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Shay McCay

The Family Doula NYC


Phone: 7326187746

Birth Fee: Not specified

Postpartum Rate: $40

Birth Doula Experience: 1 years and 3 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 2 years and 8 families served

Doula Training

  • DONA International, March 2017
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 0 to 2

Postpartum limits/restrictions: No smokers please.
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth

College Education

  • BA/BS

Special Services Offered

  • Baby sign language education
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Parenting consulting

Languages spoken: English

Client Testimonials for Shay McCay

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Jess Blake

Sharon came to help me after the birth of my twin boys.  When my husband went back to work, she spent several days caring for me, my sons and my home.  I was so anxious to be alone for the first time with my newborns, and her presence was such a comfort.  As a new mom, I had so many questions about breastfeeding and pumping, and newborn behaviors and Shay was so patient and gave me such confidence that I was doing a good job.  It was nice to have another mother be there for me and to listen.  I felt so cared for and empowered.  

Posted 1/13/2019

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Laura Bettelheim

We had nearly given up on our search for a doula, finding it surprisingly hard to find someone you clicked with and whose expertise you could trust. We began to wonder if all the books we read would be enough to help us through labor (they wouldn’t have been, in our case). Then we found Shay, through a referral.

When we met for an interview over coffee, I remember thinking, “This is her. This is the person who will be there when I give birth!" While she is newer to the doula world than those who have attended births for years, she knows her stuff and can thoroughly answer any question or concern with a lot of care and attention. 

I ended up delivering a week before my due date—something we weren’t quite expecting, but were thankfully ready for, thanks to Shay and the groundwork we laid together. My labor was long and challenging, but I was able to deliver a nine pound baby without epidural and can look back on the whole experience with joy and gladness. This is everything I wanted in a birth aside from a healthy baby. Without Shay’s help in supporting me through the labor (including hours of hip squeezes)
and helping my husband support me, I think I would have been crippled by the pain instead of pushing through it.

I am now five weeks postpartum and Shay has proved herself time and time again to be a wonderful resource and support. One can easily overlook postpartum and have instead a laser focus on the birth experience; this was me, and I was not prepared to have a baby with jaundice or a lip and tongue tie that made breastfeeding nearly impossible. Without her help I don’t know how i would have navigated these early challenges as a new Mom.

Shay truly cares and is invested in your birth experience, your baby, and your motherhood journey. Our family highly recommends her  

Posted 12/11/2018

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Sophia Medina

I cannot say enough good things about Shay! I had planned a homebirth and knew I needed someone other than my husband support me so the burden didn’t fall entirely on him, and I’m so so glad I hired Shay. I ended up laboring for over 3 days and she was with me as often and as long as I asked her to be. She knew what to say and how to touch me both during contractions and between. She massaged me, helped me try all kinds of different exercises and positions to help the baby move down, and did TONS of research on every question I had. She’s a wealth of knowledge when it comes to birth and postpartum, and whatever she wasn’t sure of she researched thoroughly and provided me with links, articles, support groups, books and more. She also did all of this with an unbiased attitude. When I asked her about her personal opinions she gave them to me but never unsolicited which I wholly appreciated!
After I labored for so long Shay was probably nearly as exhausted as I was but she never let it show, she was my rock when I really needed it! In the end the midwife recommended a hospital transfer and Shay accompanied us and stayed while I had a cesarean section and afterward helped me start to breastfeed. After we came home Shay made a postpartum visit and helped me figure out the baby‘s latch and gave me emotional support in the very sensitive time right after birth. She encouraged me to process my feelings about the c section when I had planned a very natural home birth and literally let me cry on her shoulder! If you’re on the fence about hiring a doula let me help you out- you NEED one! I couldn’t have gone through this journey without Shay, and in her I have also found a dear friend. Do yourself a favor and hire her! She’s worth so much more than I can say, she will enrich and inform your birth experience and make it as special, smooth and enjoyable as it can be.

Posted 10/30/2018

Birth Availability for Shay McCay

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Postpartum Availability for Shay McCay

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