Postpartum Care Packages
We know it is hard to decide how much support you will need in advance, especially if this is your first baby or twins. The following packages are derived from the real-life experiences from the 2000 families we have served over the past 18 years. But keep in mind that we often customize for families, so you are not restricted to these configurations. As you decide what will work best for your family, let these packages be a guideline for planning for your budget and coverage expectations.
Single Day or Night Visits:
New Baby Visit
Whether this is your first baby (or babies!) or you have a new baby with very different needs than your other children, a new baby visit is a chance to get some support with whatever challenges you are facing. Covering all the newborn needs, as well as some of the most common new parent questions, a new baby visit can be adapted to work on your specific requests. Daytime hours only for this option, scheduled between 9 am and 8 pm. It is an introduction to doula service and can help you determine if you would like ongoing support. These visits are available in 3 hour, 4 hour, and 6 hour configurations and can be purchased on their own.
Overnight Doula (one night)
If you need a respite night to focus on sleep for your whole family (parents and babies) but you aren’t sure you need ongoing care, this is the option for you. One night of doula support to get everyone feeling better, providing some new ideas for more sleep, and getting your questions answered about your baby. If you decide overnight care is what will support your family best ongoing, you can add additional hours based on your needs. Overnight hours are typically 10 pm to 6 am or 9 pm to 5 am for the 8 hour minimum, but also can be configured to a 12 hour shift or even 24/7 if needed.
Overnight Support Packages:
If you would prefer a longer term of doula care, the rate is adjusted according to the amount of hours contracted in advance. We also have a few doulas that can provide live-in support for a short time frame or travel jobs outside our regular service area.
You can book hours through these three packages or you can book service one night at at time until you have a sense of what would best for your family. We only want families to commit to the service they know they will need, however we do book on a first come, first served basis, so there are advantages to booking in advance. During our busy spring and summer months we often book up 2-3 months in advance, so planning is crucial during those “baby season” times.
Baby Basics Package (20 hours of doula care)
This introductory package is great for setting up care for your baby or twins, focusing on learning about their specific needs, and helping everyone get back on their feet after birth or when welcoming new babies through adoption or surrogacy. If you know you want several doula visits you can prepay for a package of hours to secure your service in advance.
How clients often utilize 20 hours of doula care with the Baby Basics package:
5 visits during the day (4 hours each) or
One 8 hour overnight plus 4 visits (3 hours each) or
Two 8 hour overnights plus one 4 hour day visit (Most popular)
These visits can be scheduled flexibly over the first 1-2 weeks after birth since it is often a mystery when your little ones will arrive.
Mama Care Package (up to 99 hours of doula care)
We know those first 30-40 days are the most intense with recovery from birth and adjustment to life with a breastfeeding newborn, so this package concentrates care specifically in those initial month. This package is about helping you recover after a vaginal or cesarean birth, optimizing your breastfeeding relationship, and caring for the practical needs of the home all while you bond and connect with baby or twins. We also focus on answering questions about baby’s sleep and comfort, and teach new skills like bathing and babywearing. We will take amazing care of you while you fall in love with your infant(s) and weather those exhausting new days of bonding and learning all things baby.
How clients best utilize the Mama Care package of doula service:
Between 2-8 weeks of daytime service (12 hours total per week), or
Between 3-11 overnight visits of 8 hours each within the first month, or
10 overnight visits of 8 hours plus 5 four hour daytime visits in the first 2 weeks home (Most popular)
Confident Start Package (100+ hours of doula care)
The first month can be crucial to support recovery and getting started with a feeding plan, but many babies actually get more challenging around the 4-6 week mark, just as parents are starting to feel better physically. If your family support goes home--or your partner goes back to work after the first few weeks--this package will be better suited to care for your family as you transition through those challenging first 2-4 months. The Confident Start Package is designed for families want to book their service in advance, and especially for those families that desire ongoing overnight care and want the lowest hourly rate.
Common configurations of 100+ hours on the Confident Start package:
12 overnights (of 8 hours) plus one 4 hour daytime visit in the first week (Most popular), or
Any configuration of minimum 4 daytime hours and minimum 8 hour overnights.