$50 to $75
6 years and 12 births attended
6 years and 75 families served
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 1 to 3 births and 2 to 4 postpartum families
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Montclair, NJ Service range 20 miles
Astrid's postpartum services were recommended to my husband and I as we struggled through the early sleep-deprived weeks of first-time parenthood. Her incredibly calm and understanding demeanor was exactly what we needed! Prior to her arrival, I had been desperately searching for that all-in-one magic baby instruction manual, and, while that certainly doesn't exist, Astrid is as close to finding one as they come! Astrid helped restore my waning confidence as a new mom, offered tremendous insight and experience without bias or judgment, and validated my concerns over some spitup issues my son was experiencing. She took every COVID precaution and continued to check in on us after her in-person services had ended. We highly recommend Astrid as a postpartum doula and are so grateful for her assistance in these early weeks!
My wife and I selected Astrid to work with us for labor/delivery (gave birth in Dec 2020), as well as for several post-partum visits (including an overnight session). We interviewed 3-5 doulas in total, including referrals from friends, but found Astrid to be the best/most-compatible fit for us. She is not only extremely qualified and knowledgeable, but also has a superbly calm, reassuring demeanor, and supported us at every step along the way. And last but not least, we found Astrid to be completely professional, prompt, transparent, and very easy to work with (in terms of logistics, scheduling, and payments/invoices), and she was also very COVID-conscious and took great care with all safety precautions with us (to protect us as her clients, to protect her other clients, as well to protect herself and her own family).
With our pre-natal sessions (done virtually), Astrid walked us through the process of creating a birth plan, checked in with us several times about our preferences, and was an invaluable source of information for us, but made us feel comfortable/confident and let us take the lead with making our own choices. On the day of my wife going into labor, Astrid stayed in constant contact with us, via phone and text; she helped us manage the early labor at home where we'd be more comfortable, then coordinated with us when it was actually time to go to the hospital (we decided to have her arrive after we were checked-in). During the birth itself, I can't overstate just how much she helped to calm us and to keep our stress levels in check; with her soothing presence and physical assistance, my wife had a successful and relatively smooth natural birth with no major complications, and I can't thank Astrid enough for guiding us through that. With our post-partum visits, she shared a wealth of advice and helped "train" us with how-to do feeding, diapers, bathing, etc., and gave us a much needed night of rest.
Highly, highly recommend Astrid!
From the minute I met Astrid, I knew I wanted her to be my postpartum doula. Her energy is calm and confident and she instantly made me feel at peace and cared for.
Our first son was born in June 2020, during the height of the Covid pandemic, and unfortunately we had to wait two weeks to begin working with Astrid so we could ensure everyone's safety. By the time she came to work with us, my husband and I were both so sleep deprived and strung out we could barely see straight.
The first night she worked with us was the first night we slept since the hospital. She handled everything from bottle prep to waking me when it was time to feed (we do split bottle and breastfeeding), as well as changing him and burping him and putting him back down to sleep. Each morning she'd provide a recap and suggestions, like ways he preferred to be swaddled or tips for how to get him back to sleep.
We also had her help us during the day so she could observe his eating and napping schedule. As always, she had a wealth of knowledge to share, and It was also a welcome break for both me and my husband.
Astrid is a true baby whisperer, and without her there to help us overnight we wouldn't have survived. We can't wait to work with her again with our next!!
When I set out on my natural child birth journey, I wasn't sure I needed a doula since I had 2 midwives. Other Moms advised me to get one and I couldn't have imagined my birth without Astrid!! She was very attentive my whole pregnancy, checking in to see how I am doing, if I had any questions/concerns, & going through all my birth preferences. I ended up have a very long labor and Astrid was a super star. The midwives were great, and my husband was also very hands on and super supportive, but he was emotionally and physically tired after so long, he needed a break. Astrid was there coaching me through contractions, offering different solutions, rubbing my back, taking me outside to do some exercises, letting me literally hang on her through every contraction, making sure I was drinking my water, amongst so many other things I would never have even thought of. She was invaluable, I couldn't have done it without her. I got my natural water birth I always dreamed of. After birth we had Astrid for 2 overnights a week for the following 3 weeks. IT WAS WORTH EVERY CENT. It was a splurge for us but the best splurge we ever did for ourselves!!!! Those two days a week allowed us to regenerate and gain some sanity back. She would come stay with the baby in the living room for the night while my husband and I caught up on sleep. She helped with light house work without asking, she helped with nursing questions and all of my first time Mom questions. She would wake me up so that I could pump and then I was back to bed, so I was getting 7/8 hours to sleep! She took such amazing care of our baby, I always felt so comfortable leaving her with Astrid. Astrid we can't thank you enough, you have been more than I ever expected to come out of this, you have become a friend and we are so thankful for all of it!!! Anyone considering either of these services with Astrid, don't hesitate, she is outstanding!!
