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Found 40 Pros in New York, NY, USA | Postpartum doula support
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Meredith Toering

New York, NY

0 reviews • 200 families supported • 5 years experience

0 reviews • 200 families supported • 5 years experience

I usually say I accidentally fell into the field of birth work, but I guess that's not totally true. After spending a decade abroad running a foster home/cardiac surgery program for babies with complex congenital heart defects and maternal/fetal health programs for at-risk indigenous families, I unexpectedly found myself stuck in New York City in early 2020, waiting out this little bug called "Covid-19" that was shutting borders all around the world... I certified as a birth & postpartum doula in the USA in 2020, to be with my best friend for the birth of her first child in the midst of Covid protocols. I never could have imagined how much I would fall in love with birthwork here in the United States and it is the greatest honor to walk alongside families as they grow and change (in whatever capacity!), providing unbiased & judgment-free support, advocacy, guidance, and care during such intimate and pivotal moments.

Care philosophy

I’d be happy to chat more with you about the birth support you are looking for and what your hopes are for delivery. I love supporting all kinds and types of labor & deliveries - women (& their bodies!) are truly amazing. I believe that every birth is a beautiful birth as long as mama feels supported and empowered in every decision that she makes.

Areas served

  • Manhattan
  • Brooklyn
  • Northern New Jersey
  • Upstate New York
$ flexible
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Hannah Fullerton

Brooklyn, NY

0 reviews • 15 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 15 families supported • 1 years experience

As your doula, I’m in your corner for the whole childbearing continuum: listening to your hopes, plans, questions and concerns; equipping you with information so you’re prepared to give birth on your terms; and offering you undivided support in the transformative event of labor and directly postpartum. In this way, doula care helps close the wide gap in maternal health care and drastically improve health outcomes for birthing people. I see doula work as a form of companionship, and my ultimate goal is to co-create an experience where you feel seen and supported for all that you are. I like to tell my clients that there is no way to offend me, and will always be happy to hear you express your needs more clearly. My approach is open-hearted, non-judgmental, and down-to-earth.

Care philosophy

I offer an approach that blends ancestral wisdom and evidence-based care for parents to feel supported, connected, and empowered. I believe that birth (and life!) is a ceremony, and like in all ceremony, we deserve to be witnessed, supported, and empowered. As a doula, my goal is to help birthing people tap into traditional + intuitive wisdom, no matter their

Areas served

  • Manhattan
  • Brooklyn
  • Queens
  • Staten Island
  • Bronx
  • Jersey City
  • Long Island
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Flavia Barbosa

New York, NY

3 reviews • 30 families supported • 3 years experience

3 reviews • 30 families supported • 3 years experience

I'm Brazilian, living in NY, I'm psychologist and I decide to become a Doula after my own experience giving birth as a Black Imigrant, during the pandemic having a home birth. I persue to give the families that I support, a positive outcome and a special experience. My main experience is hospital birth and I also have experience on home birth. I had assisted labor with different type of Induction, Single Moms, IVF, Vbac and Mom with fibroids. Feel free to reach out to Me :)

Care philosophy

Holistic approach, inclusive, I respect and support every single Person on their beliefs, culture and desires. I am here to validate and guide each family on their own journey.

Areas served

  • Manhattan
  • Brooklyn
  • New Jersey
  • Queens
  • Bronx

Reviews

  • Simone
    August 11, 2023 at 1:04 am | Client review

    As first time parents, from the moment my husband and I decided to have Flávia as our Doula, we knew we would have someone special to guide us through our childbirth journey. Flávia’s dedication to creating a safe and supportive environment was evident from our initial consultation. She was also attentive to my husband’s feelings, ensuring him how important his role was in all moments. She made herself available to answer all our questions, we had a very informative session in which she provided us tools to deal with the labor/birthing experience, she watched some of my pelvic physical therapy sessions and was constantly checking on me.
    She took the time to listen attentively to our preferences, ensuring that our birth plan was tailored to our unique desires.
    Flávia’s warm presence in the delivery room helped us navigate the waves of labor with confidence. Her guidance with relaxation techniques, breathing exercises, and pain management methods were incredibly helpful. I also need to mention that her being Brazilian (same as me) and able to speak Portuguese was soothing and very relaxing to me.
    A few days after coming home she visited us, offering postpartum support that was both nurturing and practical. She connected me to a lactation consultant in her network and shared other resources.
    We feel very grateful for having her presence and support during one of the most significant chapters of our lives and would strongly recommend her services.

