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Afshan Abbasi CD(DONA)

Birch & Ivy Doula Care

Website: https://www.njdoulacare.com/

Phone: 9174178204

Birth Fee: $1050 to $1450

Fee Details: Packages are based on services requested and distance travelled. Additional fees apply to births in NYC. Sliding scale is offered upon need.

Birth Doula Experience: 3 years and 80 births attended

Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula

Doula Training

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

Clients per Month: 0 to 4

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Assisted home births

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • GentleBirth - Certified Childbirth Educator
  • Completed Childbirth Education class through DONA instructor

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Breastfed 4 Children, and completed Breastfeeding Education class through DONA

Other Relevant Certifications

  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • Rebozo Training

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • Over 40
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Special needs babies
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • VBAC
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure
  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Aromatherapy
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Belly binding
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Henna belly designs
  • Infant massage education
  • Mother blessing celebrations
  • Parenting consulting
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • TENS units rental

Languages spoken: English, Urdu, Hindi

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Client Testimonials for Afshan Abbasi CD(DONA)

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Jessica

My husband and I highly recommend working with Afshan. We did not use a doula with our first child, and initially wanted to work with a doula so I had support during labor if my husband was taking care of our daughter and unable to be there with me. From our initial meeting, Afshan had a very calming presence and was accommodating to make sure both myself and husband were comfortable working with her. I was aiming for an unmedicated delivery and I couldn’t have done it without her. She was very comfortable with the doctors in my practice and the hospital and suggested ways for me to advocate for myself and the delivery I was looking for. She was great support in helping my labor move along when it was progressing slowly, and helped with a hands on approach (and showed my husband what to do) when labor got more intense. Ultimately I had the unmedicated delivery I wanted thanks to her support. We were concerned about adding another person into our dynamic for labor and delivery, but Afshan was a great compliment to our team and her support never felt intrusive. We could not have done it without her!

Posted 11/19/2019

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Hannah

Afshan was our doula for the birth of our daughter in September and I feel incredibly lucky to have had her at our birth. She certainly went above and beyond just labor support (which is the package we chose) and she checked in on me and provided referalls before and after my birth. She was also an extremely comforting presence, reminding me of my childbirth goals when I was having trouble being flexible with my plans, and also in a moment of terrible anxiety telling me that I was going to get through it. I highly recommend her as a doula! 

Posted 11/11/2019

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Dipika Deshraju

I engaged Afshan for her Doula services in July for my second baby. I was late to the game and contacted her around 35 weeks of pregnancy.  She was prompt to respond, even though she was on vacation. She did a phone call, video call and was very responsive at all times without rushing me into a decision. Once we decided to go ahead, she came to my home for an hour to discuss my birth plans. She was nice enough to make me an awesome birth plan ( something that people would actually want to look at). Myy obgyn wanted to induce me at 39w 4 days because I was dialated 4 cm and walking around normally. After I spoke to Afshan, I decided that I would be ok waiting and decided not to get induced. She understood my desired birth experience and gave me the pro and con of any decision I was contemplating on. She helped me out with the questions I could ask my doctor before making my decision. I'm glad I opted out of getting induced. It helped me go into labor naturally and I had a very quick, unmedicated labor. I gave birth per my dream scenario and could not have done it without Afshan's wise insights and pain management techniques. She radiates a calm and comforting aura. She worked well with my husband and helped him help me. She kept explaining things to me while I was in labor, which helped me feel in control. Her hand fan was a lifesaver while I was in labor. My husband originally thought that we didn't need a doula and now he says it was the best decision we made.

I  strongly recommend Afshan. She helped make one  of the most emotional days of my life a very positive and happy experience. Thank you!!:-)

Posted 10/14/2019

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Remi Lam-Sajed

I loved working with Afshan and highly recommend her doula services! 

My husband and I chose Afshan after talking with a couple of other doulas in our area. We clicked with her personality - we were able to joke around with her even during the interview and her knowledge was obvious. She's assisted in a staggering number of births so we felt supported throughout. 

