Postpartum Doula Care:
Parents are often overwhelmed with the challenges of postpartum adjustment and can significantly benefit from the support of a postpartum doula in the first few weeks after their baby is born. When you invite a postpartum doula into your home, you'll have an easier time finding balance within your new family, feel more connected to each other and your baby, feel more rested, better fed, will be less likely to experience postpartum depression and have more breastfeeding success.
What does a postpartum doula do?
Your postpartum doula will visit you 2-3 times per week and offer services that may include but are not limited to:
- Hands-on education on infant and mother care (breastfeeding, bathing, diapering, calming techniques, preparation of formula if bottle feeding)
- Create a nurturing, restful atmosphere in which parents may eat, shower and nap
- Introduce parenting tips, helping parents to learn skills that will enable them to cope with their new responsibilities
- Screen for hurdles such as breastfeeding challenges or postpartum mood disorders
- Shop for groceries and prepare meals
- Help with housework such as light laundry, washing dishes, sweeping floor, etc
- Help initialize a routine for your baby and your family
- Refer you to another care provider should your needs exceed our scope of practice
- Sleep training (beginning at 4-6 months of age)
- Other duties to be discussed with client at time of contract signing.
Cost ~ $30/hr +HST
To reserve care, we require you to commit to an agreed upon schedule in advance and submit payment for half of that time as a deposit. You'll receive an invoice for the remainder of your fee at a time agreed upon in advance of your delivery. Although you may be able to extend your time with your postpartum doula with 2 weeks notice, we cannot gaurantee your doula's availability beyond the schedule that you created with her at registration.
"Originally I had thought that having a [postpartum] doula would be great because I could get some sleep....and it was great. However, I had not expected to find [our doula] to be such an invaluable resource regarding caring for the twins (swaddling, soothing, bathing, etc.) and an objective listener when it came to issues I has having regarding feeding the twins. She offered advice and tips regarding the caring for the twins without sounding critical and helped me work through conflicting advice I was given regarding feeding the boys. I cannot say enough good things about our doula."
-Jennifer, First Time Mom