FAQs

what happens during a shift?

Each family’s needs are unique, and I am here to support you. For one family, that may mean helping with questions about breastfeeding, and taking care of the baby so the parents can get some rest. For another family, it may mean stocking their freezer with healthy meals so they can enjoy time with their baby and not worry about cooking. For another, it could mean helping a mother prepare to return to work after her maternity leave by figuring out a pumping schedule, daily logistics, and how to get their baby ready for daycare. Shifts take place in a family’s home, though I am also happy to run errands or accompany you to an appointment.

how long will you work with our family?

It’s completely up to you! I have worked with some families for one day and for others for months. Packages are customizable so you pay for however many shifts you need.

when do shifts begin?

This is also up to you. If you like, our first shift can be in your baby’s first days of life. Or, if you’d like a week or two to settle in first, I can come later.

We need sleep! Do you do overnights?

Yes! My goal for overnight shifts is to maximize sleep for your family. If you are breastfeeding, I can bring the baby to you for feedings and then take care of burping, changing, and getting the baby back to sleep. For bottle-fed babies, you may wish to sleep uninterrupted while I handle all the baby’s needs.

I’ll be returning to work after maternity leave. Can you help me prepare for that?

You bet! I have a passion for helping parents feel confident about their transition back to the workplace. Over one or more shifts, we can work out schedules, logistical arrangements, work wardrobes, pumping plans, and more to help you feel ready to head back to work.

when should we hire you?

Some families reach out to me in the months or weeks leading up to baby’s arrival. Others initiate contact after baby’s arrival when they realize they are eager for some extra support. Either way, I am here when you are ready!

My family lives nearby. I don’t need a doula, do I?

Relatives are a tremendous support to growing families. My role is not to replace a helpful relative, but rather to provide additional help to allow you and your relatives to bond with your new baby. I offer unbiased support and will fully embrace your own parenting choices. Also, safety guidelines and general parenting recommendations are always changing, and I can provide research-based, up-to-date answers to your questions.

can i ask a silly question?

There’s so such thing as a silly question when it comes to taking care of your baby. All new parents have had plenty of moments when we felt clueless about what to do with a tiny newborn. One of the best parts of being a doula is helping educate parents about basic baby care, feeding, bathing, and learning how to interact with your precious baby. I am honored to be a resource for all your questions!

what sort of training do you have?

I completed my training and certification as a Postpartum Doula and Infant Care Specialist through a national doula training organization. I am also a Certified Lactation Counselor through the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice. I maintain Adult and Infant CPR certification through the American Red Cross. Finally, I am always pursuing additional education in areas such as breastfeeding, safe sleep, and cultural competency to best meet the needs of all my clients.

how do we start?

I am so pleased that you are considering how postpartum support could benefit your family. As a first step, let’s have a conversation to discuss your hopes and needs. We can talk through any questions and figure out a support package that makes sense for you. Please schedule an initial phone consultation at a convenient time for you. I look forward to hearing more about your family!

do you offer gift certificates?

Yes! Gift certificates are available, and I look forward to the opportunity to support your loved one and their growing family.

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