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Found 18 Pros in Durham, NC, USA | Postpartum doula support
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Karen VelMartin

Raleigh, NC

3 reviews • 10 families supported • 2 years experience

3 reviews • 10 families supported • 2 years experience

EMPOWERING MOMS AND FAMILIES 4 LIFE! Hi, I'm Karen! I'm a Certified Professional Birth and Postpartum Doula in the Raleigh area of beautiful North Carolina. I'd be honored to have the opportunity to get to know you and hear about your birth goals and desires and provide support to you and your family as you embark on your journey to starting or expanding your tribe. I became a doula so that I could provide support and empower both expecting and postpartum families to have better birthing experiences, to have the experience they not only desire but ultimately deserve to have. I received my certifications through the Madriella Doula Network in 2022. I'd be honored to have the opportunity to get to know you and hear about your birth goals and desires.

Care philosophy

At Bump and Beyond Family Services, our approach to birthing and parenting is holistic and client centered, focusing on the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of each family we serve.

Areas served

  • Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Wake Forest, North Carolina

Reviews

  • Aiyana
    February 28, 2024 at 8:15 am | Peer review

    Karen is very knowledgeable and considerate when talking to clients and their families. She is very punctual to all her appointments and is an effective communicator. She is also very supportive and caring towards her clients and their children.

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Stephanie Best

Raleigh, NC

2 reviews • 130 families supported • 5 years experience

2 reviews • 130 families supported • 5 years experience

I worked for three years in Women’s services at Duke University Health Services as a Labor and Deliver CNA. I also worked for four years as a Phlebotomist at Triangle Arthritis & Rheumatology and The Geergroup. I am still currently licensed in both nursing and Phlebotomy as well as CPR and first aid certified. I am an accomplished healthcare worker with over fourteen years of medical experience. I went to college at North Carolina Central University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. I use my Psychology degree to help with the emotional support side and use my past healthcare experience to help with the physical support. I take pride in caring for others. I also for the past eight years have been studying holistic methods. I was a vegan for four years and have a lot of knowledge in nutrition. From birth my daughter has suffered very sensitive skin which made me create my own body butters, soaps and sugar scrubs for a more natural remedy . I have also made my own elderberry tea and am currently working on a tea line. I am into healthy living and finding the best treatments for our body. I am a big fan of natural products and I believe that where there is an herb there is a better option.

Care philosophy

To provide the birth experience of your dreams, by actively listening to your desires, to help fulfill your goals, and to guide you through your birthing experience.

Areas served

  • Wake, Durham, Johnston, Franklinton, Duplin, Wayne

Reviews

  • Denesha
    July 3, 2022 at 3:17 pm | Peer review

    Stephanie brings a wide array of both personal and professional attributes. She works well with others and goes above and beyond to be sure those she encounters are well taken care of. Stephanie is a great team player and is always willing to go the extra mile. Anyone who encounters Stephanie is sure to be in great hands.

$ flexible
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Shaunette Howard

Zebulon, NC

1 reviews • 100 families supported • 5 years experience

1 reviews • 100 families supported • 5 years experience

I have enjoyed supporting families through my work as a camp counselor, childcare provider, teacher's assistant and studying early childhood for over 10 years before becoming a doula. I have also had the honor of bearing my 6 children with my husband of over 18 years and helping families through their experiences with birth and lactation. In 2017 I was introduced to the idea of becoming Doula on my search to find ways to support families. This led to becoming a peer counselor with WIC and studying with Bebo Mia, DONA, and Mamas Village. I have now been practicing as a Doula for 5 years and enjoy every moment of it! There is a special place in my heart for teens, first time parents, marginalized groups, and rural communities.

Care philosophy

Feeling secure, prepared, and empowered are important as you await the delivery of your little one and at the time of their arrival! This is something all families deserve! I am passionate about meeting your needs! My goal is to provide the best experience possible!

Areas served

  • Raleigh
  • Lillington
  • Hampton Roads
  • Johnston County
  • Harnett County
  • Wake County
  • Durham
  • Chapel Hill
  • Nash

Reviews

  • Marina
    June 15, 2022 at 11:06 am | Peer review

    Shaunette is dedicated to equitable care for all people and has extensive experience working with pregnant and postpartum families. She is kind, compassionate, and relatable and approaches parents with understanding, love, and professionalism. She is dedicated to making the maternity space more equitable. I have loved working with Shaunette and have learned so much from her. She would be an asset to any family’s birthing or postpartum team!

