Birth Fee: Not specified
Postpartum Rate: $55 to $65
Fee Details: Tia offers unbiased educational, informational, and physical support throughout your conception, pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period. Having had her own birth and postpartum Doula, Tia knows how important it is to have this continuous support. Because Tia has been everyone of her clients, her attention to every detail is exemplary. Metoodoula is now certified to assist clients that are using Hypnobirthing as their birthing choice. Tia is currently a CLC and can assist with breastfeeding support at postpartum visits The fee schedule includes a private consultation to see if we would be a good fit. It also includes 1-2 prenatal visits to discuss birthing options, expectations, comfort measures, as well as other preferences. On call 24 hour support upon booking. Labor and birth support. Then 1-2 hour of postpartum and initial breastfeeding support immediately after the birth. Then 1 postpartum follow up visit. Please check the website for further details. Metoodoula.com
Birth Doula Experience: 5 years and 130 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 4 years and 100 families served
Clients per Month: 3 to 4 births and 2 to 3 postpartum familiesPostpartum limits/restrictions: No smokers, pets are allowed and welcomed.
Community Doula with By My Side Doula Support Program, Brooklyn Perinatal Network, and Maternal Intentions. Doula Trainer at Harlem Zone Baby College
Languages spoken: English
It was an absolute pleasure having Tia on our birthing team. Her vast knowledge both of the physiological birth process as well as the birth community and landscape in New York City are incredible resources. When we asked her for help in selecting a care provider, she shared her past experiences in an informed and neutral way, empowering us to make the decision that was best for us. In addition to her extensive experience, Tia has a warm and loving approach to birth work. She guided me in developing a comprehensive birth plan and supported me completely in advocating for myself with my care providers. Thank you, Tia for helping me create an informed, joyful, and satisfying birth experience!
We are so grateful to have had Tia as our post-partum doula. As first-time parents, we had no idea what to expect when we got home from the hospital with our baby. Fortunately, from the first week of our child’s life, Tia was there to guide us. She taught us so much about taking care of a newborn, from setting up our changing station to using a breast pump. Just as importantly, Tia showed us how to take care of ourselves as new parents. She encouraged us to practice self-care during her visits (even if it was just showering, having a cup of tea and taking a walk), and she imparted helpful wisdom such as having snacks for mom for middle of the night feedings.
As our baby got older, Tia helped instill us with the confidence to take our baby outside on errands, to the doctor and even to restaurants. More importantly, Tia was a source of critical support for our emotional wellbeing and an advocate for being not only good parents but also good to ourselves and each other.
Tia is an advocate for you, not just your baby. The more time I spent with her, the more I enjoyed our conversations and her outlook on life. Tia is the kind of empowered woman that you are lucky to have in your corner as a new parent.
When we first met Tia, she said she would know when we would no longer need her and could “spread our wings” ourselves. By the time Tia was finished in her role as our post-partum doula, we had the confidence to take care of our baby and the wisdom to take care of ourselves.
We first met Tia at a workshop she gave at Carriage House Birth on finding a Doula. We decided to choose Tia after interviewing several excellent candidates becuase of her experience working with a variety of families and birthing situations, and her oppenness to listening to who we were, and what we wanted.
Tia was wonderful and supportive throughout our entire process. When we found out that our baby was in a breech position she helped us with suggestions and guidance on turning the baby and she helped us navigate the emotions of preparing for a c-section. We in fact did delivery via c-section, and Tia met us at the hospital shortly after delivery. Because she was not allowed in the operating room she added an extra post-partum visit.
Tia gave us some invaluable guidance on breastfeeding and self care and made us feel supported and like we were perfectly capable of handling this awesome new responsibility. Most importantly, during the first post-partum visit she advised my wife to call her doctor immediately when she complained of discomfort in her chest and shortness of breath. It turned out my wife had a pulmonary embolism and needed immediate medical care. We are so thankful that the embolism was caught so quickly, and to have gotten the medical attention we got, and we wouldn't have sought it out had Tia not pushed us to do so.
Tia is an extremely knowledgable, empathetic doula who will work with her clients to guide them through the birthing process in the way they want to be guided. We always felt listened to, and we always felt like the positive aspects of our situation were highlighted for us to reflect on.
We highly recommend Tia for any expecting parents looking for extra support and guidance through all of the stages of childbirth.
My partner and I worked with Tia in preparation for the July 2019 birth of our baby. We met Tia during a "meet the doulas" event and were excited about her energy and approach. I felt calm in her presence, confident in her experience, and appreciated her commitment to advancing racial justice through her maternal health work. My partner particularly enjoyed an exercise we did during a prenatal visit where we visualized and drew what we imagined for the birth. Despite hoping for a vaginal birth (which I pictured Tia to be an active support during), I ended up having a planned cesarean after finding out our baby was breech. While this was a big change in plans, Tia helped me adjust my expectations, reframe the experience, and was ultimately a big part of the day. The hopsital wouldn't allow Tia to be in the operating room during the actual birth, but she met us at the hospital in the morning and spent the whole day with us, reassuring us, giving me a relaxing leg massage, and then assisting us in the recovery room to get breastfeeding started. I had challenges nursing my daughter and Tia came to my home at my request on the day we returned home from the hospital. It was a chaotic and emotional day (on top of being one of the hottest days of the summer) and Tia spent the entire afternoon with us. She was the one who knew how to set up and sterilize my pump (I hadn't thought I would need it so soon!), gave us all a much needed pep talk, loved on the baby, and came back repatedly over the next few days to make sure things were going ok. Having a doula is a big commitment financially but I felt incredibly well cared for by Tia. Even though I didn't get to have her with me during labor like I pictured, I still feel like we benefited immensely from having her be a part of our pregnancy, birth and postpartum journey. Tia's flexibility, creativity, and warmth are just some of her many strengths and I would recommend her highly to people considering a doula.
