ABOUT BAY AREA NIGHT DOULAS
All our Doulas associated with Bay Area Night Doulas have had professional training through a certified doula training program. Continuing education is important to our Doulas as it allows us to grow and develop our skills. Many of our Doulas have taken additional coursework in different areas of interest, such as lactation education, infant massage and sleep training. Our Doulas have extensive infant and childcare experiences and all our Doulas are infant CPR trained. By working with our expertly trained, unbiased, experienced doulas we hope to offer you a great experience and introduction into parenting with your newborn at home.
The first few weeks following the birth of a baby can be an exciting but an overwhelming and exhausting time for new parents as they adjust to their new roles. The Bay Area Night Doulas can offer assistance with the transition. Whether you need help with one or multiple babies, your Doula can offer extra support to your family. Our Doulas are experienced in caring for singletons, multiples and preemies and we support all family dynamics.
A postpartum Doula is specially trained to provide practical and emotional support to mothers. Unlike a baby nurse, a Doula is not uniquely focused on the baby but on nurturing the mother and making sure she is well cared for as well. The focus being on that the mother is well rested, fed, hydrated and comfortable so that she may best care for her new baby.
A large part of our Doulas role is to educate and encourage the entire family during this time of transition. Our postpartum Doula’s will support the mother in caring for her baby, breast-feeding, bottle-feeding and will educate the family on typical newborn behaviors. The Doula will share information about infant care, encourage parents to find their own individual parenting style, and encourage and teach partners how to best “mother the mother”. Our doulas provide unconditional care for new mothers and their families. A postpartum Doula is a non-medical care provider.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Most expectant mothers start looking for a postpartum Doula during their second trimester. Feel free to contact us at anytime, we are happy to discuss your needs and our availability. We have accommodated many families on short notice so feel free to reach out to us at anytime.
The Bay Area Night Doulas is a group of trained postpartum doulas who support mom and baby after the baby is born at home. A birth doula supports the mother before and during the birth of her baby. If you would like to contact a birth doula please refer to our resource page.
We do not teach a particular parenting style. The Doulas primary role is to support and educate the mother and father/ partner on baby development. The doula encourages you to develop your own parenting style .
Our night Doulas typically work with families as soon as the mother and baby are home from the hospital. Although there is no set schedule we generally work with families anywhere from 2 to 7 nights a week for several weeks or months after the baby is born depending on individual needs of the family.
Each baby is different with their sleeping patterns. Some babies tend to develop a regular sleep routine more easily and other babies may take longer to establish a sleep routine. Most sleep experts agree that a baby under 12 weeks old should not be sleep trained. Our Doulas can help guide you in establishing a healthy routine for your baby that will encourage regular naps, good sleep habits and longer sleep stretches for each individual baby.
If you have chosen to bottle feed your baby our doulas are happy to support you with that choice. The Doulas can educate you on how and when to introduce a bottle. We will support any recommendations given to you by your pediatrician or lactation consultant.