$35 to $40
3 years and 10 families served
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 1 to 2
Postpartum limits/restrictions: No limits.
NAPS Board Member - Volunteer Referral Line Coordinator
I believe every family deserves support therefore I will offer a reduced rate depending on what a family can afford
Lynnwood, WA Service range 20 miles
Denise is hands-down the most amazing postpartum doula you could possibly ask for. She helped me with my daughter from when she was about 3 weeks to 6 months old. From those initial days of learning to nurse, strategies for the witching hours, getting in a snack, nap, or shower when feasible, to later on helping me convince my daughter to nap in her crib several months later, Denise was a font of wisdom, advice, caring, humor, and support. She was uncannily able to both provide as much help and assistance as I needed while also giving me space and time to bond 1-1 with my daughter. She consistently made my daughter smile and laugh and me feel more confident in what I was doing. She was fantastic with my friendly but hyper dog, integrated seamlessly in an extended household with grandparents, was wonderful about COVID safety, and was so good at finding additional resources and suggestions for things I was wondering about with regards to infant concerns and development. I would recommend her support in a heartbeat to anyone with a young baby and only wish she were still helping us ??.
Denise has been an absolute life saver! She is always on time and ready to help out. She is kind, caring, and always professional. We have really appreciated having her around. I would highly recommend her for post partum doula services--you won't regret it!
From the first phone conversation to every visit thereafter, Denise has been an invaluable resource to our family after welcoming our first daughter. She puts our minds at ease and has helped us become more confident parents. She also has a knack for helping the family pet(s) acclimate to new members of the family, which has made the transition for our dog much easier. Denise does an excellent job of maximizing every minute she is in our home. She is an awesome listener, takes copious notes, and learns to anticipate our needs. So even on a rough day or morning, she knows exactly how to immediately jump in and help. Denise is an expert at helping support us so we can focus all of our attention on the baby by taking care of all the needed housework, walking the dog, etc. Or when we just need time to ourselves, or want to sleep, shower, etc. she cares for the baby. Denise helps to explain, validate and address areas of challenge such as feeding, sleep, tools/products, behavioral milestones, etc. She also goes above and beyond to tap the community of doulas that she works with and does research to find additional information and resources when needed. We so value her help—she truly has made the adjustment to parenthood a much easier journey.
Denise is a natural at caring for others. She instantly feels like family. I had a hard time asking for support after my third daughter was born and I’m so glad I reached out to her. She allowed me to focus on my self care while transitioning to a Mom of 3. My older girls loved her positive reinforcement and gentle love and encouragement. She just has this soothing presence and our baby knew she was very well taken care of when she was in Denise’s arms. I will recommend her to anyone looking for postpartum doula care.
There are so many wonderful things I wish to share about the care Denise provided to my family. First, her natural and beautiful connection with babies and children is clearly evident. Entrusting the care of any family member, much less a newborn, is so important. She bonded to our baby immediately and fell right into place with helping our older child as well. She has an uncanny sense of reading your family knowing what assistance is needed.
I was never made to feel uncomfortable about any of the common postpartum issues experienced and Denise ensured that I ate, drank, took sitz baths and rested. She was immensely supportive during the hard times we had with babies Failure to Thrive and intense feeding schedule. Denise had completed her initial postpartum services with us, but I reached back out and she came without hesitation.
I'll never be able to thank her enough for supporting my breastfeeding journey. We had difficulties, I ended up spiraling, feeling as though I had failed and isolated myself in a dark room. Denise provided encouragement and guidance with proper latching and nipple care yet we still had problems. Denise knew just what to do. She encouraged my husband to comfort me, called my Midwife and set out to obtain nipple shields and gel pads. My Midwife determined my baby had a top lip-tie, causing issues with latching and severe discomfort during feedings. I went from a near postpartum depressive state to relief. Allowing myself and my baby this amazing attachment was the biggest gift. Denise humbly denies that she did anything more than any other caregiver would, and that we did all of the work. However, what she did was supply affection, knowledge, and security that made my postpartum journey a moment in my life that I will always look back on and feel love for the bond created between my family and this woman.
I cannot recommend Denise Messick highly enough! She started with us as a postpartum doula, and stayed as our son’s nanny for his first year. During that time, she was kind, thoughtful, and caring towards our whole family, even our roommate and our pets! She went above and beyond on so many occasions, even helping us to navigate the challenges of nanny taxes. She is knowledgeable about so many aspects of child care development, and when she didn’t know something she made a point to learn about it. There are so many stressors and difficulties in adapting to parenthood, but Denise was our partner and guide through it all. She made our lives easier in immeasurable ways, both small and large. Her best and most lasting impact is in how our son has grown and developed in her care. He was always happy to see her and still talks about her often. We still make a point of seeing Denise every few weeks because that relationship is so important to him.
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