A postpartum doula is a professional who nurtures and cares for families in the early postnatal period, usually up to 12 weeks after baby is born. In the comfort of your home, we provide infant feeding support, infant care, care of the birthing person, sibling support, nursing information, light housekeeping, light cooking, and emotional support for the entire family.
Doula services with Laura cost $25 per hour. Families usually schedule 1-3 doula visits per week, of between 4-6 hours per visit. Doula services can be scheduled for one week, and any amount up to 12 weeks depending on a family's needs and budget. Travel time will be an additional fee if the commute time is over 30 minutes one way.
Yes! Doulas provide non-medical support only. If your doula notices any problem of medical concern, they will make an appropriate suggestion or referral. Doulas do "light housekeeping" which can be confusing at times. On the Yes list: A quick floor sweep or refilling toilet paper. On the No list: Regular mopping or cleaning toilets.
Your doula will greet everyone at home and find out expectations for the day. She is likely to start a load of baby's laundry, fix a snack or meal for parent(s), assist with nursing, empty the dishwasher, put baby down for nap, assist with sling use, fold and put away laundry, then get adults another snack. These things could happen in just about any order, but this is a very common doula day.
First, schedule a meeting with your prospective doula. You can contact Laura at 412.721.7291 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Second, meet the doula in your home or via video chat. Laura provides acquaintance visits free of charge. Try to have all regular caregivers present so they can interact with your potential doula. If things don't feel right, interview another doula.
Great news! Contact Laura via phone or email. She will work with you to make a schedule for two weeks at a time.
Have a question about infant care? Infant soothing questions? Need babywearing pointers? Maybe some kind words and reassurance? Contact Laura for a 30 minute virtual doula session! Laura will connect with you over FaceTime, Zoom or Facebook Messenger video chat for some virtual nurturing.
This service is intended for people with babies from birth to age 12 weeks.
Minimum shift is 4 hours. Most people schedule 4 to 6 hour shifts, 2-3 times per week.
This service is available on a case-by-case basis to people who utlized doula service with Laura during the first 12 weeks, and wish to continue for some part of baby's first year. If available, Laura can continue to provide in home support to families with light housekeeping, light cooking, older infant care, infant develeopmental information, and parental emotional support.
Minimum shift is 4 hours, average shift is 4-6 hours.
As an experienced doula, Laura is available to provide support and guidance to birthworkers such as doulas, nurses, and lactation counselors who may need advice on setting up parameters for their services, discussion of complicated cases, or information and resources around perintal mental health.
A 30 minute consultation may take place by phone, FaceTime or Skype. If rate is a hardship, please contact Laura to discuss.
A longer consult may take place in person at the location of the supervisee's choosing. Phone, Skype or Facetime consutations are also available. Please contact Laura if rate is a hardship.
In addition to teaching babywearing, Laura sometimes teaches classes about perinatal mental health and parenting topics. To sign up, email email@example.com
After baby arrives, there are many changes in our bodies and social/emotional lives. Join physical therapist Dr. Kailee Venzin and Laura McCarthy for this informative class. We will discuss physiological dynamics for both the birthing person and baby, emotional health, and ways to help smooth some of the potential bumps in the road. Topics such as infant reflexes, sleep, postpartum exercise and more will be explored. Pregnant people, partners, and other supportive individuals are welcome.
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Laura is an excellent listener and helper. She is extremely sweet and considerate. She's also very helpful at taking care of me and my baby. She is very good at comforting babies."Nien-Jung W.
Laura provided postpartum Doula services after the birth of my second child. She was terrific! She started coming a day or two after I came home from the hospital with the baby. She was always very gentle and caring and make sure my needs were met. She has a fantastic way with babies and has a very calming personality. She always made sure I got to take a nap, have a meal or snack, shower or otherwise do things that are very hard to do when you are taking care of a newborn. She genuinely seemed to care and was very helpful in terms of giving tips for taking care of a newborn, including breastfeeding, as well as babywearing. She enjoys what she does and she is very good at it. I strongly recommend her without reservation.
Laura is amazing, I call her the baby whisperer. She was such a huge asset after having my baby, especially with having a 20 month old already. Laura was always ready to lend a helping hand in whatever way you felt was helpful, whether it was to prepare you a meal to make sure you ate, refill your water bottle, or hold the baby so you could take a much needed nap.
"The one invaluable thing that Laura offered was her extensive knowledge- of baby wearing, breastfeeding, cosleeping, and many other topics. She was always willing to lend a listening ear and offer reassurance and guidance. I highly recommend Laura as a postpartum doula and am so grateful to have had her help."
You can leave a testimonial for Laura on DoulaMatch.com! Here is the link: https://doulamatch.net/testimonial.aspx?doulaid=17530