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  • What is a doula?
    There are several kinds of doulas; *A birth doula is a person trained to assist the birthing person and family with advice, resources and support during labor and delivery. *A postpartum doula is a person trained in postpartum recovery and newborn care and can assist in first few months at home while life adjusts to a new baby. *A sibling doula is a person trained in helping older children adjust to their new role as the bigger sibling. *An end-of-life doula is a person trained in bereavement and can support families through a loss.
  • I just found out I'm pregnant, when do I need to contact you?"
    Congratulations on your pregnancy! I typically book 3-4 months in advance and take a maximum of 4 clients per month to ensure flexibility in my calendar. My scheduled time is first come-first served and a deposit is required to hold space on my calendar.
  • How does this work?
    The process is simple! After a complimentary chat on the phone, and an in-person interview to make sure we are a great fit, we can move forward with an agreement and save space on my calendar for your due date. I offer 4-hour day-time shifts and extended hour overnight shifts to accommodate those first few months at home. As long as my availability permits, my blocks are flexible so that I can provide you with care convenient to your schedule. Once a shift begins, I start by asking you what is most important to you to accomplish, and we prioritize those items. Most times, it’s sleep and sometimes it’s starting the mounting laundry or talking through your birth experience and sometimes it’s reorganizing a nursery to make it more functional. Either way, during my shift, I try to provide you with the support needed to get through each day feeling empowered and helping you establish your new normal.
  • Can you teach me to wear my baby?
    Absolutely! I can even teach you how to NURSE while you wear your baby! Baby wearing is something I offer to any family that I am working with, but if you would like to set up and private in-home baby wearing session, I am available for baby wearing only and you can find those rates and services here.
  • What are your rates?
    My rates range for the number of service hours provided and times of each shift. My day-time regular rate is $35/hr for contracts under 100 hours. My evening or overnight rate begins at 10pm and starts at $40/hr. Please view my services and packages available here
  • Can you sleep train my baby?
    No. While there are ways I can help you learn your baby’s sleepy cues and teach you how and when they *should* be sleeping, my time in your home is the newborn phase and “sleep training” at that age is not something recommended. What I can offer, is help with overnight care and allowing the parents to rest while knowing your baby is in great hands.
  • What happens if you are sick or cannot make it to a scheduled shift?
    This situation is rare, but emergencies do happen. If there is a time that I am unable to come to an agreed shift, I can either reschedule the shift OR I can find you a suitable back up doula.
  • Are you a lactation consultant?
    In Spring 2020, I will be a Certified Lactation Counselor.
  • Is there anything you DON'T do?
    The list is short! I am not a medical professional; therefore I cannot provide you with any medicine, medical advice or look at incisions or stitches. I can however, address your concerns by getting you in touch with the proper professionals. Due to insurance, I cannot drive you or any family members anywhere.
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