Postpartum doulas are trained to help facilitate a smooth and supported transition to life with a new baby, both for the mother/birthing parent and for the whole family. They offer relevant, evidence-based information on many of the choices new parents make in the first weeks of their baby’s life, like infant soothing, identifying normal newborn behavior, feeding and household organization as well as emotional and physical recovery from birth. A postpartum doula can refer parents to other professionals in the community when additional services are needed.
The postpartum doula’s role is not to teach parenting. Her role is to support the family in their intuitive ability to care for their children as they find their own way. A postpartum doula models this for the parents and for family and friends, helping others understand that the best way to support the new family is by honoring their choices.
The mission of the postpartum doula is to promote family connection, sharing the journey through the first weeks of your baby’s life.
This contract is for a minimum of 12 hours. Postpartum shifts will be booked with a minimum of four hours and a maximum of eight hours per day. To reserve care, we require you to commit to an agreed upon schedule in advance.
The fee and deposits required are as follows:
1-12 hrs: $37.00/hr
Any hours after first 12: $35.00/hr
Overnight (9pm – 7 am) are always $40.00
A deposit of $37/hr for 4 hours will be billed to you upon completion of this Letter of Agreement. It is to be paid in full upon registration. Clients will be invoiced once every two weeks for any additional hours.
Option to pay entire fee up front is also available. All fees can be paid via Paypal or checks can be made payable to Beautiful Birth Choices and either mailed or given to your doula at appointments.
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“There is a certain beauty to owning your vulnerability during this fragile time and allowing someone else to see it. Exhausted, hormones swinging, emotions from love to anxiety and back again and sitting in yet another spit-up covered shirt, with dishes and laundry piling up, any other visitor would have meant a mad dash to clean the house and put on a face that said “I’ve got everything under control”. But not my postpartum doula. Her gentle smile, a judgement free ear and a cup of coffee were the reassurance I needed to know that it was okay to ask for help. I needed it to be okay that I couldn’t do it all by myself and my postpartum doula helped me reconcile that. From the emotional support of talking about labor and the transition to life with a newborn to the logistics of light housekeeping, her support was invaluable to me easing into my new role as mother of two. A few weeks of support in the beginning have set me up with the confidence to move forward knowing I can do this.” -Karen Del Plato