Providing the Postpartum Doula and Lactation Support New Parents in Southern Maine and Seacoast NH Deserve
Let me help ease the transition into the fourth trimester by being an extra set of hands while your family bonds. I offer non-medical physical, emotional, and informational doula support to new parents
Physical support includes light housekeeping tasks such as getting laundry caught up, doing dishes, providing meal prep, and general tidying.
Listening to the birth story, encouraging your transition into parenthood, screening for mental health concerns, and building confidence in baby care or self care are ways I support new parents emotionally.
I provide non-medical guidance in newborn care, breastfeeding/feeding, as well as in baby wearing. soothing, and sleep.
"With a postpartum doula you can expect a more enjoyable maternity leave, non-judgemental support, expert advice, an extra set of hands, and decreased risk of postpartum depression and anxiety!"
– The Doula Darcy
Hello, parents! I’m Heather, your compassionate hometown postpartum doula. I remember so clearly the first days of motherhood even though it was over 19 years ago. There was so much joy and love! Parenthood has been the best job in the world, but not the easiest. As your postpartum doula, I’m available to you and your family whether you are welcoming your first little one, twins, or your fifth blessing.
I have a large area of service: from York to Portland, Maine as well as Seacoast, NH!
Frequently Asked Questions
The role of the postpartum doula is fluid. An important part of her role is to come alongside the parents and together decide what type of support they will need. Some families need educational support: breastfeeding, infant support, and how to care for the new mother. Others rely more on the non-judgmental emotional support that the DONA International postpartum doula has to offer. Still others have more practical needs – like feeding the family and running errands. Most families find that their doula provides all of these things, according to the needs that develop, as well as the ever-important communication between the doula and her clients.
A postpartum doula supporting a family during daytime hours might…
- Provide hands-on education on infant and mother care
- Come alongside the parents and help them to get to know the abilities and talents of their new baby
- Create a nurturing, restful atmosphere in which parents may eat, shower and nap
- Prepare light meals
- Play with older children and offer suggestions for how to integrate the new baby into the family
- Spend time with the baby, allowing parents to cuddle and have quality time with older children or just be alone together
- Introduce parenting tips, helping parents to learn skills that will enable them to cope with their new responsibilities
- Screen for hurdles such as breastfeeding challenges or postpartum mood disorders
- Make referrals to any local or informational resources that the parents might need
- Work herself out of a job by helping parents to gather the skills and resources that they will need in the upcoming weeks and months
- Help to organize the nursery and home
- Take care of the baby’s laundry
- Offer a listening, non-judgmental ear
(source: DONA International)
Located in Southern Maine and serving families from York to Portland, Maine as well as Seacoast, NH, and surrounding areas.
Contact me today to schedule a free consultation.
Dragonfly Postpartum Doula Care
Heather, PCD(dona), CLC – Certified postpartum doula and Lactation Counselor
Towns served: Alfred, Sanford, Waterboro, Hollis, Arundel, Biddeford, Saco, Old Orchard Beach, Gorham, Scarborough, Wells, Ogunquit, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Kittery, York, Eliot, South Berwick, North Berwick, Rochester, Somersworth, Dover, Portsmouth