Postpartum Doula Packages: New parents need non-judgmental reassurance and guidance when getting to know their new babies. 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. This includes help with breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, soothing, infant care, instilling good sleep habits, emotional support, and overall assistance transitioning into parenthood. Some postpartum doulas emphasize tending to domestic chores. While I'm happy to do that I usually spend time coaching you through the challenges of the first three months. Because of my previous work with the Postpartum Mood Disorder Initiative 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 or counselor 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 succumb to a mood disorder.
Testimonial: "Jayne was an absolute lifesaver for me during the postpartum period! After our daughter was born, I was expecting the 'greatest experience of my life' and what I got was instant baby blues, sleep deprivation, and the stress of learning how to breastfeed. Out of desperation, I went on my mommy group on Facebook pleading for help and thankfully someone gave me Jayne's info. I felt instant relief when Jayne walked through the door. She has an extremely calming presence and was able to normalize everything that I was going through. She let me know that the rough period DOES end. Most importantly, she made my mental and physical health a priority, which isn't always the case for new moms when so much attention is given to the baby." -- DH, Long Island City, NY
Welcome home package: 12 hours used as you like, usually 2 to 3 hours per day, which need not be consecutive - $600. In many cases the 12 hours spans over two or three months, which is perfectly fine. Often parents see new challenges occur as their baby develops or as one partner goes back to work. I can be flexible with your needs so you never feel pressured into using up your time in a few weeks. Unlimited texting with questions and concerns is included.
Grande package: 20 hours, typically 2 to 3 hours per day at a slightly lower hourly rate - $900. The benefit is you secure more of my time over two or three months, and we can "wean" you off more slowly. This gives you the ability to transition to motherhood gently, while providing you with a maximum amount of support. Unlimited texting with questions and concerns is included.
A la carte: 2 - 3 hour minimum at a higher hourly rate - $60/hour $55/in Jersey City. After the 3 hour commitment you can add on hourly as you wish. If you only need sleep advice with a baby less than 3 months old, this can be a helpful option. Sometimes one visit can give you the tools you might have been missing, which will result in better sleep for you and baby. Texting is not included.
Text-Support: Finished with your hours but still want my phone support? Text and phone add-on is $125 for a month's worth of swiftly answered questions. Nap schedules, sleep issues, growth spurts, pumping concerns, travel advice, work adjustments -- the questions never end, so keep in touch and I'll help ease your anxiety and/or refer you to the appropriate specialist. Add two in-person hours to this option for $215 total.
Sleep Coaching: Most families struggle with sleep as their babies go through a typical 4-month regression or are simply in the habit of waking several times per night. I can provide coaching and support during this time to improve night sleep and napping so that everyone feels better! Babies need to sleep and some need more guidance into healthy sleep patterns than others. I follow a very reasonable "Sleep Lady - Kim West" style of coaching which gently teaches your baby how to self-soothe into more solid sleep stretches. Consult ranges from $175-225 (for babies 4 mos to 1 year.)
Consider asking a friend or relative to purchase a package for you - it's a wonderful gift.