Lactation Education ▪ Postpartum Doula Care ▪ Attachment Parenting Coach
I am first and foremost a mother – I have been in mindset my whole life, but since becoming a mother to my daughter Hazel more than 8 years ago, it has become clear that helping new parents and babies is what I was meant to do. I have always been a carer and a motherly-type, and translating that desire and now my own experience caring for children is a dream come true. I have been advising friends and family about lactation for more than 7 years, and have always been inclined to help where possible when someone I know is expecting a new little one into their lives. I am trained and certified in Postpartum Doula Care and Lactation Education with CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association), and also have two years of experience with in-home care of disabled adults. I truly believe that having a doula come into your home to help you have the best start really makes a huge difference.
**Studies have shown that women who have social support during the postpartum period tend to have less postpartum depression, breastfeed for a longer duration, and make a better adjustment to parenthood.
The following is a list of the services that I can provide as a postpartum doula with your family:
Reasons for Hiring a Postpartum Doula:
Fees for postpartum services are offered at an hourly rate. Please email me for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fees for lactation education are offered at a per session rate. Please email me for more information at email@example.com.
Christine Fischer-Rothman, PhD, IBCLC
Co-Leaders, La Leche League of Boston:
Meetings take place at Mama & Me:
284 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Steve Carter, LMT, CST, CLE
The Lydian Center
777 Concord Avenue, Suite 301, Cambridge, MA 02138
First Connections @ Mama & Me (0-4 Months)
Mama & Me: 284 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Winthrop Mommy Playgroup
New Mom Fitness
Mama & Me: Mama Yoga (babies welcome) and Postnatal Pilates (babies welcome)
Mama & Me: 284 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Massachusetts Official Web Site: Car Seat Inspection
Winthrop Police Department
East Boston Neigborhood Health Center Child Safety Technician
Maria Dolorico, M.Ed., BCC, CLC, CD (DONA)
A Mom is Born Counseling and Coaching for Pregnancy, Postpartum and Motherhood
581 Boylston Street @ Boston Integrated Health, Boston, MA 02118
Fluff Love University
The Diaper Lab
200 Elm Street, Someville, MA 02144
All About Cloth Diapers
Baby wearing International
Wrap Your Baby
There is no such thing as infant sleep, there is no such thing as breastfeeding, there is only breastsleeping. James T. McKenna and Lee T. Gettler. Acta Paediatrica. 17 August 2015.
Male Circumcision Decreases Penile Sensitivity as Measured in a Large Cohort. Bronselaer, G. et al. BJU International 111 (2013): 820-827.
Kangaroo care for the preterm infant and family. Ann L Jefferies and Canadian Paediatric Society, Fetus and Newborn Committee. Paediatrics and Child Health. 2012.
The Risks of Not Breastfeeding for Mothers and Infants. Alison Stuebe, MD, MSc. Obstetrics & Gynecology. Fall 2009.
"Sondra was the most wonderful and perfect person to have helping me during my early postpartum time. I had her come during the day a couple times but she mostly helped me overnight. My husband travels for work and started doing that about 2 weeks after our son was born and I desperately needed a second pair of hands and someone to just be around overnight, as I wasn't ready to be alone with my 2 week old son at night yet. She was so warm, caring, and flexible. She immediately came in and started helping around the house or taking my son if I needed a break. She was so good with him and I never felt uncomfortable leaving him with her, he slept so well with her! For overnights, she would come when I was ready to go to "bed," she would hang out with my son, do diaper changes, burping, and help him back to sleep during the night and would bring him to me when he would wake up hungry. This allowed me to get a little sleep in between feeding him which was so crucial in the early postpartum stage. She also helped with dishes, laundry, light cleaning and my dogs overnight. I would wake up and my laundry and dishes would be done! Sondra also is very knowledgeable about breastfeeding, pumping, sleeping techniques and helped me in these areas in numerous ways. She also checked in with me on her time off which was very helpful and made me feel very supported.
I would highly recommend her to any women and her family. She was a lifesaver at the time when I needed it most and I felt so comfortable with her in our home, helping out and caring for our newborn son. Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions." Jesse , Postpartum Doula Services
"Sondra is wonderful. With no family nearby and and a difficult postpartum recovery, she came in and knew what to do to nurture me and to put our new family of three at ease. She taught me how to care for a newborn and was so good to him. I highly recommend Sondra's services." Stephanie , Postpartum Doula Services
"She was an exceptional help with everything from newborn care to basic breastfeeding practices. She assisted with some organization and accompanied me to appointments. I think she will be an asset to the birth community and any future family that gets to work with her is very fortunate." Jodi , Lactation and Postpartum Doula Services
"Sondra worked with me during a critical time after our birth, when I was feeling overwhelmed by the transition of one child to two. She was able to help provide space for me to rest when needed, help with running errands and light cleaning, as well as help me brainstorm ways to manage two children under the age of two. I felt more confident in my ability to care for my newborn and toddler at the end of our time together. Having consistent help during those critical first weeks was extremely valuable to me, and Sondra was a good listening ear, and provided information or suggestions without judgement and without being pushy." Liz , Postpartum Doula Services
"Sondra helped me immensely with my baby daughter in several ways: she cooked for me when I was too busy to get it all done myself, she cared from my baby while I could do other things like take a shower or pay bills, and most importantly she provided expertise about infants and mothering that was expert, sensitive, attuned to my parenting style, and reassuring. She also helped when I had some issues with breast feeding, like blocked ducts and blebs. Being a mom herself also really helped me, knowing that she has been through this too! I highly recommend Sondra." Deb , Postpartum Doula and Lactation Services
"Sondra is very passionate about her job and loves to help mothers at all different levels. I would highly recommend Sondra as a post-partum doula. I found her services extremely beneficial for my sanity and logistics while being alone with 2 kids (newborn and 2 year-old)." Esther , Postpartum Doula Services
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