During the pregnancy I was so happy to be able to text any question to her at any time. Is this normal? Is that normal? She's so responsive! I always got a text back within minutes. It was reassuring to have her in my corner and I never felt like I was bothering anyone the way I would with a doctor's office question.

I appreciated the documents and training Afshan provided during our childbirth class visits. I think the GentleBirth meditations and her coaching really helped me acheive the unmediated birth I wanted. During delivery, she was our expert and kept both me and my husband on track. I'm not sure how he would have done without her! She also made the delivery room comfortable and inviting - dim lights, electric candles, music, oil scents. As first time parents we would have been lost without her. Many thanks to Afshan!

 

Posted 10/14/2019

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Graziella

I knew Afshan was the doula for me pretty quickly. She not only has a warm and loving disposition but a wide scope of knowledge in all things pregnancy, labor and baby.  She has also had 2 vbac’s herself- something I was seeking for my second pregnancy. I had a pretty traumatic first pregnancy and I wanted something polar opposite of that for my second... and it sure was! Afshan’s pain management and labor techniques really helped me have the 100% natural and non medicated labor I was seeking. She also saved me 2 hours of unnecessary extra labor and called the doctor in to deliver when she realized I was ready to push. I highly recommend Afshan and will seek her expertise again once I’m ready for vbac baby #3!

Posted 10/13/2019

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Arooj A.

Hiring Afshan to be our doula was one of the best decisions we made. She was absolutely amazing with her calm demeanor and helpful insights. We were able to have two birth classes with her in addition to a postpartum visit. She was able to alleviate and provide an experienced viewpoint regarding a lot of our worries. With regards to the questions she was available via text or phone whenever we needed her. She kept in contact with us from the moment we were admitted into the hospital for induction. We loved having her as our doula.

Posted 9/25/2019

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Amani

From the moment I met afshan I knew I wanted her to be part of my birth experience. She’s super sweet and calm which was exactly what I was looking for and needed. She had my back and was there for me every step of the way. She helped me have the right mindset weeks before I gave birth so I was mentally prepared. She brought positive vibes with her and was super supportive and understanding. My labor was so quick and easy going, I honestly feel her presence was a big part of that. I can’t say enough good things about Afshan. I loved her as a doula and truly love her as a friend. 

Posted 8/26/2019

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Kathleen S

Working with Afshan was great. We felt really comfortable with her, especially after visiting for prenatal visits. We did not have a doula for our first child and that labor took 2 days! For our second child, we are really glad we had Afshan and the labor was just 4 hours. We really appreciate Afshans help and experience. She was really great at communicating throughout the process, even when I went into labor in the middle of the night. We would whole heartedly recommend her.

Posted 7/1/2019

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Marilys

Words cannot describe how much I appreciate Afshan. I recall coming across her profile and wanting to work with her for two major reasons - she had 2 VBACs and she was a woman of color. As a Latina looking for my first VBAC, I found that having providers of various diverse backgrounds was extremely helpful in assuring a well-rounded experience. I booked her immediately after a long phone call where she instantly made me feel at ease. Before this, with my first birth, I thought it would be so intrusive to have a “stranger” at my birth and did not get a doula. That is far from reality, a doula is there to support you and your partner and it took the pressure off of my husband. I watched a natural birth video and it was so hard to hear the woman cry out in pain and I couldn't imagine how hard that was for my husband to watch and not be able to do anything; during my first birth. With Afshan’s help, not only did my husband and I both learn, through her Gentle Birth course, how to approach my pain but also holistic ways to alleviate my pain. She empowered him and educated him in a way that made me feel so much support in the final weeks of pregnancy and during labor. During my labor, she was instrumental in helping me labor at home as long as possible, and at the hospital, she was always making sure I kept my peace through the chaos. Ultimately, I got my VBAC, and feel confident that she played a major role in helping me get there. Thank you Afshan!

Posted 6/28/2019

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GABRIELA CALDERON

Afshan was worth every penny! From the moment we first spoke on the phone, I felt like I was talking to an old friend. Afshan was able to provide great advice and resources throughout my pregnancy. On the day of my labor, she was there to help talk me off the ledge (haha) when my labor took a different turn. She was calm, reassuring and well informed. I look forward to working with her again! 

