A postpartum doula (also known as an infant specialist, formerly a baby nurse) is a non-judgmental woman with a quiet presence in your home giving emotional and practical support for breastfeeding and critical early care along with practical newborn care tips that helps ease your transition into motherhood.
After the baby is born, most new mothers and fathers appreciate the support of other women. Many of our new grandmothers and extended family members are not always available to help, and even if they are available many do not have sufficient breastfeeding experience to support a nursing mother.
I am available to new parents in Southern California in both Los Angeles and Orange County, and am willing to travel when necessary. Learn more about the postpartum doula, baby nurse, night nurse services that I offer.
There are so many paradoxes in parenting
that it is difficult to find balance.
Some don't even try. / They just plunge ahead
ignoring the subtle whispers of wisdom. / Others try half-heartedly,
but resort to old methods / when they get confused.
But some hear wisdom's quiet voice / and make it their own.
They find strength in softness / power in flexibility / perfection in mistakes
success in failure / clarity in confusion / and love in letting go
- The Parent's Tao Te Ching
by William Martin
"It is with a heavy heart that I write this recommendation as Kathleen is leaving us today after 12 weeks together. We are so sad and wish she could stay forever with us. Kathleen helped us transition to being parents under difficult circumstances. We were terrified to bring our 3lb 11oz preemie daughter home from the NICU. Kathleen made it all ok. She is a true baby and parent "whisperer". She knew what we needed before we did and took amazing care of all three of us right from the start. Our daughter had to be admitted back into the hospital and Kathleen came and stayed with us in the hospital until she was released! Kathleen also helped us interview and choose the perfect full time nanny for our daughter. Her advice and guidance for all things parent and baby related are top notch. She became a true friend and part of our family. We are forever grateful to her. You will not find a better person to bring into your life after your baby is born. Run, don't walk, to hire Kathleen."
- Stacey and Ari R.