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Sharon Penn

Certified Birth Doula (CBD) LIDA, OT, M.Ed

Phone: 5164292389

Birth Fee: $1500

Fee Details: My fee listed above is for Long Island births and includes an extensive prenatal visit approx 4-6 weeks before the estimated due date. The visit includes hands on preparation for laboring, comfort measures, laboring positions, emotional support and nutrition planning. I am on call 24/7 during during the week prior to your due date. A post-partum home visit visit is included upon request.

Birth Doula Experience: 9 years and 50 births attended

Birth Doula Certifications

  • Long Island Doula Association, Inc., (LIDA) - Certified Birth Doula

Doula Training

  • Long Island Doula Association, Inc., (LIDA), April 2011
Type of Practice: Partnership with 1 other doula

Clients per Month: 1 to 2

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I am a Certified Birth Doula, CBD (LIDA), and for the past almost 6 years, I have served as a Doula for birthing mothers. I love birthing and view labor & birth a normal process, and as one of the most rewarding moments of one's life. I admire mothers/couples who seek out the education, resources, and support they need to allow them to have a natural birth experience. For over 25 years I have been working as an Occupational Therapist, and feel comfortable and well received in hospital settings. I have had the privilege of working with both Midwives and OBGYNs and the majority of the Long Island hospitals. As your personal Doula I will provide you with emotional and physical support prior to, during, and immediately after your labor and birth. During your labor I will provide hands-on comfort measures (massage, positioning, heat & cold etc.), emotional support and encouragement to achieve a successful birth. My services also include an informative prenatal visit, which will assist you to prepare for the birthing experience, and a post-partum visit in your home. I also provide unlimited phone consultations as you get closer to your due date. As part of my prenatal visit, I will also introduce you to my back up doula, which you will meet either in person or by phone. Being a Doula is an honor and a privilege to be allowed to become a part of your family, however briefly, during this most intimate and loving time in your lives.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Some Home Births

Other Relevant Certifications

  • OT (Occupational Therapist)
  • Certified Birth Doula by LIDA - Long Island Doula Association

College Education

  • BA/BS
  • MA/MS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Expected stillbirth
  • Single parents
  • Teens
  • Twins

Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Active Member of the Long Island Doula Association. I am currently Certified by the Long Island Doula Association as a Certified Birth Doula.

Languages spoken: English and Hebrew

Service Area Map

Area of practice: Huntington Station, NY
Travel Range: 35 Miles
Travel comments/restrictions: Support clients in Suffolk county, Nassau County and Queens.

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Client Testimonials for Sharon Penn

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Jessica

When we met Sharon the first time, we knew immediately that she was knowledgeable, passionate, and caring. We had a good feeling about her right away and hired her on the spot. It was a decision that truly made a real difference in our lives. We thought we were hiring her to help me get through labor, but what we didn't realize at the time was that we were going to get so much more than that. Both my husband and I were also going to receive constant support for the rest of the pregnancy. Sharon was invaluable with providing us with perspective, information, and support when we hit bumps in the road (i.e., gestational diabetes diagnosis, baby being breach, questions with how to talk to a care provider who wanted to induce me earlier than I was comfortable with). She is firmly an evidence-based doula whose advice and guidance is all well researched and supported. I believe she is a constant learner, as she was taking a course when we were working with her. She is also very connected in the birth community and had a great deal of experience. I learned more from Sharon in our 2-hr prenatal visit about labor coping mechanisms than I did in an 8-hr childbirth course I took. In my two days of being in labor, Sharon was fantastic. She knew when to step in and when to hold back. I feel deeply emotionally connected to Sharon, because she held our hands, so to speak, through a transformative and difficult experience. When I needed a good cry a few days after the birth, it was on the phone with Sharon that it happened. I am deeply grateful to her for the role she played in this pivotal part of our lives.  I could not recommend her more highly. 

Posted 8/24/2019

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Kristin Perret

It would be hard to find the words to fully express my gratitude for Sharon and her role in the birth of my son (my first baby born Feb 2018).  

After first meeting Sharon in my home, I turned to my husband and said “I feel so much better that this will all go well!”  Since this was my first pregnancy, I was a little anxious and uninformed. Sharon walked us through so many aspects of the labor and birthing process. She answered all of our questions thoughtfully and professionally. My husband and I felt 10X more prepared after that initial encounter. 

But that wasn’t all. Sharon was available to me for follow-up questions and gave me feedback based on each of my doctor’s visits. She was like having a supportive coach with me every step of the way. 

