Postpartum Doula Services
Kayla Wells Smith, Birth & Postpartum Doula, HCHI (Hypnobabies Childbirth Instructor), Hypno-doula
I am a homeschooling mom of two little boys and wife to a musician who also works as a freelance videographer. We have three beautiful cats (which is admittedly too many), two fish, and a gazillion “roly poly's" outside that the kids claim as pets. I enjoy gardening and researching everything.
My introduction to doulas came when I was 36 weeks pregnant with my first child. My midwife looked at me and said, “You need a doula.” I had no idea what a doula was, but she gave me an email address for an amazing doula who eventually attended the birth of my first.
When my first little guy was just 7 months old, I found out that I was pregnant with my second. I promptly called my doula friend who said, “You need Hypnobabies!” I signed up and took the Hypnobabies class she was teaching at the time and never looked back! My Hypnobabies birth was amazing! My husband and I could hardly believe that birth could be so comfortable and calm! After a fabulous second birth experience I decided that I wanted to be a part of helping families have the best birth for them. I started by becoming a doula. I trained with DONA International. In 2014 I decided to begin the process of becoming a Hypnobabies Instructor. I was officially certified as a Hypnobabies instructor and Hypnodoula in June of 2015. I love helping families become educated about childbirth and supporting them through pregnancy.
In 2016, I became "Becoming Dad Certified."
In 2018 I have been working toward certification as a postpartum doula.
What is a postpartum doula?
The short answer? A postpartum doula comes to your home in the weeks after a baby is born to help parents rest, relax, and recover.
The long answer? A postpartum doula comes to your home, checks in with you about how you and your baby are doing, and looks for ways to help. Your doula may do your dishes, sweep your kitchen floor, do the baby's laundry, vacuum the floors, make your bed, cook a healthy meal for you, hold the baby while you get a shower or a nap, or take care of baby overnight while you sleep, bringing baby to you to breastfeed, or giving baby a bottle.
In many cultures, this kind of service is (or was) automatically provided to new moms by their own mothers, aunts, sisters, and friends. But sometimes today, new parents find themselves many miles away from their own family, and local friends and family may have their own agendas that need to be attended to, limiting the time that they are available to help. This sometimes leaves new parents alone in the weeks after baby is born at a time when they most need the proverbial village to surround them. A postpartum doula can help stand in that gap.
Postpartum doulas can also help when friends or family members are able to be around, by helping all to get a good nights rest so that friends and family members are refreshed and better able to help out during the day.
Postpartum Doula Services & Fees
Introductory rate $15/hour with 8-hour minimum contracted hours.
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