Day vs. Night Postpartum Doula Care

Not sure if you are looking for day or night support?  Perhaps you would like a mix of both. Find out what kind of support is right for you.
Daytime doula care includes:

  • Preparing nutritious meals, beverages and snacks for mom, dad and siblings
  • “Nap support”; taking care of newborn(s) if mom needs to catch up on rest
  • Overall observation of mother’s health; knowing what ‘normal’ postpartum recovery is and isn’t
  • Helping parents figure out how to use all that stuff they registered for
  • Lactation support such as latch, positions, increasing milk supply, pumping, storing, etc.
  • Cleaning/sterilizing bottles and/or breast pump paraphernalia
  • Prepping bottles for future feeds
  • Light housekeeping such as laundry and dishes
  • Cord and circumcision care
  • Demonstrate newborn care to parents such as bath, burping, swaddling, soothing, etc.
  • Errand running/ grocery shopping
  • Sibling care & adjustment
  • Accompany parents to pediatric appointments
  • Monitoring visitors and taking messages
  • Keeping an informed watch for postpartum depression and other mood disorders
  • Many other services to assist new parents

Suggested day hours:  8a-noon / 10a-2pm / noon-4pm
Nighttime doula care includes:
I provide night care for your newborn(s) as well as sleep training techniques to be applied when putting your baby to sleep each night so that your baby starts sleeping for longer periods from the beginning, and many bad habits will not be picked up.
As your nighttime doula, I work evening hours to allow you some much-needed rest. No more sleepless nights or getting up every 2-3 hours. During the night, I observe your baby, watching for feeding cues and sleep cycles.  I can either feed your newborn(s) by bottle (pumped breastmilk or formula) or if you are breastfeeding I will bring baby to your bedroom for nursing. I will then burp, change, swaddle, and rock your newborn(s) back to sleep.
Night Duties:

  • “Sleep support”; taking care of newborn(s) so parents can sleep through the night (if they desire)
  • Keeping detailed nighttime log of  newborn(s) activities and moods
  • Feeding, soothing, swaddling and laying your newborn(s) back to sleep
  • Changing newborn(s)
  • Light housekeeping such as laundry and dishes (so as long as it doesn’t disturb sleeping household)
  • Re-stocking and tidying nursery
  • Cleaning/sterilizing bottles and breast pump paraphernalia
  • Prepping bottles for the next day
  • Many other services to assist new parents

Suggested night hours (minimum of 8 hours):  10p-6a  / 10p-8a / 8p-8a