Postpartum Rate: $40 to $50
Postpartum Doula Experience: 2 years and 20 families served
Clients per Month: 1 to 2Postpartum limits/restrictions: No indoor smoking, Love pets
I am a certified postpartum and certified newborn douIa ( newborn specialist). I am also an Infant Feeding Specialist . I became a Postpartum and Newborn Doula after years of being a Nanny. I am affiliated with organizations such as Hudson Valley Birth Network (HVBN), Northern New Jersey Birth Network, and The NY Metro Doula Network. I have special interest and passion for baby calming techniques and postpartum mood disorders. Extensive experience with breastfeeding, bottle and formula feeding.
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Valley Cottage, NY
I started working with Laura the second week after having my son. As a first time mom and having endured a traumatic birth, I felt completely overwhelmed until Laura got involved. She was a complete lifesaver! She gave me advice, taught me essential baby soothing methods, guided me through big breastfeeding hurdles, and provided emotional support. I really don’t know if I could have done it without her and will be recommending her to everyone I know!
Laura Wanamaker has been an essential element in the care plan for our newborn twins. She is knowledgable, caring and professional. Thanks to Laura, my husband and I survived the first couple of months of twin life with more sleep than we bargained for along with the peace of mind that our boys were in good hands. Laura has also shared many great tips, products and resources that we've incorporated into our daily routine. We are so grateful that we found her.
My husband and I hired Laura after she was recommended to us by one of the midwives at White Plains Hospital. Laura was a breath of fresh air - while being a new parent can feel overwhelming at first, Laura was quick to step in and let us know that we were doing great and she was encouraging from the get-go. She was extremely helpful when it came to getting our baby to latch on for breast feeding. Each day with Laura, we saw progression with our child, who is now able to BF no matter where he is with common household distractions (TV, dog barking, etc.) or not. Any questions we had, Laura was able to answer. She helped guide us in giving our child his first bath. She also encouraged us to visit the lactation class offered at the hospital as well for further expertise and guidance from the lactation consultants there. Having Laura postpartum was invaluable to my new family and especially to me as a new mom. I was anemic at first and she also helped guide me towards iron-rich foods that I should be eating and telling me to get off my feet and rest as much as I could. She made herself available to us via facetime and text as well and helped us with our feeding schedule for our newborn early on. Just knowing that we could call her up even at night was so comforting as we often had questions. She was also super helpful with providing us with common milk safety guidelines for bottled milk. Hiring Laura was a fabulous decision and we would recommend her services highly to other moms and families that are in need of postpartum services or even someone to help support you and chat with you after having your new baby. Laura was thoughtful and easy to connect with - her personality is one that easily fits right in with any family and we look forward to keeping in touch with her as our son grows. Thank you so much for everything Laura!!!
All the best,
Susie, Josh, Gavin & Hash Brown Zimber
From the minute we met Laura, we loved her. We could easily sense that she was loving and nurturing and at the same time focused and in control. Exactly what one wants from the person you are entrusting the most important people in your life with – your children. Within weeks, Laura became not just our nanny, but a part of our family. And her role in our family became even more important after we brought our newborn home from the hospital, after only four months of Laura starting with us. During this time she became another mother to our almost 2 year old, making sure we were able to meet the typical demands of a newborn, all while ensuring our older daughter did not feel any less special. Since we would be returning back to work after maternity leave ended, Laura also jumped right in to learn the day to day happenings with our baby. Like many babies, ours was not a good napper. But there was Laura, exhibiting the patience that she brings to every interaction she has with our children, and helping us get through those trying and tiring days.
One of the most important qualities we found that Laura possesses is how comfortable she makes you feel in communicating your wants and how respectful she is in following them. She recognizes that each family may want things done in their own way and has no problem acclimating to how each family operates. During the hectic time of bringing home a new baby and readjusting to work/life once returning back to work after maternity leave, we all breathed easier knowing that Laura was there for us. Our children thrived under her care and we will never forget how much she has done for our family. We all absolutely adore her.
My husband and I first met Laura six years ago, when our son was 1 years old. We were looking for someone to watch him, and occasionally his sister (then 4 years old), a couple of days a week. What we found in Laura was an experienced and confident professional, a mom herself, and we knew immediately that she was the perfect choice.
Laura is a deeply caring person and we all loved having her in our home. Laura was an active and attentive caregiver, taking our son to the park and on walks through town and to music classes. We always felt she was willing to do whatever was needed for him and us in any given situation. She would also offer her guidance from her experience as a parent whenever we’d ask, which became an invaluable perk.
Laura truly invested herself in our children and made us feel that we had a partner in raising them. It still feels that way. She still watches them on occasion and we all consider Laura a part of our family.
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