SAN FRANCISCO POSTPARTUM DOULA CARE
We all have an image of how we would love our first days and weeks at home with our new child to be. Healthy, connected, loving, and calm are words the families I serve often use to describe how they Want to feel. Without quality support, postpartum can instead feel exhausting, overwhelmed, and full of questions. My role as your postpartum doula is to help you feel confident, relaxed and nourished as you ease into parenthood.
What will it feel like to have me in your home as your postpartum doula?
I understand that this is an incredibly precious time for you, and that by hiring me you are inviting a stranger into your home and family. As a mother and grandmother myself, I get it! While the thought of skilled postpartum support sounds really enticing, you may be wondering what it’s like having me in your home. My clients describe feeling relief and calm from our first visit, knowing that they don’t have to do this alone. I want you to be sure that we are a great fit, and encourage you to reach out now for your free postpartum doula consult.
Wondering how much support is needed for just one little newborn baby?
It’s easy to underestimate just how much work having a new baby can be! There is a big learning curve as new parents, and it starts the moment your baby is born. I am here to help you with all kinds of tasks you take for granted right now, but will make a world of difference once you have your baby. One of the unique aspects of my postpartum doula services is my professional background as an Executive Assistant. This means I love keeping track of details and will go above and beyond in helping your first weeks and months feel well-organized & smooth as can be.
BABY > As a baby care expert, I will help with diapering, bathing, soothing, and of course feeding guidance and education, whether you choose to breastfeed, bottle feed, or both.
PARENTS > My priority is your well-being as parents, ensuring that you are well-rested, nourished, and are growing in confidence and understanding of your new role. I also screen for postpartum depression and anxiety issues, helping you to get the support you need.
HOUSEHOLD > Part of my role is to help you manage the household. I wash dishes, bottles, pump parts, run errands - usually on my way to your home, light housework, picking up around the home, sweeping, sometimes light vacuuming, meal prep (on occasion), and do the baby's laundry. I also keep on top of key supplies such as diapers, wipes, laundry soap, etc. so you don't run out! This way you can focus on healing, bonding & sleep!
DAILY LIFE > I will help to remind you of appointments and other time-sensitive tasks that need your attention while you’re in babyland.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My visits are typically 4-6 hour shifts between the hours of 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday.
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"Being both sensitive and sensible, in my experience, Dina is able to handle anything that can be thrown at her. She is very down-to-earth and just the sort of person a new mother would find comforting and calming as they learn to take care of a new soul." - Jane S.
"I value Dina’s kindness and her sense of humor, and perhaps most of all, I admire the integrity with which she lives her life. In short, Dina enriches my life." - Evelyn F.
"Dina always greets you with a smile and is a very organized and detail oriented person. She has excellent communication skills with people of all ages and backgrounds. She is caring and doesn't hesitate to show her sincerity!!" - Akiko H.
"Dina’s unique blend of professionalism and compassion puts families at ease. I cannot think of a person better suited for this new and exciting time in a family’s life." - Jill L.
“During a time where everything seems new, Dina approaches situations with fact-based solutions and guidance that are delivered in a nurturing way. We never felt we were receiving anecdotal tips, but rather true best practices that have continued to serve us well even after our time with Dina came to an end. Dina's care wasn’t just about helping our new family survive the early days, it was also about helping me find my voice and rhythm as a new mother.” - Elizabeth B.
“It’s great to feel understood and heard even as a second time mother when there often isn’t much time for self care and reflection postpartum. And when Dina offers a perspective or suggestion she does so thoughtfully and gently so that no part of what she says is judgment; it’s all from a place of kindness and support.” - Rebecca M.
“Dina is the absolute best. I initially planned on meeting other postpartum doulas for the interview process but after meeting Dina I didn't need to meet anyone else: she was perfect. Not only does Dina have a wonderful, nurturing way about her, but she also is incredibly knowledgeable about child development, postpartum care for mom, etc. She addressed my questions and concerns with evidence-based information and would gently bring up tips and information to me if I was in a new-mom haze and needed a boost. I cannot recommend Dina enough!” - Caitlin
Benefits of Postpartum Doula Care
You may need Postpartum Doula Care if:
The hourly rate for postpartum doula care is $50.
My visits are typically 4 - 6 hour shifts between the hours of 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday. Weekend hours can sometimes be arranged depending on my schedule.
The time I spend with each family varies as everyone's needs are different. I can assist you on a short-term basis to help you through a difficult transition, or I can provide ongoing peace of mind and guidance 3-5 times a week for as long as you need.
Call or text me at 720-438-1262 to schedule an initial consultation. We can discuss your needs and formulate the best schedule for you and your family!