~ because every mother deserves a helping hand ~

SERVING GROWING FAMILIES in BOZEMAN, MONTANA

Congratulations on your sacred passage into motherhood! Whether you have come to parenting through childbirth, surrogacy, or adoption; or whether you are welcoming your first or fifth child, this journey can be exciting, intimidating, empowering, tiresome, and blissful all at once. 

As a Postpartum Doula, I am here to help ease this transition for you. Through providing support, education, and a gentle helping hand, I can ensure that you and your family will feel cared for.

As new mothers, we sometimes find ourselves feeling challenged or overwhelmed. We may wonder how it is possible to fulfill the many needs our newborn has, while also attending to the needs of our family, our home, and ourselves.

I am here to kindly remind you that you aren’t meant to do it all. At Living in HARMONY, I believe that the journey into parenthood takes a village. As a new parent, you are meant to rest, to listen to your body, to bond with your baby, and to slowly ease into this new chapter of your life.

Over time, I will help you learn the important balance of providing care for your growing family, while listening and attending to your own personal needs as well. I believe in mothering the new mother, that is, until she feels strong and empowered enough to thrive on her own. 

I’m so very happy you have found Living in HARMONY Postpartum Doula Services! I look forward to hearing from you, and learning how I can assist you and your growing family during such a wonderful time in your lives!

MY JOURNEY to POSTPARTUM DOULA CARE

As a young girl, no matter the setting, you would find me where the babies were... holding them, caring for them, feeding them, you name it. I naturally spent my early working years babysitting, providing childcare in daycare settings, and working as a nanny for a few different families during my college years. I found value in the strong bond I formed with these families. As time passed, my desire for this connection never once faded, it simply transformed and grew stronger.

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During my first year out of nursing school, I cared for first time mothers and their babies through a wonderful home-health nurse visiting program, known as Nurse Family Partnership. I spent my days helping women find confidence in their new role as a mother, through encouragement and education. It was through this experience that my initial passion for providing postpartum care was awakened. Shortly thereafter, I became certified as a Lactation Counselor through Healthy Children's Center for Breastfeeding, and began offering mothers breastfeeding support as well.

Upon moving to Bozeman in 2016, I landed a dream job of mine: working as a nurse alongside a team of midwives at The Bozeman Birth Center. Caring for women and their families during their intimate childbirth experiences was truly remarkable, and will always hold a special place in my heart. However, when my husband and I welcomed our own sweet daughter into the world, I soon realized that there were other plans in store for me.

It wasn’t until I experienced my own journey into motherhood that I could truly understand just how vast this transition is, and subsequently, how important it is for women to be held and supported during this time. Through reflecting on the hardships I faced as a new mother, my passion for providing postpartum care was reawakened, and my new calling had been found: to help women navigate their own personal passages into motherhood.

With Bachelor's Degrees in both Nursing & Psychology, I am able to bring a unique and professional aspect to postpartum care. I have received both Birth and Postpartum Doula trainings through DONA International, as well as training in Perinatal Mood Disorders.           

As your postpartum doula, I will honor and respect your specific needs, while offering you the support and resources you need to live in harmony with your growing family.

Ultimately, my goal is to ensure that you feel fully nurtured in the comfort of your home as you settle in with your newest addition

SERVICES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED to:

  • Physical support with self care as you heal & recover from your childbirth experience

  • Emotional Support as you reflect on your childbirth experience and adjust to life with your newborn

  • Support and education on breastfeeding, bottle feeding, and pumping

  • General newborn care - allowing you to nap, shower, or simply have a moment to yourself

  • Education on newborn cues, bonding & attachment, sleep habits, growth and development, diapering, soothing techniques, sleep solutions, and ways to incorporate self-care

  • Light household maintenance such as tidying up, washing dishes and folding laundry

  • Grocery shopping and other errands

  • Preparing healthy snacks and meals

  • Assistance with older siblings

  • Access to my library of reading materials on topics such as birth, postpartum and parenting

  • Providing you with referrals or resources when necessary

 

To provide clarification and avoid confusion, please know that as a postpartum doula, I do not/will not:

  • Diagnose, offer medical advice, or perform medical or clinical procedures

  • Provide heavy house cleaning – mopping, cleaning bathrooms, windows, etc.

I understand that each family’s needs may vary, which is why I offer flexibility within my services.

 

Whether you need just a few hours of help or several weeks of care, there are many different options for you to choose from. I charge by the hour, and for your convenience, I have put together three unique packages that you may choose from depending on your family’s needs. If you find that your needs don’t fall into any one of these categories, not to worry, I will gladly work together with you to create a custom package to ensure you receive the care you need during this time. All in all, your personal needs will determine the type of postpartum care that is provided, as well as the length it is provided for. 

Hourly Rate:

 $25/hour

I accept cash & checks. Gift Cards are also available for purchase, which are a lovely gift for an expecting friend or loved one.

POSTPARTUM DOULA PACKAGES:

 

A Gentle Welcome Home Three visits during first week home - 6 total hours of care           $150

Looking for a little support in the first few days home with your baby? Not sure what those first few days might be like? With this package, you will receive care during your first week home after birth. This package is ideal for families who may not have family members around to help out in those first several days. I will be there to gently welcome you home. While you rest and bond with your baby, I can run errands, prepare comforting meals, and of course provide you and your family with loving support. 

 

Finding Balance Weekly visits for first six weeks - 12 total hours of care                        $300

Are you welcoming home your second or third baby? Thinking you may need an extra set of hands each week to help keep your home running smoothly? During those first 6 weeks postpartum, I can help ease this transition for you. Whether it be weekly groceries, laundry, tidying up, watching your newborn while you shower or nap, you name it. This package will have you covered so you can find the balance you need during this time. 

 

Living in Harmony Three visits per week for first six weeks - 24 total hours of care            $600

Feeling like you need it all? Whether this be your first babe or your third, sometimes we simply need to feel pampered. With this package, you will receive several visits per week during the first six weeks of your fourth trimester. Each visit when I arrive, we will work together to find what is needed most that day. Whether I take your baby outside for a walk while you hop in the tub for a soothing bath, or I fold your laundry while we check in together and discuss how things are going, this package will enable you to live in harmony with your family. 

READY to MOVE FORWARD?

Fill out the contact form or send me an email, and let's chat! 

 The fourth trimester will be an intimate time for both you and your family, which is why I feel it is very important for you to meet any potential doula before hiring them. 

I will meet with you in person for a free consultation visit - usually lasting about an hour. Please download this intake form, fill it out the best you can, and bring it with you to our initial meeting.

After we meet, and get to know one another a bit more, you can then decide whether or not it feels like a good fit. If so, we can move forward with the process, fill out paperwork, and schedule our next visit! 

 I look forward to hearing from you! 

Sincerely, 

Rae Byrnes

livinginharmonydoula@gmail.com