I had an absolutely amazing experience working with Tia. From our very first meeting, I felt at ease with her warm, calm and reassuring presence. She absolutely understood me and what my concerns were and what I was looking for in terms of doula support. She provided my husband and me with ample information and guidance leading up to labor and delivery. Upon going into labor, Tia's support and action kicked into high gear and she literally held my hand through hours of contractions. She empowered me to speak up for what I wanted to ensure that I had a comfortable birth in line with what I had envisioned. In the end, I had an incredibly smooth and beautiful birth experience. Tia also continued to follow-up with us and check-in to make sure that we were adjusting well to parenthood. I have told numerous people about Tia and sang the praises of having a doula. I'd have her by my side again 1000x over!
The moment i met Tia i knew i had someone who genuinely cares abput my pregnancy and my goals. She was so informative and caring and she truly listened to all my questions and concerns and answered them in a way that made me feel confident that my goal was achievable. My first birth was a csection and my experince was so bad that i absolutely refused any talk of another csection. Tia understood that and we went to work. She reccomend me take my prenatal care to the park slope midwives to better my chances at a Vbac. LET ME TELL YALL. Tia became my strength, it was like every doubt that was cast about my delivery Tia threw it away and restored my confidence. She was my strength throughout my pregnancy and my strength in labor. I leaned on Tia to pull me through and she was there in every sense of the word. She taught me how to "get on top of my contractions" and she taught me how to breath through them. She gave me aromatherapy and that ALONE calmed me down soooo much oh my goodness. She helped me master Mind over Matter and when i started to break down she literally lifted me back up time and time again. Tia became my sister in those moments. She breathed with me, she walked with me and I felt at home with her and she made me feel safe when i felt SO weak. Tia made labor easy and shes the reason i was able to push out a 8lb 6oz baby in about 45 min on my first try. Shes the reason all of it was possible and if it wasnt for Tia being by my sode i think i wpuldve had a repeat Cesarean. Tia made my dreams come true and id do it all over again just to have Tia by my side through all of it. Now every time i look at my daughter i think of the amazing support team i was blessed with and Tia as the team leader who made it all possible. I am so blessed to have been matched with her. I am so grateful for her and i genuinely love Tia, she is FAMILY now. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Tia.
Tia is truly a gift from above. A lot of people would take on a profession just. Because that’s what society has us taught to do. Although Tia is a jack of all trades, she truly puts her all into serving ALL women and ALL families! In the past I had the same doula twice and because I did not know any better, was not as educated as I should have been to know what to expect out of a doula I thought the experience was “ok”. Comparing to what Tia has done for me and my family from the moment I met her till today, I honestly don’t know how to repay her. This woman has not only educated me on every possiblity on what to expect during child birth but also about my body and what I should and should not be feeling, even though I’ve had two previous births I still did not know how to labor right, or when it would be time for me to go to the hospital. My partner had not one clue as to what to do if I was in pain, SHE TAUGHT HIM! oh man. The list honestly goes on and on.
Bot only has Tia supported me in my birth but she had also helped guide me to the calling of doula work. If it was not for her continued support and constant follow ups I probably would be lost in this process. So thank you so much Tia for helping and supporting me and my family. Beyond blessed and gifted! ??
I was very skeptical of the concept of having a doula at first. It was foreign to me. I never heard of the term before. My friend started telling me I should get one for my pregnant girlfriend at around the time she was three months pregnant. We investigated and went with our gut feeling and decided to interview with Tia. Within minutes of meeting Tia, I could see how comfortable and how calm she made my girlfriend feel. Giving birth is a very emotional and spiritual process so that was an important quality that I appreciated so we decided to go for it and we picked Tia as our doula. From that day we met her and until the time my girlfriend gave birth, it was nothing but great advice, great support, great decisions and great energy. Tia advocated for us and our well being the whole time in the hospital. What a experience! I advise anyone who might be a first time parent or who needs some support to contact her immediately.
I didn’t think I needed a “DOULA” I barely even knew what that word meant. I had my man and my mama and I thought that was good enough I figured hey anybody else would just be to many people in the room, and what could a Doula do for me. MAN was I surprised ! When it was all said and done I realized I needed the Doula more than anybody. When I first meet Tia I immediately thought “oh she’s nice but she look young what she know about delivering babies “ and then she told me she just had her 91st birth. And I shortly realize she knew everything there was to know and more. she was kind, knowledgeable, funny, soft spoken but direct. And I quickly put my guard down and began to trust her. She answered every question I could think up She picked up her phone every time I called and no matter what I never felt any judgement come from her regarding my choices. My birth was LONG but even before that there were issues and when I cried Tia consoled me when I complained Tia listened when I was scared Tia reassured me . You’ll learn very quickly as a parent your unsure about most of your decisions and Tia gave me all the information I needed and stood by every decision I made even when things didn’t go as planned she continued to encourage me and help me find strength I didn’t know I had. I may not have known before but I know now why YOU NEED A DOULA. YOU NEED A TIA
My wife and I hired Tia to assist with the birth of our son. As first time soon-to-be parents, there was a lot we didn't know. Tia's home visits prior to the birth were so informative. They were also fun, since Tia has such a great personality. She helped us understand what to expect, and armed us with a lot of info that enabled my wife to ask the right questions and make decisions confidently. During the birth, Tia's presence was invaluable. My wife had a very long and difficult birth, and having Tia there gave me time to rest, and I was also able to observe how she was able to soothe my wife so that I could also participate. We were truly a team during those 36 hours and shared laughs, concerns, advice, and some delicious Italian takeout! Tia will always have a very special place in our hearts and we hope to stay in touch with her for a long time.
