(Closed) Anyone know how to find a postpartum doula?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Are you looking for a doula or a baby nurse? A doula might do some light cooking and cleaning, but their training is often more about helping the new mother sort of settle into her new role as a mom. So breastfeeding support, someone to talk to about the birthing experience, and just learning how to integrate a baby into the household. If you want someone who is going to do housework and cook you have to be willing to pay accordingly, when I was looking into hiring a doula a lot of the people I talked to would not commit to cooking and household chores. Just a heads up! I hope you find someone who can meet your needs.

Call local midwives, you can get recommendations from your obstetrician or even from your hospital’s labor and delivery ward. Some are even listed in the phone book.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@miss-spunkin: No, in the end I just sort of got by on my own and occasional help from friends. I was considering a doula because my mother didn’t end up coming to see me until my daughter was over a month old, and I was really freaking out about bringing a baby home and having no idea how to come to terms with my new identity. My husband was back to work the day after our daughter was born and I was scared out of my mind. 

Doulas offer a fantastic service but in the end it just wasn’t for me. I wasn’t comfortable putting my trust in someone I didn’t know, or opening up emotionally, or crying/bleeding/leaking in front of them all day haha! That was my own personal hangup. I fell very quickly into the mothering thing, by day 3 I was like “Ok, I think I get it.” I learned how to wrap her up like a little burrito, I YouTubed how to master the Moby Wrap, and I took her for lots of long walks in the fresh air. I also relied on lots of takeout and laundry service!

Definitely check out hospital resources for info on your local La Leche League chapter and meetings, as well as sign up for the baby CPR and Heimlich courses they offer in the Red Cross/first aid classes. That eased my mind a LOT.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@miss-spunkin: Yes, definitely understandable. Check out some local midwives, most doctor’s offices work with reputable ones. The midwife will be able to help you locate a doula and get you started. Since most are basically self employed, you can maybe interview a few candidates and get an idea of their personality and ask them to provide their rates. Lots of doulas starting out are happy for the experience. And definitely sign up with LLL, they can have a rep visit you as well.

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@miss-spunkin: If you’re near a local college too, sometimes students will clean around their class schedules for very affordable rates. You can get references from the college. And stock up on those takeout menus!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

When I was interviewing doulas, I got on several email lists for different established doulas. Several of them were in the process of taking on new apprentices and they email special rates for their services. You should try calling doulas in your area and see if they are working with any apprentices that would offer you a special rate.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

@miss-spunkin: Are you taking any breastfeeding classes before baby arrives?  I ask because the class I took (not hospital affiliated so I can’t speak for what those classes may be like) was taught by a certified lactation consultant and just by taking the class you were given her cell phone number and were encouraged to call at any time if you needed help, had questions, or needed her to come see you if she couldn’t help over the phone.  All of the phone consultations were free of charge and if an in-person meeting was requested there was a small fee but having her available to be was very reassuring.  If you get a good lactation consultant available to you, maybe the doula you choose won’t have to also be a lactation consultant.

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