Postpartum and Post-Arrival Doula Care

Expert care for you and your baby

Caring Companion

The tender time immediately after baby arrives should be joyful, exciting, and an opportunity for new families to bond. At Birthways, our mission is to deliver knowledgeable, compassionate and non-judgmental guidance and reassurance as you learn to care for your newborn.

“My mother-in-law wanted to visit. I wanted to include her but having the doula, in the beginning, helped me to work through my own lack of confidence so when family arrived, I felt like I had things figured out and we could enjoy the visit. I even learned to nurse more discreetly so I didn’t have to feel self-conscious. “

Birthways postpartum and post-arrival doulas can help you:

Meet feeding goals such as breastfeeding success or weight gain

Fill gaps in your support system

Avoid sleep deprivation, unmanaged stress, and overwhelm

Address particular concerns, such as perinatal mood and anxiety disorders or delivery complications

Experience & Expertise

We know you might be sorting through options: baby nurses, night nannies, mother’s helper, infant care professionals, hiring privately, working with nanny agencies, relying on family and friends? Who are you ultimately going to feel comfortable with?

Birthways has been giving families exceptional postpartum/post-arrival care for more than 20 years. We’ve been the last stop when families have tried other options and the first choice for clients who hear about our programs from friends or other trusted sources.

“We have heard so many horror stories. We wanted to get off to a great start and not worry that we were ignoring something important that could be a problem.”

Our postpartum doulas will help your family thrive as you welcome your newborn:

Day and/or overnight care, up to 24 hours a day

Nourishing meals, clean laundry, tidy home

Lactation support

Newborn care - one baby, twins, triplets - sibling care and new parent support

Pregnancy bedrest support or skilled support with complicated postpartum adjustments

Night Nurse and Sleep Management

Avoid risks associated with sleep deprivation, unmanaged stress and overwhelm that every new parent experiences. Learn more about our Night Nurse support.

“There are no words to describe how awesome Birthways is. We had night help and day help after our daughter was born and because of them there was no question that went unanswered, we slept! We ate healthy foods and our house was organised and calm. Our daughter was bathed in love and looked after by experts. Literally cannot imagine having a child without their wisdom and support. Call them the minute you get pregnant, you won’t regret it!

“I know myself and I know my husband. Both of us fall apart when we don’t get sleep. I’m planning for doula care to be a ‘resentment buster’. We can enjoy this time without feeling let down or struggling over who is getting up when the baby wakes.”

“My health condition flares up if I’m not taking good care of myself. The doula helped me to have a great adjustment and I felt so much better than I expected I would.“

Newborn Specialist and Practical Support

Sometimes just knowing the stuff of life is well in hand is all the peace of mind you need to enjoy a day with a shower, a prepared meal, a nap, and calm confidence. A Birthways doula can be a meaningful part of your support team while helping you avoid the risks associated with unmanaged stress and overwhelm that every new parent experiences.

“The delivery was complicated and I’m recovering from a c-section. I needed help lifting my toddler and driving and can’t even manage the stairs.“

“I’ve struggled with anxiety and knew I would be at risk for a postpartum mood disorder. I didn’t know how amazing it would be to have this reassurance but also to have the companionship of someone who I enjoy being with. I would have been so much more isolated. And getting sleep and help to feel confident? I think I was under far less stress than I would have been without my postpartum doula.”

“Every twin family I talk to says “Get help!”

Birthways postpartum doulas can help with:

Setting up your nursery and readying baby things

Assist with pumping, bottle-feeding, and breastfeeding

Meal preparation

Errands, Light housekeeping, and pet care

“Our Birthways doula was so encouraging and helped me gain so much more confidence as a mom, validating my instincts when I felt unsure or judged by others. There were a lot of things that completely turned around very positively for us after our doula came to us.”

Postpartum Doula, Newborn Nanny or Night Nurse? Yes. And then some.

“Newborn nanny” or “baby nurse” refers to a childcare provider who specializes in caring for newborns, but who may not have any medical training, maternal/child health training or certification.

At Birthways, we are “postpartum doulas” who can provide all the same services of a night nurse, newborn nanny, baby nurse or newborn care specialist BUT with a more expansive eye to mom, family, and household. Our training, depth of experience and expertise covers: singletons to twins or higher-order multiples, a fussy baby, a premature baby or baby with special needs as well as mom’s physical recovery, emotional transitions of baby blues and perinatal mood disorders like postpartum depression or anxiety, or transitions back to work and what happens past the fourth trimester.

postpartum doula and post-arrival doula care from Birthways Inc. in Chicago

Frequently Asked Questions about Postpartum Doulas

What are the benefits of a Postpartum Doula?

