Birth Fee: $950 to $1400
Postpartum Rate: $30
Fee Details: Birth package includes 1-2 pre-natal visits, unlimited phone/text/e-mail support, attendance at birth, and one postpartum visit. If finances are a concern, I work on a staggered payment plan; I am willing to discuss payment options with you. **$150 travel charge for Manhattan and New Jersey** **FEE MAY VARY IF YOU ARE REFERRED TO ME VIA A COLLECTIVE WHICH SETS ITS OWN FEE STRUCTURE.** Postpartum care includes light housekeeping, meal preparation, breastfeeding support, informational support, errands, and community referrals.
Birth Doula Experience: 6 years and 38 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 6 years and 28 families served
Clients per Month: 1 to 2 births and 1 to 2 postpartum familiesPostpartum limits/restrictions: * Presently available LATE AFTERNOONS/EARLY EVENINGS ONLY * Unable to service Manhattan and New Jersey for POSTPARTUM CARE at this time * Will provide referrals if overnights are needed/desired.
League Mother for La Leche League of Yorktown
Languages spoken: English
My husband and I chose Janet to be with us as our doula for the birth of our first child, and it was one of the best decisions we made during the pregnancy. Janet is warm, friendly, funny, and professional. During our first phone call and subsequent meet-up prior to hiring her, I never felt pressured to choose her. What I did feel was confidence - confidence that she was the absolute right support person to have with me (and my husband) the day I would give birth. Her calming presence, sense of humor, and insightfulness were indispensable during our pre- and post-natal meetings, and most importantly during my labor and delivery. Janet's care and concern for her clients is palpable, and she comes prepared and ready for anything (I will be eternally grateful for the peppermint oil and breathmint she offered me during and after labor!). Perhaps my only "regret" is that my labor was so short that I didn't get enough time to work with her on the big day! (Of course, the short labor was a godsend and I wouldn't change anything about that, but I think readers here will understand what I am saying!) I have nothing but the highest praise for Janet and her abilities as a doula, and I most enthusiastically recommend her to others seeking a doula for their birth experience.
Janet was my birth doula and my husband and I couldn't be happier with our decision. Janet is patient, kind and welcomed all of our questions. She is an incredible listener and took everything we said very seriously, which made us feel validated and secure. Choosing a doula is not an easy task, but you can't go wrong with Janet. I started feeling contractions very early in the morning on a Sunday. When I called, she promptly picked up the phone and arrived at my house by 7am. I labored at home until 2pm and during all this time, Janet guided me through different exercises and positions, which was exactly what I wanted. She was very supportive, even when my labor stalled. Once we got to the hospital, she continue to be very hands on, and made sure I was comfortable despite all the changes that occured next. I ended up having an emergency c-section, which was definitely not part of my birth plan. Janet waited until 4am for me to come back from the operating room before going home. Not a lot of people would do that - especially with a smile on her face. Janet's professionalism is outstanding, therefore I recommend her services to anyone who wants to feel supported during such an special time in their lives.
We found Janet on Doula Match while searching for a doula to assist with the birth of our first child. After meeting with Janet, we knew immediately that we wanted her to be a part of our journey. She answered all of our questions and prepared us prior to the birth. She was with us throughout the entire process and was exactly what my partner and I needed. She was reassuring and comforting and was our liaison with the doctors. We are so thankful for Janet!!
Janet was absolutely terrific from our first meeting through delivery and beyond! She is extremely passionate about being a doula and facilitating the best possible birthing experience for her clients. She was very knowledgeable about our chosen birthing style (Hypnobirthing) and was great at coaching us through the various techniques we learned in our Hypnobirthing class. She also provided us with additional techniques that we had not learned, which we found to be very helpful.
Janet has a calming presence which was very comforting and reduced our stress levels throughout labor and birth. At times, I became overwhelmed and lost focus on the birthing methods we wanted to use and she helped remind me of my goals and assisted me to regain my focus. My husband wanted to be as involved as possible. Janet was great at coaching him and making suggestions to ensure he had the tools he needed to help me through this process. Our postpartum visit was great and it was very beneficial to review everything we experienced and get some additional advice from her as new parents. We couldn’t be happier with our experience with Janet and would recommend her to anyone!
Janet has been an asset to our family since the birth of our third son. She has been nothing but supportive of both my needs postpartum, as well as the needs of our new baby and of our family as a whole. Janet is such a warm, caring person and makes us feel so at ease, that it feels like she’s another member of our family. When she comes over she gets right to work and helps us prioritize our needs. Within hours, our laundry is done, dishes cleaned, house tidied, and dinner is on the table before she leaves for the evening. In addition, she’s been incredibly supportive helping me with nursing issues, quieting a colicky baby, and entertaining my other two children while I rest. She’s even made grocery trips for us! We are so grateful for her service; we could not have gotten through this hectic time without her!
If your thinking about getting a doula, ask yourself, how important is the birth of your baby to you? To me, it was incredibly important. And I knew I wanted to be informed and have the best birth and start to my first childs life I possibly could.
