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Kasia Sanvee, CD(DONA), CLC, CCE, CYT

Holistic Doula, Educator and Healer

Website: http://www.honornature.com

Phone: 917-214-4777

Birth Fee: Not specified

Postpartum Rate: Not specified

Fee Details: Hi! I'm glad you came upon my profile. Pregnancy and birth are my passion, revealed through my very own experience. Please feel free to visit my website or contact me directly for more info. I offer a wide range of services prenatally, during birth and postnatally. And as each person is different and has different needs, I approach each and single one with a very attentive and personalized care. I do offer 3 packages, as well as ‘à la carte’ services to respond to those needs. We can also come up with a very personalized package responding to your individualized needs. I look forward to hearing from you. Kasia

Birth Doula Experience: 6 years

Postpartum Doula Experience: 6 years

Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula
  • The Matrona - Certified Holistic Birth Doula

Postpartum Doula Certifications

  • The Matrona - Certified Holistic Postpartum Consultant

Doula Training

  • DONA International, July 2013
  • The Matrona, October 2016
Type of Practice: Partnership with 1 other doula

Clients per Month: 1 to 2 births and 1 to 2 postpartum families

Postpartum limits/restrictions: I would not be able to work in a house of smokers.
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I attended births at most hospitals in Manhattan, also in Brooklyn, Long Island, and upstate NY.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
I attended births at Brooklyn Birthing Center and Mount Sinai Roosevelt Birthing Center.
Attends home births? Any Home Birth

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Birth Boot Camp Certified Instructor

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Lactation Counselor Training (Healthy Children's Center for Breastfeeding)

Other Relevant Certifications

  • Certified Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Instructor

College Education

  • MA/MS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Previous birth trauma and/or birth injury
  • Spanish Speaking
  • Special needs babies
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure
  • Antepartum doula
  • Aromatherapy
  • Babywearing education
  • Belly binding
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Elimination communication education
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Mother blessing celebrations
  • Parenting consulting
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Satellite Doula (For remote and rural clients)
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Therapist or counselor

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Volunteered as a birth doula for the Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership Doula Program. Volunteered as a birth doula for Doula Program at New York City Harlem Hospital Center. Volunteered as a birth doula at the Birth Center in Togo, West Africa in August 2014.

Languages spoken: English, French, Polish

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Client Testimonials for Kasia Sanvee, CD(DONA), CLC, CCE, CYT

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Kat S-D

We LOVED having Kasia as our doula for our NYC Homebirth. She is the epitome of "calm during a storm" and we felt safe and cared for every step of the way. In addition to being a superstar during the actual birth, Kasia was an amazing resource before and after - and proved to be even more valuable for us as we navigated post-partum life with a newborn. I certainly can't imagine going through the experience without her and she was everything I could have asked for in a doula. I would highly recommend her to anyone in search of the perfect doula!

Posted 8/19/2019

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Bianca

We knew heading into our first pregnancy that there would be an array of challenges new to us.  Having someone help us in situations that would arise was one reason we wanted to find a doula to manage our birth.

What we found in Kasia was someone so dedicated, planned and thoughtful that we couldn’t imagine going through our labor without her.

Pre-birth she was an excellent guide, helping game plan and lay out what we wanted.

We wanted a natural birth and Kasia was meticulous in getting us ready. However our plan was thrown for a curve.

We chose a birthing center in the city.  Kasia had warned us about issues with the center closing when the hospital was busy and mothers being sent to the regular maternity floor. The hospital vehemently denied this could happen. Yet Kasia made us at least prepare mentally for things beyond our control.

Kasia met us at the hospital for birth and was immediately thrown into it when the hospital was full and they closed down the birthing center, just as she warned us about.  We weren’t dilated enough for the hospital to take us because they were full.  We lived 40 mins away So we had to get a hotel room nearby to labor in temporarily.  Kasia was there, in super doula mode managing every aspect to make me comfortable.  Through an array of techniques she was able to alleviate and keep me relaxed in a hotel room.

Overall this challenged a natural birth for us.  Kasia helped guide and support difficult decisions with what we were willing to adjust.

She helped me literally push to the end, helping guide the birth and keep both baby and myself safe.

Following birth she helped me perform a healing ceremony to get my body focused on healing and recovery.

We can’t speak highly enough for how she helped us - physically, emotionally and mentally along the way.

We highly recommend her.

Posted 7/29/2019

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Laura Maher

To begin, Kasia is an AMAZING person. 

During my twin pregnancy, I read a lot about the fourth trimester. Thus, I worked to make sure I had the right support network set up not only for the babies, but for me too. Hiring a postpartum doula was a huge part of this plan. 


