Preemies

I specialize in supporting families with preemies. I am a DONA certified postpartum doula, and NICU Breastfeeding Specialist.

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.

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 parents to recuperate in the comfort of their home. You can rest easy while your baby is being well cared for by a newborn care specialist.

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

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

Infant Sleep Pattern Awareness: I provide individualized education on how to identify signs of sleepiness in preemies. And I work with parents to set an age-appropriate day and nighttime schedule if desired.

Family Support: I am able to assist with sibling care, and I am happy to accompany parents to doctor appointments for their infant. I can also provide education for other family members and/or a nanny who will be helping care for the baby.

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.

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.

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

NICU Education: If your baby is admitted to the NICU, I can assist parents and family members in navigating that experience. I familiarize parents with NICU hospital procedures, and guide them in communicating with medical staff.

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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