Time frames listed below are just to give a general idea of when each type of doula could arrive but these times are not required. The shift times are completely customizable to the family. To maximize your postpartum doula benefits, a minimum 4 hour day shift and 9 hour night shift is suggested. Day shifts range from 4 - 12 hours and night shifts range from 9-12 hours depending on the family's needs.**
5-6:00am arrival (4 to 6 hour shift):
Imagine you've been up all night caring for your sweet, but not so sleepy newborn baby. Now you're exhausted and need a nap! Your sunrise doula greets you in the wee hours of the morning, she will care for your baby and your home while you sleep, have some time for you and help you prepare for the rest of your day or week.
Parents can catch up on their sleep, wake up to a warm meal and eat it with both hands - uninterrupted, take a shower or a walk (with or without baby up to your preference), or whatever is needed most. Your Sunrise Doula can then help you plan for the rest of your day or week.
Good Morning Doula
9-10:00am arrival (4 to 6 hour shift):
Your Good Morning Doula will help you get your day off to a great start! Imagine a morning where you've been up since 6 or 7am, just as it's time for your baby to eat and then go down for their morning nap, your Good Morning Doula arrives to help burp, change and get baby to sleep. Meanwhile, the parent gets to go take a nap themselves, or maybe a shower, or a long talk with a friend. While the parent is rejuvenating the Good Morning Doula is preparing lunch and the day's snacks, perhaps even dinner, laundry is started, the house is tidy and baby is cared for! The parent gets to wake up to a warm meal and eat it uninterrupted, a tidy house, laundry done and rests easy knowing a trained professional is caring for their newborn!
**A detailed description of what our Daytime Doulas do found above.**
Mid-Day Nap Doula
1-2:00pm arrival (4 hour shift):
Ever notice that mid-day sleepy feeling? Or maybe you spent most of the previous night and morning up with your active newborn baby? Your Mid-Day Nap Doula is there to give you some reprive so that you can get through dinner and bedtime and the next night at your best! The duties of a Mid-Day Nap Doula are the same for any of our Daytime Doulas.
INTRODUCING ~ Our New & Exclusive Foodie Doula service!
Danka Orellana, our Foodie Doula, can come simply to help with your family's foodie needs OR may be added to any of our other doula services.
4 - 5:00pm arrival (4 to 6 hour shift):
Dinner Doula's are there to help you prepare dinner, will hold your baby and/or entertain your toddler while you enjoy your dinner start to finish. When dinner is over, she will make sure your kitchen is clean and stay to help you wind the family down for bedtime. If needed, she will even help tuck everyone in for a good night's sleep!
Dinner and a Doula
4 - 5:00pm arrival, stays overnight (until 6 - 7:00am):
Your Dinner and a Doula doula follows the above description for Dinner Doula, but also stays for an overnight.
9 - 10:00pm arrival (9 to 12 hour shift):
A Night Doula is there to help the new parents catch up on their sleep. What a Night Doula does depends greatly on what the parents need and can vary from night to night. Just some of the ways an Night Doula can help include but are not limited to:
- Wake with mom/baby - stay up with mom through feeding - burp, change and get baby back to sleep - doula stays with baby
- Bottle feed baby through the night so parents can catch up on their sleep
- Bottle cleaning and preparing (if bottle feeding)
- Clean and prepare mom's pump parts (if she's pumping), collect pumped milk for baby or storage
- Laundry if requested
- If requested, cook crock pot meals through the night or prep warm drink and light meal for breakfast parents can wake up to
Whether your family needs to catch up on some much-needed rest or help navigating night time wakings, feedings, and getting baby back to sleep, let us support and guide you and help you catch up on your zzzzz's.
Not sure if a postparum doula is right for you?
Try us Once or As Needed:
If you are not sure you need a postpartum doula, you can hire us just once or even here and there as needed. This falls into the 24 hours or less rate category.
There is a suggested 4-hour minimum during the day and suggested 8-hour minimum for overnights. Daytime and Overnight task descriptions are above.
Who Needs a Postpartum Doula?
Every parent bringing a newborn baby into their family needs a postpartum doula! There was a time when a woman would give birth and her whole family and even tribe would gather around her and make sure she was taken care of. In our culture today, many new parents find themselves alone, isolated, and expected to do it all. We have unfortunately gotten away from the “it takes a village” mentality. A postpartum doula fills that gap and provides the emotional, physical, practical, and informational support a new family needs.
"My very favorite thing about being a postpartum doula is watching parents step into their confidence! I hold the space, meeting them where they are at in that moment ~ and provide the support, information and resources they need to be the best parents they can be." ~ Sierra Brooks