The Doula’s Garden
Stony Brook, NY Service range 20 miles
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 1 to 3
New Mom’s Support Group Facilitator Birth Justice Warrior
Stony Brook, NY Service range 20 miles
We had the great fortune of having Brianna as our postpartum Doula after the birth of our daughter. Brianna’s calm and confident presence was exactly what we needed to get us started on a good foot with our newborn. We had read so many books and taken classes but having a knowledgeable and patient guide to help us troubleshoot all of the new skills was priceless. Brianna offered a large menu of potential ways to support us in each visit. She coached us in swaddling, soothing, nourishing foods and self care for mama, as well as how to give baby’s first bath (which was surprisingly scary for me!!). Brianna also helped navigate breastfeeding issues and sleep safety. My favorite service was Brianna’s amazing massages with coconut oil, SO appreciated in this recovery time. She also taught us a lovely gentle baby massage that was very calming for our little girl and that we have kept as a ritual to this day. Where family support can be great it can also come with a lot of complicated factors, with Brianna I felt I was able to receive support tailored to my needs and preferences which helped me find and practice my own parenting style under the safety of her warm wise guidance. I highly recommend Brianna for a support at any point in your pregnancy, birth, parenting journey!
As Brianna and I do not live in the same location, I was initially disappointed that I would not be able to take full advantage of all of her childbirth and postpartum services in preparation for my first child. However, when Covid-19 hit and my local childbirth class was cancelled, I turned to Brianna to inquire whether she had virtual childbirth classes. And thankfully, she did!
Brianna went above and beyond for me in our virtual childbirth classes. We were able to easily video call and her power point slides were full of pertinant information but simple and easy to understand. For stretches or positions normally shown in a face-to-face class, Brianna was able to recreate them over the video call or in some instances took photos with her own family to demonstrate. She walked me through the different stages of labour and what to expect at all times. She really put me at ease for giving birth in general, but especially during a global pandemic.
Brianna also took me through a virtual postpartum course which was very beneficial. Oftentimes everyone focuses on childbirth but not the mammoth undertaking of bringing the baby home from the hospital. Brianna calmed all of my fears about caring for the baby and myself during those first few days and weeks at home.
Brianna is extremely knowledgable in all things childbirth and postpartum and while she asked whether I had any questions every single step of the way, she also had very clear answers for each question.
To anyone looking to take a childbirth/postpartum class or hire a postpartum doula, I would highly recommend Brianna! She is knowlegable, relatable and compassionate - three qualities which are undoubtedly needed as one begins their journey into motherhood.
Brianna was made to do this work. She takes this call to heart, and her passion permeates her every interaction with her clients. I had worked as a caregiver and teacher for several years and thought I was ready for parenthood, and quickly realized how uncertain I was and how little I knew. Brianna was completely nonjudgmental and shared her knowledge in a way that didn't make me feel inadequate.
Brianna also handled our son with great care and respect. It was easy to tell that she was not only knowledgeable in how to care for infants, but that doing so made her joyous, and that she finds purpose in caring for children and their parents. Brianna also took great precautions with us during the COVID-19 rise, moving to online services when the schools around us closed and minimizing her outings between sessions to protect our family.
My marriage was good when our baby was born, but it strengthened after a few couples sessions with Brianna. She used her training, information she gleaned from research, and personal experience to lead my husband and me through activities. My husband and I rediscovered our friendship, and growing closer together has strengthened our joint parenting skill.
The activities she brought to our sessions were fun, informative, and unique. My husband and I made our first vision board together, guided by Brianna's questions about our future, passions, creative goals, and hopes as parents. We've also been able to see how we can still enjoy our passions with our son, not in spite of having him, but because we can share our passions with him.
Brianna is fun, humorous, relatable, creative, and an indispensable resource. Her knowledge is holistic, fresh, and reliable. Brianna is the doula that every mother should have, whether she's a first time mother or has other children, and we are eager to continue our friendship with Brianna after this wonderful experience.
Brianna was such an amazing comfort for me after the birth of my 2nd baby. I was pretty nervous as to how I would handle becoming a family of 4 and having Brianna help me through the process was undeniably priceless. She is so warm and positive and continuously made sure I knew I was doing a good job. My biggest concern was how I was going to feed my family with a newborn in tow and she kept us all very well fed for weeks with so many delicious freezer meals! Brianna helped me troubleshoot countless feeding and sleep issues and having her through that really helped me to stay positive and know that I was being a good mom. As a doula myself, I know the benefits of postpartum support and Brianna exceeded all of my expectations and more. Anyone would be lucky to have Brianna by their side when bringing their little one into the world! She will be there for you through everything with her warmth and compassion and you will not regret working with her! Run, don’t walk, to have Brianna as your postpartum doula!!
