What is a postpartum doula?

Doula is derived from the ancient greek word meaning "to serve". A doula, however, does much more than just serve. A doula provides support, knowledge, and comfort to the family she works with. Postpartum doulas are especially important because they serve during a period of transition when parents and baby are adjusting to their new roles, relationships and finding their places in the world. 

I've had a long journey to becoming a doula, slowly nourishing  my interest in birth work and women's health since my final year of college. Wanting to put the knowledge I gathered to practice, I chose to become a certified postpartum doula through Carriage House Birth in Brooklyn. 

As a doula, I draw on my experiences in community health education, health communications and academic research to provide information and resources in a non-judging and accessible way. My goal is to provide the families I work with the support and knowledge they need to confidently be able to care for themselves and their children. 

I hold a a MPH with a focus in Community Health Education from Hunter College, a BS in Community and International Development from University of Vermont, and a Certificate in Digital Health Communications from Tufts University. I enjoy spending time checking out local goods at the farmers' market, taking my dog Halle on hikes, and cooking delicious meals for my family and friends. 

Services

I look forward to working with your family during such an important time in your life. We will work together to create a plan the best fits your needs and wishes for this period. My services include:

-  Nonjudgemental support and encouragement on the decisions and choices your family makes as you take on your new roles 

- Nourishing food to have on hand so you can best care for yourself and family, including snacks, comforting beverages, and meal prep. 

- Help as the birthing parent heals from birth including comforting touch and holding space to listen to your birthing story and postpartum experience

- Evidence-based and community resources to support the decisions you make for your family and children

- Basic lactation support, including positioning and help with latch as well as resources for chestfeeding support groups and certified lactation consultants

- Newborn care and education, including information on bonding, baby wearing, and soothing techniques

- Sibling care and resources on bonding as a family

- Accompany birthing partner and infant to doctor appointments

- Unlimited text, phone, and email support

A postpartum package includes one 4-hour prenatal visit, and three or more 4-hour postnatal visits, with a minimum of 16 hours total.  If you are interested in my services please contact me at elisabeth.kipping@gmail.com for more information.