Postpartum doula (Night nurse) support
Our culture is severely lacking in postpartum support for women. Mothering the mother is so important for physical and emotional recovery from birth and adjustment to having a newborn. Good postpartum support facilitates bonding and successful breastfeeding and enhances a woman's overall confidence as a mother, and, in fact, the focus is not just on the mother but in helping the entire family to adjust. Some of the work that I do as a postpartum doula may include:
- Emotional support for the new mother and her significant other or primary support person
- Household tasks like cooking, laundry, and tidying up
- Breastfeeding support, including a home visit within the first 24-48 hours of being discharged from the hospital
- Bottle feeding support, including guidance for paced bottle feeding and appropriate feeding durations & amounts
- Help with multiples (twins, triplets, et cetera)
- Babywearing assistance
- Establishing a diapering routine (cloth or disposable)
- Education about normal infant sleep and optimizing sleep for the whole family
- Referrals for other professionals, such an IBCLCs for breastfeeding problems or counselors to help you process a difficult birth experience
- Daytime or nighttime support
Day and Night Availability
frequently asked questions about postpartum doulas
what is the difference between a postpartum doula and night nurse, night nanny, or baby nurse?
Night nurses, night nannies, and baby nurses, despite the names, are rarely actually nurses that have a license to practice in the United States (or at all). All of these professions are generally only focused on baby care--changing diapers, developing sleep routines, and the like. A postpartum doula has training that is specific to both mothers, babies, and families, so that she can provide a more comprehensive service. For example, when a postpartum doula does an overnight shift, she can bring the baby to the mother to breastfeed and then help with breastfeeding, whereas a night nurse has no formal training in breastfeeding. This is why postpartum doulas are more of a financial investment than a night nurse--you're hiring someone who has extensive training to support you, not just a mother's helper. Plus--I am actually a registered nurse, unlike most baby "nurses"!
What is your parenting philosophy as a postpartum doula?
When I am working for you, my parenting philosophy is whatever yours is! We'll talk about what kinds of things appeal to you, and if you need more information on specific topics, I am a wealth of information and also know exactly where to find what you're looking for if you want to do some reading and research yourself. My job is to ease your new families transition to having a new baby, not instill my own person beliefs, which means that you'll get non-judgmental support every step of the way.
how many hours do I have to book?
That's up to you! Some people choose just to book shifts as they find they need them while others sign up for months of nightly or daily postpartum work. Let me know what your needs and goals are and we'll make a plan that is tailored to you.