Hillary Clifford, Postpartum Doula
Hi! My name is Hillary and I am currently working towards becoming a certified Postpartum Doula servicing North Fort Wayne and surrounding areas. I decided to become a Postpartum Doula in 2021 to nurture and care for new moms and their families during the postpartum period and in 2022 becoming certified through CAPPA.
My son was born in April 2020, the very beginning stages of the pandemic. I was a terrified new mom thrown into quarantine, unable to have visitors or a "normal" experience with my newborn. I was quickly heading into a downward spiral and my mental health suffered greatly. Once learning about Postpartum Doulas, I knew this was my calling. I could be that support person I so desperately needed as a new mom. My goal is to educate new parents about the common mood disorders so many people go through and to make sure families are confident to continue after I leave the home.
I have always been inspired by the strength of women and the miracle of birth. This is why I became a professional Postpartum Doula. Every woman deserves to have someone there to guide and assist them in making educated choices about their pregnancy and postpartum experience, and remind them that they can trust the strength of their bodies and minds during this time. I’m here to provide unbiased information and emotional support. Please get in touch to find out more.
"The postpartum doula fills a void left by families not being close enough or able to offer help, and reassurance while parents adjust to their new role and responsibilities. New families deserve the support and encouragement a postpartum doula can give"
- CAPPA Postpartum Doula Manual
Daytime Postpartum Care
Daytime postpartum care starts with me coming to the home during the morning and staying with the family for the next few hours. I will check in and see how the previous evening went and what you need from me to best feel supported. Days and hours are based on family needs and discussed during meet & greet.
Virtual Postpartum Care
Virtual postpartum care is virtual meetings set up based on your schedule. Meetings are typically 2 hours once or twice per week. However, frequencies can change to help support you and your family best. During these times, we are able to go over what your struggles are, what questions you may have, and what you need to feel supported.
Overnight Postpartum Care
Overnight postpartum care starts with me coming to the home during the evening and staying with the family through the next morning. I will take care of baby's feedings and stay with baby while sleeping so parents are able to fully rest. Nights and hours are discussed during meet & greet.
During support meetings, we can set up a time to meet in person or virtually to discuss mental health or any questions you may have around feeling supported. I will make sure that you feel heard, your questions are answered, and you are referred to the best resources for further help.
Sibling Doula Package
Sibling Doula Care is focused on the sibling(s) of your new little one. This package includes 1 prenatal visit to meet the family, on call starting at 38 weeks until birth, caring for sibling(s) while in labor, and one daytime visit postpartum. Services include, activities, meal prep, playtime, bedtime, and overnight care if needed.
What to Expect
Services include but are not limited to:
Folding and putting away laundry
Bottle and pump part sterilization
Snack and light meal prep
Accompanying to doctor appointments
Family transitioning (including kids and pets)
Nighttime care and feedings while parents sleep
Guiding through bath time, nursing or bottle-feeding, sleep routines, and basic newborn care
Postpartum recovery including vaginal and cesarean births
Help with adjusting to new routines
Recognize PMADs (Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders) and give un-biased support
Give credible resources and refer out