Posted 6/27/2019

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Tayeba Shaikh Alhoch

My experience with Afshan could not have been better. She was extremely professional, warm and supportive. Throughout my pregnancy she stayed connected with me, her appointment's prior to labor were informative and helpful. I felt I could reach out at any moment throughout the pregnancy and pick her brain, or simply relay my concerns and questions. My labor was particularly challenging and long and Afshan came and stayed with me from Friday afternoon to Saturday morning when my daughter was born.  We couldn't have asked for a better support than Afshan throughout this journey and would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a doula. 

Posted 6/25/2019

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Jennifer

My husband and I are so grateful for Afshan. She was a tremendous support and source of knowledge for us - starting with the preparatory conversations and meetings all the way up to delivery. Those initial meetings really helped us feel empowered and prepared for what was to come ahead. The day of delivery she helped us remain calmed and focused. My husband has said that to date Afshan has been the best “investment” we have made. I feel so blessed to have had her along with us in this journey. 

Posted 5/20/2019

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Stephanie Laudone Jones

From our first phone conversation, I knew Afshan would be our doula. Her warm and calm demeanor made me feel supported and understood. Afshan came to our home for an in-depth prenatal visit, where she answered any questions or concerns I had, discussed my preferences and plans for birth and went over tools and techniques for labor and pain management. This really helped my husband and I feel comfortable and ready to labor at home, on our own, for as long as we could.

Once I entered the last weeks of pregnancy, Afshan checked in often. As my due date came and passed, she offered reassurance and addressed my concerns about possible induction. When I did go into labor, 6 days past my due date, Afshan was immediately available via text, offering words of encouragement and support. She checked in throughout the day until we agreed to meet at the hospital later that evening. Afshan got to the hospital before we did and jumped in to support as soon as I got out of the car. Her knowledge and experience with the hospital was really helpful and she handled the check in process with me as my husband parked the car and I worked through contractions. She remained a steady and calming presence throughout my entire labor, supporting me and guiding my husband so that he could be as involved and supportive as he wanted to be. When I had a hard time managing the pain of back labor, Afshan was right there, doing counter pressure and massage through each contraction and offering position changes and techniques to try and turn the baby. When I eventually requested an epidural, which was not in my birth plan, Afshan's supportive presence me feel comfortable and secure in my decision. I was especially appreciative of her encouragement when it came time to pushing and know her support helped us achieve my goal of a successful VBAC! 

Afshan is a warm, intuitive and resourceful doula and I can't recommend her enough.

Posted 4/22/2019

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Aliyah Hakim-EL

When I initially called Afshan to inquire about her services I was relieved to find that she was very patient and helpful. When we met in person, she was pleasant and had a very warm personality. She answered all my questions and sent me informative reading materials and videos to prepare me for the journey of motherhood. At our prenatal visit, Afshan covered all the necessary topics such as birthing positions, breastfeeding, labor exercises and we put together a detailed birth plan which reflected my ideal delivery. Afshan really helped me get over many of my fears and convinced me that I could have an all natural birth as I had hoped for. I went into labor a week before my due date. On saturday morning around 8 am I called Afshan and in no time she was at my door ready to help me through the very painful contractions. She guided me through helpful pain relieving exercises with the use of a birthing ball, massaged my lower back and helped me time the frequency of the contractions. She also guided me through heavy breathing exercises and used essential oils, which also helped with my breathing. All of these exercises made the contractions easier to bear. Around noon the contractions were closer together and we headed to the hospital. Only 3 cms dilated at that time, i was discharged and told to come back a few hours later. Afshan gave me reassurance that I would dilate quickly and that my baby would be coming soon. By around 6 pm I headed back to the hospital and was dilated enough to stay in the hospital. Along with my husband, Afshan was my voice through the labor, letting doctors know what I wanted. She never left my side through it all. On sunday morning at 1:52 am my son was born. With the help of Afshan I delivered a healthy baby, all natural with no epidural. I felt like a superwoman! I cannot thank Afshan enough for her patience and I am so happy that I had her support on one of the most important days of my life.

