Doreen’s

Postpartum Doula Service


 
 
 

We figured we'd have our twins early, but seven weeks early was a true surprise. After a successful stay in the NICU (see attached), our boys came home just in time for Christmas 2007. Doreen was ready to jump in and assist, despite the change in timing. Her advice, support, and encouragement with breastfeeding/pumping, feedings, burpings, bathing, and really everything related to the babies and myself was invaluable. We appreciated her so much that when we had our third boy in April 2009 (another surprise!), we immediately called Doreen to enlist her help. She feels like part of the family and puts us ALL at ease during a challenging and special time in our lives. Now with two-year old twins and a 7 month old baby...who knows, maybe we'll need her again one day soon :-)


                                                                                                                  - Allison




I knew with my second birth, things were going to be different.  After the birth of my daughter, Olivia, my first child, I had post partum depression; I didn't take good care of myself; I was traumatized by the birth; I had breastfeeding difficulties I couldn't overcome and I felt isolated, alone, scared, anxious and I didn't have any help.

With the birth of Theo, my second child, I made sure I had my ducks in a row to try to avoid some of the difficulties of the first birth.  I knew I wanted a post-partum doula to help me so that I could better care for my new baby. I had a beautiful birth.  I had family with me for the first few weeks and then Doreen came.  She was an angel.  I continued to have breastfeeding difficulties; but she helped me persevere.  She cared for me so gently and beautifully so that I could care for my son and daughter.  I didn't feel alone.  We talked a lot about common interests.  She helped me move easily through any difficulty that arose.  I could spend time resting and nursing and not worrying about anything else.  The postpartum depression never came.  The anxiety never came.  The isolation didn't happen.  She made healthy, wonderful meals.  She supported me and my whole family.  She was so beautiful with Theo and with Olivia.  I have wonderful memories of those first few months.  With Doreen, I was able to take the time to enjoy our new baby and my older daughter.  I was able to be me.  I was able to let someone else take care of me; something I hadn't allowed in a very long time.  Doreen is truly an angel and I am so blessed and fortunate to have had her by my side for such an important time in my life.


                                                                                                                  - Chana




"Doreen was a godsend in helping us through the first three months after the birth of our first son. My wife had massive blood loss during the delivery. She was severely anemic, on painkillers, exhausted and not yet lactating after three nights in the hospital and several IVs and blood transfusions. We were both frazzled on arriving home. In the morning, Doreen met us with a big smile, diapers, and delicious bran muffins. She quieted our crying newborn, and called the lactation consultant for an in-home visit. We breathed deep sighs of relaxation, the milk flowed, and we felt we were on course again. For the next three months, Doreen insisted we get much needed rest, cooked delicious, healthy meals, did some laundry, and gave us the confidence to care for our new baby on our own. But what we most appreciated was that she radiated peace and love, listened to our fears without judgment, and calmed us at our most stressed and tired moments.  Now three years later, a second baby is on the way, and we are thrilled to work with Doreen again during this most precious time in our (and our children's) lives."


                                                                                                                - James & Amy




"Not only did Doreen handle our twin girls with care and aplomb, she embraced our three young boys with a warmth that made us all feel comfortable having her around and very sad to see her go."


                                                                                                                - Carl and Heidi




Doreen came in to our home the day after our son Ben was born.  She knew just what to do, right from the start.  Within a couple of hours, she had dinner cooking, laundry done, and the baby sleeping!  Over the next three months, she became a member of our extended family, sharing a lot of "firsts" with us.  Doreen was very responsive to our needs, and we truly felt like we were always her top priority.  We would recommend her to anyone without hesitation!


                                                                                                                - Stacy and Jason





I had never even heard of a doula before until a friend wholeheartedly and passionately recommended Doreen to me after having my second baby, with the first one being just 17 months old.  I was feeling overwhelmed, exhausted and in need of help, a feeling which is not at all comfortable for me.  Doreen offered such warm support during a vulnerable and exhausting time.  I don't know if I could have survived without knowing she was coming to help all of us and provide me so much comfort and support.  Doreen is the easiest person to be around and is simply phenomenal at her job.


                                                                                                                       - Alison





My husband and I had no experience with infants and we were nervous about caring for a newborn after we brought her home from the hospital. Since both of our moms weren't comfortable around newborns and wouldn't be able to help us with basic newborn care, we decided to hire a post-partum doula. I got Doreen's name from someone I met in childbirth class. When we first met Doreen, we were immediately put to ease by her warmth and level of experience. On the first day Doreen was with us, she didn't feel like a stranger in our home, but instead like a favorite aunt. Cooing over our days old daughter, it was quite apparent that she genuinely loves babies and helping families during those special days and weeks.


                                                                                                                    - Stephanie





"Doreen was an amazing postpartum doula. She took wonderful care of our twin boys, but more importantly she took care of me, the mom!  Having someone care for me helped me be a better mom to my boys. Doreen brought calm and wisdom to our home during a crazy change of life and helped us begin parenthood off on the right foot."


                                                                                                                    - Amy





“We absolutely loved our experience with Doreen. Her calm and caring personality helped ease the transitions of welcoming a new baby. We highly recommend her services. “


                                                                                                                    - Gabby & Stuart





“We couldn't imagine getting through the 1st 2 weeks without Doreen. She immediately made us feel comfortable. We instantly formed a high level of appreciation for her experience as it showed in the quality of her care. Sincere thanks from our family!!”


                                                                                                                      - Mary





“After a night of feeding my twins and getting little sleep, Doreen's warm banana bread was a welcome sight in the morning.  It would get me through my day.”


                                                                                                                       - Cynthia



Doreen is an amazing post-partum doula! My son’s birth was traumatic and I was unsure of how to take care of myself and him in those foggy first weeks but Doreen showed up an hour after I called her and helped me through my first fears and worries. We are both doing so well from our great start with Doreen who taught me how to mother, take care of myself and make amazing meatballs!


                                                                                                                      - Mia


"I just cannot say enough good things about Doreen ... She is a wonderful doula - very caring, nuturing and so knowledgable about newborns.  Having her with us when my daughter was first born was a lifesaver - she was willing to do whatever our family needed to function and thrive in the postpartum period.  And, she cooks and brings you muffins!  You will be spoiled ;)"


                                                                                                                     -   Corinne                                                                                                     


“Doreen was a great help to me when my sixth and final child arrived.  I had asked Doreen to do something that she wasn't used to.  Help an experienced Mom, who clearly knew what to do, cope with the chaos of bringing a newborn into a home that already had five young children and a terminally ill Grandmother.  Doreen was consistently patient, caring and kind.  Her dependable help gave me time to sit down and nurse the little one peace.  I distinctly remember the morning my Mother-In-Law was placed in an ambulance and Doreen gently coaxed the children into another room in order to give her some dignity.   I also remember her warm banana bread.  I love to cook and bake and banana bread has always been a favorite dish to my family.  Doreen's bringing it to my children when I couldn't get around to baking said to everyone, life will be normal again. “


                                                                                                                        - Jacquelyne

 

Messages From Some Of My Wonderful Families