***I am not offering postpartum doula services anymore, except to previous postpartum doula clients.***
Please call, email or Text to book or find out more information. 847-987-8079
Beth’s Services, Hours and Fees:
Flat-rate: $40/hour (minimum 10 hours total). Includes Postpartum Doula Services and extensive and expert breastfeeding support.
During the introductory interview, we will discuss the range of services I can offer you and begin to personalize a care-plan that is right for you.
During our initial free consultation, I will show you and leave with you with a set of agreements which I will ask you to give or mail back to me, signed, within 2 weeks. The agreements are simple and straight-forward and are not legally-binding. Agreements are signed so that both parties are in complete agreement about expectations of the type and length of the employment of the doula. I also ask for a retainer/deposit of $400 (10 hours of service, no less than 2 hours per visit), which is fully refundable if you must cancel before you baby is born.
Are your services covered by my health insurance?
Most insurance companies do not cover postpartum doula services. If you have an HSA/FSA health care savings card / flex spending account, you can definitely use that to pay for services. Payment can also be made by cash, check or credit card.
Range of Services:
- Assistance with respectful initiation of breastfeeding for you and your baby(ies) and continued lactation support
- Practical and emotional support
- Looking after you and your baby
- Helping to reduce household chaos – creating a calm environment
- In-tune to the needs of parent(s) and baby(ies)
- Helping you develop ways to become self-reliant and confident in your new role
- Some errand-running, light tidying, simple meal prep.
- Playing with and caring for older siblings (does not include any discipline)
- Coping Techniques for parents loving a high-needs baby
- Relaxation techniques
- Some simple Baby Massage techniques
Plan Your Baby Moon – Spend as much time planning your postpartum experience as you do for the birth.
How many hours per week will I need?
This is variable for each family and situation.
My work hours are variable. I generally suggest:
One visit very soon after birth to help get breastfeeding gently and effectively off to a good start. Then:
Week 1 – 5 days, 4 hours per day
Week 2 – 3 days, 4 hours per visit
Weeks 3-12 – 2 days, 4 hours per visit
If you’ve had a cesarean, I enjoy doing overnights at the hospital helping you care for your infant and initiate breastfeeding, as this can be challenging for parents after major surgery. I can work a maximum of 40 hours per week up for up to 3 months.
During the introductory interview, a house tour is helpful for the doula to get the lay of the land. Meeting the doula before the birth, in your own home, helps you and your other child(ren) get to know the doula a little before the baby(ies) is born. Children often enjoy being the leader of the house-tour.
Position paper on the role and impact of the Postpartum Doula, here.
Beth with little friend R. Beth has had the pleasure of being
the postpartum doula for the last 5 of this family’s babies.