My priority as a postpartum doula is you, the birth parent. I am there for you. Meeting your needs so that you can meet the needs of your growing family is my priority. Looking out for you while you step over the threshold into motherhood (whether for the first time or the fourth) is a service that I am honored and humbled to provide.
Light housekeeping, laundry, dishes, preparing meals, snacks and drinks, running errands, sibling support, pet care: these are all things I am happy to do as a postpartum doula so that you can focus on recovering from your birth and nurturing your new little one. I'm also happy to babywear and nurture your new baby so that you can spend quality time with your older children. Even fifteen minutes of one-on-one time with an older child can help ease both your and their transition into your growing family.
knowledge and emotional support
Why is my baby eating all the time? Is it normal for my nipples to hurt? How do I put this pump together? What color is his poop supposed to be now?? Just because these questions are normal doesn't make them any easier! I am well trained in newborn and new mom care, and can answer your questions with evidence based information, as well as guide you to resources so that you can start down this journey of parenting (whether it's your first or your fourth baby) with confidence. I can help you with tips and tricks for normal recovery from vaginal or Cesarean birth. I can assist you with your latch, breastfeeding positions and help you troubleshoot common challenges, all while keeping an eye out for signs that you may need the help of a lactation consultant or other specialist. I always have resources ready for you to call should you need help with something outside of my scope of practice.
I always bring my camera with me and am ready to take candid photography of your early postpartum period, documenting the family in this special time. I do not edit the photos but do provide them to you quickly in a secure and private online gallery for you to download.
Certifications and Trainings
- CAPPA postpartum doula training (2016)
- Infant, Pediatric & Adult CPR & AED certified, American Heart Association (2017)
- CAPPA postpartum doula certified (2017)
- Advanced Postpartum Doula Training: Working With Multiples (2017)
Rates & Availability
- A postpartum doula visit is included in a prenatal class registration.
- 3 or 4 hour shifts, evenings and weekends
- Limited overnights (1 per week)
- More extensive overnight support is referred to Aunt McRae's New Family Support
- Example Postpartum Support Plans
- Consult (included in a prenatal class registration.)
- one time visit but ongoing care can be added if desired
- tips, tricks, emotional reassurance
- answer questions
- Basic Plan
- infant feeding, baby basics, sleep tips and tricks, providing a bumper time for recovery from a non-complicated birth
- 2-4 Weeks, 2-5 times per week
- Cesarean Birth (6-8 Weeks)
- This is an extended version of the basic plan and sees the family though the typical recovery time for a Cesarean birth.
- Overnight Care (1-7 nights/week for 1-2 weeks)
- Overnight care will be referred to Aunt McRae's New Family Support, a team based approach to postpartum support. Focus is on getting uninterrupted sleep for the family. Baby can be brought to mother to breastfeed and then she can go right back to sleep. Partners can sleep the night through.
- Multiples (8-12 weeks)
- Families with multiples may desire a longer term package to assist with feeding, establishing routines and sleep support.
- Consult (included in a prenatal class registration.)
Cat is a ToLabor certified birth doula and CAPPA certified postpartum doula who has supported parents of many and first time parents as they step over the threshold into postpartum. She is a mom to two exuberant boys (born 2012 and 2014). She has completed training in childbirth trauma, perinatal loss, acupressure and working with multiples, holds a Master's in Teaching from VCU and a Master's in Fine Arts from Emerson College and is the 2017 chair of Richmond Doulas. She completed Birthing From Within Mentor training in 2015. She uses all of these skills in various ways to design your postpartum support based on your needs and interests, including postpartum acupressure, listening to your birth story, newborn and new family life photography, normal breastfeeding support, and supporting you mom-to-mom as you navigate your life with new littles!
Additional Options for Support
This was my 3rd baby and first hiring a postpartum doula.
She would arrive and we'd chat a little. She'd immediately take the baby so I could take a (long) hot shower. It's amazing how much more human you feel after that! I'd dress, take back my baby, and climb into bed to nurse (which was great, because my baby had a horrible latch and needed all the help she could get). Cat would do the dishes, finish folding laundry, and play with my older boys. She'd cook us dinner and leave the kitchen tidier than when she had arrived. We purchased a 20 hour package and decided to start when my partner went back to work to help ease the transition. She is such a sweet and lovely person to have around. I think one awesome benefit was being able to lie back and nurse my baby while not worrying about laundry for that day. And I liked having some time alone with my boys to tuck them into bed on nights that my partner was at work. Bedtime was a little harried with 3 kids!! I would highly recommend her to anyone.
— Gloria M.
I would highly recommend her!
I used Cat for my doula with my first baby. She was a wonderful doula, friend and instructor for our birthing class and I would highly recommend her! Cat was a fanstastic doula and is such a sweet person and I can't recommend her enough. We loved her!
— Kelly M.
Her experiences as a veteran mom of two also was helpful.
Cat also linked us to several resources in the area both prenatally and postpartum. She took great birth notes and lovely L&D and newborn photographs that we will cherish. Her experiences as a veteran mom of two also was helpful in assuring us that we could also manage a second child!
— Liz G.
Looking out for you while you step over the threshold into parenthood is a service that I am honored and humbled to provide.
You deserve a postpartum doula.