Postpartum Doula Services
A family with a postpartum doula is relaxed and relieved. We work hard to ease the anxiety that comes along with the transition to new parenthood. Every family is different and your postpartum plan of care will be determined based on the needs of your family. Some families desire only one visit to help get settled in at home, while others prefer to have postpartum care spread out over weeks or even months. Whether you’d like help with newborn care, breastfeeding, new sibling adjustment, babywearing, or simply another set of hands available…we are here to help.
We’d like to emphasize that we are not there to replace parents. Our goal is to help you find *your own* best way to parent your baby. While we are happy to share our knowledge and experience, please know that we will support the choices you make for your family.
Who can benefit from postpartum care?
Parents of multiples
Those recovering from a difficult birth
Families with other young children
Those wanting help with breastfeeding
Those without extended family nearby
Anyone simply wanting additional support during this life transition
Our postpartum services include:
Two Bee Birth Services provides professional in-home care to families after the birth of a baby with services such as . . .
- Assistance with infant care (including diapering, bottle-feeding, burping, rocking)
- Assistance with breastfeeding
- Sharing information about parental adjustment
- Babywearing information
- Meal & snack preparation
- Light housekeeping (laundry, dishes, bottle preparation)
- Caring for siblings (while parents are at home)
- Referrals to local resources
- Running errands
How much help will you need?
Many parents are unsure how much help they will need after baby arrives. The following are examples of what parents sometimes choose, though we can always make changes to suit the needs of the family.
Example #1- Parents just want a simple check-in to make sure the family is settling in well and that breastfeeding is off to a good start.
- 2 daytime visits during the 1st week home; 3 hours per visit, $120
Example #2- Parents would like to establish consistent help over a couple of weeks. This is often an option chosen by first-time parents, families with other young children at home, or those who are recovering from a difficult or Cesarean birth.
- 15-18 hours of care; 5-6 daytime visits over the course of the first 2-3 weeks; 3 hours per visit, $300-$360
Example #3- Family needs consist, frequent, hands-on help for the first several weeks. This is often an option chosen by families welcoming multiples home, those who are recovering from a difficult or traumatic birth, or those who do not have the benefit of a local support system.
- 27-44 hours of care; 2-3 daytime visits per week over the course of the first 3-4 weeks; 3 hours per visit, $540-$720
- Parents in this category may choose to add on the occasional overnight visit, as well.
Since 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, and we will adapt both the type and amount of services we provide to meet your unique postpartum needs. Two Bee postpartum doula services are billed on an hourly basis with a 3-hour minimum for day shifts and an 8-hour minimum for night shifts. Scheduling is done on a first-come, first-served basis. Advanced scheduling is recommended.
Daytime Postpartum Care *minimum- 3 hours (between 9am – 8pm)
Overnight Postpartum Care *minimum- 8 hours (between 9pm – 8am)
Meet our Postpartum Doula
Kate DeWolf has over 7 years experience providing care to women in their postpartum days and months, right here in the Athens area. She is passionate about supporting families during this life transition and considers it an honor to witness their growth in these early times. She has extensive experience in breastfeeding support, has received education and training on maternal mental health, including perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and is able to make referrals to appropriate healthcare providers when needed. Kate is also currently completing certifications with CAPPA and Lactation Education Resources (LER).