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Vicki Bloom

Whole Self Doula

Website: http://www.wholeselfdoula.com

Phone: 914-450-9574

Birth Fee: $0 to $1800

Postpartum Rate: $35 to $45

Fee Details: Fees are negotiable on a sliding scale from $400 - $1800 depending on client's financial situation. Clients with household incomes under 30K, teen clients, and clients making adoption plans can access free or "pay it forward, what you can, when you can" services from me or one of my colleagues via the Doula Project. Contact me via DoulaMatch or by filling out the form at http://www.doulaproject.org/p/find-doula.html . Services for clients experiencing stillbirth or fetal loss are provided at no charge.

Birth Doula Experience: 9 years and 120 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 9 years and 15 families served

Birth Doula Certifications

  • Doula Trainings International - Certified Birth Doula

Postpartum Doula Certifications

  • Doula Trainings International - Certified Postpartum Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International, September 2010
  • Doula Trainings International , January 2017
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 4 births and 0 to 1 postpartum families

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I believe that the best birth experiences happen when people bring their whole selves into the birthing room. For this reason, I am fully invested in equally supporting all kinds of births -- quiet homebirths, unmedicated births at birthing centers or hospitals, births with planned or unplanned epidural support, VBAC, and planned C-section. I am especially drawn to support people who may fall through the cracks of the medical system or otherwise feel unheard through the process of medical birth -- younger and older parents, single parents, LGBT, genderqueer and GNC parents, people making adoption plans, and people experiencing stillbirth or fetal loss. I also specialize in supporting alternative parents who want to feel comfortable with a professional with whom they can share their family dynamics openly, such as polyamorous families and people in power-dynamic relationships.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
I have experience at Brooklyn Birthing Center and the hospital birthing centers at Roosevelt/St. Lukes and at NYP/Lower Manhattan.
Attends home births? Some Home Births
I do not attend unassisted births, but am happy to support births with any type of midwifery support.

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Certified Lactation Counselor (The Center for Breastfeeding)

Other Relevant Certifications

  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • Reiki Practitioner
  • Full Spectrum Doula Training via the Doula Project, Hypnobabies Trained Doula

College Education

  • MA/MS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Adoption
  • Cesarean birth
  • Expected stillbirth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Relinquishing mothers
  • Single parents
  • Surrogacy
  • Teens
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth

Special Services Offered

  • Abortion Support
  • Antepartum doula
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Breastfeeding Consultant Services
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Mother blessing celebrations
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Satellite Doula (For remote and rural clients)
  • Surrogates and intended parents

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Birth Programs Coordinator, The Doula Project, since 2011 Full Spectrum Doula at the Doula Project since 2010

Languages spoken: English

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Client Testimonials for Vicki Bloom

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Doris Sarpong

So this was my second time having Ms. Vicki Bloom involved in my birthing and delivery experience, and it’s always my pleasure. I love the healthy gifts I recieve at the end of the experience with her; a healthy & safe blessed delivery and an even happier healthy babies delivered safely thanks to her and her efficient and supportive ways she used while she coached me while I was in labor. I had a non-complicated labor and delivery, and both times she advocated for me and stood by me while I had 2 natural births to my children my son Noël-Blair who is 4 1/2 years old & My Daughter Nirvana who is 2 months old. Ms. Bloom is very friendly, attentive and experienced at what she does which is being the most hands on self advocate, best doula/mid wife lactation specialist I could ever ask for.

Posted 11/2/2019

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Lindsey Lange-Abramowitz

Leading up to and during our birth, Vicki truly supported us in our decisions by both providing us with information and helping us know what to ask our doctors. We always felt like Vicki gave us the space to make decisions without judgement and worked to ensure these decisions were honored in the hospital as much as possible. Vicki also brought a huge amount of knowledge to our birth experience and we genuinely believe that that knowledge played an important role in helping us avoid a c-section. She was always responsive when we needed her leading up to the birth and tirelessly stayed by our side for my 26 hour labor. For these reasons and more, we are truly grateful that Vicki was part of our birth experience.

