Birth Fee: $1500 to $2000
Fee Details: I am a Birth Doula and a prenatal and postnatal yoga specialist with advanced certifications through the international yoga alliance. I have varied packages and rates depending on if a client is using me just for birth doula services or would also like a pre and/or postnatal yoga package. I also offer partner/husband/couples coaching workshop for labor and the 4th trimester. I offer postpartum care for moms and for fathers (i have a special 3 hr workshop just for dads)
Birth Doula Experience: 2 years and 10 births attended
Clients per Month: 1 to 3Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I have served as a volunteer leader and peer educator with the Babywearers of Northern NJ Vice President of Safe Landing Project, helping youths adjust to life after leaving religious cults
Languages spoken: perfect English, solid Spanish, woefully rusty German
Service Area MapArea of practice: Union City, NJ
I don't even know where to begin. I met May when I began taking prenatal yoga classes when I was approximately 14 weeks pregnant. From the moment I met her I knew she was a special person. If it weren't for her, I would not have continued my prenatal practice through my entire pregnancy which resulted in a very comfortable labor thanks to May's techniques during yoga.
My husband and I initially took a birthing seminar with May which really eased both of our minds. After the seminar, we were VERY excited about the birth of our daughter but also very nervous. Enter May as our doula. May was just what we needed - I think it is important to note that May relates extremely well with men - which is a trait in a doula that is beyond helpful for the father. My husband turned out to be an exceptional coach throughout my labor and delivery and May definitely let him take the lead but having her there made it even better. After actively laboring for a little over 3 hours, my doctors told me I would need a c-section. May was a great advocate for me and my husband and made the experience leading up to the surgery much better. After surgery May was there to talk through what would help post-surgery and to help with breast feeding as well. May regularly checked in on us and a few weeks after we came home May came to the house for a post-partum visit.
May has continued to be an excellent source of knowledge for a first time mom. She is always available for advice but is also willing to talk through things to figure out what works best for us and our daughter and is not quick to say "this is what I would do" or "this is what you should do". It is very hard to put in words how incredible our experience with May as our doula was. She is kind, beyond patient, funny, knowledgable and just downright wonderful.
When I first heard of a doula I frankly thought it was someone hippies hired to have natural child birth at home or in a water birth. It wasn't until I was pregnant and did actual research on epidurals and c-sections that I realized two things, a) I really did want a natural vaginal birth and b) my OB really shows up only for the main event of actually delivering the baby after I'd reached those 10 heroic cm's. The rest of the time it would be me, my husband, a nurse and the resident OBs. Once I had that picture I realized a doula was someone I likely really needed by my side if I was going to even attempt natural childbirth. A friend connected me to May and the rest is history! May and I connected via facebook video chat and she immediately made me feel empowered and that I could do this labor thing the way I wanted to. She coached me and my husband on exercises we could do together before going to the hospital and was always available for random questions via text. She helped me develop my birth plan, purchase the tools I would need during and immediately after labor, and stay on track with prenatal yoga and exercise. During labor, May was my rock and an advocate while my husband went with the flow and supported me with May's instruction. May was exactly what we both needed to make my first labor a positive experience for both of us. I was able to have the drug free kate-middleton-esqu labor and delivery that I had dreamed of and planned for, and my husband was able to participate and help me with May as a team. After we came home from the hospital, May continued to check in and came over to make sure we were settled and answer any other questions I had about breastfeeding, pumping, baby wearing, etc. There is no question that I couldn't have had the labor I did without May. If/when we decide to have another baby, we can think of no one we want more by our side than May!
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