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Meenashi Kurup

New York, NY

2 reviews • 6 families supported • 7 years experience

2 reviews • 6 families supported • 7 years experience

As a certified massage doula, I offer emotional, spiritual, and physical support to my clients throughout pregnancy and labor. I often refer to yoga, meditation, and various massage modalities to provide pain relief, including but not limited to acupressure, passive range of motion, and aromatherapy. I also offer informational support and after if you are interested in bellybinding, breastfeeding, or babywearing I got you.

Care philosophy

The first time I was pregnant, there was so much information out there. Not much of it was useful by the end of my pregnancy. I was fighting against the beliefs others imposed on me about labor being painful, & pregnancy is a bodily sacrifice. As a prenatal massage doula and a mother of two, I learned you can prepare for your pregnancy & birth outcome and I can support you.

Areas served

  • Bronx
  • Manhattan
  • Queens
  • Brooklyn

Reviews

  • Asha
    October 3, 2022 at 10:19 am | Peer review

    I have known Meenashi for many, many years. She is an inherently good person who I would describe as kind, bright and outgoing. She has qualities within her personality that make her an adaptable, determined, tenacious and resourceful person. Her extensive knowledge of anatomy, experience interacting perinatal clients as a licensed massage therapist along with her own personal birthing/postpartum experiences combines to create a soild base of knowledge that any perinatal client can benefit from.

$ flexible
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Elise Alahakoon

Yonkers, NY

3 reviews • 11 families supported • 1 years experience

3 reviews • 11 families supported • 1 years experience

Hello! My name is Elise (she/her), and I’m a certified IDI full spectrum doula. I’ve worked with children for many years in my hometown of Toronto but when I moved to New York I decided I wanted to take my skills to the next level. I want to help the people in my community have empowering and informed pregnancies and births. I believe education and support are the keys to living a higher, elevated life. When I’m not working with birthing people and families, you can find me practicing yoga, meditating, painting, singing and dancing. I also enjoy watching comedies and sci-fi drama series with my husband and my cat, Mittens. I’m looking forward to connecting and getting to know each other more! -E xoxo

Care philosophy

My care philosophy centers around communication & understanding. Not only in the forms of knowledge & information but also when it comes to the body & mental health. Training for birth can be simple with the right support team.

Areas served

  • Westchester County, NY
  • Rockland County, NY
  • New York City
  • Fairfield County, CT
  • Hudson Valley, NY

Reviews

  • Lana
    September 7, 2022 at 11:39 am | Client review

    I hired Elise as my birth doula as well as my postpartum doula for daytime/overnight care. She stayed with me the entire time I was giving birth in the hospital. Then she stayed with me overnight at my mother in laws for a week after I gave birth, and a few daytimes at my condo afterwards. I did an induction which was a little scary, but she made sure I knew what was coming and helped me relax so my body could do its thing. She held my hand through most of it. She was very knowledgeable about my baby’s first bath, how to swaddle, how to change a diaper and how to burp. Elise also helped me with my initial latch and encouraged me to continue breastfeeding. She always made sure to keep my condo tidy so when I did have the energy to get up, everything was in order. She cooked a few times for us but my mother in law did most of the cooking. When I started losing hair this year, she gave me a ton of information on what to do so even though she’s not my doula anymore, she still checks in on me and wants to help. She definitely was everything that I expected to get from a doula. I would say I trust her judgement 10/10. She’s reliable, kind, and informative. She was always there for me when I needed her most.

$ flexible
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Wislene Riley

Queens, NY

2 reviews • 3 families supported • 1 years experience

2 reviews • 3 families supported • 1 years experience

Hello! I am a young wife and mother to a beautiful 9 month old baby. I am passionate about birth and it all started with watching birth videos 3 years ago. I am on a mission to help all women, BIPOC especially have a great experience entering into motherhood whether it's the first time or fifth. I'm all about working around what my clients desire while also provide evidence-based information.

