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”.
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”.
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