Postpartum Doulas

What is a Postpartum Doula?

A postpartum doula is a trained professional who provides physical, emotional, informational, and practical support to a new mother and her family.

Postpartum doulas can help the mother get comfortable, help care for the baby when the mom is unable (i.e. during showering or napping), and help provide encouragement and positive reinforcement. They are available to help families locate information that pertains to them and their baby, and can help teach families how to care for their new baby. The postpartum doula can also tidy up the house, do baby laundry, help care for older siblings, and prep or cook light meals and snacks.

The postpartum doula's main job is to mother the mother and help ease her transition into motherhood while her body is working on healing.

Things a postpartum doula does not do...

  • A postpartum doula does not assess the mother or infant's health.
  • A postpartum doula does not tell the mother what she should do.
  • A postpartum doula does not replace the father or family, but instead works as an addition to their team.
  • A postpartum doula does not act as a maid or nanny, as while she assists in these areas they are not her primary role.
  • A postpartum doula does not do 100% of the care of the baby, but instead assists the mother in caring for and learning about her new baby.

Postpartum Doula Program Details

To hire a postpartum doula:

  • Select the doulas with whom you would like to potentially work with and interview
  • Send an email to Michelle letting her know which doulas you would like to schedule an interview with and she will set that up for you
  • Once you have interviewed with the doulas (or if you are picking your doula via her doula profile) then proceed to complete an online registration form
  • Work with a Mothering the Mother coordinator to identify your needs
  • Decide for how many hours you would like to hire a postpartum doula
  • Payment is due each Friday before work commences the following week
  • Enjoy your postpartum experience!

Included in hiring a postpartum doula:

  • A prenatal meeting with the postpartum doula to discuss your needs
  • Free Baby Box - safe place for baby to sleep filled with important information, baby supplies and more (see Baby Box page for details)
  • Postpartum doula services
  • Phone call from a breastfeeding counselor after you have had your baby
  • (For packages - see below) - free classes
  • Ages and Stages screening (done in our office)

Full fee: 

  • Single babies: $30 per hour, with a minimum of 3 hours per visit
  • Multiples, including older children: $35  per hour, with a minimum of three hours per visit.  

A minimum of 12 hours total is required per contract.   

Meet the Postpartum Doulas

Michelle Hardy

 Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Breastfeeding Counselor,  La Leche Leauge Leader, Childbirth Educator, New Parent Educator, Perinatal Fitness Educator, Massage Therapist, Maternal Child Health Specialist 

Martha Girard Wasserman

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Rachel Crites

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Sara Deacon

Postpartum Doula

Stephanie Umstot

Birth and Postpartum Doula