Care philosophy

I am all about teaching you all you need to know for your confidence, for you to advocate for yourself and have the best experience possible. I know the statistics are not in favor of BIPOC so one of my goals is to bridge the gap. I am also very big on partners/husbands being involved in the process. I offer faith-based services(non-denomination Christian) and childbirth education

Areas served

  • Brooklyn, Long Island, Queens, Bronx

Reviews

  • Woodlyn
    August 22, 2022 at 12:36 am | Peer review

    Wislène is awesome 🤩 at what she does. She is someone who listens carefully, attentively, and sympathetically. She gives great support and understanding. Highly recommend .⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

$ flexible
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Elyse Pitock

New York, NY

0 reviews • 5 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 5 families supported • 1 years experience

Elyse first became interested in birth as a teenager, when she discovered Youtube and began constantly watching videos of people and animals giving birth. It wasn’t until college, when she was nannying and studying American history, that she began to understand how pregnancy, medicine, bodies, and gender are all connected as areas where people struggle for autonomy. After college, she worked at a social services agency in Brooklyn, where she learned about trauma-informed care, environments that foster successful parenting, and, of course, paperwork. She is a full spectrum doula and certified lactation counselor with a special interest in family building for queer and trans parents.

Care philosophy

Elyse believes that birth is an event to be studied and quantified so that we can know the safest practices for birthing people. She also believes that birth can be mysterious, magical, and joyful, a threshold space where life enters the world - and adults are born as parents.

Areas served

  • Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens
$ flexible
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Alicia DePugh

Brooklyn, NY

0 reviews • 14 families supported • 3 years experience

0 reviews • 14 families supported • 3 years experience

Hi! I'm Alicia, Currently open to working within Brooklyn and Staten Island, NY, I became passionate about birth work after working for an Obstetrics And Gynecology Group for 4+ years. I spent many days offering a hand within the practice, but thought how amazing it would be to follow and support these lovely Mommy's To Be till the very end of their pregnancy, I received my certification in 2019 and have attended 10+ births. Being able to support not only Mom's to be but partners, has been the biggest joy. I was luckily able to attend VBAC, C-Section and Induction Births. I was also able to work throughout the Pandemic via FaceTime and in hospital. Being a Doula has brought me so much joy and many incredible bonds that will be lifelong.

Care philosophy

I believe childbirth is a beautiful, awesomely complex, life-changing, and extremely personal experience. My role as your doula is to provide you with essential, empathetic support by offering a therapeutic presence, a comforting touch, pain management support, and continual guidance to more efficiently communicate with your chosen care provider. I strive for my clients to feel empowered and safe.

Areas served

  • Staten Island, NY
  • Brooklyn, NY
$ flexible
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Dena Gold

Queens, NY

4 reviews • 6 families supported • 1 years experience

4 reviews • 6 families supported • 1 years experience

Dena has worked in private practice since 2012. She has training in various styles and techniques of acupuncture, massage, and auxiliary therapies. Drawing from these, she customizes treatment to respond to each patient, condition, and presentation. Her areas of focus include psychoemotional concerns, women's health, trans health, fatigue syndromes, and pain management. This informs her doula care. Using what she knows of the body, the body-mind connection, and medicine (eastern and allopathic), she is able to bring informed, supportive care. She incorporates ideas from hypnobirthing and spinning babies (for those who are interested) in order to further support birth.

Care philosophy

Dena is passionate about bodily autonomy; her goal is to help each person navigate their birth with confidence and dignity. She knows that each person will have different priorities, preferences, desires, and needs. She aims to help each person find the experience that would be more empowering to them and to work to support them to embody this experience.

Areas served

  • Queens
  • Manhattan
  • Brooklyn
  • Long Island
  • Westchester
  • The Bronx
  • Staten Island
  • Northern NJ
  • Southwest CT
  • Rockland
  • Hudson Valley

Reviews

  • Andi
    September 12, 2022 at 11:20 am | Client review

    Dena is an outstanding doula. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone searching for a doula. She is thoughtful, caring, a great listener and will stand up for you no matter what kind of birth you envision. She helped my partner and I before the birth of our baby by going through every scenario that could happen and encouraged us to have a plan for every eventuality for the birth and postpartum. Dena also helped educate us and helped us to get on the same page with every aspect of the birth. And most importantly she stuck by our sides through the whole birthing process, even though that meant being in the hospital with us for over 24 hours. Dena is very skilled in acupressure and massage and knew exactly what to do to help me get through my contractions. She also went above and beyond for us by taking some great photos and keeping us engaged in wonderful conversations to pass the time during slower parts. Not only did she do all of that but she’s been a huge help postpartum by checking in regularly and asking other birth professionals for help with any concerns she doesn’t have as much expertise with. Dena is truly such a genuine, talented, helpful person whom I’m so grateful to for helping bring our new baby into the world!

$ flexible
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Celina Sainte-Rose

New York, NY

0 reviews • 3 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 3 families supported • 1 years experience

Your body, your baby, your birth. Only you know what feels appropriate for you & it is your right to experience your story as you imagined, fully supported & without judgment. As a Doula, I strive to empower you to own your birth while I hold space, support & bear witness to that journey.