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Kelly Collins

Raleigh, NC

4 reviews • 100 families supported • 9 years experience

4 reviews • 100 families supported • 9 years experience

I have worked with children and families for 24 years and I truly believe it is my calling. At just 15 years old, I started my own babysitting business. At 17, my love of children was very strong and my desire to work with families grew tremendously. In college I studied Elementary Education & Early Childhood Education and while I did not become a school teacher, I still worked closely with children and families at various child care centers and eventually became a Career Nanny. Best of Both Worlds was "born" after becoming a wife and mother while still working as a full time nanny. I realized that I too needed some support after having my son. Because of this, it was time to move into a new phase of my career. Over the last 8 years, I have supported dozens of families in physically, emotionally and spiritually and I would love to support you and your family in any way I can.

Care philosophy

BOBWDS is a faith-based, family-centered business providing a wide range of pregnancy, birth and postpartum support for new parents and the entire family. I am committed to educating and informing my clients on all of their birthing options while building their confidence and diminishing their fears about childbirth and parenting. My main goal is to provide a positive and spiritually empowering experience as well as continuity of care throughout your parenting journey.

Areas served

  • Garner
  • Raleigh
  • Cary
  • Durham
  • Apex
  • Chapel Hill
  • Wake County
  • Durham County
  • Wake Forest
  • Wendell
  • Zebulon

Reviews

  • Shalanda
    February 12, 2021 at 4:32 pm | Client review

    I loved Kelly’s personality and genuine concern about caring for me as well as my family throughout the pregnancy and postpartum. She was kind, professional, thoughtful and offered great tips and advice. I enjoyed having her as my doula!!

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Christina Farmer

Sanford, NC

0 reviews • 3 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 3 families supported • 1 years experience

Evidence says continuous labor support by a doula: Lowers risks for a C-Section by 39% Increases the rate of higher APGAR scores for newborns by 38% Resulted in 34% more women rating their birth as a positive experience

Care philosophy

Evidence says continuous labor support by a doula: Lowers risks for a C-Section by 39% Increases the rate of higher APGAR scores for newborns by 38% Resulted in 34% more women rating their birth as a positive experience

Areas served

  • Sanford, NC Apex, NC Cary, NC Fayetteville, NC
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Bahja Hinton

Raleigh, NC

0 reviews • 4 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 4 families supported • 1 years experience

I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and have always been amazed by the many ways the human body can perform. I have spent most of her professional career working at a hospital within Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Wellness areas. This has helped me realize the importance of recovery and I value helping people meet their goals during life transitions. I am passionate about helping families heal and adjust to life with their babies in the best way possible. Whether this is a first born or an addition to your growing family, I believe in being an empathetic, safe listening ear, and someone who can help families stay focused on what’s most important – adjusting to life with their new baby in a safe and healthy manner. More importantly, I am an empathetic and non-judgmental person who is committed to providing support to families from all walks of life

Care philosophy

I am very passionate about postpartum recovery and would love to help families comfortably transition through one of the most important times in their lives. I feel that being a doula is about being a friend, a safe listening ear, a security blanket, and someone who can help the family stay focused on what’s most important.

Areas served

  • Raleigh, Durham, and surrounding areas
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Vanessa Pang

Chapel Hill, NC

0 reviews • 800 families supported • 7 years experience

0 reviews • 800 families supported • 7 years experience

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Care philosophy

As a nurse and lactation consultant, I passionately advocate for families and their newborns by providing emotional and physical support, delivering evidence-based education, and eliciting confidence in infant care. Based

Areas served

  • Raleigh, NC
  • Chapel Hill, NC
$ flexible
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Casey Sodano

Cary, NC

3 reviews • 50 families supported • 6 years experience

3 reviews • 50 families supported • 6 years experience

AID offers ala-carte pricing, giving families the ability to create their own package of services and classes that best meet the families needs and budget.

Care philosophy

As a Birth Doula, my role is to provide continuous support throughout the pregnancy and birth process. Helping each family achieve a better birth experience whether they chose a medicated or natural birth for their family. Meeting each client's needs with thoughtful care and preparation for their birthing day.

