Postpartum Support

“A friend gifted me postpartum sessions with Maris – it was the best gift I could have asked for. Maris was such a nice, calming presence to have in our home the few weeks after my son was born. She helped me with breastfeeding, which was a HUGE help those first few weeks, and helped with whatever else I needed. My son loved her and would fall asleep as soon as she held him.” – Jenny G., Brooklyn

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My primary goal as a postpartum doula is to nurture growing families, focusing on the needs of the parent(s) and baby. This includes helping parents feel more confident in their roles, sharing education on family adjustment, bonding, soothing, feeding, and tending to the unique needs of the postpartum body and mind. My ultimate goal is to work myself out of a job by helping families find ways to make these challenging early months of new-parenthood easier and more sustainable.

I work with each family individually to determine their particular needs. Examples of services I may provide include:

  • Breastfeeding/chestfeeding assistance and support (referral to a lactation consultant if necessary)
  • Help with healing after birth (sitz baths, guidance on cesarean or perineal scar care and more)
  • Emotional support: listening without judgement and helping families process their birth experience and the transitions that come with a new baby
  • Light housekeeping
  • Running errands, grocery shopping
  • Assistance with newborn care such as diapering, bathing, feeding and soothing
  • Babywearing guidance
  • Meal preparation
  • Sibling care
  • Referrals to local resources such as parenting classes, pediatricians, lactation support and support groups
  • Overnight visits to help you maximize sleep
  • Caring for your baby while you catch up on caring for yourself (i.e. nap, shower, take a walk, pursue self-care, etc.)

Rates: Daytime: $50 per hour / Overnights (10PM – 8AM or 9PM – 7AM): $450

I offer reduced-rate packages starting at 20 hours as well as individualized reduced-rate combined birth and postpartum packages. Please contact me for more information.

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