Birth Fee: $1300
Fee Details: Fee includes two prenatal visits, phone and e-mail support, continuous in person support throughout labor, birth, and 1-2 hours postpartum, and one post partum visit. If you have financial hardship, ask about my sliding scale option.
Birth Doula Experience: 1 years and 18 births attended
Clients per Month: 1 to 4Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Volunteer Doula with the Institute for Family Health
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Brooklyn, NY
Emily was a wonderful doula. In the months before the birth, she was always very helpful in answering all of my questions quickly, and was available by email or phone. She is extremely knowledgeable about all things related to childbirth, and on the rare occasion that she didn't know the answer to a question I had, she would look into it or direct me to the right resources so that I could educate myself. Her personality struck just the right balance for me-both professional and fun, laid back but responsive and reliable, and a great listener-always mindful of my hopes and intentions for the pregnancy and birth, never pushing her own opinions, but offering opinions when I asked for them.
I had some differences in opinion with my OB (I wanted a natural birth, and they were more interventionist), and Emily very skillfully helped me navigate my relationship with the doctors. She is so professional, and guided me in advocating for myself and my needs, while also being diplomatic and not angering my doctor. She helped me find the fact-based research I needed in order to explain to the doctor in reasonable terms why I wanted what I wanted. This made me feel so well cared for, relieved my anxieties, and turned a situation that could have been extremely stressful into a very good relationship with the OBs.
When my water broke and I had to go to the hospital to be induced rather than laboring at home as we'd planned, Emily was in contact all night long with my husband via text, giving both of us support so that we felt like we had the right tools and knowledge to get through a long and strenuous night. She arrived in the morning as soon as we asked her to come. During the birth, she was calm, gentle, encouraging and supportive. She suggested changing positions to get the baby facing the right way to come out, which helped a lot.
I would absolutely recommend Emily as a doula, she was the best support I could have hoped for.
Emily is everything I wanted in a doula — she’s warm, supportive, practical, knowledgeable, and open-minded.
She's also funny— she cracked me up once by calling the uterus "the original 3D printer."
My birth plan kept changing due to changing physical circumstances — my baby was breach for most of my pregnancy so I was scheduled for a c-section, but at the last minute my baby girl flipped around. Then I went back to waiting for my due date, which came and went. After week 41 I was scheduled for an induction, but I went into labor naturally on my way to the hospital. Through all this, Emily was always available to talk things over. All along I was hoping for a natural birth, and she sent me helpful information about how to encourage a breach baby to flip and how to encourage the onset of natural labor. The techniques she recommended were always evidence-based, and the info included the perspectives of the scientific community and medical establishment. I really appreciated that.
When I went into labor she rushed to the hospital. I was having extremely painful contractions and didn’t know how to handle them, but when she came flying into the room I felt a wave of relief. She was my coach, my champion, and my cheerleader. She supported me when I opted for the epidural, and she encouraged and reassured me as I pushed. I’m so grateful for all her help, and I’m so glad she was there with me for the most important moment of my life.
It's not often that a birthing experience goes more or less to plan - which was to have a natural birth at a birthing center. As luck would have it I was able to do so and Emily's sound judgment, deep knowledge of coping techniques, and calm and supportive presence was integral to that.
From our initial meeting onwards I immediately felt at ease with her and knew that her spunky and sensible personality would help get my husband and I through the marathon of birth. I was eleven days late and she checked in on me frequently - sympathizing the long slow torture of being so late and potentially being risked out of the birthing center yet still levelheaded in providing me suggestions on how to induce labor naturally.
When I finally did go into labor it was unfortunately in the middle of the night and yet she was extremely responsive, letting us know she'd come over whenever we felt like we needed her. A couple hours later I started experiencing back labor in addition to the traditional pelvic pressure. Once we shot her the YAS, HELP text, she came over right away and convinced me to try addressing the back labor by holding a series of positions for 20 minutes at a time. Staying in place for that long of a period of time while you're in labor is never fun but I trusted Emily and lo and behold the baby did resposition herself and it took the pressure off my back. Hooray!
Emily was like that throughout the rest of our experience - super helpful with suggestions but never pushy. She also had a great read on my husband and I - when I was in active labor at the hospital he really started physcially and emotionally comforting me and so Emily naturally took on a quieter role, giving us space to continue with that (which was working).
I know choosing a doula can be hard as there are so many amazing women to choose from - I would highly recommend Emily to be a part of your experience.
Our experience with Emily was EXCELLENT.
We knew we wanted to work with a doula, but we couldn't have anticipated how essential it would be to the labor, nor how infinitely grateful we would be that it was Emily specifically who was with us throughout.
We ended up laboring mostly at home and then at a hotel (there were no rooms at the hospital!). My husband and I would have been overwhelmed if not for the calm, knowledgeable and encouraging presence of Emily. Our midwife coudln't be with us at home or at the hotel so Emily was the only guiding voice we had beyond our own instincts (and while we'd done our homework and partner very well together, we are not birthing professionals!).