Areas served

  • Cary, NC
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Holly Springs, NC
  • Apex, NC
  • Morrisville, NC
  • Chapel Hill, NC

Reviews

  • Jackie
    July 25, 2023 at 12:48 am | Client review

    My first experience using a doula during delivery and my expectations were greatly exceeded with Casey! She was kind, attentive, knowledgeable and it really felt like she listened and understood me and what I wanted and needed at the perfect moments. I could not have asked for a better experience.

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Melanie Holmes

Raleigh, NC

3 reviews • 10 families supported • 3 years experience

3 reviews • 10 families supported • 3 years experience

Hello! My name is Melanie and I am a wife and mama of 1! I enjoy spending time with my family, vacationing, listening to podcasts, and reading. I am a certified labor and postpartum doula! I offer pregnancy & birth support, evidence-based resources, breastfeeding support & education, postpartum care, and emotional support. Before becoming a doula, I obtained my BS degree in early childhood studies and an AAS degree in early childhood education. I have worked in the early childhood field for over 10 years as a teacher with children from 6 weeks- 5 years old and then became an assistant director of a preschool school. I would describe myself as having a servants heart. I have a passion for caring for children and their families! I decided to become a doula after giving birth to my daughter and facing the unknowns as a first time mama. I knew then I had to get certified so that I can share what I know from experience and have learned through trainings to be able to walk alongside families whether it’s their first birth or 3rd. I love being able to provide families with emotional, physical, mental, and informational support in a non-judgmental manner, while creating a relationship that’s confidential and trustworthy. I will provide your family with love and support as we partner together to welcome your newest little love to the family! I am excited to partner with you on this precious journey!

Care philosophy

I care for the whole family!

Areas served

  • Cary.Durham.Morrisville.Knightdale.Garner.Clayton

Reviews

  • Annelise
    February 5, 2024 at 9:51 am | Client review

    We are thankful for Melanie and the help she has given our newly growing family. She has supported us from the very beginning of this journey to parenthood, and not only provided comfort, but helpful, informative, and reliable resources along the way.

$ flexible
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Amanda Waldrop

Durham, NC

0 reviews • 2 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 2 families supported • 1 years experience

I answered the calling to birth work in 2021 and received my birth doula training through Carriage House Birth the same year. I am dedicated to providing evidence based care and support to help all of my clients make informed decisions about their births. My package includes prenatal visits to discuss how we will work together and how I can help you prepare for your birth. During our visits we will talk about nutrition, exercise and movement, body balancing, self care, pelvic floor support, and how I will work with you and your partner during labor. I also offer some initial postpartum care and am trained in lactation support. Becoming a parent and bringing new life into the world requires so much and I'm here to support you through that transition.

Care philosophy

I'm here to provide compassionate and equitable care for all birthing people. In my care I provide evidence based information and support to help clients make informed decisions about their births.

Areas served

  • The Triangle
$ flexible
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Sarah Luoma

Morrisville, NC

0 reviews • 1 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 1 families supported • 1 years experience

As a mother of two, I know how precious sleep is in the early days of parenthood. I'm here to help you get some rest and comfort knowing that your baby is in the best hands. I have cared for young children for nearly 16 years, am in my last semester of nursing school, and am trained as a Birth and Postpartum doula.

Care philosophy

I am passionate about maternal mental health and helping you get the best sleep possible!

Areas served

  • Chapel Hill, Durham, Morrisville, Cary, Raleigh
$ flexible
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Janessa Robinson

Raleigh, NC

3 reviews • 12 families supported • 2 years experience

3 reviews • 12 families supported • 2 years experience

I'm here to help you through pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum, breastfeeding, transitioning, nursery organization, travel, bottle training as well as sibling care. I do nights with a minimum of 6 hours and up to 12 hours, days minimum of 4 hours and up to 10 hours.

Care philosophy

I am here to help YOU. I'm here to be your advocate during birth and your friend at 2am feeds as your postpartum doula. I go off of the parents lead, make suggestions when asked and always make sure every one is cared for the way they deserve.

