Ever wonder what a postpartum doula shift looks like? While every family has different needs and goals, this is what you can expect from our typical postpartum shifts*. When your doula arrives for any of her shifts, she checks in with the family to see how everyone is doing and what the goals/expectations are for the day.

Day shifts

Our day shifts are typically booked for 4-6 hours at a time and have the most variety to them.

  • Newborn/infant care (baths, diapers, feeds, burping, putting to sleep)
  • Meal prep
  • Light housework (laundry, vacuuming, dishes and assist with meals)
  • Freedom to shower, rest, run errands together, catch up on whatever
  • Postpartum physical and emotional support
  • Makes sure the the family (especially the postpartum mother/parents) are eating, drinking, showering, and resting. 

Evening shifts

Our evening shifts are typically booked for 4-6 hours and are meant to help maximize the parent(s) sleep before midnight.

  • Light housework (laundry, clean bottles and pump parts)
  • Newborn/infant care (evening baths, diapers, feeds, burping, putting back to sleep)
  • These shifts are great for those whose partners have shift work.

Overnight shifts

Our overnight shifts are typically booked for 8-10 hours with the goal of helping you achieve a good night’s sleep.

  • Primary role is to optimize sleep for the family, especially new parents.
  • Newborn/infant care (diapers, feeds [bottle or bringing to mother for feeds], burping, putting back to sleep)
  • These shifts are great for those whose partners have shift work.

Nervous about having a stranger in your home?

All of our postpartum doulas are have gone through training, follow the AAP guidelines, are first aid and CPR certified, and have their criminal records and vulnerable sectors checks.

Have a particular way of doing bedtime routines or washing bottle parts? 

Our postpartum doulas recognize that each family has their own unique methods and are eager to learn how to best help you. Our postpartum doulas familiarize themselves with your schedule, style of parenting, and needs, so that she can help make the postpartum transition as easy as possible.

Learn more about what a postpartum doula does in our blog post on the topic!

*These “typical” scenarios will obviously vary. We like working closely with families to establish a routine that works best for you!