Tampa postpartum doula – evidence-based
Care for Mom and Baby
As a DONA-certified postpartum doula in Tampa, I provide only evidence-based care. DONA postpartum doulas are trained in exacting standards set to ensure top-quality postpartum support internationally.
I am trained in infant care, breastfeeding, bottle feeding, support for the mother’s physical and psycho-social needs, support for the partner, fostering bonding, care of multiples, grief and loss, and the importance of referrals to competent and appropriate professionals and support groups. I educate the family on infant care, newborn characteristics, coping skills, nutrition education, and how best to support the mother during this postpartum period.
Present healthcare practices and a lack of cultural rituals leave families essentially unsupported at this critical time in their lives. There has been a great deal of research done that shows that quality support can ease the transition from being pregnant to welcoming a new baby into your lives.
By attending to the physical, psycho-social needs, nutritional needs of the family, providing education & high quality referrals, a DONA-certified doula can help ease the postpartum period. I provide non-judgmental, culturally sensitive care regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation, and religious preferences.
Individual Postpartum Doula Services For You
All of my postpartum doula services are based on the family’s individual basis and are designed to meet the specific needs of every stage in your postpartum journey. Please contact me to schedule your complimentary consultation to see how I can help to make the time after birth the most special in your life.
The First Week
So many changes….so many questions. I’ll be there to help you navigate all the physical & emotional changes. Together, we will work through everything from your milk supply questions to newborn care and newborn sleep questions.
Whether you decide to breast/chest feed or use baby formula, I’ll be there to help you. My job is to provide you with a NON-JUDGEMENTAL relationship that you can rely on for support no matter how you choose to feed your baby.
Newborn Hunger and Feeding Ques
So many parents worry that they might be missing the ques of when their baby is hungry or sleepy. We’re this together, and we will figure it out! I can give you all the tools you need to know what your baby is trying to say.
emotional support and hands-on help
We do so much research on pregnancy and birth but then what? Maternal care during the postpartum period is largely left unattended to. My job is to help address all the maternal concerns that can occur during this pivotal time. I can help you navigate the physical changes you are experiencing during the 3-12 months after giving birth. Your body is healing, responding to the innate bonding (or lack of due to trauma) with your baby, working through birth injuries, and dealing with hormonal fluctuations. You may experience some level of postpartum mood disorder, and I am here to help you navigate and address those feelings. My goal is to help you emerge from the transition to motherhood strong, happy, healthy, knowledgeable, and confident in your new role as a mother.
for a positive experience
If you choose to breastfeed, a postpartum doula can be an essential tool in making this a successful and positive experience. I can help you experiment with different ways to hold your baby so that you are both comfortable. We will talk about latching, attaching, bonding what to do if these things don’t happen! I will give you to tools you need to successfully navigate the different stages of breastfeeding, how to treat your breasts if there’s pain, how to use your breast pump, proper storage of milk, how to know if your baby is getting enough milk if you are producing enough milk, how often to feed and any other concerns you may have.
everything you need to know
Most of us leave the hospital with our 1st baby saying, “now what? I can’t believe they just let me take the baby! I don’t know anything about caring for a baby!” I will guide you through all you need to know about your newborn and how to care for them. We will talk about what to expect in your newborn’s appearance, their senses, how to understand their sleep/wake cycles, how to soothe your baby, umbilical/circumcision care, bathing your baby, breastfeeding care, pumping, and bottle feeding. We will review safe sleep guidelines, techniques for bonding for both parents, and what to expect developmentally week to week.