Growing Together Doula Services - Postpartum Help

Frequently Asked Questions

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Never heard of a postpartum doula? No problem! Check below for the questions many just like you have! 
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    What is a postpartum doula?
    I provide non-medical family support for up to a year following childbirth. My job is to assist and never "take over" others' roles! I work to support the entire family as a unit and not just focus on mom and/or baby. This means, if your partner is struggling with finding their new normal bringing baby home I'm there to help them adjust too! I help with light house work, creating a safe space for your feelings/thoughts, meal planning/prepping, healing, resting and more!
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    Why do I need a postpartum doula? Are they really that beneficial?
    Having a Postpartum Doula can help reduce postpartum mood disorders and relieve the stress off Mom to "have it together" all the time. I can be a sounding board for concerns or questions. I'll watch for "warning signs" so families can seek further attention as needed and sooner. I can help partners and older siblings find their ground in their new role(s). I'll make sure the postpartum period is a time of healing, bonding and stress free! Why wouldn't you want a Postpartum Doula?
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    How long can a postpartum doula work with a family?
    This tends to be determined on each individual family and their needs. This could be a couple weeks to a couple of months! We would discuss this at your intake consultation.
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    Do you JUST support breastfeeding moms?
    No, I will help you become familiar with the various options surrounding infant feeding so you can make informed decisions that are right for you & your family. I will support and respect you in the decisions you make. It is YOUR baby, YOUR family and I respect that.
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    Can I use a postpartum doula even if I have midwife care/other home support?
    Of course! I am not a medical professional so cannot take a midwive's place for medical care. I am not there to replace loved ones either. My job is to help support and/or guide you and everyone involved in this new and exciting time how it fits with your relationships and family. Some need extra hands, some just need to know they have someone in their corner when they need me! I'm also available to be hired up to a year postpartum, not just during the newborn stage.
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    What do postpartum doulas NOT do?
    Postpartum Doulas are not medical professionals and do not perform postpartum clinical care, medical tasks, diagnose or treat any medical conditions or prescribe medications. They are not there to do heavy cleaning, yard work and do not focus on household chores over focusing on the people in the house. It is out of our scope of practice to be left alone in a babysitting type of role with any of your children. You must be home or we must all attend an outing together.
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    When should I hire a postpartum doula?
    Ideally before baby gets here. This way we can get to know each other a bit and make sure you have a good fit because that is key! But if you never considered a postpartum doula and are now struggling/looking for help I am here for you. Don't hesitate to contact me. I am available for up to a year postpartum.
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    What are a postpartum doula's hours like? Do they work nights/weekends?
    For the most part, I do day time hours and we will talk about scheduling etc. during your intake. I can do overnights at extra cost. I also offer overnight packages.
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    When will my postpartum doula start working with me?
    This will be agreed upon during your intake consultation and really depends on what you want the service to look like. It could be anywhere from a few hours after birth/arriving home to a day in the first week home or sometime in the first year postpartum.
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    How much does a postpartum doula cost?
    I believe that every mother/family should have access to a Doula so while you can either book per hour ($27) or select packages that call to you, during your intake consultation pricing and payment plans will be discussed and agreed upon. See the services pages for more specific costs, current packages and extras/ad ons.
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    Are postpartum doulas covered under insurance?
    At this time, only some insurance companies cover Doula fees. They usually fall under Other Health Services or something similar. Make sure to check with your insurance company in advanced to confirm this. Doula Training Canada Doulas will make every effort to help you through this process.
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    How does a postpartum doula differ from a nanny or baby nurse?
    Doulas are non-medical professionals so that's one of the biggest differences between a Doula and Nurse. As far as a Nanny and a Doula, I won't be left unattended for hours to care for all the children and the household. I don't live in the household. I am not there to help raise the children. Doula work coincides with the needs of the family adjusting to changes of bringing home a new baby. Ie. Mom needs extra rest, educational support/resources etc.