Brooklyn, NY Serves families in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens
$2000 to $2500
$2000 to $2500
5 years and 150 births attended
Type of practice: On-call doula service
Clients per month: 3
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Brooklyn, NY Serves families in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens
Before our first pregnancy, we didn't have much of an idea of the role of a doula or if we wanted to hire one for the the labor. Because we don't have family in the city, we were interested to see if a doula could offer us some moral and logistical support but didn't love the idea of bringing a stranger into such an intimate family environment.
We met a few doulas but from the moment we met Natalia Hailes, we knew we felt very comfortable having her a part of our pregnancy and labor. She has become a trusted friend and as we look back, we don't know what we would have done without her. Natalia's knowledge and passion for the birthing process made us feel empowered and supported.
Her home visits were informative but casual. She was respectful of our preferences and did not try to push any agenda which we did not express to her as desired. She bundled great packages of resources for our use over the 10 months and was always pouring her heart into email responses which calmed our concerns.
Natalia is obviously a natural. We are excited to watch her career blossom and will always recommend her services to our dearest loved ones.
Natalia is a wonderful doula. She was an intelligent, supportive and nonjudgmental presence throughout my pregnancy and during my 32 hours of labor. She held my hand during contractions and gave suggestions on how to ease labor pain. My husband felt that she was very soothing and let him nap while she stayed with me.
I would definitely hire Natalia again if we decide to have another child and I would recommend her to any woman who is looking for additional support during pregnancy
My husband and i regularly reflect on how thankful we are that Natalia was our doula. From the day we met her, we both felt at ease and comfortable with her, and continued to feel that way during our meetings before birth. Not only did we feel like we had similar birth philosophies, but we also just felt that she would support and encourage us without judgement, which is exactly what she did.
Natalia came out to our home in Brooklyn at 4am when I was in labor, and the second she arrived I immediately felt more at ease, as did my husband. She is such a tender, gentle and calming presence. She stroked and held my hair when I was sick over the toilet; she used counter pressure techniques and gave my husband a break when he was exhausted too; and she regularly (& gently) reminded me to go back my calm/happy place when I started to feel overwhelmed, as well as reminding me that the baby was okay and safe and that everything that was happening was normal and healthy (which for your first labor, can't be undervalued!)
She accompanied us in an Uber to the hospital, which was perhaps the time we needed her most! We were stuck in rush hour traffic for 1.5 hours, while I was transitioning (not fun!) and she stayed so calm and encouraging, when I was freaking out and scared. My husband & I regularly comment on how we dont know what we would have done had she not be there to support us. When we got to the hospital, she took charge and got us up to L&D as fast as possible and Delphinum was delivered about 30 minutes later! During the birth Natalia took photos that I will cherish forever and stayed with us for the next couple hours until we got transfered to our room. Even after the birth, she brought us food, made sure I stayed hydrated, and just reveled in our joy with us. She was an integral, wonderful part of our birth story and it brings tears to my eyes to think about what a joy and blessing it was to have her as our doula!
Natalia was the best decision my husband and I made for our birth. Her energy and presence throughout my labor was calm, peaceful and reassuring. When I got anxious about how long things were taking in early labor, she would remind me that my labor was progressing and it's pathway was right and true. She knew when it was time to go to the hospital. Without her, we probably would have ended up at the hospital 12 hours earlier because we wouldn't have had the confidence to labor at home much longer. Had we arrived at the hospital 12 hours earlier, I can't help but think they would have induced me eventually because my early labor was so long. As I progressed into active labor, she helped me through the incredibly painful contractions. My husband followed her lead and, together, they developed a rhythm for the contractions that made them more endurable. All the while, she was supportive and grounded. At no time did I feel that she was watching the clock or had any desire to be elsehwere. She truly did hold the space for my husband, my baby, and me.
Without Natalia, I don't know that I could have accomplished my goal of having a natural, unmedicated birth.
On top of that, she helped to document the process. She took photos, made note of details that I was too much in a trance to remember, and shared all of this with us after the fact. I was so grateful to have these memories. Additionally, when I was having trouble breast-feeding, her suggestions literally turned breast-feeding successfully around.
