The "fourth trimester" - or the first three months of a baby's life are magical! I am honored to share in this time with families as a post-natal doula. Whether you are having your first, second, third, or .....last child, I can help you, the baby, and your partner transition into your rapidly changing life. I can help you bring some calm and order into the chaos a new baby can create.
My focus is on both mother and baby (or babies!) , and I follow the DONA model to be NEAR: nurture, educate, assess, and refer. I provide comfort and support so you can rest and heal from giving birth. I can help you get established with breastfeeding or formula feeding. I can teach comfort techniques for fussy babies. I can assist with household chores so you can take care of yourself and the baby. I can help you find resources for issues that arise, acclimate to your new routines, and process your birth experience.
I can tailor my services and availability depending on the time and support you and your family need. I am available week days, evenings, and occasionally on weekends. I do not currently provide overnight support. In that case, I would recommend you work with a night nurse or newborn care specialist.
I charge hourly fees for post-natal doula services and require a minimum of eight hours of work with each client. My hourly fee varies depending on circumstances. I can discuss hourly rates and package options during an interview. I typically require a 25% deposit on hiring, and the balance paid weekly while I am providing post-natal services.
I encourage you to interview at least two or three doulas, to find the right fit for you and your support partner(s). If you choose to interview me, I provide an initial one-hour consultation free of charge.