“My daughter recently gave birth to her first child, of course as a grandmother I was excited to offer to come help, once they were released from the hospital. My daughter was grateful and happy to have me come, she also had engaged the services of postpartum doula Nora Meade. Nora began her services right away after the new parents and their newborn daughter were home. I had not ever heard the term ‘postpartum doula’ so I was curious and wondered what she would do. Having had my daughter over 35 years ago, I was amazed such a service even existed!
Nora was so knowledgeable, calming and a wonderful resource. Nora recognized early on that my new granddaughter was having trouble latching deep enough and recommended a lactation consultant for an evaluation. Nora made the call and set up an appointment that was convenient for my daughter – she didn’t just hand my daughter a phone number. If something was needed Nora would stop and pick it up on her way over to the house. As a new mom you have a million questions (no matter how prepared you think you are), Nora was so wonderful as a guiding hand to show you how and support both mom and baby. I myself learned so much! Nora included me as well! I got plenty of time with my new granddaughter, and was able to focus on other areas of support. As a grandmother I was very impressed with how she helped my daughter and her husband become confident new parents.”
“My husband and I highly recommended Nora’s postpartum doula services to any family in the first few days and weeks after bringing their baby home. We were nervous about welcoming our first child home without the benefit of family in the area. The support that Nora provided went far beyond helping us get the hang of feeding, diapering, soothing, and attending to our daughter’s other basic needs. Nora also provided us emotional and physical support. Nora’s expertise helped us make informed evidence-based decisions about how we would care for our daughter. This helped my husband and I feel more confident as new parents. She also provided me support as I recovered from my cesarean delivery—scaling the stairs when the baby or I need something, driving us to medical appointments, ensuring I stayed hydrated, and reminding me to eat. In addition, Nora’s warm demeanor made it a pleasure to welcome her into our home and our daughter’s life—our baby girl was always very comfortable with Nora. Even for experienced parents, bringing home a new baby is a huge transition. We know Nora will be a tremendous help when it’s time to give our baby girl a sibling!”
“Nora was a calming, compassionate presence during the challenging, sleep-deprived early weeks of my baby’s life. Her visits allowed me to get much needed rest and restored some order to our household. She also provided a lot of valuable information, insight, and resources for a new mom. Working with Nora was a lovely experience!”