What is a Postpartum Doula?
A Postpartum Doula is trained to provide physical, emotional, evidenced-based information, and educational support to families during the newborn period or, the fourth trimester.
What does a Postpartum Doula do?
As a Postpartum Doula, I can provide all or any of the following for your and your new family:
- Assistance with newborn care and feedings
- Assistance with mother postpartum healing
- Meal preparation
- Overnight support
- Support with multiples
- Support with perinatal mood & anxiety disorders
- Light housekeeping tasks
- Assistance with sibling adjustment
- Household organization
- Community resources and professional referrals
Why Hire a Postpartum Doula?
Reasons for hiring a postpartum doula are varied and many. Some new families do not live near extended family, perhaps have never held a newborn before, are expecting multiples and could use several extra hands, or help with sibling adjustment. Or perhaps a family is in need of care from a trained, objective individual. What might you need help with after your little one(s) has/have arrived?
Whatever those needs might be, I would be honored to have the opportunity to discuss those needs with you one-on-one, and discuss the possibility of providing you with compassionate doula care.
To set-up a time when you and your partner are available to meet with me in your home to discuss my services, you can click here for my contact page, or call me at 206-898-9793, or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fees & Limitations
Considerations on my fee:
I own my own business, thus, I pay myself. As such, I must "collect" and pay both Federal and State taxes. In addition to federal income tax, I also pay the full 15% (+/-) FICA taxes, since I am both the employer and the employee. (Your employer pays half; you pay the other half.) Fortunately State taxes are minimal, but nonetheless, I do need to pay them. As a solo practice/owner, I do not offer myself sick pay or vacation pay. In other words, if I don't work, I don't get paid.
As a certified postpartum doula, I must maintain annual membership, annual liability insurance, and attend continuing education in order to retain certification (some free; some fee based). I believe being certified and maintaining certification to be a valuable and meaningful way to adhere to the profession a set of standards and ethics, providing the community with consistent, evidenced-based postpartum care.
Last consideration is fair market value. With that said, my rate has been the same since 2010. For 2015, I am changing my rates to reflect my experience, my latest trainings and new skills, as well new increases to me for my memberships, continuing education, and liability insurance rates.
So effective January 1, 2015, my hourly rate is $40.00 per hour; exception: multiples overnight shift is $45.00 per hour.
I occasionally have one opening for offering my services at a reduced rate to a family in need; please do not hesitate to inquire.
The gift of Postpartum Doula Care would make a fantastic shower gift! Ask family and friends to purchase a gift certificate for your postpartum care. [A note about purchasing a gift certificate: if you are a family member or a friend wanting to purchase doula care, it would be most helpful for the mother receiving care to have met with me prior to purchasing the gift certificate, so she is comfortable and confident with me coming into her home.] It's quick and easy to do. Simply select the PayPal button below and follow the prompts! I will send to you, the purchaser, a gift certificate made out to the receiving family in the amount you purchased, along with a receipt.
I have a minimum of a total of three (3) hours for day and evening shifts. I have a minimum of a total of eight (8) hours for overnight shifts (with some flexibility).
I have a minimum total hours worked for a client of eight (8) hours.
When hired prenatally, I do require a non-refundable retainer for my services. Click here to review a copy of my Postpartum Doula Agreement outlining my retainer fees and additional limitations.
My availability changes frequently, so please give me a call or send me an email to check on my availability.