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Katie Braverman

Westbury, NY

0 reviews • 5 families supported • 2 years experience

0 reviews • 5 families supported • 2 years experience

I like to say "I like babies, but I LOVE Moms" I'm just a regular Mom that decided starting a family was the next logical step in life. I got pregnant, planned a baby shower, put together a registry and painted a nursery. Then a global pandemic happened and nothing went according to plan. Regardless of what was happening in the world, my healthy and happy baby boy came in May of 2020. The thing about the journey to motherhood is, wether there is a global pandemic or not, it's unpredictable. Having a doula can make all the things that veer off course feel more manageable. I had my second baby in January of 2022 and with the help of my own Doula, I was much more in charge of my birth and postpartum. I knew that being a Doula myself was something that would fill my soul. I love watching women become mothers. I love seeing the way their eyes change when they know exactly what their baby wants. I love the way in which they view the world differently after having a baby. I love the endless feedings, messy houses and sleepless nights, because I know what comes after all that! An AMAZING MOTHER! While you will go through this transformation to Mother with or without me- I would love to be there with you!

Care philosophy

I believe every woman should have the birth they want. Whatever that is- I'm here to do what is in my power to get you your perfect birth. If that means no medication GREAT! If that means epidural in a hospital setting AWESOME! There are no perfect answers when it comes to this question. I do love essential oils, massage and guided meditations.

Areas served

  • Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau & Western Suffolk County
$ flexible
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Jennyfer Huerta Lucero

New Rochelle, NY

3 reviews • 7 families supported • 3 years experience

3 reviews • 7 families supported • 3 years experience

I am a 25 year old with 13 years of experience care taking for children ages newborn to twelve years of age. I have plenty of experience working in a daycare, and then in a private elementary school once I became a certified K- 5 teacher. I have always been around children all my life and realized that I wanted to be apart of something bigger. While I absolutely love teaching, being apart of an experience that brings in a new breath into the world is what I feel my real calling is. My services include everything surrounding high quality care for mama and family when needed the most.

Care philosophy

To be a source of emotional comfort. I provide services that ease the physical and emotional challenges of childbirth, encouraging the bond between parent(s) and child by advocating and providing a sense of empowerment to soon-to-be parents. I respect your choices and support you all the way. Having a doula is the best way to ensure a satisfying birth and postpartum experience.

Areas served

  • Westchester, NY
  • Stamford, CT
  • Metropolitan Area of NYC

Reviews

  • Jessica
    June 2, 2023 at 8:49 am | Peer review

    Jennyfer is very caring and loving. She is knowledgeable in all things birth. I recommend her 100%

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Kim Jones

NY

10 reviews • 1000 families supported • 15 years experience

10 reviews • 1000 families supported • 15 years experience

My personal experience coupled with my work experience influenced me to dedicate myself to becoming a doula full time. My background in the healthcare industry and management of a private OB/GYN practice gives me more than 40 years of hands-on skills. Over these years I have been trusted by specialists, obstetricians, midwives, doulas, patients and clients and strive to always exceed expectations. My goal is to ensure each family receives the highest quality of care, professional services and personal satisfaction by empowering, supporting and educating families as they begin their journey of becoming parents to a new baby. Even when a new baby is not the first baby, families have made it clear to me that postpartum support has been a crucial necessity. I have extensive experience supporting a variety of family compositions, human milk feeding, formula feeding and combination feeding, premature infants, newborns with special needs, multiples, families with sibling care, as well as offering recommendations to support a parent experiencing postpartum anxiety and/or depression. For more than 15 years I’ve worked with families providing short and/or long-term support. While I provide both overnight and/or daytime support, I have extensive experience at introducing overnight guidance that leads to healthy growth, development and the process of teaching baby(ies) to fall asleep on their own. I am a certified, insured, CPR & 1st aid certified, compassionate, non-judgmental, seasoned doula and I am flexible, reliable and responsible.

Care philosophy

Each family I provided support to can tell you I am professional, non judgmental, compassionate, knowledgeable with the flexibility required to accommodate their individual needs. My philosophy for care has resulted in most families extending our time together. What a bittersweet feeling I experience each time I 'graduate' baby(ies) and their parent(s)!

