Live-In Postpartum Doula Services
Are you nervous about bringing home your baby and feeling like you have very little support back at home? Perhaps your partner is going back to work right away or travels a lot and you do not have family members nearby. Let me come live-in for up to one week to ease the transition of bringing home your baby. I will provide expert care for you and your baby around the clock so you can rest and heal after your delivery.
Starting at $500 per day based on number of babies
Care can be for up to one full week
Client is responsible for all travel and food expenses if placement is outside of the metro Atlanta area
24-hour (with breaks) daytime and overnight care for up to three newborns at a time
Guidance/instruction in newborn care
Establish and implement a sleeping and feeding routine
Log baby's eating/sleeping patterns with detailed notes
Wash, dry and fold baby laundry
Wash bottles and breast pump supplies
Make new formula or prepare bottles for the next day
Assist and support mothers with breastfeeding tips
Tidy up common living areas if it won't disturb sleeping individuals (load the dishwasher, wipe down counters, etc)
Light meal prep and caring for the mother
24-hour live-in care is helpful for those without other family members around and is especially helpful for mothers who have had a c-section. A live-in postpartum doula for the first week after coming home from the hospital will give you the essential start of rest and education on all things pertaining to your baby. Think mountains of burp cloths, onesies and blankets. Not to mention, feeding yourself and having time to take a shower! Take a nap or a peaceful shower while the "baby fairy" cares for your little one, washes, dries and folds laundry, preps your meals and tidies up your home. Even make a coffee stop, schedule a spa treatment, hair appointment or grocery run to allow yourself some baby free mommy time. Taking care of yourself is one of the most important things you can do when you become a new mommy!
I believe every family's needs are unique and I thoroughly enjoy working with you to create the best possible start to having your newborn at home. Whether you need occasional help or a few months of consistent help, I can accommodate accordingly. If you are a first time parent looking for instruction on what's best for your newborn, I can guide you with tips and hands-on tools to help you feel confident. If you are a "veteran" parent and simply looking for a second pair of hands, I'm happy to work with you too.
I use a combination of different philosophies to fit your individual needs. One that I highly recommend is Dr. Karp's The Happiest Baby on the Block book and DVD. Dr. Karp teaches great calming and sleeping techniques that are easy and effective. I believe that full-term, healthy babies can avoid sleep problems in later months, if given a great start, by creating a routine as soon as possible. The routine doesn't have to be super rigid, as babies need a bit of flexibility at times. However, teaching babies as soon as possible that daytime is for eating, playing and napping and nighttime is for sleeping (with a couple feedings per night, depending on the age), will help them avoid problems that need fixed later.
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