Postpartum Doula Services
As your postpartum doula I come alongside your family to help you ease into the adjustment of bringing home a new baby. I provide care for the mother so she's able to better care for her baby.
- Ideally we'll be able to meet together for a free in-home consultation before the birth of your baby, or prior to needing my assistance, to discuss any specific ways you feel you'll need help, meet older children, become familiar with your home, and get to know one another.
- Provide light household tidying including laundry and dishes.
- Prepare meals and snacks.
- Watch older children as needed.
- Provide breastfeeding support and information.
- Non-judgmental and emotional support and companionship during the postpartum period.
- Assistance and advice for postpartum recovery and care of your newborn.
- Referrals to other professionals and resource lists as needed.
- Other possible needs can be discussed.
I am available for postpartum care on a hourly basis at a rate of $15/hr, with a minimum of 3 hours and a maximum of 8 hours per day, 1 to 5 days per week.
"One of the first things I learned about a doula was its meaning - in Greek, doula means "one who serves." I cannot imagine a better word to describe Rachel's role after the birth of our second child. In our case, my husband was gone for training and my mother was helping me after the birth. Both of us were exhausted from the hospital and in real danger of getting frustrated by each other's limitations. We realized we needed help fast, so we contacted Rachel, whom I had met prior to the birth.
Rachel came and gave my mom a break from caregiving and enabled each of us to use our strengths to enjoy the postpartum period. My mom was free to enjoy time with me and her older grandchild, as well as get rest to help me at other hours of the day. I was able to spend time in bed napping and holding my baby without worrying about inconveniencing anyone or wearing out my mom. Rachel prepared food for me to eat, did laundry, cleaned the kitchen and washed dishes, prepped food for my toddler, and other odd jobs (like putting together a bookcase!) Her experienced eye noticed little things like half-empty water bottles, dishes to be taken away, toys strewn about, and other ways she could help without even being asked.
Her gentle presence accomplished a lot of tasks that needed doing without detracting from the family atmosphere and special baby time. She "fit" right in and was an encouragement to us all. My mom was thrilled to have help as was I. I highly recommend hiring a doula to "take the edge off" the workload during the post-partum period, and particularly Rachel Jimenez with her gentle spirit, willingness to serve and take initiative on household needs, and encouraging attitude."