What is a Postpartum Doula?

A Postpartum Doula provides nonjudgmental professional support and care to a growing family after the new baby is born. This can include assurance and emotional support, informational support, family connection and practical help, in a hospital or at home.

I believe in allowing a new mom to be just that - a new mom. 

 

As your Postpartum Doula, I also offer breastfeeding support and bottle feeding support no matter what your previous feeding experience. I’ve had lots of personal experience and I’ve guided mothers and babies just like you.

 

I can guide you to:

  • Understand your baby’s needs better

  • Explore baby feeding options

  • Help you and your baby sleep better

  • Explore strategies for encouraging sibling connection

  • Organize/reorganize your home for new baby

Did you know?
The first 40 days after giving birth is considered a scared window of time in some cultures. Postnatal support continues to exist in over 200 cultures. In England it is referred to as 'confinement', in China it is known as 'doing the month' or ' the golden month' and in Greece, it is called ' churching'.
In our modern world today, a postpartum doula continues to support moms during this incredible life-changing time.
What I’ve Learned
as a Mom
My Qualifications
Early Childhood Educator
7+ years teaching 
5 years as a Nanny
Police Background Check, Vulnerable Sector
Infant CPR + First Aid
Breastfeeding certification (DONA approved)
Postpartum certification (working on DONA)
Pelvic Health Professional Training
Newborn Mothers Postpartum Professional
Mother of 5 grown children, 1 granddaughter, and 1 grandson
Pictures to words.
That's where it starts. 

I want you to know as much as you can about me so you can make the right decision about hiring me as your Postpartum Doula.

 

The most important decision I ever made when my children were growing up, was to take a few deep breaths and take my parents' advice: just ask for help. 

 

My career, working with special needs students in the Toronto District School Board, put everything I had learned into focus. Through determination and my love for learning, I poured myself into understanding how to reach a child, considering any learning inabilities, if present. I realized the children were as eager to learn as I was to teach.  

 

I made every effort to include the child’s family in discussions and taking the time to make daily connections with them. This is when I realized that by building on the strengths of families and the love they have for their children, that everyone benefits.

 

Families know their child best and have much to contribute to their education, first in the early years setting and onward into school age. My own knowledge and experience as an educator can benefit families in your relationships with your children too.

Did you know?

According to the World Health Organization, the first month following childbirth is a critical phase in the lives of mothers and newborn care. It’s important to get all the support you can to help you, your baby and your family thrive in the best way possible.

Don’t Forget Our Fur Babies 

I’ve learned not to underestimate the role of our four-legged friends in the family dynamic, especially with a new baby. Sometimes the family pet can feel neglected and can act out with changes to the family. It’s important for family pets to be socialized with the new addition and boundaries need to be re-set. This is something I know well and can help you with.

This is our fur baby Charley. He makes our life complete. 
Christine Duarte serves Toronto and surrounding areas.
CONNECT WITH ME at Momma Steps
doulachristine@hotmail.com ‚Äč
647-988-4530

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Christine Duarte - Postpartum Doula

fourth-trimester care for you & your family