“Studies have shown that cultures in which women are cared for by others for a defined period of days or weeks and are expected only to nurture themselves and their babies during that time have superior outcomes in postpartum adjustment. We know that women who experience support from their family members, care providers, counselors and peer groups have greater breastfeeding success, greater self-confidence, less postpartum depression and a lower incidence of abuse than those who do not.” For more information, see DONA International’s Position Paper on the Post-Partum Doula’s Role in Maternity Care.
- Non-medical help taking care of your healing body and your baby’s in the first sore weeks after childbirth
- Sibling preparation and encouragement
- Household organization, including meal prep and laundry help in the home
- Facilitating quiet time so you can rest and recover
- Soothing strategies for comforting yourself and your baby when things are hard
- Empathetic listening without judgement
- Brainstorming and practicing words to assert yourself as your baby’s best protector and advocate
- Counseling and strategies for common feeding and sleeping concerns
- Help preparing to go back to work, processing the idea of not going back right now, or talking through other changes in your life
- Connections to local resources and peer groups
- Referrals to care providers and medical practitioners when appropriate
I am a Postpartum Certified Doula PCD(DONA) with DONA International, and I adhere to the DONA Standards of Practice and Code of Conduct. A training at Homegrown Babies in Asheville, NC was part of my in-person practice to meet the certification requirements. I have also completed DONA International’s Birth Doula training with Rae Davies of The Birth Company.
If you are interested in postpartum doula services, please contact me. I offer a free, 30-minute pre-contract interview. In general, a 12 or 18 hour service contract is arranged before the birth of your baby, and includes several visits to be used in your first six weeks postpartum.
I’m also happy to do single visits for non-contract moms as long as I have availability. I recommend booking two or three hours for each in-home postpartum care visit.