This Mother's Day giveaway is just for those expecting mamas in the form of some extra special care and attention in those important first few days and weeks after having a new baby. Erica DeBie is an experienced, professional doula, birth educator, and newborn care specialist/baby nurse who was recently featured in Mamatoga Magazine's Pregnancy and Newborn Issue.
For this giveaway she is offering one mama a four hour session of postpartum doula care, click through to find out more about Erica, more about what is included in a four hour session, and how to enter for yourself or for that special expecting mama in your life!
Through her nearly 10 years of experience, expertise, professionalism and knowledge, Erica's adoring families have called her “a security blanket”, “a wealth of knowledge,” and one family called her “the baby whisperer", and when she’s not doula-ing, you can find her with her son, indulging in books and the occasional vacation to the beach.
Now, what does a postpartum doula do? A Postpartum Doula is a trained, experiences professional that offers physical, emotional, and spiritual support to a new mother and the rest of the family. Postpartum Doulas also offer breastfeeding support, light household maintenance, family nurturing and instruction to mom and/or other family members in the care of a newborn. The Postpartum Doula’s job is to make the transition to parenthood easier for new parents, to help mom during her recovery period and to ascertain what the family needs help with and provide the instruction.
The main objective of the Postpartum Doula’s role is not to take over complete care of the newborn, but to educate and support the family so that they will feel empowered to care for their newborn themselves. Postpartum Doulas do NOT offer any medical advice or perform any medical or clinical procedures, but instead can offer parents referrals to appropriate studies and published books. Postpartum doulas are good with children, patient, non-judgmental, and knowledgeable about newborn care and breastfeeding.
A four hour session of postpartum doula care could include include the following services:
Physical support Emotional Support Spiritual Support Breastfeeding and bottle feeding support and tips Baby care instruction Household assistance Sibling care Meal preparation Errand running Other services based on family need
Interested in finding out more? Long term postpartum packages can include ongoing support, overnight assistance, weekly meal planning, help establishing a routine, weekly guaranteed help from a qualified, trusted, local doula. Contact Erica at EricaDoula@gmail.com or 518-527-4127, or find her on facebook here.
To enter, simply comment below, and one winner will be chosen at random on Friday, May 6th! Enter for yourself, for a spouse, or for a good friend! Good luck mamas!