Congratulations! After all these months, you’re finally about to meet the newest member of your family! It’s an exciting time, however you may still have lingering questions about what to expect. We are pleased to announce we are partnering with For Your Birth to expand our services to now include Doula Services. Unlike our classes which help support and educate families about their options for birth and newborn care, doulas support families during their actual labor. You may think that only women who hire doulas are the crunchy-granola types, but that's not the case anymore and doulas are not just for women who want to go without an epidural! ALL laboring women can benefit from the extra support a doula provides.
Research shows that women who use a birth doula are:
- less likely to need Pitocin
- less likely to have a cesarean birth
- decreases the length of labor
- more likely to rate their childbirth experience positively
What about my partner's role when using a doula?
A doula's role is not to take the place of partners in labor, but rather to compliment it. More partners are playing an active role in the birth process. However, many partners prefer to enjoy the delivery without having to stand in as the labor coach. Having a doula allows the partners to support his partner emotionally during labor and to also enjoy the experience without the added pressure of trying to remember everything he learned in childbirth class!
New Mom Support
Life with a new baby or babies doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Most first time parents will tell you that the first few days after bringing home a new baby is anything but easy! If mom had a cesarean or other birth complications, it can make the transition to home even more challenging. The problem that many new parents face is finding the help they need to support them through these first few weeks. This is where we can help.
One of our certified and trained New Mom Support Specialist will provide evidenced based information on things like, infant feeding, physical recovery from birth, infant soothing, and basic newborn care. Research shows that moms, dads and babies have an easier time with this transition if a good support team is in place.
We will work with each family individually to find out their particular needs and wants.
Some of the duties that we will perform include:
- Breastfeeding support
- Help with the emotional and physical recovery after birth
- Light housekeeping so that mom does not feel so overwhelmed
- Running errands
- Assistance with newborn care such as diapering, bathing, feeding and comforting
- Light meal preparation
Most people hire us for anywhere from a few days up to a few weeks after bringing home a new baby. Not getting any sleep? Overnight shifts available.