Brianna supported me for two months after the birth of my second child. Working with her was the best decision I made for myself during the postpartum period! I could not have asked for a better doula. Brianna essentially took care of our entire family, helping us maneuver through the tricky and exhausting transition from one to two kids. She was proactive, organized and has in-depth knowledge about newborn and maternal care. Because of Brianna, I was able to squeeze in some much-needed rest, keep my sanity in check and spend more quality time with my baby. She was incredibly well-rounded in her care and really paid attention to how I was doing both mentally and physically- she asked insightful questions, provided many helpful tips, gave great pep talks, and did everything with such warmth and kindness. Thank you so much, Brianna! You have left a lasting impression on our family!
Brianna was a supportive, kind and informed doula who really helped me in the post birthing process. She has a great demeanor and is very personable, and is able to navigate the sensitive post-partum world with ease. She always checked in on me and asked questions, making me felt heard and supported. It was really nice to have an objective outsider around, especially since families can sometimes be overwhelming- she understood these delicate things very well and was a welcome presence in our home. I will always remember my times with her and recommend her highly!
Working with Brianna was an absolute dream. Brianna came to our home and did an infant care class with by husband and me, as well as 5 post-partum sessions. The infant care class helped us feel prepared to bring our son home by arming us with knowledge of all of the basics of caring for a newborn. Both of us had very little experience with babies being the first on each side of our families to have children. Brianna approached all of the material in a way that made it fun, easy to follow and absorb. I also really appreciated that she created an open environment in which I felt I could ask any questions I needed, even if they might have seemed a bit obvious or, dare I say, stupid. As she says, there are no stupid questions! After the class, I felt prepared with a good foundation of information, but also confident to take on the surprise challenges of a newborn.
The post-partum sessions with Brianna were also beyond helpful. I always looked forward to her arrival and she was great at surveying the apartment and jumping in to do things that needed to get done, without me even asking. She was an endless source of information and resources for everything we needed - and even things we didn't know we needed! She arrived at each session with a smile, a hug and a calming, yet enthusastic nature. I had a difficult recovery from my C-section and Brianna was sensitive of this. She was fantastic with my baby and made the first couple of weeks with our newborn that much easier. n just five short sessions, she became a friend and even part of the family.
I would highly recommend Brianna to anyone who is considering a doula or infant care education. You will be so glad you let her into your home, heart and lives!
When I met Brianna, I immediately felt comfortable around her. She helped us for 5 weeks following the birth of our first child. I had a c-section with no family around to help. Recovery was tough and I would not have been up and about so quickly without Brianna's visits. She was a very positive, caring female presence in a time when I needed it the most.
She provided advice, listened to my daily woes with a non-judgmental ear, helped with household chores and cooked nutritious food. When she left after each visit – our home was tidy, I had eaten and caught up on drinking water and most importantly I had a renewed sense of confidence that I was going to be okay and our baby was doing well. I would highly recommend Brianna to anyone looking for a post-partum doula.
Brianna Burton is definitely a one-of-a-kind doula. She goes above and beyond her job description to make sure you feel cared for, supported, and informed with many resources to help fertilize your minds in your new transition of parenthood. She is definitely one that does not look into this career for the money, but genuinely has a deep passion to cultivate new families and see mothers supported and nurtured the way babies are and can be. I would recommend Brianna as a Post partum doula to every single mother without hesitation. I believe every mother would benefit greatly in hiring a doula-- especially a doula like Brianna!
I would like to start by saying that there are not enough great things I can say about Brianna. Not only is she caring and compassionate, she is also thoughtful and intelligent. She is always prepared for the session with information and resources for extra support, if needed.
When our wedding anniversary arrived, she was able to handle my newborn and toddler confidently enough that my husband and I were able to have a wonderful date night. Brianna was prepared with arts and crafts materials for my daughter and my daughter had a great time! For this alone, we would have been forever grateful.
Brianna also encourages and helps us to use her time wisely. Sometimes, it is hard to know what you need when you’re feeling tired and frazzled all the time. Brianna will assess the situation and make suggestions as needed. She also provides references to resources that might be helpful and is always on the lookout for other helpful things in the area.
The thing I love most about Brianna is her compassion. She understands how hard it can be with a baby. I had an emotional meltdown at one of her sessions and she listened to me vent and work through what I needed to work through. She was not only sympathetic, but more importantly, not judgmental. She often lets me chatter on and on and I really appreciate her allowing me to the opportunity to have an adult conversation.
Brianna was a calm, loving presence in our chaotic life and was a grounding, pragmatic influence. We are so lucky to have had her in our lives.
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