Areas served

  • Westchester County & TriState Area

Reviews

  • Payal Maju
    April 11, 2023 at 2:38 pm | Client review

    She made my postpartum journey very easy

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Diane Nader Giresi

New York, NY

5 reviews • 30 families supported • 3 years experience

5 reviews • 30 families supported • 3 years experience

I have worked with pre and post clients for 10+ years as a fitness coach. My practice is called "One Body One Journey", because I believe in supporting my clients with their personal "journeys". My drive to become a postpartum doula is to help families further with wellness during the 4th trimester. The postpartum period can be overwhelming and I strive to help you feel calm and confident so that you can enjoy the miracle before you. I will provide non-medical/non-judgmental physical and emotional support. I will provide guidance with newborn care, diapering, bathing, feeding and sleep cues. I'm a certified breastfeeding counselor and will support you with lactation, pumping, and provide resources and referrals. I provide a calming encouraging space, so that you feel supported and heard.

Care philosophy

My goal is to guide you through your "journey" into parenthood. Provide you with emotional and physical support in the first weeks postpartum so that you feel confident to start a new chapter in your lives with your little one.

Areas served

  • New York City
  • Brooklyn (Downtown Bklyn)
  • Staten Island
  • New Jersey (Hoboken/Jersey City)

Reviews

  • Vanessa
    January 15, 2024 at 2:23 pm | Client review

    Diane is very professional and non-judgmental. She is flexible and very helpful when you need her to care for you or your baby. She is also very warm and kind with your little one and attentive to their needs (playing with and talking to them, soothing etc.) which is important to me.

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Tamari Soosi

Brooklyn, NY

0 reviews • 1 families supported • 3 years experience

0 reviews • 1 families supported • 3 years experience

Being someone who is a learner and love educating people with what they what to learn I decied to step deeper into the circle of helping moms before, during and after birth rather then only after birth. Taking classes while working and helping family and friends with questions and tips, I've learnt a lot more. Now I'm opening my door to clients, and hope to be as useful and helpful to them as well. I'm found to be an advocate, and great teacher and hope to help people learn and understand what they want from themselves so they can advocate for themselves when needed.

Care philosophy

I find birth should be a natural and beautiful thing. But believe that mom that is educated and informed can have a great birth any way they choose with support and help the way she wants it.

Areas served

  • Brooklyn NY
  • Manhattan
$ flexible
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Ashley Duran

New York, NY

3 reviews • 40 families supported • 3 years experience

3 reviews • 40 families supported • 3 years experience

I'm Ashley, a Afro-Dominican & Puerto Rican mother to a 14 year old boy, raised in Washington Heights but currently living in Harlem, NYC. A Certified Full Spectrum Doula and Lactation Counselor who's supporting over 25 families and counting. My passion for supporting families during this transformative time began when I experienced the birth of my own child. I realized the profound impact a skilled and compassionate doula can have on one's birthing experience. Although I wasn't able to have a doula at the time, I was able to use the knowledge gained about doulas and their work to achieve my own birth goals, which grew my interest and passion to become one years later. As a doula, I believe in creating a safe and nurturing space that allows parents to feel supported and make informed decisions during their pregnancy, birth and postpartum journey. My approach is grounded in evidence-based research and is tailored to the needs of each family. I provide emotional, physical and advocacy support as well as evidence-based information and access to resources you may need to help encourage a positive and fulfilling birth and postpartum experience. Ultimately, my goal is to ensure families feel empowered and confident while creating the vision they desire for parenthood. I am committed to continuing my education and professional development to ensure that I am providing the most up-to-date and effective care possible. Whether you're planning a home birth, hospital birth, or a birth center delivery and/or you're just looking for postpartum support, I am here to support you every step of the way. I look forward to the opportunity to help you achieve your ideal birth and postpartum experience.

Care philosophy

I believe ALL birthing people should have access to safe, quality, compassionate, supportive care throughout their pregnancy, labor & delivery and postpartum journey. My mission is to empower all birthing families especially those impacted most by the maternal mortality rate, specifically BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) regardless of socioeconomic status.

Areas served

  • New York City
  • New Jersey
  • Connecticut
  • Upstate NY

Reviews

  • Minerva
    December 21, 2022 at 11:55 am | Client review

    Ashley was an instrumental part of my pregnancy and post-partum journey. Throughout my pregnancy, as my doula, Ashley offered me valuable information that allowed me to make decisions that aligned with how I wanted to carry out my pregnancy and birth. She was always readily available to answer the millions of questions I had, consistently offering factual answers and doing the research when necessary to provide me with the best care. Ashley’s warm nature and sincerity shine through making her a grounding presence, which was vital during my labor. The fact that she provided support during my labor virtually and was the most important voice for me in the room speaks volumes about her character and her gift as a doula. I experienced some complications post-birth and Ashley was able to travel to my home and provide immediate hands-on post-partum care for ten days. Without this care and her knowledge, as a single mother, I honestly do not know how I would have made it through those ten days. She was able to teach me how to breastfeed and taught me different tricks for handling a newborn while healing from a major surgery. Her dedication to bringing sacredness back into the birthing experience was and is the pillar of what has allowed me to say that my birthing experience, while different than what we planned, was still a powerful story and I am forever grateful for her.

