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Evidenced-Based Care During Your Postpartum Journey and Thereafter

I offer evidenced-based doula support and occupational therapy in the comfort of your own home in a relaxed and supportive environment. This provides you and your baby the time and patience to adjust to each other and learn to work together as a team.  Quality time will be spent educating and supporting you in reaching your motherhood goals.

  • Why Whole Mama Supports the Breastfeeding Journey:

    • Short hospital stays leave new parents with little time for breastfeeding education, assessment, and teaching techniques.

    • Worry about not having enough milk is the primary reason for supplementing with formula or for stopping breastfeeding all together. Breastfeeding counseling assists the mother in learning the signs that baby is transferring milk, learning signs of adequate milk production, assessing baby's latch, how to build a productive milk supply, and how to prepare for speed bumps along the way.

    • Many factors play into milk production: stress, anxiety, nutrition, sleep, and support.  

    • Women who lack confidence in breastfeeding are more likely to abandon breastfeeding when obstacles arise. 

    • Many mothers rely on postpartum nurses to teach and assist with breastfeeding, however "lack of time" is cited as a barrier by postpartum nurses to providing adequate assistance to new mothers. 

    • Breastfeeding duration increases for mothers who receive early contact and telephone follow-up from knowledgeable caregivers.

    • Breastfeeding and exercise reduce maternal stress and are protective of maternal mood. 

  • Why Whole Mama's Mission is to Support Mamas Transitioning into Motherhood:

    • Hospital stays are shorter and a lot of new learning occurs in a short period of time.  Parents can be on information overload in the hospital and knowing someone to access for support in your home when questions or concerns arise can offer a sense of stability and comfort.

    • The first several weeks with a newborn are difficult for many women.  Learning about typical newborn feeding and behavior patterns and breastfeeding milestones will help mothers know what to anticipate and help to prevent problems.

    • The need for “sensitive individualized care” ranks high in mothers’ priorities in numerous research studies. (This is why we take the time to know you and go to you for care!)

    • Home health visits and postpartum support reduce the potential for breastfeeding difficulties, baby blues, and postpartum depression.

*Research articles available upon request.

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