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Found 5 Pros in Elizabeth, NJ, USA | Birth doula support
EXPERIENCE
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Families served
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Birth fee
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HOURLY RATE
$0 $500
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Kimberly Suarez

NJ

1 reviews • 3 families supported • 1 years experience

1 reviews • 3 families supported • 1 years experience

Based in Monmouth County, NJ, Little Sister Doula empowers pregnant people to conquer unmedicated childbirth, overcome past traumatic experiences and societal pressures. In every case, inspiring them to take control of their own mind, body and birth story. Kimberly Suarez is a DONA trained doula whose own experiences inspired her to become a birth coach. A marketing professional from NYC and mother of two, Kimberly decided to pivot into a role that would allow her to talk about birth for a living. She describes the birth of her daughter the most challenging moment in her life, and her son, a high she never truly came down from. She has made it her mission to help women transform their fear into faith while maintaining control of their mind, body, and story.

Care philosophy

We believe that a little sister is someone you can put your trust in. Someone who will uplift you and remind you of what you stand for, no matter what life (or birth) throws your way. You lead the way and we’ll back you up.

Areas served

  • Monmouth County, NJ
  • Colts Neck
  • Red Bank
  • Freehold

Reviews

  • Kerry
    June 7, 2022 at 3:57 am | Client review

    Little sister doula provided me the confidence and strength to follow through with my birth plan. Kimberly gave guidance without judgement and helped me discover a birth plan that was authentic to me and my values. She was there each step of the way. I’m sure I could have done it without her …but I am certainly glad I didn’t have to!

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Anne Schuchman

Rutherford, NJ

4 reviews • 105 families supported • 10 years experience

4 reviews • 105 families supported • 10 years experience

I have been working as a birth Doula since 2012, and as a postpartum Doula since 2017. I am dona certified for the use of a tens unit in labor, I am a HypnoBirthing Doula, and have completed specialized training in optimal fetal positioning. I am also the former co-leader of the Northern New Jersey chapter of Ican (international cesarean awareness network) and a facilitator of a new parents group. I have four kids of my own, the first born by C-section for failure to progress, and the other three in hospital Vbac. I often say I am not just a Doula, I’m a doula customer! I have attended everything from homebirth two scheduled C-section, so I am very much used to the multiple variations birth can present!

Care philosophy

My goal is to help clients get the information they need to make their own decisions and then I support them any way I can.

Areas served

  • Northern new jersey
  • New York City

Reviews

  • Christina
    April 4, 2021 at 6:42 pm | Client review

    Anne is an amazing doula! She got me through 3 entirely different births and was there to support me the weeks after as well.
    Anne put me at ease and helped me be excited about the births, especially getting me prepared with my first.
    We encountered some tricky decisions with each birth but she helped me stay level headed. I also feel she took a great amount of pressure off my husband because he knew he wouldn’t be the only one supporting me through the births.
    My first birth was an induction and she helped me use my Hypnobirthing and other methods to keep me relaxed and get me through the labor. My second was SO fast and Anne helped me process my precipitous labor.
    My third was very tricky. I had two ECVs to try to flip him and ended up with an emergency C-Section. I could not have gotten through this experience without Anne! She even supported me afterwards working through what happened with the birth. This helped me greatly and I am forever thankful she was there to listen and hold space while I processed what happened.
    I can only say positive things about Anne! I highly recommend her! I am so grateful and honored that she was a part of my children’s births!

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Aja Humphries

Wallington, NJ

0 reviews • 4 families supported • 2 years experience

0 reviews • 4 families supported • 2 years experience

I am a mom of two. I’m a DTI and BADT trained full-spectrum doula. I became interested in being a doula after learning what a doula was and wishing I had one for my births! I’ve always been the friend people come to for advice and tips and this field really sparked my passion so it seemed like a natural fit. Being a full spectrum doula I am able to support birthing people thru pregnancy, birth, postpartum, as well as loss. I’m working towards offering conception support and offering prenatal yoga in the near future.

Care philosophy

I believe in caring for, supporting, holding space, and empowering mothers and birthing people. I believe every pregnant person and every type of birth deserves a doula no matter their socioeconomic status, race, creed, sexual orientation, or birth outcome.

Areas served

  • North and Central Jersey
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Stephanie Cohen

NJ

0 reviews • 2 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 2 families supported • 1 years experience

I am a mother of 2, familiar with medicalized birth and home deliveries. I have a passion for learning and educating, and am a studying nutritionist.

Care philosophy

Birth should be a cohesive system that comes from a loving and confident place.

Areas served

  • NJ, parts of PA and DE
  • NJ, some parts of PA and DE
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April Pavlish

Jersey City, NJ

0 reviews • 60 families supported • 3 years experience

0 reviews • 60 families supported • 3 years experience

www.morningstardoula.com

Care philosophy

As your birth and postpartum companion, I bear witness to your truth and strength no matter what your childbearing journey may look like. I offer evidence-based information, and a calm, uplifting presence, so that you feel educated about your options, connect with your intuition, and have confidence in making decisions that are best for you and your family.

