Postpartum Doula Services

A postpartum doula is there to facilitate the new rhythms of breastfeeding, promote restoration, support clean nutrition, and to help make the transition to parenthood as smooth as possible. Dara strives to facilitates peace, confidence and grace to the new mothers that she serves.


Dara supports postpartum families throughout the San Diego area to assist with breastfeeding rhythms and success, including latch and position of newborn at feedings. She will also help to:

  • Aid in teaching postpartum belly massage and postpartum belly binding for the overall health of uterus.

  • Provide practical suggestions to aid in increase of milk supply.

  • Support clean nutrition through food prep and follow up to ensure that milk supply is abundant.

  • Help create new normals that are safe and secure, thus increasing peace for the new parents.

  • Facilitate restoration for mother and partner so that healing is productive and their mindset is healthy to move forward as parents.

  • Newborn care when mother and partner are resting.

  • Light house organization, laundry, food prep for future use and pet care.

Phone and Email Support

Sometimes questions come up and you would love some email/phone/text support to help you navigate your concerns. Dara offers remote support up to 6 weeks postpartum.


$45/hour with a 6 hour minimum. Offering service Monday-Friday between the daytime hours of 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM.

Learn more about my heart in serving postpartum mothers in my blog “Postpartum Doula Support”.

My heart for your postpartum journey is that both you and your partner become confident, well equipped and full of grace.
— Dara DeSoto, CD, CCCE, HDHC


Postpartum belly binding is a tradition that has been passed down in many cultures to promote healing and well-being for the postpartum woman. It is one simple way to provide an ancient yet relevant practice for today’s postpartum mothers. It is somewhat misunderstood and thought to be ritualistic or ceremonial, when in reality the traditional cultures that practice it, see belly binding as more of a “common sense” approach to postpartum healing.

Dara comes to the comfort of your own home shortly after you have given birth and provides abdominal massage and belly wrapping. Breastfeeding support is also available.

Benefits of Abdominal Massage

  • Uterus returning to pre-pregnancy size sooner

  • Postpartum hemorrhage prevention

  • Relief from birth 'afterpains', which typically become stronger with each child

  • Reduces postpartum internal organ swelling

  • Encourages internal organs to migrate to their original place

  • Provides posture support during breastfeeding

  • Corrects diastasis recti (separation of abdominal muscles)

  • Gives the mother a sense of security and ” togetherness"

What if I have a Belly Birth?

Abdominal massage and belly wrapping can still be done. The wrapping is gentle around your incision and will support all weight off of your incision when you are standing.

Phone and Email Support

Sometimes questions come up and you would love some email/phone/text support to help you navigate your breastfeeding concerns. Dara offers remote support up to 6 weeks postpartum.


Massage and Belling Binding: $75

Read our blog on our other recommendations on how to thrive after birth: “Tips for A Healthy Postpartum”.


Dara Does

  • Encourage the family to seek care that reflects their values and needs

  • Model and teach effective communication

  • Encourage informed decision making                           

  • Support the physical and emotional healing of the mother

  • Provide information on care options and resources for the mother and newborn

  • Support and assists with infant feeding                           

  • Educate the family on newborn care and characteristics

  • Provide support to the new mother’s partner and/or family

  • Assist with household organization                           

  • Refer to healthcare professionals when support requires clinical assessment, a need for prescription, or medical diagnosis

Dara Does Not

  • Diagnose medical conditions                   

  • Interpret medical diagnoses or clinical results

  • Prescribe or administer treatment of medical conditions

  • Perform clinical procedures, including: taking infant's temperature or administering medications to infant or mother

  • Take over complete care of the infant, including: buckling infant into car or car seat and cutting infant’s nails

  • Transport any family members               

  • Stay alone with babies or other children            

  • Sleep train babies                        

  • Act as a housekeeper or nanny 


She even offered to come to my home and give a one-on-one breastfeeding class in lieu of the second in-person meeting. It was so helpful and I think it contributed significantly to my successful breastfeeding relationship with my baby after an emergency Belly Birth.
— Anne

Dara taught me how to nurse, and offered her support after the hospital. She was literally my angel at my shoulder through the toughest time in my life.
— Monica

Once I was home from the hospital Dara came to visit and helped make me feel comfortable with a baby in my home by creating a breastfeeding nest, teaching me how to swaddle, and how to use the Moby carrier. I really can’t say enough how much I appreciated having her help me through this experience.
— Kellie

She stayed through the c-section and was in the recovery room to help facilitate breastfeeding.
— Adrianne

Her expertise as a certified lactation educator counselor was also vital during some initial challenges with breastfeeding. That and so many other things make Dara the perfect partner for anyone in their journey towards parenthood. I can’t recommend her enough!
— Alex