Postpartum Doula Packages: Most 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 an 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, sleep consultant? I am your trusted starting point. 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 you may need. Studies show that when women are well-supported after giving birth they are less likely to experience a mood disorder.
Packages are flexible. You can have a combination of all IN-PERSON visits or in-person with some Zoom sessions, as needed.
Find out if HSA or Flex-Spending will cover your postpartum costs!
The Mini Package: 6 hours - $875 - With the Mini Package you have six hours of in-person + Zoom time which can extend to 6 months of usage; unlimited texting & weekly virtual support groups do not cut into your 6 hours. Included in this package is my Babycare & Feeding preparation class. This is an excellent and reassuring way to help new parents navigate the first few critical months. If you've already given birth, class is not necessary and price will be reduced by $50.
Welcome Home Package: 10 hours - $1,150 - Extended version of the Mini package designed to include more in-person visits; also includes babycare & feeding class. Unlimited texting is included along with virtual support groups which will not cut into your 10 hours.
The Micro Package: 3 hours - $420 - For parents who need just a little bit of guidance for the first few months, until you feel more secure. Participation in the virtual support groups is included and encouraged. Another usage could be if you need help weaning, transitioning to formula, or help with sleep issues. This package includes unlimited texting, but not the babycare & feeding class.
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, 1:00 pm every other Monday, co-facilitated with Mollie Busino, LCSW, Mindful Power, LLC
- Moms with babies under 12 weeks, 2:00 pm, every Wednesday
- All Moms Round-up, 3:00 pm every Friday
"This world needs more women uplifting each other, sharing stories and mama hacks. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that your support, professionalism and expertise truly make the first-time mom experience easier. I am so grateful!" - Liz, new mom, reflecting on the support groups.
$15 per session (except for "Moms with Mood Disorders" which is free) if you are not my client - email firstname.lastname@example.org 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. After taking an in-depth online course with a pediatric nutritionist I can confidently sort through formula options for you to consider. 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: $125/hour (negotiable). 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 the circumstance.
Consider asking a friend or relative to purchase a package for you - it's a wonderful gift.
What's the difference between a postpartum doula and a baby nurse?