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, breastfeeding information, light housekeeping, light cooking, and emotional support for the entire family.
Doula services with Laura cost $25 per hour. If you need financial assistance, please contact Laura to apply for aid from Love Allegheny!
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 mom, assist with nursing, empty the dishwasher, put baby down for nap, assist with sling use, fold and put away laundry, then get mom 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! 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.