“Before I met Dulce I didn’t know what a doula was, and I was sceptical about the value of one. She explained to me that her role, rather than being babycentric, focuses on taking care of the mom. Given that this was my pregnancy I couldn’t comprehend the value of this until baby arrived.
Ahead of the birth, Dulce invited us to a workshop on what to expect during the postnatal period, which covered a range of topics and a lot of practical advice for both moms and dads. She also visited us to help ensure that we and our home were as prepared as we could be for baby’s arrival.
In the weeks following our baby’s birth Dulce’s support was invaluable. Every time I saw her in had a load of questions and if she couldn’t answer them immediately, she promptly researched the topic and forwarded me the information. Honestly though, the greatest support I got from her was with breastfeeding; she checked baby’s latch, helped us correct and monitor it, and encouraged me to persist past the pain. She also showed my husband how to help me breastfeed.
Dulce didn’t only support me, she supported my husband, checking up on him regularly, and was only ever a text message away.
Not only is she kind, she is generous with her time and knowledge, organising monthly coffee meetups for moms during which pertinent topics are discussed, and most importantly, she really, really loves babies!
Thank you, Motherly Hug!”
(Luisa Ashworth, geologist, mother of one)
“Dulce really turned the tides for me with the twins. I’d gotten so tired I was seeing Maternal Mental Health and felt powerless to gain control! She helped me spot patterns in the girls habits so I could start building a routine where they did things at the same time so I’d get some downtime to myself. With the girls under her watchful gaze I was able to have a big nap too so I woke up (to folded laundry and sleeping babies) feeling fresher and a little more sane.Thank you again Dulce, both as my Doula and through the postnatal support circle you have been so supportive. You’ve been a rock in a stormy sea and I can’t tell you enough how helpful it’s been.”
(Georgie Manning, graphic designer, mother of twin girls)
“Dulce came to help me for 12 sessions during the first 3 months after the birth of my second child. It was such a valuable help for me in so many ways, I’m incredibly grateful that I met her! I learnt a lot of amazing tips for helping babies sleep, some great natural remedies for babies and older children, some ideas on how to better look after myself, and most importantly felt very supported both emotionally and practically. I was really struggling with managing to look after two children on my own. Dulce being with us for a few hours a week really helped manage that transition as she could take on some of the household chores, and even put my baby down for naps, enabling me to give my older child the one-on-one attention that she was so desperately needing She was sensitive, warm, encouraging, proactive – everything you could wish for in a postnatal doula. I felt a strong sense of support and encouragement about the way I was already doing things, as well as gentle suggestions for how I might do things differently when I asked her advice. Her total non-judgment of my choices as a mother was empowering and refreshing. Thank you Dulce, it was truly a gift to have you in our home during that challenging and wondrous time.”
(Madeline Stanley, community worker, mother of two)
“Even from our first session; I was greeted with such openness and warmth by Dulce. There was a level of care and understanding that made me feel so comfortable and confident within myself and gave me the strength to persist on my own.”
(Zoe Hadlum, events coordinator, mother of one)
“Dulce is one wise lady. She is part of that special kind that any of us mothers would be lucky to have as a support person at any moment of our pregnancy or postnatal period. This strong, intelligent and loving lady will naturally talk to you and support you with whatever you need during your postnatal experience.
Being a postpartum doula, Dulce gathers great expertise in both female and baby universes. I was impressed with her scientific knowledge about how babies sleep. Being sleep deprived, I met her in a time of great need and oh dear was she a huge helping hand with Tom’s sleep!”
(Clarissa Mattos, photographer, mother of one)
“I don’t usually like asking for help but I am so pleased that I got in touch with Dulce to help me in the postnatal period. I looked forward to when she would come around and after each visit I would feel calmer and more positive. Dulce was professional but also very empathetic and was able to read the situation well and respond to what I needed.”
