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Nahid Kohistani

Venus Traditional Care

Phone: 773-569-0495

Birth Fee: $1000 to $1100

Postpartum Rate: $40 to $45

Birth Doula Experience: 7 years and 100 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 10 years and 3 families served

Birth Doula Certifications

  • The Matrona - Certified Holistic Birth Doula

Doula Training

  • The Matrona, May 2016
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 3 births and 1 to 3 postpartum families

Postpartum limits/restrictions: No limits to my postpartum practice, I love pets and I don't mind smokers.
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I enjoy communicating and working closely with the hospital staffs in order to create a warm and harmonious environment for the mother in labor.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
I enjoy home births a lot because, it provides the mother in labor the safety, comfort, and privacy that she wishes for.

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Certified Childbirth Educator (Prepared Childbirth Educators Inc.)

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Birthways lactation training & ongoing professional development

Other Relevant Certifications

  • CPR Certified - Red Cross

College Education

  • AA/AS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Single parents
  • Spanish Speaking
  • Teens
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Belly binding
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Placenta encapsulation

Languages spoken: Persion, Dari, Hindi, Urdu, English, and currently I am studying Spanish.

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Client Testimonials for Nahid Kohistani

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Caitlin Ajax

Nahid was a wonderful doula. From the moment we met her in person, we knew she would be a great fit for our family. We were looking for someone who was experienced and knowledgeable, but also someone who understood our religious and cultural sensitivities as Muslims as they pertained to pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Nahid provided excellent advice on nutrition, healing, and pain management before, during and afterd labor. She was extremely friendly, professional, and non-judgemental about our choices and preferences. When it came to my actual labor at the hospital, she provided physical and emotional support for me, while also acting as a strong, supportive third "team" member alongside my husband and mother. We also loved that she integrated her "western" training as a doula with knowledge of traditional healing methods from Afghanistan and China, among others. We found everything she recommended to be helpful and comforting throughout the process of bringing our first child into the world. We cannot recommend Nahid enough!

Posted 10/21/2019

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Amber Shalom

As a first time mother finding the best doula was very important to me. Choosing Nahid as my doula was the best decision I made! Our connection was very strong and she went from being a doula to a sister! She did an excellent job preparing me for my delivery. Nahid and I created a birth plan that outlined my desires that I wanted to happen in the hospital delivery room. We met consistently during my second and third trimester. We went over various workouts and movements that would assist me for the big day. Nahid also invited me to come to her taichi classes which assisted with my blood circulation and helped me to feel mentally and emotionally relaxed. Finally, after much preparation it was time to have my beautiful son! I was given pitocin and the contractions started immediately. Nahid's presence and voice was so much needed because the pitocin made my contractions much more intense and I had very little recovery time between contractions. Nahid had essential oils that really calmed me and the exercises that we did soothed my body. Nahid even spent the night with me in the hospital which made me feel even more comfortable knowing my doula was there. When I was unable to talk she spoke for me  and verbaly expressed my desires. The next day I delivered my baby and I felt so blessed. If you're looking for a doula you should definitely choose Nahid, she is so knowledgeable about the birthing process and she has so many beneficial resource like natural recipes, soothing exercise and handouts. I am very grateful I chose Nahid as my doula she was with me during every phase of my pregnancy and birth she's a kind, gracious and beautiful soul
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Posted 10/1/2019

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Sumer

Nahid was a true professional. She was available immediately to help guide me to breathe through my contractions. She provided comfort and relaxation techniques. In my prenatal visit, she helped us create a birthing plan that was best suited to the optimum health of the baby and me. The exercises she showed proved very helpful. In the postnatal visit, she provided a great deal of information about how to promote quick postnatal healing through food, massage, etc. In summary, she was caring, supportive, and very sympathetic to my needs and I would highly recommend her to anyone having a baby.

Posted 9/30/2019

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Christie

After having a home birth with my third child, Nahid provided a spa-like experience for my recovery.  It was absolutely wonderful in every way.  Her routine made me feel like a queen (herbal tub soak, followed by bodywork, followed by belly wrapping) and like we were truly honoring this moment of passage.  It gave me time to rest, relax, meditate, and helped me feel my very best every step of the way.  I am also a postpartum doula specializing in holistic treatments, and I searched the city far and wide for someone who could provide services similar to my own.  I consider myself so fortunate to have found Nahid, and she was the only doula I ended up considering.  Her background, warmth and experience with processing transitions make her uniquely suited to her work.  During our initial consultation, Nahid offered me a guided meditation to help ease prenatal anxiety I was experiencing, and I was immediately impressed with her as a guide and a teacher, as well as a supporter.  She prepared delicious and nourishing recipes and special beverages for me, with leftovers, which were incredibly helpful during my recovery.  And she even picked up my older kids from school one day to save me from going out in the chilly weather following a treatment.  Nahid has my very highest recommendation, and I have already told many friends and family about her.  Her services are a true gift, if only every new mother could experience!

