Hilar Witchr_Profile Picture

Hilary W.

Postpartum Doula, Birth Doula

2 years of experience | 25 families served

Lives in Needham, MA

Pricing

$40 per hour daytime (min 3 hours per shift)

Availability

Mon – Thu during the day

Now accepting clients for February, March, April

Experience & Education

Qualifications
  • CPR, Red Cross
  • Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula, DONA 2019
  • Certified Breastfeeding Specialist, LER 2020
  • Volunteer Leader, La Leche League International 2021
Education
  • Masters in Management, Southern Oregon University, 2007
  • Bachelors of Science in Psychology, University of Georgia, 2000
Professional Experience
  • Private Practice, Postpartum Doula, 2019-Present
  • Director of Operations – Tundalaya 2014-19
  • Store Manager, Buyer, Harry & David 2004-12
  • Event Manager, Levy Restaurants and The Meetinghouse Companies 2001-04
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Areas Served

    30 mins drive from Needham

    What can I help out with?

    When I arrive for Postpartum day visits, I first wash my hands! I will typically inquire with the parent(s) how they are feeling physically and emotionally, how last night was, what they would most like in terms of support from me today.

    Some of the things I can do to help include:

    • Give parents a chance to rest: I can care the the baby while the parent(s) nap
    • Newborn education: I help answer questions about newborn characteristics, play with their baby, baby wearing, typical newborn sleep etc.
    • Light housework: Washing bottles from the day before, straightening up the kitchen, living area, throwing in a load of laundry etc
    • A Companion & listener: Often we will get out of the house for a walk around the neighborhood. Often parents wish to chat during this time about life and how it’s changed, how things are hard and wonderful all at once. I try my best to be an empathetic, compassionate listener, to offer advice when appropriate, provide additional vetted resources for them etc
    • Infant feeding: I also help with breastfeeding or bottle feeding when necessary (which is often!). I can help with facts about baby feeding, assistance with latch and comfort for baby and mom, demonstrate how to bottle feed

    Each day and client is different!

    Health Precautions & Exposure

    I live with my husband and 2 kids. As of right now, my kids are participating in 100% remote schooling. We do outdoor activities, go to some stores and eat at home. I work with 1-3 clients during a typical month.

    When caring for families I am willing to do the following, depending on the family’s preferences:

    • I have a specific mask for each family and make sure to wear fresh clothing for each family
    • I bring all of my own food, drinks, utensils etc. to client homes and eat in a separate space from the family
    • I wash my hands a lot while there!
    • I keep all of my clients up to date on my family and client status so all are comfortable
    • I am happy to do temp checks
    • I can have a test if there is some reason to believe there has been exposure if family places for the test

    What i ask of the families I work with:

    • I ask the families to wear masks when I am with them
    • That we discuss their and my lifestyles as to how they pertain to COVID on an ongoing basis while we work together
    • I ask that clients have paper towels and soap available in the kitchen and bathroom that I will use


    Introduce yourself!
    Hi! I'm Hilary! I am super passionate about pregnancy, birth, postpartum parenting, newborns, breastfeeding and baby (and parent) sleep. I am in this work because I am a "helper". I find such joy in supporting others to ease the transition of adding a new addition to their family. I love to teach parents one-on-one so we can discuss all of their specific questions and concerns. I believe in supporting the whole baby, the whole parent, the whole family - holistically. I have two children (12 year old girl and 9 year old boy) and a rescue hound dog with my husband. We live in the Boston suburbs and love spending time together laughing, playing games, hiking, visiting the city, playing with our crazy dog, reading all the books and watching all the shows. I am a volunteer Leader with La Leche League International. I am excited to get to know you, your new baby and your family!

    How do you help new parents?
    From folding laundry, to being a shoulder to cry on to being an educator about why newborns are the way they are, I LOVE this work of helping, supporting, easing this transition and helping them to find joy in this experience for others. I find such value and personal satisfaction in knowing that I might be making even the smallest difference in the lives of a new parent. From folding laundry, to being a shoulder to cry on to being an educator about why newborns are the way they are, I LOVE this work of helping, supporting, easing this transition and helping them to find joy in this experience for others.

    Why did you pursue this career?
    I care so deeply about supporting new parents during this incredible time in their lives. I loved my births and my birth doulas played such an important helping role in those 2 experiences. My first postpartum experience was SO mentally, physically and emotionally challenging for me though. I spent years thinking through it and trying to help friends to have an easier time than me. I find such value and personal satisfaction in knowing that I might be making even the smallest difference in the lives of a new parent.

    Testimonials

    “Hilary has made the transition from pregnancy to being a mother feel seamless and much less scary than I had anticipated. From day one she has helped me immensely without me having to always ask for help, including, but not limited to: support with breastfeeding, general baby care questions, diaper changing, company during quiet times when I needed company, watching the baby when I needed quiet time, support during walks to get some much needed postpartum/c section exercise and fresh air and other support when needed”

    “Hilary was a great source of support and information for me and my husband during the first few months of parenthood. She was patient and kind, great with our newborn son, and helped educate us both in a non judgmental way about things like breastfeeding, tummy time, returning to work, and overall newborn care. She provided helpful info and resources and was also enjoyable to chat with along the way. I highly recommend her services!”

    “Hilary is a natural-born doula! She was a great support for me and my husband, always taking initiatives to be helpful. With her we had the intimate, joy-filled, worshipful, peaceful birth experience we always wanted!!”