After the birth is over and you go home with your baby there is a time of greatly important learning and changing that takes place. New mothers and fathers can be easily overwhelmed by the lack of sleep and daily tasks of caring for a new baby. Bathing and breastfeeding, diapers and bonding, friends coming to visit and not really to help, meals to prepare and laundry to do...it can be too much. A postpartum doula steps in and assists with all these things, as you require. She may come once a week or every day for a while...supporting your goals and encouraging you, helping you recover physically and emotionally from birth. If you have other children that are feeling a little neglected the doula may watch your infant so you can have focused time with them. Or she may just give you some time to get a bath and rest for a few minutes.
I have made the primary focus of my doula practice to be labor and birth doula services. I work hard with you to prepare for birth and I gladly walk you through the process of birth...right through to the end. Because this one aspect of care is so involved I rarely do postpartum work other than to help with basic breastfeeding and to visit you postpartum a time or two. But, I am glad to report that there is more than one option for you if you would like a postpartum doula. If you want me to be your postpartum doula I am glad to do this, but it is not my primary focus. I charge $22.00 an hour for postpartum doula services. Either way, you deserve a good break and you should be served in the weeks directly following the birth of your baby.
Times when a postpartum doula is most ideal: