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Daytime Postpartum Doula

Welcoming a baby into your life is undeniably one of the most extraordinary experiences, but it also comes with its fair share of challenges. Regardless of your unique birth experience, adapting to sleepless nights and being constantly on call can be demanding. I offer part time day shifts to assist with you and your newborn's unique needs.

I value open communication, and as part of that commitment, I provide a complimentary consultation. This can take place in person or over the phone, either before or after your baby's arrival, allowing us to discuss your specific needs and expectations.

Baby's Hand

Hourly rate: 

$30 to $45 per hour depending on number of babies and driving distance
 

Duties:
Daytime shift time: Approximately 11:00AM 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 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!

 

My Philosophy:

I recognize the individuality of each family's needs, and I take great satisfaction in collaborating with you to establish an optimal foundation for welcoming your newborn into your home. Whether you require intermittent assistance or a sustained period of consistent support, I am equipped to accommodate your specific preferences.

For first-time parents seeking guidance on optimal care practices for their newborn, I offer expert instruction, providing valuable tips and hands-on tools to instill confidence in your parenting journey. Additionally, for experienced "veteran" parents in search of supplementary assistance, I am pleased to offer my services as a supportive second pair of hands.

 

I use a blended approach, drawing from various philosophies to tailor my methods to your specific needs. One highly recommended resource is Dr. Karp's "The Happiest Baby on the Block" book and DVD, which shares effective techniques for calming and improving sleep in a simple yet effective manner.

My belief is that establishing a routine as early as possible contributes to long-term healthy sleep habits. While allowing for some flexibility, especially when needed, instilling the understanding that daytime is designated for eating, playing, and napping, while nighttime is reserved for sleep (with a few feedings depending on age), can lay a solid foundation to avoid potential sleep-related challenges in the future.

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