$ flexible
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Kori Alicea

Brooklyn, NY

0 reviews • 30 families supported • 3 years experience

0 reviews • 30 families supported • 3 years experience

Through compassionate care, emotional and physical support, empowerment, my goal as your doula is to help you have a deeper understanding of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. All women deserve the utmost support along with the right to a non-judgemental setting regardless of what decisions they make. ​

Care philosophy

I am a lifelong baby enthusiast and fan of moms with a deep-rooted passion for nurturing and nourishing. Let me be your village during life's reproductive transitions and beyond.

Areas served

  • Brooklyn, NY
  • Queens, NY
  • Manhattan, NY
  • Long Island, NY
  • Staten Island, NY
  • Nearby NJ & CT
$ flexible
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Simone Morse

Monroe, NY

3 reviews • 32 families supported • 3 years experience

3 reviews • 32 families supported • 3 years experience

You were made to birth beautifully. I believe we are born with inherent knowledge to answer all of our own questions. My doula practice focuses on empowering birthers to create their birth journey the way they desire, while being backed with the knowledge of the road ahead. I offer emotional, physical and evidence based support to birth families and hold an open door policy of communication.

Care philosophy

Here for you, at your best, I support birthers with a safe space to birth beautifully. I am all about self advocacy, not just for birth but for the expanse of ones life. Educated wellness and nature are my foundation. I root myself in self care.

Areas served

  • Lower Hudson Valley and North Jersey

Reviews

  • Naomie
    November 28, 2022 at 10:57 am | Client review

    Well where do I start, Simone was exactly the person I was looking for in a doula. I could call anytime and ask her some questions I had though out my pregnancy , and she had gave me resources to help me along the way. She’s a very good listener, she’ll hear you out. She’ll be like a shoulder to lean on if needed. Simone supports you though out any and everything !!!

$ flexible
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Elise Alahakoon

Yonkers, NY

3 reviews • 24 families supported • 3 years experience

3 reviews • 24 families supported • 3 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
  • Putnam County, NY
  • Orange County, NY
  • Bergen County, 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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Corinne Ross

NY

0 reviews • 1 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 1 families supported • 1 years experience

After years of being a liscensed esthetician I wanted to be apart of something to help new mothers and families in my community. When I discovered the postpartum doula practice, I knew it would be the best occupation for me to be help new families navigate this crazy time. I am passionate about providing a safe place for new families voice their concerns and help make their transition easier.

Care philosophy

My philosophy is to provide care through hands on and communicative support. I help aid in your day to day operations as well as help guide you make the best decisions for your new family.

Areas served

  • Congers, NY
  • New City, NY
  • Nyack, NY
  • Pearl River, NY
  • Valley Cottage, NY
$ flexible
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Hailey Henry

New York, NY

0 reviews • 1 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 1 families supported • 1 years experience

I became a doula after much soul searching for what I wanted out of a career. I have always been passionate about reproductive healthcare and empathize with how impossible it seems to navigate the information and options related to general reproductive health and pregnancy and beyond. Everybody deserves access to a doula and I hope to help make that possible. I am a full spectrum doula, offering services including birth, postpartum, abortion, miscarriage, and fertility support.

Care philosophy

I am committed to providing evidence-based, inclusive, affirming, trauma-informed full spectrum support to all birthing people. I believe all birthing people should feel comforted, supported, informed, and empowered through this journey.

Areas served

  • NYC Metro
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Marcia Grant

New York, NY

0 reviews • 36 families supported • 5 years experience

0 reviews • 36 families supported • 5 years experience

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Care philosophy

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Areas served

  • New York
$ flexible
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Kymberli Roberts

Atlanta, GA

4 reviews • 12 families supported • 15 years experience

4 reviews • 12 families supported • 15 years experience

The Journey Doula serves as a Full-Spectrum Doula and Human Resources consulting practice. We specialize in various life journeys spanning across the human and employee life cycle (pre-conception through bereavement), as well as HR support from employment, benefits, leave of absences, workplace accommodations etc.