I don’t think my husband and I could have had such an amazing birth experience without Tia. She is incredibly knowledgeable and guides you through every part of pregnancy and preparation for birth. Her kind spirit and encouragement is invaluable in labor.
As with all births, ours was different than what we expected or planned. Tia helped us through conversations with our care provider to help us have the birth we wanted and advocate knowledgeably for ourselves throughout my induction. After the birth, Tia went above and beyond to support us as we settled into parenthood with breastfeeding and the often overlooked aspect of self care.
I would highly recommend her as a doula and birth educator. She’s amazing!
My Experience with the phenomenal, extraordinary, fantastic Tia!
My spouse and I were very adamant of wanting a non medicated birth. Before we met Tia, we had a challenging time getting the undivided attention we seeked from our OBGYN. Thankfully, I was attending BMS childbirth classes which by the way, is a free program for minority pregnant women. I was provided with a doula before I met Tia and let me tell you, we were instantly disconnected. She was the worse representation of what a Doula entails. I rapidly asked for a Doula change and that is when I met Tia. When I first met Tia, I was exhausted and hesitant but, that did not affect Tia at all. Tia was very transparent with her words, her aura was filled with high energy vibration and she was very patient. Her spirit changed my mood immediately which increased my hope. She continued to be very informative as I continued to admire her gentle voice. Tia shared every scenario with my spouse and I by providing videos, pictures and short responses. She also carried a therapeutic bag that would help us during birth. She was scheduled to meet with us, three times before we gave birth and each time, we did not want her to leave. During birth, Tia voice was the most soothing therapy I needed to give life. Although, I was hysterical through the entire experience, she did not panic once. She was the reason we were successful at not having a non medicated birth. She worked extremely great with my Midwife, I was never alone and I was always supported. She reminded me of all the excercises that she taught me as well as, counting all of my contractions. Because of her, I was equipped to manage my contractions and I felt in control of my birth. Tia calculations were outstanding, she knew when my water was about to break and when it was time to push. She is the reason why I highly respect the job of a Doula, she is the perfect definition of what a Doula should be & we will forever cherish Tia.
Within minutes of meeting Tia during our initial interview I felt instantly at ease. She has such a pleasant and positive demeanor. She’s also very funny and had me laughing within those first few minutes as well. All of these traits would prove to be invaluable as I ended up having a long and difficult birth. My gut feeling was so strong that Tia was the right fit that I hired Tia on the spot, cancelling my remaining doula interviews, and haven’t looked back since. During the prenatal visits Tia provided my husband and I with so much information outside of what my OBGYN provided. This enabled me to ask pointed, informed questions during my doctor visits, questions I never would have thought to ask prior. My actual birth went the opposite of what Tia and I had planned for, as births often do. Throughout my 36 hour labor which included an induction, epidural, 3 hours of pushing followed by an emergency C-Section, Tia was there with my husband and I, supporting, comforting, distracting during the really intense moments, and continuing to help inform and make smart decisions. So, while my birth did not go as planned, I still felt in control and empowered, and that was because of Tia. During the lighter moments of those 36 hours, she made labor FUN with a variety of props that included upbeat playlists, adult coloring books, and hilarious comedy videos. During the intense moments she soothed with spa music, aromatherapy and massage. She also helped empower my husband in his role and in no way overstepped any boundary. After the birth, we kept her on for postpartum services and she was an enormous support during those very difficult first few weeks. Her postpartum visits allowed me precious time to nap, shower, read, run errands or just have some much needed time to myself. She’s great with babies and I trusted her completely with our son. We hired a doula and ended up with a friend that I hope will be in our lives for a long time.
From the moment we met Tia, my husband and I knew she was the person we would liek to join us and guide us through our first-time birthing experience. We made the right choice and fourtunately, she chose us as well. Tia educated us through a series of decisions during the birthing experience and helped us to understand what was going on during the labor and delivery. She focused us on informed consent -- making sure that we understood the decisions we were being asked to make and the options available to us. Tia also helped ready the enviornment that our little one was going to come into, made the hospital feel a little like home and gave me much needed comfort! She was part of the most intimate moments of our life and it felt so natural to have her there, guiding and protecting us. She educated us before, during, and after our little one's birth. We were so blessed to have her as our "tour guide" and would recommend her to any one else with absolute joy and happiness.
From my first meeting with Tia, I was very at ease. I was able to ask her all my questions -- even the ones that I thought were silly. She helped guide my husband and I through many of our pre-delivery concerns. We ended up having a scheduled c-section and Tia was amazing. She visited us beforehand a few times and ensured that we knew what to expect the day of the operation – we even acted out the surgery!
On the day of delivery, she soothed me before I went into the OR and stayed with us after the surgery to ensure that I was comfortable and okay emotionally. She definitely goes above and beyond – we had a mix up with pain meds the day I got home from the hospital and I had no one to stay with me while my husband went to sort out the issue – Tia sat with me for 3 hours to make sure I was okay. I highly recommend Tia!
We were lucky enough to have Tia as our doula because she partnered with Regina, at first we had no clue what to expect and were concerned about having two people involved since we are somewhat reserved and intimate people. However, once we met Tia we realized we wouldn't have it any other way! Tia is incredibly passionate about the work she does and the communities she serves and with that passion comes a lot of boldness/fearlessness that's contagious! Whenever Tia sensed hesitation or uncertainty from me and my partner she was quick to encourage us to feel empowered and take control of our birthing experience. In the third trimester Tia was very helpful prepping us for the delivery of our child, providing us with helpful tips that we implemented on the day of delivery. After my water broke Tia was the first person my partner and I contacted, she coached me over the phone on how to breathe through my contractions. Any family that receives Tia as a doula should feel lucky as she prepares you to have the best birthing experience possible.
