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Alexandra Blanchard

Moon Child Doula

Ridgewood, NY Serves families in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens

https://www.moonchilddoula.com

Birth Fee

$1500 to $1750

Postpartum Rate

$50

Birth Fee

$1500 to $1750

Postpartum Rate

$50


Birth Doula Certifications

  • Carriage House Birth Foundation - Certified Birth Doula

Birth Doula Experience

2 years and 17 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience

1 years and 1 families served


Doula Training

  • Carriage House Birth, October 2017

Type of practice: Solo practice

Clients per month: 1 to 4 births and 1 to 3 postpartum families

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers

Attends home births? Any Home Birth
I will attend a home birth as long as it is attended by a qualified medical professional (midwife or OB).


College Education

BA/BS


Special Services Offered

  • Abortion support
  • Lactation consultant/counselor services
  • Miscarriage support
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)

Languages Spoken

  • French

Fee Details

My standard birth rate is $1500. My standard postpartum hourly rate is $50/hr. I am also able to take 1 client per month on a sliding scale, in which case I will base my rate on the needs and means of the client.

Ridgewood, NY Serves families in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens

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Amanda

3/18/2020

Towards the end of my pregnancy, I was debating whether having a doula was something I wanted. I was always going to have a hospital birth, but after doing some research I knew I wanted to have as few interventions as possible. My husband and I ultimately decided having a doula would only positively impact our birth experience. Needless to say, I’m so glad we were connected with Allie. She’s professional, knowledgeable, easy to talk to, and down to earth. She gave me the support I didn’t even know I needed before, during, and after the birth of my son. After our first prenatal visit, I knew we had made a good choice - Allie  helped us develop a birth plan and gave us so many strategies and helpful tips to prepare for birth. She really put my mind at ease. She was always and continues to be just a text or phone call away. She was the first person I reached out to when I went into labor and I’ve contacted her several times postpartum with questions about the baby, breastfeeding, and my own recovery. I honestly don’t know what I would have done without her. I would recommend Allie to all of my friends and family. She’s the best!

Inga V

3/6/2020

Allie helped me out mostly over 10 visits in Dec '19 and Jan '20. From her first visit one week postpartum to her last nine weeks later, her help was indespensable. She was a calm, comforting, knowledgeable presence. She took care of me by running a few errands, accompanying me to a doctor's visit, cooking, helping me with postpartum exercises, giving me a massage, allowing me to shower and nap. She took care of the baby by wearing him, feeding him, and helping him poo with an abdominal massage. She took care of my older child by playing with him, giving him lunch, putting him down for a nap, and even picking him up from school once. He instantly took to her, and she was great about lessening his jealousy. She was reliable, positive, and just nice to be around. I would highly recommend her, 100%

Joni Meyers

2/23/2020

I cannot express enough how wonderful it waes having Allie with us leading up to our birth, during and after. She was supportive, kind and has a positive energy that makes everyone feel at ease.  Giving birth is such an intimate process and Allie was able to be with us and supportive, while not being invasive it still felt like very private and intimate experience. Allie supported both my husband and myself and intuitively knew what we needed.  She was such a great resource, and was great at post partum support as well. I cannot recommend her more highly!

Dean M

2/23/2020

Allie was absolutely wonderful. She is incredibly knoweldgeable and easygoing. We met with her before birth, but the most value was at our delivery. As first time parents, we had no idea what to expect. At delivery, while doctors and nurses come by every so often, it was so heplful having Allie with us the entire time - letting us know what was going on, advocating for our best interests, and helping with different comforting techniques for my wife. The information assymetry is astounding and overwhelming, and there is so much value in having someone knowlegdegable about the process there with you, keeping a level head, comforting and encouraging us.

I was not quite sure the value of having a Doula, but after the experience I feel it was one of the best decisions we made, and Allie was key to making it such a great experience. 

We have already told all our friends about Allie and we would use her again in a heartbeat!