Care philosophy

We know that the various moments in life can often feel like curveballs. We are here to help you navigate those moments through informed and intentional practices.

Areas served

  • Metro-Atlanta ITP
  • Cobb County
  • DeKalb County
  • Gwinnett County
  • Other Areas - OTP may come with additional charge

Reviews

  • Candace
    July 25, 2023 at 12:51 am | Client review

    I was so happy to have Kymberli as my doula. I don’t know how my pregnancy would have been without her support. She was very informative throughout all the stages during my pregnancy and after. Her kind and gentle spirit kept me motivated when times were ruff. Even after I had my baby she still keeps in touch and provides feedback on any questions I have. She is truly a blessing to me and my little girl and a pleasure to work with!

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Audelle Harvey

NY

3 reviews • 25 families supported • 8 years experience

3 reviews • 25 families supported • 8 years experience

I've been supporting families for decades in this role before officially being trained. It's my passion to help your family feel nurtured, supported, and able to thrive during this tender time. I continue to expand my skills in this area - Certified Lactation Counselor, Integrative Reflexologist, and Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician.

Care philosophy

My role is an evidence-based support person to help you thrive in the 4th trimester. You don't have to just survive or make it through. As you heal and grow more confident in balancing your new life, I should be working myself out of a job.

Areas served

  • Westchester County

Reviews

  • Audene
    June 1, 2023 at 11:15 am | Client review

    Audelle worked with me in advance of my delivery, helping me prepare my space and then myself for a Caesarian. She worked well with my birth center care team and was with me when baby and I came home. I felt supported and well cared for.

$ flexible
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Alexandra Neree

Queens, NY

0 reviews • 13 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 13 families supported • 1 years experience

I'm Alex, a certified full-spectrum doula, member of the NYC Doula Collective, and your guide as you navigate the incredible journey of bringing new life into the world! My journey into doula work was sparked by a profound desire to offer compassionate care and guidance during the birthing process. I'm here to be your companion and advocate, providing a sense of strength and calmness as you navigate this transformative experience. I believe that everyone giving birth should receive the support they deserve. I'm especially passionate about addressing the disparities in perinatal care, working towards creating a more equitable and inclusive birthing environment. When I embark on this journey with families, I use my heart and hands to be a source of unwavering support. I am a continuous presence from the moment we decide to work together, providing emotional support and evidence based information on childbirth, postpartum, and feeding your baby. During labor, I lean on acupressure, massage, and movement as coping techniques to help you feel comfortable. As you transition into the 4th trimester, I am here to assist you in navigating the joys and challenges of early parenthood. Together, we can create a partnership based on trust, respect, and personalized care. I weave together my passion for travel and the amazing realm of childbirth. Having lived in diverse locales, including the electric cityscape of Shanghai, China, I bring a wealth of worldly experience to my doula practice. My linguistic journey mirrors my global exploration, encompassing beginner-level Mandarin and a growing proficiency in Spanish, French, Portuguese, and the beautiful cadence of my almost mother tongue, Haitian Creole. When I’m not doulaing, you'll find me exploring the world, showering affection on random dogs, crafting heartfelt poems, or nurturing new plant cuttings! I’m looking forward to getting to know you and hopefully joining you on the wild ride that is birth!

Care philosophy

You are already so capable of bringing new life into this world. With my care, you will have moments of pause and you will feel held and affirmed through the wild ride that is bringing your baby into existence.

Areas served

  • Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Western Long Island
  • Bronx
$ flexible
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Donessa Colley

New York, NY

0 reviews • 4 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 4 families supported • 1 years experience

Hi! My name is Donessa, and I'm a birth and postpartum doula currently serving clients in Brooklyn and Manhattan. I became interested in doula care after completing a degree in Health & Human Biology and deciding that I want to become an OB/GYN. After completing my training in February 2022, I relocated to New York City and began serving clients here. Through my package, I hope to promote physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being as you navigate your birthing journey.

Care philosophy

As a young Black woman and birth worker, I've fallen in love with birth despite the fact that much of what we see in the United States teaches us to fear it. My goal as your doula is to provide you and your family with education, preparation, and ost importantly, choice, as you nevigate your pregnancy and birthing journey.