Areas served

  • Jersey City, NJ and surrounding areas, NYC

Doula Services: FAQs

A doula is a professional that provides emotional, physical and educational support to new parents before, during, and after childbirth and into the early postpartum period. Doulas are companions who strive to give families a safe, positive, and healthy labor experience. They provide parents with evidence-based information and education on childbirth and are someone who the parent can turn to with questions and concerns about having a baby. Doulas also take an active role in collaborating with the parent to create a birth plan.

A certified birth doula offers advice and techniques to help reduce the stress that the parent often experiences during childbirth and provides you with education about different aspects of delivery and labor and what comes after.

There are two ways you can hire a doula through Meela in Elizabeth, NJ.  

You can browse through the available doulas in Elizabeth, NJ and send the doulas you are interested in a message, introducing yourself and setting up an interview. We recommend interviewing at least three before hiring your top doula.

You can also hire a doula in Elizabeth, NJ in three easy steps:

  1. Post a job for free: answer some questions and receive responses from top-rated doulas in Elizabeth, NJ. It takes less than 30 seconds to post your job.
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  1. Hire a doula with confidence: schedule virtual or in-person interviews with your top doula choices. Hire your top doula and start getting the care you deserve.

While the cost of a doula can vary based on experience and the services offered, you can expect the average cost of a doula in Elizabeth, NJ to be $1,073, which is the average cost of a doula in the state of New Jersey. The cost of a doula in Elizabeth, NJ can range from $796 to $1,351. These costs are based on a representative group of 308 doulas surveyed by Meela across the state of New Jersey. The average cost of a doula in New Jersey is higher than the U.S. national average cost of a doula, which is $971.

When hiring a birth doula in Elizabeth, NJ, you and your doula will discuss and agree upon a fee structure, and your doula will send you itemized invoices through Meela, which you can pay securely through the app.

Some insurance companies will cover all or part of the cost of hiring a doula. Contact your insurance company to find out if they offer any coverage for hiring a doula; not all insurance companies do.

You can hire two types of doulas in Elizabeth, NJ: a birth doula and a postpartum doula. The birth doula is during your pregnancy and through the birth of your child. They provide you with emotional, physical and educational support during your pregnancy, your labor and delivery and for the first few hours after your child is born.

A postpartum doula will support you for the first few weeks after the baby is born. They provide in-home assistance, including teaching you how to take care of your newborn, acting as lactation consultant, and can provide some night nanny services.

Yes, a birth doula can provide support during a Cesarean birth and delivery. Doulas are non-medical professionals and do not replace obstetricians, physicians, midwives or nurses. They are an additive member to the team and provide emotional, physical and informational support to the birthing parent, partner and family. It is up to you whether the certified doula can remain in the operating room during the procedure.

When you hire a doula in Elizabeth, NJ, your services typically include several in-person prenatal sessions, 24/7 phone and text support, full attendance throughout your labor, and several hours of support immediately following your birth.

A doula in Elizabeth, NJ can help you in any kind of birth. Certified doulas are able to assist parents in creating the ideal “birth environment” and help parents deliver their baby safely. A doula can provide support during the birth whether it occurs in a hospital, a home, or another birth center of some kind. Doulas are there to support you in your desired birth preferences, whether that is a preference for natural, non-medicated, assisted, C-section or anything else.

Certified doulas can also act as a liaison between you and hospital staff regarding your childbirth expectations and preferences. For example, if your preference is to have a non-medicated birth, a doula can help guide you through that process and create a personalized birth plan. A certified doula in Elizabeth, NJ does not replace medical staff (such as your obstetrician and nurses).

When a surgical procedure is required, there are some situations in which a birth doula can also remain in the operating room, although this is not an expected obligation. A certified birth doula can also assist hospital staff to improve the overall birthing experience. A doula in Elizabeth, NJ will typically stay with the parents for several hours after birth to help them with birth recovery.

Evidence suggests that a birth doula in Elizabeth, NJ can help improve parent satisfaction with their baby’s birth and delivery. The involvement of a doula can also lead to shorter deliveries with less complications.

Recent studies show that parents who have a support person like a doula by their side throughout labor and childbirth are more likely to:

  1. Give birth without the need for pain medicine
  2. Describe their birth experience in a positive way
  3. Give birth without the need for medical intervention, such as C-sections or vacuum delivery
  4. Experience a shorter labor

You can hire a doula early in your pregnancy to allow you time to get to know each other and to begin planning for your later trimesters, labor, birth, and aftercare. It is ideal to hire a doula when you are around 20 weeks along, but you can start looking for one before that.

It is never too late to hire a doula in Elizabeth, NJ; you have right up to your due date to find a doula near you and receive all the benefits of doula support.

While many people think that a doula and a midwife are the same thing, their educational background and job duties are different. Doulas are non-medical professionals who provide emotional, physical and educational support, while also offering actionable advice and guidance to new parents about how to nurture their baby.

A midwife is a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) or a certified midwife (CM). CNMs are medical professionals that are certified and licensed by the American College of Nurse-Midwives. CMs are also certified, but they do not have nursing backgrounds.

Doulas are not medical professionals; they focus on the emotional support for the parents and the family before, during, and after the birth of the baby. Their job is to provide information, advice, and support to the family not diagnose any medical conditions or provide medical advice.

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