Postpartum Support

Whether you choose our postpartum package that gets you through 1 or 2 months, you will have plenty of support to more smoothly transition into life with your newborn.  Our visits are partly debrief, partly educational and partly hands on support.  When you book 5 postpartum visits, we are able to provide support for a month to get you through your milk coming in, the first few growth spurts, the partner going back to work and baby's first milestones like their first bottle and bath.  When you book 10 visits, we are able to provide support for 2 months postpartum.  This package is particularly helpful for families where the mom may not have a strong support network and is looking to learn all of the above as well as have longer term support with things like meal prep and self care.  Either way, we are excited to assist.  Learn more here about our postpartum packages and how you can get a reduced rate when you book with our childbirth education and breastfeeding and infant care classes.  We have experience with twins as well as second and third time parents.  Postpartum services alone are mostly offered by Karla and Jillian (read more about the newest addition to our team below!)  

A common visit the first week postpartum!

  • debrief your birth and how the initial postpartum period is going as well as answer questions that have arisen
  • breastfeeding practice session to improve the latch and  basic positions that encourage good breastfeeding habits
  • discuss nipple care and do a saline soak to aid in healing and cleanliness
  • prepare a sitz bath and ice pads to aide in vaginal healing
  • give mama a 20 min massage for swollen limbs and sore neck from breastfeeding
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A common visit 4-8 weeks out

  • debrief how you are feeling about motherhood and strategize ways to make deeper connections with other parents
  • discuss how to prepare to go back to work ie what items you'll need and create a pumping and milk storage plan
  • cook a meal while mama takes a nap or steps out for a walk or to run errands
  • draft a post together looking for a nanny 
  • review baby wearing holds with your bigger baby
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A common visit 2-4 weeks out

  • debrief how things are going and strategize ways for the family to get more sleep or prepare for upcoming transitions like the partner returning to work
  • learn how to use the breast pump and practice paced bottle feeding to protect the breastfeeding relationship
  • practice babywearing in all your wraps and structured carriers
  • do baby's first bath together and practice infant massage
  • Prepare a meal for the family

 

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We proudly welcome Jillian Buckley to our postpartum team!

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In 2012, after 10 years of working as a nanny, teacher, and writer I was looking for ways to further my education as a childcare provider. Whenever a new mom asked me if what she was feeling was normal, or for help with breastfeeding, or if I thought the baby's head was a funny shape, I wanted to be able to answer with grace and humor, but also training and knowledge, so I went looking for where I could grow as a support person. An internet search led to me to the world of  doula support, and I completed my DONA training with Debra Pascali-Bonaro in August of 2012.  

Whether working with new moms as a doula, sixth grade girls as a teacher, or young incarcerated women as a poetry facilitator, the guiding force in my life has been a belief in the amazing feats women can achieve when given adequate information and loving support. One of the most incredible examples of this is the ability of women to give birth and care for their newborns.  As a postpartum doula, I greatly enjoy getting to know my clients and devoting time to talking through their hopes and fears to ensure they are supported mentally, emotionally, and physically during such an amazing and life-changing period. 

When I am not providing postpartum doula support, I can be found teaching Creative Writing and Girl Talk, a class for middle school girls to talk about friendship, puberty, feminism and anything else on their minds, at MS51 in Brooklyn.