Postpartum Doula Services
204 881 8468
This visit will take place in person. It can be in a public place or in your home whichever you are most comfortable with. It will give us a chance to meet and address any questions and/or concerns you might have. I will have a short questionnaire to fill out to get to know your likes and dislikes in order to better serve you. This meeting in no way obligates you to choose to use my services.
If you choose to hire me, then this visit would take place either during the last weeks of pregnancy or in the event baby has arrived, as soon as possible. It will allow us to start creating a relationship and to discuss in a deeper manner how I can help to support you in this chapter of your life. At this time, we will then enter into a contract stating hourly wage, hours needed and possible end date.
My goal is to be NEAR you… NURTURE you and baby with a loving heart and hands, offering you non-judgmental support. EDUCATIONAL support when requested. ASSESS things in order to be of a support to the family REFER you when necessary to medical supports. My services will provide non-medical support and companionship, assisting with newborn care, possible sibling adjustment, baby laundry, minor food prep and light housekeeping. I can support you with breastfeeding or bottle feeding, whichever you choose to do. I am available for night shifts, if needed, with tasks such as baby care, bottle feeding, diaper changing and laundry. By staying awake, this will allow me to assist in night care and feeding choices.
To whom it may concern,
I am writing to recommend Ila Rhodey for work as a postapetum doula or in infant and childcare. I have had the pleasure of knowing Ila as a friend for four years, the latter half of which she has been involved with the care of my son.
Ila is compassionate, empathetic, nurturing, and a natural caregiver. Through a difficult postpartum experience she offered emotional, physical, mental, and practical support such as allowing me to process my experience through conversation, watching my baby for several hours per week, offering to do night feeds so my husband and I could sleep, cooking meals, doing laundry, and cleaning up the house. She engaged and interacted with my son by bottle feeding him, playing, reading books, going for walks and as he grew older, connecting with him through his interests.
Ila has the ability to perceive needs in others and to fulfill those needs in a gentle, non-invasive way. Ila offered to watch our newborn son at her home overnight for as long as we needed to get rest. She continued to offer this support well into our son’s first year. She easily alleviated any worries, guilt or concern through her reassuring, and calm nature. Ila is confident in her ability to look after and care for babies, and can often calm a fussy baby very quickly. Ila is a great communicator and is always sure to ask if she isn’t clear on instructions. Ila often checked in to make sure that she was doing things the way I preferred, such as putting my baby down for a nap at a certain time, or making up a bottle with the correct amount of milk. She is also able to perceive what needs to be done and takes action without needing to be prompted. If she was watching my baby for several hours she would record when he ate, how much, as well as when he slept, and for how long. Ila is responsive, reliable, and often dropped everything day or night to be available when I needed her. This created a relationship of trust, and alleviated much of the pressure, stress, and anxiety of the early postpartum days.
After two years of caring for my son, I can confidently say that anyone who has the privilege of employing Ila will be very lucky to have her. I would recommend Ila for any position of work in child and infant care or as a postpartum doula.
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Reference for Ila Rhodey
Ila assisted our family by helping to care for our babies several nights a week for approximately 4 months, beginning shortly after they were born. We would highly recommend Ila as a doula for any potential families - we feel so grateful that she came into our lives.
Bringing home a new baby is a magical but also challenging time, all the more so in our case as it was two babies at once (we have twins) and we already had a two year old at home. It is difficult to put into words how much we came to rely on Ila helping us out during those early difficult nights. Ila took wonderful care of the babies, and we felt comfortable leaving them with her right away because of her warmth and quiet competence. This allowed us to get the rest we so desperately needed. She made sure to keep us informed about what happened during the hours we were sleeping and went above and beyond in terms of making herself useful around the house while the babies slept. We worked with several doulas, but Ila stood out to us because she was not only excellent at caring for the kids and a pleasure to deal with, she was also one of the most reliable (arriving early, never missing a shift etc.
Any family would be lucky to have Ila assist them - we feel so fortunate to have worked with her!
Sarah McKinnon: contact information available upon request
To Whom It May Concern:
It is with great pleasure that we recommend Ila Rhodey as a postpartum doula. Ila was recommended to us by our birth doula and we cannot express enough how grateful and appreciative we are for all that she did for our family.
Ila arrived into our lives a few weeks after our daughter was born and did an outstanding job taking care of her. She has a great deal of knowledge in caring for newborns and had a way of putting both baby and us at ease. Ila was always on time, and took great initiative helping around the house while baby napped. She would prepare lunch, help tidy around the house, fold laundry etc. and attend to many daily tasks that would have otherwise been neglected while we transitioned into being new parents. Ila was with us for 12 weeks and I truly believe we would not have survived the 4th trimester without her care and guidance.
Ila has a friendly and approachable personality, making it easy to have open and honest discussions about the care of the babies, which was invaluable as new parents. She displayed a great deal of compassion and care for our daughter and ourselves. One of Ila’s best qualities is that she was loving and affectionate towards our daughter. She cared for our daughter in a way that we do. We were very lucky to find a trustworthy, wonderful and calming person to be around.
We would definitely recommend Ila to anyone who is looking for a postpartum doula.
Fareea Surtie & Michael Gousseau
$35/hr (Day time)
$40/hr (Night time)