Postpartum Doula Services

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Postpartum Doulas help you to care for yourself and your family after the birth.  We take some of the self-care, baby care, and household responsibilities off of your shoulders so that you can be your best self for you, your baby, your partner, and your other children.  We provide information on breastfeeding, bottle feeding, baby care, and baby sleep.  We support your parent style and choices.  We let you nap while we prep meals, throw in that load of laundry, do the dishes, and prepare your herbal sitz bath to help you heal from birth.  We make sure you have enough to eat and drink so you can focus on being a mother.  We know and recognize the signs of postpartum depression and can provide referrals and resources.

Meet Our Postpartum Doulas

Jennifer Rivera, Birth and Postpartum Doula

Atlanta Birth Doula Jennifer RiveraJennifer is a professional doula, childbirth educator, and certified herbalist. Her own experiences with childbirth inspired her journey into the birth world after seeing firsthand that information and empowerment can greatly affect the overall experience of birth. She believes that birth is a natural process and it is her goal to help all women discover the power they have within to achieve the birth they desire! To learn more about Jennifer, visit Jennifer’s Doula Services Page. Schedule your free consultation with Jennifer now.

Emily Watkins CD(DONA), Birth and Postpartum Doula

Atlanta Doula Emily WatkinsEmily is an experienced certified Birth Doula through DONA International. She has attended over 70 births since her training in 2013. She is currently working towards certification with DONA International as a Postpartum Doula and she also offers specialty postpartum services like Placenta Encapsulation and Postpartum Belly Binding. To learn more about Emily and her services, please visit Emily’s Doula Services. Schedule your free consultation with Emily now!

Nora Place Morbeck, Birth and Postpartum Doula

Nora Place Morbeck Doula in AtlantaNora is a birth and postpartum doula, recertifying through CAPPA.  She has attended 25+ births.  She is naturally minded, but is open to all birth options. Her education in Communications and experience with personal coaching allows her to forge a deep connection with her clients.  Schedule your free consult with Nora now.

Charmaine McNeil, Birth and Postpartum Doula

Atlanta Doula CharmaineCharmaine has attended over 500 births as a midwife and doula in the UK. She recently moved to Alpharetta and is offering both birth and postpartum doula services to Atlanta families.  For more information about Charmaine, visit Charmaine’s Doula Services page.  Schedule your consultation with Charmaine now.

Michelle Sonnedecker, Birth and Postpartum Doula (MATERNITY LEAVE)

Michelle is trained as a Labor and Postpartum Doula through CAPPA and working towards her certification. She started her Doula journey last fall but has always had a passion to serve women, children, and their families. She spent many years with helping families raise their children and though she still loves serving in that manner, she wanted to be with women from the beginning.  For more information, see Michelle’s Doula Services page. Schedule your free consultation with Michelle now.

1. What do postpartum doulas do?

What a postpartum doula does changes from day to day, as the needs of the family change. Postpartum doulas do whatever a mother needs to best enjoy and care for her new baby. A large part of their role is education. They share information about baby care with parents, as well as teach siblings and partners to “mother the mother.” They assist with breastfeeding education. Postpartum doulas also make sure the mother is fed, well hydrated and comfortable.

2. How long does a postpartum doula spend with a family?

Doula support can last anywhere from one or two visits to more than three months.

3. What hours can I expect a doula to work with my family?

Some doulas work fulltime, with 9 to 5 shifts. Others work three to five hour shifts during the day, or after school shifts until Dad gets home. Some doulas work evenings from around 6 pm until bedtime, 9 or 10 pm., and some work overnight. Some doulas work every day, some work one or more shifts per week.  Susie will work with you to determine a schedule that meets the needs of your family.

4. What is the difference between a postpartum doula and a baby nurse?

The role of a postpartum doula is to help a woman through her postpartum period and to nurture the family. Unlike a baby nurse, a doula’s focus is not solely on the baby, but on fostering independence for the entire family. The doula is as available to the father and older children as to the mother and the baby. Treating the family as a unit that is connected and always changing enables doulas to do their job: nurture the family.

5. What is a postpartum doula’s goal?

The goal of a doula is to nurture the parents into their new roles. As they experience success and their knowledge and self-confidence grow, their needs for professional support should diminish.

6. How does a doula nurture the parents into their roles?

Self-confidence has a tremendous impact on a person’s ability to approach any task, and parenting is no different. Doulas are taught to always consider parents’ feelings and always build confidence whenever possible. Doulas accomplish this through praise, acceptance and a non-judgmental approach. In addition, the doula will teach parents strategies and skills that will improve their ability to bond with their babies. A calm baby who is growing well will help parents to feel more confident in their skills.

7. Do doulas help mothers to deal with postpartum depression?

Unlike therapists or psychiatrists, doulas do not treat postpartum depression. However, they will help by creating a safe place for the mother emotionally. The doula will provide a cushioning effect by accepting the mother within each stage that she passes through. They relieve some of the pressure on the new mother by helping her move into her new responsibilities gradually. By mothering the mother, doulas make sure that the mother feels nurtured and cared for, as well as making sure she is eating well and getting enough sleep. In addition, postpartum doulas are trained to help clients prepare themselves for parenthood, maximizing support and rest. These doulas will help their clients to screen themselves for PPMDs and will make referrals to appropriate clinicians or support groups as needed.

8. Do doulas teach a particular parenting approach?

No. Doulas are educated to support a mothers’ parenting approach. Doulas are good listeners and encourage mothers to develop their own philosophies.

9. How do postpartum doulas work with a mother’s partner?

A doula respects the partner’s role and input, and teaches concrete skills that will help the partner nurture the baby and mother. The doula will share evidence-based information with the partner that shows how his or her role in the early weeks will have a dramatic positive effect on the family.