A postpartum doula is a woman who cares for new mothers using her training and experience in birth, newborns, and early new motherhood.
The postpartum period extends from the day of birth to approximately 3 months after the baby is born. This timeframe is also referred to as the “4th trimester” when the baby is still quite helpless and dependent, while both mother and baby are getting used to their new life together with baby on the outside. Postpartum doulas focus on the mother’s wellbeing, and in this way make sure baby is thriving as well. In our practice we serve mothers through the entire first year.
How it works:
First we talk on the phone to see what you need and how we can help. We can go over how we differ from a baby nurse / night nurse, or a nanny.
Then, we come to your house for a postpartum consult before the baby arrives to set up nursery & changing stations, decide on sleeping arrangements, sketch out rough weekly schedules, and recommended useful products (nursing pillows, bottles, baby wraps, etc.)
Once the baby arrives, we come to your house to take care of you, the mother. When you are fed, showered, and rested, your whole family will benefit. During each visit we first check in and make sure you are feeling OK. If there’s anything you need to talk about, we are there to offer ideas or solutions, or to just listen. Next, we move on to household tasks that need to be done. These asks may include:
- taking care of the baby if you’d like to sleep, shower, or exercise,
- light housework including laundry and tidying up,
- meal planning & prep,
- limited local errands.
Available for both daytime and overnight shifts in Northern and Central New Jersey.
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