Valerie Ybarra, owner of A Doula on the Go, is a trained and certified postpartum doula, newborn specialist, breastfeeding educator and infant massage instructor who has a special knack for caring for multiple infants. Unlike doulas that specialize in birthing, Ybarra’s focus is helping new moms and new-again moms with the work, stresses, realities and uncertainties that occur after the excitement of the birth of a new baby.
Ybarra says, “All new mothers can use help after coming home from the hospital, but they may live far from their extended family, or their own mothers are working and can’t take time off to be with them.” A postpartum doula is able to deliver non-judgmental care and support. Ybarra offers full-time or part-time days and overnight help, as well as New Mommy Massage and Baby Massage before bedtime, so both may sleep more peacefully.
In addition to helping care for the new baby, postpartum doulas create an emotionally safe place for the mother, lightening her load and helping to ease into a new role. Ybarra ensures the mother is eating, staying hydrated and getting enough sleep, which she says is often referred to as “mothering the mother.” The “on the go” aspect of the business refers to her availability to travel with the family out of the state or country to care for an infant, unobtrusively keeping the baby’s schedule running smoothly.
Formerly a Beverly Hills nanny for eight years, Ybarra was also a maternity ward nurse assistant in an Atlanta hospital that delivered 1,500 babies per month. She has more than 30 years of experience caring for newborns and providing new mother care, and is willing to work within the client’s cultural and religious traditions.
For more information, call 480-236-2924 or visit ADoulaOnTheGo.com.