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Ires Wilbanks CD(DONA)

Shakti Yoga & Living Arts

Website: http://ireswilbanks.com

Phone: 917-386-7764

Birth Fee: $1600 to $1800

Fee Details: My fees include childbirth education, 2 prenatal visits including a self-hypnosis for labor and/or prenatal yoga as well as a postpartum visit.

Birth Doula Experience: 7 years and 65 births attended

Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula

Doula Training

Not Specified

Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 5

Attends hospital births? Some Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Certified Integral Yoga for Labor & Delivery

Other Relevant Certifications

  • Certified Yoga Instructor Prenatal and Postpartum

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth

Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure
  • Aromatherapy
  • Breastfeeding Consultant Services
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Parenting consulting
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Stillbirthday Bereavement Doula

Languages spoken: English, French, Hebrew

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Client Testimonials for Ires Wilbanks CD(DONA)

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Sara Massler

The first time my husband and I met with Ires we knew we wanted her at the birth of our first baby. She listened to all of our hopes and desires, asked us questions, and told us about her experiences. She was honest and not judgmental at all. We knew she would be someone we could lean on for support through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. When we hired her we felt a sense of relief, one more amazing woman to have hold space and support us through the experience of becoming parents. K

Her knowledge of yoga was so helpful at easing pregnancy discomforts (I definitely recommend her prenatal yoga classes), and her labor and delivery workshops were great information in preparation, as were the hypnobirthing sessions. She has so many wonderful tools to share. 

We had a beautiful, powerful and intense home birth. Ires’ physical and emotional support during my labor was calm and strong. Her presence was so in tune with what we needed, closeness, distance, touch, words, it was all exactly what we needed, when we needed it. She was there to care for us in whatever way we needed  

Her energy,was also very welcomed by my husband, who needed a little more encouragement when it came to birth. Knowing she was there for him also put me at ease. Her trust in me, my baby, and our birth was amazing. 

I hope that what i have written makes sense, it is hard to put into words such a powerful experience such as birth. I always recommend that people meet with Ires to see if they would make a good team, and i hope we are close when we have another baby! 

Posted 4/27/2019

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Lyndsey Tyler

From the moment I met Ires in her pre-natal yoga class and I learned that she was a doula, I knew we needed her to be a part of the birth of our son. Though I was initially hesitant around spending the money on a doula as this was our second baby, we ultimately decided that it was the right move, as I still wanted someone to support me in preparing for labor and I also wanted someone who could support my husband. Choosing Ires as our doula was hands down the best decision we made throughout my pregnancy. She was the perfect addition to our birth team – calming, confident, peaceful, and intuitive. She knew how much having a natural birth meant to me and never wavered in her support and encouragement. Her presence was constant but never invasive, and it enabled my husband and I to connect and share in one of the most beautiful experiences of our lives. During her postpartum visit, she was again so helpful and nurturing with my recovery (both mentally and physically) and I felt so much love flowing from her to me and our newly expanded family. I have made a friend whom I admire deeply and I cannot recommend her more heartily. 

Posted 3/5/2019

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Yoko McIvor

Ires is incredible. Beyond support, she became the leader of our birth team. She coached our minds and bodies, gave us the confidence we needed, and provided natural pain management techniques - to the point where I actually slept between contractions! She brought both of us - mom and dad - calm confidence and strength, Thanks to Ires’ guidance we had the natural delivery I didn’t know I was capable of and transformed the experience of bringing our sweet girl into this world.

Ires is truly gifted and wonderful. We cannot recommend her enough! 

Posted 2/7/2019

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Maren Epstein

Hiring Ires to be my Doula when I was pregnant with my first child Ava was, in retrospect, a very wise decision for my husband and I. Being a young mother who is avidly health conscious who also had little to no baby experience, I wanted to set myself up for success. For me success was doing everything I could to have a vaginal birth in a world where cesareans are prescribed like antibiotics. Despite having a few of the odds stacked against me. Such as going into labor when the hospital was understaffed and having a posterior baby... I had a natural birth. When the going got tough Ires was responsive, helpful, sensitive and empathetic. I am positive that without her guidance my birth processes would have been much more stressful.

Birth is one of the hardest things you will do in your life. If you have any fear or anxiety what so ever do not hesitate to hire Ires to help you! My husband and I are glad we did!

Posted 1/10/2018

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Stacey Futterman Tauriello

I found Ires online and did a 1 on 1 yoga session with her during the early stages of my pregnancy and really loved her energy. As a physical therapist specializing in pelvic floor and women's health I knew I wanted to hire a doula to help me with my labor and delivery. At 45 years old and having gone through fertility treatments I knew I really wanted to try to have a vaginal delivery. My husband and I met with her later in my pregnancy to discuss expectations and come up with a plan. ( I also got to really know her through yoga). She was supportive of my views and never judged me for my decisions. .

Ohhhhhhh plans! Nothing ever goes as planned. My labor was FAST and furious and there was nothing calm about it. I couldn't labor at home so she met us at the hospital. IRES WAS AMAZING! She kept me calm and my husband too. Nothing like essential oils diffusing during the chaos! Due to a very fast labor I needed the epidural and again Ires was very supportive! When my daughter was positioned sunny side up she used her doula technique to rock my pelvis and flip her! After 3+ hours of pushing and almost giving up I delivered a healthy 7# 9oz baby girl. She stayed with us during skin in skin time and explained everything.

1 week post-partum Ires cake for our post-partum check and helped relive my daughter's delivery which was so helpful. She checked in to make sure I was doing well!

There is nothing better than having amazing support during one of the hardest things you will ever do. My husband and I are so grateful and now she is more like a friend.

Posted 1/8/2018

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Allison Posner

Every woman should have a doula like Ires to support her through pregnancy and labor. Ires is compassionate, knowledgeable, and intuitive, always able to tune into your needs before you even know them yourself. It is a truly special relationship that Ires forges with each client and nurtures through her fantastic prenatal yoga classes, guided meditation sessions, and of course, the work of labor and delivery. I always knew Ires could answer any question I had, whether it be about the best methods to encourage labor to start when my baby was past his due date (acupuncture worked wonders!) or which positions helped alleviate back labor. I felt so well taken care of throughout my whole experience working with Ires and I am so thankful to her!

Posted 1/5/2018

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