Families seek postpartum and post-arrival care for a range of reasons:

  • To avoid postpartum complications and ensure breastfeeding success.
  • To receive knowledgeable, compassionate and non-judgmental guidance and reassurance as they learn to care for their newborns.

  • To fill gaps in support systems.

  • To address a particular concern.

  • To avoid the risks associated with sleep deprivation, unmanaged stress and overwhelm that every new parent experiences.

Birthways postpartum doulas have a significant impact for new parents, help you and baby adjust to being a happy, healthy family.

Why Birthways for Postpartum Care?

If you’re looking for care for your family after your newborn arrives, you might be sorting through options: baby nurses, night nannies, mother’s helper, infant care professionals, hiring privately, working with nanny agencies, relying on family and friends? Who are you ultimately going to feel comfortable with?

Birthways has been giving families exceptional postpartum/post-arrival care for more than 20 years. We’ve been the last stop when families have tried other options and the first choice for clients who hear about our programs from friends or other trusted sources.

Trusted, Reliable, Professional, Flexible
Whether it’s for the first baby or the last in a growing family, Birthways will care for you and your baby with kind, conscientious attention to whatever the day or night brings. With flexibility, experience and insight into your needs, your Birthways doula is ready to be an integral part of your thriving family, offering 24/7 on-call support to meet the unexpected.

We have apprentice and senior doulas and we’ll be sure to find the right doula to fit your needs and budget. With expertise that includes postpartum mood disorders, complications of the postpartum period, LGBT families, premature or medically fragile infants, and more, we will sensitively and knowledgeably help you and your family to thrive.

How much does it cost to have a postpartum doula?

There are many benefits to having a doula after your baby’s birth. Though our rates will compare favorably, only Birthways offers you these benefits:

  • Our providers are our employees.
  • We are paying employment taxes, liability, worker’s compensation and other insurance. This means a big savings to you, less risk, and, more ease and no big surprising bills at tax time! In fact, we can help provide the documentation your accountant requires.
  • We are a respected source of professional care. We also train our doulas and require continuing education.
  • Employers seek out Birthways to offer doula care benefits to their employees. Our reputation, professionalism and billing services make it easy for workplaces to support their employees during the childbearing year.
  • We will help you with documents for submitting claims if you are eligible to receive benefits.
  • We have the resources to match you with a replacement if your provider is ill or has an emergency. When you hire us, you get our ongoing attention and support to make sure that you have what you need.
  • What if your baby comes early or late? We have more than 20 year of experience planning for families’ needs. When you reserve ahead (by 27 weeks) your doula will be free of conflicts and will just be waiting for your baby. No need to worry or rush!
  • Birthways provides 24/7 administrative coverage when an urgent need arises outside of business hours.

Care with Confidence

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Experienced

Whether it’s for your first baby or the last in a growing family, we’ll care for you and your baby with kind, conscientious attention to whatever the day or night brings.

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Trusted & Reliable

Birthways are experts at finding the best doula for your needs. Customized care schedules and a community of support help you and baby start out happy and healthy.

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Sensitivity For You and Your Journey

Our expertise includes working with LGBTQI families, families growing through adoption or surrogacy, or those experienced perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, complications with postpartum recovery, premature or medically fragile infants, and so much more. We’ll help your family to thrive.

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24/7 Support

We can be there to meet the unexpected or go beyond your expectations to help you and your new baby adjust.

She was so encouraging and helped me gain so much more confidence as a mom, validating my instincts when I felt unsure or judged by others. There were a lot of things that completely turned around very positively for us after our Doula came to us.

I have lots of people in my life giving me advice. I wanted someone who was a trained expert who would reassure me that I was doing this right. It’s my first baby and I don’t actually know what I’m doing.  But I want to feel competent and find my way and not feel torn between what my sister tells me and what my mother-in-law tells me.

Birthways has very competitive pricing for our hourly postpartum doulas and overnight care doulas and night nurses. We have a range of pricing options to meet your care and budget needs. Learn how we can arrange care within your budget and beyond your expectations!

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For over 20 years, Birthways has provided expert support for Chicago-area families during the childbearing year with compassionate, knowledgeable, and affirming care. Founded by renowned postpartum expert Karen Laing, our doulas are carefully screened, trained, supported and experienced to meet your unique needs. With expertise ranging from education to lactation to sleep, Birthways is committed to providing compassionate, affirming support for expectant and new families.

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