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While a doula is very valuable during pregnancy, labor and delivery, she can also be of great help in the weeks after the birth of your baby.  Having a postpartum doula can really hold that space and give your the opportunity to really get to know each other, and help make that transition smoother and more peaceful for all of you.  Your doula can also provide information and support, to help you get through some of the trickier parts of early breastfeeding, bathing and diapering your newborn for the first time, how to soothe a fussy baby, as well as coping with the potential exhaustion of sleep deprivation and any signs of postpartum depression.

Taking care of a new baby is a 24-hour a day job.  When you've just given birth, your body is still readjusting to being not pregnant and needs time to rest and recover.  Having a Postpartum Doula can be just the help you need.

 

Postpartum Doula Services


• Nurturing the new mother and family
• Providing information, resources and any referrals
• Breastfeeding support
• Newborn care such as diapering, bathing, cord care.
• Strategies for coping with sleep deprivation, soothing baby.
• Emotional Support
• Light meal preparation, planning
• Light housekeeping such as laundry
• Run errands, such as food shopping

Having a postpartum doula for just a few hours can allow some time to process your birth experience, put together pictures or birth announcements, or just having someone to hold the baby while you take a shower.

Hours and length of service varies from client to client depending on the family’s needs.  Shifts can be full time, with 9 to 5 coverage, or part-time with shifts of 4 to 6 hours a day.  The number of days per week also varies from a few hours or can be 2 to 7 days a week.   Night time doula care is available and focuses primarily on baby care to ensure that parents can get some rest.

Postpartum services are billed on a sliding scale, but fees are generally an hourly basis of $22.00 for day hours and $25.00 for overnight hours.