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Meri Hoover

Meri Hoover, Postpartum Doula LLC

Seattle, WA Service range 6 miles I like to stay within 10 miles of downtown Seattle.

https://www.merihooverpostpartumdoula.com/

Postpartum Rate

$60 to $70

Availability Remarks: I work S-Th nights, up to 5 shifts a week. I have a strong preference for working 4-5 nights straight and know doulas to fill in if you're wanting 7 nts/wk.

Postpartum Rate

$60 to $70


Medicaid and Third Party Insurers

Currently approved to receive payments from the following programs:


Postpartum Doula Experience

4 years and 52 families served


Postpartum Doula Certifications

  • Northwest Association of Postpartum Support (NAPS) - Certified Postpartum Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International-Approved Workshop, February 2020

Type of practice: Solo practice

Clients per month: 1 to 4

Postpartum limits/restrictions: My website has a comprehensive sets of FAQs which will answer many of your questions!


College Education

BA/BS


Special Services Offered

  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Cloth diapering education
  • First Aid and CPR
  • LGBTQIA+ Support
  • Military families support
  • Newborn care specialist
  • Surrogates and intended parents

Training Documentation

credential


Languages Spoken

  • English

Fee Details

I am NAPS certified and have completed training as an advanced newborn care specialist through Newborn Care Solutions. General overnight care will be $ 60/hr, with an 8 hr min, with the understanding that once basic tasks are completed, the baby is fed and sleeping, I will doze. This is standard practice. If you prefer I stay awake, this premium service is $70/hr. I am experienced with twins, with references. For multiples, my rate is $70/hr. If you’re not in a position to cover these fees, or believe you may qualify for a reduced rate, please let me know.

Service Area

Seattle, WA Service range 6 miles I like to stay within 10 miles of downtown Seattle.

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Alexandra Moore

1/16/2024

Meri is a doula extraordinaire. We slept so peacefully knowing our baby was well taken care of, loved and carefully watched all night. Meri is meticulous, communicative, thoughtful and a wealth of knowledge, especially for us first-time parents. Meri became part of our family during her weeks with us and we couldn't have survived that fragile postpartum time without her. Not only would we wake up to all the baby tasks done (perfectly), but she was a strong support system for all the postpartum changes for me as a mother. Hiring Meri was beneficial to our baby, our sleep, our marriage, my mental health and so many other aspects of our life. We already miss her dearly and highly recommend her to anyone looking for this type of care.

Laura

7/8/2023

Meri was an amazing doula for our family and we are so grateful for all of her incredible support and care after the birth of our son.  She is so organized, kind, and thoughtful.  It was a joy getting to know her, working with her, and talking with her about caring for our son.  She offered invaluable advice, guidance, and assistance and didn’t hesitate to jump in and quickly learn how to care for our son when he needed additional feeding support.  She helped us get the sleep and support we needed and our son all of the care, nutrition, and snuggles he needed at night.  Thank you so much, Meri, for being there for our entire family when we most needed it!

Amanda Maran

6/11/2023

Meri saved my breastfeeding journey and was key to a healthy and smooth post C-Section recovery.  With Meri, you are leaving your newborn in her excellent care overnight so you (and your partner) can get restorative sleep and recovery in those early, challenging weeks. You will be able to put down both your newborn and your mental load you can get that restorative stretch of sleep while Meri watches over your newborn through the night. She also helped me through a painful engorgement after my milk came in. She was able to leverage her network of douas to find a solution to relieving my pain and feeding my daughter. I am convinced that her intervention saved me from contracting mastitis and ending my breastfeeding journey. Her support and encouragement each night kept me on my journey to establish breastfeeding which has lead to a beautiful bonding experience with my baby. Meri does light housework like folding baby laundry, unloading the dishwasher and washing bottles and pump parts so you are ready for the day when you wake up in the morning. Moreover,  she helped me and my husband establish healthy cleaning habits for bottles and breast pumping parts, diaper changes and bath time. She brought so much peace, joy and relief to my home, helping me recover from a C-Section with my daughter Mara. Each evening, she would come into my living room with a smile, eager to hear how I was feeling and how the baby was feeling that day. You are in great hands with Meri - whether you are exclusively breastfeeding, bottle feeding or both - she is there to support you through the night so you can be the mom you want to be for your newborn during the day. I will have her help me again when we have our second child. She is top-notch. I am grateful that the universe sent this angel on earth to my home. 

