Postpartum Services & Rates
How do I know if I need a postpartum doula?
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.
Here is a list of the services that you can expect in a typical postpartum visit with me:
- prenatal home and supply preparation
- non-judgmental and understanding companionship
- physical assistance during postpartum healing
- education of partner(s) and other care givers on support of a healing parent
- spouse/partner support, and family adjustment
- assistance with and emotional support for older siblings
- newborn care, information, and demonstration
- assistance with the feeding method of your choice
- specific support for lactation needs
- infant sleep coaching
- home organization and light housekeeping
- meal planning and preparation
- pet care and plant care
- errand running and grocery shopping
- assistance with transitioning back to work or travel
- evidence based information with sources as needed
- professional referrals as needed
- placenta encapsulation
Is there anything that you don't do?
- I am not a medical professional. I will not diagnose, treat, or medicate anyone in your home. I will always encourage that you contact a medical professional when medical questions arise. I can tell you when I feel like something is normal, but also appreciate the comfort that comes from hearing those words from a medical care provider. I am happy to provide referrals when they are wanted.
- I am not a professional cleaner. I am happy to help with tasks that will help reduce stress in the home. Cleaning bathrooms, organizing the garage, or doing heavy yard work is beyond the scope of my practice. I am happy to provide referrals for those services.
- I am not going to make a judgment about whether you are doing something the "right" way. In the age of information it is easy to feel overwhelmed by advice. My goal is to be a presence that makes it easier to hear your own intuition and wisdom. I want to do things your way.
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.