Postpartum Doula Matching Service
The doulas in our matching program are all independent contractors and are some of the most highly trained in Southern California. All have certified with a reputable organizations and many have multiple certifications. Whether you are looking for more education, day or night support, or help with restoring your body and spirit in a more traditional sense, we can help you find just the right doula to invite into your home.
Doulas range in price according to experience, skill sets and professional trainings.
To see a Postpartum Doula’s Scope of Practice click here.
A Postpartum Scope of Practice:
A Doula will:
- Teach/model newborn care
- Educate family members on how to ‘mother the mother’ via modeling, demonstration and explanation.
- Tend to the household while mom rests/plays or cuddles with older children
- Answer parent questions
- Keep the mother fed and well hydrated
- Assist with breastfeeding education and comfort measures
- Assist with siblings and help with sibling transition
- Run interference and insulate the family from phone calls/visitors
- Make suggestions for resources, referrals and networking
- Demonstrate baby wearing techniques
- Organize nursery items; keep changing stations tidy
- Do baby laundry
A Doula may:
- Prepare light meals, keep kitchen tidy
- Teach infant massage techniques to mother for baby comfort and bonding
- Run errands with or for the mother
- Give a gentle and relaxing foot or back massage
- Offer vaginal steams, wraps, compresses, teas
- Offer pelvic floor education
A Doula will NOT:
- Provide medical advice or make health assessments which includes any wound care or baby grooming.
- Tell the mother what she should do in her new role
- Replace your partner, but work alongside in support
- Act as a maid or a nanny (although she may assist in these areas)
- Do 100% of the baby care but, rather, assist the other in caring for her baby.
Click Here to learn more about the INNATE Postpartum Care Certified Providers. This certification is a unique, specialized practice that a few Postpartum Doulas hold in our community and we highly promote.
INNATE Traditions Care Certified Providers:
The BEC understands the importance in restoring the postpartum traditions that were once common in our lives and villages. These traditions, passed down from mother to daughter, sister to sister, and grandmother to grand daughter, honored the birth of the new mother and provided the tools needed to start their journey’s fully present and functional. These traditions have their foundation in the knowledge and belief that the investment toward a healthy mother and family, needs to be made up front. A mother that is nourished, rested, and bonded with her baby, has the tools to build the foundation of her family on connection, love and a healthy lifestyle. Those mothers that are lost, isolated and exhausted, (many western mothers who don’t have family nearby or a support system), begin their mothering journey from a place of scarcity and want. This no longer needs to be the case. We have the information.
The basis of the INNATE system of care is the belief that postpartum maternal health care influences not only the health of Mothers, but also their children and families. If we want to assure the health of the future generations, we need to begin by focusing on the Mothers. Proper postpartum care is not adequately provided for or emphasized in national policies or national health objectives in the US. We as INNATE Postpartum Care-Certified Providers are dedicated to filling this void in women’s health care, by focusing on optimal postpartum care within our local communities.
We women are the foundation, the Soul of the people, when we are thriving, our people thrive. I see us bringing together the wisdom of all our ancestors, carrying forth into the future those traditions that serve the highest good of life. May we begin by supporting the traditions that connect all of humanity: birth, as our rite of passage and postpartum as our integration into a whole new lifeRachelle Garcia-Seliga, CPM
To find out more about Rachelle Garcia Seliga and INNATE Postpartum Care click here
How to Begin the Process
Fill out the Questionnaire
Set up appointments with Doulas
Choose one and let us know who you chose!
FAQ: Do we hold “Meet the Doula” nights or “Speed dating for doulas?”
We do not hold these two kinds of events. While they make work for some parents, we have had parents express that it turns into a loud, high pressure type of event to get the “best doula” there. These types of events invite a kind of awkward energy like a jr. high dance – wondering if you will get chosen or if you are going to ask someone to dance but not knowing how to dance yet. Parents have said that the doulas have to spend their time “selling themselves” due to lack of time and they really don’t have much interaction and quality time feeling it out for a good fit. We have had parents hire a doula because it looked as if everyone wanted a certain one, they assumed she was the best – only to hire her on the spot and were not happy with the match. Having to ask to get out of a contract and rehire someone else is more stress for the parents and the doula.
A doula interview should be at a location where you, the parents, are the most comfortable and the doula giving is able to give you her full attention. Birth is a most intimate and sacred event for your family – it should be handled as such in all situations and meetings with the woman you are inviting to join you.
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