about my role as a postpartum doula

Bringing someone into your home to provide postpartum support is a big decision and I'm sure you must have lots of questions! Here are some of the most frequently asked questions I receive, but I'm happy to have a phone conversation and meet with you to provide information in more detail and answer specific questions!
How can your postpartum support help me?

I'm a trained and knowledgeable professional who provides guidance, physical, emotional and informational postpartum support to you and the rest of your family after childbirth or an adoption. In addition, I'll help you make informed decisions and assist in strengthening family ties. Because I am a professional, I act with honesty and integrity, and I maintain strict client confidentiality.

My husband has two weeks of paternity leave. Will I need you during that time?

Having my support while your husband is on paternity leave can positively improve his adjustment to parenting and his interaction with you. I can help your partner understand what you are going through and will share practical tips and suggestions to help ease his transition to fatherhood. I support the whole family not just the mother.

How does your postpartum support differ from my friend's or family’s?

I am trained and experienced in providing non-judgmental, evidence-based support and information. I understand the needs of families, whether it’s your first child or your third. I don't have any demands or expectations; my only agenda is to assist you with your recovery by providing personalized support to help you, your partner and older siblings adjust to this wonderful event.

Should I ask my mother/in-law to come and visit right away?

The answer depends on the level of support and care your mother/in-law will be able to commit to. If you feel that your mom will be more of a hindrance than a help, you may want to ask her to wait four to six weeks before visiting. This will allow you to reap the benefits of having my support and give you time to properly heal. It will also give you and your partner the time you need to establish yourselves as a nuclear family.

You might also decide to have my support during her visit. I enjoy meeting other grandparents and delight in their excitement. If your parents or in-laws aren’t knowledgeable about postpartum recovery or aren’t exactly sure what to do to help, I can answer questions and help them understand how best to support you since so much has changed since they had children!  You can count on me to be your advocate and support you in your parenting and feeding choices.

If you decide you would rather wait until after they leave before calling me in, that's fine too.

I already have a child. Will I need your postpartum support services?

Experienced parents need support and assistance, too! The addition of a new baby means more work and major changes to your family’s routine. Your other children will be going through an adjustment period as well. I can help ease everyone through this time and help your older child(ren) adapt to the new baby.

When should I hire you?

Contacting me before the birth ensures my availability. It will also give us time to discuss your birth and postpartum plans. However, you might be so busily focused on the birth itself that you don’t even consider needing a postpartum doula until after the wonderful event.

It’s never too late to contact me. I will try my best to accommodate you if my schedule allows. If I can not assist you because of prior obligations, I will try to find another doula who can.

What hours are you available?

My visits are typically 4-6 hour shifts between the hours of 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

Do you offer gift certificates?

Yes I do. Gift certificates make great baby shower gifts from co-workers, friends and family.