REALITY: You need just as much nurturing care as new parents as your newborn baby does.
Our role as postpartum doulas and newborn care specialists is to provide skilled care for both you and your baby.
It's ok to not know everything about your baby on day one.
Having a new baby is a big change. Along with physical healing, you are going through a big emotional transformation as you welcome your new child into the world. My team and I are there for you in the tender first weeks and months postpartum. Our service area includes Boston, MA and Fairfield County, CT.
Postpartum Support & Education Services
Daytime Infant Care/Postpartum Doula [in-person]
It’s nice to have an extra set of hands around when everything is new. Maybe you need some rest or some time away from the baby. We will feed, burp, swaddle, soothe, bathe, and get your baby to sleep while you focus on healing and recovery. Maybe you need some TLC yourself. As postpartum doulas, we’ll support your needs as a new mom, including doing dishes, straightening up, making light snacks, and supporting you throughout the transition to motherhood.
Daytime care typically occurs between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. with a 5-hour minimum, though hours are flexible.
FEE: Daytime care: Single Babies $50/hour with a 5-hour minimum, or $65/hour for Twins. Triplets? Let's talk!
Overnight Care/Night Nurse Services [in-person]
Need some sleep? We are here to help! While you get some much needed sleep, we will care for your baby. This includes diaper changes, feedings, swaddling, comforting, and getting your baby to sleep. If you are breastfeeding and wish to do so overnight, we will bring the baby to you for a nursing session, and when you are finished, we do the rest, so you can go right back to sleep. If your baby is bottle fed, or when you are ready for your breastfed baby to have bottles, we will wake with your baby for feedings. While your baby is sleeping, we can fold a basket of laundry, wash bottles or pump parts, and straighten up the nursery.
Overnight newborn care typically occurs between the hours of 9p.m. and 7a.m.
FEE: Overnight care:$60/hour, or $75/hour for twins. 9-hour minimum shift. Triplets? Let's talk!
Beyond the Bump Workshop [virtual or in-person]
A 2-hour newborn care class for parents and caregivers.
Our newborn care class provides an overview of some key components to give you the tools and confidence to care for your newborn. Some of the topics covered are diapering, feeding, burping, swaddling, bathing, formula prep, breastmilk storage and aftercare for Mom. Essential products suggestions and all of your questions answered!
Postpartum Home Visit [in-person]
A postpartum visit for Mom and baby taking place a few days after the baby is born up to 3 weeks after discharge.
Arriving Home is a 3-hour home visit that includes education, wellness check, postpartum care, feeding routines, umbilical cord care, circumcision care, swaddling, safe sleep, soothing techniques, organization, and answering any questions you have!
Virtual Support Sessions with Susie Shortsleeve, RN
REGISTERED NURSE (CT & MA), POSTPARTUM DOULA & NEWBORN CARE SPECIALIST
Having a new baby can be wonderful and it can also feel very overwhelming and exhausting at the same time. Questions can start during pregnancy, too. It can be a relief to have a medical professional, doula, and infant care specialist to talk to about your concerns, questions, and worries. Why do I feel this way? How do I use this swaddle blanket? Will my baby ever sleep through the night? A Call the Doula session offers non-judgmental expert guidance and support from early pregnancy through the first few months of motherhood.
INVESTMENT: $150 / 45 minutes
"It can be stressful thinking of hiring help for your infant and handing your baby over to someone you just met. From the moment I met Susie and her team, I slept soundly knowing our baby was in the best of hands! Being a registered nurse, they possessed a great balance of clinical knowledge, and motherly compassion. I was sad to see them go!"
- Jessica G.
"Susie and her team are absolutely incredible! I trust them implicitly with our infant son. They have been so wonderful in helping me navigate things like introducing solids and adjusting sleep schedules. Our son is so incredibly happy with them and we are so lucky to have Newborn Care CT in our lives!"
- Keenan P.