(Sierra Ryland, lawyer, mother of one)
“My first postnatal period was awful. Really awful. I had no family support, my husband and I found it really stressful and it severely impacted my mental health and confidence as a Mum. The second time around I was determined to get the help that my family and I needed to adjust to life with a newborn as well as take care of our older child. When my husband went back to work, Dulce came to visit me twice a week and was soooo supportive, caring and confident in my ability to succeed at breastfeeding for the first time and establish a routine that helped my newborn daughter feel secure as well as help me get my confidence back, feel less overwhelmed and take care of myself. She listened to all of my concerns and helped me find solutions that worked for me. She looked after Baby K while I took time to do the simple things to care for myself and feel more human despite the sleep deprivation of the early days. Five months on today, I can honestly say that my level of comfort as a Mum and my well being is sky high. Dulce has helped me achieve a postnatal period happier and so fuss free, more than I ever thought possible. My sincere thanks to Dulce for being there for me and my family, it has been a lifesaver for us all! Please do consider getting the support that you as a new Mum deserve to have, to experience a really positive postnatal experience, it has the power to change the trajectory that your new family will take in the all important early years. Thank you Dulce, we are so very very grateful. I hope you come to Baby K’s first birthday party!”
(Emily White, mother of two)
“I’d like to thank the love and support I had from the postnatal doula Dulce! The postnatal period is a crazy journey: a joyful tiredness, the admiration for the new life that grows in your heart, getting lost in yourself. Dulce was in my house just before my baby was 15 days old, and she was a discreet presence with an attentive look that made the difference! Even being my second child!“
(Olga Krieger, editor and mother of two, Curitiba/Brazil)
“At 12 months our son went from being a “bad” sleeper to being a really terrible sleeper, waking up every couple of hours. By the time he was 24 months, I was only managing to get 2-3 hours (interrupted) sleep a night, and could barely function. Then we found Dulce, who quickly transformed all our lives for the better. I’d used other sleep consultants in the past, and we’d follow the plan for a week until our son changed everything, and suddenly nothing would work or be relevant. Then we’d face an hourly charge for top-up advice. The beauty of Dulce’s approach is that she is with you for a long period, meaning that she gets to know your family and can adapt the plan to the way you and your child react to things. If something doesn’t work, she changes it and offers a different approach. Dulce focussed a lot on my well-being, which turned out to be absolutely key to getting my son to sleep better. It was wonderful to have someone who wanted to take care of me and to help us through a difficult time. With everyone in our household getting some proper sleep, we are so much happier as a family. Our boy has the energy to play and have fun, and I can join in too. For the first time since our son was born, I’ve found the energy to do a few things for myself too. Although we had great breakthroughs in the first month, we decided to use her services for three months to really compound everything that we’d learnt. During that time I spoke with her every day, and she encouraged and guided me at every stage. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, you have helped us to find the joy in life again.”
(Elena d’Eon, mother of one, Wellington/NZ)
“I need to thank Dulce for all her help with our son after many months of sleep deprivation. When my partner and me met Dulce we were under a lot of pressure due to the difficulty of having our first baby and the lack of sleep over an extended period of time. Our son had a big belly due to the excessive amount of milk that he used to drink per day, he used to watch tv/ipad during every meal and he used to wake up at least 2/3 times per night expecting to sleep on our bed after a big bottle of milk each time. Dulce provided us with a very practical customized plan that helped us to improve our son’s sleep step by step. The improvements were clear from the beginning. She was available every day to help us through the process. If I could go back in time, I would call her a lot earlier.”
(Danilo Moretti, father of one, Wellington/NZ)
“Our experience with our sleep consultant Dulce was awesome!!! Thanks to her advice and to her constant “being there for us”, we were able to make our 1-year-old baby sleep much longer, without waking up many times every night! We now have a routine for his naps and sleeps, and he’s much happier and rested. And of course our quality of life improved soooo much!!!”
