Postpartum Services

Research shows that parents who are cared for and supported after having a baby are more likely to feel confident, have a lower incidence of postpartum depression, and more success with breastfeeding….postpartum doulas can positively impact a parent’s competence and responsiveness to their baby ~ Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing

Services can be booked in blocks of two, four, or six weeks and in either four, eight or ten hour shifts during the day (between the hours of 8am and 10pm) or eight to ten hour shifts at night (between 6pm and 8am). Doula can only be scheduled for a maximum of six days each week as she needs one day a week to care for herself in order to be able to care for clients.  Many clients appreciate this structure.  However, please do not hesitate to contact me if the support you are looking for differs. I am always happy to try and meet clients where they are at.

Daytime Rates (8am-10pm) = $35/hour for singleton, $40/hour for multiples (4 hour minimum)

Overnight Rates (6pm-8am)  = $40/hour (8 hour minimum)

24hr shifts when baby first comes home = call to discuss

Each of my clients need me in different ways but the core of my postpartum services include but are not limited to the following:

  • A prenatal visit of 1.5 – 2 hours to discuss specific concerns and support the doula can provide
  • Encouragement for new parents to help them become confident in their decisions and to trust their instincts
  • Encouragement and support of infant-parent bonding
  • Infant feeding support whether you are nursing, formula feeding, bottle feeding or a combination of these
  • Cleaning of feeding and pumping supplies
  • Supporting recovery after birth – both physical and emotional
  • Light cooking/preparing healthy, well balanced meals and snacks for the family
  • Light housekeeping, baby’s laundry, grocery shopping, and errands (shopping expenses will be paid by client)
  • Screening for postpartum mood disorders
  • Referrals to local resources
  • Assistance with and education on newborn care (swaddling, baby wearing, diapering, feeding, bathing, soothing, etc.)
  • Nursery organization
  • Caring for baby while parents attend to their own self care
  • Massage for mother (client acknowledges that doula has no formal massage therapy training or credentials)
  • Acupressure comfort measures 
  • Assisting with care of siblings and pets and help them adjust to the newest family member
  • Providing evidence based information to help new parents make decisions about the care of the their children