Birth Fee: $1500 to $2500
Postpartum Rate: $35 to $50
Fee Details: Experience in Pregnancy, Birth and Infancy influence lifelong health, both mental health and physical health. My passion is to use my PhD in Neuroscience to bring life changing science to families to enrich brain development for every family member. My fee includes 2, 4 hour long workshops to teach families how early life experience builds mental and physical health. The first workshop is called Pregnancy Brain Health, the second is Infancy Brain Health. I meet with clients 2-3 times prenatally, provide support for birth and meet once postnatally.
Birth Doula Experience: 3 years and 15 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 3 years and 25 families served
Clients per Month: 1 to 2 births and 1 to 2 postpartum familiesAttends hospital births? All Hospitals
Doula Association of Southern California - Director of Member Development 2018
Languages spoken: English
Greer was my incredible birth doula who supported me pre and postnatally.
I have so many great things to say about Greer but one thing that is especially unique about her is her strong scientific background. As a neuroscientist who is passionate about promoting positive mental health in the womb and beyond, I found her evidence-based approach and suggestions practical, helpful and successful. During my pregnancy, she led a highly informative workshop that discussed the importance of maintaining good mental health during pregnancy and provided a number of useful strategies that I was easily able to implement.
Greer taught me how conduct meditative breathing exercise before and during my pregnancy, which not only kept myself calm during labour but also physically helped me a great deal during the actual birth. She also informed me about the value of promoting early literacy, language and communication in the womb. Every night, I would read my son a few of the same stories in the womb and when he was born, I continued with it and incredibly he responds to the familiar tales!
As an educator myself, I really respected how Greer used science and well documented studies to back up her methods. At the same time, she carries no judgement and is not dogmatic in her approach. She really works with her clients' needs, comfort levels and respects their boundaries while providing the best support she can for them.
I now have an incredible 8 month old son who is the happiest person I've ever met! He's calm, secure and content and no doubt it's due to all of Greer's support. I would definitely recommend Greer as a birth doula - she is highly qualified, sensitive and responsive.
I didn’t consider myself ready to become a parent. My wife had lots of little nieces and nephews around and was more acclimatized to raising kids. I was wholly nervous that I literally would not know what to do; I was right, I had no idea. But then, by lucky happenstance, Greer came into our lives and I will forever be grateful for her profound and positive presence.
There is an overwhelming physiological relaxation in listening and chatting with Greer. She has a background in neuroscience and understands the nurturing element of being a doula. Any question I had, she was fully versed in the answer, and if she was slightly unsure, would come back to us the next day with a mountain of research and options. Honestly, I can’t think of a better combination for a person to help my wife and I bring a child into this world. Greer is calm, pleasant and incredibly knowledgeable. She was there every step of the way in our delivery room and made everything easier. We had a point-by-point birth plan which Greer a advocated to the hospital and OBGYN. Our minds were racing with a million other thoughts, I’m not sure we would have had such a pleasant experience without her.
Our Son is the most wonderfully happy, loving and unique person I could have imagined. I know for a fact that Greer’s patience, calm, breadth of knowledge and warm and fun spirit helped him flourish. To this day we continue a strong bond with Greer because she is part of our family.
Raising a child is wonderful and completely overwhelming. We think we know everything about our kids and how to raise them, but anything can happen, and in times of panic or just ensuring full preparedness – things can be very difficult. Please help yourself and your child by bringing Greer into your lives. It will be the best decision you will ever make for your family.
When my partner initially told me that she wanted a doula, after looking up the word, I had my reservations. I was concerned for both my partner and my baby that she would not be as medically eductaed as a doctor or not properly take care of us through the process. I was 100% wrong. Greer was absolutely amazing to work with, both in how she educated and cared for my partner and also how she dealt with me as a perspective new dad. She held both our hands through every step of the pregnancy since the day she started working with us. Her advice was invaluable even during the times that she wasn’t present and when it came time to have the baby she guided us when it was needed and cared for all three of us almost like a loving mother would.
Every birthing couple is different and some fathers want to be very involved, where as others may not. Greer was accommodating to what ever our needs were. I personally wanted to be very involved and by my partners side and she knew when the moment was to step back to allow me to be the primary caregiver while still guiding both of us when needed. I can’t stress enough how incredible it was to have her there through our miracle.
