Postpartum Doula

Postaprtum Doula FAQs:
When you are taking care of your baby 24-7, have you thought about who will be taking care of you? 
A postpartum doula is an incredibly important member of your birth team. After all, the job of being a mother really ramps up in those first weeks after your baby is born. You’ve just started the hardest (and most rewarding) job you’ll ever do right after carrying a growing child in your body for nine months and delivering it!
Practicioners know that a woman's chances of experiencing a perinatal mood disorder increases with social isolation, lack of sleep, lack of consistent nutrition, and anxiety over baby care. A postpartum doula can assist you with all of these risk factors!
As Pediatric Nurses, you will have experienced infant caregivers to spend time with your precious little one and older siblings. We are experts in all things baby and can help you to interpret your baby's cues and cries with confidence. Once hired, we are available to answer questions or address concerns that you have about your baby as she continues to grow. We also love big kids too!
Each family has different needs, and so we work with clients to determine what is best for them. Some of the things we do are:
  • Parent coaching for leaving the home to go for a walk or driving with an infant
  • Household responsibilities like preparing meals, doing laundry, fun time for siblings
  • Mother care like making sure you can nap, shower, even take some time to read
  • Breastfeeding assistance from an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) 
  • Care of your baby, so older siblings still have special time with mom or dad 
  • Discussion of developmental changes, when your baby is sick, and safety questions
  • Troubleshooting behavior changes in your older sibling
You don’t need a doula every day to feel the benefits of having the extra help and guidance. Often a four-hour visit from us, once or twice a week makes a significant difference in mom’s (and partnter's) mental and physical health in those early weeks after birth. This will give you a solid foundation from which you can bond with your child and feel secure in your new role, a parent. Our home-visiting model also creates several opportunities for postpartum education. 
We offer small contracts of twelve, twenty-four, and fourty-eight hours at $40/hr with the ability to add more hours as you go. We can visit your home one to three times per week, as often as you need to obtain the education you are seeking and to build your confidence with your little one. 



How does hiring a postpartum doula continue self-care after my pregnancy?

When contracting with a postpartum doula, you will schedule a time when she is in your home, just for you. This means you can schedule a nap, an outing, an appointment, or a chance to organize a corner of your home that desperately needs it and have assistance with your baby. When you accept the help of a postpartum doula, you are accepting support for your new family. 

Why is postpartum doula care considered “family focused”?

A baby nurse may only take care of the baby, a housekeeper your home, and a dog walker your furry friend. However, a postpartum doula makes sure all household members are comfortable after a new baby arrives home. What is included in services is determined by what the family needs, with an emphasis on providing space for rest and nutrition to keep everyone healthy.

I am worried about postpartum depression; can a postpartum doula help with that?

Studies have demonstrated that postpartum women need support after childbirth, and the mothers that receive that support suffer less from postpartum depression. All over the world women are given a month to rest, heal, and feed their baby. Although Chicago mothers may not have that opportunity, they do have the option to hire help that is focused on their mental and physical health after childbirth. A postpartum doula can reduce the feelings of isolation in a new mother. 

Why Choose Maternal Child Connections?
Are you becoming a new parent, but worried you won’t know how to take care of your baby? Let Maternal Child Connections assist you as they assisted Jamie in Ravenswood:
“I hired Lisa to be my postpartum doula and it was the BEST decision I have ever made. Lisa is a real life Mary Poppins and made the transition to Motherhood an amazing experience. My husband and I would have no idea what we were doing and now feel confident that we can take care of our little one successfully. 
My son had lost 10% of his birth weight after the first week as newborns usually do, and thanks to Lisa he gained 4 ounces in 2 days! I was nervous about breastfeeding, Lisa made the experience smooth and enjoyable for everyone.
I felt extremely comfortable with Lisa from the moment I met her. Lisa has skills that exceed well beyond being a fantastic lactation consultant and nurse, she also has the ability to make you feel completely at ease. I have learned so much from her on newborn care that would have been nearly impossible to know on my own. I highly recommend Lisa to all new Moms!”


Lisa Zimmermann RN, CPN, IBCLC: 

Registered Nurse in Illinois 
Certified Pediatric Nurse 
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant 
Certified Postpartum Doula
Certified Postpartum Placenta Specialist
Norma Agron-Perez RN, BSN, IBCLC
Registered Nurse in Illinois 
Special Care Nursery and Pediatric Nurse 
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant 
DONA Pre-Certified Postpartum Doula

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