UPDATED VIRTUAL DOULA SERVICES:  It's not easy having a baby during a global pandemic. New parents still need reassurance, particularly now as other services and family support are limited. I have adjusted my doula support to be a thorough combination of Zoom, phone, text, and weekly support groups. I am pleased to announce 3 packages are available for you, listed below:

My educational & instructional style works particularly well with a virtual system, along with unlimited text availability. In addition to this, you will be encouraged to be part of my weekly online New Moms Support Groups (which will not cut into your package hours), so you can interact and learn from your peers who are in the same phase. Email me for more info or to purchase a package jayne@mamarama.tv 

Postpartum Doula Packages: New parents need non-judgmental reassurance and guidance when getting to know their new babies. This includes help with breastfeeding and/or bottle-feeding, soothing, infant care, instilling good sleep habits, emotional support, and overall assistance transitioning into parenthood. My work is like an on-going class with the emphasis on understanding your baby, meeting her needs, and not losing yourself in the process. As your postpartum doula I'm providing a continuity of care for your family in a way that is unique to the postpartum doula philosophy. If we think you need counseling support I will refer you to appropriate mental health care professionals in the area; if you're struggling with pelvic floor issues, I have the resources; need a lactation consultant, new moms support group, pediatric GI, babysitter, night nurse? I am your trusted starting point. That type of care continuity is specific to my style of providing postpartum support. Because of my previous work with the Postpartum Mood Disorder Initiative of NJ I am attuned to the red flags that may indicate a mood disorder (whether that's depression or anxiety.) Though I am not a therapist I am trained to recognize symptoms and refer you to the resources and help you may need. Studies show that when women are well-supported after giving birth they are less likely to endure a mood disorder.

NEW: The Micro Package 3.5 hours - $300 - For parents who need just a little bit of guidance for the first two months, until you feel more secure. Other usage could be if you need help transitioning to formula or help with sleep issues. This package expires after 2 months from the start and includes unlimited texting.

The Mini Package 6 hours - $550 - With the Mini Package you have six hours of phone or Zoom time within 4 months of usage plus unlimited texting. Included in this package is my Babycare & Feeding preparation class (a $90 value). This is an excellent and reassuring way to help new parents navigate the first few critical months. If you've already given birth, deduct $50 since the preparation class is no longer needed.

Welcome Home Package:  10 hours - $850 - Extended version of the Mini package designed to take you further also includes babycare & feeding class. Typically we'll use similar .5 to 1 hours per session which expires at 6.5 months; possibility for in-person visits is more likely toward the beginning of 2021. Unlimited texting with questions and concerns is included with all packages. Deduct $50 if you've already given birth. 

New Moms Support Groups:  Support groups are a therapeutic way to connect with other moms and share your experiences (I facilitate or co-facilitate all groups)

  • Moms with Mood Disorders, 8:30 am every other Monday morning, co-facilitated with Mollie Busino, LCSW, Mindful Power, LLC
  • Moms with babies under 8 weeks, 2:00 pm, every Wednesday
  • Moms on their second baby, 11:00 am every Thursday
  • All Moms Round-up, 3:00 pm every Friday

$15 per session (except for "Moms with Mood Disorders") if you are not my client - email jayne@mamarama.tv to register 

A few words about formula feeding & support:  Please note that my approach as a postpartum doula is to put the new mom as the top priority. Many women I've worked with have opted not to breastfeed (for several reasons) or were unable to breastfeed (also for several different reasons.) I will never push you to do anything outside of your comfort zone, and if you choose formula (either as supplementation or 100% food source) I will help you find the best product out there so that you feel positive about the choice you've made for your baby. Remember we are in a very strong breastfeeding culture, and though this can have a positive impact by encouraging new mothers it can also create a great deal of stress, guilt and despair when it's not going well. My goal is to support you and help you feel truly confident as a new mom no matter what your feeding choice happens to be. 

A la carte:  $85/hour no minimum. If you only need sleep advice with a toddler or baby less than 12 months old, this can be a helpful option. Sometimes one session can give you the tools you might have been missing, which will result in better sleep for you and baby. Texting may be included depending on circumstance. 

Consider asking a friend or relative to purchase a package for you - it's a wonderful gift.

New review: "Since I had my baby, Jayne has provided me with so much support via text, phone, and Zoom (breastfeeding, formula, gas relief, and dirty diaper colors!). She's also been looking out for me and my mental health while I care for baby; she takes time to explain everything she is advising, and never seems to be in a rush. Jayne really welcomes and values questions and doesn't tell you what to do, but gives options and guidance so you can figure out the best fit for your family. She also has a great sense of humor that infuses everything she does and really puts a nervous mom at ease." - Briana G-W, Atlanta, GA 

Heartfelt testimonial from a dad: "Jayne understands exactly how you feel, and, somehow, she seems to even understand what the baby feels. She listens, sympathizes, teaches without judgment, consoles without pity. She is attentive, responsive, and truly caring. She inspires confidence when you've never felt less sure of yourself -- that alone is incredible. She does not forget about you or your baby. She seems to have a sixth sense that allows her to check in exactly when you need her. Sooner than you thought possible, you're smiling again. You've made it through the hardest times and you feel so much better prepared to respond to whatever challenges may come. Although you may not need Jayne's support as much as you did early on, you're so glad to know that she's still there for you, even if it's just to say hello or share feedback and joy over your little one's latest accomplishments. You want to be her friend. You feel so thankful to have had her in your life and you know, if your baby could talk, she'd say the same." - Stephen Mejias, Jersey City

What's the difference between a postpartum doula and a baby nurse?
Typically a baby nurse takes care of the baby and ONLY the baby, so she will not be assisting you with breastfeeding or tending to your needs as a new mother (you also have to feed her). A postpartum doula treats mom and baby as a unit with a flexible and individualized approach. A doula's job is to help ease both parents into their new roles with reassuring guidance and instruction each step of the way. The difference is probably best described by one of my clients: "I had a baby nurse and a postpartum doula. I was surprised at how the baby nurse never asked me if I needed lunch or really helped me make sense of new motherhood. Whereas my doula was happy to prep a meal, give me a foot massage, listen to all my fears and worries, and always taught me useful things about my newborn." -- JH, Jersey City, NJ 
When you purchase a package in advance you secure my time and I am able to give you priority during the first days home with your baby. With the "à la carte" choice I am unable to promise availability. Please email or call to discuss - I generally like to meet with my clients ahead of time if we haven't met already during a class.