How Does a Postpartum Doula Fit in your Birth?
Schedule a virtual introduction meeting
Contact me to set up a virtual introductory meeting (30-45 minutes via Zoom or FaceTime) as a way to get to know one another. Free of charge this meeting gives you a chance to ask me any questions that you may have about me, doula work, etc. to ensure that I'm the right doula to support you through your postpartum journey.
Postpartum Doula Support
Postpartum visits are typically scheduled to occur 2 days to 6 weeks after bringing baby home, but support can be provided up to one year postpartum.
Postpartum Support Can Include:
Creating a postpartum plan
Talking about and processing your birth
Lactation and Feeding baby
Pumping and storing milk
Newborn care and education (diapering, first bath, babywearing)
Sibling care and adjustment
Accompaniment to appointments, support groups, etc.
Direct newborn care so parents can sleep, eat, rest, etc.
Light housework (laundry, dishes, etc.)
Connecting you to resources
Appointments can take place in person or virtually. I have a 2-hour minimum and 6-hour maximum. Virtual appointments can be booked in 1-hour slots. Postpartum hours can be scheduled starting at 38 weeks to 1 year postpartum or schedule as you need support.
Daytime appointments: 8am-4pm (flexible +/- 1 hour)
Evening/after hours: 4pm-8am
In order to ensure access to support, my fees are $35 - $55/hr. You are free to choose a rate that works for you, no questions asked. You are required to pay 50% upfront for contracted hours/to reserve your due date. That amount will be applied to services once hours start. I will invoice every 2 weeks for services after that. For those scheduling on an as needed basis, full payment is due at the time of scheduling.
What a Postpartum Doula Does and Doesn't do
Encourage the family to seek care that reflects their values and needs
Encourage informed decision making
Support the physical and emotional healing of the birther
Provide information and education on care options and resources for the birther, newborn, and family
Support and assist with infant feeding
Refer out to healthcare professionals when support requires clinical assessment, a need for prescription, or medical diagnosis
I do not…
Diagnose medical conditions
Interpret medical diagnoses or clinical results
Perform clinical procedures, including: taking infant's temperature or administrating medications to infant or birther
Take over complete care of the infant
Transport any family members
Sleep train babies
Act as a housekeeper or nanny