Birth Fee: $1000 to $1100
Postpartum Rate: $35 to $45
Fee Details: Please contact me regarding birth/postpartum services. Fees are negotiable. Overnight newborn care available. Currently serving New York City and Hudson County NJ
Birth Doula Experience: 8 years and 38 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 8 years and 30 families served
Clients per Month: 1 to 3 births and 1 to 3 postpartum familiesPostpartum limits/restrictions: No smokers
Strong advocate for natural birth, breastfeeding, traditional herbal medicine, and baby wearing.
Languages spoken: Spanish/English
I instantly felt comfortable after meeting denise for the first time. She is very nice and the fact that she has two children of her own made me feel secure, because she went through it herself. It was very important for me to have a natural child birth, a nice birth setting, and denise supported me in all aspects. She never told me that I cannot do it instead she gave me courage.
During birth she gave me ice cubs, heated up rice packs for back pain support, gave me water, helped me to go to the bathroom, massaged my back....I am also very thankful of her supporting me after my birth, if it was baby sitting while I was at work, or meeting up with me for the post prenatal visits. Thank you
My husband and I had such a great experience with Denise - we would highly recommend her to anyone going through a birth experience! She was invaluable - with words of wisdom before, insight around caring for a newborn after, and in helping us during the labor process in the hospital.
I had to be induced and received pitocin to bring on contractions. I don't think I would have been able to stick to my natural birth plan if she wasn't there providing guidance and support when the contractions got increasingly stronger and faster. She allowed us to focus on the labor process, and gave us a voice with the doctors and nurses we would not have had otherwise. As the nurses kept increasing the pitocin drip, she helped me through each of the contractions and suggested different positions to help manage the pain, but also helped my husband with his recommendation that the doctor not increase the pitocin delivery amount; upon which, the nurse figured out that the fetal monitor was situated incorrectly and they slowed down the drip, even removing it completely for a period. Without Denise, I would have had to get an epidural for pain-management, and there's no telling what other complication she had averted through her experience, understanding and encouragement throughout labor and delivery. We felt as though we had someone on our side, and we are forever thankful to her for that.
After our baby was born, she helped me with breast feeding and getting the baby to latch, which, even though we saw hospital specialists and had my parents stay in the area, was still extremely helpful. Denise even followed up with us after we got home from the hospital and provided more help and support to my husband and I as we were trying to navigate taking care of our brand new baby! We would highly recommend Denise and would be happy to share perspectives or thoughts with anyone else.
Denise was an amazing doula! She was an incredible help to me and my husband in labor. She always knew exactly what to say and when to say it. Although my husband was extremely supportive and loving, we are first time parents and having denise there was very helpful. She prroared us with a lot of documents, a lot of advice, support, education on pregnancy , labor/delivery and postpartum. She knew when to step in and when to let my husband lead. She offered so much support, strength and guidance. She was very gentle and nurturing and also it was helpful that she spoke Spanish because my mom who speaks very little English was able to talk to her. I am grateful to have had a doula like denise, her support and reassurance throughout Milana's birth was truly priceless to us. She is an amazingly caring and patient individual and this shines in her doula skills.
During my third trimester, our baby was measuring ahead at his ultra sounds. Our doctor required tests without explanation and we were concerned that we would be forced into having a C-Section. We wanted to bring in a doula in order to make the birthing process more informed than our prenatal experience. We are so fortunate to have found Denise because she did exactly that. She provided us with resources to better prepare us for labor and delivery. On the big day, she stood by my side the entire time. She made sure I knew my options with respect to medications versus more natural options and did her best to help me stick to our birthing plan. She was integral in making sure I was comfortable and that our baby was delivered the way we had envisioned.
After the baby was born, she remained a big part of our lives. She visited on numerous occasions. She helped us give him his first bath when we were nervous. We struggled with breast feeding and she again provided us with resources so that we could get the help we needed. She would check in regularly to make sure everything was going well and continues to touch base for updates on how the baby is growing and changing.
Throughout the whole process (prenatal, labor/deliver, postpartum), Denise was kind and caring. She never judges. She just makes you and your family feel loved. Of all of the things I might have done differently while pregnant or once the baby was born, I never would change anything about using Denise. Should we have another child, she will be by my side again as I cannot even imagine not having her there.
Should the reader of this review like further information, please ask Denise for my contact information. I would be happy to discuss further.
The best doula ever !!! She is wonderful. I felt very supported emotionally, psychologically mentally and physically. The birth of my daughter was the best experience that I had because Dennise made her unique. Now that my baby is 9 months old. We still keep in touch and any doubt that I have she is willing to help me with it.
