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Kelsi Kennedy

Doula Kelsi

Website: https://www.doulakelsi.com

Birth Fee: $1000

Postpartum Rate: Not specified

Fee Details: My birth doula services are a total of $1,000. If this is unattainable for you, I am always willing to discuss payment options or sliding scale fees. My postpartum services are offered in packages. You may contact me to find out more.

Birth Doula Experience: 1 years and 4 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 1 years and 3 families served

Doula Training

  • DONA International, March 2017
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 2 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

College Education

  • BA/BS
  • MA/MS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Expected stillbirth
  • Home Birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Single parents
  • Surrogacy
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Satellite Doula (For remote and rural clients)
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Surrogates and intended parents

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Grant Writer for The Birthing Circle (non-profit).

Service Area Map

Area of practice: Tarrytown, NY
Travel Range: 30 Miles

Client Testimonials for Kelsi Kennedy

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Rachel

As the birth of our first child drew near, we interviewed a few postpartum doulas to help us in the days after he was born. Ultimately, we scheduled a doula for the week after our son’s expected due date. However, our son decided to shake things up a bit and he came a few weeks early. Therefore, the person we had originally hired was unavailable and Kelsi was referred to us. Needless to say, my husband and I couldn’t feel more lucky that this chain of events occurred and brought Kelsi into our lives.

Naturally, as new parents when we brought our son home, we had so many questions and things that we were unsure about. What a relief it was for us to have Kelsi who is incredibly knowledgeable, organized, and compassionate to help us navigate this new adventure as a family of three. 

I was particularly struck by how she treated our son as if he were her own, soothing him so sweetly. I also felt so comfortable to be around her and she never made me feel badly about a question I had, which she either always had the answer to or directed me to the perfect resource where I could learn more information.

Kelsi is also incredibly friendly, kind, and approachable - we absolutely loved having her around and never felt like there was an “outsider” in our space; rather, It felt like she slipped in seamlessly and effortlessly.

If you’re looking for a postpartum doula, there is no one we would recommend more strongly.

Posted 4/26/2019

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Kate L

My husband and I decided to hire a doula after attending a birthing class at my yoga studio. This wasn’t something on our radar previously - we had planned to just follow the doctor’s orders. After attending the class, we realized the benefits of working with a doula and of educating ourselves on the labor and delivery process.

We interviewed a few doulas, but Kelsi was the only one we felt really good about. She was professional and organized, and we both felt really comfortable with her right away.

Kelsi was an amazing source of support leading up to and during labor for both of us. During our prenatal visits, Kelsi helped us work through difficult decisions and after only a few hours together she was part of the “team.” She provided us with evidence-based research in response to questions we had and never passed judgment on our birth plans. She was always available and responded quickly and thoughtfully to text messages.

On the day of my labor, I texted Kelsi as soon as I started having contractions and was in touch with her throughout the day. She came over as soon as we asked her to join us and drove with us to the hospital (from Westchester to Manhattan).

Kelsi was an incredible support for both of us throughout the over 24 hours of labor — she kept us calm and helped us advocate for ourselves when issues came up at the hospital. She also stepped in for my husband when he needed a break. Once the baby arrived, Kelsi snapped the first postbirth photos (so special to have these!!) and showed me how to get the baby to latch during the first hour after birth.

My husband and I both unequivocally recommend Kelsi as a doula. She will be my first call when I get pregnant with number 2!

Posted 4/22/2019

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Allison Pool

Kelsi was our doula for the birth of our first child in September 2018. Mid-way through pregnancy, we decided we wanted to hire a doula. Kelsi was the first (and only) doula we contacted, and after interviewing her, we knew she would be an amazing asset for our birth experience. Our two prenatal meetings with her were very informative, where we got to know her, and she learned more about us and our intentions for the birth of our son. After we created our birth “plan” and sharing it with her, she then created a visual birth plan to accompany it at the hospital, which ended up being very useful, as labor did not go as we had originally hoped.

My water broke at home, but I wasn’t having any contractions. Since I was Group B Strep positive, we had to go to the hospital, where we met Kelsi. While we were waiting to see the OB, Kelsi walked the hallways with us and suggested various movements to help start labor. Having Kelsi as our doula during this waiting time proved to be highly beneficial, as she helped us advocate for our wishes for as few interventions as possible, knowing that labor would be need to be induced.