Meeting Greer was one of the highlights of my entire pregnancy. She immediately made me feel so comfortable and was incredibly easy to talk to within minutes of our introduction. Greer took the time every appointment to share in depth information and resources on any question I could think of regarding my pregnancy or birth. She took us step by step through what I could expect in the coming months, including helping me to lay out my ideal plan of what I wanted to see happen on the big day. I quickly went from feeling nervous and unsure, to confident and supported. One highlight I will never forget was Greer walking over 40 floors through an empty hospital on Labor Day with me, pausing every few minutes to guide me through each contraction, to help my labor to progress so I could avoid being induced. She knew how important that goal was for me and despite me waking her up in the middle of the night and us walking stairs for six hours, she never left my side. The support I had from her through that time is honestly what I believed help me reach that goal.
In conclusion, I would give the highest recommendations possible to Greer Kirshenbaum as a doula to anyone who wants to feel educated, supported and genuinely cared about through their pregnancy, labor, and postpartum.
In my birthing experience I wanted to feel powerful, free of fear, positive, and present in every moment. Because of Greer I was able to have that exact experience. Greer guided me and prepared me for this journey in the most gentle yet empowering way. Her knowledge, care, and attention were unparalleled. I had some bumps along the way in my pregnancy and Greer was there as a shoulder, and as a well of knowledge to provide options and advice. I began having contractions at 2AM and she responded immediately to my text. She was at my door five minutes after I asked her to come over (it was about 7AM and way too early, yet she never said a word) and hung out with me and my husband all day until it was time to go to hospital around 8PM. I had the unique experience of having a nurse who was new to this profession and a doctor who had to be in two places at once (he had another patient delivering at the same exact time!). Knowing that Greer was there by my side was incredibly comforting. She massaged me, walked with me, and helped me change positions. Greer encouraged me to embrace my inner strength to bring my little baby boy in to this world. She brings so much light and love to what she does that you cannot help but feel so taken care of, free of worry and able to embrace every second. I am so incredibly grateful that I was lucky enough to have Greer as my doula throughout this journey.
My experience with Greer has been beyond exceptional. She is a kind, caring and extremely knowledgable woman whose resources and ideas were integral to both of my pregnancies. Greer made me feel confident and competent and supported me throughout the process from conception to birth and beyond. Greer is always available and ready when I have a question or concern and she explains big concepts in ways that are relatable and approachable for me as a mom.
Greer walking into our apartment felt like a warm blanket on a cold day. We were so amazed at her knowledge and insight on brain development and the early stages. She gave us so much information on our baby's physical development and psychological needs and capacity. She was so understanding with our point of view and lifestyle and really meshed in with us like a sister or best buddy. She simply and wonderfully joined us as we nurtured our little unborn baby and gave us great advice and helpful resources. We were so lucky to have such a helpful fairy god mother. Big hugs to you Greer! :)
Greer was incredibly supportive through our process together. She was very empowering and informed in our sessions before the baby came and after delivery she spent several hours with our family providing insight and emotional care that we could’t have managed without. It has been almost a year since the birth of our daughter and we still often refer to conversations that we had with Greer during pregnancy and we still use the resources that she had given us. We are so thrilled that Greer was a part of our journey as a family.
Greer, has been a huge support to my family since our daughter was born in October 2015. I felt so comfortable asking questions about what I was personally going through in the days, weeks, months and year after having my daughter. Greer continued to be there for me, as not only a support but also as my guru in many ways. She helped me understand the developmental stages my daughter was going through. I have always felt comfortable asking any question as Greer is not judgmental in the least. She is very easy to talk to and a very good listener. Greer is basically my "go to book" for my daughter's first year and her knowledge has saved me from reading lots of different books when I have been too exhausted to do so. Her knowledge and reassurance helped get me through my first year with my daughter and she continues to help, as my daughter is becoming a very independent toddler. Most importantly Greer's support has always helped me understand myself, my daughter and devise a plan with whatever issue we were dealing with at the time, whether it was nighttime sleep, naps, attachment style parenting, or developmental leaps.
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