What is a Postpartum Doula?
Rest giver, listening ear,
hands on help
We live in such a fast paced world, but babies don't really care about that! They care that they are fed, loved, nurtured, and safe. Moms need the exact same thing! Postpartum Doulas are the hands on support that family and friends wish they could be. During daytime hours that could mean I am helping mom fold laundry while she tells me about her birth experience. Processing the birth experience takes time and each time we retell the story, we solidify the experience in our memory. During the evening you might see me cooking dinner while mom feeds or bonds with baby. During the witching hour it may look like me caring for baby while mom takes a shower and gets much needed time to herself. And overnight, oh overnight, it looks like me staying awake with baby while parents sleep. You get the sleep you need, your baby is watched over carefully, and if you are nursing I can help you stay awake and alert before you go back to bed and rest more. In the morning I'll make sure that you are prepared to take on the day feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day.
Of course this will look different for each family I support. The beauty of having a Postpartum Doula in your home is that we create a plan together for how I can best support your needs. When you contact me for in home support, we will look at what it is that your family most needs at this time and then game plan how that looks while I am your Postpartum Doula. It is my goal that you know that you are taken care of in every way that you need during your postpartum recovery.
When can you get here?
When do you need extra hands and rest?
I currently offer Postpartum Doula support to families in the Kansas City area. We all know that parents are told to sleep when the baby sleeps, but what does that mean exactly? That means you need support when you need to rest. I am available for evening hours during the week (hello witching hour!) as well as daytime, evening, and overnight hours on the weekends. Please contact me for current hours available, I can't wait to connect with you.
What is the difference between postpartum doula and a nanny?
Like Mary Poppins, but for the whole family.
As a postpartum doula, my goal is the support the family as a whole. If you need me to run small errands, or pick up groceries, or return a baby item to Target, I am happy to do that for you. However, if you would like to do that, at least one parent needs to remain at home with the baby and I. Many new parents find it stressful to get out of the house with a new baby, and I can help with running those errands with both you and baby if you would like the practice of getting out of the house.