Digital Doula® 2.0 After Birth Care is an online virtual doula service for new mothers that provides support and assistance in those early days and weeks after a baby is born. The fourth trimester, the first three months after birth, is a time of enormous change on many levels – personal, relational, social, physical and emotional – as partners become parents. Having a knowledgeable and experienced doula to ease the transition to parenthood can smooth the way for a happy and healthy adjustment. Digital Doula® 2.0 Virtual Doula service provides compassionate and caring support and security to women during the fourth trimester.
Digital Doula® 2.0 was created by Diane S. Speier, PhD after working for four decades providing quality doula care in both the United States and England. Her depth and breadth of experience and training enables her to be a catalyst supporting new parents and helping the mother feel strong and confident. After forty years working with new families, Diane is offering this support and comfort to new parents online, using technology such as Skype and Zoom. Doula care is provided on a 1-to-1 or 1-to-2 (if the partner is included) basis.
What is a doula and why would you want to have one? Maybe you are concerned about you or your partner’s readiness to be a parent or wish you could have a knowledgeable guide in those early days after birth. These are just some of the concerns facing expectant and/or new parents, which explains the rising popularity of professional doula services.
A doula (pronounced doo-la and taken from the Greek word for ‘servant’) is an empathetic and caring mother’s companion. She is knowledgeable and experienced in all aspects of childbirth, breastfeeding, baby care and development, postnatal healthcare, and homemaking.
Digital Doula® 2.0 can be an invaluable companion and asset, increasing available family resources and supporting mothers whose relatives are not available to help and/or may not be familiar with breastfeeding and current child care approaches.
Digital Doula® 2.0 After Birth Care includes virtual support for:
- Newborn baby care support and guidance
- Maternal postnatal self-care
- Relationship support
- Child development wisdom
- and other personalized care
Diane S. Speier, PhD started working as a doula in 1978, attending births as a labor companion and assisting new mothers during the postpartum period at home. Diane became a certified childbirth educator in 1978 and her postpartum groups and exercise classes were a popular activity for new mothers and their babies for twenty years both in the US and the UK. Her PhD in Women’s Studies (2002) was based on her professional practice as a birth professional, using her case notes as the data for research. Throughout her four decades working as a birth and postpartum professional, she has been dedicated to the transition to parenthood and how to make it easier for new parents, culminating in her recently published book Life After Birth: A Parent’s Holistic Guide for Thriving in the Fourth Trimester (Praeclarus Press) in 2019. The Digital Doula®2.0 app enriches and expands on the book, with both live links for more information and additional content that wasn’t included in the book.
You can learn more about Diane’s work on the ‘About the Creator’ page of this website.
“Speaking to Diane about the traumatic birth of my daughter was life-changing. She provided me with a safe space to talk about what had happened, to understand my reactions and most importantly for me, gave me practical advice and avenues to explore on every aspect of my physical and emotional recovery. She followed up our sessions with useful emails and was always available if I needed to talk about something in particular. Her help was, without doubt, the most important in my recovery from the ptsd symptoms and pnd I was experiencing. Thank you so so much.” — E. Catteau
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Diane would be delighted to hear from you if you think her virtual doula services would be a good fit for you. Please contact her to start the conversation. Services are available as a package or an hourly rate.