"When my wife said she was considering a night nurse, I wondered... We were both off on parental leave, and I figured we had it totally handled. I couldn't have been more wrong: Susie and her team aren't just the people who ensure we get 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep once or twice a week (although they definitely are that). They were also a resource to help us navigate the scary first couple of months, when we felt like we didn't know what we were doing. I can't tell you how much better we felt being able to talk to and text our team when we needed advice."
- Mike I
"Facing new parenthood during COVID-19, with family far away or immunocompromised, we were feeling worried about our lack of resources. Susie and her team are basically like supportive family members BUT with relevant training and the know-how to help with feeding, sleep, and socializing. They use a few systems to help keep babies happy and healthy, but are not rigid—they asked us what WE wanted for our child and were sure to follow that. It certainly wasn't necessary, but the fact they were willing to do things like reorganize our baby clothes and wash my pumping equipment was absolutely an added bonus for when we woke up the next morning."
"From the very first time we met our newborn care specialist, she was warm, caring, and professional. I knew Tyler was always in the very best of hands overnight. Her expertise and recommendations had Tyler sleeping through the night from a very early age which was huge! I honestly don’t know how we would have done without Susie and her team. They got us through the storm and we are forever grateful for their compassion and care."
- Nicole F.
"Susie and her team's experience in newborn care is apparent in the way they handled our newborn daughter and all the expert advice they had on all topics we had questions about as first-time parents. We were immediately comfortable with having the team at our house overnight because they are all so warm and clearly knew what they were doing. The team also went above and beyond in several ways: they offered to help with laundry, prepared snacks at night for me when I was too tired to do it myself, and made themselves available during the day and at night for emergencies (midnight run to the pharmacy). Susie and
her team are caring people who genuinely want to help make the postpartum period as comfortable and stress-free as possible."
- Adeline P.
"Susie’s team is absolutely incredible. I reached out to Susie when my baby boy was three months old. I didn’t have extra support after he was born and sleep deprivation had officially caught up with me. I was able to get a full nights sleep while knowing my baby was in the literal best, and sweetest, of hands… A true mental relief. Susie‘a team was also able to help me navigate possible reflux/allergies/as well as provide an extra set of eyes on my baby after a medical scare. I really don’t know what I would have done without them! I cannot recommend a more trustworthy, knowledgeable, safe, loving and kind team to watch over your baby."
- Sarah G.
DID YOU KNOW? Between 1 in 5 and 1 in 7 new mother’s experience some type of perinatal mood and anxiety disorder (PMAD), such as postpartum depression or postpartum anxiety. If you are noticing symptoms such as crying, worry, irritability, or anxiety that is getting in the way of your ability to care for yourself or your baby and symptoms persist past the two-week postpartum timeline, you could have a PMAD. Please consider the below resources for support and treatment.
- Postpartum Support International. The leading non-profit dedicated to helping families suffering from postpartum depression, anxiety, and distress. Find a trained professional near you by visiting their provider directory.
- The Motherhood Center. Providing virtual and in-person supportive services for new and expecting moms, including a range of treatment options for women experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
American Academy of Pediatrics
The AAP addresses important questions regarding pediatric practice and the health and well being of children by developing original research including practice-based network research.
The CDC provides updated guidelines and information about breast milk storage, and formula preparation and storage.
Baby Center provides online courses on infant CPR, first aid and other subjects.
Kelly Mom provides evidence-based research on breast feeding
Additional Local & Virtual Postpartum Support for Boston, MA & Fairfield County, CT.
I regularly work with and refer clients out to IBCLS's, Pelvic Floor Specialists, Nutritionists, and other Perinatal Professionals. I am happy to connect you with a trained and trusted professional near your home. Reach out today.
Kristy Zadrozny, founder of Expecting(nyc) coaches families throughout their pregnancy and postpartum journey. Kristy has over ten years of experience and has worked with thousands of families through massage therapy, mindfulness-based education, labor, and postpartum doula support and as a Certified Lactation Counselor. Kristy specializes in partner and family relationship dynamics, newborn sleep cycles, and breastfeeding. Kristy is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and sees clients at Mindful.NYC as their Resident Family Therapy Intern.