Janet was a miracle. If Janet wasn’t my doula I would have had a unnecessary c-section - which was convenient for my old obgyn. Thanks to Janet, I was informed enough to know I needed a new Dr! Once Janet was hired, I knew I was in the right hands! I was determined to have a natural, unmedicated birth. Things changed quickly when I went past my due date and my OB was pressuring induction early on. Janet taught me how to be informed, what to ask and how to ask it. I am a pretty assertive person but believe me, you need someone to help you advocate in a time like this! She stood by my side every step of the way. It was not easy feeling the pressure of being induced and I pushed back until I was ready to be induced! As I said, my birth plan changed but I was still able to have the most natural, vaginal birth as I could with being induced! She was right by my side with every move in the hospital and I turned to her for guidence the entire way. I will always be thankful and know that she was worth every penny because I know that if it wasn’t for her I would have had a different outcome. I am over the moon with my birth experience, it was amazing and I am 1 week postpardum and feel awesome!
Thank you Janet, I am forever grateful!
We are so lucky to have found Janet to help our new family! Janet has been an excellent postpartum support for us. She has cooked, cleaned, and even walked our dog. She provided a warm caring ear when I needed it, and sweetly taught me how to bathe my baby and helped with breastfeeding.
Janet was incredible. I had a very hard labor (38 hours!) and she was actually the supporting doula for our original dould who had a family emergency a day before I went into labor. She was extremely flexible and available for us. She was able to guide and help me through the beginning stages and came with us to the hospital. She had a calming and supportive precense, which for new parents, was crucial to our experience. She stayed with us the entire time! We are so thankful that she was there for us and could not have done it without her. Would recommend her 100%!
Janet is a wonderful doula! She's responsive, knowledgeable, and most importantly she makes you feel as comfortable as you need to feel during the process. She's a wealth of information, but she doesnt burden with extra clutter unless it's useful.
She was an invaluable support for both me and my husband.
I would highly recommend her to anyone.
Thank you, thank you, thank you! Janet is one of the most caring and thoughtful people I have ever met. During my prengancy she went above and beyond to make my husband an I comfortable and confident that everything would be ok, even though we were both nervous and a little anxoius. Janet is very knowlegeable and provided us with all the information we needed. Janet met with us several times before the delivery, she came to our home, and the day of the delivery she was there to support as even before I was admnitted for labor. Thanks to Janet I had the devlivery I had wished for. Janet was at my side the entire time I was in labor and even stayed after the baby was born. I would definitely recommend Janet as a doula. My husband and I are eternally gratefull to you.
I cannot even begin to explain how having a doula enhanced my birth experience. Janet was not only knowledgeable, but kind as well. She was able to keep us informed throughout the entire 35 (!) hours with several surprises thrown in throughout. As a first time mom, it was absolutely essential to have her by our side. I could not say enough wonderful things about her!! Highly recommend!!
Let me first just say I could not have given birth without my doula, Janet! She kept me (and my husband) calm during my 24 hour labor. She was there all day and night by my side helping with pain managment, and overall encouragement, calming and helpful during the delivery of my baby. She was there during all my contractions, both pre and post epidural, trying different positions, walking with me, massage, getting me (and feeding me) ice chips, and ice packs when i had a fever, etc. She went above and beyond for me and my family during my labor and delivery. She also met with me and my husband prior to birth to go over birth plan and help me go over all my options in preparation for that day. Additionally she came over post-partum to go over how everything went and to see how I was doing. Labor/delivery was tough, but Janet really got me and my husband through it. I would HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend using her, she's the best!
We loved working with Janet. She was wonderful. Very helpful, attentive and knowledgeable. A real pro!
Once my contractions started, Janet was with us from the very beginning and coached me every step of the way - met us at our apartment, traveled to the hospital with us and spent 36 hours with us in the hospital throughout the labor. She was a calming / soothing force that really helped me get to the finish line! She guided me with good breathing techniques, had different tools she used to help calm me / keep me focused and was just by my side the entire time, doing everything she could to help me successfully manage.
I cannot say enough how grateful we are to Janet. Highly recommend her!
Janet was my post-partum doula in 2012, subsequent to the birth of my daughter. This was my first experience with a doula, and Janet made me a life-long believer.
I was especially appreciative of her services as my daughter's birth was (physically) traumatic- I had a uterine rupture and ended up needing a partial hysterectomy. In addition to my physical fragility, I was emotionally stressed due to my previous pregnancy ending in a full-term loss. Janet's innate understanding of my hesitation in being separated from my daughter for even a second, and her willingness to adapt to my peculiar situation (of course within the bounds of her professional calling), made our experience with her an immensely positive one.
I would recommend working with Janet to anyone I knew who was expecting a child, with no hesitation. I am so grateful for her support, and her companionship which made my post-partum recovery so much easier.
Janet was the most amazing and inspirational person during my labor. I wanted to try a vbac and although my obgyns weren't very keen to it, they soon too realized how Janet was going to help me make this a successful vbac. Her knowledge, calm demeanor, helpfulness and overall skills were unparallel and resulted in a healthy vbac childbirth with my son. I cannot speak high enough about Janet and hope other women utilize her services. She was there for me before, during and after (coming to my house before and after to check on the baby and me). If shes available, mom's to be, hire this wonderful woman!!!
