Doulas will be glad to teach you infant massage, bathing, feeding, comfort measures, safety issues and swaddling. They do not take over the care of the baby, but assist you in learning to care for your baby’s needs except during naps. This is a time to help you adjust to your new role. Doulas will also be glad to do some light housework or cooking. This will consist of laundry (gathering, washing, drying and folding) and picking up objects off of the floor. Doulas may sweep floors, spot mop in areas and dust. Doulas may cook meals that are requested, provided client can supply written or verbal instructions on the preparation of the food. Doulas may do some light cleaning of the kitchen including washing, drying and putting away dishes. Your doula will be available for up to 5 hours a day (with a 3 hour minimum per day) beginning at your discharge from the hospital. (For special consideration, there may be times when a doula is needed for a longer shift or a second doula is also hired for overlapping shifts when needed.) Your doula needs 48 hours notice before the first day of service. There is a minimum agreement of 10 hours for doula service.
POSTPARTUM DOULAS Doulas do not diagnose medical conditions in the mother or the baby but will refer you to a health care provider when appropriate. Our Doulas are not lactation consultants but have each breastfed their own infants and some have further breastfeeding training. Doulas will refer you to a lactation consultant or breastfeeding counselor as appropriate. Doulas do not do heavy housecleaning such as mopping, cleaning bathtubs, or yard work. Doulas do not advance you money for groceries/errands but ask for cash to make purchases on your behalf. Receipts will be provided for all purchases. Doulas are self-employed, independent contractors for Labor of Love Childbirth Services, Inc. Any liabilities are the responsibility of the doula providing the services and not Labor of Love.
SOOTHING SESSION If you desire only the 3 hour soothing session- Bringing a new baby home can be a wonderfully exciting time. But for many families it can be quite scary! Want to have a postpartum professional come to your home in those very early days to be a listening ear and provide you with some awesome resources to explore! This new family soothing session is three hours packed with teaching you some wonderful soothing techniques, providing some sleeping suggestions, checking your baby’s latch and providing breastfeeding support,showing you some baby wearing positions and even doing a car seat safety checklist! Three hours is really packed with a plethora of skills.