Postpartum Doula Services

Caroline expanded her decades of teaching expectant parents with certification as a Postpartum Doula. As such, she draws on her experience as an educator to help families meet the emotional and logistical challenges parenthood brings. Postpartum services are personalized to each family’s needs, may change over time, and often include the following:

  • Infant care education
  • Assistance with infant feeding
  • Emotional support
  • Mother care
  • Developmental education and anticipatory guidance
  • Sleep strategies
  • Caring for baby while parents rest/sleep/shower
  • Sibling care and adjustment
  • Meal preparation
  • Light housekeeping
  • Errands
  • Guidance in prioritizing daily tasks

About Caroline

“Although we prepare the best we can to welcome a new baby into our lives, we can never really know how much or in what way things will change until they do. My goal is to help families prepare as well as possible for life after the birth, and to support them with all the little surprises that come along with their new baby. There are a lot of new logistics and a lot of new emotions in a home with a new baby. As a Postpartum Doula, my role is to figure out what the new family needs and help them get it. Whether it’s developmental information, emotional support, breastfeeding support, couple time away from baby, or just a nap and shower, I’m there to help new parents and older siblings transition smoothly to their new life with baby.”

Caroline has provided postpartum doula support to over 40 families, including families experiencing premature births, postpartum mood disorders, children with special health care needs, and multiples (including quadruplets). She is certified through DONA International and the Northwest Association for Postpartum Support (NAPS). Other qualifications include:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Amherst College
  • Master of Public Health, University of Washington
  • Childbirth and New Parent Educator, Overlake Hospital, since 1992
  • ICEA Certified Childbirth Educator since 1992
  • Bringing Baby Home instructor training in 2005
  • Certified Postpartum Doula since 2012 (NAPS) and 2014 (DONA)
  • DONA International and NAPS Doulas member since 2012
  • American Heart Association CPR Instructor since 2015
  • Mother of three growing children

Postpartum Doula Benefits

Postpartum Doulas provide practical and psycho-social support for women and their families, benefiting each individual as well as the family as a whole.

Research shows that:

Women who have support during the postpartum period:

  • Are more likely to breastfeed
  • Have greater self-confidence
  • Are less likely to experience postpartum depression
  • Are less anxious
  • Have a lower incidence of abusive behavior toward their children

Babies whose parents receive postpartum support:

  • Are less likely to visit the Emergency Department
  • Are more likely to be breastfed

Belly to Babies > Postpartum Services

“The beginning is the most important part, especially when dealing with anything young and tender.”

— Socrates

DONA International