What to expect
As postpartum doulas our first priority is to insure that the new mother is rested and relaxed, and to assist her with breastfeeding and nurturing her baby. We bring lots of love to the new family, and try to lighten the load that new moms inevitably feel. ABC postpartum doulas are experienced with multiples, preemies and special needs babies so we can help your family get off to a great start whatever your unique situation might be. The services we provide will vary from client to client, but typical postpartum services include:
- Breastfeeding support and instruction
- Day and Overnight Care
- Baby soothing skills
- Newborn care
- Meal preparation
- Baby equipment expertise
- Referrals to local resources
Postpartum Care Packages
If you aren’t sure how much postpartum care you will need, or would like a better idea of what a postpartum care plan might look like, visit our Postpartum Care Packages Page. We have based our packages on the real-life experiences of hundreds of families we have served over the past 15 years. These packages are not intended to lock you into a schedule but to give you an idea of the type and amount of postpartum care other Portland area families have needed in order to help you decide on a how much care will work best for you.
ABC postpartum doula services are billed on an hourly basis with a 3 or 4 hour minimum for day shifts and an 8 hour minimum for overnight shifts. Scheduling is done on a first-come, first-served basis. Advanced scheduling is recommended. Rates vary according to the qualifications and specialties of each doula. Contact us for specific rate information or if you would like to purchase someone a gift certificate for postpartum service. Payments may be made by check or credit card.
Because no two families’ postpartum needs are exactly alike, hours can vary greatly from client to client. Ultimately it is the needs of the family that will determine what type of postpartum care is needed and for how long. We will adapt both the type and amount of services we provide to meet your unique postpartum needs.
We customize the plan for each family, however we like to get a sense of what you might need in order to find the perfect doula for your needs. One of the benefits to having such a large team is having coverage for unexpected needs that come up for families. When things don’t go as planned, we can be there to support you in a larger or more comprehensive way.
Conversely, if you decide you are doing better than expected, with some advanced notice, we can taper down your support as well and offer it to another family with greater than anticipated needs. Preference will be given to families who reserve in advance.