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Laura Wanamaker

Rockland Doula

Website: http://rocklanddoula.com

Phone: 845-536-2163

Postpartum Rate: $40 to $50

Fee Details: Certifed Postpartum Doula (ProDoula) Certified Newborn Care Specialist (ProDoula) Certified Infant Feeding Specialist (ProDoula) Fully vaccinated

Postpartum Doula Experience: 3 years and 30 families served

Postpartum Doula Certifications

  • ProDoula - Certified Postpartum & Infant Care Doula

Doula Training

  • ProDoula, December 2016
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 2

Postpartum limits/restrictions: Non smoker. Fully vaccinated with documentation.

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Certified Infant Feeding Specialist/ Lactation and bottle feeding support

Other Relevant Certifications

  • ProDoula Certified Infant Feeding Specialist
  • AHA Heartsaver CPR/First Aid Certified

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Addiction Recovery
  • Adoption
  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Domestic Violence
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Previous birth trauma and/or birth injury
  • Single parents
  • Special needs babies
  • Teens
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Baby-led weaning
  • Breastfeeding Consultant Services
  • Cancer patients and survivors
  • Infant massage education
  • Military families
  • Parenting consulting
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Sleep Educator

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

I am a certified postpartum and certified newborn douIa ( newborn specialist). I am also an Infant Feeding Specialist. Extensive experience with breastfeeding, bottle and formula feeding.

Languages spoken: English

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Client Testimonials for Laura Wanamaker

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Jessica Dauksza

Laura has been an amazing asset to our family. I started working with Laura when my son was one month old. As a first time mom I was feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. My son also had some feeding issues as a newborn. She showed us different types of bottles to try, as well as different options for formula that may be more appealing to our son. Laura has been amazing from day one! Offering my husband and I advice on how to help our son eat more, giving us great recommendations for baby soothing methods and tips on helping us work towards him sleeping more, as well as provided us with endless support on any question we had along the way. Laura is compassionate, professional, and very knowledgeable. She is truly an angel. I couldn’t imagine not having Laura’s help in those early, fuzzy, sleep deprived days.

Posted 10/12/2019

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Anne

Laura started working with my family two weeks after my baby was born.  Her expertise, guidance, and caring nature helped make my life as a first time mom manageable and most importantly, enjoyable.  Most of all, I have Laura to thank for helping me gain the confidence I needed to handle all of the ups and downs of having a new baby.  Knowing I was working with someone so knowledgeable helped me (and continues to help me!) be a better mom every single day.  I cannot thank Laura enough!

Posted 9/25/2019

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Linda

Laura was a wonderful postpartum doula. We had a lot of support from family for practical things, but we were looking for advice from Laura on how to take care of our newborn. She has a lot of experience, as well as the most up-to-date knowledge, and the best thing was she didn’t try to convince us one style of parenting was better then the other, but rather she helped us parent the way we wanted to, and find what works best for us, for our lives and for our baby. It was incredible to receive tailored advice. We are very grateful for Laura’s help. Our baby is thriving and Laura helped get us a lot more sleep! Finally, she is a kind and generous person, and it was a pleasure to be in her company.

Posted 9/19/2019

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Barrie

Laura was a wonderful overnight Doula. She spent 2 to 3 nights a week with us for the first few months after the birth of my son. She was truly a lifesaver! As a first time mom, I had so many questions and concerns. Laura is extremely knowledgeable and an excellent resource. She is friendly, professional and so easy to talk to. She was so wonderful with our son and made sure we were well rested so we could be at our best. I can’t recommend her enough!

Posted 5/5/2019

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Margo VanHeusden

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!

Posted 8/8/2018

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Lauren Fonda

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.

Posted 7/27/2018

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Katherine Mueller

As a first time mother who had a very difficult delivery, Laura truly was a godsend. She took a lot of time getting to know me, my baby, and even my pets, so that I was able to feel really comfortable trusting her with my baby so I could get some much needed rest. There are so many things I didn't know as a first time parent that Laura was just so helpful with, first and foremost regarding breastfeeding, as well as establishing a schedule, helpful hints for bathing the baby, and also my own health and recovery. Having her help really made what could have been an extremely difficult period an opportunity to learn about my baby and more time to bond with him. What Laura provided was invaluable.

Posted 9/10/2017

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Susan Breaznell

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

Posted 9/7/2017

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Kim Osgood

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.

Posted 7/27/2017

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Jessica Goodman

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.

Posted 6/27/2017

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