I am a very strong independent woman and I chose, due to my age, to have my daughter on my own. My beautiful daughter is now 10 months old and I still am in contact with Janet. She is such a caring person and I loved having her as my doula.
I think the birth of a child is very intimate and at the time I felt that I had done all of the challenging steps to bring my baby into this world on my own, that I didn't need or want to have anyone else in the delivery room with me. When I met Janet, I just knew she was what I needed! She spent time going over my birth plan and asked me questions that I never even thought to consider. She was prepared and therefore, made me prepared for an experience you can never fully prepare for. I also really liked how Janet was flexible with her role. I knew I wanted her to only assist me in the hospital and she was open to whatever I wanted and needed. She was such a calming and nurturing soul during the many hours of labor. She supported and guided me through decisions that had to be made. She also communicated with my family about what was occurring to alleviate that stressor on me. She even asked to take pictures of my newly born daughter and me which I still look at often and cry happy tears. She was there for such an amazing miracle and I'll be forever grateful!
Janet came recommended by my OBGYN and my husband and I couldn't have been more pleased with our experience working with Janet.
Janet immediately put us at ease in that she was honestly interested in knowing what we wanted our birth experience to be and aimed to help facilitate our wishes, while simultaneously providing us with tons of useful information and suggestions.
During the birth, Janet was extremely attentive and helped me stay focused and work through the contractions. She used many of her techniques that we had practiced at our second meeting such as the birthing ball, breathing strategies, aromatherapy, massages, etc. At times, when I was feeling overwhelmed, she was able to be a calming presence and to help remind me of some of the things that were on my birth plan, which was fantastic.
Our postpartum visit was perfectly timed -- it was enough time for us to get settled with our new baby so that by the time we met she was able to answer many of our questions. Janet was able to help me with my feelings of anxiety about all of the changes and made me feel even more supported with her resources and professional connections.
I really believe she made labor an experience I can look back on favorably and I would highly recommend her.
Janet was my doula on July 1st. Which was also the day I met her. Our meeting was magical, we instantly clicked. Janet is sweet, kind, caring, and knowledgeable. I was in labor with my 2nd baby attempting a VBAC at home. Honestly Janet helped us so much, and supported my husband and I through our journey. We had a successful VBAC, I highly recommend Janet, best doula!
Working with Janet was indeed a joy and a blessing. She was both my birth and postpartum doula. Janet was so warm, caring, and intuitive. She truly was concerned about me, not just as her client, but as a whole person; as a mother, wife and friend. I gave birth in the middle of the major snow storm of 2014. Our birth plan took on a life of its own, as the roads were closed and we could not travel or reach my midwife on the phone. Janet trudged through the snow, rode with me in the ambulance and made sure the doctors and nurses were aware of wishes, making my delivery as comfortable as possible. She had my bag, my medical records and snacks already prepared. It was a fast birth, about 2 hours, but I would not have been able to cope with such sudden and drastic changes had Janet not been there as a support and voice for my son and I.
As a postpartum doula, Janet was amazing! Having a newborn with 3 toddlers was no small feat! Janet was there for me, helping me rest so I can heal. Whatever I needed, there was never a question of whether it would be done. She offered suggestions about adjusting to this new life, many times just jumping in and doing what she saw was necessary to help our days go smoother during those delicate first few weeks. Her check ins, phone calls and texts let me know that she genuinely cared. Janet truly embodies the definition of a doula with her support, assistance, gentle guidance and listening ear. I will forever be grateful for the experience and having Janet as a part of my birth experience.
I had the pleasure of having Janet as my first doula for my first natural birth experience. Although it was my 4th birth, I had never birthed without medication and outside of a hospital, but my dream was a birth center water birth (and it came true!). I knew I needed support and encouragement from a mother figure. I felt a connection with Janet immediately. She was resourceful and knowledgeable, providing me with information to better prepare for birth and breastfeeding and general decision making (she was also very support of my decisions and empowered me); she was someone to share my heart with (all of the excitements and concerns that come with pregnancy and the postpartum stage/mothering newborns) and she was genuinely caring, encouraging and very attentive. Her presence alone calmed me during labor and she was supportive not only of myself, but of my husband, empowering him to be a useful birth partner, sharing comfort techniques with him and making sure we were both okay. She always communicated with me to be sure what she was doing was helpful to me, her words of encouragement during contractions were welcome, her voice soothed me! When we got pregnant again we knew we wanted her by our side for this birth also. Our eldest daughter (9) attended the birth and Janet was a great support to her too! She made it another wonderful memory for us and a good experience with childbirth for our daughter. She kept her company while I labored intimately with my husband by my side and kept her informed as to what was occurring at the different stages of labor. Janet did such an awesome job making sure we were all taken care of during that time! My family has received so much love and support during and after our pregnancies/births from her and we know she would provide that same attention, love, care and knowledge to anyone who invites her to come alongside them during such a special season of life. We truly treasure her and you will too!
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