Posted 10/31/2019

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Nicole

Vicki Bloom was the best support system I ever had. She was not only was she there for me from prenatal to  post natal, she saved me and my baby from an unnecessary early cesarean birth. She provided excellent knowledge advice and service. Thanks to Vicki,  I have a healthy full term baby boy and we are doing well. She is a great person to have as a doula with much knowledge and experience. Thank you so much for all you have done ??.

Posted 8/21/2019

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Anastasia

The fear of unknown was so strong that we decided to use Vicky Bloom’s service for the birth of our first child. The contractions were strong and the positioning Vicky recommended eased them. We had a 44 hour labor and I still believe that I could go longer if I needed. Vicky has supported me from beginning in till the end. She listened to my body and knew what is the best for me. The baby and I had no complication, no anesthetics, and no pain killers afterwards. I had a natural vaginal birth. We highly recommend Vicky’s service. 

Posted 6/30/2019

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Maggie McCormick Shaw

Vicki was incredible to work with and made our entire birth experience positive, fun, and easy to navigate and understand. Vicki has an excellent command of what to expect from a variety of birth scenarios because she is so experienced and this made us feel well-taken care of and well-supported. The combination of her kind and supportive personality paired with her professionalism and insight was the perfect balance to help us through each step of the process and feel empowered and educated to make the best choices for our birth vision.

Vicki is an excellent and prompt communicator who listens actively and does a wonderful job to collaboratively create a birth plan based on the specific needs of her clients—I think we would have felt so differently about our birth experience if we had not had the support of Vicki before, during, and after. Vicki met with us twice prior to our actual birth and also followed up after with each session being a safe, open forum to ask questions and air concerns or fears as well as explore dreams and hopes of best possible outcomes. Vicki was also readily available by phone and text, which was really helpful because we had a few scenarios where we weren’t quite sure what to do and she was able to quickly and effectively answer questions. Vicki did an amazing job of listening thoughtfully and helping us synthesize our feelings into a strategic plan for our birth. These sessions were really helpful and important for setting the expectations for our experience with Vicki and our other practitioners so that by the time the birth happened we felt very prepared. 

I would HIGHLY recommend Vicki to anyone who is seeking the services of a doula for their birth. Vicki is passionate about the work that she does and it comes through so clearly in the patient and thoughtful way that she services her clients. THANK YOU SO MUCH for making our birth the absolute best— looking forward to the next one!! ????

Posted 8/22/2018

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Georgette Fleischer

First of all, I must commend the Doula Project itself as an invaluable advocate. Sometimes the medical establishment views us within categories--especially when we are unusual as a result of identity--while the Doula Project listens to us as individuals in order to advocate for us to have the birth closest to our ideal within the context of medical wisdom. From the start I really appreciated Vicki's encouraging me to ask questions, to determine what the range of choices was, and to understand the benefits and risks of each decision. In my own case, I did decide because of advanced maternal age and medical advice to have an induced labor. Vicki was there to meet me at the hospital when I checked in, and she made sure that between her and her Doula Project partner on my case, I always had a doula to advocate for me from start to finish, through 27 hours of labor and beyond. Indeed, Vicki took the first photo of my baby, within minutes of her birth! From our first pre-birth meeting, Vicki correctly identified me as a physically fit person who would benefit from maintaining a physically active relationship to my labor and delivery. I brought a yoga mat and pilates ring to the hospital, and Vicki advocated for my being able to use them, even though my baby had to be monitored throughout the induced labor: we set up my yoga and pilates equipment right next to the bed, and Vicki advocated for periodic breaks from the monitor, especially in light of the fact that my baby was doing so well throughout. When I delivered my daughter, I surprised a number of the doctors, including one who thought a C-section would be a foregone conclusion, by delivering vaginally, after only about five minutes of pushing. I am very grateful to Vicki for her steadfast advocacy that led to such a positive birth experience for me and my daughter.