Emily is kind, compassionate and has a positive energy that is easy to connect to. To be honest, when we began our search we worried that a doula would feel like a third wheel in our laboring process, but Emily was in fact a crucial partner throughout. She knew how to work with my husband and I - when to take charge, when to make gentle suggestions, when to simply fade into the background for a little while. She was more than willing to take on any task we needed and happy to incorporate our thoughts and suggestions into her plans. She answered questions with confidence and specificity. She was a steadfast presence from start to finish during labor.
To anyone looking for a doula, we highly recommend hiring Emily. We're confident you'll be very happy you did!
What can I say about Emily?
She is one of the most amazing, incredibly patient and sweet people I have ever met. Well prepared for every meeting prior to birth, she listened to and addressed all my concerns from past personal trauma to how to mentally handle birth as an analytical overthinker. It is so difficult to trust your emotional well being to another person in such a short amount of time and allow them to access to such a personal, intimate part of your journey to having a baby but with Emily it never felt scary. She has this amazing ability to make you feel safe and well cared for while still being professional with a personal touch.
Once she started being "on call" for this birth, I felt like I had a friend I could always get support from and who would check in just to make sure I was ok. During labor and delivery, she was there every step of the way to help deliver counterpressure, encouraging words, and anything else I or my husband needed. It takes a special kind of person to have this calling and I truly believe that Emily was made for this job. You will not be disappointed if you choose to hire her, and I am grateful to have had her guide me and my husband through this journey.
When we learned that we were pregnant with our first child we knew that the experience would be beautiful and filled with challenges at the same time. To ease some of the challenges we decided to include a doula in our team. When we met Emily the connection was immediate. She was very approachable, she expressed great empathy and demonstrated a wealth of knowledge in the field, answering our questions thoroughly and sympathetically. At the end of our meeting, we felt like we just met a beautiful person. From that moment on she made herself available always, checked on us regularly and encouraged us to ask questions so that we could set our hearts at ease. On the day of delivery, she created a much needed safe zone for me to embrace the experience of childbirth without having to explain myself to anyone around me. She made me feel safe, understood, even though I was in a place with many unknowns that everything was progressing normally. At the hospital, she communicated with everyone in the most professional yet approachable manner. During the postpartum visit, she shared my joy and listened to my worries. At the end of the visit, I felt stronger as a new mother. We consider Emily our friend and aunt to our new baby.
When I decided to have a doula, I reached out to a few girls that I thought had a profile fit for me and for what I wanted. Emily was the first one I interviewed and even though I still had other people to meet I knew immediately she was the one I wanted to have with me in my journey of childbirth. She is so sweet and knowledgeable, she had answers to all my questions, she kept me grounded, helped me get through my anxieties with objective solutions and the most positive attitude I’ve ever seen. Every time I had a question or a fear I would text her and she would answer right away with great insight and strong science to back her up. Unfortunately my birth plans did not go as intended, but Emily was there every step of the way, encouraging me, helping me cope with the physical and emotional distress, always with a positive attitude. I don’t think I could’ve gone through what I went through without her help. If I have another child I will definitely have her as my doula again.
Emily was our stand-by doula as our primary relationship was with another couple. She got the call early in the morning and met us at 5am in hospital and went straight to work. She has a very relaxed manner which put me at ease straight away, I was already contracting and so Emily initiated a routine of breathing exercises and applied hot and cold compresses to alleviate some of the labor pains.
She provided some insights into pain management, including hospital administered treatments and discussed our options. While my husband managed hip squeezes, Emily applied massages and helped center my thinking which helped me work through labor to a fairly quick birth.
Being our second child, we weren't originally planning to use a doula, as we hadn't for the first. I would definitely recommend their services, not just for pre and post birth consultations, but because they help to refocus labor into the journey, rather than the pain; she created a lighter mood in the room which helped relax me, and came with practical and helpful advice. Emily filled the gaps that my husband and I hadn't contemplated which allowed me to concentrate on my baby.
This birth was much quicker and 'easier' than the first, in part because we had the right environment and the best help, we would recommend Emily to other mothers
I booked Emily as my birth doula for my home birth even though she didn't have a lot of experience because I felt a connection with her as a person. I am so glad I trusted my instincts! She provided me with lots of useful information leading up to the birth, interacting with me in a warm, and friendly manner. When my labor started and I needed her, I was surprised by how immediately she shifted into this different, and more intense support role. She quickly figured out which comfort techniques were giving me the most relief, and coached me through using them with each contraction. She was my lifeline when my midwife seemed unresponsive, and she also supported my partner, allowing him to support me, and participate fully in the birth of his daughter. Ultimately, we made the decision together with my midwife to transfer to the hospital. Emily coordinated my family members to make sure we all made it there as quickly as possible, and as comfortably for me as possible. Pushing my baby out was more challenging than I expected. Emily helped me to understand why my doctor wanted me to try a different pushing position, one I had often read was an unhelpful one, and ultimately that position helped my baby to be born vaginally, unassisted, without an episiotomy! I can't thank Emily enough for her support of me, and my partner throughout my birth. She is an excellent doula!
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