It is hard for me to put into words just what Kasia for my family and me during this incredibly special time. Her kindness, compassion, wisdom, knowledge, expertise, energy, and vibrations truly had such an enormous effect on making this time incredible. The vibe in my home was calm and blissful and I attribute so much of that to her. 


Specifically, she taught me how to tandem breast feed my twins (crucial for making time for my own rest and for getting them on a the same schedule), made homemade bone broth for me to enjoy, helped me process my birth experience (the good and the scary, which was so important!!!), and talked with me about microbiome and gut health - something I am passionate about. 


She was flexible about scheduling during a moment in time when every day is new and uncertain for a new mother. I ended up seeing her nearly every weekday for a few weeks because I loved having her in my home! (I really cannot say enough about her calming energy!) My own mother was with us for two months and Kasia came back to spend some time with us after she left. 


I would recommend hiring Kasia to absolutely anyone. 

Posted 5/10/2019

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Pepper

Kasia is a breath of fresh air - much needed - when you're getting ready to bring a baby into the world. I especially appreciated her Theta healing. I had a toddler while pregnant with my second and my work with Kasia created space for self care.

Additionally Kasia provides guidance on nutrition and anything else you might need both prior to birth and afterwards. She's a wonderful resource.

Birth is one of life's greatest transformations of energy. Having Kasia in the room made me feel supported on all levels. Her genuine presence made me feel safe and relaxed. I cannot recommend her enough.

Posted 5/6/2019

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Joshua Asen

Kasia came into our life shortly after the birth of our daughter, on the recommendation of a family friend. She brought much more than capable hands (though hers are highly experienced in all matters of infant care). She brought calm, kindness, and love into an otherwise chaotic situation. As first-time parents, we were overwhelmed and exhausted beyond anything we’d ever experienced before. Kasia helped us get into a sleep routine with our daughter and enabled us to get some desperately-needed sleep of our own. She also taught us techniques & strategies that we still use to this day (she’s 15 months!). 

My wife and daughter and I are extremely grateful to Kasia for her time with us. We often recommend her to friends and would do the same to anyone looking for help.

 

Posted 5/6/2019

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Annie K

Because of Kasia, I was able to have the most beautiful natural birthing experience with confidence. She who is knowledgeable, warm, professional and absolutely caring will help you make informed decisions with her many resources while respecting your needs. She will educate you and prepare you for the biggest event of a woman's life! You will learn a lot from her, she epitomizes the name of her company- Honor Nature. We are eternally grateful to have met Kasia.

Posted 5/1/2019

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Anil

 

We are glad we found Kasia.. Greatful for all the help, clarity, knowledge which made our experiance with child birth so much more aware and in control. kasia was amazing help during labor pain coping and child birth.Would always reccomend her 

Posted 4/29/2019

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Nicolas C.

Kasia was our amazing Doula, and helped my wife deliver our first baby. She's kind, patient, and also made my wife and I feel very much at ease every step of the way. She's also a very talented photographer, and we have great shots of our daughter's first hour and even a home photoshoot a few weeks later. If you're looking for a Doula that's able to support you all the way, call Kasia!

Posted 4/29/2019

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Nupur

Kasia was a positive reinforcement during pregnancy and postpartum. She was always very responsive and resourceful and patiently addressed all my questions and concerns. I had a complication during delivery and we had to make a decision whether I needed to have a caesarean birth. Kasia was instrumental in helping us understand the risks and consequences of a vaginal birth in my situation which led us to deciding that I’d have a caesarean birth. She was most helpful postpartum when I had lactation issues and my baby was not latching and transferring enough milk. She directed us to an occupational therapist who in turn completely fixed my breastfeeding troubles. Kasia was resourceful in helping us get donor milk for our baby when things were rough and we couldn’t give the baby formula. She was available at all times to offer her help and support and we are forever grateful to her.

Posted 4/27/2019

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Sandra Popova

I cannot imagine my birth being anything different than what it was all due to Kasia’s calm and soothing presence. I strongly believe that I am one of the minority women who experienced a positive birth that I strongly desired (all natural with no interventions of any kind in a hospital setting) due to Kasia’s help, care and encouragement. She took amazing care of me during my labor, was very responsive when I called her to come on a short notice when I went into labor and gave me strength through it all and in my biggest moments of weakness. There are no words that can describe how grateful I am to have met her and had her by my side during that time.
Not only was she amazing providing physical and emotional support during the labor and birthing process but she has proven invaluable and given me attention and support postpartum with follow up phone calls, visit, breastfeeding support and words of encouragement that I am doing fine. She feels like a long known friend that I can turn to about any of my concerns or needs or just to listen to. I can’t wait to have her as my doula again with baby number 2 when the time comes! Thank you for all the love and support Kasia!

