What is a Postpartum Doula? >
Who needs a Postpartum doula? >
What about Dads? >
What is an ALC? >
Can you help me with breastfeeding? >
How does the process of hiring a doula work? >
How much do you charge? >
Will insurance pay for your services? >
Where do you travel/provide services? >
What is a Koru? >
How do I purchase a gift certificate for your services? >
How do I contact you? >

What is a Postpartum Doula?

A Certified Postpartum Doula (PCD) is trained and educated through DONA International, the largest and most respected doula association in the world. She is qualified to work with your family after the birth of your child(ren) and may offer education about newborn care techniques, mother care, partner and sibling adjustment, postpartum mood disorders, breast and bottle feeding, and coping skills. She may also be able to assist with your family’s daily needs such as organizing the home, preparing light meals, running errands, and providing additional local resources.

I am one of only three Advanced Certified Postpartum Doulas (AdvPCD) through DONA International, having obtained this high distinction in the inaugural year of 2015. My work is to care for your entire family during the newborn period so that you may gain the confidence, skills, and resources needed to build a strong and successful family foundation.

DONA article: “Misconceptions about Postpartum Doulas”

Who needs a Postpartum doula?

  • First time parents – learn all about baby’s needs from nursery set up to bathing to sleeping
  • Second or more time parents – learn how to help siblings adjust to the new baby; learn how to make time for your selves and your relationship
  • Parents who are expecting twins or higher order multiples – learn how to deal with multiple infants’ needs as well as logistics
  • Parents who have adopted – learn how to integrate baby into your life
  • Family members – learn how to help baby and parents as well as yourselves
  • For anyone who is looking to gain self-confidence, education about parenting and newborn care, efficient feeding techniques and/or coping skills, a postpartum doula is for you!

What about Dads?

Dads can often feel overlooked during the postpartum phase since so much attention is spent on the recovering mother and new baby. However, Dad is an essential member of the family and can do much more than change dirty diapers!
The job of the postpartum doula is to assist all members of the family so that they have a positive postpartum experience. I can help guide Dad as he transitions into his new role; I can offer practical suggestions or a listening ear and can help alleviate the pressure of having to take care of mom and baby. I can answer questions, ease concerns, and help you to find special ways to bond with your newborn and partner.

While doulas can do similar tasks, Dads are irreplaceable!

For more information, read this DONA article:  “Dads and Doulas”

What is an ALC?

An Advanced Lactation Consultant (ALC) is a person who has been trained and educated through the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice (ALPP). She can help you succeed with breastfeeding through education, evidence-based information, and constant support and encouragement. I am an ALC; for more specific information, please see the Personal Breastfeeding Support Package.

Can you help me with breastfeeding?

Absolutely! As an Advanced Lactation Consultant (ALC), I have the training and experience to help you achieve breastfeeding success.

How does the process of hiring a doula work?

The process usually begins over the phone; I get to know you and your expected needs, and you get to ask any questions you may have. Once we have established if I could be the postpartum doula for you, then we schedule a consultation to talk more in detail and complete intake questionnaires. After that, a letter of agreement is signed, confirming that I will provide services for you and your family, and then, after the birth of your child, we begin our work together!

How much do you charge?

The typical rate for a postpartum doula in this area is $35/hour. However, I believe in the DONA practice of “A Doula For Every Person Who Wants One”; if finances are a concern, please let me know and an alternative arrangement can try to be reached.

Will insurance pay for your services?

As of October 1, 2009, certified birth and postpartum doulas are now able to be assigned provider numbers to submit claims to both Medicaid and third-party payers for services. While this does not guarantee you will be reimbursed for doula services, having a provider number helps insurance companies process submitted claims more easily. It is always recommended that you submit a reimbursement claim for doula services to your individual insurance company. I have a National Provider number and reimbursement packet to help you in this process.

Where do you travel/provide services?

I travel and provide services to Southern Maine, Southeast / Seacoast New Hampshire, and North Shore Massachusetts. Some of the many towns I have worked in are:

Maine: Kittery, South Berwick, York

New Hampshire: Durham, Dover, Exeter, Hampton, Manchester, Portsmouth, Rye, Windham

Massachusetts: Amesbury, Beverly, Hamilton, Marblehead, Newburyport,

What is a Koru?

The koru is a fern bud, otherwise known as a fiddlehead; as it opens it brings new life and purity into the world. It embodies peace, tranquility and spirituality along with a strong sense of regrowth or new beginnings. Interlocking Koru shapes also represent the strength of loving relationships within a family. My hope is that the Koru, which links love and new beginnings within the circle of life, can inspire you during this time in your lives.

How do I purchase a gift certificate for your services?

Postpartum doula services make a great gift for all new and expecting families!

Gift certificates can be created in any increment, by an individual or group of family members/friends, are perfect for baby shower and welcome home baby presents and can be used towards any new or existing doula service or lactation package!

Gift certificates can be purchased directly through me so I am able to personalize your message and get to know who the lucky recipient will be. Email or call to place your order today!

How do I contact you?

Email: kristadoula@gmail.com
Telephone: 603.918.9298

Gift Certificates Available!