Areas served

  • Raleigh
  • Cary
  • Holly Springs
  • Durham
  • Clayton
  • Smithfield
  • Rolesville
  • Goldsboro
  • Fuquay- Varina
  • Kenly
  • Garner
  • Wilson
  • Apex

Reviews

  • Lindsay
    November 17, 2022 at 11:43 am | Client review

    Janessa saved us immensely during the first few months with our newborn twins. I looked forward to every night we had with her. Janessa was always on time and very prompt and attentive to the individual needs of both babies. I’ll never forget the first night she came – I introduced her to the routine and she told me to go to bed, which I very graciously agreed to. I told her I’d likely be up in an hour or two, when I heard the twins cry… however I slept almost five hours. I never heard a peep and I came downstairs to two very happy babies, drinking their bottles. She helped us with dishes and laundry as well. She was a blessing we will never forget!

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Suzanne Masse

Pittsboro, NC

2 reviews • 10 families supported • 4 years experience

2 reviews • 10 families supported • 4 years experience

Pregnancy, Newborn, Family Photographer and Postpartum Doula. I have been helping families document these special times for years. I needed a doula when I had my baby and didn’t have one. This has inspired me to help other parents. I am a mother myself to a teen now and have more time to give. I love helping new parents rest, eat, heal and take care of baby after birth.

Care philosophy

I like to focus on the 5 Pillars of healing: Rest, Nourishment, Loving touch, Wisewomen, Connection to nature.

Areas served

  • Pittsboro, Nc
  • Carrboro, NC
  • Chapel Hill, NC
  • Hillsborough, NC

Reviews

  • Elizabeth
    September 9, 2022 at 11:50 am | Client review

    Suzanne was an amazing postpartum doula. She understood the importance of real support and knew how to connect with her clients’ emotions in a delicate time. From the moment I met Suzanne I knew she was someone who was honest, caring, and absolutely loved little ones. My baby also felt safe in her presence. Can’t recommend Suzanne enough.

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Tracy Cullity

Raleigh, NC

5 reviews • 10 families supported • 15 years experience

5 reviews • 10 families supported • 15 years experience

When people say "it takes a village", they aren't wrong! My job is to be part of that village. I have been working with families for 15+ years, in infant classrooms and in-home. I meet my families where they are and grow alongside them! My goal is to help you meet your goals! Every mother and family has specific desires for postpartum life, being there to support, encourage or simply give you a chance to nap is where I come in. I established Doula Bell in 2022 after witnessing the lack of support during the postpartum period. I was my sister's "unofficial doula" during both of her pregnancies 7 & 11 years ago. I saw her struggle through breastfeeding, societal pressures, sleep deprivation and so much more. I started helping families in-home but really wanted to focus on this time after birth. They call me the baby whisperer! :) In my spare time I love walking and taking my 2 rescues, Thanos & Raymond to the dog park. I have 3 bonus daughters with my soon to be husband. We love going to the Raleigh Flea market, going swimming or having game night! I am a huge sports fan, playing college softball. You can find me cheering for the NE Patriots and the Boston Red Sox! I can't wait to meet your family and new addition!

Care philosophy

Working with families for so many years, I've learned that REALLY listening to my clients is extremely important. Everyone's journey is different. I really focus on the needs of the specific client and work to create a trusting relationship. I pride myself on being able to put myself in people's shoes, being able to approach each situation as a non-judgmental ally. I truly love what I do!

Areas served

  • Cary, Garner, Wake Forest, Zebulon, Etc.
  • The Triangle Area
  • North Hills
  • North Raleigh
  • Wake Forest

Reviews

  • Miller
    October 10, 2022 at 10:55 am | Client review

    Tracy is a wonderful caregiver and amazing with children. She is a very hard worker, and she she was a very special addition to our family.

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Heather Grissom

Chapel Hill, NC

0 reviews • 100 families supported • 10 years experience

0 reviews • 100 families supported • 10 years experience

Supporting all families, creating beautiful &. positive birth spaces. Support during pregnancy, birth & postpartum

Care philosophy

Supporting families & positive birth spaces

Areas served

  • Chapel Hill
  • Durham
  • Greensboro
  • Siler City
  • Graham
  • Cary
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Emily Chaffee

NC

0 reviews • 100 families supported • 5 years experience

0 reviews • 100 families supported • 5 years experience

At Carolina Birth and Wellness, we offer a wide variety of services for complete support from preconception through the postpartum period. From preconception support through fertility doula support and menstrual cycle tracking, to pregnancy with birth doula support and childbirth education, and postpartum support with postpartum doula support, sleep training, lactation support, and lactation services. We also offer health coaching and massage therapy to compliment your wellness journey as you become a parent.

