Coming home with a baby is a big transition and a vulnerable time for new parents. Often dads/partners return to work soon after baby’s arrival, so having someone who is knowledgeable in current, evidence-based mom and baby care is an asset. Let us help you transition to a new routine!
With a postpartum doula, you can make your time with a new baby as comfortable as possible. Having a support person in your home can help with the little things so you can focus on the important moments. Not only do we support new parents and siblings, but also visiting relatives. We help you find your new normal, create a routine, and organize tasks so everyone feels involved in taking care of the new mom and baby!
Palouse Women’s Wellness offers postpartum doula services with Marci Miller, who trained with DONA International and also practices as a birth doula. (To see a fantastic DONA International publication about the purpose and value of doulas, take a look here!)
Included in postpartum doula services:
- One meet-and-greet prenatal visit to review services and make a plan for how your doula fits into your postpartum care. (Please note: If you’ve already had your baby and need help, or feel sad, lonely or anxious, please contact us today for help and referrals.)
- A caring support person to assist you through immediate postpartum: arrival home with your baby, new mom and dad care, basic breastfeeding support, safe sleep options, babywearing, struggles, and questions.
- Rethinking household organization by creating new routines which can make the transition to new parenthood a bit smoother. This may include; kitchen help, laundry, living space organization, and light tidying.
- To prep a meal or snack with your own ingredients making sure there are easy to grab foods for mom. If you purchase a gift card for a grocery store, your doula will shop for foods from a list and buy ingredients for meals to be frozen or eaten fresh.
- To hold or wear your baby while you take care of yourself. If you want to nap or shower, return an email, spend time with older children, or simply take a break, your doula will care for your newborn in your home with you present. If you need to be out of your home for longer periods of time or require care for older children, your doula can provide childcare suggestions.
- Please note that the following services are outside of the standards of practice of our postpartum doula, and will be referred out: Massage, housekeeping, nanny services, nighttime doula services, counseling services, diagnostic services. Marci is trained in basic breastfeeding support, but refers to local International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) when necessary.
Postpartum doula services are offered in bi-weekly hourly packages, with an initial minimum of 10 hours for $150. Payment is due upfront at the time of hire. Depending on availability, services may be extended on an as-needed basis at the end of each two-week agreement. If you have plans for family visits, you may put hours on hold with one week notice or add hours before and after your family visit. We love working with extended families, so we are happy to overlap as well.
How to hire a Palouse Women’s Wellness postpartum doula:
To inquire about becoming a client of Palouse Women’s Wellness, follow these steps:
- Fill out the form below. A doula will contact you to ensure your questions are answered.
- If possible, please attend our next free Birth Choices on the Palouse event on the 2nd Thursday of each month, 5:30pm at Neill Public Library in Pullman. We encourage all prospective clients to attend this event – not only is your best opportunity to find us in one place, but you also get the benefit of a free class on providers, locations, the role of a doula, and where to find complementary practitioners and classes that fit your birth preferences. (If you cannot attend, please check the box on the form indicating you’d like to set up a private consultation, and we will contact you for scheduling.)
- When you are ready, you will electronically sign our contract and pay for your first block of service hours.