2 years and 31 births attended
2 years and 6 families served
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 0 to 3 births and 0 to 2 postpartum families
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Homebirth Midwife Assistant LIDA Council Member
I am a LIDA trained & certified Birth and Postpartum Doula. I also facilitate New Mother Blessings, provide placenta services, and am a reiki practitioner! Please contact me with any questions! Thanks! xo
East Setauket, NY Service range 45 miles Long Island, NY
As a First Time Mom-to be, I knew I wanted to work with a doula, but I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. Getting on the phone with Susanna for the first time felt like speaking to an old friend. She is bright, real, and loves talking birth.
At our initial meet and greet, she took the time to carefully listen to me and my partner’s thoughts, ideas, fears, and visions of the birth we were to have - then explained what her role would be in the process. She told us her goal was to keep us as connected as possible throughout the birthing process, while being there to support. Throughout the months following, she was there for us via phone call and text, no matter what the issue.
THE BIG DAY: Seeing her in my home instantly brought a wave of relief. When the contractions grew in intensity, Susanna reminded me to take long deep breaths, she rubbed my back, and applied counter pressure against the surges. She reminded me to rest when I could, but then knew when it was time to move, to do lunges or squats in order to help move the baby down and progress labor further. She works so fluidly and smoothly with the midwives, knowing what to do with the information they gave her (dilation, effacement, baby placement, etc).
One of the best things that Susanna brings to the table is reminding you, as a woman, as a woman in labor, that you have power, and you have choices, and that you can use all of those things how you want to. That your birth experience should be completely up to you - You Run The Show. Even when my water broke and things started to get more intense, she asked if I wanted her there. She would have came earlier if I had asked, and later if I had said no.
My birth story is something I am proud of, something that brings me such joy, and something that truly has empowered me. I know Susanna was a tremendous part of making that happen.
I would highly recommend Susanna as a doula and was so happy to have her help during my the birth of my first child. She is knowledgeable and answered every question that both my husband and I had during the end of my pregnancy, which helped me to feel more confident and prepared. As it got closer to my due date she checked in with me and was a great resource when I was unsure of what to expect. She has a calming presence which is exactly what I was looking for in my doula search. At the hospital she was constantly reassuring and put me at ease while guiding my husband on ways to be helpful. Susanna helped to make my experience as beautiful as can be and her help empowered me to feel strong enough to bring my daughter into world.
I am so glad I found Susanna. She has been an amazing doula! Susanna was there for me every step of the way. I was able to call and text her constantly with every thought, question and anxiety, of which there were many. Having a baby at the height of a global pandemic has not been without challenges, but Susanna was always ready with a calming word, mediation, and suggestions to feel better. She provided amazing support while I labored at home, (for an extended period of time,) and although she was unable to accompany us to the hospital due to the heightened restrictions, she was still there for us over the phone, and did everything she could to support me and my husband through the birth. I have also had amazing success with her placenta encapsulation, and highly recommend all of her services. Susanna has been a blessing to my pregnancy, birth, and life.
My husband and I worked with Susanna for the birth of our first child. After meeting with Susanna we immediately knew that she was a perfect match for us. Her calm disposition helped us feel at ease with the road ahead. Susanna met with us during my pregnancy and with her expertise, she helped us write a birth plan. Unfortunately, my planned homebirth (after 24 hours of labor) turned into a c-section. As you can imagine, this was an incredibly emotional experience but Susanna was with us every step of the way! When I felt like giving up, she encouraged me and gave me such confidence! Susanna was by our side in the hospital and advocated my birth preferences to the hospital staff. She even brought lighting and an EO diffuser to help calm the mood. I honestly can't imagine my birth story without her! Susanna has such a genuine soul and for these reasons, I highly recommend hiring Susanna as our Doula!!
Susanna was instrumental in helping us achieve the intervention-free birth we wanted for our second child. As soon as we met her my husband and I both felt as though we'd known her forever. She is warm and kind and endlessly supportive, taught us wonderfully useful pain management techniques to help us survive two weeks of prodromal labor, and said all the right things during moments of doubt and discomfort. She really helped me believe in myself and my ability to birth this baby without interventions, and gave my husband the tools he needed to be the best birthing partner. All the work she did with us during the weeks and months preceding my labor gave me the confidence to trust and listen to my body when it was finally time, and we are just so grateful to have had her on our team. We can't recommend Susanna enough to other families in search of the best doula with the most calming and caring presence, and we can't wait to have another baby with her by our side!
It is always refreshing to meet someone who is passionate about their career & Susanna is one of those people. We decided to go down the doula path for many reasons but one of them being that my husband would be traveling for work & there was a chance of him missing the birth. After we met with Susanna, we knew she was the best fit for us. Her laid back, calm & open minded demeanor was exactly what we were looking for. She went above & beyond what was expected of her. Through all our pregnancy hiccups she was right there to offer knowledge & understanding. My husband and I could've done this without her but the true testament to her abilities is that we wouldn't have wanted to do it without her. And lastly, would we recommend her & would we use her again? A MILLION TIMES OVER! We were in such great & capable hands. She was worth every penny! And the icing on the cake is, I feel like I've made a new friend after all of this too! Grateful to have found her!
I am so grateful Susanna was a part of my pregnancy and labor. Susanna provided labor preparation, tips and tricks for coping with pregnancy woes, emotional support, and hands on labor support, as well as placenta services.
I got a deep sense of Susanna’s love for her work and her clients from the moment we met. Susanna lovingly helped me and my partner through a long pregnancy and held our hands as we navigated several alterations to the birth plan and a long labor.
I was most impressed with how well Susanna got to know us and our preferences and how she used her knowledge and experience to help us feel supported, empowered, and prepared.
I can be difficult to work with (control freak), but from day one Susanna was positive, encouraging, and all in. I genuinely enjoyed getting to know her and am so grateful for all she did to help bring our baby into the world.
I HIGHLY recommend Susanna as a doula. She is kind, warm, loving and passionate about her work. I had a beautiful home birth and Susanna was one of the reasons it went so smoothly. I labored for 16 hours and Susanna was by my side with a comforting voice when needed. She knew different mechanisms to manage any pain that I felt and made sure that both my husband and I were eating and drinking and that we were both comfortable. Being the procrastinator that I am, I didn't get in contact with Susanna until the day before I delivered my baby. I was referred to her by a friend and we got on the phone briefly to get acquainted and speak numbers. I told her that I would reach out to her the next day after speaking to my husband. That same night I went into labor and Susanna happened to be a doula that my midwives prefer to work with and refer their patients too. Susanna was actually out of state when I was in labor and came back to long island just to help me deliver my baby. I met Susanna for the first time as I was having a contraction on the toilet lol she sat right next to me on the bathtub and put a comforting hand on my leg, asked me how I was feeling and reassured me that I was going to be okay. Besides being an amazing doula, Susanna also does different services involving the placenta. The day after my son was born, Susanna came back to my house with placenta prints, salve, capsules, tincture and a beautiful dream catcher. We chatted and got to know eachother even better as she held my son. Susanna was not only an amazing doula for my birth but also became a friend of mine and I look forward to working with her for my future births (:
From the moment I spoke with Susanna, I knew she would be the right fit for us. She has a very calming energy and you can feel how much she loves this work, even before meeting her in person. Before the birth, Susanna really took the time to get to know me and my husband (and even my 2-year-old son) so that she could provide the best support possible. During the birth, she helped create a relaxing environment and I am convinced her support helped me avoid having another c-section. I labored long during my VBAC and having Susanna there was the best decisions we made.
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