Exhausted with a newborn? Help is a call away...

Feeling exhausted and overwhelmed with your new baby? Help is just a phone call away...

Philadelphia area doula last minute support! We designed this package specifically for the families that call us that have suddenly realized their need for extra support after the birth of their baby. Typically families will book our services in the second and third trimester. But sometimes families don't realize how much they really want or need our services until after their baby is born. This is the package for you. We may even be able to arrive the same day you contact us! We CANNOT guarantee availability at any given time. Please call immediately to check availability for your desired hours.
Text or call now for more info or to see if a doula can come tonight: 484-802-6100

There are a number of situations in which someone may need a doula last minute. Here are just a few of the many:

Situation One:
Mom had an unplanned, emergency cesarean section(c-section) birth and is having a rougher recovery than she originally imagined. The family is finding they need more support than they anticipated. Both parents are exhausted and mom is in pain. Extra professional help is necessary and needed immediately. (and often it can be partially paid for by insurance)

Situation Two:
Partner is going back to work right away. You knew it'd be tough, but now you're going home from the hospital and you're scared. We are here to help you through that transition as your partner heads back to work and you begin to navigate parenting your infant, providing emotional support, comfort and reassurance so you're partner can get back their important work outside of the home.

Situation Three:
Baby has been home a few weeks. You just don't feel right. You are struggling to cope. You suspect that perhaps you are having postpartum depression or anxiety. You need help. You pick up the heavy phone, and you call for help.

Situation Four:
Baby won't stop crying. The doctor tells you that you have a colicky, high needs baby. The screaming never ends and you just feel like a failure. You aren't a failure. But you may need extra professional support. We are here for you. 

Remembering the "Lasts"

After I had my first son, someone very wisely advised me to enjoy all my baby's "lasts". This advice initially struck me as a little odd. Of course, I was eagerly awaiting all of his firsts - the first smile, the first steps, the first tooth. But, I soon came to realize that every time my baby, who was growing and changing so much each day, hit a new milestone, he was leaving another piece of his baby-hood behind.

My second, demonstrating the "luxurious newborn stretch"
When I stopped to think about his "lasts", I couldn't remember the last time his eyes were gray, or the last time his belly button was an "outie", the last time his little body was covered in soft fuzz, or the last time he had one of those luxurious newborn stretches that took over his whole body and wrinkled his forehead.

Thinking about these "lasts" reminded me of just how fleeting the newborn period is. It helped me to remember to slow down and find new reasons to enjoy my baby - even on days when we hadn't slept and I was ready to pull my hair out. In what has seemed like an eye blink, my "baby" is now two and I've never regretted all the time I've spent enjoying his firsts and his lasts (I'm also once again taking this advice to heart with the birth of second son six weeks ago).

How can you put this advice into practice? As a mother as well as a postpartum doula, I firmly believe, when it comes to your newborn, you can never:

  • Take too many pictures
  • Spend too much time watching them sleep
  • Snuggle them too much, or
  • Give them too many kisses
Remember to celebrate the firsts, savor the lasts, and cherish all the moments in between. And if you need help doing that, give Main Line Doulas a call. Our postpartum doulas are here to help you make the most of the early days with your little one.

I’m Not Just a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, I’m Also a Client!

Cheesy title aside, it’s true!

Allow me to introduce myself: My name is Brittany and I am one of the Placenta Encapsulation Specialists at Main Line Doulas. For three years, I have had the honor of helping new moms have beautiful postpartum periods by turning their placentas in easy-to-take pills, making it simple for them to reap the many benefits of ingesting their placenta. Even though I missed out on encapsulating my own placenta after the birth of my first son, Linus, in 2012, I have believed in its power to rejuvenate new moms during the sensitive weeks following birth.

Placenta Love: my pills and Xavier's cord
I am now happy to say, that after the birth of my newest son, Xavier, on April 7, I have had the opportunity to experience the effects of placenta encapsulation first-hand. My pills have been working wonders!

After Linus was born, I was an emotional roller coaster; I was very weepy, and quite unsure of myself (if you don’t believe me, you can ask my dear husband who had to try to navigate my moods those first few months…). When the “baby blues” hit me, they hit hard. Honestly, I was nervous to go through it all again with my second and wondering how I would manage my own feelings while caring for two little ones. Even though I knew I'd be taking placenta pills as soon I found out I was pregnant again, I wasn't quite sure how much they would help.

Thankfully, they have helped a lot! This time around, I have been feeling like a million bucks. My wonderful placenta pills have been keeping the weepies at bay, and I’ve been feeling nothing but joy and excitement while getting to know my sweet new son. I’ve also had energy to spare while taking care of him, and my silly, spirited two year old. I cannot stress enough how amazing I feel!

Having my first postpartum experience to compare to, I can honestly say that this one has been much smoother. Really, it's been like night and day! And, I am so thankful for my placenta pills. Although I have always recommended placenta encapsulation to anyone who’s expecting, I can now say without a doubt that it makes a huge difference.

If you have any questions about what placenta encapsulation is all about, please don’t hesitate to contact Main Line Doulas! We’ll be happy to answer all your questions.

Postpartum doula day time care experience

After speaking to a postpartum doula client this morning,  I was given permission to paraphrase and share her experience with our postpartum doula Wendy:

This is Doula Wendy!
"Since having the baby, many mornings I wake up for the day with a bit of dread, knowing I barely slept all night and have so much to do to take care of my family during the day, wondering how I will make it through the day with such depleted energy. But today I woke up with a sense of relief knowing doula Wendy would be here just a little while after I woke up. I was actually excited to wake up, knowing I would have practical help, a friend and care for myself, baby and family today. I almost hired a baby nurse, but am so glad I went with a postpartum doula instead, the support is just completely different. It's like having an extra, experienced stay at home mom who really understands what me and my family need right now and is willing to do whatever it is I need. Wendy jumps right in and just knows exactly what needs to be done. Yesterday when she arrived, I was feeling overwhelmed and totally crazy. She made me sit down on the couch and she brought me breakfast and tea, took my baby into the other room, got breakfast served to my other kids, organized the mess in the dining room and got my daughter off to school, heavenly. I was really hesitant to hire extra help but I now realize my kids deserve this extra support, and as hard as it is to say, I deserve this extra support. Thank you!" -Mom of 3 girls

We love you doula Wendy, GREAT JOB!!!