By giving emotional and breastfeeding support along with practical newborn care tips and taking care of necessary household tasks such as: grocery shopping; meal preparation; doing the dishes, laundry or tending to your older children, the transition into motherhood is made easier.
After the baby is born, most new mothers and fathers appreciate the support of other women. Postpartum doulas usually work with the family for 4 hours a day for up to 6 weeks. Frequency of visits and number of hours are arranged by you, based on the support you desire and need. We have a twelve (12) hour minimum committment for postpartum doula services (unless otherwise quoted by your postpartum doula). Sometimes you find you need more help after the 6week period when everyone has gone back to work and school...............for example doing your OWN grocery shopping, getting a haircut, taking your other children to the library or even lunch with a good friend.
Motherhood is a major life transition and the adjustment period feels less overwhelming when people are available to address your questions and concerns. It is for this reason that women and their families value the help a doula offers.
Our doulas are infant and adult CPR-certified. Our doulas passed basic medical physicals and had background checks performed thru another doula program. You can be sure your loved ones are in competent hands when you hire a Chesapeake Birth Companion doula.
We offer postpartum doula services in conjunction with our birth doula service. Or, if you prefer, you can specify just postpartum services based on your needs. Take a look at our Fees and Plans for a more detailed description of our services.
Here are some of the services we provide:
-Information and suggestions to aid in your postpartum recovery -Instruction in, and assistance with, early infant care. -Breastfeeding coaching, including "latch-on," positioning, engorgement, and maternal nutrition including how to use a breast pump. -Positive support as you learn to trust your own instincts & discover your parenting style. -Compassionate newborn care (perhaps while mom enjoys a long hot bath, a nap, a trip to hair salon or a special shopping trip!) -Special care and instruction for babies with colic and sleepy babies -Baby car safety seat check -Light household duties - laundry, organization, bed linen changes, etc. -Nutritious meal preparation or referral to in home Chef meal preparation service -Sibling care -Running errands, grocery shopping, picking up prescriptions, etc.
- Listings for services you may need for the care of your new family and yourself at home
Tell us how we can help you during these first hectic weeks with a new baby!