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FAQs About My Services
What's the difference between a postpartum doula, a newborn care specialist, a baby nurse, and a nanny?
I am a postpartum doula. We are professionals who provides in-home support, generally during the first 6-12 weeks after birth. Postpartum doulas own their own business and are not the family's employee. They provide unbiased support, household help, education on newborn development, guidance on newborn care and help with the transition of having a new baby. Their goal is to work themselves out of a job. They don't provide any medical services. Educational background varies, but the very minimum they should have is a postpartum doula training through a reputable organization such as CAPPA or DONA.
A newborn care specialist is similar to both a postpartum doula and a nanny. They generally work short term (like a postpartum doula), but their focus is exclusively on caring for the baby (like a nanny). Some have their own business (like a postpartum doula), but some may not (like a nanny) in which case you are responsible for paying taxes on them. Their education varies widely, some NCS may have formal training, while others rely on their years of experience.
A baby nurse is an outdated term that shouldn't be used unless referring to a registered nurse. Occasionally families who have infants with medical issues may hire a registered nurse to help them care for their newborn.
A nanny is a family's employee. They are often full-time and usually hired on long term. For this reason it is important that they receive vacation, holidays and sick days. Although they can begin when an infant is young, they often care for all ages. Some nannies are educated and experienced in newborn care, but many are not.
What is the difference between a lactation consultant and a lactation educator?
A lactation consultant or IBCLC has more training than an educator and is able to provide clients with medical help. They often diagnose tongue ties or other physical issues that could hinder breastfeeding, create breastfeeding plans and prescribe breastfeeding tools such as breast shields and supplemental nursing systems. Lactation educators often teach prenatal classes to the public about breastfeeding, and help families understand how breastfeeding works, why some issues may arise, and the different ways in which you can overcome those issues. For a family that is struggling with breastfeeding, I can often help them problem solve the issue. If the issue is beyond my scope, I will refer them to an IBCLC and help the family put the consultant's plan into action at home.
What hours do you work?
I usually work afternoon, evenings or overnights during the week. Occasionally I may be available in the morning or during a weekend. I have a 4 hour minimum during the day and an 8 hour minimum at night (Click here to see the packages I offer).
What do you do when you're sick?
I never work when I am ill. Your newborn's immune system is vulnerable and am very careful to never expose them to conditions that may compromise it. In the occasion that I do become sick, I will notify your family immediately and we will reschedule for the future.
When should I hire you?
Most people book my services during their first or second trimester. This helps ensure I have availability for your needs, allows us time to get to know each other and you can have peace of mind knowing you have help when your baby arrives. If you are already in your third trimester or have recently given birth, please feel welcome to reach out as I will occasionally have last minute availability, or can refer you to a postpartum doula who does.
How long do you stay, and where can I find help after you leave?
I generally stay the first 1-3 months after birth. Each family is different and has different needs. My goal is to leave you at a time when you feel more emotionally stable and confident in your parenting skills. If you are going back to work I can help you find a full-time sitter or day care that is a good fit for you and your family (click here for more info on this service).