Amanda Maran

6/10/2023

Meri saved my breastfeeding journey and was key to a healthy and smooth post C-Section recovery.  With Meri, you are leaving your newborn in her excellent care overnight so you (and your partner) can get restorative sleep and recovery in those early, challenging weeks. You will be able to put down your newborn and your mental load of the day so you can get that restorative stretch while Meri watches over your newborn through the night. She also helped me through a painful engorgement after my milk came in. She was able to leverage her network of douas to find a solution to relieving my pain and feeding my daughter. I am convinced that her intervention saved me from contracting mastitis and ending my breastfeeding journey. Her support and encouragement each night kept me on my journey to establish breastfeeding which has lead to a beautiful bonding experience with my baby. Meri does light housework like folding baby laundry, unloading the dishwasher and washing bottles and pump parts so you are ready for the day when you wake up from her nights with you. Moreover,  she helped me and my husband establish healthy cleaning habits for bottles and breast pumping parts, diaper changes and bath time. She brought so much peace, joy and relief to my home, helping me recover from a C-Section with my daughter Mara. Each evening, she would come into my living room with a smile, eager to hear how I was feeling and how the baby was feeling that day. You are in great hands with Meri - whether you are exclusively breastfeeding, bottle feeding or both - she is there to support you through the night so you can be the mom you want to be for your newborn during the day. I will have her help me again when we have our second child. She is top-notch. I am grateful that the universe sent this angel on earth to my home. 

Tracy Zaydman

7/21/2022

Meri is simply a dream. During such a difficult and tiring time she was there with a smile and an overnight bag to make everything seem easier. She has such a wonderful attitude and personality. She is very knowledgable about all things newborns and has lots of tips and tricks. Plus she always checks up on you to make sure you are doing well. Very easy to communicate with and be around. 5 stars and a wonderful doula!

Shakira Callahan

3/9/2022

Our original doula cancelled on us last minute. We do not have a ton of family and friends in the area, so we knew that securing a doula was the best option.

We had a baby coming home from NICU soon and I was referred by a friend to a website that put in contact with Meri. Our first interaction was via email she was accepting, reassuring,and positive. I explained our situation and she responded ready to learn more. I  could tell that our vibes would match so I asked her to come help our family.

At our first meeting she jumped right in as soon as she walked in the door. She beganhelping me nurse, giving me reassurance that I can do this, providing tips on how to be successful in breastfeeding. She made sure we got our much needed rest by playing with our kitties to  make sure they didn't bother us all while she took care of our LO.  When times got tough Meri was there  to work with us she was listening ear, sounding board, and she always responds quickly to my text messsges. In day and age that means a lot for a new mom who feels like she just can't be certain. I feel that Meri was an amazing match for our family and wouldn't trade her for the world!

AS

2/24/2022

Meri is an exceptional doula and truly loves her profession! She was the first doula to support my preemie twins when they came home from the hospital and continued to support our family for several months of our post partum journey.  She is kind, thoughtful, knowledgeable, and a fantastic cook! I highly recommend her deviled eggs, chicken noodle soup, or shepherds pie!  Such great comfort foods while cozying up at home.  


Meri is a natural at caring for both mother and babies and my fourth trimester would not have been as smooth without her. She helped with lactation/pumping tips, problem solving my babies tummy issues, and was very responsive when I had questions for her via text. She was incredibly loving and nurturing to my daughters, and was always ahead of their feeds at night.  This was particularly important because I have a small home and it meant that I could sleep because they rarely cried because she was ahead of their needs.  Additionally, Meri has a friendly and upbeat personality and brought a breath of fresh air into our home.  I always looked forward to chatting with her about the babies and other topics.  


The best doulas out there have the attitude that they want to work themselves out of a job by giving you the skills and confidence you need to continue on your own - and that is exactly what she did.  Meri got our family up and running with her care and I was sad to ‘graduate’ from her night and day support! I highly recommend her to any family and have also told her that I'm happy to speak with any family if they would like to learn more about her.  
 

 

Borislava Pupaza

9/23/2021

Meri helped me during my first two weeks of recovery from a repeat C-section. Working with her as our postpartum doula was a great experience! She was well educated and informed on all questions I had and was a big comfort as we connected with her on many levels. Meri is very easy to talk with, relatable and full of knowledge about pregnancy, birth and postpartum related. She is objective and supportive and I didn't feel judged. During painful and stressful times such as the postpartum period having a doula like her is a tremendous plus as daily tasks around the house are hard to do on your own. I highly recommend her services and would work with her again if we decide to have another child.

 

Postpartum Availability for Meri Hoover

= Available. Calendar last updated: 04-14-2024