Relief - Doula Agency, LLC
Looking for extended, in-home, assistance for your family? Someone to bridge the care and information you receive from The Parent Respite & Resource Center to your home? Relief Doulas can help!
Postpartum doulas are professionally trained to understand the unique needs of families in the months after birth. They provide in-home physical, emotional, and logistical support to all household members to ensure the well being of the entire family as a unit. Professional postpartum doulas offer assistance with newborn care, sibling adjustment, breast/bottle feeding support, coping skills, daily tasks (such as folding the laundry and meal preparation), and more!
Krista Maltais, Founder/Owner of Relief, Advanced Postpartum Doula and Trainer with DONA International, has personally trained and mentors each doula in the agency. Learn more about each professional postpartum doula and how she can provide the long-term, whole-family, care you’re looking for.
Seacoast New Hampshire & York County Maine
Jessica Holt is a postpartum doula and Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) living in the New Hampshire Seacoast area. She is passionate about bringing knowledge, comfort, and confidence to families during the very special postpartum period. As each family situation is unique, her services are specifically tailored to the needs of the individual and family.
As a former sous-chef, Jessica has specialty in food preparation. She can help plan and prepare meals for any budget, taste preference, and/or dietary need.
When she’s not working with families or in the kitchen whipping up her latest culinary creation, Jessica loves to explore trails and mountains with her husband and son.
Essex County Massachusetts & Seacoast New Hampshire
Kendra Scott graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston with a Bachelors of Biology in 2011. During this time, she worked as an EMT on an ambulance, which solidified her decision to pursue a nursing degree. In 2016, she graduated with her Bachelors in Nursing and a Masters as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from the Massachusetts General Hospital-Institute of Health Professions. During her nursing education, she also became a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) to better support breastfeeding couplets.
After encountering many families in the pediatrician’s office at MGH and bearing witness to the struggles new families encounter, she felt compelled to pursue her DONA International postpartum doula certification. She firmly believes that supporting families in the early postpartum period can be of great benefit to Mom, baby and the family as a whole.
Kendra’s favorite part of being a postpartum doula is teaching parents how to care for their baby so that they may move confidently throughout this period of transition. She finds it vital to show parents they have the tools they need to successfully care for their baby.
The partnership of medical knowledge and experience with that of a postpartum doula allows Kendra to work with families in an evidence based fashion while providing non-medical care. At the end of working with you, her hope is to leave you feeling rested and confident in your ability to care for your baby.
Rockingham County New Hampshire & North Shore Massachusetts
Amanda Newbury is a Certified Postpartum Doula through DONA International. She holds a Bachelors in Psychology at Granite State College and is also a certified fitness instructor. (C-Method Barre trained by Cally Wickson.) Amanda has a passion with working with families after birth and loves working with moms in all stages of their postpartum journey, helping them to get back to fitness at a safe pace.
Amanda is well into her own postpartum journey. Amanda is wife to Marcus, and a mommy to Emerson Henry and Sawyer James and they live in Newmarket, NH. She says, “Becoming a mom isn’t always easy – it can be lonely, exhausting, and emotional. I’m here to help you through the postpartum ups and downs that I’ve faced. We’re all in this together, and I’m here to help with anything you made need.”
PLEASE NOTE: Amanda is currently on maternity leave.
Seacoast New Hampshire, Essex County Massachusetts & York County Maine
Marie is the mother of four children and a grandmother of two. Becoming a caring certified birth doula and also a supportive postpartum doula has given Marie a chance to share not only evidence-based knowledge but also years of “mother wisdom” and experience.
Marie realizes that life with Baby is a new journey for you and your family. She knows how vital rest is for a mother healing from delivery. She will encourage you to bond with your baby and learn your baby’s language by reading their cues. Marie will share various ways to soothe your baby, and will help identify what each type of cry means. She will also assist you with your baby’s changing sleep and feeding patterns.