Areas served

  • Brooklyn
  • Manhattan
  • Queens
$ flexible
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Katie Middleton

Brooklyn, NY

3 reviews • 26 families supported • 5 years experience

3 reviews • 26 families supported • 5 years experience

I believe that you are the expert on your baby. I believe that you are doing it right. I believe your choices deserve to be celebrated. I deeply believe that you deserve empathetic, nourishing care too. I believe with education, dreaming. planning, learning how you want to be cared for, and learning how to communicate that to those who want to help you that the postpartum period can have moments of real joy and celebration even if we are very tired and worn thin. Postpartum should be time of nourishment for everyone as well as baby.I have been a Postpartum Doula since 2018 and a Certified Lactation Counselor since 2019 and have served over 25 families. I have served families in their postpartum journeys both virtually and in person. And offer my lactation support through a wholistic, doula lens. I am very passionate about planning for postpartum prenatally before the family is in the beautiful but wild swirling world of postpartum and offer standalone postpartum planning sessions to talk about what those first few weeks can look like and also how you would like for them to look.

Care philosophy

I offer my care and support through lens of radical non-judgement. You are the expert on your baby. Parenting is hard. Parenting in Postpartum can be really hard. I am here to provide caring reflections to you, information and resources enveloped in empathy and all of the emotional support you need so that you can feel confident in how you are caring for your baby. You deserve empathetic care too.

Areas served

  • Manhattan
  • Brooklyn

Reviews

  • Erica
    February 4, 2023 at 3:01 pm | Peer review

    I have had the pleasure of training and mentoring Katie as a postpartum doula and I can say with confidence that she is an exceptional individual with a genuine passion for supporting new families and truly one of the kindest people I know. She is compassionate, attentive and goes above and beyond to ensure the comfort and well-being of the families she supports. Katie is a quick learner and has a natural ability to connect with families, making them feel comfortable and at ease. She has a strong knowledge base in postpartum care, infant care, and lactation support, which she continually expands through continuous education and experience. Katie is an amazing mother herself and draws on her own experiences to offer practical, relatable advice and support to new parents. She has a deep understanding of the challenges that come with parenthood, and she provides a refreshing perspective on how to navigate these challenges with confidence and grace. Katie consistently demonstrates excellent communication skills, attention to detail, and a kind and nurturing demeanor. She is an excellent postpartum doula and lactation consultant and will be a true asset to any family in need of support. I highly recommend Katie to anyone seeking a qualified and compassionate postpartum doula.

$ flexible
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Naia Roberts

New York, NY

0 reviews • 3 families supported • 3 years experience

0 reviews • 3 families supported • 3 years experience

Hello My name Is Naia and I am the birth worker behind this page. I became a birth-worker pre-pandemic as I await the opportunity to complete my Nursing School Second Degree program to become a labor and delivery nurse. My Mission is to provide those in need of support the resources to make their experience BEAUTIFUL 🦋. I will provide services that will prepare you and your family, many add on services to choose from. I also provide specific Postpartum Support services to make transitioning smoother for baby and family. This is a judgement free zone and I cater to ALL but most importantly the BIPOC and LGBQT community. • Please fill free to reach out to inquire about my services via DM. Please fill free to tell a friend to tell a friend. #doula #doulasupport #doulasmakingadifference #birthworkersofcolor #nyc #blackdoula #birthsupport #postpartumsupport #abortionsupport #grievingdoula

Care philosophy

Support for All!

Areas served

  • Tri-state Area
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Qef Johnson

Brooklyn, NY

0 reviews • 272 families supported • 9 years experience

0 reviews • 272 families supported • 9 years experience

Hi! I'm Qef Johnson, Nurse, Doula, Childbirth Educator, and Parental Leave Coach. The Magical Birth helps all types of families create the parenthood journey they desire. As a mother of 4, I've experienced the struggle of being a new parent, the lack of support, and just not knowing where to start. And like so many others, I suffered unexpectedly through postpartum depression and anxiety. These experiences have reinforced my passion as a Full Spectrum Doula, Childbirth Educator, Nurse, and Parental Leave Coach. My superpower is helping you see the magic in your pregnancy journey.

Care philosophy

Feel Magical and Empowered Through Your Parenthood Journey

Areas served

  • Brooklyn
  • Queens
  • Manhattan
  • Long Island
  • Virtual
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Meema Spadola

Brooklyn, NY

5 reviews • 300 families supported • 17 years experience

5 reviews • 300 families supported • 17 years experience

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.

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.