Care philosophy

I am a New York City-based Birth & Postpartum Doula committed to providing joyful, nurturing & empowering support rooted in respect, trust & inclusiveness.

Areas served

  • Manhattan & Brooklyn
$ flexible
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Oge Emetarom

Brooklyn, NY

4 reviews • 99 families supported • 5 years experience

4 reviews • 99 families supported • 5 years experience

As a birth doula, I focus on mindfulness, movement and breath with emphasis on helping birthing folks tap into their innate abilities while keeping them well-informed with evidence-based information. With a nurturing and empathetic spirit, I’m able to be adaptive to each birth. I’m forever grateful for the honor folks bestow upon me to be a part of their birth story. I’m able to offer parts of who I am, while trusting my intuition, protecting the surrounding energy, and helping to create an environment for a powerful transition. Birthwork is a part of all of our shared history. Throughout time, the practice of birthing humans being surrounded and supported by others during this sacred moment is archetypal. As a certified doula, lactation counselor, meditation guide and breathwork facilitator, I continue that lineage by providing support during labor and birth with communication, guided meditation, movement, music, massages, aromatherapy, and most importantly — love. Outside of the birthing world, I am a multi-passionate creative. In all aspects of my adult life, I have found myself creating space for others. Whether it was planning and managing corporate and creative events; hosting a party; or teaching a dance class where everyone felt free to move without judgement, I have always sought to deliver intentional energy, presence and joy to all my interpersonal interactions. I enjoy music, dancing, cooking, photography (architecture, style, and portraits), and writing.

Care philosophy

My intention is to help support you with the birth YOU desire. Let’s breathe deep, move freely, and surrender to the process together.

Areas served

  • Brooklyn
  • NYC
  • New York
  • Massachusetts
  • New England
  • Queens
  • Connecticut
  • Manhattan
  • Upstate

Reviews

  • Clea
    August 13, 2022 at 10:25 am | Client review

    From our first preliminary meeting, I could feel the warmth, expertise, and kindness exuding from Oge. Our mutual philosophies on meditation and self-care spoke to me immediately, but it was her confidence and detailed questions that made me know I wanted her as part of my birth team. The pre-natal classes were so helpful (I had taken some through the hospital, but the depth and care Oge took in her information supplemented those classes perfectly, not to mention I could ask detailed questions as we went), and as my birth neared, her one-on-one text/voice memo/phone call care was invaluable. I had a long early labor so every day I was discovering new things and facing new anxieties. I’m SO lucky I had her to download information from as I went. I highly recommend Oge to anyone looking for a grounded, thoughtful, informed, and rad Doula. She’s just the best.

$ flexible
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Ally Swanson

Brooklyn, NY

0 reviews • 1 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 1 families supported • 1 years experience

While I am relatively new to the doula community, I have been actively a part of community outreach programs and birth advocacy for years, particularly for queer and trans people. I believe it is every person's right to have a pleasurable and gentle birth experience and I am here to guide you in finding yours.

Care philosophy

'm a birth doula dedicated and passionate about providing my clients safe, respectful, loving, and equitable care throughout their journey to parenthood. I am here to offer a sense of stability and comfort as I support you through your unique experience.

Areas served

  • Cobble Hill
  • Park Slope
  • Prospect Heights
  • Brooklyn heights
  • Bushwick
$ flexible
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Skye Sokoloff

New York, NY

0 reviews • 1 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 1 families supported • 1 years experience

I am a new mom myself, & during my labor I would’ve benefited a lot from a doula. So I told myself that I would be that person for someone for the same reason. Birth work is so sacred & important and it takes a village. I offer emotional, informational & physical support.

Care philosophy

My goal is to help educate, & support expecting mothers and birthing persons & their partners through birth, labor & postpartum.

Areas served

  • Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, New Jersey
$ flexible
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Tayesha “Ty” Mely

New York, NY

0 reviews • 11 families supported • 9 years experience

0 reviews • 11 families supported • 9 years experience

I have always had a passion for women's health and reproductive rights. As the eldest of 4 children I have acted as my mother’s doula and was present for the birth of my two youngest siblings when I was 15 and 21 years old. Providing support during labor and postpartum is second nature for me. I am also very passionate about the importance of taking charge of our own health and utilizing all the herbal medicines that the Earth provides to us. I love to incorporate herbs into my practice and focus on how our lifestyles and daily routines can impact childbirth and postpartum. I help my clients advocate for themselves, know their birthrights, and offer any form of support they may need. I provide 2-3 prenatal sessions to educate, plan and prepare for birth and postpartum. I stay by my client's side from the start of labor to delivery. And I provide 2-4 postpartum visits (this normally varies on every person's needs). In addition I'm aware that the partner may not always feel included therefore in my sessions I like to encourage both parents to be as involved as possible so everyone has a role in this beautiful journey.

