Postpartum SupportBaby's GraspWhat is the fourth trimester? The fourth trimester is your baby's first three months of life. Having a newborn can be exciting and exhausting, and our postpartum services are designed to help! Many questions arise during the postpartum period. Why does my baby cry all the time? Why am I feeling like this? Is my baby eating enough? Sleeping enough? When do I get to sleep? Do I get to sleep?Every website you visit will have a different answer. Every parent you ask will have a different opinion. Even recommendations from different care providers can vary. Postpartum doulas help you make decisions by providing you evidence-based information and nonjudgmental support. Birth and Beyond's postpartum doulas allow you and your family peace of mind and they are available day and night, providing you with a variety of scheduling options.Through Your FourthTrimester WHAT EXACTLY DOES A POSTPARTUM DOULA DO?Feeding: Breast, bottle, or formula - we can help! Fed is best and Birth and Beyond's postpartum doulas support you with the choice you make for your family. Although we do not make the decision for you, we provide you with the information and tools you need to make the best decision for your family.Sleeping: Every human needs sleep, especially new families! Part of the role of a postpartum doula is to facilitate rest by encouraging healthy sleeping habits for you and your baby. Postpartum doulas are available overnight and during the day for this reason. We want you to feel like you can rest, because you can.Family and Self-Care: For both yourself and your family, physical and emotional care are important. We can help you with the daily questions that arise with newborns, but we are also able to answer any questions related to your postpartum recovery, including encouraging rest!Household Management: You just made planet Earth the home to a new human being. Why worry about laundry, dishes, sweeping, and walking the dog? Let us worry about the little things. We will take care of these things for you, so you can bond with your new baby, or take the time to rest! (Do you see a theme here?)Referrals: As postpartum doulas, we act within our scope. We are proud of the time we have taken to develop positive relationships with providers in our community. We make referrals often, and we are always happy to do so for anything you might need. We have included a variety of specialists in our community resource list to ensure comprehensive care for you and your family.Allow us to take care of your day-to-day duties, so you have time to rest, recover, and enjoy your new baby!
My path to becoming a doula was decided upon before I knew it. My childbirth interests were sparked through babysitting in high school. I volunteered at Shriner's Children's Hospital and Baystate Medical Center's NICU, where I bonded with newborns and families. I was certain I wanted to be a midwife when I graduated high school. A turn in family dynamics stopped my midwifery journey, and I relocated to North Carolina where I made several friends who had children, or were having children. While establishing life here in North Carolina, I went through two pregnancy losses of my own, which drew me to the fertility and birth world. I felt encouraged to find power in womanhood and childbirth. I began working an OBGYN office in Raleigh and volunteering at a reproductive health clinic while finishing my BS in Public Health online. I moved into corporate health care while still babysitting for various families across the Triangle, uncertain where my path was taking me. It was in my Project Management role in the health care quality department of UNC Health Care that I asked myself: What does health care quality mean to me? It was an easy question to answer. I saw a need that I had the drive to meet. I wanted to increase the quality of health care for women, children, and families by assisting them in having their ideal childbirth experience. Having a newborn, whether you are veteran parent or a first-timer isn't easy. Pregnancy, birth, and parenting are on a continuum and I wanted to be able to provide evidence-based, non-judgmental support through this time of transition for families in the state of North Carolina. I am a DONA-trained birth doula who has also been cross-trained by the Integrated Birth & Family Alliance as a birth and postpartum doula. I am a private childbirth educator using ProDoula's childbirth education curriculum and I also teach at a local birth center. I am also a placenta specialist, trained by the International Placenta & Postpartum Association. Birth and Beyond LLC was born in 2017 after I received my training and certifications. During my training period, I volunteered with incarcerated women in labor and I worked for many doula agencies. Although being a doula and being a babysitter are drastically different, I still babysit a handful of older children across Wake County. In fact, I saw my first doula baby off to kindergarten in 2017! I tend to implement my doula tricks and values in all areas of my life. My family often stops and says "Are you doula-ing me right now!?" In my free time (or as I like to say - when I'm not at a birth!), I enjoy the beach, CycleBar, Sauna Therapy, Zumba, white wine, and loving on my Rottweiler. I'm always looking to add to my skill set and enhance my knowledge in the field of birth work. My birth and parenting philosophy is your birth and parenting philosophy. My role is to provide education and to help facilitate safe, positive, and empowering birthing experiences personalized to the desires of you and your family by holding space, offering information, and providing support - however that may look for you and your family. Learn more about my services by contacting me today!