Birth Fee: $525 to $850
Fee Details: Sliding scale 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.
Birth Doula Experience: 1 years and 7 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
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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