Preemies

Despite our best intentions, sometimes pregnancy and childbirth do not go according to plan. I offer support and education for NICU and preemie families who need guidance during this time.

You can trust that you and your little one are in excellent hands. I am a DONA certified postpartum doula, specializing in supporting families with preemies. I am also a NICU Breastfeeding Specialist.

I utilize my training as a certified birth professional, and incorporate my experiences as a mother of a micro preemie, born at 26 weeks, to provide the highest level of care to families.

Postpartum care has been proven to reduce the risk of postnatal depression and sleep deprivation. It also enhances parental bonding and allows new parents to rebuild physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Preemie and Premature Birth Doula Care

Postpartum Doula Support for Premature Babies

In-Home Support:

In-home support enables you to recuperate in the comfort of your own home. You can rest easy while your baby is being well cared for by a newborn care specialist.

Managing the NICU stay: If your baby is admitted to the NICU, I can assist you and your family members in navigating this stressful experience. I am skilled at familiarizing parents with NICU hospital procedures, and I will guide you through communicating with medical staff.

Premature Infant Care Education: I provide assistance in preparing you to bring your preemie home, getting ready for visitors, choosing a pediatrician, and setting up the nursery. I help you balance follow-up care and appointments, along with bonding and rest.

Emotional Recovery from Childbirth: Mothers of preterm infants experience more incidents of postpartum depression than those whose infants are delivered term. I am skilled at providing support surrounding postpartum depression, sleep deprivation, anxiety, and any other emotional needs that may arise.

Infant Feeding: I help to identify signs of hunger in your little one, as well as fullness cues. I provide assistance with bottle and breastfeeding, and guide you on how to confidently burp your baby.

Managing infant reflux: This is common in babies born premature, and I am able to provide non-pharmacological ways for you to manage mild to moderate reflux.

Infant Sleep Pattern Awareness: I provide individualized education on how to identify signs of sleepiness in your preemie. And I will work with you to set a gestational age-appropriate day and nighttime schedule if desired.

All non-medical baby care: I provide guidance on caring for the basic needs of your infant. This includes diapering, bathing, and soothing techniques.

Family Support: I am able to assist with sibling care, and I am happy to accompany you to doctor appointments for your baby as an extra support person. I can also provide education for other family members and/or a nanny who will be helping care for the baby.

Phone Consultations:

If you are outside of the Los Angeles area, or unable to meet in person, I offer phone consultations for parents of premature infants and give guidance on caring for preemies while in the NICU or at home.

Over the course of an hour long phone conversation we can assess your personal experience and discuss initial strategies and practices that may benefit you and your baby.

We will make a plan, which optimizes bonding with your baby, recovery and recuperation for your family, and maintaining a manageable daily routine.

In addition to phone sessions, I am also available for follow up questions via email and text.

My support includes ongoing recommendations and resources for additional care that can benefit premature babies and their caregivers.

RATES:

Telephone Consultation
FaceTime, WhatsApp, or Skype worldwide.
$75 | 60 minutes

In-home Consultation
I work locally in Los Angeles and offer travel for families domestically and internationally.
$450 | 3-hours

Please contact me for more information or to schedule a consultation: katrina@motherus.com

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