Postpartum Doula Services in the Dallas Area
My experience as a mother of three grown daughters and Nana to 9 grandchildren, including 1 set of twins, has given me an inside look at the helpfulness of an experienced Postpartum Doula. I have recently added this service to Whole Heart Birth Experience.
What is a Postpartum Doula?
A Postpartum Doula is a supportive advisor and companion who is professionally trained to provide support to the mother and her family in the first 12 weeks after birth.
Role of the Postpartum Doula
As a Postpartum Doula, I am trained in postpartum adjustment, newborn characteristics, care, breastfeeding, development, and the promotion of parent-infant bonding. I am experienced in supporting families through their postpartum journey. Coming into your home during the fourth trimester following birth, the postpartum doula’s role is to provide education, non-judgmental support, companionship, and to assist with newborn care and family adjustment, meal preparation, and light household tasks. I will offer evidence-based coping skills for new parents and can make appropriate referrals when necessary.
As a Postpartum Doula, I also serve as a “buffer” for new parents, who receive a great deal of unsolicited and possibly outdated advice. The Postpartum Doula can help friends and family members to foster and support the decisions of the new parents. By modeling a deep respect for the wisdom and decision-making abilities of the new parents, she makes clear that supporting them in their own choices will have the best possible results.
By dedicating myself to your family in this way, a Postpartum Doula validates and enhances the parents intuitive ability to nurture and encourages them to develop and implement their own parenting style.
Postpartum Doulas and Families
My goal is to assist you in your transition to parenthood by supplying reliable and factual information, reassurance and hands-on support with children and household organization. By “mothering the mother,” the Postpartum Doula enables you as the new mother to recover from pregnancy, birth and focus her energy on bonding with her new baby.
Parents are able to care for their children with the reassurance of non-judgmental support and an extra set of hands are available when they need them. Through this support, I am able to help parents and older children integrate the baby into the family in a loving gentle manner.
Postpartum Doulas: Members of the Postpartum Care Team
The role of the Postpartum Doula is one of non-medical support. Healthcare professionals such as doctors, midwives, nurses and others are responsible for the health and well-being of the mother and baby. The non-medical support of the Postpartum Doula meets the practical and social needs of the family.
The Postpartum Doula’s knowledge of the changes that come with a new baby enables her to enhance communication both within the family and with other support professionals. The Postpartum Doula is also available to make referrals to quality care providers such as lactation consultants, pediatricians, counselors and support groups when appropriate.
In order to define the role of the Postpartum Doula and determine her scope of practice, DONA International undertook a study of existing literature on factors that influence postpartum recovery and adjustment to identify which of these might be offered by non-medical professionals. These have been included in the tasks that comprise the Postpartum Doula’s role, along with other factors, including the family’s perceptions of their own needs for supportive nurturing.
My Services Include
A free interview to determine whether we are a good fit. There is no charge or obligation with this visit.
After you have signed your contract and anticipated services are discussed, a $120 non-refundable booking fee is required. This booking fee is used for the first 4 hours of services rendered. If you are buying a package including postpartum doula services, services will be arranged within the package fees. A la carte services are available.
A planning appointment is suggested before your baby is due to lay out a plan of services and what your needs will be after the baby arrives. If we are contracting for services after your baby/babies have arrived, this appointment is still required before services begin.
I will assist you with self-care, recovery measures, provide information on mother/baby care, assist you in caring for and feeding of your new baby/babies, breastfeeding support, assist your family with adjusting to your new roles, and, offer household organizational support; including preparing occasional light meals, grocery shopping, laundry, tidying and dish-washing. Other specific needs may be discussed individually. If shopping is required on my way to serve you, my service rate begins when I arrive at the store.
Back-up Doula Services will be arranged to the best of my ability, should a conflict arise. If I am needed at a client’s labor as a Birth Doula, I will do my best to arrange for a Postpartum Doula back-up. Laboring Mommies will take precedence over Postpartum clients.
The a la carte hourly rate is $30.00 with a minimum requirement of 4 hour/shifts. I am available between the hours of 7am-5pm, Monday – Friday. The $120.00 booking fee will serve as payment for your first 4 hours of service. Payment is to be paid in advance for the following week. If further assistance is desired beyond the original contract period, these arrangements will be considered as my schedule allows.
If you combine services with a package, you will save $5/hour on hours past the initial 4 hours of postpartum doula services.
Payments may be made with cash, check, or credit card with PayPal. [Packages/Payment]
Weekly payments will be due each Friday for the following week of work.