Who needs a Postpartum Doula?
Any family that would like a smoother transition during the postpartum period. First-time mothers welcome the care during the early days of new parenting. A postpartum doula may be especially helpful for families having twins, multiple births, or families who have older children. A postpartum doula may also be required for a woman who has a caesarean section or a complicated birth.
Parents who start their families through adoption or surrogacy also benefit from a postpartum doula. The doulas assistance in bonding can be even more crucial for adoptive families who did not have the opportunity to get to know their child while in the womb
If my family is going to be near, do I still need a postpartum doula?
Most new families should welcome the help that their family/friends can provide. However many family members are not up to date on the latest research and may give outdated advice. Sometimes conflicting advice from well meaning family members can often leave new parents confused and not sure of the decisions they now have to make. Postpartum Doulas are trained in the latest research and can provide the resources needed for families to find the answer to questions, and answers that will best support their family’s needs. Postpartum doulas are also trained in breastfeeding support and can prevent problems before they arise
Where does the word "Doula" come from?
The word "Doula" comes from ancient Greek meaning "woman's servant".
Recently, the word "doula" has come to refer to a woman who supports another woman before, during and after birth.
When should I hire a postpartum Doula?
This is completely up to you. Ideally, it would be best to hire your postpartum doula before your baby arrives. However, sometimes parents hire their doula after their baby has been born and they then decide they would benefit from the services of a postpartum doula.
It is never too soon to secure the services of a postpartum doula. I am an independent doula, not an agency. Scheduling is done on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, it would be best to call with your expected delivery date as soon as you have determined that you really do need a doula, have interviewed and checked my references and decided, yes, you would like to retain my services.
What are the Postpartum Doula's available hours?
A Postpartum doula will work with your family to make a schedule that fits your needs. A Postpartum Doula can work anywhere from five days a week, eight hours a day to just one day a week (Most doulas do have a minimum of three to four hours per day). It is your family's needs that decide how much or how little your doula will provide her services.
I am available Monday thru Friday, with a four hour minimum per day.
Weekends are also available from 12:00 PM. Some overnight help can be arranged.
How much does a Postpartum Doula cost?
Fees vary from area to area and from doula to doula, according to the individual doulas experience. Throughout America postpartum doula prices range from $20 to $35 per hour. Most doulas charge extra for overnights and some charge an additional fee for multiples.
What methods of payments do you accept?
I accept cash, personal checks and if you would like to use your credit card and you have a Paypal account I would be happy to bill you through Paypal at the end of the week for the services. (However, please remember there is a 2.9% service fee charged by Paypal). Under some circumstances bartering for services may be accepted.
Is Doula care covered by Insurance?
The majority of clients pay for care directly, or are given the care as a gift. However, some insurance companies do reimburse you for this care, so each family should contact their insurance company to see if they are covered. I personally do not do third-party billing, however for those clients whose insurance will cover postpartum services, I would be more than happy to provide invoices for my service to you, so you may get the benefit of your insurance.
What is the difference between a Birth Doula and a Postpartum Doulas?
A birth doula is a woman trained in childbirth who provides, physical, emotional support during labor, birth and the immediate postpartum period.
If you are looking for a Birth Doula I highly recommend contacting
Doulas of North America (DONA).
A postpartum doula is a woman trained to care for the new families in the first weeks after birth providing household help, advise with newborn care and infant feeding. She may also help with sibling care, run errands and provide light meals. She is a good source for emotional support.
Is a postpartum doula the same as a baby nurse?
No. A Baby nurse generally will only attend to the new baby. A postpartum doula is hired to support the whole family. She will help the new mom with whatever she needs to keep the house running smoothly this may include tidying up the house, baby laundry or running errands. A doula also helps with older children, playing and entertaining them so mom can take a shower, breastfeed without interruptions or take a much needed nap.
Are postpartum doulas licensed?
At this time no license is necessary or even available. There are a few nationally recognized organizations that offer certification. A doula must work in the postpartum field in order to become certified. Some doulas choose not to certify.
Doulas of North America (DONA)
Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association. (CAPPA)