Nurturing Growing Families
 

Services

 
 
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Postpartum Doula Services

  • Postpartum care from birth through 1000 days

  • Prenatal and virtual options

  • Package discounts and gift certificates available

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Bengkung Belly Binding

  • Malaysian wrapping technique

  • Includes tutorial and cotton muslin wrap

  • Discounts apply when combined with doula service

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Groups and Workshops

  • Various topics

  • Small group setting

  • Safe space for conversation, questions and community

What is a Postpartum Doula?

 

She is anything from an extra pair of hands to a deep well filled with knowledge you didn't realize you needed. An expert, an ear, a resource. She is a chameleon. A stagehand. A presence, a peace. Someone who adapts to fit the need from week to week or moment to moment. A companion, a guide, a shoulder to cry on, a keen set of eyes. And so much more besides.

And if she does her job well, you may never fully realize the value of her service.

 
 
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A Postpartum Doula helps families transition to life with a newborn. It's a delicate and incredible time, and even when everything is going well, parents are often surprised by the sudden intensity of the days and weeks following the birth of their baby. An experienced and knowledgeable presence in the home can help new families navigate through the season of change as they chart a course to their new normal.

With effective postpartum support in place, concerns about postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety or other postpartum mood or anxiety disorders (PMADs) may be eased. A postpartum doula is trained to recognize signs and symptoms of trouble, and will communicate any observations with the family and refer to professional help in a timely manner.

Doulas provide five types of support: physical, emotional, informational, spiritual and mediatorial.*

Doulas do not provide any medical care, advice or interpretations. Hiring a doula for the postpartum period looks different for each family depending on their needs. Care may include but is not limited to any of the following:

Physical Support for the Mother

  • Helps mother take care of her postpartum body

  • Offers appropriate suggestions for postpartum comfort measures

  • Makes sure mother gets enough nourishment, fluids and rest

Physical Support for the Family

  • Prepares simple meals and snacks for the family

  • Cares for baby while parents eat, shower or rest

  • May run errands for the family (alone)

  • Helps care for siblings

  • Light housekeeping or laundry

Emotional Support for the Mother

  • Listens to the birth story

  • Validates the emotional challenges during postpartum

  • Provides appropriate empathy and sympathy

Emotional Support for the Family

  • Encourages and reassures the whole family during an emotionally vulnerable time

  • Supports the entire family through the postpartum transition

Informational Support for the Mother and Family

  • Guides family in infant care techniques

  • Gives information on infant development

  • Helps parents learn about feeding their baby

  • Assists families in bonding with their baby

  • Helps parents know when to call for help

  • Provides appropriate resources and referrals

Spiritual Support for the Mother

  • Provides a special woman-to-woman connection

  • Offers a unique touch and trust relationship

*Postpartum doula description of duties adapted from the ICEA website and training materials.

 

Who Needs a Postpartum Doula?

 

The short answer: EVERYONE!

Postpartum Doulas Serve:

Two-Parent Birth Families

Single Parent Families

Adoptive, Foster and Surrogate Families

Military Families

Grieving Families

Families with Multiples

Teenage Parents

First-time Parents

Second- Third- Fourth- (etc.) time parents

Parents at Risk for Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs)

 

While the moment-to-moment, day-to-day care may look as different as every household does, a Postpartum Doula is trained to be sensitive to the needs of each individual family she serves. Her care will be uniquely tailored to your personal needs and discussed in advance.

Never be shy about sharing your expectations of care with your doula. She would rather refer you to someone else than promise to offer something she is unable to deliver. When you and your doula are both clearly communicating your wants, needs, expectations and abilities, you will both move through and beyond your professional relationship with joy and satisfaction.