Posted 8/1/2019

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Hannah L

Nahid did a great job walking us through what to expect and giving my husband and I concrete ways to prepare for labor. She guided us while creating room for our preferences. During delivery Nahid was an amazing coach, always anticipating my needs and working with my husband without making the space feel crowded. She had a calm, gentle energy and worked well with the medical staff. Nahid made sure we were comfortable, bringing essential oils and making sure I was well hydrated. Her postpartum visit was also really helpful, teaching me about bellybinding and giving me breastfeeding tips. I went through my birthing process with my confidence because of Nahid!

Posted 6/30/2019

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Ashley Zamudio

May 01, 2017

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a letter of testimony for Nahid Kohistani.

My name is Ashley Zamudio and the reason why I am writing this letter is because I want to share my experience with having a Doula for my very first pregnancy.

Having Nadid around my pregnancy was such a beautiful experience. She taught me a couple tricks and techniques to get me through my pregnancy.Nahid was such a big help when it came to being in labor.

Nahid was great! She taught me breathing techniques to help me through my labor for when the time came as well as some exercies.

My labor was a great success! Nahid helped me throughout the whole time.She helped me by giving me massages and having scented oils to ease me. She taught me how to keep calm and breath through the strong contractions. During my labor Nahid never left my side. I gave birth to a beautiful big girl of 9lbs 8oz. No tears, no stitches thanks to the breathing technique I was taught. I did this labor all natural no medication for the pain during my labor.

So to end this letter I would highly recommend having a doula and to hope they are all so help full like Nahid. I couldn’t do it without her. That is why I highly recommend a doula.

Sincerely, Ashley Zamudio

Posted 5/12/2017

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stephanie dunn

I am a first time mom, and I was paired with Nahid about 5 weeks before baby Phoenix's arrival. Our meetings were weekly, in our home, and very pleasant. She discussed birth and labor with us, and shared valuable exercises and breathing techniques to prepare for labor. Ultimately, we had a last-minute birth change because 5 days before Phoenix came I decided to do a home water birth instead of the hospital. She helped me locate a midwife for that, which ultimately made my birth experience amazing, and sent the precedent for my future planned births. Aside from her prompt and irreplaceable help pre-labor, her assistance during labor was AMAZING. She arrrived with oils, food, massage tools, and was by my side supporting me almost exclusively for 12 hours. She followed me from toilet to birth pool, guiding me in my breathing, supporting me while walking, waving a peppermint washcloth when i felt like puking and holding a bowl while I did. I had many preparations for myself, but when in labor, I forgot all about my own preparations and relied on everything she brought. It was like she had anticipated everything that was going to happen and had some tool, liquid, breathing technique, or advice for the occassion. Right when I was entering the pushing phase, she held up an incredibly delicious high-protein drink to my mouth, which I swear woke me up and helped me move into the next phase. I can still taste that delicious drink. Not only was her help during labor irreplaceable, but as the midwives were assisting me after the birth she made a delicious dinner for everyone and helped cleanup our tiny, chaotic apartment! I felt her fixated on my every move during my labor, but never felt like my space was invaded, or judged, or bossed around. She always asked permission, made suggestions, and explained what she was doing. I feel so blessed to have her present at my first birth, and hope she is available for the future!

Posted 3/15/2017

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Najia Singh

Nahid kohistani is beautiful In heart and out . She helped and supported me throughout both of my pregnancies and she was there for both of my labors. She is the best helper you have or want very supporting ????

Posted 1/13/2017

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Mina Safi

Nahid is a very kind,warm and beautiful person.She was my doula wiht both my son Iman and my doughter Ayeza. she helped me with recovery from C scetion and postpartum mood disorder.she provied me wiht a of information, support and encouragement to do VBAC wiht my daughter. thank you for all help and encouragement  Nahid and we love.

Posted 1/13/2017

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