The arrival of a new baby is one of the most amazing and life-changing experiences that a family can have. It can also be the most challenging time as a mother recovers from the birth and is adjusting to life with a newborn. A Postpartum Doula comes into your home and eases you through this transition, offering emotional, educational and physical support for the whole family.
Many studies have shown that new parents who have support during this transition experience greater breastfeeding success, greater self-confidence and less postpartum depression. As your Postpartum Doula, I am committed to helping you have a smooth adjustment to parenthood.
Countless scientific trials examining doula care demonstrate remarkably improved physical and psychological outcomes for both mother and baby. Doulas have a positive impact on the well-being of the entire family. – DONA International
My name is Gill Emery, I am the mom of three grown sons and live in West Roxbury with my husband. I also have two furry boys, Bentley and Jensen.
My passion for mother and baby care came when I was in my teens. I was born and raised in the north of England and always knew I wanted to become a midwife. I went to nursing school in Liverpool and moved to Cambridge to start my midwifery training in 1990. Prior to leaving the UK, I was working as a hospital-based midwife at the John Radcliffe in Oxford. Now my own children are grown, I am excited to return to the field I love! I am thrilled to be able to support new families through this extraordinary time.
I am a DONA Certified Postpartum Doula and Certified Lactation Counselor. I am also Red Cross certified in Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED.
I offer a complimentary meet up where we can talk over your needs and possible concerns. Together, we will come up with a schedule that works for you. I request a four hour minimum visit but there is no minimum on the number of visits each week. Please fill out the form below or call me on 978-549-0198 to find out more.
I serve the Greater Boston area, Arlington, Brookline, Cambridge, Dedham, Milton, Natick, Needham, Newton, Somerville, Waltham and Wellesley. Please reach out if you do not see your town listed.
Daytime Doula Support -$40/hr
During the early weeks, every day is different! Every visit we will begin with a catch up to discuss any concerns and talk over your hopes and expectations for my visit.
As your Postpartum Doula, I can provide
- Whole family care and support
- Support and comfort measures for Mom
- Education and support in all aspects of infant care
- Infant care while parents sleep
- Guidance with infant soothing techniques and sleep
- Breastfeeding/pumping advice; I am a Certified Lactation Counselor
- Bottle feeding assistance
- Light meal prep
- Light housekeeping and laundry
- Errands and grocery runs
Nighttime Doula Support -$40/hr
Rest easily, knowing your baby is taken care of while you get some well deserved sleep. If you are breastfeeding, I will bring baby to you just for feeds and will take care of changing and settling baby once again. Once baby is settled, I can do laundry and light housekeeping tasks.
8 hour minimum shift.
Returning to Work Support -$40/hr
I offer practical and emotional support for parents heading back to work. We will plan ahead together, discussing ways to make this transition smoother, covering topics such as pumping and safe milk storage. On the first few days of work, I will arrive at your home early in the morning to help get you out to work on time with as little stress as possible. I can also tackle the laundry and perform light housekeeping tasks.
Certified Postpartum Doula (DONA)
Certified Lactation Counselor.