But THAT wasn’t all...the day I went into labor Sharon‘s expertise REALLY shined!!! She guided me through my early labor, and was with me in my home to help me during my labor and the hospital for the delivery. Sharon is strong, knowledable, supportive, funny, and kind. She eased my back labor pain, helped me stay focused and goal-oriented, supported my husband, and helped me have EXACTLY the birth I was praying for.   I can say with 100% certainty that Sharon will be a MUST when it’s time for baby #2. Anyone who works with her is truly blessed!

Posted 3/20/2018

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Monica Bivas

Sharon, has been a friend of mine for bout 12 years, she has been unconditional support and was my Doula for the first time & years ago during a very difficult time as my pregnancy in that time ended up in a stillbirth baby girl at 39 weeks of pregnancy.

She was not only there as my Doula but as an incredible emotional support.

Sharon was again my doula, 5 years later for my now 4 year old Daughter Maya, i couldnt be more happy and grateful to have her on my side, because i learned with her along with my husband the best techniques to deliver my baby without the need of epidural and using my breathing and control in a way that not only made the delivery faster but really calm.

When i was in the labor of Maya, the staff of the hospital were in shock that every time they come to ask me if i want the Epidural, me and my husband will tell them No, because instead we were parcticing all the exercise and techniques that Sharon taught us the previous weeks before delivery.

Once i delivered Maya, i honestly didnt feel any pain or unconrfort, and Sharon was with us almost until 3 am in the morning and until today she is always asking about Maya .

I have no hesitation in refering Sharon as a doula, but also as an incredible support, she is loving and compassionate and the most important she loves what she does.

 

Posted 9/19/2017

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Robert Rainer

My wife and I recently had twins and we have a daughter who was 2.5 years old when they were born. Our experiences with the hospital during the birth of our daughter were unsatisfactory and left us questioning things we could and should have done better. Determined not to have the same experiences with our twin boys, we decided to seek out a Douala. Sharon was wonderful to work with. She helped us immensely, not just by explaining our options and rights, but empowering us by helping us to be our own advocates. She was a fantastic birthing coach and while at first skeptical, I eventually came to see the merritt in having a Douala in the first place, particularly one with her background and experience. I highly recommend Sharon and the services she offered as they completely changed our experience with the whole process.

Posted 1/24/2017

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Sarah Deonarine

Sharon was perfect and awesome.  Right from the first e-mails we exchanged until our last meeting with babies in hand, she was exactly what I and my husband needed.  My husband, who was not wholly on board with the idea of a doula ("Sure, if you think you need one."), wanted to hire her on the spot at our first meeting.  She was so empowering and full of wisdom and guidance, which was so important during my tumultuous second pregnancy with "higher" risk twins in the same placenta.  I would leave doctors appointments feeling so lost, but then I'd give her a call and she'd talk me through it and empower me to take charge of my pregnancy and delivery!  There isn't a doubt in my mind that I would have ended up with a C-section if not for her involvement.

My first labor and delivery, for which I didn't have a doula, left me wishing for a different experience.  I would still be regretting not having a doula if not for Sharon teaching me to be proud that I used the experience to press on and seek out a doula for my second pregnancy.  My second pregnancy was intense physically, emotionally, mentally, and Sharon really held my hand through it.  Labor and delivery was very fast the second time around, but she helped ease my pain and kept me focused; she was also extremely supportive of my husband and stayed with me post-partum while my husband went with our twins to the NICU.

Sharon is very well plugged in to the birthing community on Long Island and was able to offer all kinds of resources and information:  everything from a birth instructor to a chiropractor who could help get my Twin B head down.  She advised us on how to stimulate labor naturally (which finally happened the morning of my scheduled cesarean!) and how to manage my discomfort while pregnant.  When we parted ways after our final meeting, I felt like I was saying good-bye to a beloved family member. My advice: hire Sharon.

Posted 1/23/2017

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Kate Weiss

Sharon was a wonderful addition to our birth team. She acted as a back up to Christina Bramante.

 

 My labor was nearly 80 hours long and Sharon stepped in midway through to relieve Christina.    Sharon did everything in her power to get my labor moving along.  She worked tirelessly to keep me in good positions and get the most out of each contraction that happened while offering moral support and support to my family around me. 

 

When it became clear that I needed to have a C-section, Sharon talked with my husband and I privately to make sure that we understood all of our options.   She was a wonderful advocate and team member throughout the whole labor event. She also came by about a week after I gave birth to see how I was doing and give me tips on nutrition and breast-feeding.

 

 I had a wonderful experience with Sharon and Christina and I would recommend them both highly to anyone who asks.

Posted 11/21/2016

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