Postpartum Doula Services

Intentional postpartum doula support to assist with breastfeeding rhythms, facilitate restoration, support clean nutrition, and help around the house. Dara strives to facilitates peace, confidence and grace to the new mothers that she serves.

Now through August: Tuesday and Thursday between the hours of 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM:

12 Hours: Two 6-Hour Shifts $720 

Starting September: Monday, Wednesday, Friday between the hours of 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM:

18 Hours: Three 6-Hour Shifts $1080

*To be used within the first three months postpartum: daytime hours only. 



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 and organization of female organs.

  • Determine if your newborn is getting enough milk.

  • 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 peace for the new parents.

  • Facilitate restoration for mother and partner so that healing is productive and 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.

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

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