Care philosophy

I believe that birth should be in the hands of the parents. Families have the right to choose how and where they birth. I believe that families should receive full on evidence based information. I like to make sure that my clients are as educated as possible in regards to what's happening in their bodies as well as their birthing rights. I provide unbiased and genuine support to all.

Areas served

  • Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn
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Brenna Burke Weber

New York, NY

0 reviews • 10 families supported • 5 years experience

0 reviews • 10 families supported • 5 years experience

I currently work for and am helping expand services to New York with the company Birthing Gently. I began as a volunteer in Boston, MA and and was brought on staff due to my devotion to my work as a doula and my reviews as a volunteer. I primarily provide support during pregnancy and birth, with some postpartum support as requested. I have experience with a broad spectrum of deliveries, identities, and birth plans. I also have knowledge about breast/chestfeeding. I am honest about what I do know, and if I do not know something I will not hesitate to help you find your answer. Please reach out if you would like to know more!

Care philosophy

I am passionate about supporting the pregnancy, labor, and birth experience each client wants. I operate on an honest, judgment-free, and all-accepting platform. I am here to make sure you leave your birth feeling supported and taken care of, whether your birth goes exactly how you imagined or not.

Areas served

  • Yonkers
  • Manhattan
  • Brooklyn
  • Bronx
$ flexible
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Nicole Pedraza

The Bronx, NY

0 reviews • 20 families supported • 10 years experience

0 reviews • 20 families supported • 10 years experience

I offer a practice that blends allopathy with naturopathy, as I believe it yields the best results for family as a whole. I offer education, materials, training, education, and light housekeeping as well as newborn care through the night.

Care philosophy

Do no harm. Protect and nurture the family unit at all costs. That’s my mantra. I treat each patient’s care as if if were my own, or my kins. Each baby is as important to me as my own child. Education married to empathy creates change we need in the world.

Areas served

  • Bronx
  • Manhattan
  • Queens
  • Brooklyn
  • Westchester
$ flexible
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Danielle Krulik

New York, NY

3 reviews • 1 families supported • 1 years experience

3 reviews • 1 families supported • 1 years experience

Hi, I’m Danielle (she/her), your full-spectrum, no-nonsense doula! As your doula, I will hold space for you to deeply connect to your power while also guiding you in becoming centered, enabling you to think clearly & critically. Helping you make informed choices for a positive experience. A positive experience isn't a standardized experience but one where you feel safe, respected, & supported throughout. I know that it can be challenging to breathe & slow down during a heightened and active state of emotion when it comes to our bodies. My doula training incorporated a practice called the Slow Doula Method. SDM helps me slow down to effectively communicate & connect with my clients’ needs while exhibiting self-awareness and humility, free of judgment. My yoga training and personal practice have shown me how to better understand the mind & body connection to feel a greater sense of control not only on a mat but also in life. Through workshops in my community, I’ve gathered the tools to better understand the greater scope of consent, bodily autonomy, & advocacy.

Care philosophy

My goal as your doula isn’t to sway you in any direction. It’s to provide you with unconditional support, tools, & evidence-based information so you can make the BEST decision for yourself! I’ll honor your choices & help you advocate for yourself. I don’t go home with your body or your mind; only you do. Your choices only matter to me in the sense that you feel good about them!

Areas served

  • Brooklyn
  • Bronx
  • Queens
  • Manhattan
  • Staten Island

Reviews

  • Gabriella
    February 15, 2021 at 2:23 pm | Peer review

    Danielle is smart and understands the human body. She truly wants to help herself and treats people the way she would want to be treated herself.

