What a postpartum doula does changes from day to day, as the needs of the family change. Postpartum doulas do whatever a mother needs to best enjoy and care for her new baby. A large part of their role is education. They share information about baby care with parents, as well as teach siblings and partners to “mother the mother.” They assist with breastfeeding education. Postpartum doulas also make sure the mother is fed, well hydrated and comfortable.
A doula is meant to provide emotional and practical support for new parents in individualized ways. We respect the family unit and offer non judgement always. My main focus is to help new parents confidentially navigate the transition into parenthood. Welcome to the hood.
We customize to your needs- sometimes that means days, sometimes it means nights. We’ve got this, mama. We stay in touch on non -visit days too: text and email support any day. You’re not alone.
I come to you 2-3 days a week, for 2-4 hours each time. The session may include help with feeding or other newborn care, holding baby while mom rests, encouraging hydration and nourishment, light tidying-up or help with meal prep for days we are not with together. Every session will include yoga (not always asana), and plenty of time to discuss any concerns or questions you have as you settle into newborn life (and so so much more!)
I come to you for the night, for up to 9 hours, 2-3 nights a week.
As your night doula, I attend to your baby, take note of early hunger cues, and bring your baby to you before he is getting frustrated. offering support in your breast or bottle feeding journey. My priority is to make sure you get enough rest so you can meet the demands of motherhood. Many new moms find having me present for night parenting, offering non-judgment, encouragement and practical support to be a total game changer (especially if Dad is not available during night hours to help!)
WHAT DOESNT A POSTPARTUM DOULA DO?
Postpartum doulas are not medical or mental health care providers or nannies. Even when a postpartum doula works overnight, the focus is on supporting the family, educating, and helping fill in gaps. My passion is mothering the mother.
CAN YOU HELP WITH THE HOUSE AND COOKING?
I'm no Mary Poppins but I know how a sink full of dishes or a basket of laundry can take up so much mental space. If time permits in our visits I aim to ease the family’s burden in any way I can including light housekeeping and nourishing meal prep
THATS JUST FOR FANCY PEOPLE RIGHT?
I believe all moms should have the benefit of support, so whether it’s yoga, coaching or doula services, I always offer a sliding scale.
As a yogi, everything I do includes yogic philosophy and sometimes asana (the poses). We don't need to wait for 6 weeks to begin your postpartum yoga journey. Having practiced through 5 pregnancies & 4 births (1 miscarriage) I support you through the 4th trimester with mindfulness and other yoga practices that edify and support new moms.