Meema S. | Postpartum Doula in Brooklyn, NY

    Practice overview

    As a postpartum doula with over 16 years of experience, I provide non-medical physical and emotional support, evidence-based information about newborns and postpartum parents, and practical household assistance. And as a Certified Lactation Counselor, I have additional training in supporting parents who choose to nurse/pump. I also teach private lactation, pumping, back to work, weaning, newborn care and postpartum planning classes. I've been lucky to work with a diverse range of families, including single, adoptive, and LGBTQ+ parents. I'm a former documentary maker and my films about body image and family issues have been broadcast on PBS, HBO and beyond; my short radio pieces can be heard on This American Life; and an autobiographical essay of mine was included in the anthology Out of the Ordinary: Growing Up with Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Parents. I left my documentary career and became a postpartum doula after seeing a dear friend go through a severe postpartum depression. That experience convinced me that more support is essential for all parents-- whether it's their first baby or not.

    Years experience


    Families supported


    Hourly Rate


    Care philosophy

    The New York Times described me as “a modern Mary Poppins: a combination friend, teacher and spirit guide.” My pledge to my clients: no matter how you are building your family or feeding your baby, my goal is to meet you where you are, build your confidence and independence, and work myself out of a job.


    • Postpartum doula support
    • In-home lactation visits
    • Virtual lactation visits

    Specialties and Experience

    • Cesarean birth
    • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
    • LGBTQ
    • Over 40
    • Postpartum mood disorders
    • Single parents

    Care settings

    • Home


    • English
    • French


    • DONA Certified Postpartum Doula (2006)
    • Certified Lactation Counselor (2010)


    Pricing packages

    Postpartum Support (hourly rate)
    $ 75 /hr
    Postpartum doula support-- either in person or virtual-- is billed at an hourly rate of $75 with a minimum of one hour for virtual services and three hours for in-person services.
    Contact for additional pricing options


    Areas served

    • Lower Manhattan
    • Park Slope
    • Boerum Hill
    • Cobble Hill
    • Carroll Gardens
    • Windsor Terrace
    • Kensington
    • Gowanus
    • Downtown Brooklyn


    • Anastasia
      November 15, 2022 at 11:43 am | Client review
      5 /5

      I truly cannot sing Meema’s praises enough. She was my postpartum doula after the birth my son in March, and was instrumental in my husband and myself remaining relatively calm and sane in those overwhelming first days and weeks as parents. Her presence is warm, knowledgeable, confident, but also relaxing and not at all intrusive. The early postpartum period is such a fraught and vulnerable time, but having Meema in our home did not feel like a stranger – rather, like a saving grace of a magical family member/expert/absolute angel figure. We all – the cat included! – felt so safe and comfortable with her, and overall a lot more comfortable whenever she was here! It is no exaggeration to say that she basically taught me how to breastfeed, which was so intimidating and challenging initially, but with her help and guidance it is now, almost eight months later, one of the most rewarding aspects of parenthood for me. I’ve joked to my husband that Meema must have been a little bit psychic in anticipating my needs; from placing a pillow in exactly the right place under my elbow to facilitate a good breastfeeding latch to knowing exactly what household chore I needed help with that day without my even saying it…and of course she also taught us how to bathe, feed, soothe, dress, wear in a carrier, diaper, etc our new baby with patience and confidence; those hours that she spent in our home during our baby’s first weeks were the times we ourselves felt most capable and confident.

      • Meema
        December 3, 2022 at 6:34 pm

        It was such a pleasure & an honor to be a part of your postpartum journey and I loved working with you 3! <3

    • Danielle
      November 15, 2022 at 11:45 am | Client review
      5 /5

      My husband and I worked with Meema for 2 months after the birth of our daughter (our first child). To say that our experience with Meema was invaluable would be an understatement. We trusted her implicitly, learned SO much from her, appreciated her patient, non-judgmental, kind presence and loved every second we spent with her. We found partnering with Meema provided us with a sense of calm and her wisdom made us feel so much more comfortable navigating all that is hard about bringing your first child home from the hospital (feeding, sleep, learning baby cues, etc). She was so gentle with our daughter (and with us!) and gave us the confidence we needed as we stepped into our new roles. She saved us so much worry about things that were new to us, scary and just generally overwhelming. We can’t recommend her highly enough!!

      • Meema
        December 3, 2022 at 6:35 pm

        Thank you for the kind words! It was such a joy & an honor to be part of your postpartum journey! <3

    • Jeeyoung
      November 15, 2022 at 11:47 am | Client review
      5 /5

      I would highly recommend Meema to first-time parents looking for a knowledgeable and compassionate guide to parenthood. Meema was an invaluable resource for all things lactation: breastfeeding, pumping, resolving clogged ducts, storing milk and safe practices, etc… She was also there for me as I was recovering in the delicate and vulnerable time that is postpartum. Meema made sure I ate and had water, that I was taking my medication, that I allowed me a nap (so needed!), she tidied my home (and gave me a much-needed sense of order where everything else felt chaotic and unpredictable), she listened (truly listened), she took care of our baby while I had a chance to take care of myself. Meema was a gift to our family. Book early and without hesitation.

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