In other areas of the
world women have many people who stay with them and support them after giving
birth: parents that may live with them, siblings that live close by, along with
friends and neighbors. These people support the new family. A doula can
provide this same kind of support making bonding with a new baby more
I provide nonmedical
physical, emotional and informational support after the birth of your baby.
I will help with
self-care recovery, postpartum comfort measures, infant care (including
bathing, feeding, safety issues, and swaddling), parenting information, and
provide assistance with learning to feed and take care of your baby. I am
trained in Breastfeeding and can provide breastfeeding support. If something is
beyond my scope, I can refer you to a lactation consultant or other
Practical support will
Daytime and/or evening care
Caring for baby while mom naps
Emotional Support for the new mom, dad, and other family members
with sibling interaction
Referrals to local mama-baby resources
The tasks I provide each
visit will depend on the priorities discussed by all parties before beginning
services and on your particular needs that visit.
I am happy to do some
basic food preparation or light housework. Food preparation may consist of
sandwiches, oatmeal, eggs, etc. Cleaning may consist of laundry for mom
and baby, sweeping, picking up toys, or dusting in areas. Kitchen cleanup may
include emptying the dishwasher and wiping down counter tops. I do not do major
housecleaning tasks such as windows, cleaning of bathrooms, or yard work but if
you are unsure please ask.
As a Postpartum Doula, I
will NOT transport you or any member of your family. However, I can ride
with you if you need me to go somewhere with you. As a postpartum Doula I
also do NOT take over all care of the baby. My goal is to help you become
confident and secure in your own abilities as a new mom and family.
I do Not diagnose any
medical conditions for mother or baby, but will refer you to an appropriate
health care provider if I notice anything of concern.
In the rare event that I
need to cancel a visit, I will call and reschedule.
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