PCD (DONA), CLC
i’m liz, and this is my beautiful family. i am a mama, a wife, a sister, a daughter, an auntie, and friend. i am a reader, writer, and avid player of scrabble and lover of yarn. i have been supporting new and growing families across new york city since i became a mother myself.
i believe that every mother and her family deserve to be nurtured and cared for during the first days and weeks after bringing baby home. i believe that every mother should be mothered, be heard, helped, and healed. and i believe every family has way more AWESOME in them than they know or even thought possible.
- normalizing the transition
the first days and weeks following delivery are filled with a host of emotions and physical challenges: exhaustion, exhilaration,
wonder, frustration, joy, and fear. and it’s all normal. so much of the work i do with new mothers and families is normalizing the experience. through conversation and in-the-moment troubleshooting, we can tap into some of the deeper emotional upheaval new
mothers often experience.
- data + instinct
by using evidence-based information and encouraging parents to embrace and nurture their instincts, i enable families to bond and form supportive foundations. clients have referred to me as their “spirt guide” into parenthood or their “first mama friend & mentor.” as your postpartum doula, i provide individualized support and postpartum care for your new or growing family. i work not only with the mother, but her partner, older children, and close family to help ease the stresses and physical transitions and to help build confidence, provide judgmental support and cheer you on every step of the way. and i come with a close network of excellent providers and referrals when needed: from acupuncture to zumba, and everything in between.
- “mothering the mother”
so, what does a postpartum doula do? a large part of what a doula does is really whatever it is that you need to help shift gears. too often our immediate postpartum experience centers around the needs of everyone but the new family. as your postpartum doula, i will help you set and protect yourself and family with healthy boundaries and managed expectations until you’re ready to expand your world. while you are recovering and learning how to mother your infant, i will be working to nurture, support, educate, and help you and your family during this time of great transition. as your postpartum doula i will assist you with:
- newborn care;
- family and sibling adjustment;
- evidence-based information on infant feeding and normal infant sleep;
- emotional and physical recovery from birth;
- infant soothing techniques;
- coping skills for new parents;
- basics of baby wearing;
- co-sleeping safety;
- normal infant development (physical and cognitive);
- transitions back to work;
- and how parents can find reputable sources for evidence-based information on their own
- breastfeeding is normal, but it’s tricky
breastfeeding is wonderful and the data clearly shows us that breast milk offers babies so many incredible benefits. but let’s face it, breastfeeding is rarely as natural of an experience as one would expect. and it can be tricky, especially in the early days when you and your baby are just getting to know one another.
- there are a lot of ways to feed a baby, the most important way is with love
feeding sessions are always about much more than just milk–no matter where the nutrition comes from, feeding time is always one of the greatest sources of comfort and bonding. as a certified lactation counselor i have experience helping parents with different methods of infant feeding, including:
- dropper-, finger-, and cup-feeding;
- at-breast supplementation;
- paced bottle-feeding for parents and caregivers;
- supplementation using expressed milk, donor milk, or formula
- exclusive pumping;
- and exclusive formula feeding.
- i don’t judge
breast, bottle, cloth, disposable, cosleeping, crib sleeping… whatever you choose for your family is the choice i respect. and if you’re not really sure, we’ll work together using evidence-based information to help you feel like your family is working together toward a common goal. you’ll learn how and where to find the most recent data to help you make informed decisions.
i also blog about issues facing new mothers and keep an updated professional facebook page in which i share the most valuable, evidenced-based information pertaining to pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and postpartum issues new families often face.
not only do i provide one-to-one postpartum doula services, i am also a certified lactation counselor and provide private, in-home consultations. i also teach prenatal breastfeeding and newborn care classes. i lead a new mama’s support group that meets every TUESDAY morning; and i offer mini breastfeeding clinics for new mothers (currently on hiatus)
please check the calendar space of baby/mama, a retail shop located in bay ridge, brooklyn for class and meeting dates and times.