Posted 11/27/2018

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Erica Nagel

Having Afshan as our doula was an absolutely incredible experience. We had been on the fence for a while about whether a doula was essential to our birth experience, but as soon as we met Afshan we knew it was the right choice to work with her. Her calm, kind, warm demeanor made us feel comfortable right away, and her level of expertise, training, and experience meant we were n excellent hands. In the last months of my pregnancy, Afshan checked in and offered advice for whatever I needed - including great suggestions to help with specfic aches and pains. No question was too small or too obscure - she always had helpful thoughts to offer and made me feel heard and understood.  My husband and I also did a day-long Gentle Birth training with her and it made a huge difference in feeling prepared and confident for birth. I would highly recommend the package that includes that day of training - it is so muhc more comprehensive and valuable than other childbirth classes! Some people worry that a doula will replace the role of your partner as a support person, but Afshan's guidance really helped my husband be an amazing part of the process. Both during the gentle birth training and at the birth itself, she not only supported me, but also supported him by giving him a variety of tools and techniques to help me through labor. She gave him the confidence that he was fully prepared and able to help me. On the day of the birth, Afshan was, as always, calm and positive with a perfect mix of helping me move through the experience in my own way and offering excellent guidance and suggestions from her deep well of expertise. I felt protected and supported with her there, and ended up having a totally empowering and loving birth experience. Afshan is a wonderful doula and a truly lovely person with a passion for this work. You will be so lucky to work with her as you prepare for your birth!

Posted 11/1/2018

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Essma Ezzeddine

Afshan was absolutely wonderful and accommodating from the very beginning . She listened to our wants and answered any questions we had . She consistently followed up prior to the birth to see how I was doing and if we needed anything . When it came time for the labor she guided me on what questions to ask in order to ensure  that I was able to follow my birth plan . Additionally, she came to the hospita the night I was induced in order to show support , answer our questions, and come up with a plan .  Once I went into labor she helped guide me in order to ease the pain and was very kind and patient the entire time . I wouldn't have been able to follow my birth plan without her. I am very very grateful that I had her there and am happy she was part of our special day .After the birth of our daughter she followed up to see if we needed any assistance with baby wearing , breastfeeding etc.. I'm very glad we hired Afshan and  I will be hiring her for my future pregnancies. She is incredibly kind , patient , dedicated, and supportive ! I highly recommend her and will recommended her to friends of mine! 

Posted 10/26/2018

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Misheal A

When I first found out I was pregnant I was on the fence about whether or not I should have a doula to support me during pregnancy and childbirth- looking back now having Afshan as my doula was undoubtedly the best decision ever. I had nine+  months of continuous support and positive feedback for every thing I was nervous about as a first time mom (and that's a lot!). The night my water broke I called Afshan before I even called my doctor. She hleped me stay calm and told me what to do and came to my house in the middle of the night to help me labor at home. Just her presence is so calming, she is extremely well versed and knowledgeable about what she does and she managed to make my labor and delivery a very positive experience for me and my husband. Her experience with gentlebirth and emphasis on mindfulness during pregnancy, labor and beyond taught me lessons that I hope to carry with me well into motherhood. I truly don't know what I would have done without Afshan and the number one thing I tell every expecting mother is to get a supportive doula! 

Posted 10/21/2018

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K Trenosky

It was such a pleasure to have Afahan as part of my support system towards the end of my pregnancy. She was always available and responsive to answer any questions I had. 

During labor she was a great help helping me with pain relief and coaching my husband to help me too. She made the room extra special with candles and music. 

I highly recommend Afshan. I couldn’t have had a better doula!!

Posted 8/22/2018

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Elaine Diasparra-Bucci

My husband and I met with Afshan several weeks before our delivery.  From the moment she said hello, we knew we were in the Best hands.  My pregnancy had some complications (two vessel cord and the baby had a heart defect), so needless to say, we were extremely nervous about how the delivery would go.  Afshan took all of our worries into consideration as well as all of our goals to make this the best birth experience.  Afshan was always available by phone and willing to give me any advice and pointers on how to be more comfortable towards the end of my pregnancy.  She continued to follow up with my doctor appointments to see my progression. 

