What does a Postpartum Doula do?
I feel that labor and delivery get an awful lot of attention and yes, that's an incredibly important part of your pregnancy. But what happens after you deliver? What happens in those first weeks after the midwives have gone home or you've been released from the hospital? I remember thinking that I'd be just fine: I'd sit on a bean bag chair in the lotus position, I would radiate love and light and energize all those around me with my newly found Earth Mother energy, my halo would arrive in the mail and all would be right with the world. I didn't realize how unprepared I was for life with a newborn. I took a hospital-based childbirth class, but that didn't give me a ton of insight into what that Fourth Trimester time and 24 hours a day with a newborn baby would be like. The hospital-based childbirth class I took seemed to only prepare me for becoming a good hospital patient.
I remember when I got home with my first beautiful little girl and thought, "She's so great. How did they let me leave the hospital with her? Do they know I have NO IDEA what I'm doing?" And thus, between diaper changes, near-nervous breakdowns, sleepless nights and breastfeeding dilemmas, I found my calling as a Postpartum Support professional. We needed HELP!
Historically, the village took part in assisting the new family with their new addition. Meals were prepared, turns were taken in helping soothe, feed and change the new baby. Other women came by to help run the household so that the new mother could rest and heal from childbirth.
Postpartum doulas have been referred to as "Earthbound Angels". I kind of like that. We're seasoned professional Village Aunties. Are you new to the San Diego area without any support? Is your family far away? Or do you have a strained relationship? Will your family be unable to visit you to assist after your baby arrives? You'll want to make sure to surround yourself and your family in this time with people that are patient, knowledgeable and will be able to be helpful to your family in this time of gentle transition.
In my Postpartum doula practice, I bring all my knowledge of newborns and their habits to the table, as well as my midwifery education, personal experience, lactation certification, knowledge of childbirth and the healing process that a woman's body goes through in the postpartum period. I work with families for the first 6-8 weeks of their postpartum period. My objective is not to replace a partner or part of your family, but to work with you toward your own self-sufficiency. I want you to work toward being more confident with the skillset we build together!
Postpartum Support includes:
Pricing and Availability
**Currently, I don't commit families to a lengthy contract, but I do ask for a 3 hour minimum. I want you to become more self-sufficient! All I ask is a bit of notice and we can work it out!**
Multiples: $45/hour (In some instances, I may partner with another doula for an additional set of experienced hands which would change this hourly rate.)