It depends on the family’s needs. I am usually with a family for at least the 4th trimester, which is until 3 months postpartum.
A trained, often certified, professional, who provides constant support right after childbirth to help the birthing person and their family have the most enjoyable postpartum experience possible. Doulas are home with the birthing person and/or partner. The main difference is that a postpartum doula focuses on the birthing person and their family. The order of care goes in this order:
An individual who helps raise children in the family’s home for a long period of time. They are NOT a babysitter. Every nanny is a little different and may do different things with the children. Some nannies like to do more activities at home, some take the children on outings. Some do both. Some nannies help take care of the household and are a household manager as well. Laundry, dishes, and light cleaning may be part of the job description. Some nannies will only take care of the children and that’s it. It’s important to look at the nanny’s background and have open communication to make sure you are getting someone who is the right fit for your family.
A nanny focuses on the kids and the household. A nanny is also long term, whereas a postpartum doula usually only provides services during the fourth trimester, maybe a little longer.
I became a doula because I love infants and helping families. Supporting families as they bond and connect with their little one is critical. I also think it’s crucial for birthing people and their family to have someone to depend on, who they can use as a resource. Maternal healthcare has a long way to go, and postpartum health is often very neglected. Everyone who wants a doula should have access to one.
One of my favorite things about being a doula is seeing parents find their voices and find their ways as parents. I am constantly proud of how far my clients have come and love to see them and their babies thrive.
Yes, I do! Over the course of my work as a teacher, nanny and now as a doula, I have worked with many products, from bottles, to diapers, to toys and books. I have a list of these products posted on my Amazon wish list. Click the link below to see some of them.
If you don't see an item, please ask me. Things change so frequently, and some products cannot be listed on Amazon.