Updated availability as of January 2021: I am not currently accepting clients for postpartum servies. Check with www.triangledoulacollective.com for other options.
I can help with light housework and with any
challenges you are facing with the care and feeding of your newborn.
Postpartum services include a prenatal visit, if applicable, to discuss
your plan for the postpartum period, to discuss your anticipated needs,
and so that I may familiarize myself with your home.
NEW! Does insurance cover
the services of a doula?
Doulas are now able
to register for a national provider identification number (NPI) and
doula services have recently been assigned an insurance code. I have my
own NPI and can help you file a claim for reimbursement. I can't
guarentee that my services will be covered but being able to file for
reimbursement with an insurance code and NPI makes it much more likely
that reimbursement will now be considered by your insurance company.
Why do I need postpartum
Many people these days do not
have family close by to help them after their baby is born and are
going through a time of major adjustment on their own. People all over
the world have help during the first few weeks after a birth. In
addition to helping you around the house so that you have time to bond
with your baby, a doula brings with her on her visits a wealth of
information, resources, and encouragement. A postpartum doula can talk
to you about your birth, about caring for your newborn, and can help
you with breastfeeding, if needed.
How does a postpartum
doula differ from a baby nurse or nanny?
A postpartum doula does not have medical training as a baby nurse does.
A postpartum doula also does not take over all of the care of the baby
like a nanny would. The goal of the postpartum doula is to help the
entire new family bond with their baby and identify their new rolls.
That sometimes means teaching the new parents or siblings about baby
care and breastfeeding, doing light housework so that the family can
concentrate on bonding, being a companion to the mother, helping with
meals and snacks so the family is all well-nourished, running errands
for the family, or taking over some baby care while the parents nap or
Will my baby sleep through
the night or be on a schedule by the time we are finished working
Probably not! The most important
thing I can help you do as new parents is to learn how to observe your
newborn baby. By observing your baby and learning his or her unique
cues, you will gain an understanding of how your baby communicates that
he or she is hungry or sleepy. It's best for both your sanity and your
baby if you can pick up on the cues your baby gives when he or she is
just beginning to get hungry or sleepy, before your baby starts to cry.
Newborn infants naturally eat small amounts very often. They also go
through light and deep sleep cycles and sleep on and off during the day
and night. After the first 3-4 months of life, it may be feasible to
find ways to extend the amount of time between feedings and encourage
the baby to sleep at certain times. But those things will come later
and to do those things with any success, you have to know your baby
well by practicing your observation skills early. The immediate
postpartum period is about finding ways to work with your baby's
natural cycles. It's also about keeping things simple and easy for you
and not worrying about what your baby "should be" doing.
What training does a
certified postpartum doula have?
As a postpartum doula certified through DONA International, a doula
must complete training in breastfeeding, newborn care, the
identification of postpartum mood disorders. The doula must also
complete hands-on training with families, infant and child CPR
certification, a comprehensive reading list on postpartum topics, a
complete list of local postpartum community resources, and must have a
recommendation from a healthcare professional. To remain certified, a
doula must complete18 hours of continuing education in the postpartum
field every three years.