Postpartum Doula Support
The first 40 days, or six weeks after birth, are believed to be a magical and crucial time, not only for the bonding of the mother, baby and family, but for healing and restoring the physical body through rest and proper nutrition in order to build a foundation of health that will last a lifetime.
My intention as a postpartum doula is to support you as you step into your new roles as mother/father, provider/parent, so that you have the opportunity to move as gracefully through this transition as possible.
Holistic Postpartum Doula Support is an opportunity to be deeply cared for after giving birth so that you are better able to care for your new baby. It’s a time of deep physical and emotional healing and it is through that prism that I offer the following services.
Emotional and Physical Check-in – The first few weeks after the birth of a baby are filled with so much newness. Normalizing what’s happening, guiding + educating, and being a sounding board for all the emotions that come up is one of the more important offerings of a postpartum doula. During each visit I will sit with you and check in about things like sleeping, feeding, your own physical healing, and your emotional health. I am also available to answer questions over the phone in the weeks leading up to your birth and in the six weeks following.
Ayurvedic Meal Preparation – During the first 40 days postpartum, we focus on foods and practices that strengthen your digestive fire and encourage elimination which is often put on hold during the birthing process. The best way to do this is by eating warm, easy to digest, fresh foods whenever possible. These foods are not only delicious, but they are deeply grounding to the nervous system, restore the vital energy lost during pregnancy and birth, encourage milk production, and support your body’s innate ability to heal after childbirth. Dishes like mung beans & rice, kitchari, porridges, oatmeal with stewed dried fruit, rice bowls, soups & stews, as well with teas and decoctions that support breastfeeding and healing. I normally prepare these meals in your home but I can drop them off as well if planned ahead of time.
Gentle Bodywork | Abhyanga – this Ayurvedic tradition consists of a gentle and rhythmic application of warm oil over the entire body. The treatment is deeply grounding and calming to the nervous system, protecting you from depletion and anxiety, and bringing the body back into balance after the birth of a child. The experience lasts about an hour, but should the baby wake, it can be done while the baby is laying with you.
Lactation Support and Counseling – I am a certified Lactation Educator-Counselor and can help with feeding concerns. Should you need more guidance, I can refer you to a wonderful in-home lactation consultant.
Healing Sitz Bath Preparation
Breast Pump Set Up + Support
Baby Massage Demonstration
Another set of hands to help with baby so you are able to shower and/or nap
Baby Care Guidance
For Family + Home
Support and Guidance for Mother, Partner and/or Family during this adjustment period
Home Prep before baby arrives
Light housework and/or errands when needed
Day of Postpartum Care | 3-4 hours of support and includes ayurvedic meal preparation in your home, lactation support, sitz bath preparation, and any of my other offerings | additional hours can be added on
Day of Postpartum Care + Abhyanga | 4 hours including all of my services and the bodywork
Nourishing Postpartum Meal Delivery | available to LA based clients and will be delivered weekly
I am happy to create a schedule that works for you. Please keep in mind that we will begin Abhyanga around day 5-7 if you’ve given birth vaginally and week 2-3 after a cesarean delivery, so the first couple visits may be focused on healing your body through sits baths, preparing nourishing meals, and lots of lactation support as you navigate the first week of breast/chest/bottle feeding. If you’re unsure of how to schedule in-person visits, I would recommend planning to have a little more support in the first few weeks and then decide what you might need moving forward. A weekly schedule will be decided on ahead of time and I am happy to work with you to create a plan that fits your needs.
I work only daytime hours, but can direct you to postpartum night support if interested.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions on pricing.