Posted 5/31/2018

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Anastasia Bailey

Vicki Bloom was a outstanding Doula, my experience with her was beyond words and was a blessing. Vixki went above and beyond to make my first delivery very memerable, she is caring, very approachable and was avaiable at all ours of the day or night close to my due date. Vicki made my experience my own she was on top of things at the hospital and made sure all my needs pertaining to my Burth Plan were not only met but carried out fully. Vicki has a geniue concern about my care during birth i was induced so it was a lenthy and painful birth for me but sbe was there everyday and all night holding my hand and encouraging me to relax, breathe, and stay clam inspite of my frustrations. I had nobody to deliver with me if not for her. Thanks to her My son arrived here safe and sound. Even after birth Vicki visted me after i delivred to see how am manging and dealing with New Mother hood and she also showed me breastfeeding tips, i would Highly recommend her to anybody looking for a Doula, she is not only well experienced but her level of passion and dedication to her clients will make your experience pricless ill definely contact her in The future when i deliver again.

Posted 1/25/2018

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Jamie M. Cox

Vicki Bloom was wonderful from start to finish. Her guidance and warmth were a great comfort before, during and after the birth of our son. She kept me calm during labor with her knowledge during labor. I also appreciated how she helped my husband be hands on during labor. We are eternally grateful to The Doula Project and to Vicki.

Posted 1/9/2018

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Suzanne

My husband and I had the privilege of working with Vicki. We were able to tell how great she was from the minute we spoke to her on the phone. She was easily accessible, reachable, approachable and knowledgeable. She always responded to me promptly, never making us feel like anything was unimportant or trivial. She eased my anxiety throughout the pregnancy, hospital stay, home visits and beyond. She continually checks in on me and the baby. I ended up having a scheduled c-section (the baby was breached), Vicki was there for us every step of the way, in the hospital, recovery and postpartum. She explained everything, and tough my husband and I different techniques to better help with the pregnancy and delivery. Vicki took the time to get to know us as people and parents. She was a pleasure to work with, she truly helped us along the pregnancy and parenthood journey. Not only is Vicki a trained and professional doula, she is also a fantastic lactation consultant who prepared me for nursing prior to the baby, in the hospital, at our postpartum home visit,  and even a few weeks post with nursing techniques and advice.
She became part of our family and team.    We are forever grateful to Vicki. We would highly recommend Vicki to anyone who is considering hiring a doula.

Posted 2/15/2017

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Ashley Tanz

I was matched with Vicki and another wonderful doula through The Doula Project shortly after unexpectedly finding out I was pregnant with my son in 2014. Vicki provided me with a wealth of information and supported me throughout my pregnancy and birth at St. Lukes. She is fiery, intelligent, knowledgeable, understanding, and deeply committed to social justice. Not only do I admire her as a person, but I would highly reccomend her to anyone considering doula services. 

Posted 8/10/2016

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Subtle House

Vicki is a dream doula! Working with her was an absolute pleasure. She appreciated, respected, and welcomed all three of us in conversations about every aspect of pregnancy, birth, and post-birth, including separate check-ins with each of the non-pregnant adults to ask how she could support us and what we were likely to need during the birth process. She not only remembered the right pronouns for us but code-switched smoothly in medical situations where we'd opted not to disclose them. She provided us with a wealth of useful, accurate knowledge, and always communicated clearly and warmly. She even made time to visit Manhattan and tour our hospital birthing center.

At the hospital, our doctors and nurses loved her. She knew just when to be pushy and when to stay out of the way. She followed our lead and was entirely supportive of our decisions; for example, she taught and recommended breathing techniques for pain management during contractions, and when we made the shift from "let's try this without drugs" to "GET ME THE EPIDURAL NOW" she immediately buttonholed a nurse and had the anesthesiologist brought in. She texted informative, cheerful updates to our parents. (Parent-wrangling: possibly the most important of all doula skills.) Before, during, and after delivery, she was endlessly comforting and reassuring, and her calm presence and aura of experience and confidence helped us to stay calm too.

Since our child was born, Vicki has visited us and stayed in touch to make sure we're doing well, and has cheerfully answered all our questions about breastfeeding and other parenting matters.

Our only regret about not planning to have another child is that we can't hire Vicki again!

Xtina, Josh, Rose, and baby Kit

Posted 3/15/2016

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