A postpartum doula supports a family in the transition of welcoming a new baby. A postpartum doula does:
Empower the mother by helping her to feel balanced, rested and supported to be the mother she wants to be to her baby
Keep mama fed and well hydrated
Advise the family on how to make the most of the support they have on offer
Help to process the experience of giving birth regardless of whether it went “as planned”
Provide breastfeeding support: getting a good latch, various positions, advice on what is “normal”, tracking diapers, identifying possible serious issues and provid appropriate referrals
Bring healthy snacks to the mother while nursing and help advise on healthy breastfeeding nutrition and self care
Help set up nursing stations and diaper changing areas throughout the home
Home organization and functional flow of space to support mothering
Offer evidence based advice on a range of normal newborn care issues
Assist with the learning of baby carriers
Help the mother get rest
Prepare meals and tidy up the home
Help the partner find practical ways to support the breastfeeding mother
Set up meal trains
Sibling care and transition for families welcoming a second child
Helping to run errands or accompanying the family to the pediatrician or other appointments
Referrals to specialists in areas of need that present themselves whether it be support groups, therapists, acupuncturists, babysitters, pediatricians, community events, household services, classes etc
Phone and text support
And much much more.
Erica and Laura have been working as postpartum doulas in New York City for over 4 years and have served over 100 families combined.
Though our focus has always been Postpartum we are both trained Birth Doulas as well and occasionally open up our calendars to consider full spectrum doula care that includes prenatal, labor birth and postpartum support. If you’re interested in working with us in this capacity please reach out.
Virtual Postpartum Doula Session
Need support but feel far away? No problem.
For the Expectant Family:
Work with us to plan for an empowered and supported transition across the threshold. We will help you harness your circles of support and give you practical tools to prepare. Depending on your areas of interest we can cover questions about everything from birth healing to feeding choices, twin care, sibling prep, babywearing, postpartum nutrition, the spiritual bridge including closing the portal mindfully, nourishing both the self and relationship among other practical, emotional and esoteric aspects. (Phone/Skype/FaceTime)
For the New Family:
If you are already postpartum we can use the time to address any areas of motherhood and self care that are currently presenting challenges. We will do a follow up to provide requested resources and also send you a personalized meditation based on your intentions to continue working with.
We provide hilarious, practical and fully integrated heart based support for families in New York City. As DONA certified Postpartum Doulas we have been teaching original curriculum, performing private and community Mother Blessing ceremonies and working in home with new mothers since we birthed our first babies in 2013.
As mothers, between us, we have birthed 5 babies in 3 years and have learned personally and in our work that with a few tools, the right support, lots of resources (and some hearty laughs!) it is possible to thrive during the wild ride that is the transition of a new baby (or babies!)