Areas served

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

Reviews

  • 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

$ flexible
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Dena Gold

Queens, NY

4 reviews • 25 families supported • 1 years experience

4 reviews • 25 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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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
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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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Connie Castanzo

New York, NY

2 reviews • 14 families supported • 1 years experience

2 reviews • 14 families supported • 1 years experience

I’m Connie, the doula behind My Doula Connie Care and my focus, curiosity and endless amazement is within the Postpartum Period, Fourth Trimester. I am certifying my training through Doula Trainings International and have certified as a Lactation Counselor through Birthday Presence. My journey into the doula realm began after the birth of my goddaughter. I have had the honor of witnessing many of my dear friends step into day one of parenthood and it is nothing short of miraculous, joyous and humbling. Postpartum is a time of deep change, transformation and courage. It is a period of time with you and your new born that is so special and unique, deserving of compassion and a sensitive approach. In a society that focuses on pregnancy and birth, however, I have seen first hand how isolating, overwhelming and often times scary, the fourth trimester can be. It was heartbreaking to see my strong, capable, worthy friends doubt their instincts as parents and worse, not know who to turn to for answers and guidance. Postpartum is vulnerability defined. It is challenging and every new parent, even second and third time parents struggle. The struggle is common, but it doesn't have to be. ​ As your postpartum doula I am here for you to lean on. I am those extra pair of hands, your emotional support and practical support. I help you where you need help from day to day so you get the time you need to bond with your baby, rest, and restore your body. I am here to offer guidance, validate choices, nourish you with a home cooked meal and provide the skills you need to fully trust your instincts, and feel confident when facing the new challenges of parenthood. There is no going back before postpartum, there is only through. I’m here to not only help you survive postpartum, but thrive.

Care philosophy

My philosophy is your philosophy. I am not here to tell you what I would do or what you should do, but rather compassionately guide you towards the choices and decisions that are best for you, your baby and family because you FEEL they are.

Areas served

  • Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn

Reviews

  • Connie
    September 15, 2022 at 4:12 pm | Client review

    Connie instantly felt like a trusted friend, a part of the family, someone who came into our life with no judgement whatsoever… she so clearly led with the intention of meeting us exactly where we were at. In spite of all the challenges of COVID, Connie showed up for us without fail and without her, my post-partum experience would have been very challenging both physically and emotionally. I wasn’t necessarily sure exactly what a post-partum doula did when we started, but soon learned – what doesn’t she do? From providing nourishing food to eat, to creating calm sanctuary moments within my home, to watching my toddler, to creating space to process the emotional aspects of post-partum, to meditation & massage, to handling piles of laundry on a cold January night when our machine had broken… to any mama or birthing person out there considering Connie, HIRE HER. you’ll be so happy you did – but you’ll also be so glad to have just connected with this amazing person along your post-partum journey.

    Amy S

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Alison Frauenglass

New York, NY

0 reviews • 6 families supported • 2 years experience

0 reviews • 6 families supported • 2 years experience

I provide support, guidance, reassurance, resources, and referrals for your newborn care, infant feeding, and all postpartum needs. The only granola I ascribe to is what I put on my yogurt. I offer comforting, accessible, down to earth, crystal-free care. I provide non-judgmental care -- it is not my place to tell you how to parent. I firmly believe that the best way to support you is to support your parenting choices. I'm there to give you support, stress relief, encouragement, resources, and guidance in order for you to become the expert on your baby.

Care philosophy

Down to earth doulaing means I keep things simple. I’m a "what you see is what you get" kind of person. Someone to take care of you and your needs while you redirect your energy to the constant care of your newborn. I provide all of the care "none of the crystals".

Areas served

  • Brooklyn
  • Manhattan
  • Queens
  • Bronx
$ 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.

Postpartum Doula Services: FAQs

For most parents, the transition into early parenthood is hard. Postpartum doulas in New York, NY offer all sorts of practical, physical, informational and emotional support to new parents. Postpartum doulas in New York, NY offer a wide range of after-birth support services, including:

  1. Caring for and assisting in the recovery of the birthing parent
  2. Providing breastfeeding and lactation support
  3. Offering advice for baby soothing, diapering and bathing
  4. Parent-baby bonding
  5. Caring for older siblings
  6. Light housework
  7. Night nannying or sleep relief services

Some parents require additional physical and emotional support due to their specific situation, lack of family support, or their particular lifestyle. A postpartum doula positively affects the entire family, as many postpartum doulas are involved in sibling care, housework chores, and educating clients on childcare information/techniques.

To find a postpartum doula in New York, NY, most parents recommend creating a job post on Meela and having uniquely qualified postpartum doulas near you (in your budget) reach out to you through the Meela app.

