I provide postpartum care as a separate service from birth Doula support. A Postpartum Doula can be a great resource after the birth of your baby or babies if you expect twins. Throughout my career I have supported many families with multiplies as well as singletons. There is not a set time limit or infant age for postpartum care. On average a new family likes to have Doula support 3-4 days a week for 3-6 hours the first couple weeks. Having someone who is familiar with newborns come to your home on a regular basis can be very reassuring especially in the first few weeks after your baby is born. My role is to empower the new parents, answer the variety of questions that usually come up and of course be a resource for the new family.
Breastfeeding support, sibling integration, newborn care, bathing, infant massage, swaddling, sleeping techniques, and many other things to help to keep a household run smoothly.
I will help to facilitate communication between the laboring woman, her partner, and clinical care providers. As a Doula, I can offer an objective viewpoint and assistance in getting the resources you need to make informed decisions. However, I will not make decisions for you.
I respect and support the mother's decisions. I will not offer personal advice or discourage the mother from her choices.
I offer physical, emotional and informational support during labor and delivery. However, I do not perform medical tasks such as fetal heart monitoring or vaginal exams. I am serving the San Francisco South Bay.
Women cared for during labor by a Birth Doula, compared to those receiving usual care were
26% less likely to give birth by cesarean section
41% less likely to give birth with a vacuum extractor or forceps
28% less likely to use any analgesia or anesthesia
33% less likely to be dissatisfied or negatively rate their birth experience
I have been a Doula for more than 25 years and I am proud to say that I have attended over 400 births.
I am a mother of three grown children.
Rhonda L Dieker