New mothers in Southern Illinois who need some help after giving birth now have someone to call.
Sheila King is the owner of Mother’s Love Postpartum Services, and she is in the business of helping mothers after childbirth. King is a certified postpartum doula and a certified lactation counselor.
“I know as a mom when I had my kids, I realized there was this huge gap in the health care system from when you have your baby at the hospital and are sent home 24 hours later,” she said.
King said many mothers don’t have much help and there are a lot of unanswered questions. She provides that support for the mother from the time she gets home from the hospital through the first three months.
The first week or two is most critical, she said, mostly for the mother’s health and learning how to feed and nurse the child.
"I make sure the mother is resting, eating and the make sure the baby is eating,” King said. “There are really low breastfeeding rates because people just don’t know how to do it. They don’t have support and if there is any problem they will just stop right away.”
King said she's not just there for medical advice. She also provides a little help around the home.
“I make sure the home is clean, kids are picked up from school or whatever is needed to make sure the house stays running smoothly,” she said. “It is just a huge transition for the family.”
King is also watching the mother for signs of postpartum depression. She said she is there for support, which is the best way to help come out of a depression. But, if she sees something that is out of the ordinary, she has professional contacts to help the mother.
She said families can hire her for however long the family feels is necessary for up through the first three months. She has several packages to offer, at roughly $20 per hour.
For more information or to schedule a free consultation, call 618-713-7912 or email King at firstname.lastname@example.org.