What is a postpartum doula?
- A postpartum doula is a trained professional who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period, also known as the fourth trimester. A postpartum doula eases the transition a family experiences during this time. What is a doula?
Why do I need a postpartum doula?
- Research shows that new mothers have a lower risk of postpartum depression when they are cared for by postpartum doulas, other supportive professionals or family members. Click here for more information on postpartum doulas.
- Moms who don’t have family in the area, moms of multiples or preemies, moms whose partner must return to work soon after birth, first time moms, and moms with toddlers often want this kind of support.
What’s the difference between a postpartum doula, midwife, baby (or night) nurse or mother’s helper?
- A midwife is a professional who attends to a woman during her labor and birth. She helps the mom birth the baby.
- A baby nurse attends to the baby at night or when mom wants to sleep. She will bring the baby to mom in order to nurse or will bottle feed the baby. She is there solely for the baby.
- A mother’s helper is a non-professional who does household tasks or helps care for the baby while mom is home.
- A postpartum doula is a professional trained in postpartum adjustment, newborn care, breastfeeding, parent-infant bonding; providing emotional and practical support, resources and referral information when needed.
How long do you work for a family?
- The needs of each family are different. This can range from two visits of three hours each to multiple days over several weeks.
Can you drive me to doctor’s appointments?
- I am happy to accompany you to doctor’s appointments (this is especially helpful for multiples) but I cannot be the driver.
Can you stay with my baby while I run errands?
- I am happy to run errands for you, on my way to your home. Babysitting is not within the scope of my responsibilities as a doula.
How old must my baby be?
- I work with families who have newborns - up to 12 weeks old. This is somewhat flexible however, especially if there are multiples or preemies involved.
What if I don’t know whether I want to breastfeed or bottle feed my baby?
- That’s ok! I will provide you with the information needed so that you can make the best decision for you and your family. And I will support you in whatever decision you choose.
What is your fee?
- My fee is hourly. Please contact me for further information.
- If you would like to plan (while pregnant) to have me as your postpartum doula, I require a retainer to hold the time in my schedule. This fee is non-refundable and goes towards hours worked.
What happens during our initial phone interview?
- I will gather some basic information about you and your (growing) family and give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. After we chat, we can decide whether to meet for a prenatal visit or intake (if you are already postpartum).
What Areas Do You Serve?
- I mostly serve the geographical areas of Montgomery County, MD and NW DC. If you live elsewhere, please contact me and I will see if I can accommodate you.