Postpartum Doula Service - 35.00/ hour
Types of Postpartum Care:
Once or As Needed (4 hour minimum during the day, 8 hour minimum overnight)
Long term care (a commitment of 3 weeks or more of service)
What is a Postpartum Doula?
A postpartum doula is a support person for families with newborn babies. My focus is nurturing the mother so that she can be the best mother she can be. My goal is to help the new parents develop their own unique parenting style and gain confidence in their parenting skills to the point where they do not need me anymore.
What Does a Postpartum Doula Do?
The job of a postpartum doula varies from day to day. It also depends on if it is during the day or overnight care.
During the day, I will focus on what’s happening with mom and baby in that moment. Does she need food, rest, her space clean and clear? Maybe she needs someone to listen to the story of her birth, or a walk in the sunshine? Or maybe her baby is having a hard time with breastfeeding or sleep. My job is to access the daily situation and take action based on mom's priorities. Some things I will help with include but are not limited to:
- helping the mother process her birth and postpartum experience
- we will set reasonable goals and make reasonable accomplishments each day
- go for walks
- help make sure mom gets a nap & shower
- family laundry - clean, folded, put away
- keep kitchen clean and organized
- meal planning and prepping
- grocery shopping (with you or you can send me)
- baby feeding support both bottle and breastfeeding
- older sibling preparation, support
- information and resources on various newborn/postpartum issues
- wake with mom/ baby - stay up with mom through feeding and help mom get baby back to sleep
- be with baby through the night while parents sleep, bringing baby to mother for night nursing
- clean & prepare mom's pump parts (if she's pumping)
- bottle feed baby through the night so parents can catch up on their sleep
- If bottle feeding - bottle cleaning & preparing
- laundry if requested
- can cook crock pot meals through the night if requested
Typical overnight hours range from 7pm-7am.
Whether your family needs to catch up on some much needed rest, or help navigating night time baby wakings, feedings and getting baby back to sleep, let me support and guide you.
Once or As Needed
If you are not sure you need a postpartum doula, you can hire me just once or even here or there as needed. This would not guarantee you a place on my calendar, but if I am available I'm yours.
4 hours minimum during the day or 8 hours minimum overnight. Daytime and night time task descriptions above.
Long Term Care
This is for the people who are planners. This allows me to book a block of time for you on my calendar and gives you comfort knowing you will receive the postpartum support you need.
Who Needs a Postpartum Doula?
Every mother who has just given birth needs a postpartum doula! There was a time when a mother 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 moms find themselves alone, isolated and expected to do it all. Unfortunately we have 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.
MotherBaby Sleep Support - $100 - 3-5 hours
Is your baby having trouble taking naps, staying asleep or transitioning from day to night? Does your baby have long periods of crying? Having any issues with breast or bottle feeding? Are you struggling with lack of sleep? For families with babies up to 12 months old (some exceptions possible) Let me help!
This service is designed to support new parents through crying, sleeping and feeding their babies. To give new parents ideas on how they can best support their babies. All babies have a sleep, wake, eat, play cycle that becomes a rhythm. When we tune into their rhythm, we can respond to their cues and help them develop healthy eat/ sleep habits. We can also reduce the amount of crying and create more household relaxation.
How does this work?
I come to your home and spend 3-5 hours observing as your baby moves through several sleep, wake, eat cycles. I meet you right where you are at and we go from there. If it's breastfeeding, we start there and then move to sleep. If it's crying we start there with various calming baby techniques. We work together to identify your baby's cues and signals then put some ideas into action. We practice baby wearing, swaddling, burping, soothing and develop a comfortable sleep environment for your baby. What we do depends totally on the family's situation and most of all, what is happening with baby - NOW. Then last, we put together a plan on how to best support baby, mom and family. We stay in contact over then next few weeks to make sure the plan is working or make adjustments where necessary.
You can choose to try this service once or have me back again. No limits on this service.
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. I am very well connected in our community and can give referrals for other professionals in the postpartum/new baby professions. I pride myself in getting the most up-to-date education and information on newborn care as well as how to best support a mother and her family, after she has given birth.