Abbey Freed Holden
I became a DONA trained postpartum doula in May of 2019, deepening and expanding my business of care after 10 years of nanny experience. I love to support families as they grow.
My life's work with young children and their families is foundational to who I am. I am a care giver, through and through.
The name for my business is inspired by a word that I love. Matrescence is the process of becoming a mother. That said, I am a doula for all parents.
I feel deeply that the gift of non-judgmental support is one of the greatest things new parents can allow themselves in their first few weeks of becoming. That is the work of a doula.
There can be so few times in our lives when we feel truly tended to. I believe that the period of welcoming new life should be one of them.
I typically provide support anywhere between birth and 12 weeks postpartum.
I enjoy assisting families develop a 'first few weeks' plan if we happen to connect before baby's arrival.
I offer in-person and remote support services and can assist with:
physical and emotional support,
nourishment and rest,
education, resources and community.
You can learn more about my services here:
"Abbey not only helped me but also helped my toddler adjust to our new addition. Whether it was helping us all get some fresh air or sharing conversation over tea, Abbey mentally, physically and emotionally supported us in so many ways as our postpartum doula and for this, I will be forever grateful."
"When my husband and I decided to hire Abbey, we weren't really sure what to expect. We just knew any help would be welcome. She was so knowledgeable and anything she didn't know she found answers to. She anticipated my needs and made the best suggestions for both our newborn and for us."
"Abbey was such a peaceful and loving presence in our home. She gave me support when my daughter was 10 weeks old. She helped me transition into the world as a new mother, gave me sound advice and was a great listener. I am grateful for the time my family got to spend with her during such intimate and magical days."
"I had no idea what to expect in the first few weeks, but was so grateful to have Abbey for several sessions. She helped me navigate uncharted territory like pumping and bottle feeding and giving the first at-home bath. I especially appreciated the calm and reassuring presence she brought to our home."