$ flexible
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Rachel Andre

Brooklyn, NY

3 reviews • 71 families supported • 4 years experience

3 reviews • 71 families supported • 4 years experience

Birth is a time of transformation. It is one foot in your old world and one foot in this new one. It is beautiful and awe-inspiring. It is fun (yes, FUN!) with lots of laughter and joy. It’s tears and sadness. It’s many things. And it is also work -- hard work -- both mentally and physically. Sometimes our expectations create more discomfort in childbirth and parenting than the actual pains of labor. Expectations are a normal part of the human experience and so my goal is to help guide you through this transformational time, demystifying the process. As a doula, I offer informational, emotional and physical support for the laboring person (and, if they have one, their partner too). I believe it’s about bringing a calm presence and actively listening to the birthing person's values and needs. I am proud to be a companion and honored to be apart of the welcome committee. It’s knowing someone will always be there to fully support you, asses your needs and do everything in their power to make this experience joyous and deeply empowering. When I say, “you’ve got this.” I truly mean and believe it. Birth isn’t just something that happens, it’s something that should be engaged with care and after having my own child, I felt and experienced the importance of continuous emotional and non-medical support that I did not receive from any other care provider throughout my whole entire pregnancy.

Care philosophy

My philosophy is simple; there is no wrong way to birth as long as your choices and decisions through the journey are being heard and respected. In working together, I hope to co-create the vision for how you would like to feel during your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experience. I love helping families move through this time creating confidence in deciding what feels right for them!

Areas served

  • NYC
  • Brooklyn
  • Queens
  • Manhattan

Reviews

  • Alina
    January 8, 2021 at 6:12 am | Client review

    I am very grateful to have had Rachel as my doula. She was with us to prepare and during my labor, and she provided a lot of insight and confidence for us during this most precious and precarious time. Her energy was wonderful and I think she was vital to my positive birth experience.

$ flexible
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Ebonie Tudor

North Babylon, NY

0 reviews • 20 families supported • 2 years experience

0 reviews • 20 families supported • 2 years experience

In 2018 I read an article about the increasing black maternal mortality rate in the NY Times. I felt connected to the story since my own pregnancy could have had a dark outcome. At that moment I decided that I wanted to assist humans with their prenatal and postpartum experience, by becoming a doula and receiving my doula certification with Mama Glow. I believe that every expectant human should have a doula, regardless of their family make-up. I am a single mom of one living in New York. I pride myself on being a protector of those I encounter while enforcing the mindset of being gentle with yourself.

Care philosophy

As your doula, I am here to support you and you needs. I will be your champion throughout your pregnancy as well as in the early postpartum period. You will receive emotional support, physical support and comfort measures, education, breastfeeding assistance, and encouragement. We will explore your birth preferences also known as a birth plan. I will advocate for you and help you communicate with

Areas served

  • Long Island (Nassau & Suffolk County)
  • Brooklyn
  • Queens
  • Manhattan
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Alaska McFadden

Brooklyn, NY

0 reviews • 24 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 24 families supported • 1 years experience

I believe in enabling parents to feel safe, autonomous and able to advocate for the birth they want, make educated choices about their preferences, and seek the support they need during all stages of the birth process. I am a huge proponent both of humor and of ritual during birth. I want you to deliver your baby confidently, autonomously, and with joy. LGBTTQIA+ friendly.

Care philosophy

I think the cornerstone for an empowered birth is information and support before, during and after birthing to encourage families that are not only physically but also emotionally and mentally thriving. As a doula I offer emotional, informational and non-clinical physical support for the laboring person (and, if they have one, their partner). I non-judgmentally support families in any setting.

Areas served

  • brooklyn, new york
  • new york, new york
  • Serving Brooklyn and Manhattan
$ flexible
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Lesa Young

New York, NY

0 reviews • 7 families supported • 2 years experience

0 reviews • 7 families supported • 2 years experience

I am a certified Full-Spectrum Doula through Ancient Song Doula Services and Certified Breastfeeding Counselor (CBC) through Birthday Presence. I'm originally from Nebraska, but moved to New York City after serving in the Peace Corps in West Africa, where I worked on maternal and reproductive health projects in rural villages. I currently provide Doula services primarily in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Brooklyn. I offer consistent support to you and your family before, during, and after birth through visits and regular check-ins, advocacy and pain management during labor, and can provide additional resources or referrals as needed. As a Certified Breastfeeding Counselor, I provide basic lactation support immediately after birth and/or during in-home visits.

