Postpartum Doula Care
POSTPARTUM DOULA CARE
It is known that a happy, well balanced woman is at the heart of a happy home. While new motherhood has its challenges due to its transitional nature, it is a time that should hopefully be filled with large portions of awe and joy. Yet there is a fundamental lack of nurturing in the modern woman's experience of new motherhood, and it is my belief this may be at the root of many cases of postpartum depression. Many women don't live near their mothers, and their partners, as loving as they may be, often have to return to work soon after the birth. It is also challenging for a brand new dad, who is himself sleep deprived and craving time to spend with his baby and partner, to meet all the needs of the family, especially if he is working out of the home throughout the day. The father's need for rest and nourishment needs to be honored as well, as he is usually the primary support person for the mother/baby unit.
The new mother is often on her own throughout much of the day to care for her newborn's and her own needs, as well as those of the home, work, and other children. Without the feeling of well being that comes from being physically and emotionally nourished, rested, and having ample time to bond with her new baby, it can be very hard for a woman to have any energy for nurturing the other important relationships in her life.
The postpartum doula's role is to nurture the new mother and her family. She strives to keep things as simple as possible for the mother so she can focus all her energy on either bonding with her baby, or taking some crucial rest time to restore herself. The doula is a sounding board for the fledgling hopes and dreams of the brand new mother, a dryer of frequent postpartum tears, and a source of great comfort. I have training and experience in supporting the many needs of the new mother. I am passionate about serving new and growing families, and am a rich source of mothering wisdom.
"If we are to heal the planet, we must begin by healing birthing." ~Agnes Sallet Von Tannenberg
HOLISTIC HEALTH SERVICES (extra fee)
Near the beginning of our relationship we will have a detailed discussion of your health history and your current health. This will lay the groundwork for our holistic work together. Each visit includes exploration of natural health through personal education about nutrition, herbs and other modalities which promote your health and well-being.
-Herbal Pregnancy Teas
-Nutrition for general well-being and specific discomforts
-Herbs/Homeopathics for Pregnancy Discomforts
-Herbs/Homeopathics during labor and delivery
-Postpartum wellness herbs for mom including sitz baths and compresses
-Postpartum herbs for specific discomforts (blood building, after pains, postpartum anxiety and depression, etc.
-Herbs for breastfeeding: low milk supply, mastitis, plugged ducts, sore nipples
*******FEE: $25/hr of consultation********
I currently assist families throughout the Fraser Valley..... Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Mission, Aldergrove and Langley areas....
For more information please contact me! I'd love to hear from you!
BENEFITS GAINED BY HAVING A POSTPARTUM DOULA
-Informed maternal and infant care.
-Increased breastfeeding success.
-Decreased incidence of postpartum mood disorders.
-Partner can return back to work with less anxiety.
-Early positive experience for the whole family.
-Accelerated recovery period.
-Compassionate emotional support.
-Reduced parental fatigue and anxiety.
"Speak tenderly to them. Let there be kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile, in the warmth of our greeting. Always have a cheerful smile. Don't only give your care, but give your heart as well." ~Mother Teresa ~
Getting Started--Initial Consultation free
Our first visit is free of charge and carries no obligation. This is primarily a time to get acquainted. We explore the possibility of working together. You should feel free to ask me any questions about my philosophy, experience and services. The right doula is out there for every woman, if I'm the right doula for you we'll begin this exciting journey together. If it's not a good fit, I am happy to offer referrals to other excellent doulas in the area.
If you decide to hire me as your doula, my customizable and flexible services include:
-excellent non-judgemental listening skills – new mothers need to talk through some of their powerful feelings connected with their births and new babies
-knowledge of holistic postpartum healing tools
-baby minding while Mom has a shower, nap, walk, or time with older children
-nutritional advice and meal/snack preparation
-engaging older children in activities to give Mom time with baby
-information, education, and support for all kinds of baby care concerns, from cloth diapering to baby wearing
-help in organizing the home to create the greatest ease for the new parents
-light household chores
-basic relaxation massage for Mother and Baby
-referrals to a wide variety of perinatal professionals
-access to my extensive lending library of books, videos and materials related to childbearing and holistic health
-community resources and referrals to other groups, meetings, services and other practitioners
-phone and email availability for questions, concerns and counseling
-holistic Health Services (extra fee)
**********FEE: $20/hr daytime hours $25/hr overnight hours*********
It may be difficult to know in advance how often and for how long you'll need a postpartum doula - so to reserve your care, you'll submit a deposit covering your first 10 hours of care and an estimate of how frequently you'd like to see your postpartum doula. We can adjust our time together as needed once you get to know what challenges your unique postpartum situation presents for you.