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Berenice Kernizan

Koute'm Doula Services NYC


Birth Fee: $1500

Postpartum Rate: Not specified

Fee Details: Included in services; labor support, breastfeeding assistance, postpartum visits, comfort measures during labor, and of course emotional support =)

Birth Doula Experience: 2 years and 30 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 2 years

Doula Training

  • Ancient Song Doula Services, April 2017
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 2 births and 1 to 2 postpartum families

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

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Breastfeed {Naturally} Certified Breastfeeding Advocate
  • Certified Lactation Counselor - ALPP

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
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Prematurity
  • Single parents
  • VBAC
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Abortion Support
  • Acupressure
  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Antepartum doula
  • Aromatherapy
  • Breastfeeding Consultant Services
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Monitrice services
  • Mother blessing celebrations
  • Satellite Doula (For remote and rural clients)

Languages spoken: Haitian Creole

Client Testimonials for Berenice Kernizan

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Bianca Dasne

Berenice was and is amazing, she was sent to me as a back up doula! And she did an amazing job assisting me, encouraging me to push my baby out. She provided a medatative aura in the hospital room. With the use of my favorite essential oil lavender and a diffuser as well as her relaxing words to relax, the mind which is key and to focus in on an image in the room and to continue my deep breaths, she also gave great advice. Overall Berenice is an amazing source of positive energy! My sister even said she will now need a doula when she has children because of her.

Posted 11/12/2019

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Berenice was an amazing doula. Being a first time mom, I was nervous about my labor and delivery. She was very informative and extremely supportive. I appreciated that she was always available to me. Thank you, Berenice for making my experience a positive one!

Posted 10/11/2019

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Sherqueena lee

I could not have made it through my pregnancy if it wasn’t for Berenice. She helped me with all the information I needed and was there to be my texting buddy when no one else was. She answered all my questions and found the solutions for those unknown. During labor she did hesitate to assist in every way. She massaged, carried bags, gave my counter pressure during contractions. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone. A very nice humble individual. 

Posted 9/30/2019

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Jessica Chiaramonte

Berenice was a great match from the moment I met her! She is a sweetheart, kind, very knowledgeable. She made me felt like if i was a family member. I was surprised they even had any of these services. I had a wonderful experience with her. She was a great help if i needed someone to talk to she was there. Shes a friend in need for sure. I would highly recommend Berenice to any one. Shes amazing. It was any time of day she was always there. During labor she was a great help she made my labor room with oils to relax me everything i needed to relax to have a successful delivery she was there to calm me down.

Posted 12/10/2018

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Nia Harris

From the moment I met Berenice I knew that she was the perfect person to help me during my pregnancy and childbirth. She had tons of resources and was very well-informed on what would keep me and my child in the best of health. You could tell that she was extremely passionate about being a doula. This and her amazing personality definitely made me feel extremely comfortable with her by my side. While I definitely had support from my family, I don't think I would've gotten through the experience without her. Besides being a wealth of knowledge, Berenice was a great person to talk to. This often help put my anxieties at ease and made me more excited for childbirth. My son Levi was born on August 25th, 2018 at 11:51pm. Berenice was literally with me from 8 or 9 that morning until after my son was born. She even came to visit me in the hospital the following day. It was such a blessing to have her advocate for me while I was in labor. I had always been so nervous about what the experience would be like but she supported me every step of the way. Berenice has become my extended family and it has been a pleasure getting to know her. I am looking forward to having my next child as I would definitely want her to be apart of that experience as well. Q, Levi and I thank you so much for everything Berenice!!

Posted 11/8/2018

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Kiani thomason

Berenice was a great match from the moment I met her! She is very polite, kind, caring & treated me as though I was family! She exceeded my expectations! I had a wonderful experience with her and if I were to have another pregnancy I would want Berenice as a Doula once again! 

Any questions I had was answered thourghly and in a timely manner. Which is a plus, it made for great communication. I received phenomenal advice from her that helped me throughout my pregnancy & majority of my postpartum. I would highly recommend Berenice & You guys services to anyone I know!! 


Posted 8/17/2018

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Chanel Simpson-McCarthy

Berenice helped me tremendously with the first birth of my daughter. As nervous as I was, she was very supportive & had a great communication throughout my pregnancy & labor/delivery. Very helpful with techniques to make my labor experience more easier & less stressful. Overall she made my first experience wonderful & if I have another child I would do it all over again with her as my doula.

Posted 8/16/2018

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Kamille Patrick-Bennett

Berenice is Awesome! She has been so supportive throughout my entire pregnancy and was amazing during my birth.  She was patient and very attentive to my needs and help ease a lot of my labor anxieties.  I cannot begin to thank her enough for all she did and how empowering she was through it all.  I will definitely recommend her to anyone who I know is having a baby.  If we decide to have another child she will by first choice.  

Posted 8/15/2018

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ayako higuchi

Berenice was such a big help during my pregnancy and actual birthing. I couldn't have done without her. Thanks so much Berenice!

Posted 2/11/2018

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joan hilburn

Upon meeting Berenice my first impression was that she was young, but after sitting down with her and learning about the service that she provides and the fact that she’s an advocate for you in your most vulnerable time, well I was sold.. Berenice listened to my preference and guided me to the best outcome for me and my baby. She made herself available to go with me to my doctor appointment when I needed the company or suport, she was my voice and when I didn’t have any and she ask the right questions when needed.  As a first time mother there’s was so many things that I didn’t know and was not informed of by my doctor (I didn’t know what to ask) but with Berenice asking me questions help me intern ask and get answers that suited my preparation for delivery.            

Alas even with all the plans I made for natural childbirth, Berenice made sure that I had a backup plan for Cesarean section so that I wasn’t stressed out or overwhelmed should the latter happened! My pregnancy was considered high risk so she looked into what we can do at the delivery to make it as stress free as possible! I ended up having to do a C-section and even though Berenice was not in the OR with me she was instrumental in getting the Doctors, Nurses and even the Anesthesiologist into following the plan that was best for my baby’s entrance into the world. I’ll say it again!! She was my voice, even though we had the back up plan written up and delivered to the necessary departments, Berniece made sure to verbally deliver my preference. Having Bernice as my doula was one of the best decisions I  made during my pregnancy....

Posted 10/8/2017

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Sade reid

My experience with Berenice was very good , she was very helpful and I was so comfortable around her and my family also really enjoyed her and appreciate her help as well when I have another baby I would want her to be my doula every single time she is a bundle of joy and so funny when I was having contractions at my home and she came here she was making me laugh the whole time even though I was in pain and I really enjoyed that and happy she was making me laugh while I was having strong contractions all the way to the hospital it was all laughs and she was right there when my daighter came into the world and was right by side with my family when I was having contractions she is the best doula ever !!!!! 

Posted 10/3/2017

Birth Availability for Berenice Kernizan

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