As a first time mom I was very nervous about giving birth and breastfeeding. Because of this I decided to hire a doula to guide me through the process. Hiring Tia was the best decision I made. I had a very long delivery — 35 hours. Tia was there for me the entire time. She provided physical, mental and emotional support. As a result, my birth was safe, smooth and not a C section (which I really did not want). She encouraged me to be vocal about my needs and wants with the hospital staff and not give in to pressure to have my water broken or take pitocin. It’s not that Tia is anti any of these things, but she knew from talking to me throughout my pregnancy that I really did not want them. Breastfeeding was tough, but Tia encouraged me to keep at it and offered helpful advice, tips etc. I ended up initially supplementing with formula and then finally exclusively pumping so my baby was 100% on breastmilk. Tia was supportive of all of my decisions. She is not judgmental at all — a phenomal kind-hearted doula!!
Tia was incredibly supportive, knowledgable and wonderful to work with. I felt like I had an ally with me not only through the process of the delivery, but all the weeks prior. When I was met with fear or anxiety because of the unknown experiences throughout my 3rd trimester, the moment I spoke to Tia, I immediately felt at ease and calm. During the birth itself, she was so helpful with her guidance. Her experience and knowledge shone through in all her actions. Whether it was the massage I deperately needed, or her calling for a nurse when necessary, both my husband and I felt like we were in great hands with Tia at our side. She also has a warm and nuturing personality, and a great sense of humor, which we all need in moments of high stress! I would recommend her to anyone.
There’s so much I can say about Tia, the first is she’s just an amazing bomb doula!! This was my 1st time using a doula. Before I booked Tia I was already watching her on Instagram and wanted to have her has my doula. A chance encounter months later at the Big City Moms event in Manhattan I met her in person but I didn’t realize it was her until we started talking. Our brief conversation sealed the deal; I definitely had my doula for my second birth! I couldn’t have gotten thru my delivery without her; I didn’t care if nobody else was in the delivery room as long as Tia was there. She listens to your needs and concerns and works with you to ease your mind while providing you with the support you need. She takes her time to get to know you and your family which means a lot when you’re asking someone to join you during one of the most intimate times in your life. Her support, comfort, calmness, caring, positive energy, knowledge, guidance and her famous doula backpack is everything you need to help make your delivery not only a success but a beautiful memorable experience. No delivery is perfect and nothing may go as planned (hence my situation) but that Tia Dowling-Ketant sure knows how to handle the situation and makes it seem like smooth sailing. Having a doula is an investment, but having Tia as your doula is an investment worthwhile. I never once regretted spending the money for her services. In my case she went above and beyond especially since I was having contractions for a week prior to giving birth. She came to my home and opened her doula backpack to not only help ease the pain, but unbeknownst to me help bring my contractions closer so I can go into labor and have my bundle of joy vaginally. After a week of contractions I was ready for a C-Section lol, but Tia knew that wasn’t what I really wanted and jumped in to save the day!!
This was my first pregnancy and so many things made this experience uncomfortable and a bit scary. I lost my mother a year before I became pregnant and my grandmother a month before my due date. My husband was also unable to be at my side since he was out of the country. We were both excited and anxious about our unborn son. We were however uneasy as we were both quite clueless on what to do, how to go about doing what was required during and after the pregnancy.
My Doula however was able to calm all anxieties I faced providing me with not just information but genuine care and support. The presence of Tia was able to help me gain the comfort most persons would have depended on a mother for which was quit surprising and empowering.
The sessions with Tia were not many, however the few encounters provided invaluable strength and empowerment to do what I believed would have been my most pressing challenge with ease. She loved this job and it definitely showed. My calls and texts were never a bother and she too called in to ensure that things were alright throughout my journey.
On my day of delivery, Tia was unable to remain with me. I initially was a bit skeptical about this situation especially since I had grown to trust her in a unique way, however, she partnered me with another Doula and as much as I would normally take some time before warming up to persons, I did the opposite and was immediately able to sense such great positive energy from the other Doula and was able to trust and be efffectively aided with my delivery, giving birth to beloved like a champion. God knows had I not have them both, my experience would have definitely being a different, having much challenges and anxieties, and probably a longer delivery period as well.
This was my 1st pregnancy and I know a little about a lot of things but giving birth isn’t a know how until you’ve done it. I needed information and support and Tia was all of that plus some. My partner wasn’t able to make all of our birthing classes so thank God Tia gave the same information plus a more hands on and personal direction. Tia was there to help us plan and on the big day. She stayed with me and gave me pressure point massages (it was EveryThiNg during those pesky contractions). Tia stayed with me through the madness of labor, delivery to one of the 1st people to welcome my son. Thank you for being th for us!
Some people write out their birth preferences and call it a birth plan. But you know what they say. We plan and God laughs. I wasn't sure initially if I really needed s doula for my second birth, but hiring Tia eas the best decision I ever made. At 38 weeks my son's heartbeat was concerning, and the doctor wanted to induce my labor. I was very scared, nervous, uncomfortable, and upset but Tia was there every step of the way. She helped me ask the right questions which helped me to make the best decision I could. More importantly she helped me asked the questions that made the doctors stop and think about how to treat me not just as a patient but as a human being. All this was going on while my husband was focusing more on our 2 year old daughter who was down with an upper respiratory virus. Had it not been for Tia my husband probably would have missed the birth of our son. Her support and mere presence was invaluable to me. The best part was that Tia is a Bravo fan and we watched Real Housewives together. Who gonna check me boo!