Care philosophy

As a long-time reproductive and birth justice advocate and activist, I came into Doula work wanting to create a positive, confident, and non-judgmental space for women and queer folk in their most intimate and powerful moments. I am here to provide evidence-based resources, comfort, assurance, and practical skills to make your birth and postpartum period as calm and confident as possible

Areas served

  • Manhattan
  • Bronx
  • Brooklyn
$ flexible
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Jamie Frazier

New York, NY

0 reviews • 6 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 6 families supported • 1 years experience

While I specialize in working with LBGTQ people, I work with all birthing people. From abortion and loss support, to homebirths, planned c-sections and beyond, I will stand with you. I am here for the ones who are tired of fighting and who will never stop fighting, the writers, the artist and the passionate weirdos. *VIRTUAL SUPPORT AVAILABLE*

Care philosophy

I’m a queer Birth Doula and the founder of Q4Q Perinatal Network. My practice is founded on the knowledge that your power to choose what’s right for your body doesn’t end when pregnancy begins. From conception to postpartum, I use a holistic, trauma informed approach to ensure that people of all backgrounds, bodies and identities can feel seen, heard and respected. I am an informed choice advocate

Areas served

  • Manhattan
  • The Bronx
  • Queens
  • VIRTUAL SUPPORT AVAILABLE
$ flexible
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Denise Bolds MSW, CD(DONA) CLC

New York, NY

0 reviews • 173 families supported • 6 years experience

0 reviews • 173 families supported • 6 years experience

With 6 years and over 173 births of experience Bold Doula combines her skills as an MSW along with her doula skills to provide empowerment. Bold Doula is trained in HypnoBirthing, Plus Size Birth, Evidence Based®Birth Instructor, Certified Lactation Counselor, Childbirth Educator, Placenta Encapsulation Specialist and more to empower your birth choices and experiences. Hospital birth experience in high risk, Cesarean Sections and inductions.

Care philosophy

Meeting you where you are and supporting you on this wonderful journey called pregnancy and parenthood. Offering you resources and tools of empowerment. Bold Doula supports all birth. Bold Doula provides advocacy, education with mental and physical support.

Areas served

  • Manhattan
  • Bronx
  • Brooklyn
  • Queens
  • Northern NJ
$ flexible
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Claudia Gerbracht

Brooklyn, NY

0 reviews • 30 families supported • 2 years experience

0 reviews • 30 families supported • 2 years experience

Birth is the ultimate creative act. I offer my skills in trusting and following intuition, creatively thinking through situations, and being physically connected to the process to support the flow. I love getting to work with my hands in this setting: offering soothing touch, positional shifts and suggestions, and grounding pressure. Just as important are the realities of supporting folks logistically: I protect the intimate circle of labor by managing the rest of the activity as much as possible — making sure folks are fed, hydrated, and informed, and then getting out of the way. I know that being witnessed through this intensity makes a difference. The power of receiving a cool washcloth at the exact right moment is real! A good experience — for birthing person and baby — brings lasting positive shifts that extend outward.

Care philosophy

Hi! I’m Claudia, a full spectrum doula and lactation counselor based in Brooklyn, NY. As a birth doula, I bring a calm and compassionate presence to your pregnancy, labor, and postpartum period. I provide concrete options for physical comfort as well as grounded emotional care, so you can approach these life changes in an environment of support.

Areas served

  • Brooklyn
  • Manhattan
  • Queens
$ flexible
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Maritday Rodriguez

New York, NY

0 reviews • 77 families supported • 9 years experience

0 reviews • 77 families supported • 9 years experience

As a Wholistic Childbirth Consultant, I offer holistic, fertility planning, antenatal herbal consultation, childbirth education, nutritional/breastfeeding guidance as well as birth and postpartum support. Antenatal, Birth and Postpartum packages may include but are not limited to; prenatal visits, on-call support for questions and concerns, monthly email updates, hands-on birth support, and postpartum visits. Childbirth is a transformative event where pregnant women have access to altered states of consciousness that allow them to have an expanded perspective of life and of themselves. This culminates in the birthing process. Realizing that many women desire to be witnessed, rather than managed, in this extraordinary experience. By putting a different spin on what it really means to support and witness a woman and we explore what it means to nurture a mom during her childbearing years.

Care philosophy

Maritday specializes in natural (including VBAC) births whether at home, in birthing centers or within a hospital setting. Her belief is that healthier pregnancies, outcomes & above all healthier babies & families come from a healthy mother who feels supported & encouraged throughout her pregnancy. Her goal is to support a safe & sacred space for a mother’s birthing experience.