Astrid is an excellent doula. I was suffering from post partum depression and in need of help, especially at night. I found Astrid’s site through another post partum resource and as luck would have it, she was available to come for the night the day I called her. I cannot express the vulnerability I felt as a new mom with severe ppd allowing a stranger to come into my home and take care of my child. As soon as Astrid stepped into my home, I felt immediate relief and my gut told me she was trustworthy. She knew I needed rest and swooped in and took care of my baby boy all night while my husband and I got the best night of sleep we’ve had since before I was pregnant. We were so happy we immediately increased our initial contracted hours! Astrid is smart, gentle and kind and works beautifully with children. She also helped address many questions I had as a first time mom. I don’t think I could have gotten to a place of healing without Astrid’s help and we plan to always keep in touch.
Astrid worked with our family from the day I left the hospital to a few days before I returned to work. She balances both understanding and incredible warmth with a competent and capable nature, which is very much needed for first time parents. We interviewed several doulas and are very happy we went with Astrid. During our initial meeting, Astrid’s genuine personality and wealth of knowledge set our minds at ease. She came to our house between one and three times per week for four months and helped us with everything from laundry to helping with breast feeding (which was a struggle for me and my baby). She is great with babies and had a magic touch that would put my son to sleep. I cannot recommend her enough for those looking for post-partum support. Astrid helped us gain confidence with our new role as parents. My family was very lucky to have her during what was one of the hardest transitions of our lives.
We worked with Astrid starting when I was about 6 weeks postpartum and she absolutely saved our sanity and rebuilt our confidence about being brand new parents. I had major birth complications which meant that all our carefully laid plans were utterly useless and we were feeling a bit at sea. Astrid came in and not only took care of our son overnight so we could get some sleep-- she also taught us so much about our new baby that we couldn't learn from books or the internet. Our pediatrician even told us he was impressed with some of our questions and comments at the 2 month well visit!
To say I recommend Astrid is an understatement. She's knowledgeable, caring, listens to the parents and helps optimize for what they want for their child, and-- bonus-- she's a very cool person, too. We miss seeing her every week, but we're so happy knowing that she's helping others as much as she helped us.
Astrid was a lovely postpartum Doula. She provided support for me in the hospital so my husband could go home at night and be with my first daughter. It gave me piece of mind to know that he was with her and I felt safe with Astrid as my personal advocate and support system at the hospital. She also helped me at home, bathing and caring for my baby, as well as entertaining my toddler. It was very important for me to have her expertise, advice, assistance, and care, and I would highly recommend her to anyone in a similar situation. Thank you Astrid!
Astrid was a God-send during my postpartum days. As a first -time parent, she provided me with information and guidance on pretty much everything I needed to know. She helped me with breast feeding, baby care, chores, and errands. She provided me with breaks so I could get some much-needed sleep. She even helped me to deal with my baby's tongue tie by recommending a specialist, accompanying me to the consultation appointment, and assisting with the after care. She prepared drinks and snacks for me, taught me how to use a sling, and was a welcomed source of emotional support during this challenging time. She helped to preserve my sanity and I'm not sure how I would've gotten through that period without her.
Astrid is excellent. She is not a "night nurse." You are paying for much much more than that. She really helped get our lives back in order and in control after the birth of our daughter. Her advice, calming demeanor, and wisdom were golden. Not only does she have the experience but she also went through many of things we went through with her own child. Her contacts were invaluable and helped with our daughter's issue. She is a holistic (and I don't mean that in a granola way) post-partum doula that will give you and your, let's face it, wife, that extra help that is so often needed by new moms and is rarely there. She is not cheap, but I can honestly say she was worth every penny. I'm not being paid for this review. It is true and honest. After Astrid left we got a night nurse and the differences were astronomical. They just simply don't compare. Thank you again, Astrid, for all your help and for helping us keep it all together to remain sane (well, our version of sane)!
As a first time mom at 35 years old I was nervous and apprehensive about child birth and the entire post partum experience. When I started working with Astrid I felt a sense of relief as she reassured me in all the areas of child birth and child care that I was unsure about. She gave great suggestions and had real life experience to back it up. We discussed everything from my birth plan to what products will work best for breastfeeding and baby. Astrid was very flexible with her schedule and always tried her best to accommodate any of my last minute requests. She took pictures of my baby being born that are priceless and I will have forever and I didn't have to worry about hiring an additional photographer. She was my support system during my entire delivery process and I dont know what I would have done without her, as I delivered out of state away from family and friends due to a last minute birth plan decision. She also assisted me with post partum care which was so critical because I had a C-section and needed the extra help once I returned from the hospital. I would highly recommmend Astrid to anyone looking for a knowledgeable and compassionate Doula.
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