Natalia is a gift. If you are looking for a doula, I can't recommend her enough. It meant so much to have a strong, compassionate presence with me during one of the most intimate moments of my life.
I cannot recommend Natalia enough as a doula. I knew the moment we met that she was going to be a perfect fit to share in this experience. She is warm, friendly, incredibly knowledgeable, and very organized.
She really kept me informed and on point during my pregnancy and leading up to the birth. She has a wealth of resources that she shares through the process including videos, articles, and websites so we could learn more about all those things you don't really think about. She was very responsive to all my emails and questions, immediately following up with links to additional information.
I felt super comfortable with Natalia because she is such a warm and nurturing person. It was a great sense of comfort to know that that she was going to be by my side during the labor and delivery. She is focused on the facts an was supportive of all my decisions offering no bias, just support.
My birth experience was wonderful because of Natalia. I ended up having a 30 hour labor and Natalia was my rock through it. I checked in with her throughout early labor. Once the contractions became painful, she came to our place at 3am with no hesitation and was by our side throughout. She certainly took the pressure off my husband too. She helped with the pain, provided props to help with comfort, and made sure I was hydrated. She was always a couple steps ahead of knowing what to do and what I would need. At the hospital, she was amazing and even held my legs when I was pushing. She communicated with the staff and was able to keep me calm and focused.
Post-delivery, she checked in with us frequently. It is obvious she is passionate about this and cares for all her clients. She also was our photographer for before, during and after photos - another service we highly recommend.
The doula experience is a great decision and you cannot go wrong with Natalia!
I couldn't have asked for a better doula for the birth of our first child, Sierra! Natalia is a wonderful, caring, knowledgeable and intuitive person. While pregnant she always responded to my questions very quickly. She is extremely organized and well informed on all aspects of the birthing process and sent me a number of resources. She also had a google drive that she shared with many videos and articles. She was available by email, phone and text. Natalia has a great memory and is so thoughtful and always asked how I was feeling and asked how my appointments went. She came over to our apt in Brooklyn a few times to go over any questions and practice techniques to help alleviate discomfort during labor. When my water broke she met us at the hospital right away. She brought many different things such as a rebozo scarf, yoga ball and candles. She was so intuitive and always offered me water when I needed it and gave me a massage when I was in discomfort. She was happy to pick up food for my significant other or help support us in any way. It was very comforting to have her there to answer any questions and to be your advocate if something unexpected should happen. During birth she was extremely helpful- she was holding my legs up and helped to count during each push. She was very encouraging and gave me an ice pack when I needed it and set up the room so it was a relaxed atmosphere. She also took incredible photos right after I gave birth. She came over post partum to visit and answer any other questions. She is also now a lactation counselor which is extremely important if you are having any issues with breastfeeding.
It is obvious Natalia is really passionate about her job. She is such a warm and thoughtful person and I would highly recommend her to anyone!
My husband and I had an wonderful experience with Natalia. She was exactly what we wanted - someone who had the same philosophy towards labor and birth and was kind, encouraging and incredibly helpful. My husband and I didn't attend any birthing classes as we felt prepared from our research and meetings with Natalia. During those sessions in our home she answered any questions and took the time to understand any needs we might have for labor. It was intimate in our home and my husband and I loved the simplicity and connection we all shared as we traveled this journey together.
During labor, she was right there by my side, comforting me, helping me change positions and offering me water and nourishment. She really took care of me as I labored at home. Her calm demeanor and voice were soothing during that time of stress and I loved that she was willing to help in any way to make me more comfortable during the process.
Natalia's presence of mind continued as I transitioned in the cab to the hospital and made our way into the delivery room. She was right by my side during that time and stayed another two hours after little Lincoln was born; giving me water and breaking off pieces of protein bar. She also took beautiful pictures and video from after the birth which I will always treasure.
I was so blessed to have had Natalia as my doula. Not ony was she integral in me feeling ready and prepared for the birth of my son but she has continued to go over and beyond by making herself available to me in any way since delivery. During the postnatal visit, she lovingly did my dishes and even helped make some "pad-cicles" while I was in pain.
I highly recommend Natalia for any prospective parent looking for gentle, compassionate, and knowledgable doula.
Lana, Charlie and Lincoln
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