Advantages of using a Postpartum Doula
• Facilitates maternal responsiveness and competence
• Parents gain a better understanding of newborns needs and behavior
• Greater breastfeeding success
• Improves attachment and bonding between mother-baby and the whole family unit
• Reduces risk of postpartum depression and it can be easier for mom to cope with if it has arisen
• Improves mother's confidence, reduces exhaustion, frustration, and anxiety
• Partners are able to resume work sooner and with less anxiety
Grandparents and Doulas
Grandparents who have doulas around learn to care for the new parents and their grandchild in a gentle and supportive way, able to use their instincts and experience in a way that supports the parents’ choices.
Some grandparents feel that a doula will replace them—until they meet the doula! They quickly learn that the doula’s role can never compare to the role that a grandparent provides, and that the immediate support of a postpartum doula can help answer their questions as well (after all, it’s probably been a long time since they cared for a newborn!) Many grandmothers don’t have experience with breastfeeding, and have to learn how to support a new mother venturing out on this adventure with only bottle feeding experience to share. A doula can fill the gaps, translating some of the advice given years ago into what will both encourage a new mom, while respecting that grandma has done much of this work before, and she knows a lot!
Planning Your “Baby Moon”
Initial Consultation: This in-home meeting allows us a chance to become familiar with one another, answer questions, and to find out if we are a good fit. This is a complimentary service.
Length of Postpartum Services: I start out with a minimum of two 4-hour days per week for two weeks. You may build on hours from there as needed. My half day is at least 4 hours; a full day is a maximum of 8 hours. Your postpartum package is completely customizable. You always have the option of purchasing an extension of hours based on your needs and my availability.
Fees: As a 32 year veteran in the birth education and doula world I feel strongly that access to care shouldn’t be cost prohibitive. For this reason I only ask $25 per hour. Half of my total fee is due at the time of hire; this is a non refundable deposit. The other half is due after your baby is born and prior to your first day of care. A credit card can be left on file for your convenience.
Scheduling: For more information, or to schedule an in-home consultation, please contact me 513-683-6990 or email@example.com .
Who uses a Postpartum Doula?
• Anyone who has just given birth vaginally or by cesarean
• Families with multiples, a premature newborn, or an adopted baby
• Families with other young children
• Mothers whose partners must return to work shortly after birth or who are traveling regularly
• Mothers who have no extended family to care for them
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Dads and Doulas
Dads who have doulas learn parenting skills more quickly and become better equipped to take on care of their infant alone confidently. When dads have doulas to offer them guidance they have a chance to have a neutral party give them some insider tips, helping them learn without the pressure of family members watching and judging. Dads who spend more time with their infant alone in the early days spend significantly more time caring for their baby in the first year.
Top 10 Reasons You Should Hire A Postpartum Doula!
10. A doula offers judgment free support allowing you to develop your “inner-momma” peacefully, smoothly and at your own pace.
9. Your doula will discuss various parenting philosophies and options with you and support you in every decision you make, so you can let your guard down and explore your parenting options.
8. Early breastfeeding can be challenging, having a doula by your side during frustrating or tired feedings can be extremely beneficial.
7. You can be nurtured while you nurture your newborn.
6. You will be reminded to eat well and stay hydrated. Simple things like eating and drinking are easily overlooked while focusing on a newborn, however, they are extremely important to your recovery and milk supply.
5. You can be free of day-to-day household tasks and errands in order to focus on bonding with your baby and your partner.
4. Your doula understands “baby speak” and can help you decode it so you can become an expert on your newborn.
3. Doulas are trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of postpartum depression. Your doula can advise you of what is a “normal” part of your emotional recovery and what you might need some help with.
2. You can allow yourself “real” sleep, knowing that a trained professional is caring for your baby while you rest and recover.
1. Mothers who have doulas get their confidence faster than when they are going it alone. When you have someone there to affirm that your choices are actually right on track, you start to believe in yourself and trust your observations about your baby. Most new moms question themselves. The key is whether you have someone to encourage you that your instincts are good!