My role as a postpartum doula is fluid and changes with each family and during the duration of service, depending on your current needs. I will respect you, your family, your home, and your parenting style. My support enables you to parent at your best.
Your stress can be reduced with my educational, emotional, and practical support as we work to integrate your new family member in a healthy way that supports the needs of your whole family.
I typically support families through:
• Breastfeeding and/or bottle feeding
• Sleep suggestions for the whole family
• Demonstrating newborn care and information on normal newborn characteristics and behaviors
• Help and education with breast pumps
• Screening for hurdles such as postpartum mood and anxiety disorders and breastfeeding challenges
• Helping you learn skills that will enable you to cope with your new responsibilities
• Providing referrals to appropriate professionals and support groups
• Supporting you at a vulnerable time by offering a listening, non-judgmental ear
• Helping you develop your own style of nurturing and bonding with the baby
• Supporting growth in your parenting skills
• Validating the normal adjustment process
• Supporting you through postpartum depression and other mood disorders
• Fostering strong attachments between parents, baby and siblings
• Creating a nurturing, restful atmosphere in which you can eat, shower and sleep
• Accompanying you on outings such as to the doctor's office, etc. (can be especially helpful after a c-section)
• Practical help for adjustment of older siblings
• Providing suggestions and/or preparation of healthy meals/snacks
• Performing light household tasks of dishes and laundry
• Helping birthing parent to feel more comfortable and care for their postpartum body
• Running errands such as to the grocery store or pharmacy
• Some animal care, such as feeding pets and walking dogs
Before the Birth—I am also available to:
• Help you come up with a personalized postpartum plan for your family
• Provide information on bottles, pacifiers and toy options
• Answer questions about baby equipment choices
• Help set up your nursery, changing and feeding stations
• Provide referrals to other professionals to address specific concerns
• Provide in-home cloth diapering education
Availability and Payment
I am available for overnight support around King County and evening support in Seattle. May have some daytime availability. Please contact me for specifics.
My rate is $40-$45/hr. Sliding scale may be available for families facing significant financial barriers—please inquire! I require payment for hourly services rendered at the end of each work-week and accept cash or checks.
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