Areas served

  • Mid-Hudson Valley- Dutchess, Orange, Ulster County
  • NYC
  • CT
  • MA
  • NJ
  • PA
$ flexible
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Hannah Gray

Brooklyn, NY

0 reviews • 13 families supported • 2 years experience

0 reviews • 13 families supported • 2 years experience

graymatter is a full service doula agency with the intent of seeing and supporting the birthing person, minimizing fear, and embracing outcomes. we do this through these four foundations: positive, safe environment a space, whether it be a house or a hospital, has the power to make you feel at home, scared, excited, productive etc. we want to encourage and work with you to build an environment, mentally and physically where you feel confident and safe to progress through labor and ultimately deliver your child. this can be done no matter where you choose to have your child. education during the prenatal sessions leading up to your delivery date, we will explore some of you and your partner's worries and fears about baby. mapping these out will give us a path forward in learning and discovery of the truths. you can't know everything, which is why your doula is your translator amongst the mess of online blogs, articles, and horror stories. community support it take a village. during the prenatal sessions, we will work to build a network of support for you and your partner. support, whether it be family, friends or hired, can make a huge different in post natal outcomes. graymatter will also set you up with other families who may share your birth plan desires or with experience that would be comforting hearing about. trust of the inner spirit you. you are the one who leads this relationship and experience. graymatter doulas are your advocate and biggest cheerleaders. we will follow your lead during labor to ensure you are trusting your body and people are supporting you through the movements that feel right to you

Care philosophy

Hannah, a certified doula from Birth Arts International, has experienced new life through the lessons and stories of mothers young and old. She embraces and stewards a legacy of women who give their time, resources, and love to other women.

Areas served

  • Crown Heights
  • Park Slope
  • Williamsburg
  • Lower Manhattan
$ flexible
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Cesca Wolos-Fonteno

Brooklyn, NY

0 reviews • 15 families supported • 3 years experience

0 reviews • 15 families supported • 3 years experience

I came to birth work with a professional history in both art and social work, with my immediate background in supporting young parents through housing insecurity and life transition (wellness, sobriety, education, employment). What inspires and sustains me as a doula is a commitment to village parenting— where we all hold the babies, all chip in resources, and thereby carve access to a freedom of being that surpasses baby & parent. I completed my training with Ancient Song Doula Services, an organization committed to serving people of color and addressing implicit bias & racism within healthcare systems through direct advocacy and community training. Ancient Song’s dedication to black maternal health and focus on full-spectrum services is what led me to the collective. I have experience working with first-time births, single parents-to-be, birthing people for whom English is their second language, undocumented individuals, and systems-involved families (ACS/CPS, foster care, criminal justice).

Care philosophy

My practice is rooted in the belief that community support can be an inherent part of how we conceive, grow, and raise our babies; that both conceiving and parenting are political & spiritual undertakings that are strengthened when our communities are present with us. My practice intentionally supports all bodies, all genders, and all family planning formations.

Areas served

  • Crown Heights
  • Flatbush
  • Bushwick
  • Bed-Stuy
  • Park Slope
  • Ditmas Park
  • Prospect Lefferts Gardens
  • Cobble Hill
  • Sunset Park
  • Gowanus
  • Greenpoint
  • Williamsburg
  • Ridgewood
  • Boerum Hill
  • Fort Greene
  • Clinton Hill
  • Harlem
  • Midtown
  • Upper West Side
  • Upper East Side
  • West Village
  • East Village
  • Financial District
  • Chelsea
  • Queens
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AISHA AWADALLAH

New York, NY

0 reviews • 51 families supported • 2 years experience

0 reviews • 51 families supported • 2 years experience

My birth doula services include: -One free 30 min. consultation ("meet and greet")- I offer to meet you (and your partner if applicable) at your home or convenient cafe to discuss my services how I can best offer and mold my birth doula support to you and your growing family and provides an opportunity for us to see if we would be a good fit -1-2 prenatal visits (can depend on time of hire or your preferences), our visits allow us the opportunity to develop and strengthen a trusting relationship, discuss your birth plan and/or birth preferences, practice comfort and coping techniques and positions, and to cover any questions you might have about the childbirth process and how to best advocate for your needs with your care provider -Continual email, phone, and text support- from the moment of hire I am available 24/7 to be contacted and provide support in whatever method you prefer -On-call at 37 weeks- this means you'll be super close to your estimated due date! Which also means that as your birth doula I am ready and available to be contacted by you at the start of early labor signs and provide in person support when you decide you would like me to join you for the process. -Continual labor and birth support- I join you at your home and accompany you to the hospital, birth center, or help you prepare for your home birth. I provide consistent and empathetic emotional, physical, and informational support throughout the labor process and birth. -Initial breast feeding and latching support- after birth I stay with you for 1-2 hours and help with initial skin-to-skin contact and help establish a breastfeeding latch if so desired -One post-partum visit- within the first two weeks of your birth I visit your home to help you process your birth experience, check-in on you and the baby, provide resources or references for any additional needed support, and to bring our intimate journey together to a close

Care philosophy

Aisha Awadallah is a DONA trained birth doula, birth assistant and CLC. She believes a doula can provide calming and empathetic support during labor, comforting touch, and continual guidance for those seeking to more efficiently communicate with their chosen care providers. A labor experience in which the individual feels empowered, safe, and physically and emotionally supported is essential.

