POSTPARTUM DOULA services
I support families in the postpartum weeks and months in a wide variety of ways, and my role as a postpartum doula looks different for each family. We meet before the birth to start to figure out what you will need, and then keep changing the plan as needed. I am clear that there is no one right way to parent or to recover from birth, and I aim to make space for you to find your own way.
Here are some of the services I offer:
Helping you find your way as a parent or parents, being a sounding board and someone to talk to about anything coming up
Holding the baby or playing with older kids while you rest or focus on something else
Preparation of nutritious food for you and your family (I’ve undertaken a short course on postpartum nutrition through Magamama, and cooked my way through The First Forty Days, a lovely postpartum cookbook by Heng Ou)
Helping you to figure out feeding the baby, and getting specialist help if needed
Light housework or errands
Accompanying you to medical appointments as needed
Help with bureaucracy
Help to find more support if needed
It is important to know that doulas are not midwives and I do not provide medical support.
I love being there for families adjusting to life with a new baby. I have a lot of experience helping people navigate change, and welcoming a new little person is one of the biggest transformations that humans go through. I have also been around babies a lot and really enjoy supporting families to find their ways with their little ones.
I hardly remember the time after my daughter’s birth, but I do remember how open I felt, and how much the people in our lives who showed up in those early weeks meant to me. Before my daughter came I thought a lot about giving birth, however found it hard to visualize the time after the baby was born and to really prepare. I was surprised by the range of needs I had, from the most mundane to deeper support for transformation. I had a supportive midwife, but there were limits to what she could offer. I was lucky to have help from friends and some amazing local parents when things were hard, but honestly, more consistent support from a reliable, grounded, and non-judgmental person would have really made a difference. That’s where a postpartum doula would have been a great fit for me.
Please contact me if you’d like to meet and find out more. I am in training at the moment and have a range of packages available.