COVID-19 RESPONSE & POLICIES
In light of the current state of affairs, surrounding the COVID-19 PANDEMIC, Little Bear Services LLC has had to make some changes and adjustments to operations and policies.
Please let me begin by saying, I'm still with you. You still matter. Being a pregnant, expecting, or newly poestpartum mother during this time is scary. We see National, State, and Hospital policies changing daily. The uncertainty is stressful and unwelcome for people in their childbearing year.
No family should be facing birth and breastfeeding alone and feeling abandoned or unsupported. Please read below to learn more about how COVID-19 is affecting Little Bear. In an attempt to comply with New Jersey guidelines on social distancing, only essential support will be provided in person, and anything that can be provided virtually will be.
Unfortunately, more and more hospitals are restricting doula access, and many are now even restricting access to birthing partners, forcing women to birth alone in the hospital with no support. I'll share a blog with my thoughts on this later. However, you still deserve support and you still deserve to be prepared.
What is Little Bear offering to expecting families?
I am currently in the process of creating a virtual support package portal in which you will receive digital information, handouts, resources, videos and more to prepare you and your partner for labor. Additionally, you will receive 2 online birth prep calls lasting up to 3 hours each. If you choose, I will support you through labor in your home until it is decided that you will go to the hospital at which point you will have unlimited phone, text, and video chat support during your labor. You will be entitled to 2 postpartum video calls for breastfeeding support, general questions, and birth processing. you will also be entitled to unlimited text/phone calls for support through 6 weeks postpartum.
Please note we Little Bear is offering a variety of digital packages. You can learn more about them HERE
What protective measures in Little Bear taking during in person support?
If you choose for me to come to your home, I will do the following to ensure your safety is protected as well as mine.
Jaimie Zaki will ask clients a series of questions to determine risk of illness & transmission
Jaimie Zaki will be up front and transparent about any potential COVID-19 symptoms she may be experiencing, and will decline in home support if she believes there is risk of contagiousness
Jaimie Zaki will wear fresh clothes, disinfect all items she brings into your home before and after visiting, and will utilize PPE including goggles, a mask, and gloves.
Jaimie Zaki will wash her hands upon entering your home, use hand sanitizer and/or wash hands as indicated during her stay and between glove changes.
Jaimie Zaki will change her clothes before leaving your home to reduce risk of transmitting the virus to others after being in your home.
Breastfeeding initiation and support is more important now than ever. Research suggests that feeding your infant breastmilk will support his/her immune system and reduce risk of illness from COVID-19 and all other pathogens that threaten our precious babies. Additionally, as stores still remain low-stocked on essentials such as formula, it is imperative we support human-milk feeding in any capacity.
Pregnant mothers who plan to breastfeed should prepare by taking my online Breastfeeding 101 course that can be found under the BREASTFEEDING tab. This course will be adapted to allow for non-specific breastfeeding questions via email for up to 6 weeks after enrollment in the course.
If you are planning a hospital birth, it is likely that you may have Lactation Support in the hospital. Take advantage of this! However, it is also quite possible that lactation support will be decreasing in hospitals as demand on staff is increasing. You will not, however, be without support.
With my Virtual Lactation Consults, you will be able to book a 90 minute Lactation Counseling session via video chat. It is my goal to support all clients via this platform.
But the reality is, lactation support is essential, and can not always be provided competently via video chat. If, during your online counseling session, we determine you will need more in depth, hands on support, you will have the option to schedule a home visit. During your home visit I will follow the safety protocol outlined above. Please note, home visits are being offered on a case by case basis as a last resort.
All Lactation Consulting clients will have phone/text/email support available for up to 2 weeks after their visit.
Please view the "Breastfeeding" tab for more changes and updates, and/or contact me with any questions at or 609-200-0372