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Postpartum Services

What is Postpartum Doula care?

Doula services do not end after birth.  Once at home there are many adjustments for families with new babies. Postpartum doulas are specifically trained to support families as they transition to these changing roles.  By offering unbiased evidence-based education, attention to the needs of the parents, infant and other children, and by offering quality referrals and access to community resources when necessary, a postpartum doula can ease and enhance your postpartum experience.

The Benefits of a Postpartum Doula with Pediatric RN Expertise

Welcoming a new baby into your family is a momentous occasion, but it also comes with its unique set of challenges. Navigating the postpartum period can be overwhelming, especially for first-time parents. That's where the expertise of a postpartum doula who is also a registered nurse (RN) in pediatric care can make an extraordinary difference. This combination of skills offers a comprehensive and holistic approach to postpartum support, ensuring both mother and baby receive the best care possible.

 

A postpartum doula with an RN background in pediatric care brings a wealth of medical knowledge and practical experience to the table. Their training in pediatric health allows them to provide expert guidance on infant care, from feeding techniques and sleep routines to recognizing and addressing any early signs of health concerns. This dual expertise ensures that your newborn receives attentive and informed care right from the start, giving you peace of mind during those critical early weeks.

Moreover, the support of a postpartum doula extends beyond just the baby. These professionals are trained to assist mothers in their recovery from childbirth, offering physical, emotional, and educational support. As an RN, the doula can monitor the mother's health more closely, identify potential complications early, and provide appropriate interventions or referrals if necessary. This holistic care approach helps to create a smoother and more confident transition into parenthood, enhancing the overall well-being of the entire family.

The emotional and psychological benefits of having a postpartum doula who is also a pediatric RN cannot be overstated. New parents often face a barrage of advice and information, which can be confusing and stressful. Having a trusted, knowledgeable professional by your side can alleviate anxiety and build confidence. Whether it's offering practical tips, providing hands-on assistance, or simply being a compassionate listener, a postpartum doula with pediatric RN expertise is an invaluable resource, fostering a nurturing and supportive environment for your growing family.

 

Premium Postpartum Services with Christi Michaels, Pediatric RN

Postpartum doulas provide supportive services for all members of the family.  Services can include newborn care and teaching, infant feeding support, self-care for mother, sleep support, meal planning and preparation, grocery shopping and errands, sibling care, light housekeeping, or accompaniment to medical appointments.

  • Virtual interview (no-charge)

  • 1-Virtual meeting to discuss postpartum care plan

  • Minimum 4 hours per visit

  • Initial purchase of 12 hours required 

  • Rates: Singleton $70 per hour. Multiples $75 per hour.

Note: Doula & lactation support services are eligible for reimbursement with some flexible spending accounts (FSA). 

Additional Namaste Birth services are available at discounts for doula clients (placenta encapsulation, bodywork, classes, counseling/coaching)

Benefits and Improved Outcomes of a Postpartum Doula

Benefits from having a Postpartum Doula:

1. Emotional Support:
   - Provides continuous emotional support to new mothers, helping reduce feelings of overwhelm, anxiety, and postpartum depression.
   - Offers a compassionate, non-judgmental presence, allowing mothers to express their feelings and concerns freely.

2. Physical Recovery:
   - Assists with postpartum recovery, including managing pain, promoting proper rest, and offering guidance on physical care routines.
   - Provides tips and support for breastfeeding, addressing challenges and promoting successful nursing.

3. Infant Care Expertise:
   - Shares expert advice on newborn care, including bathing, diapering, soothing techniques, and establishing sleep patterns.
   - Educates parents on infant health and development, ensuring they are well-informed and confident in their caregiving abilities.

4. Household Assistance:
   - Helps with light household tasks, allowing parents to focus more on bonding with their baby and recovering from childbirth.
   - Assists with meal preparation, laundry, and other daily chores, reducing the burden on new parents.

5. Parent Education:
   - Provides evidence-based information on postpartum recovery, newborn care, and parenting strategies.
   - Helps parents understand and interpret their baby’s cues, fostering a stronger parent-infant bond.

6. Support for Partners:
   - Offers guidance and support to partners, helping them understand their role and actively participate in the postpartum period.
   - Encourages healthy communication and teamwork between parents, promoting a supportive family environment.

 

A postpartum doula plays a crucial role in enhancing the overall well-being of both the mother and the baby during the postpartum period. Their support leads to numerous physical, emotional, and developmental benefits, resulting in a more positive and empowering start to the parenting journey.

"Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel."
Eleanor Brownn

Helen

Lorie helped me feel comfortable and balanced during my pregnancy, and she was a lifesaver for my husband! He felt totally out of control during our birth.  Lorie's guidance helped him feel safe and know how to support me. Sometimes I think the birth partner needs a doula more than the mom! 

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