Postpartum Doula Services
It's best to meet with potential clients, before the birth of their baby, in order to get acquainted, discuss prior postpartum experiences, if any and to discuss what kind of support they are looking for. There have been times however, when I was interviewed during the early postpartum period. This meeting is for us to meet, see if we are compatible and for us to ask questions to learn more about each other. This is an important meeting and learning about the woman's past experiences,
fears and concerns will allow me the opportunity to think about what support and/or resources she and her family might need during the postpartum period.
- Q&A to get better acquainted
- I will offer contact information for a few other different doulas to interview with
- I thank you for your time and leave my contract for consideration, along with references.
AFTER I AM HIRED
I will thank you for choosing me to support you in this transitional time in your/your families lives.
- We would finalize a schedule for support.
- You would fill out the contract and email back to me, along with a deposit.
- I would offer my support, as per the contract, and resources, where applicable.
AFTER THE BIRTH OF YOUR BABY
I will join you, at the time agreed upon, ready to support you and your family!
- Emotional, physical and informational support to the family.
- Listening and validating feelings
- Light meal preparation
- Errands/grocery shopping
- Infant care/sibling care while mother rests/showers
- Light housework
The main role of the postpartum doula is to help the family make a smooth adjustment from hospital to home, from birthing center to home or from birthing tub/space in their home to their bed and beyond.
A doulas job is to empower, encourage and educate new parents as they transition into the role of being a new parent or transitioning into the role of being the parents to multiple children.
Doulas do not take over the care of the newborn. We listen, support and gently educate new parents on how to care for themselves and their newborn in this new role. If women are not supported during the postpartum period, it makes it harder to care for their newborn. Self care is very important. Doulas are non-judgmental support, doulas offer resources and non-medical information.
What Postpartum Doulas will NOT do:
Assess/treat any medical condition you or your newborn may have.
Offer any medical advice.
Make any decisions for you.
*Studies have shown that women who have social support during the postpartum
period tend to have less postpartum depression, breastfeed for a longer duration,
and make a better adjustment to parenthood.
$30.00 / hour (daytime)
***MULTIPLES is $35.00 an hour
$35.00 / hour (nights)
***MULTIPLES is $45.00 an hour
*There is a weekly $50.00 travel fee for distances greater than 30 miles from my home.