Marie makes it her goal to assist you in organizing your time to meet the sometimes challenging transition into parenthood. As Marie lovingly teaches you how to care for your newborn, helps with light housework, and shares easy menu ideas and suggestions on things to bring when you take your baby on outings, she offers a listening ear, and even a shoulder to cry on. She recognizes that the first few weeks home with Baby can be stressful for all in the family. Her caring demeanor, encouraging words, and friendliness are often just what new parents need. Marie looks forward to helping you along the first steps in your parenting journey.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is a Postpartum Doula?
A Certified Postpartum Doula (PCD) is trained and educated through DONA International, the largest and most respected doula association in the world. She is qualified to work with your family after the birth of your child(ren) and may offer education about newborn care techniques, mother care, partner and sibling adjustment, postpartum mood disorders, breast and bottle feeding, and coping skills. She may also be able to assist with your family’s daily needs such as organizing the home, preparing light meals, running errands, and providing additional local resources.
Who needs a Postpartum doula?
First time parents - learn all about baby’s needs from nursery set up to bathing to sleeping
Second or more time parents - learn how to help siblings adjust to the new baby; learn how to make time for your selves and your relationship
Parents who are expecting twins or higher order multiples - learn how to deal with multiple infants’ needs as well as logistics
Parents who have adopted - learn how to integrate baby into your life
Family members - learn how to help baby and parents as well as yourselves
For anyone who is looking to gain self-confidence, education about parenting and newborn care, efficient feeding techniques and/or coping skills, a postpartum doula is for you!
What about Partners?
Partners can often feel overlooked during the postpartum phase since so much attention is spent on the recovering mother and new baby. However, Partners are an essential member of the family and can do much more than change dirty diapers! The job of the postpartum doula is to assist all members of the family so that they have a positive postpartum experience. She can help guide Partner as s/he transitions into the new role as parent; she can offer practical suggestions and/or a listening ear and can help alleviate the pressure of having to take care of mom and baby. The postpartum doula can answer questions, ease concerns, and help find special ways for every member of the family to bond with the newborn.
While doulas can do similar tasks, Partners are irreplaceable!
For more information, read this DONA International article: “Dads and Doulas”
Can you help me with breastfeeding?
Yes! Professional Postpartum Doulas are trained to understand the essentials of breastfeeding and can troubleshoot most common challenges; they also know who the local resources are for more complex issues and will refer as needed. Several of our agency doulas are also Certified Lactation Counselors and have additional training and experience to help you achieve breastfeeding success.
How does the process of hiring a doula work?
Once you have submitted your request to contact one of our agency doulas, the process usually begins over the phone. The doula get to know you and your expected needs and you get to ask any questions you may have. Once all parties have established if she could be the postpartum doula for you, then an in-home consultation is scheduled to talk more in detail and complete intake questionnaires. After that, a letter of agreement is signed, confirming that the doula will provide services for you and your family. Then, after the birth of your child, you begin your work together!
How much does doula care cost?
The typical rate for a postpartum doula in this area is $25 - $35/hour. Our agency charges $30/hour and offers a variety of care options. We also believe in the DONA International practice of “A Doula For Every Person Who Wants One”; if finances are a concern, please let Krista know and an alternative arrangement can try to be reached.
Will insurance pay for doula services?
As of October 1, 2009, certified birth and postpartum doulas are now able to be assigned provider numbers to submit claims to both Medicaid and third-party payers for services. While this does not guarantee you will be reimbursed for doula services, having a provider number helps insurance companies process submitted claims more easily. It is always recommended that you submit a reimbursement claim for doula services to your individual insurance company. Our doulas have National Provider numbers and can offer a reimbursement packet to help you in this process.
Where do you travel/provide services?
We travel and provide services to Southern Maine, Southeast / Seacoast New Hampshire, and North Shore Massachusetts. Some of the many towns we have worked in are: Maine: Kittery, South Berwick, York New Hampshire: Durham, Dover, Exeter, Hampton, Manchester, Portsmouth, Rye, Windham Massachusetts: Amesbury, Beverly, Hamilton, Marblehead, Newburyport,
Can I register or purchase a gift certificate for postpartum doula services?
Absolutely! Postpartum doula services make a great gift for all new and expecting families! Gift certificates can be created in any increment, by an individual or group of family members/friends, are perfect for baby shower and welcome home baby presents and can be used towards any new or existing doula service!