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Found 2 Pros in Baton Rouge, LA, USA | Postpartum doula support
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Melissa Champagne

Hammond, LA

0 reviews • 1 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 1 families supported • 1 years experience

I am a labor and postpartum doula in the north shore area. I specialize in natural out of hospital births but also serve hospital births as well!

Care philosophy

I have a love for labor and birth and believe birth is normal and such a beautiful thing! I service at home and out of hospital births and also hospital births as well!

Areas served

  • Hammond
  • New Orleans
$ flexible

Shannon Murphey

Baton Rouge, LA

0 reviews • 200 families supported • 10 years experience

0 reviews • 200 families supported • 10 years experience

I have been all over the world but nothing has quite compared to home and family. As a young party animal, I ventured from art high school to Los Angeles. I was a blossoming actress in the concrete jungle. It is a cruel and cut throat place to live and work. A stark contrast to the hospitality of Louisiana. You probably can see how an empath may not prefer the culture there. After three years of acting and singing in Los Angeles, I grew very tired of the grind. I spent time working at Walt Disney World as a photographer. I loved and adored the “magic” to be made, but Disney is a very greedy corporation. I then pursued my dream of working with animals. I spent 10 years working as a veterinary technician in various pet hospitals, until I reached veterinary specialty medicine. I enjoyed working in surgery, making miracles out of medicine. However, there are a lot of pitfalls in veterinary medicine, nearly all of them tragic financial situations. It was wearing me down (emotionally), and even more so when I discovered I was pregnant. I experienced hostility and discrimination in my workplace as a pregnant person, and I found it very difficult to work such a physically demanding job with the health issues associated with my pregnancy. Then COVID happened. I became sick and was unable to return to work. I was not protected by FMLA as I had not worked there long enough to qualify. They wouldn’t even grant me maternity leave! I spent several months in strict quarantine before having a last minute C-section. I found out the day before my date that my baby was breech and I decided against an inversion. I also had been struggling with a very very uncomfortable condition known as PUPPS since 35 weeks. It was unbearable. Like there was something trying to crawl out of my skin and then fire being set on it. It returned postpartum and I still struggle with it on and off today. I also struggled to breastfeed my baby due to my c-section and my baby’s tongue tie. She lost too much weight at the hospital and they wouldn’t discharge her. I felt totally unprepared for the lack of lactation consulting. I hadn’t had a proper in person class due to COVID. I hadn’t produced any colostrum or milk for three days. I finally supplemented with formula, and it literally saved her life. I wish I had had constant guidance at the time. My birth and pregnancy experience is what brought me into birth work. I see injustices in medicine and our government that disadvantage birthing people, particularly BIPOC. I want to counteract that the best I can. I want to provide birthing people with the empowerment they deserve. I want to provide advocacy and knowledge that every birthing person deserves.

Care philosophy

My philosophy of birth is that it is a highlight, a natural process, and a spiritual awakening that is to be cherished and mindfully prepared for. I believe conquering fear will open our bodies. I believe our bodies were meant for this. Our journies are all unique and every birth deserves a doula. My philosophies are progressive and practical.

Areas served

  • Louisiana
  • Baton Rouge, LA
  • New Orleans, LA

Postpartum Doula Services: FAQs

For most parents, the transition into early parenthood is hard. Postpartum doulas in Baton Rouge, LA offer all sorts of practical, physical, informational and emotional support to new parents. Postpartum doulas in Baton Rouge, LA offer a wide range of after-birth support services, including:

  1. Caring for and assisting in the recovery of the birthing parent
  2. Providing breastfeeding and lactation support
  3. Offering advice for baby soothing, diapering and bathing
  4. Parent-baby bonding
  5. Caring for older siblings
  6. Light housework
  7. Night nannying or sleep relief services

Some parents require additional physical and emotional support due to their specific situation, lack of family support, or their particular lifestyle. A postpartum doula positively affects the entire family, as many postpartum doulas are involved in sibling care, housework chores, and educating clients on childcare information/techniques.

To find a postpartum doula in Baton Rouge, LA, most parents recommend creating a job post on Meela and having uniquely qualified postpartum doulas near you (in your budget) reach out to you through the Meela app.

You can interview and chat with as many postpartum doulas as you wish and hire a postpartum doula in Baton Rouge, LA with confidence. It is completely free to create a job post on Meela and find a postpartum doula. There are no commitments to hire any of the qualified and expert vetted postpartum doulas Meela brings you.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

  1. Post a job for free: Answer some questions and receive responses from top-rated postpartum doulas near you. It takes less than 30 seconds to post your job.
  2. Get your list of postpartum doulas: In a few hours, you will have a collection of postpartum doulas near you who are qualified to meet your needs. You can compare pricing, experience, and read reviews. You can chat with each postpartum doula to learn more about them.
  3. Hire a postpartum doula with confidence: Schedule virtual or in-person interviews with your top postpartum doula choices. Hire your top postpartum doula and start getting the care you deserve.

