Frequently Asked Questions
What exactly does a postpartum doula do?
I can provide practical support in the form of caring for your newborn, preparing meals, folding laundry, giving safe sleep tips, as well as trouble shooting concerns around feeding and/or latching. I can answer questions about newborn development and what to expect at each stage. Often, support comes in the less-tangible way of emotional care. Postpartum can be isolating, but it doesn't have to be. I provide a safe space to ask questions about your recovery, the changes and emotions that come with parenthood, and anything that might be on your mind.
Can you care for my other children?
While I can help children adjust to the new little one in their home, my main focus will be on the parent(s) and the newborn(s). If sibling care is the primary need you have, a nanny or sitter would be an excellent option.
Do you take insurance?
While insurance in Illinois does not cover postpartum doulas, check with your employer to see if they will cover part or all of my services. Some FSA or HSA accounts can be used to pay for postpartum doula support, but a letter of medical necessity may be required from your doctor.
I'm not sure how much support I'll need. How can I decide?
Feel free to reach out so we can set up a call. Every family has different needs, and the schedule that works for one family may not work for another. We can discuss your current support network and any concerns you may have about the postpartum period.