Lactation Home Visit
Lactation support services in the comfort and privacy of your own home, from a Certified Lactation Counselor. Assessment and suggestions for getting a good latch from your sweet baby/babies, troubleshooting for most breastfeeding issues, information for boosting or lowering milk supply when needed, help with learning how to use and properly clean your breast pump, resources and referrals when appropriate, and unlimited phone and e-mail support. Initial visit is $80, with follow up visits available at $40/hour.
We are excited to be offering this incredible service to our postpartum clients! Placenta Encapsulation is the process of preparing the placenta after birth and turning it into capsules for the mother’s consumption. Using the Traditional Chinese Method (TCM), the placenta is rinsed, steamed, dehydrated and ground before it is placed into capsules. The raw method can also be used to encapsulate the placenta, in which the placenta is not steamed before being dehydrated and encapsulated. In both cases the end product is a jar full of capsules. We also offer the option of half TM and half raw. Please contact us before your final weeks of pregnancy for more information or to arrange this service.
On-Call Sibling Care
A much-needed service for our clients welcoming second or third (or more!) babies into their families. Even if it’s the middle of the night, we’ll be there to care for your older child(ren) so you can focus on the important task at hand: birthing your baby/babies! Excellent, reliable childcare provided by our superb team of on-call nannies–complete with a playdate and more so everyone gets to know each other beforehand–will help your family feel prepared and peaceful about your big transition. You can read about our on-call nannies on the About page. They’re ready to help whether you’re planning a hospital birth, birth center birth, or home birth and are all experienced nannies with an understanding of the birth world and the capacity to be truly on-call to care for your older child(ren) during the birth of your new baby/babies. These women provide top-notch childcare you can trust and that your child(ren) will enjoy. They are ready to be there for you any time of day or night, and will stay the duration of your birth and recovery, until a parent is able to rejoin big brother/sister. Contact us for more information or to book this service for your family.
Let us do the work of prepping for baby’s arrival, keeping the house, preparing the meals, caring for siblings or pets, or running errands so that you can do what you’re supposed to be doing–growing your sweet baby/babies and taking it easy! Antepartum services are available during daytime hours at a rate of $40/hour. The minimum time per visit is three hours. Scheduling subject to availability.
Give the gift of a better beginning! Show your love and support for the new mother and new baby/babies in your life by purchasing a certificate in any amount to be used toward any of the package options above. This is a great way for friends or family who are out of town or extremely busy to still lend a helping hand. Please inquire for details.
Breastfeeding Express – $60
Plan to breastfeed your baby, but don’t have time to read a bunch of books or take a lengthy class? This Breastfeeding Express class is for busy people who want the best for their baby but need something easy to fit into their full schedule. The class will cover the basics of what you need to know to get off to the best start with your little nursling, including what to do in the first few hours after birth, what to expect from early feedings through the first three months, positioning and latch, signs that baby is getting enough, introducing a bottle, common hurdles and challenges, and maternal nutrition. Cost: $60 for a private class in your home, on your schedule (includes support person). Please inquire for details.
Building Your Babymoon – $60
Those first weeks after baby comes home can be the most beautiful, precious, amazing weeks ever. Make the most of your postpartum time with this one-hour jam-packed class; it will help you not just survive but thrive through a very important time. Building Your Babymoon will cover tips for childbirth recovery, for parent and baby bonding, and for helping everyone–including siblings and pets–adapt to the new family member. Cost: $60 for a private class in your home, on your schedule (includes support person). Please inquire for details.
Babywearing For You – $100
Add on additional skills to any Better Beginnings package! Enjoy a private, in-home consultation from Christina Owen, local babywearing consultant and babywearing educator of three years. She will bring her collection of baby wraps, slings, and carriers to go over, demo, and try out for fit and comfort, and she can show you how to use the ones you already own. Find your preferred method of babywearing and feel confident in the safety tips and demonstrations she offers. Christina will also provide any follow up babywearing help via email or Google Hangouts. Babywearing For You is a great add-on service for your postpartum support package! Cost: $100 for a private class in your home, on your schedule (includes support person). This class is offered as an add-on only, for Better Beginnings package customers. Please inquire for details.