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Susanna Gatz

HeartShine Doula

East Setauket, NY Service range 45 miles Long Island, NY



Birth Fee


Postpartum Rate


Birth Fee


Postpartum Rate


Birth Doula Certifications

  • Long Island Doula Association, Inc., (LIDA) - Certified Birth Doula

Postpartum Doula Certifications

  • Long Island Doula Association, Inc., (LIDA) - Certified Postpartum Doula

Birth Doula Experience

1 years and 23 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience

1 years and 6 families served

Doula Training

  • Long Island Doula Association, Inc., (LIDA), April 2018

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

College Education


Special Services Offered

  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Mother blessing celebrations
  • Placenta encapsulation

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Homebirth Midwife Assistant LIDA Council Member

Fee Details

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

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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!

Kelly Taylor


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.

Grace Connor


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 (:

Christina Diaz Hall


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. 

Birth Availability for Susanna Gatz

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Postpartum Availability for Susanna Gatz

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