(Laura Occhiena, mother of one, Wellington/NZ)
“Before I started working with Dulce I didn’t have much hope of getting my 4-year-old son out of our bed so soon and having him sleep all night in his bed. I had tried everything and nothing was working. In our first video call, Dulce gave me incredible tips that I hadn’t seen anywhere, and I’d done a lot of research on the internet. The cool thing is that the process indicated by Dulce was what I wanted most: to make a smooth transition, without trauma to my son, especially considering that I also have twins of 1 year of age. And it went very well, not in a hurry and always respecting Thomas’ time. I was impressed that it was fun for the whole family to dedicate to the changes recommended by Dulce. I saw my son’s confidence increase every day, his fear diminishing and he knew that he was loved and cared for. The result was incredible! In less than one month my little boy was happily sleeping in his bed and we got our bed back. I recommend Dulce’s work with my eyes closed. She’s simply the best!”
(Anabel Binotto, mother of three, Brisbane/AUS)
“Amidst so many changes and the enchantment of becoming parents for the first time, we found ourselves trying to do our best for our baby. There is a whole world of discoveries to come. At that moment questions and doubts arise. Having Dulce’s support was essential for those doubts and questions not to become guilt and uncertainties. For our family, all the support and knowledge learned from Dulce made the difference, such as showing us the importance of establishing a flexible routine for the baby, understanding about sleep windows, learning to recognise the signs baby gives when she’s tired, hungry or sleepy. After putting the recommendations into practice, we came to understand various situations and behaviors of our baby. This gave us an injection of courage and the assurance that everything would be all right.
I am very grateful to Dulce/Motherly Hug for providing us all with more understanding, comprehension and quality of life so that we can focus on being better people and strengthening family ties.”
(Vanessa Lage, IT, mother of one, Wellington/NZ)
“I have always liked Attachment Parenting and would never do a sleep consultation process that did not meet my philosophy. With the imminence of the arrival of Lorena’s little brother (at the time she was 23 months old), I felt the need to make some adjustments in our family routine and the holistic sleep consultancy from Motherly Hug was fundamental for that. My oldest daughter started sleeping in her own room and we were able to wean her from breastfeeding, as I wanted, gradually and gently, respecting her time and needs. It was a very natural process and today she feels safe sleeping on her own and she sleeps through the night.“
(Roberta N de Queiroz, mother of two, Videira/Brazil)
“The one-month sleep consulting process with you was enriching, lovely and pleasant. Thank you, Dulce, for helping me rescue my relationship not only with my daughter, but also with my husband. We are a stronger and more united family after this experience. There’s nothing like a sensitive look from a professional who is passionate about her job. Congratulations for your beautiful work!”
(Julia Sabugosa, photographer, mother of one, Wellington/NZ)
“The support from Dulce came at the perfect time. Ben (7mo at the time) had been only napping in the carrier and nights were horrendous. My mental health was suffering and I was struggling. The beautiful, warm support immediately lifted my spirits and led to me feeling motivated to get going. We always felt comfortable approaching Dulce with anything and she was kind in her response. Once she had all the information she would respond with a thoughtful plan with us and Ben in mind. Dulce knew styles and Bens nature well which meant each suggestion was considerate of our values. Ben responded well to the changes and quickly was able to nap in his own bed still with support from us. The nights slowly improved too. Dulce supported us through hiccups such as sickness and moving cities at Christmas time! Thank you Dulce!”
(Laura Fyers, mother of one, Hamilton/NZ)
“I have always been skeptical of sleep consultants because so many seem to have biologically unrealistic expectations for babies and children. I can wholeheartedly say Dulce is absolutely nothing like other sleep consultants. I almost don’t even think the label should be the same! Dulce’s approach is so gentle and kind. She proved to me that it is possible for parents to help children sleep through the night without breaking their spirit or rejecting their emotional needs. Dulce respected our parenting philosophy from the outset and her approach was genuinely collaborative. Her love for children is so evident. She instantly connected with our son and he couldn’t stop talking about her for weeks. He even named one of his dolls after her! Dulce’s written plan was comprehensive and tailored to our specific situation and needs. Her ideas were creative, effective and age appropriate. We appreciated the regular encouragement on WhatsApp, especially during our moments of self-doubt. We definitely wouldn’t have achieved our goals without Dulce’s ongoing support. And while a few hundred dollars might seem like a lot of money, I would have gladly paid five times that for the service we received; being well-rested is genuinely priceless.”
(senior government advisor, mother of a 2yo, Wellington/Aotearoa)