 

Emi and Allen

2/18/2020

Allie has a positive, upbeat, helpful and professional attitude. She was fully engaged at pre birthing meetings and more importantly during labor and birth. She made us feel comfortable right away and was supportive throughout the birthing process. I would definitely recommend her!

Samantha F.

11/22/2019

Allie holds space for you, makes you feel at peace and allows you to navigate your preparation, birth and postpartum time in a way that feels natural and empowered. She was instrumental in helping us navigate hospital settings, make informed decisions and always recognizing the needs of both myself and partner. She frequently steps in, offers a hand or provides a much needed coping tool so seamlessly, that you may wonder how it happened. Through her encouragement and openess, I was able to trust my body and manage my pain through deep vocalization and ultimately had an unmedicated birth. I know that wouldn’t have been possible without her there. By knowing the stages of labor and what to look for, her ability to advocate for us in the hospital was essential. When things progressed quickly, she knew what questions to ask me and what to say to the hospital staff to get them to listen - resulting in more empowered care for myself and my baby.

During our postpartum visit, Allie was essential again by helping us navigate some tricky healing challenges. She provided information and guidance right within our home, while encouraging us through this delicate time. I’m so grateful we found Allie - both my husband and I truly can’t imagine our birth story without her now!

Camille Lannan

11/1/2019

Alexandra is an amazing doula! I just had my first child and she made my birth experience so much easier and more comfortable. I can't imagine what I would have done without her! She's always calm and nurturing and knew exactly what to do when we did not. The before and after visits were also so incredibly valuable. Thank you so much for your help!!!

Jayne

10/20/2019

I can wholeheartedly recommend Alexandra as a doula. To give you background on how she came to be my own doula. I didn’t choose her. The doula that I hired picked her as her backup. And it just so happened when I went into labor my original doula was at another birth. So Allie was who showed up for me.

Labor is a funny time to make someone’s acquaintance. But she is confident, grounded and smart and I naturally felt like I was in good hands immediately.

My labor was long (understatement). She ended up being with us for over 2 days straight. She was there through 40+ hours of home birth, a drive to the hospital, several more hours of labor at the hospital and through, what ultimately became, the cesarean birth of my son. It was long and difficult and Allie never flinched, yawned or hesitated to offer her support.

She came in as a total stranger and left a part of our family. We see her for a standing babysitting date every week and I’m so happy that my son has her influence and energy in his life.

I am also happy to have her in my life.  She is an amazing woman and unwavering in her commitment to provide support to other women.

Amber

10/9/2019

I absolutely loved working with Allie! She is so professional, knowledgeable, and warm. During the prenatal visits she helped me confirm what I wanted to aim for with my birth plan and was completely nonjudgmental about my choices. She was able to cite the latest research best practices for labor, delivery, and the immediate postpartum period, which really impressed me since I’m big on evidence-based practices in general. She also taught us some great comfort techniques to use during labor which helped tremendously. She was very easy to get in touch with during my pregnancy to answer any questions I had and was so encouraging and supportive when I went past my due date.

When baby finally decided to arrive, Allie was able to help me advocate for what interventions I did and didn’t want. I was in labor for about 36 hours (22 of those hours were while I was in the hospital), and she was with us for easily 28 hours. That entire time she had amazing energy! She spent hours squeezing my hips during contractions and holding up my legs while I was pushing, rubbing my back when my husband needed a break, sneaking me some food to keep my energy up, and overall just cheering me on. I felt so empowered with Allie there. She also took great photos during the process so I could witness the moment when I met my daughter. Allie continues to check in with me weeks after the delivery to see how I’m doing, which has been really amazing since this newborn period can be rough and somewhat lonely.

I could probably go on and on about Allie, but the bottom line is that you will be in amazing hands with her. She’s young, but has such a strength and calm energy about her, you can tell that this is her passion. I definitely plan on hiring her again when we decide to have a second child. 

Birth Availability for Alexandra Blanchard

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