My wife and I had Tia visit us over a period of two weeks post-birth. We were very happy with Tia's help and assistance and would highly recommend her to anyone considering a post-partum doula. Tia helped my wife with breastfeeding, and gave us advice/assistance on things such as diaper-changing, bathing, and feeding/napping times for our baby. What we appreciated in particular was Tia's warmth, kindness, and understanding. The first days/weeks after the arrival of a first baby are quite frightening and stressful, so having someone as experienced as Tia gave us confidence that we were doing a good job, as well as providing a professional (but kind) second opinion or advice when we were unsure of something. My wife and I, and our little boy, will miss Tia greatly.
It was awesome having worked with Tia. She made my birthing experience as a first time mom way more enjoyable and less stressful than it would have been. She provided very useful information throughout my labour and beforehand so I was well equipped with knowledge of the procedures necessary or not that my labour entailed and she also gave me the courage to ask valueable questions if I needed to. She responded on time and was always available round the clock if I needed her.
Throughout the birthing process she helped me to relax and just breathe letting nature take its course. I really appreciated this. She had the best methods for dealing with my contractions (massage etc) and I really loved the fact that she was very confortable to be around. Tia was very professional but also very pleasant and her personality was very unique.
The postpartum visit was also really great. She helped me to establish my breastfeeding routine with some well needed advice on proper latching and pumping techniques.
Overall, my experience with her was excellent. I wouldn't change a thing.
From the moment we met Tia, we knew she was the one. Tia’s professionalism, warm personality and caring demeanor were the qualities that assured us that Tia would be a great doula. Tia took her time in answering questions, understanding our needs and wants and really ensuring she had our best interest at heart. She was our guide, coach and advocate. Tia was truly my guiding light during my birthing experience and I dont Know how I would have gone through without her. To top it off, even though we had Tia as our birth doula, she came by post partum and helped out tremendously. She took care of our baby, continued giving me tips and helped me have some “me” time. Tia is absolutely THE best and I would highly highly recommend her. I am proud to have had her as our doula and I am so glad she is in our lives as a now friend and coach.
I love Tia. She taught me sooooo much while going through my pregnancy. Not only that she was a great help with my pregnancy she gave great advice on life itself. I shared alot of personal issues that i was experiencing during the time and she was nothing but supportive. I texted and called her phone about any and everything even after a few weeks of having my daughter, and she gave her best advice. Thanks to her my labor went as smooth as i wanted it to be. When Tia told me that because it was my first pregnancy my labor may be a bit difficult, but thankfully it wasn't. she told me once i feel that first contraction i just get right in the shower and sit on my ball and boy did that work because as soon as we got to the hospital i was already in active labor (7cm) and around 2:30am that midnight of September 15th,2017 I gave birth to my baby girl. Literally after 6 hours of being in labor with her. THANK GOD. She really held me down in that hospital. her goal was for me to not get a epidural and we reached that goal together. But thanks to her and my mom and brother and boyfriend with all the labor postions we did and breathing in and out we did together, My baby girl got here safely.Thank God for this program itself because it is so helpful for young mothers/mothers and especially first time mothers, i feel we need more programs and organizitations to help us with better parenting, now i went from calling her for everything to just calling to see hows shes doing because now i feel i have this whole mommy thing all under control thanks to her.
As my pregnancy entered the second trimester and I surveyed my support system, I knew I needed a doula . This was my first pregnancy and all the books and googling still left me feeling lost. Tia is knowledgeable , personable and was key in keeping me grounded and focused on what’s important. She helped my husband and I become empowered through a birth plan. My husband put all her teaching to use during my pregnancy and delivery. During my whirlwind of a delivery, Tia was exactly what I needed a firm and supportive voice and presence.
I interviewed two other doulas prior to interviewing Tia. I was unsure whether I felt comforatble with either of the first two doulas I met, but knew I wanted that extra support in the delivery room so I kept searching. When I met Tia, I felt comfortable with her right away. I knew she was the doula for me. She has a very warm and caring way about her. She clearly explained the ways in which she could help me during labor, both at home and in the hospital. During labor she brought much needed calm to the room. I loved the essential oils she diffused in the room and the soothing massages she offered. Before using any calming techniques, of course, she would ask if it was something I would like or wanted to try. Very important, because what you think you might like during labor can be VERY different from what you actually want. She made sure to help me understand medical procedures or pain medications that were being offered. She also made sure that the midwife or nurses gave me the opportunity to ask any questions I had.
After my son was born Tia kept in touch with me to make sure we were all well. Unbeknown to me my son was tongue tied and had trouble latching to the point he had to be hospitalized 3 days after birth for dehydration. Tia made extra visits to me during this time to assist me with my son's latch and to make sure I was doing ok. She helped me to perfect my son's latch and gave me the confidence to continue breastfeeding. My son is now a happy and healthy 16lb 4 month old. I would recommend Tia to anyone for Doula services. Should I ever go through another pregnancy, I will be coming back to see her! She is a gem. Thank you Tia!!
Tia is just the best! On top of being an overall Super Woman; she’s kind, supportive and knowledgeable. She came into our lives at the most chaotic time and saved my sanity! I thought I would never be ok with mothering a newborn and toddler but Tia reassured me that I was doing just fine, and thanks to her I was. Any lady would be very lucky to have her as a doula! I definitely didn’t want to let her go.
From the moment I met Tia, I knew that she had to be my doula because 1) her genuine love for people and specifically for supporting mothers, 2) her calming but passionate personality and 3) that she would go above and beyond in any circumstance. All of those were confirmed throughout our time together. In our first meeting, she not only helped me confront my fears of childbirth (since I'm a first-time mom) but also taught me practical ways of dealing with them through breathing, visualization, and other pain management techniques. My labor was incredibly sudden and progressed very quickly- and to be honest, I would not have left for hospital on time if Tia hadn't told me to go when I did! She advocated for me with the hospital staff when there was some pushback about admitting me and was with us every step of the way. Then, when it came to pushing, she made sure I was hydrated and energized by giving me honey and directing my husband. All I can truly say is THANK YOU TIA! You are an amazing person and anyone would be lucky to have you as their doula.