Posted 12/11/2016

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Maritza Duran

I really enjoyed and learned a lot from Kasia.  She was very supportive and caring.

My pregnancy was very easy, my delivery super fast and painless. I didn't take any form of medication.

I had the delivery I had wished for thanks to her.  

Posted 10/19/2016

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Seth Weisel

I can’t understate how big of a role Kasia played in making the pregnancy and birth experience a success.
We found Kasia online, fairly late in the process. We set up a skype call, and after talking, we knew we had found a doula that genuinely loved her job, was caring, extremely knowledgeable, and to be honest, fun to hang out with.
As she was getting close to full term, my wife was having doubts about her new OB and the hospital we were set to deliver in. She was stressed about the fit, but felt a little stuck given how close to the finish line we were. Kasia encouraged my wife to continue to explore different options. Despite being late in the pregnancy, Kasia preached patience and helped us find a great mid-wife in a hospital that was essentially like a birthing center. In hindsight, it was an absolutely great call – much more in line with what my wife was looking for.
During labor, Kasia was supportive, helpful, and caring. My wife wanted birth to be as natural as possible, and Kasia helped keep her focused on her priorities. She kept cool and helped create a great environment to bring our baby into the world.
After the birth, Kasia has continued to be a valuable resource, helping us find a pediatrician who perfectly fits our needs. She was also particularly helpful with regard to giving advice on breastfeeding.

As the husband, having gone through the process now, I really can’t understate how critical Kasia’s role was. She gave my wife some very badly needed peace of mind. Having someone that she could completely trust was huge. Pregnancy is a stressful and disorienting time, and Kasia was an invaluable resource and friend to my wife from pregnancy, to labor, to post-partum. She consistently went above and beyond expectations. Through phone conversations, texts, and in-person meetings, Kasia calmed, advised, and educated my wife with her expertise, positive energy and genuine enjoyment of her work.

Posted 10/5/2016

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Inna Fredericks

Kasia is a wonderful doula and I am happy to recommend her to anyone who is looking for caring, kind, sweet, compassionate and very knowledgeable doula. Prior to birth she made sure we are on the same page on EVERYTHING regarding birth process. Thanx to her questionaire, I was able to set my preferences, verbalize wishes and concerns, and find main blocks and fears about labor as well as strengths to cope with them. Kasia offered so many pain management tools, that i not only wasn't afraid of labor any longer, rather felt excited about it! 

When the anticipated day came, Kasia came just like we agreed, when I felt I needed her. It was early morning , and the pain was too much to deal on own. Her peaceful confident presence, compasionate calming eyes, soothing voice made me relax and tune into my body, mother nature and baby who was gonna get born so soon.I leaned against her, she massaged my shoulders, we swayed together, I repeated affirmations after her, visualised positive images she offered, groaned and moaned- again together- all  of the above eased my pain tremendously and empowered me both physically and spiritually. If it were not for Kasia, I honestly do not know how I would survive transition at all.

When we got to birth center, I was not surprised to hear I was 10 cm dialated.Pushing was easy, and thanx to Kasia's support, the baby was born within half hour. Though there appeared to be vaginal hematoma after birth and hospital transfer was needed, Kasia stayed by my side all the time warming me with her smile and kind words. She was patient and loving, and very real.

She visited us after birth, and called a few times to check on me and my little angel. If I need advice, she is one of the those i may call any time!

I was very happy to work with her and hope you will be too)

Posted 2/2/2016

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Sarah Nanou

God saved me and my baby through Kasia !!!
I didn't plan on having a doula for my first delivery but I called Kasia in emergency as the doctors wanted me to get a cesarean section !!! After about 16 hours of labor I wasn't dilating..
I will never forget her help, it made me and the baby go through this very difficult and painful and long labor.. It eased the pain, made me relax and gave me strength, and made me dilate pretty fast !
I would never have thought that something else that drugs could ease contraction pain.. Lol
Without her, I know I would have given up.. And just have got the cesarean section..
She made me believe in myself for the first time in my life. She is full of love and passion.
I'm glad God sent me Kasia, and not just any doula, that day...
I will never forget her and will definetly call her for my next baby :) but this time no hospital, no doctors, and no stress ;)
Thank you Kasia, I owe you a lot !
Ps: thank you for the pictures.. And for the post partum support as well, you are truly amazing, I will tell baby Hannah about you but I'm sure she will know you :)

Posted 1/27/2016

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Carol Niebles

Kasia was amazing! When we first met her we knew she was exactly what we were looking for. I labored for about 3+ days and she helped coach and support my husband and I. At home and at the hospital, her techniques were very soothing and kept me very focused. Although, I ended up with an unplanned c-section, Kasia was very supportive through the whole process. I was very hard on myself since this was not my plan, but Kasia reminded me that the end goal was a healthy baby and a healthy mommy and that I could not have tried any harder. Speaking to her after my birth was very helpful since I was very down on myself for not birthing naturally. My husband and I are extremely grateful to have worked with Kasia.