Areas served

  • Brooklyn
  • Manhattan
  • Queens
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Ashley Causey-Golden

New York, NY

0 reviews • 10 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 10 families supported • 1 years experience

Birthing & Beyond is here to help individuals manifest new ways to process many of life transitions. Birthing is not a destination or an endpoint. It is a constant learning and unlearning through the many cycles of life. We spend many days, weeks and years seeking and looking for validation without realizing the growing, developing and the healing work that is happening within our lives. The work that I do is different from other doula services because I am focused on the whole woman-birthing and beyond. This holistic approach acknowledges the many transitions that a woman will go through during her pregnancy and postpartum. I discovered dozens of non-profit organizations addressing different needs in communities of color but what I found lacking in these organizations was a holistic approach focused on the mind + body for women of color beyond giving birth. Taking a holistic approach is an important aspect of the work because I want women to have the tools that they need to learn, grow, and heal as they transition into motherhood. At Birthing & Beyond, it is my intention to create a space for women to find self-acceptance and peace to navigate the new realities of life.

Care philosophy

I believe that women are the experts of their bodies. My purpose throughout the process and beyond is to help women to recognize and strengthen the abilities and gifts that are already located within. As a birthing partner, I am here to help, encourage, affirm and provide women with the support they need whether that is physical, emotional or informational.

Areas served

  • Manhattan
  • Brooklyn
  • Queens
  • Bronx
  • Atlanta, Georgia
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Madeleine Lodge

New York, NY

0 reviews • 7 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 7 families supported • 1 years experience

I'm a Birth and Postpartum Doula, as well as a Certified Lactation Counselor. I'm also a native New Yorker, a lover of travel, an actress, and a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. My mom was a doula, childbirth educator, and acupuncturist and my dad was a physician, so I grew up with a pretty balanced perspective on holistic vs. medical approaches, and I'm committed to supporting whichever path you take. I have no judgment or agenda for your birth or your parenting style - my job is to support you in your choices and to assist and celebrate you in achieving your goals. The process of becoming a parent (or becoming a parent again!) is a beautiful, amazing, messy, hilarious, humbling thing to bear witness to, and I feel so lucky to get to help people navigate that journey. I care deeply about this work, and I believe in you.

Care philosophy

I believe every birthing person has an inner knowing; I'm passionate about helping you connect to that knowing so your choices during this profound time are truly yours. Whether you need hands-on comfort techniques or someone to hold space for your own internal process, I approach each situation with empathy, grounded emotional support, & the occasional well-timed joke. I'm honored to join you.

Areas served

  • Manhattan
  • Bronx
  • Brooklyn
  • Queens
  • New Jersey
  • Long Island
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Malarie D’Amico

NY

0 reviews • 8 families supported • 2 years experience

0 reviews • 8 families supported • 2 years experience

Prenatal visits for discussing birthing desires and preparation, full birth support, and immediate post partum support to facilitate breast/chestfeeding, skin to skin, and other birthing preferences.

Care philosophy

I’m passionate about supporting birthing individuals in pursuing the birth of their dreams!

Areas served

  • Long Island, 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 New York, NY.  

You can browse through the available doulas in New York, NY 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 New York, NY in three easy steps:

  1. Post a job for free: answer some questions and receive responses from top-rated doulas in New York, NY. It takes less than 30 seconds to post your job.
  1. Get your list of New York, NY doulas: in a few hours, you will have a collection of doulas near you who are qualified to meet your needs. You can compare pricing, experience and read reviews. You can chat with each doula to learn more about them.
  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, the average cost of a doula in New York, NY is $1,276, but typically ranges from $1,073 to $1,480. These costs are based on a representative group of 120 doulas surveyed by Meela in the New York area. The average cost of a doula in New York, NY is higher than the average cost of a doula in the state of New York, which is $1,192.

To put this in further context, the cost of a doula in New York, NY is higher than the U.S. national average cost of a doula, which is $971.

When hiring a birth doula in New York, NY, 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 New York, NY: 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 New York, NY, 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 New York, NY 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 New York, NY 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 New York, NY will typically stay with the parents for several hours after birth to help them with birth recovery.

Evidence suggests that a birth doula in New York, NY 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 New York, NY; 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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