What is the 4th trimester?
The 4th trimester is the twelve week period following the birth of your child. Our services are not limited to the 12 week mark; we focus on milestones and common obstacles that may arise during the first year of your baby's life.
When should I book your services?
We have been booked as early as 7 months before a due date, and as short-notice as 3 days after the baby's birth. We do get booked early and fast, but we are flexible. Give us a call or shoot us an email and we'll let you know if we have someone available to support you.
What is a doula?
The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period. Our postpartum doulas offer education, companionship and nonjudgmental support during the postpartum fourth trimester. We assist with newborn care, family adjustment, meal preparation and light household tidying. We offer evidence-based information on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, infant soothing and coping skills for new parents and makes appropriate referrals when necessary.
What's the difference between a postpartum doula and a baby nurse?
The difference between a postpartum doula and a traditional baby nurse is the level of support that each of these roles can offer. A traditional baby nurse is either a RN (although not always) that cares for your baby while you sleep. Our night-time postpartum doulas are also Newborn Care Specialists, so while they take over the care of your newborn while you sleep, they are also trained to support you, your partner, and offer education. Our doulas take the extra time to go over breastfeeding, formula questions, swaddling, sleep cycles, and anything else you may be wondering about.
What support do you offer for my partner, older children, grandparents, extended family?
We support all members of your family. We offer education for new dads and older siblings. We also offer support for grandparents, while also setting up boundaries that you deem are necessary.