Are you interested in hiring a Postpartum Doula but have some questions? Here are a few of our most frequently asked questions we received. If you have additional questions, please feel free to email Kelli at Kelli@afterlovedoula.com
We support the following areas in and around Houston, TX.
- Houston, TX (North, South, East and West)
- West University
- The Woodlands
- Sugar Land
Sometime people are surprised that families would want to hire a postpartum doula and have asked us who our clients are. Below is a brief list of some of the reasons families have called us for help during this transition:
First-time parents; Parents of multiples; Cesarean section birth/recovery; Families with little local support; Women who want to breastfeed; Families with other young children; Women at risk for or experiencing postpartum depression & anxiety; Premature births/babies on apnea monitors; Women who have experienced difficult deliveries; Babies with colic or reflux; Families with high anxiety levels; Babies with special needs; New parents with limited experience with newborns; Women who have been on bed rest throughout pregnancy; New parents with no family nearby.
The first few weeks are when you can benefit the most from having a knowledgeable support system in your home. Having a postpartum doula there the first couple days can make days 3, 4, & 5 (when your milk typically arrives) much more manageable.
We also serve many families during 3-8 weeks, when babies start going through cluster feeding and growth spurts. This is often a time of problem-solving and getting some much-needed rest when it seems like things will never change (they will though!).
We often will fill the gaps in family support; as grandparent support comes and goes there is often a transition time where only a little help is needed until families are doing well on their own. The care level is different for every family, and we customize the care plan for each family’s particular needs.
Sometimes just one or two visits is needed, other times families want ongoing postpartum support for weeks or even months.
Yes! We can be your hands and feet while you recover. We can prepare food, do dishes, wash and fold laundry, change bedding, and generally take care of the family while everyone rests and recovers from surgery and adjustment to newborn life. We can run back and forth with everything you need so you can rest and allow your body to heal.
We encourage all families to rest after the birth, and if you had a vaginal delivery it is important to be off your feet for the first few days and longer if you can. We can do all the above listed things, plus prepare your herbal baths, peri bottles, and help position baby for feeds that allows your body to rest.
Yes! Our Postpartum doulas can tidy the house, prepare meals, and do the dishes so that you can rest. If you have other children, the doula will help you keep them on their normal schedule, so that your house routines continue smoothly.
Your doula will arrive and calmly addresses the immediate needs of your family — perhaps sooth an uncomfortable baby or preparing a snack for a hungry breastfeeding mom. Next, we sit down with Mom and/or Dad to assess the priorities of the day. The doula’s care is custom based on your specific needs and the family’s needs during that day.
The first six weeks postpartum are the toughest and also the sweetest — you don’t have to be consumed with doing laundry or fixing meals. Women are meant to be nurtured during this time and your time should be spent getting to know your baby and allowing your body to heal.
Though we are there to help for as long as needed, a postpartum doula’s greatest accomplishment is to work herself out of the job. Our ultimate goal is to help you grow stronger and more confident. We are here not to ENABLE but to EMPOWER.
Yes, absolutely. Our clients have been gracious to provide us with written testimonials. Please email Kelli at Kelli@afterlovedoula.com if you require references.
You can submit your receipts with your income taxes for postpartum doula services under the medical expenses portion of your return. Please check with your accountant for further information.