Postpartum Doula FAQ

Why do I need postpartum support?
Throughout human history, and in many global cultures today, new parents have a tight-knit community of family and friends available to help ease the postpartum transition, and often both parents get paid parental leave from work. In the United States, paid leave is rare, and many people do not have family close by to help with their day-to-day needs and learning how to be a parent. Even those who have the help of family and friends may find themselves inundated with conflicting or outdated advice about how to care for their newborn. This leaves many new parents feeling stressed, overwhelmed, and confused. A postpartum doula helps this situation by providing current, evidence-based information about infant care, keeping the household running smoothly, and supporting your physical and emotional recovery.

Who can benefit from a postpartum doula?
Everyone! First-time parents often find it helpful to have the guidance of someone knowledgeable about normal postpartum transition, infant care, breastfeeding, and self-care methods. Families with older children may welcome an extra set of hands. Postpartum support is especially helpful if you have a special situation, like multiple infants, cesarean recovery, single parenting, adoption or surrogacy.

What’s the difference between a postpartum doula, a nanny, and a baby nurse?
A baby nurse is a medical professional whose focus is only on the baby. A nanny takes over care of the child(ren) for a portion of the day. A postpartum doula provides non-medical support for the whole family. Postpartum doulas are not medically trained, nor do they take over care of the baby. They are there to nurture the new parents, help them care for and bond with their baby, and ensure that the postpartum transition goes smoothly. The end goal is to help parents achieve independence and confidence in their parenting skills.

What is your philosophy regarding parenting and your role as a postpartum doula?
My role as a doula is to provide information, resources, and nurturing support for the whole family. My goal is for parents to discover their own parenting philosophy and to feel confident in their parenting skills. I share techniques and strategies to improve bonding and healthy, secure attachment between parent and child.

When should I hire a postpartum doula?
The earlier the better! Hiring a postpartum doula early ensures that she will be available during your due time. It also allows you more time to get to know each other, and you can use her as a resource throughout your pregnancy for postpartum planning ideas. Some parents don’t realize they need help until after the baby is born, and that’s ok, too! As soon as you know you would like doula support, don’t hesitate to contact me to see if I am available.

How much do your services cost?
My fee is $30/hour. Please see my Pricing and Packages page for more information.

Are your services covered by insurance?
Check with your insurance company. It is possible that they will reimburse you for my services. I will provide invoices that you may use to receive reimbursement.

When are you available?
I am available for postpartum support Monday-Friday from 10am-10pm.

How many hours can you provide per day?
Work days are a minimum of 4 hours and a maximum of 8, with 12 hours required to book initial services.

Do you offer overnight services?
At this time, I do not offer overnights.

How long do you spend with a family?
I may work with a family for just one week, or for as long as several months, depending on the family’s needs.

May we contact you with postpartum questions or concerns before the birth?
Absolutely. In addition to our in-depth planning meeting, you can also feel free to contact me as questions arise.

When do you begin working after the baby’s birth?
This depends on your individual situation. Some families may need support immediately after the baby’s birth, while others might not need support until later – for example, when one partner returns to work. I will make every attempt to be available to begin work within 1-3 days of notification of the baby’s birth, unless we have agreed to an alternate arrangement.

Can you watch my children for me?
I am happy to watch your baby and/or older children for short periods of time to allow you to care for yourself. However, I am not a nanny. If your older children need regular dedicated supervision for longer than about 30 minutes at a time, I suggest hiring a babysitter or having a friend or family member come to watch them. I also will not stay alone in your home with your child(ren) unless there is an emergency situation. I can accompany you to appointments, errands, etc. if needed.

Are you a medical professional?
No. I do not perform any clinical tasks, make diagnoses, or administer medicine (over the counter or prescribed) to any member of the household. Although I may give information related to health and medical conditions, this should not be interpreted as medical advice. Always consult with your health care provider if you have questions about your or your baby’s health.

Do you do housekeeping?
I will perform only light housekeeping tasks to keep the household running smoothly. Some of these may include dishes, laundry, simple meal prep, general tidying, and organizing, I do not do major housework, deep cleaning, or yard work. If you need extensive or daily housekeeping done, I recommend hiring a housekeeper (they are often cheaper than a postpartum doula!)

Can you run errands for me?
I am happy to run local errands and shop for you.

What additional services do you offer?
I offer a wide array of services, including birth doula services, placenta encapsulation, childbirth classes, belly casting, belly binding, mother blessing and postpartum sealing ceremonies, private yoga and reiki sessions, and more.

Are you LGBT friendly?
Yes! I openly welcome all individuals and families.

What areas do you serve?
I am located in Philadelphia. I serve Southeast PA, South Jersey, Northern DE, and Northeastern MD. I am willing to travel approximately 1 hour from my home. For locations on the edge of my travel radius, a travel fee may be charged.

Are you certified?
Yes, I am certified as a Postpartum Doula through Madriella Doulas.

Do you have current CPR certification?
Yes. I am certified in BLS (Basic Life Support) for Healthcare Providers (adult, child and infant.) I am also certified in neonatal resuscitation (NRP.)

Do you have current child abuse clearance and background checks?
Yes. I have no criminal record.

Can I receive a copy of your certifications and background checks?
Of course! I am happy to provide copies for your peace of mind.

Can we meet to discuss the possibility of working together?
Yes! Please contact me to arrange a phone call and/or meeting.