Postpartum Services & Rates

How do I know if I need a postpartum doula?IMG 1362

If you are reading this website, then you are probably starting to think about what kind of support you might need once your baby is born. Perhaps you're doing this research because you are wanting to help a friend who is pregnant or adopting. Jackie Kelleher published a very helpful postpartum plan worksheet in International Doula (v. 17, issue 4) that Dona International makes available on their website. The questions in this worksheet may help you think through all of the ways you might need support while recovering from childbirth and caring for a newborn. You may find it helpful to go through Kelleher's outline before you interview doulas. This will help you and the doula target where help is most needed.

I would recommend talking to family, friends, and acquaintances who used a postpartum doula and ask them about their experience. This may give you a more personal idea of what having a doula in your home feels like. It's sometimes hard to imagine or anticipate what you will need, but hearing from other parents can give you some ideas. I would also be happy to help you think through what kind of support you might need and whether my services are a good match for your needs.

What can I expect from you?

Here is a list of the services that you can expect in a typical postpartum visit with me:

Is there anything that you don't do?

Hours & Rates

My rate is $35/hour

All new prenatal clients will receive a free one hour in-home consultation/home orientation.

A typical postpartum visit is between 4 and 6 hours. My minimum is 2 hours and my maximum is 8 hours for a daytime visit. My minimum for overnight support is 8 hours. I provide overnight support on a limited case-by-case basis and will typically only provide one overnight shift a week. I consider 7am to 10pm to be “daytime” and 10pm to 7am to be “overnight”. My rate for overnight work is $40/hour

For postpartum care that is reserved prenatally, I ask for a deposit of $210 that will be applied to the first 6 hours of care at the time of the reservation. My services are paid on either a weekly or bi-weekly basis after that point, whichever works best for you. I will provide an invoice electronically for your records. I invoice electronically on a weekly basis and you can pay me with cash, check, or credit card either in person or online.

I do provide gift certificates for those who wish to give the gift of postpartum care to a loved one who is expecting. Please contact me directly to inquire about a “package” that makes the most sense for your loved one. I believe that everyone should have access to postpartum care regardless of income. If you are experiencing financial hardship, please inquire about sliding scale.