What is a Postpartum Doula?

Whether this is your first child or you are already parents, the addition of a new baby is a significant change for the entire family.   As a postpartum doula, it is my role to nurture not only the mother and infant, but the family as a whole.   My goal is to alleviate stress and foster confidence so you can focus on bonding with your newborn and establishing a new routine that works for you.  Every family is different and I am interested in meeting you prior to beginning service to learn how to best help you after birth.  I have experience with overnights, twins, and siblings of newborns.  Services I can provide include:

-promoting well-being of parents with time to rest, shower, and eat healthfully

-answer questions or demonstrate methods for soothing, bathing, baby-wearing or other babycare skills

-assist with breastfeeding, pumping, or formula-feeding

-offer emotional support as a nonjudgmental listener, provide personalized suggestions and referrals to local groups and experts

-recommend products, local resources, classes, and groups

-basic meal prep and snacks

-sibling care and adjustment

-light housework including dishes, laundry, or pet care

-basic errands including the grocery store and pharmacy

-identifying signs of postpartum mood disorders and providing appropriate resources and referrals