As a first time mom, I was graciously bless to have met Tia. I was not one of her clients, however, she was kind enough to share information and suggestions with me. She suggested using the exercise ball, drinking raspberry tea, doing lots of walking, etc. At first I wasn’t consistently doing these, however, Tia followed up with me and encouraged me to do them consistently. My baby was due on 9/6/17 and I had him on 9/2/17 all natural. Tia is a very patient and caring person. She loves what she do and I strongly recommend her as a Doula :-).
Tia was my doula for the birth and post- partum. She exceded expectations in both. My birth was an amazing experience I wanted to avoid interventions including epidural and it went as planned. I started early labor at home and Tia arrived home to follow up with my contractions. After a few hours my husband drove us to the hospital were I was accepted around 5:00 pm. By 7:00 pm I was already in the delivery room. Once there Tia did her magic. She provided options for me to move around shower and massages. My husband was part of the team and all tree were sincronize to birth this child. My husband copy Tia techniques and between both of them they sooth my pain thru the night. My baby was born at 4:00 Am int he morning after a long labor without any intervention or constant monitoring. I beleive I could not done this without Tia guiding my husband and I thru labor.
As a post- partum doula she was also amazing by providing alot of tricks of how to put the baby to sleep, guidadnce in breast feeding (that I struggle with) and feeding formula when it was necesary.
I will recomend Tia as a great doula that love the job that she does and is willing to go as far as you want you mantain the experience that you want to have for your birth.
Tia was absolutely wonderful during our birth and we were so thankful to have found her.
Our birth experience went nothing like what we expected/wanted. We wanted a natural, low intervention birth but nothing went according to our wishes due to our baby having irregular heart patterns. We look back at our birth and couldn't imagine having anyone else there supporting us through what was the most stressful day of our life.
Tia was encouraging during those tough and painful contractions. She was quiet and neutral during times of discussing decisions with our doctor. She remained on our team always but let us make the decisions and didn't push her own agenda on us. This is key when hiring a Doula in my opinion.
Tia was engaging with me during labor, allowing me to express my feelings of anxiety as our labor progressed with medical interventions. Tia held my hand when I needed someone to hold on to.
I could go on and on about Tia and how great she was! When we have another baby, I will not hesitate to contact Tia.
Tia is an incredible doula and I would highly recommend her! I hired her for her birth and postpartum services, and she was fantastic in both roles. I had a natural unmedicated birth and I truly believe that I could not have done it without medication if it wasn't for Tia. She was a great support person and motivator during my labor and helped me (and my husband!) get through it and deliver a healthy baby boy. After the baby was born, she was so helpful at home, especially with us being first time parents. She helped us do so many firsts with our baby, like giving the baby a bath, filing his fingernails and accompanying me to the doctors. She also helped me figure out how to schedule my day to make time for myself to do things like eat and shower after my husband went back to work. She really cares about all of her clients and is passionate about what she does. I will be recommending her to all of my friends
Words can't begin to explain my experience with Tia. Simply put she is a God sent. This was my first baby and labor experience so everything was new and pretty scary to me but thankfully I had Tia by my side and because of that I had a wonderful experience. My labour lasted almost 44hrs and Tia was there for more than 24 of those, she never left she didn't even sleep, she literally stayed by my side making me as comfortable as she could. If I had to this all over again I wouldn't change anything especially having Tia as my doula. She has a warm, welcoming personality that makes u automatically gravitate to her, I would recommend Tia to anyone about to embark on this journey! Two thumbs up
Tia was everything I dreamed of and needed in a post partum doula. She was insightful and knowledgable in my post partum care. She pushed me to sleep, shower, eat, and take care of myself so that I could recover and care for my baby. Her positivity was exactly what I needed during those darker moments. I would recommend to anyone looking for someone experienced, kind and thoughtful for their labor or post partum doula.
I am so thankful for Tia Dowling. She is the ultimate advocate. She would not give up on me and my dream and she wouldn’t let me do it either. I was a stranger to her, but when she learned about my infertility, she treated me like family. She is my cheerleader, my counselor and confidant.
I ultimately grew my family through adoption. When I brought my newborn home, I had so many questions and fears. Tia did not judge me, she encouraged me. I can’t thank her enough because I would still be in the house afraid to take my baby for a drive.
Tia is just a good person and she wants the best for mothers and their families.
Tia was an amazing doula, she is knowledgeable, caring, responsive to your needs and a great listener. She made my 32 hrs of labour bearable by reminding me of my desired goals/birth plan. She did excellent massages that helped me cope with the intense contractions and kept positive words in my ears as I laboured hour after hour. I sincerely and truly don't know what I would have done if she wasn't there helping me through every stage of my birth. This experience is one I will never forget and I'm grateful that I was able to have Tia as my doula. I world unquestionably recommend her to anyone looking for an amazing doula in my book she is exceptional and dedicated to her trade. Hats off to Tia for being the best doula ever!
I had a long journey with infertility. I met Tia when I was in my first trimester. I was on bed rest and very scared due to a previous miscarriage. Tia and I bonded instantly! This was early in her career and during her own IVF process. Even at this early stage and while experiencing her own struggles, Tia provided support to other women through late night conference calls and online support groups. She inspired me to talk more openly about my struggles with infertility and going through the IVF process. Tia provided me with emotional and educational support throughout my pregnancy. She was always available to talk and always had a calming presence. My pregnancy was difficult, but I had people like Tia in my life to help me get through the rough patches. I gave birth to a healthy baby boy who is three now. Shortly after his birth, I experienced several challenging events in other aspects of my life and Tia continued to be a listening ear. We still have a blessed friendship till this day.
