As a postpartum doula, I provide personalized knowledge, as well as physical and emotional support during the early months. My goal is to assist you during your time of recovery, so that you can have time to bond with your new little one.
I offer weekday daytime shifts between the hours of 10am and 3:00pm. Please visit this link to schedule a complimentary 30 minute interview or, if you are already an established client with a contract, use this link to schedule postpartum shifts: https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=18565114&template=monthly
Please check my DoulaMatch profile for the most up-to-date information on my availability: https://doulamatch.net/profile/9375/manon-banuelos
Postpartum Doula Services:
Determining what your postpartum care will look like prior to the birth of your baby can be quite difficult. As such, please know that I will remain as flexible as my schedule will allow and will remain in constant communication regarding our schedule.
Welcome Home Package ($290): 3, 4-hour shifts (12 hours total) during your first week home with your baby (including first day home, if desired)
I will meet you at your house once you are home from the hospital or birth center to help you settle in. I will help with meal preparation, setting up your home, tidying up, laundry, running out for needed supplies, provide lactation support, and help with siblings, as needed. This package is 3 4-hour shifts only (additional shifts may be scheduled depending on my availability). A 25% retainer fee will be collected upon purchase of package to reserve your time (and is applied towards overall fee). Remainder of payment is collected at the final shift of the week.
Solid Beginning Package ($950): 10, 4-hour shifts (40 hours total) over one month (3x/wk for two weeks, then 2x/wk for two weeks)
I will provide support throughout your early postpartum time, including non-judgmental listening and emotional support to process your birth and the challenges of early parenthood, lactation help, newborn care education and support, care for your newborn so you may rest, shower, etc. I will also help with meal preparation, light household tasks, and perinatal mood and anxiety disorder assessment, as well as referrals. A 25% retainer fee will be collected upon purchase of package to reserve your time (and is applied towards overall fee). Payment is due weekly on the last scheduled shift that week.
A La Carte ($25/hr): Choose days and shifts that work best for you (daytime only), 4-hour minimum. Choose from one shift to many. Shifts can be added as needed and depending on my availability. I understand that plans change as your postpartum time evolves and will work with you to adjust support to best meet your needs within my schedule's constraints. A 25% retainer fee based on number of shifts chosen will be collected to reserve your time (and is applied towards overall fee). Payment is due weekly on the last scheduled shift that week.
Postpartum Doula training at Bastyr University (working towards NAPS certification)
Certified Lactation Educator Counselor (CLEC)
Certified Birth Doula (DONA)
Adult & Infant CPR Certified
Q: How often will my postpartum doula come? Can I choose the days and times?
A: The first step is to set up a free consultation with me over the phone or in-person. During our consultation, we will discuss your needs and hopes for postpartum care. I will provide an overview of my contract, costs, and services. I will check my availability for the weeks/months you anticipate needing care and together we will come up with a tentative postpartum care plan that will include the days and times you anticipate needing support (this plan can be adjusted after the birth of your baby, if you are needing more or less support). Doula support can last anywhere from one or two visits to over three months. Generally, most families benefit tremendously from support for the first 4-8 weeks. Shifts are usually 4 hours per day, several days a week. Most families find that this time frame works well for their postpartum needs.
Q: Will my doula help me with breastfeeding?
As a lactation counselor, I am trained in assisting with normal breastfeeding challenges (engorgement, sore nipples, etc.) and can help assess your baby's latch. I can provide education around proper latch & positioning, baby's feeding cues, pumping and bottle feeding, and how to maintain good milk supply. However, it is important to note that it is not within my scope of practice to perform anything that requires a clinician or medical specialist. As your doula, I am trained in providing education and support for normal challenges that arise in the postpartum period, and I can screen for problems that might require a referral to someone else in the community, such as a lactation consultant.
“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new." -Osho