Care philosophy

Carolina Birth and Wellness believes that all individuals deserve support, every step of the way. Our non-judgmental approach to care puts you as the expert of your body, your baby and health. Our expertise and experience will help guide your decisions in a supportive, unbiased environment.

Areas served

  • Chapel Hill, NC
  • Durham, NC
  • Raleigh, NC
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Briana Smith

Raleigh, NC

7 reviews • 300 families supported • 7 years experience

7 reviews • 300 families supported • 7 years experience

Briana’s background is in public health which led her to birth work. She originally trained with Doulas of North America, and certified with Integrated Birth and Family Alliance as a birth doula and a postpartum doula. In her first two years of business, she also certified as a placenta encapsulation specialist with IPPA, a childbirth educator and breastfeeding peer counselor with Integrated Birth and Family Alliance, and an eco-baby educator with Bebo Mia. Briana is always continuing her education so she is able to provide non-judgmental, evidence-based support and resources to the families she serves. Briana’s most recent training includes postpartum belly binding, herbal salves for the whole family, Rebozo training, and vaginal steaming. Briana lives in Eastern Wake County with her family and Rottweiler. In her spare time (or as she likes to say - when she’s not at a birth!) Briana enjoys traveling, the beach, white wine, and a good CycleBar class!

Care philosophy

I meet families where they are, providing evidence-based care with a non-dogmatic approach. You want to breastfeed? Great! You want to formula-feed? Awesome, I can help with that, too! You have a planned cesarean? Fantastic, I have experience as a doula in the operating room. You want to have an unmedicated birth? Great, I've supported plenty of those! Need to pivot during birth? I can help you!

Areas served

  • Wake County
  • Durham County
  • Johnston County
  • Harnett County
  • Orange County

Reviews

  • SteKeira
    March 13, 2021 at 7:38 am | Peer review

    Briana is an amazing birth professional. She is a passionate advocate for those she serves and treats her clients with compassionate care. Her work ethic is unmatched! Anyone working with her will be enriched by the experience, I know I have been.

$ flexible
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Megan Alcius

Raleigh, NC

3 reviews • 12 families supported • 4 years experience

3 reviews • 12 families supported • 4 years experience

Hello! My name is Megan. I am a wife and mother. Birth work is my passion. I was led to this line of work after the birth of my son. While it could have been worse, it definitely wasn't an ideal situation. My mission is to make sure that every woman who hires me has the birth experience that she deserves. I believe that every woman should have a doula, no matter what. At this time I am only taking homebirth clients

Care philosophy

I believe that ALL women need support during such a special time in their lives. My goal is to make sure that you as comfortable and prepared as possible throughout your pregnancy, labor, and postpartum period. I offer payment plans and a sliding scale for low income families so that everyone gets a fair shot at having a doula present!

Areas served

  • wake county
  • Raleigh

Reviews

  • Sam
    July 24, 2021 at 2:41 pm | Client review

    I am very thankful that Megan came into our lives. I had many questions during this “geriatric” pregnancy as the ‘rules’ have changed since my last child. She was patient and kind through them all. She was also beyond helpful during a very frustrating time with breastfeeding and tried her best to help me figure out why it was difficult. Turns out my baby had a lip tie, which Megan figured out before any of the doctors did! Once we got that fixed it was much easier. So grateful for her help!

Postpartum Doula Services: FAQs

For most parents, the transition into early parenthood is hard. Postpartum doulas in Durham, NC offer all sorts of practical, physical, informational and emotional support to new parents. Postpartum doulas in Durham, NC 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 Durham, NC, 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 Durham, NC 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 Durham, NC 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 Durham, NC is $35 per hour, but typically ranges from $28 to $43 per hour. These costs are based on a representative group of 11 postpartum doulas surveyed by Meela in the Durham area. The average cost of a postpartum doula in Durham, NC is about the same as the average cost of a postpartum doula in the state of North Carolina, which is $37 per hour.

To put this in further context, the cost of a postpartum doula in Durham, NC is about the same as the U.S. national average cost of a postpartum doula, which is $37 per hour.

When hiring a postpartum doula in Durham, NC, 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 Durham, NC 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 Durham, NC 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 Durham, NC 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 Durham, NC. 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 Durham, NC, 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 Durham, NC 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 Durham, NC: 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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