Tia has been such a blessing. I am trying to conceive and had to do my first cycle. I did not really know what to expect, and to make it worse, I ended up getting severely sick right in the middle of my cycle. I was scheduled to go to Manhattan for my last visit before the egg retrieval and my husband was unable to get off work. Tia volunteered to come with me. she met me in the city and stayed with me during my appointment. She asked questions I was unaware to ask and was very supportive. it encouraged my spirit so much to have her there right when I needed her. not to mention the many times I called her for advice or to help me to know what questions or concerns I should have. she called me later that evening to check on me and we made a list of questions to ask my doctor together. Although the first cycle was unsuccessful and I was devastated, Tia was comforting and encouraging. She shared her experience personally and as a dollar, without mentioning names of course. It gave me peace and hope. I decided to wait due to personal matters, but Tia will always be a person I look to. She is dedicated and truly loves what she does!
I was truly blessed to have Tia as my doula with my son. She was very caring and knowledgeable about not only the delivery, but also in regards to preparation for the birthing experience. I was over a week past due with my son and just so ready for him to arrive. Tia was right there with me to coach me through the waiting period and provided various relaxation techniques to assist. She also answered all my many questions that I had regarding the entire process. When I was induced, but the meds increased my son's heart rate and I was told I would have to have an emergency C section. Tia was right there coaching all the way. She was even there postpartum when I was healing from the cesarean and adjusting to the restless nights with my new bundle of joy. If you need a doula, coach, partner, comforter pre,during, and post delivery, contact Tia! She will be right there by your side!
Though I have never expereinced the struggles associated with infertility, I have had the pleasure of recieveing educational resources and advisement concerning women's health issues from Doula Tia Dowling-Ketant. Her professionalism and expertise in this field is something that any woman can benefit from. Women's health concerns are so important to our world. Even so much so that women health issues have taken a front seat in politics today! I am grateful that Doula Tia was able to answer questions and assist me with my personal women's health concerns.
As someone who has been placed in the 'Infertility Club', one of the most daunting feelings is knowing WHERE to get valid information and then WHO to talk to about various medical information, options, resources, and not to mention the feelings you are bombarded with! Well, I found that in Mrs. Tia!!! My husband and I have watched her and METODOULA transition into a Phenomenal "calling" and we have relied on her practical as well as her training experience when weighing our options on building our family!! After first being diagnosed with PCOS etc., her counsel and patience in the knowledge she has gleaned and its delivery to us with such sensitivity and sincerity has made it so much more easy to take the next steps!! Her network of support has been our lifeline in many ways!!! KUDOS to you Sista Girl!! We see GREATNESS ...here's to the future families!!
It is unfortunate that many people are unaware of the important role of a doula during pregnancy and postpartum because they dont get to experience incredible people like Tia. She was very resourceful throughout my entire pregnancy! From the first meeting we immediately clicked and she helped me to make informed decisions throughout my entire pregnancy. She also empowered my husband and I to feel in control of our process. She was always available to answer any questions I had or clarify any confusing information i read or received.
In the end, I did not have a vaginal birth but Tia was still very supportive and helpful. She massaged my hands prior to entering the operating room which helped to calm my nerves and she was there when I exited. She really helped me to have a successful c-section and to begin the process of breastfeeding early!
During postpartum, Tia provided even more resources to help me recover quickly! She visited me to make sure recovery was going well and that breastfeeding was successful. I am grateful I had the opportunity to work with her and highly recommend her.
My wife and I had a great experience working with Tia. Throughout the pregnancy she was very pro-active with information and articles for where my wife was with her pregnancy. She was always avaialble by phone, email, or text with any questions we had as well. She was always very supportive during our delivery in the hospital.
Tia was incredibly helpful, professional, and kind to work with. Of all the doulas I interviewed, I was incredibly impressed by Tia's level of professionalism. She came to our in person meeting with a host of helpful birth resources, had a website with a host of information, and was prepared to demonstrate and discuss a host of contraction easing techniques. During my labor she was incredibly helpful and calming influence. She was incredibly supportive of my birth choices and helped me advocate for the type of birth experience I wanted. Even when it became clear that I needed to have an emergency c section for the health of my baby, she helped facilitate space and a calming presence and environment for me to come to and accept my decision rather than being rushed into anything by hospital staff. After the birth, she stayed with my husband and I until we were settled and felt comfortable. Post partum she continued to follow up and came by my house to see how I was adjusting and how breastfeeding was going. I would definitely recommend her to anyone.
I hired Tia after interviewing multiple Doula's. She has an infectious personality that is happy and supportive. Unlike many doulas she doesn't pressure you on natural birth. She supports whatever decisions you decide to do. When I went into labor I had no idea I was in labor. I called my doctor and he said to wait until tomorrow. Tia was checking on me hourly and then suggested we go to the hospital. When we got there I was 5cm. Thank goodness she told us to go to the hospital. She met us there and immediately comforted me. She massaged my feet and shoulder. she helped with holding my legs during the pushing because my husband was scared to see anything to far down. When I had to get rushed in for an emergency csection she made sure my belongings got to where they needed to be. My doctor said she was a great doula and had asked how I found her. I would highly recommend Tia. my husband said she was just making sure I was ok after the csection. Of course I was out of it. A week later she came to checkup on us. She is a wonderful person. She gave me great recommendations such as hugging the exercise ball which helped a lot during early labor.