You can interview and chat with as many postpartum doulas as you wish and hire a postpartum doula in New York, NY with confidence. It is completely free to create a job post on Meela and find a postpartum doula. There are no commitments to hire any of the qualified and expert vetted postpartum doulas Meela brings you.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

  1. Post a job for free: Answer some questions and receive responses from top-rated postpartum doulas near you. It takes less than 30 seconds to post your job.
  2. Get your list of postpartum doulas: In a few hours, you will have a collection of postpartum doulas near you who are qualified to meet your needs. You can compare pricing, experience, and read reviews. You can chat with each postpartum doula to learn more about them.
  3. Hire a postpartum doula with confidence: Schedule virtual or in-person interviews with your top postpartum doula choices. Hire your top postpartum doula and start getting the care you deserve.

To find a postpartum doula, you can also browse the available postpartum doulas near you in New York, NY and read reviews, compare pricing, experience and fit. Send the postpartum doulas you are interested in a message, introducing yourself and setting up an interview. We recommend reaching out to and interviewing at least three postpartum doulas before hiring a postpartum doula near you. After interviewing, hire the most qualified postpartum doula near you and start getting the care you deserve.

While the cost of a postpartum doula can vary based on experience and the services offered, the average cost of a postpartum doula in New York, NY is $46 per hour, but typically ranges from $38 to $54 per hour. These costs are based on a representative group of 120 postpartum doulas surveyed by Meela in the New York area. The average cost of a postpartum doula in New York, NY is higher than the average cost of a postpartum doula in the state of New York, which is $44 per hour.

To put this in further context, the cost of a postpartum doula in New York, NY is higher than the U.S. national average cost of a postpartum doula, which is $37 per hour.

When hiring a postpartum doula in New York, NY, you and your doula will discuss and agree upon a fee structure, and your postpartum doula will send you itemized invoices through Meela, which you can pay securely through the app.

A postpartum doula in New York, NY is meant to help the entire family and their role is not just limited to the birthing parent and newborn. A doula provides physical and emotional support to parents and siblings, but they also offer information and advice regarding how to feed, bathe, swaddle, and soothe the baby.

They also often help with postpartum depression issues, and are considered child care “consultants” rather than medical professionals. Many postpartum doulas in New York, NY offer a range of services that can help with parents trying to adjust to a newborn child. These services often include:

  • Sibling care
  • Assist with household chores
  • Parent-baby bonding
  • Physical and emotional recovery
  • Support to parents and extended family

A postpartum doula in New York, NY can have a lasting positive impact on a family and help them feel more confident about their parenting role and the way that they feed and nurture their baby. They might offer advice regarding feeding, bathing, and parent-baby bonding.

It is important to note that a postpartum doula might offer advice but is not expected to provide medical care of any kind or serve as a replacement to an accredited physician. Postpartum doulas are also not qualified to prescribe medication.

Many new parents want to know about certified postpartum doulas and how exactly they are certified. Since the demand for postpartum doulas has greatly expanded in the last several years, the number of reputable postpartum doula training and certification programs has grown in New York, NY. Training criteria can differ from program to program, but most follow a similar curriculum which includes core academic curriculum and practical hours and real-life care experience.

One of the most common national postpartum doula training certifications comes from DONA International. A postpartum doula usually receives about 27 hours of practical training before they are a certified postpartum doula.

There are also CAPPA-certified postpartum doulas in New York, NY, as well. These doulas were certified by the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association, an international organization that certifies doulas and other childbirth educators/professionals.

As a reminder, because postpartum doulas are not trained to be a medical professional and diagnose and treat medical conditions, a certification is not required for them to practice.

As their names suggest, a birth doula’s main priority is to provide support services before, during and in the moments immediately after childbirth. A postpartum doula’s obligations usually begin after the birth, for several weeks or months. In many cases, your birth doula will also be a trained and certified postpartum doula, which can provide a continuity of care that many parents find extremely valuable.

Many parents want to know whether a postpartum doula or a baby nurse would meet their needs and expectations. A baby nurse might be focused on making sure that a baby sleeps or feeds properly, but that might be the extent of their role. A postpartum doula generally offers more holistic services for their clients.

A postpartum doula in New York, NY is expected to be more involved with the family as a whole. They might remain involved in sibling care or also provide emotional support to the partner as both parents adjust to becoming new parents. This may even include support for older siblings, light housework, and even meal prep. A postpartum doula provides more physical, emotional, and informational support than a baby nurse.

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.

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