Denise is gentle, kind, supportive, trustworthy and resourceful. She has integrity and experience and she will be a great doula for you if you decide to hire her. She took excellent care of me while I was preparing for birth, gave me more materials than I had time to read... She was very supportive and soothing during the birth process. She also guided my husband through the "first child adventure".
We hired her as a "full spectrum doula" (ie before, during and after birth) and I especially recommend having her at nights post partum. So you can get some rest and she can take care of your baby's feeding and diaper change needs. We had a great experience overall with Denise and I cannot recommend her enough. She is knowledgeable and not judgemental, she will respect your choices and orient you when you need advice or help. She is also great and gentle with newborns, I felt reassured to have her look after our little boy while we were getting sleep. Happy to provide more feedback as needed, just ask her and she will connect us.
Denise was the perfect doula/night nurse for our family. I trusted her 100% with my precious baby boy. She was punctual, gentle, respectEd our respects, warm, personable, understanding and tender with my baby. She helped us through a monumental time in our lives and we hold a warm place in our heart for her. I highly recommend denisE.
My husband and I decided to have a home birth and knew we would need some extra support and decided to hire Denise as our doula. It was a perfect fit! She was super flexible with her schedule and made several trips out to meet our midwife and see us before my birth as well as after a few times. She was very helpful in giving us information on active labour, stretches and exercises I can do during my pregnancy, breast feeding, baby bathing as well as nutrition/diet tips and herbal tea recommendations.
Denise arrived at our apartment around 8am, just in time to really help me get through my contractions with constant support and positive reinforcement. It also allowed for my husband to go to the store pick up a few things we needed and get the place ready for my midwife. She followed me around like a mother hen, never leaving my side. She rubbed and massaged my back and breathed with me to help during contractions. She was there to hold my hand and help me into my labor position as I pushed our baby girl out at 12pm! She then stayed for another two-three hours after to help teach me how to properly hold my baby and breastfeed as well as making sure we were comfortable and settled in with our little new family member.
We cannot thank Denise enough for all that she did. I will definitly be calling her up for our second home birth child.
My husband and I were nervous expecting our first child and hired Denise as a birth doula. She was very professional, supportive and provided us a lot of information to be prepared for having a natural delivery. At my 39 weeks of pregnancy we had to run to the hospital, and Denise met us there right after. After being under observation for 50 hours, she never left us alone, encouraged us to be strong and positive because soon we will meet our son. During all this long hours of labor she helped me with breathing techniques and emotional support. Unfortunately, due to medical reasons we ended up with a c-section, however Denise was always there for us. During postpartum, she came to visit me at the hospital and at home kept encouraging me for a speedy recovery.
Additionally, she helped me with tips and resources on breastfeeding and calming my baby, was always caring about my son and my health. I highly recommend Denise as a doula, she is knowledgeable, patient, trusted, we are thankful to have her and you will definitely love her.
Charles & Deicy
Denise is wonderful. We hired her for postpartum night doula three nights a week. When our son was born with tongue tie, latch and breast feeding was very difficult. I was put on a rigourous schedule of nursing, supplementnig and pumping after almost every feeding from my lactation consultant. This schedule plus caring for our little one resulted in sleep deprivation and exhaustion. With Denise's caring support I was able to get through this challenging time and keep me on track for breast feeding success. I would not have been able to get through it without her assistance. She was always supportive saying "your doing a good job, keep at it"
She has lots of tips/advice on parenting as she is a mother of two. She loves children and she geniunely cares for the whole family. She has become part of our family. She is furthering her studies in Lacatation to be even more of an asset to her clients. She has knowledge in a lot of other areas as well - baby wearing, cloth diapering, general care of babies...etc....
Love her to pieces and you will too! Amy & Kai
Denise was extremely influential in helping me reach my goal of having an unmedicated natural birth. I wanted to avoid any unnecessary interventions because of the fear that it would lead to a c-section, the one thing that I wanted to avoid. Denise provided informative resources and visited my home for preparation sessions. It was especially great to have Denise provide support because my husband and I don't have any family in the area and since it was our first child, we had no clue what to expect. As soon as I realized that I was in labor, Denise came right over and was by my side throughout the entire process. I found Denise to be extremely genuine and attentive to my needs during this important part of my life and would highly recommend her as a doula.
Denise lovingly and patiently attended to me and my sons during my postpartum time after birthing my second son at home. She came over and cooked while i bonded with the baby, engaged with my older son, to allow me to rest with baby, help to tidy up so that I could eat and rest. She was such a great help to me and I am grateful to have had her with me during those first few days after the birth. She also gave me a tutorial on babywearing with the rebozo, to allow me to be "hands-free" with both boys at home. I HIGHLY recommend her!!! Any mom/mother-to-be would be blessed to have her patient, warm and knowledgeable guidance and support.
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