To find a postpartum doula, you can also browse the available postpartum doulas near you in Baton Rouge, LA and read reviews, compare pricing, experience and fit. Send the postpartum doulas you are interested in a message, introducing yourself and setting up an interview. We recommend reaching out to and interviewing at least three postpartum doulas before hiring a postpartum doula near you. After interviewing, hire the most qualified postpartum doula near you and start getting the care you deserve.

While the cost of a postpartum doula can vary based on experience and the services offered, the average cost of a postpartum doula in Baton Rouge, LA is $28 per hour, but typically ranges from $15 to $40 per hour. These costs are based on a representative group of 6 postpartum doulas surveyed by Meela in the Baton Rouge area. The average cost of a postpartum doula in Baton Rouge, LA is lower than the average cost of a postpartum doula in the state of Louisiana, which is $34 per hour.

To put this in further context, the cost of a postpartum doula in Baton Rouge, LA is lower than the U.S. national average cost of a postpartum doula, which is $37 per hour.

When hiring a postpartum doula in Baton Rouge, LA, you and your doula will discuss and agree upon a fee structure, and your postpartum doula will send you itemized invoices through Meela, which you can pay securely through the app.

A postpartum doula in Baton Rouge, LA is meant to help the entire family and their role is not just limited to the birthing parent and newborn. A doula provides physical and emotional support to parents and siblings, but they also offer information and advice regarding how to feed, bathe, swaddle, and soothe the baby.

They also often help with postpartum depression issues, and are considered child care “consultants” rather than medical professionals. Many postpartum doulas in Baton Rouge, LA offer a range of services that can help with parents trying to adjust to a newborn child. These services often include:

  • Sibling care
  • Assist with household chores
  • Parent-baby bonding
  • Physical and emotional recovery
  • Support to parents and extended family

A postpartum doula in Baton Rouge, LA can have a lasting positive impact on a family and help them feel more confident about their parenting role and the way that they feed and nurture their baby. They might offer advice regarding feeding, bathing, and parent-baby bonding.

It is important to note that a postpartum doula might offer advice but is not expected to provide medical care of any kind or serve as a replacement to an accredited physician. Postpartum doulas are also not qualified to prescribe medication.

Many new parents want to know about certified postpartum doulas and how exactly they are certified. Since the demand for postpartum doulas has greatly expanded in the last several years, the number of reputable postpartum doula training and certification programs has grown in Baton Rouge, LA. Training criteria can differ from program to program, but most follow a similar curriculum which includes core academic curriculum and practical hours and real-life care experience.

One of the most common national postpartum doula training certifications comes from DONA International. A postpartum doula usually receives about 27 hours of practical training before they are a certified postpartum doula.

There are also CAPPA-certified postpartum doulas in Baton Rouge, LA, as well. These doulas were certified by the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association, an international organization that certifies doulas and other childbirth educators/professionals.

As a reminder, because postpartum doulas are not trained to be a medical professional and diagnose and treat medical conditions, a certification is not required for them to practice.

As their names suggest, a birth doula’s main priority is to provide support services before, during and in the moments immediately after childbirth. A postpartum doula’s obligations usually begin after the birth, for several weeks or months. In many cases, your birth doula will also be a trained and certified postpartum doula, which can provide a continuity of care that many parents find extremely valuable.

Many parents want to know whether a postpartum doula or a baby nurse would meet their needs and expectations. A baby nurse might be focused on making sure that a baby sleeps or feeds properly, but that might be the extent of their role. A postpartum doula generally offers more holistic services for their clients.

A postpartum doula in Baton Rouge, LA is expected to be more involved with the family as a whole. They might remain involved in sibling care or also provide emotional support to the partner as both parents adjust to becoming new parents. This may even include support for older siblings, light housework, and even meal prep. A postpartum doula provides more physical, emotional, and informational support than a baby nurse.

You can hire two types of doulas in Baton Rouge, LA: a birth doula and a postpartum doula. The birth doula is during your pregnancy and through the birth of your child. They provide you with emotional, physical and educational support during your pregnancy, your labor and delivery and for the first few hours after your child is born.

A postpartum doula will support you for the first few weeks after the baby is born. They provide in-home assistance, including teaching you how to take care of your newborn, acting as lactation consultant, and can provide some night nanny services.

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