Tia is the best doula ever! I had a difficult pregnancy and knew I wanted a doula for the labor & delivery. Referred by another doula, a few weeks into my third trimester, Tia met me for a consultation and immediately brought a sense of calm that I needed at that moment. Upon securing her services, it felt like we (my husband & I) were her priority, with constant check-ins and recommendations to prep for labor & delivery, and even after the birth, she was still available.
Since I was in the midst of moving, Tia accommodated our needs and met us in Westchester for our prenatal doula visits, and in Brooklyn for our post-partum visits.
When we were faced with making a medical decision, she supported us in advocating and voicing our choices with the medical team. She understood our concerns, but didn't impose her own opinions on the matter; instead, she provided resources and helped guide us in the decision-making process (she even prayed with us!). She also accompanied us to the doctor's visit and met with the hospital staff, prior to my admission (which I thought also made the doctor and staff more receptive to us having a doula in a hospital setting).
The day of my scheduled induction, I was so nervous because I didn't know what to expect. When the nurse began strongly offering various medical interventions, we texted with Tia and she reminded us of what our wishes were, according to my birth plan. Tia's recommendation that we ask for the foley balloon, since I didn't want Pitocin, was the best thing ever! Once they inserted the foley balloon, my labor immediately commenced. I don't even remember when Tia arrived, but once she got there, she literally helped me breath through every contraction. After nearly five hours of labor, I delivered a healthy baby without an epidural, intact, and almost entirely according to my birth plan.
Couldn't have been possible without Tia! Best investment ever.
Sometimes in life you meet special people.
During the birth of my GodSon, I met a Doula.
Before meeting her, I had no idea what it was.
A doula is like a midwife; she just doesn't deliver the babies. They are the liaison between mother and OBGYN. Their main goal is to offer emotional support to mothers during the birthing process.
Tia, based out of New York, was such a great Doula and left such a remarkable impact on me.
She stayed with us for 4 days straight (even though she had her own family to tend to) in Baltimore and kept a smile on her face during the WHOLE time! She was professional, tactful with her words, informative, compassionate, and had a sense of humor just like me!
I love to give credit, when credit is due, Tia Dowling-Ketant thank u for making Alexis' birthing process sooo much more smooth!
Anyone in the NY area, if you are pregnant or about to get pregnant, please contact her for her services. Every new mom needs one!
When I finally get pregnant, hopefully one day soon.. I will definitely be calling..
OMG! Where do I start..... Long story short, I absolutely could not have been as successful with my birth experience as I was without Tia. She was definitely heaven sent. I expressed my desires and vision with Tia and she was there to support me every step of the way. I decided I wanted to have an unmedicated birth. Things didn't go as planned. During labor, I asked Tia how she felt about epidurals. She looked and me and said.... "I feel how you feel." She never suggested or imposed her personal views about anything. She moved how I moved. She was the air support that's needed to hold a perfect pitch note. We were a Match Made in Heaven.
There's so much to do and think about after birth. Guess what!! Tia is my post pardom Doula and God knows I need her more now than before. Just having her here to entertain the baby while I sleep, sweep, or simply sit still is a huge blessing. I constantly remind her of how fortunate I am to have connected with her. If I decided to have baby # 2, I will definitely have Tia there.... No question about it!
If you are considering a doula, don't hesitate to contact Tia. Your birth experience will be that much more pleasant and enjoyable.
Tia was great! I have very fond memories of my labor and delivery and Tia contributed to this greatly. From when I first met her and we discussed our infertility stories I knew I had a connection with her. She was very helpful during the pre-natal visits and suggested a great book for me to become more knowledgeable about giving birth. When she met my husband and I at the hospital she was so helpful. In addition, she was very flexible and open. In one instance during pushing I felt like too many people were counting to ten so I asked Tia not to count and she just rolled with it. I loved that she understood me at each moment and met me halfway there! She also took great pictures of when I had the baby! I will treasure all of them!!! I don't think my husband could have done it on his own. Tia was very supoker time and guided me throughout the process so I was much less anxious. During the post partum visit Tia helped me emotionally!!! I was an emotional mess and she listened intently and it just gave me the space and permission to open up to her about my baby blues. She was also very funny! I felt calmer after chatting with her. My husband and I enjoyed connecting with her and would recommend her with no reservations.
I am so thankful to Tia for all of her help I so appreciate how she helped me get through this rough contractions even when the pain was unbearable and no joke you helped me with breathing techniques without you I know my labor would've been much longer and more painful thank you again.
This was my first time having a dula and I didn't even now what it was until the clinic told me and I decided to get one because I am here alone with 3 kids and one on the way and I felt down and alone. It was the best decision I made in my life omg tia is the best she a great person as a beautiful heart and soul supported. It was the best experience I ever hadid it definitely may me feel better and not having my boyfriend here with me . I will never forget get it and even how she was with my kids I will definitely miss her . Thank you so much for being theres when I needed someone love you for that
Tia was my post-partum doula and made sure that my husband and I were well rested, fed, and helped get us through our first week out of the hospital. She helped us set a weekly agenda with all the calmness we didn't have walking out of the hospital. She took us through our baby's first bath at home, baby wearing, helped talk me through the emotional distress I was experiencing during painful breastfeeding, and took the time to make sure I felt like I was doing an amazing job and that I took each day at a time. She is warm and compassionate and made my husband and I feel so at ease during the incredibly difficult first week with our bub!
Having a doula was a wonderful experience. She assured me that I was doing a great job as a mother and encouraged me to stay strong and keep going no matter what obstacles were in my way. She took extra care of me when I wasn't properly taking care of myself making sure I ate balanced meals, took a little me time and checked in with me after visits. It really took a load off to have some help, support and a friendly ear.
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