Working together-Postpartum Doula

I offer individualized care, experience, and valuable education to the parents of newborns in a compassionate, understanding, and non-judgmental way.   My goal is to assist you as you make this beautiful (sometimes over whelming and messy) transition to parenthood.  The feedback I get most frequently is that having me in the home provides a sense of peace and security to parents.  This enables them to finally rest easy and relax into their new role.

Components of Postpartum Doula Care

  • Emotional and physical support and guidance as you recover
  • Newborn care including diapering, bathing, soothing techniques
  • Breastfeeding, pumping and/or bottle support
  • Snack and meal preparation
  • Light housekeeping (dishes, laundry, tidying up)
  • Referrals to community resources so that you can grow your village

Initial Meeting

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Giving Momma a moment…

If we have not yet worked together, this is our “get to know you” and interview meeting.  It is always my preference to have both mom and her partner at this meeting to be sure we are all a good “fit”.  I will tell you about my services and answer any questions or concerns you may have. Typically, this will take us about an hour or so.

We would start a discussion of tentative dates, times and/or packages you are considering. Also, I will leave you with a contract or “Letter of Agreement”.

If you and your partner are comfortable with me and with my role in supporting both of you through this time, this contract should be signed and returned to me with a down payment by week 37 of your pregnancy. 

Down payment is half of anticipated cost of postpartum care.  I must receive a signed contract and down payment in order to insure that I will be available to you for the tentative times and dates requested.

Prenatal Meeting

Prior to this meeting I will email you a questionnaire. As you complete this, it may bring up questions or thoughts you’d like to discuss. It will help me to better understand your needs and your expectations for me. Each home has different traditions and a different make up of people for me to be attuned to.

At this meeting, we will have a chance to discuss what your anticipated needs will be – how often and for how long each time you will need my help. I have some worksheets that might help to facilitate this process.

I like to meet with clients in their home so that I can understand the layout, who sleeps where, how you move around in and get comfortable in your own space.  This is a good opportunity to familiarize me with your household. At this visit we can also talk about what might be needed for baby’s homecoming – I may be able to offer little suggestions to ease the transition. If I am somewhat familiar with your family’s habits and schedule, it will help to optimize the time I’m scheduled to be with you after your baby arrives.

Service Options:

Daytime shifts: Time to rest and recuperate, spend time with other children, etc. 4 hours in either the morning or afternoon.

First watch of the night: Tuck in service. You go to bed early, and I care for baby! 4 hour shift, 9 pm-1 am.

Overnight: As much uninterrupted sleep as possible! 8 hour shift, 10 pm-6 am.

A la carte: Hourly rate so you can tailor to family’s schedule.

Multi-week combination Packages: Contact me so that we can work through a schedule that makes sense for you.

Availability and Timing

Although we will tentatively schedule some dates for postpartum visits prior to your baby’s birth, once the baby arrives, you will need to contact me so that we can fine-tune specific days and times.

How sweet you are little girl!

Payment Expectations

  • There is no charge for our initial meeting.
  • The first half of agreed upon fees will be due by 37 weeks of pregnancy.
  • The second and final payment is due on or before the birth of your baby.

*Be sure to check the guidelines for your specific health insurance plan. Payment for postpartum doulas can sometimes be made using either FSA (Flexible Spending Accounts) or HSA (Health Savings Accounts).

Remember Honeybee Doula has gift certificates too!

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Cindy was incredibly reliable and reassuring as our postpartum doula.  We could really feel her love and attentiveness towards our son, so much so that she is the first person outside of our family whom I trusted to leave him alone with while I took a much-needed break outside of the house. I could always sleep soundly when Cindy was around as I knew she was giving our child her undivided attention.

Jenny-remembering her postpartum with William.