What is a postpartum doula?
Postpartum doulas are trained and experienced professionals who offer emotional, physical and unbiased evidence-based support to new parents.
What does a postpartum doula do?
Primarily, I nurture mothers by assisting them in ways that encourage rest and bonding with their newborn. That can include: teaching you how to soothe and bathe your baby; helping with breast or bottle feeding; running errands; preparing meals and snacks; accompanying you to doctor’s appointments; freeing up time for self-care such as taking a shower, getting a nap, stepping outdoors—and more.
There is a scope of things I don’t do including: sleep training babies, medical procedures (cutting nails, temperature taking and so on) taking sole care of babies or older children and nannying.
Why do I need a postpartum doula if I have family and friends?
I believe that help from friends and family provides invaluable support. However, it’s often the case that our nearest and dearest have busy lives and can only occasionally help for short stints. It’s also the case that many are not familiar with the latest parenting research and may give outdated advice. Sometimes, conflicting opinions from well-meaning family members can leave you confused and unsure of what to do as a new parent. You can book me for weekly visits where my time is wholly yours. And, to help you determine what is best for your family, I offer evidence-based information that is current and proven. Whatever you choose, I will support you.
When do I hire a postpartum doula?
Postpartum doulas offer great support to parents in the first few weeks following childbirth. You can hire me to come to your home and for up to three months afterwards (fourth trimester). I will gladly meet you for a free 30-minute consult while you are still pregnant to ensure plans are in place for when your baby arrives.
How do I know if we are a good fit for each other?
My free 30-minute consult is the perfect opportunity for us to get to know each other a little, for me to greet your family, and to better understand your needs. It will help determine if you are comfortable to have me as a doula in your home.
Will you be there at the birth?
Some postpartum doulas are also birth doulas and are available to assist during the birth. At this stage my specialty is as a postpartum (after birth) doula only.
What hours do you work?
Depending on your location and needs, I’m available most weekdays to provide support between 9am – 2:30pm for three to six-hour shifts. Some evening shifts between 6:00 – 10:00pm may be available as my schedule permits. Please get in touch if you have a specific day and time in mind.
What if I can’t afford you?
I believe everyone should be able to benefit from a doula regardless of their budget, so please get in touch. I occasionally offer moderated pricing for families with limited finances or can put you in touch with a competent doula to suit your budget.
What is your service area?
I am based in Seattle’s eastside, in Sammamish, and serve families in Sammamish, Issaquah, Redmond and neighboring cities.
I smoke, will you work with me?
As a non-smoker I am unable to work in a smoking environment.
Do you have a scope of practice?
I am trained by CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association) and work under their scope of practice for postpartum doulas.