Postpartum & Birth Doula
5 years of experience | 3 families served
Lives in Beverly, MA
Daytime (4 hr minimum) – $35/hr
Mornings and evenings from 10am-6pm
Experience & Education
- Full Spectrum Doula (Postpartum) – SMC Birthing Change
- Child Development Associate certificate (2017)
Within 45 minutes of Beverly, MA
What can I help out with?
Infant feeding, Light housework e.g. baby laundry, cleaning dishes, Letting parent(s) sleep while you take care of baby, Light meal prep, Helping mom learn how to take care of baby
Health Precautions & Exposure
I always wear a mask in public, practice washing hands frequently and carry hand sanitizer at all times. I am fully vaccinated. I will wear a fresh mask per visit and wash my hands on arrival. Temperature checks are fine as well and/or COVID tests as needed based on travel or symptoms.
Hi! My name is Arlene, I am a big believer in the village, we all need one. I think that inter-personal connections are the lifeline to our human experience. I really love community building and sharing ideas, support, value, and work with people of all backgrounds. I am an Educator and Doula, which both provide work that is very dear to me. I believe in service, there is a lot of give and take in life so time and place is important for both. I am a Reiki II practitioner and love reading and dancing. I'm fluent in Spanish and I grew up on the beach!
How do you help new parents?
My favorite part of this job is teaching parents how to care for their baby and learn skills and tips to adjust to family life. I always love a baby snuggle! I am very comfortable taking care of infants including feeding, swaddling, sleep techniques, and understanding developmental milestones. I always offer parents time for a nap while I am present! "Mothering the mother" is something I learned during my doula training and deeply resonates in the service I provide.
Why did you pursue this career?
I witnessed the birth of my nephew after a 4 day induction and realized I was completely unaware of many medicalized practices toward birth. My parents are Caribbean immigrants and I was raised with a very biological and holistic view of birth, women's bodies, and maternal care. As I grew into family support work and met more mothers I learned of the major disconnects between the medical field and women's total health care. I believe in trusting women and their bodies. I am proud to be a part of the support systems for families, I thoroughly believe in the village.
“Arlene was an incredible addition to my birth team. From the beginning she was responsive, compassionate, informative, and an advocate. She made us feel comfortable and empowered to do what was best for us. She was always available to support me in person, text or zoom..She was there to help us during the golden hour and gave breastfeeding support. Arlene even fed me! I felt so taken care of. During postpartum she checked in and provided several visits. She gave me best practices while also providing emotional support along the way. We are beyond grateful for Arlene and the experience she gave to us. We highly recommend working with her!” – Mercedes, birth client, October 2020
“I can’t say enough great things about Arlene! She is professional, down to earth, and warm. I met several doulas before speaking with her and immediately felt comfortable. I felt like Arlene really listened to me and asked great questions from the very beginning of the process.” – Kelsey, birth client, September 2020
“When we approached Arlene, it was quite late in my pregnancy. But from our first call, Arlene took time with our family, offered labor and sibling support, talked me through unresolved issues from my previous birth, bonded with my older kid. During the labor (I had an induction), she stayed in touch with us through text and phone, offering amazing ways to make an incredibly difficult situation easier. In the postpartum period, Arlene offered wonderful suggestions for breastfeeding, organizing our time as a family etc. Our family will always remember Arlene so very fondly, you can’t go wrong with her.” – Kal, birth/sibling support, April 2020