Postpartum Support, Mother's Helper, Breastfeeding Support, Nurturing Care
As a respected Doula, I pride myself in providing you and your partner with compassion, understanding, information and support throughout the postpartum period. To schedule an initial consultation, or to learn more about my practice, please contact me.
As Your Postpartum Doula, my first priority is to ensure that the new mother is as rested and relaxed as possible. I bring empathy, compassion and non-judgemental support to the new family and try to lighten the load that new and even seasoned parents inevitably feel.
What I do….
The services I provide will vary from client to client, but typical postpartum services include:
Breastfeeding/bottle-feeding support/instruction (help build mama and babe nest for feeding in comfort: nursing basket with snacks, water/hydration, foot stool if needed, etc.)
Day and Evening Care
Newborn Care and Baby soothing skills as well as evidence-based support in any issues that may arise.
Provide encouragement for partner in ways to support mum.
Baby equipment expertise
Support in setting up changing/diapering stations
Support with set up of bedtime routine for as much sleep as possible!
Provide support as siblings adjust and transition for those families welcoming another child.
Support and referrals to local resources as they come up (support groups, classes, therapists, acupuncturist, chiropractors, babysitters, household cleaners, etc).
**Please see my packages page for more info **
Rates and Packages.
All clients must purchase a minimum package to start services and/or hold the availability.
For Day Services min package is 4 hours ($120.00).
Night Services min package is 8 hours of postpartum doula care for 1 overnight shift ($320.00)
Day support: $30.00 per hour, with a minimum of 4 hours per visit (can be broken down to 1 hour prenatal and 3 hour immediately after birth visit)
Overnight support: $40.00 per hour, with a minimum of 8 hours per visit
Welcome Home Package
Here for You
Welcome Home Package
I will meet you upon your return home from the hospital or birth center (or when the midwives leave your homebirth) to help you settle in—prepare a meal, finish setting up your home, tidy, do laundry, run out for needed supplies, provide lactation or sibling support as needed.
This package is for one four-hour shift only.
Must be arranged and paid in advance, four hour shift, contact 250-857-5241
10 Hour Day Postpartum Support
10 Hour Day Support- Postpartum Package:
With this package, you receive ten hours of daytime postpartum care, set to the schedule that works best for you. If package is purchased before baby arrives you will have a 1 hour prenatal visit to connect before baby(s) arrive and three 3 hour visits to be scheduled anytime in the first three months.
The Best Start Package
Informative, Nourishing and Compassionate
The Best Start Package:
10, 4-hour shifts (40 hours total) over one month (3x/wk for two weeks, then 2x/wk for two weeks)
I will provide support throughout your early postpartum time, to include non-judgmental, listening and emotional support to process the birth and challenges of early parenthood, lactation and newborn care development education and support, care for your newborn so you may rest, shower, etc., meal preparation and light household tasks and much more.
Over Night Packages
A Good Night's Sleep to Rest and Recover
I arrive for the overnight at 7, 8 or 9pm (minimum of 8 hours) and ready your family for the overnight. If you are nursing, you create a plan about waking you for the feeds, or if introducing bottles overnight I prepare bottles. If you are pumping during the night, I clean the pumping equipment and ready it for you, for formula feeding I prepare all the bottles.
You settle into bed knowing that you are going to get real rest.
The next part is up to you.
Would you like me to sleep in a separate room with your baby, taking over full care? I feed, change, burp and settle your baby back to sleep. You are able to enjoy a full night’s rest.
For breastfeeding mothers, I bring your baby to you, when the baby is ready to nurse and assist with latch/position and observe to ensure the baby is nursing effectively and you are comfortable. After the baby finishes nursing you go back to sleep for a few more hours of sound sleep until the next feed and I change and soothe the baby back to sleep.
I rest, or nap, as the baby sleeps until the next feed.
I am your other set of hands to feed your baby and put the baby back to sleep as you get up to pump at night. I understand that feeding goals vary from person to person. Whatever you choose, I will assist with.
Another way you may choose to be supported is having your baby sleep in your bedroom. With this arrangement, you simply let me know when the baby is awake. I then come in, do the diaper change, assist with breastfeeding latch/positioning, and soothe the baby back to sleep.
I can also be company in the middle of the night (this is especially helpful for single parents, or those with spouses who work nights or otherwise unavailable because they need to sleep through the night).
I am trained and experienced in supporting families in making a wide variety of decisions about their newborns. Honoring and supporting those decisions is what I do best.
The benefits of having an overnight postpartum doula for the first night home allows you an opportunity to settle in with the baby and provides you with the reassurance of helping you with breastfeeding and caring for the baby as you learn about your newborn, you’re off to a confident start.
Doulas for Aboriginals
The DAFGP is providing grants to pay for prenatal, birth and/or postpartum doula services for Indigenous parents and families residing in BC (on and off reserve).
Doulas help birthing parents and their families communicate their expectations, hopes, and concerns about childbirth so that they feel supported and comfortable with their decisions. The assistance of a doula can help Indigenous parents and families find their strength and place of power in giving birth.
To apply for the grant, please follow the link below.