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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.

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.

Benefits of Postpartum Doula Care

  • You’ll feel nurtured and cared for while your body heals.
  • You’ll have a better understanding of the physiological and psychological changes you will experience.
  • You’ll be more-rested as I help to lighten your load.
  • You’ll feel less anxious about being a mom, growing into your new role.
  • You’ll become more confident as you learn to filter out unsolicited advice and trust your instincts.

You may need Postpartum Doula Care if:

  • You live far from family or are new to the San Francisco area and need some extra support.
  • You want to be able to focus on bonding & learning how to care for your baby.
  • You have special needs, such as postpartum or newborn complications, breastfeeding challenges, or a history of depression or anxiety.

Ease into parenthood with postpartum doula care.

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!

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