Are you a new or expectant mother?
I would love to support you at this very special time in your life.
care and assistance to new mothers &
Having a baby is one
of the most exciting events in life, but for a woman recovering from
childbirth, caring for a newborn can be a challenge. The postpartum period is
sometimes called the “4th trimester”. This should be a peaceful
window of time for mother/infant bonding, mom’s physical recovery, and
establishing successful breastfeeding. Because
our culture focuses
on the pregnant mom and childbirth, the value of the postpartum period often is
overlooked and new moms are expected to bounce back much too quickly. When a doula is in your home, mom can focus on these very
important things, while her doula does her job of “mothering the mother”.
is a heartfelt privilege to support families after their babies arrive.
are some of the things I provide.
SUPPORT: Childbirth is hard work, and new mama deserves TLC. I assist mom’s recovery by making sure she is
eating, staying hydrated, and getting rest. I will take care of her little one
while she eats, rests, or showers, and help with siblings if this is not baby#1.
If new mama wants to sleep, I will care for and feed baby, or wake her to
breastfeed when baby is hungry.
EDUCATION: I can provide breastfeeding education & guidance, tips for
diapering, swaddling, and calming, and help with that first bath. I offer evidence-based
information and follow current APA (American Pediatric Assoc.) recommendations on sleep safety.
HELP: I can make you snacks, light meals, and keep
your kitchen clean. Bottles will be washed and formula will be made. I will do
baby laundry, and keep baby/family areas tidy. I also will shop for any food,
pharmacy, or baby items you might want before I arrive for my shift.
SUPPORT: New moms worry they are doing things wrong. A doula can provide a reassuring presence
while mom finds her comfort zone as a parent.
Days with a newborn can be long and lonely. A
doula’s companionship is valuable on many levels. Baby
Blues. It is not unusual for moms to feel teary or overwhelmed in
the early weeks due to hormonal shifts, pain, &
lack of sleep. A doula listens to mom’s feelings and concerns with a
non-judgmental ear. If anxiety or sadness persists, I can suggest professional