Services​

Birth Doula 
Daytime and Overnight
Postpartum Care

Postpartum care is tailored to each families specific needs.  I provide day as well as  overnight care.



  • Daytime care is provided in 4 hour (or more) blocks for singletons and 6 hour blocks for twins, a minimum of twice per week over a 2-20+ week period.

  • Over night care is provided in blocks of 8+ hours scheduling a minimum of 2 nights per week also over a 2-20+ week period.

Services Include but are not limited to:

  • Meal preparation

  • Light household tidying to include family laundry

  • Infant care coaching

  • Cloth Diapering

  • Self care instruction

  • Sibling support/care

  • Nursery organization

  • Sleep strategies for the whole family

  • Evidence based techniques for infant soothing

  • Baby wearing instruction

  • Infant massage

  • Overnight care

  • Simple errands or tasks

  • Breastfeeding support

  • Screening for postpartum issues such as baby blues or postpartum depression

  • Referrals for any area of need regarding the postpartum/newborn period

 

 

 Initial consultation/interview via phone, in person or skype

  • Two prenatal visits.

  • Non Urgent and Urgent support provided 24 hours a day 7 days a week  

  • (Please always call 911 or your provider first for all medical emergencies.)

  • Guidance in creating a custom birth plan.

  • Commitment to  being on call to attend your birth starting at 38 weeks of gestation.

  • Support over the phone or at home in early labor, if desired and appropriate (Iwill arrive within two hours of your request to have me present for in person support) 

  • Support through the labor and birth and approximately 1-3 hours after the birth to support the early bonding time and inital breastfeeding

  • Support and preperation for breast or bottle feeding both prior and after the birth

  • Two postpartum visits in your home during the first two weeks after your birth which includes:

  •  A review of the birth and to give you any photos taken at the birth

  • Support for self care, newborn care and assesment of postpartum depression or any other concerns         

  • Instruction in swaddling and evidence based infant calming/soothing techniques               

  • Breastfeeding support                          

  • Phone consultations as needed up to six weeks postpartum      

  • Access to my list of resources

 

 

Psychologist Dr. Gwyneth Doherty-Sneddon of the University of Stirling, UK, recently reviewed the research on baby signing. She writes, “Communication is at the heart of child development, be it cognitive, social, emotional or behavioral.” Parents say that signing is rewarding and aids bonding because of the need to make more eye-to-eye and tactile contact. From the parents’ point of view, baby signing could bring many advantages. It helps reduce the guesswork of understanding your infant’s thoughts, as well as allowing two-way conversations. Parents may develop a better understanding of the child’s personality. It also could save much time and frustration. Baby signing experts believe that frustration and tantrums can be avoided by closing the gap between desire to communicate and the ability to do so. The ability to sign basic words could prove helpful in boosting communication and providing a “bridge to the spoken word.” It may also facilitate the acquisition of verbal and written forms of communication later on. Most baby signers speak earlier than babies who do not learn sign language.

 

Finally, teaching an infant baby sign language can be a fun process in itself. Infants enjoy learning and games, eagerly soaking up more and more signs. It creates playful interaction and a chance to glow with pride in your child’s abilities.

 

I have been a fluent signer for over 20 years and use American Sign Language in my daily life. I have taught numerous families and babies over the years and find great joy in watching these babies blossom.

 

Sign language tutoring for you and your baby are offered as 1 1/2 hour classes in your home for $75.00 per session. Most families successfully learn the basics in about 1-3 sessions.
Private Sign Language Classes
Private Infant Care Workshop
Sleep Support 

As they say, baby's don't come with manuals but with this private personalized workshop you won't need one! The workshop is held either 1 day or evening a week over a three week period and covers the Baby Basics including:

  • Sleep patterns

  • Feeding (breast, bottle or both!)

  • Diapering

  • Bathing

  • Swaddling

  • Soothing

  • Stimulation

  • Baby equipment

  • Nursery organization

  • Transition to parenthood

  • and for those parents going from one to two or more children...time management tricks and techniques with multiple kiddos

Becuase this is a private and personalized workshop, the information you receive will be specifically tailored to your request. You will have opportunities to ask questions, receive hands on guidance and practice, practice, practice.

Learning strategies for a lifetime of healthy sleep habits starts on day one. Through gentle guidance and techinques I can help your family get the best start towards restful nights and happier days. It is completely normal and actually essential for a young baby to have some night time wakings for the first year. Working with your family to establish a routine that promotes optimal sleep is important for laying the ground work for future sleep patterns. Whether you are experiencing sleep issues or just want to get off to the right start, I will work with your family to personalize a plan that is right for you.

Lactation Consultations

As a Certified Lactation Consultant, I provide private one on one, over the phone and/or home visit consultations, as well as private and small group classes regarding infant feeding for new parents. Subjects covered include dispelling myths and truths about infant feeding, benefits and risks to feeding choices, trouble shooting specific issues, pumping and preparing for going back to work, bottle feeding, partner guidance in providing postpartum support for the mother baby dyad when breastfeeding, Please contact me to schedule your  consult or inquire about classes.

Payment Options

Please contact me to inquire about  rates and availability.

I accept personal checks,  money orders,  cash,  major credit cards

or you can securely pay  online with PayPal.

 

 

Private Childbirth Education Classes

Natural and Prepared childbirth Classes are taught privately or in small group settings to your family in order to customized your experience.

In these classes you will learn about

  • Anatomy of pregnancy and childbirth

  • The role hormones play in labor and delivery

  • Stages of labor and delivery

  • Common procedures

  • Pain Management

  • Practice Positions and Firm Touch in Labor

  • Birth Scenarios

  • Planning for your birth

  • What to expect immediately after birth for mother and the newborn

  • Breastfeeding in the Immediate Postpartum

  • Postpartum Planning and much more...