Posted 12/30/2015

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Sivan Kaplan

Kasia was so amazing. I often tell people who ask me about my birth that I could never have done it without my doula and I mean it! I was induced and spent 3 days laboring in the hospital and she was so supportive emoitonally, physically, and logistically. After I gave birth she came over and gave us even more support post-partum. She is truly a gem and I highly recommend her to any expecting mother!

Posted 8/21/2015

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Meyly Brosseit

Kasia was a natural match for us. In all the stages of her role as our doula; she was very attentive, informative, and empathetic. She possessed a positive and uplifting energy that carried us through our difficult labor and delivery. We couldn't have been happier with our choice. As an added benefit, she was able to capture beautiful photos for us as well. My husband and I are extremely grateful to have worked with Kasia.

Posted 8/16/2015

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Veridiana Montas

Kasia understands that being a Dula is more than just coaching you through your birthing process. It also means being a voice for you. Doctors can be intimidating and it's hard to give push back and stick your birthing plan when they talk about "doing what's best for your baby." Kasia was my voice she believed in my birthing plan and did not allow me to be intimidated by the impatient doctor who was trying to push pitocin on me ( I heard one of the nurses say her shift was over at 7 and she wanted me to have the baby before then). She kept reminding me my rights as a patient and help guide the conversation with the doctor. I strongly believe I would not have had the beautiful birthing experience I did with out her. Thank you Kasia!!!!

Posted 2/5/2015

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Hazel Gurland

Kasia saved my natural birth.

I thought I had done everything right. I had: a midwife in a “low intervention” Obstetrics practice, chosen a hospital with a Birthing Center, taken prenatal yoga classes, and gone to birthing classes with my husband. Turns out the most important thing I did was ask Kasia to be my doula.

Kasia was great. She was eager to educate us in the weeks leading up to my due date. She gave us DVDs to watch, books to read, and we discussed pain management strategies and practiced positions at home. She also wanted to participate in our birth, but only as much as we wanted her to. Kasia helped us put together our birth plan - both A and B (in case things didn’t go as hoped).

On the big day, Kasia and I worked through the early stages of labor together in my apt. She was extremely attentive, even picking up on my non-verbal cues, and when it was time, helped us get to the hospital. To our horror, they wouldn’t admit me to the Birthing Center since I was only 5 or 6 cm dilated. As fate would have it, my midwife wasn’t on call and the “low intervention” Obstetrician, said I was too weak, wouldn’t make it, and recommended I get an epidural.

While my husband ran interference with the doctor, Kasia concentrated on me. She calmly huddled with me, giving me encouragement, while we breathed through each contraction as best we could. In my darkest moment, when I started to doubt myself, she didn’t waiver. She reminded me that I could do it -- that I was doing it -- and that I was in control of my own birth. Her devotion and positive words allowed me to focus on my labor and my baby.

Four and a half hours after I entered the hospital, with Kasia's staunch support, my daughter was born naturally. Had Kasia not been my doula, I would probably be telling a very different story. I can't recommend her enough.

Posted 1/24/2015

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Christina Gomez

Working with Kasia was wonderful! She was very knowledgable in natural birthing techniques including breathing exercises and healthy eating. I was able to deliver my baby naturally without any medication and it was mainly thanks to Kasia. She made me feel at ease. Kasia is very patient and kind and was a pleasure to work with!

Posted 1/17/2015

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Leah Marciante-Mehta

Kasia did a fantastic job supporting me during my pregnancy, labor and delivery. She went above and beyond me and my husband's expectations with face-to- face meetings as well as Skype calls (when we were all on vacation) in order to really get to know me and our family. She also spent time with my midwife well ahead of my due date so that the two were aligned and comfortable with eachother in preparation for my birth.

As a yoga teacher it was important for me to have a doula who could incorporate yoga teachings, mantras and essential oils that are of meaning to me into my labor. Kasia, being a yoga teacher herself, incorporated these wishes into my labor. I believe her soft touch and skillful communication skills allowed me to have a beautiful, non-medicated homebirth.

I would highly recommend Kasia, regardless of the type of birth you may be seeking.

Posted 11/19/2014

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