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 the metro area.

Postpartum Support Services

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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!

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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!

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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

Resources

Postpartum Depression
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
https://www.aap.org
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.

CDC
The CDC provides updated guidelines and information about breast milk storage, and formula preparation and storage.

Baby Center
Baby Center provides online courses on infant CPR, first aid and other subjects.

Kelly Mom
Kelly Mom provides evidence-based research on breast feeding

Additional Local & Virtual Postpartum Support for Boston, MA.

Referrals
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.