The day that my contractions started, Afshan had already been a part of two births.  She still came to my bedside with all of the aromatherapy we had spoken about and immediately jumped in to help me through my labor.  She helped keep my husband calm as well as guide me through my fears.  My goal was to have a non medicated birth and because of her I was able to do that.  When I didn’t think I could anymore, she helped me find strength.  We cannot put into words the gratitude and love that we feel for Afshan.  I will never forget her loving support. 

Elaine and John

Posted 4/6/2018

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Shazia Aslam

I was so glad that I had Afshan by my side. Even though I had a c section, she was extremely helpful... And kept me calm throughout the surgery. 

Posted 2/27/2018

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Kristen Faigle

I highly recommend Afshan Abbasi for anyone interested in hiring a Doula. Afshan starts being on call for you at 36 weeks and she always quickly responded to emails, phone calls, and text messages. She is extremely knowledgeable in the labor and delivery process and she was always able to answer any questions that I had.

During my labor process, Afshan set up the delivery room with candles and a diffuser which helped to make the room a calming environment. Her knowledge on positions to enhance labor and pain management techniques including massage and acupressure greatly helped me throughout my labor process. She was always by my side and together with my husband, Afshan was the perfect team to help me through my labor and to enhance my birthing experience.

Posted 1/2/2018

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Ameena Hasan


Words cannot express our gratitude for your unwavering support during our fourth birthing experience. When my water broke at 37 weeks, I immediately contacted Afshan to let her know of the situation. She kept me calm and asked me questions to get a feel for what was going on. She advised I rest and checked on me frequently to see if things progressed. My husband and I reached the hospital at midnight. Moments later Afshan walked in the room with a big smile - from that moment I knew my worries were lifted. She created a relaxed ambiance with LED candles, an essential oil diffuser, and peaceful background music. She was there by my side the entire time, making sure I was comfortable and reminding me to stay hydrated to up my energy levels. She helped me relax during the contractions and advised me to change positions. Without medication, Afshan's soothing words and massages helped me mangage the pain tremendously. We will forever treasure this special birthing experience thanks to Afshan - for all her support, love and commitment! A doula is ... "one who mothers the mother," and that is exactly what Afshan did. She was truly a blessing for my family and I.

With lots of love and sincere thanks, Ameena

Posted 12/8/2017

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Catherine Ramos

Having Afshan as my doula during my labor was one of the best decisions I made. From the moment she arrives the room feels calmer. She set out some battery candles and aromatherapy which made the room feel more home-like and peaceful. Because I was induced I was experiencing very strong and frequent contractions but Afshan had so much knowledge about accupressure and talking me through them and helping me use visualization to cope with the pain. Although I eventually requested an epidural, Afshan stayed with me through getting the epidural and then massaged me through an episode of the shakes. She also recommened I use a peanut ball for the remainder of my labor and this knowledge proved to help me dilate quickly where I was pushing earlier than we thought! Having Afshan with you will only enhance your birthing experience!

Posted 10/25/2017

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Simone Lewis

Afshan came recommended to me by my midwife when i was 36 weeks pregnant. My husband and I was not sure about using a doula since we were afraid it would take away from the bonding moment we want to share as we labor and deliver our baby girl. Afshan was absolutely understanding and supportive.  We decided to use her and it was one of the best decisions we made. She came to the hospital as soon as I needed her and brought a bag of items to support our natural birthing experience. Her gentle voice and words of encouragement really helped me get through the labor. My husband was happy to have her when he needed to rest and was amazed at her dedication to us. We are truly grateful to have found her and would use her again, if I am brave enough to go for a 4th baby :-)

 

 

Posted 5/19/2017

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Haya Tirmizi

Afshan is truly an amazing doula! My husband and I cannot recommend anyone better! She has a wealth of knowledge and was very supportive and nurturing during labor and postpartum. I cannot stress how much we appreciated having her as we prepared to welcome our first child! 

Posted 5/16/2017

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