Your Birth, Your Baby
Helping you create a beautiful birth and newborn journey...your way.
Daytime Postpartum Doula Services
Having a baby is one of the most amazing experiences you will ever have, but it is also a lot of work. No matter what your birth experience was like, transitioning to sleepless nights and being needed around the clock can be tough. Services are provided during the day between the hours of 11:30AM and 3:30PM. I offer a free consultation to meet with you or speak on the phone before or after your baby is born to discuss your needs. Service areas include Cumming, Roswell, Alpharetta, Milton, Buford and surrounding metro Atlanta areas.
Daytime $30 to $45 per hour depending on number of babies and driving distance
Daytime shift time: Approximately 11:30AM to 3:30PM. Can be tweaked a bit
depending on driving distance
Daytime care for up to three newborns at a time
Guidance/instruction in basic 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 basic breastfeeding tips
Tidy up common living areas if it won't disturb sleeping individuals (load the dishwasher, wipe down counters, etc)
Light meal prep
Provide referrals to other newborn professionals such as lactation consultants, pediatricians, etc.
Daytime shifts are especially helpful for those who don't have family around to lend a second pair of hands to accomplish all the extra duties a baby brings. 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 your laundry, preps your dinner 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.