Once Pitocin had been started and contractions began and quickly intensified, our appreciation for Kelsi increased exponentially. She was absolutely indispensable during the 5 hours of contractions before our son was born. Shortly before delivery, as I was involuntarily pushing, the nurse said that I shouldn’t push, since I wasn’t fully dilated yet (was at 9 cm at the last cervical check shortly before). However, Kelsi was able to assess that I should, in fact, be pushing, as the nurse saw that he was crowning when she checked. Shortly after, I delivered our son without any significant complications.

We also hired Kelsi as a postpartum doula, and have been so appreciative of her. Overall, Kelsi was the best possible doula for us and she is highly recommended.

Posted 1/6/2019

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Courtney Grace Sellers

It doesn't make a difference if you're right down the road or 1,000 miles away-- Kelsi will give you and your pregnancy the same quality of care and attention. I just had my first born one month ago and Kelsi checked in on me throughout the entire pregnancy as a long-distance resource. Anytime I felt my body behaving strangely, I would give Kelsi a call or text-- she even offered video chats! On the night I went into labor, I knew that something was different. Kelsi was just a call away and gave me the advice I needed to allow my body to commit to the labor. With Kelsi's natural induction methods, yoga positions, successful birth stories, and words of affirmation, I truly believe that Kelsi is the reason my body responded so well to early labor. In the hospital, I really held onto her words in the hard moments. I remember repeating to myself what Kelsi had told me hours before, "You are not alone in this labor. Hundreds of women are laboring with you right at this moment." It was so comforting to have the visualization of a powerful force of women all coming together and pulling that joint energy of strength to get through the labor. The woman next door was also laboring naturally. We were able to connect and talk as I was checking out of the hospital, and I just kept thinking, "you were one of the women with me. I was not alone and neither were you." I felt this sense of connectedness to this stranger all because of the new perspective of community that Kelsi had given me. 
When I returned home from the hospital, Kelsi stayed with me-- always just a text or a call away. She has continued to be a resource throughout this chapter of postpartum motherhood, assisting me in mental health, infant care, lactation support, clogged milk-ducts, and mother to mother support. I do not know how I would have made it through this process without the support and care of Kelsi. Anyone would be lucky to be served by such a committed Doula!

Posted 12/14/2018

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Bri B

My first child was born after a long, painful, and slightly traumatic hospital induction. For my second baby, we decided to go with a homebirth to avoid unneeded interventions and to be near our first child. On the morning of October 9th, I started feeling some cramping on my back. I texted Kelsi right away. The cramps were so mild though that I was not sure whether or not it was real labor. Kelsi and I were in touch for a few hours, and she came over when.I asked her to do so. She and my husband took turns playing with my son and supporting me. I also put her in touch with my midwife. I found my midwife a stressful person to talk to, so Kelsi also acted as a liaison between us on the phone. When we got home, Kelsi guided me into a labor position that helped my baby rotate (he was sunnyside up (thus the back pains) and I knew he rotated because the labor pains had shifted to my belly. At 9pm I put my toddler to bed, walked up and down the stairs (to speed up labor) and I felt a trickle down my leg. I sat on the toilet, and my water broke into the toilet with a gush. The labor pains went from mild to intense within seconds. I started shaking with fear, and Kelsi reassured me that everything was progressing well. I climbed into the bathtub, hoping it would make the pain go away. Kelsi sensed that birth was imminent, and was again in touch with our midwife on the phone. Kelsi then insisted we go to the bed, which I did reluctantly. In the bed, I felt my body pushing out the baby. I later found out that Kelsi had discreetly checked the baby's heartbeat (feeling a vein on his head which was crowning) and she untangled his umbilical cord between contractions. At 9:58, Kelsi caught my baby as my body pushed him out! The midwife arrived a bit after 10pm after my baby was already crying on my chest. In the end, I was glad Kelsi caught my baby, instead of the midwife, since I felt much more comfortable with Kelsi! My husband and I highly recommend her!

Posted 12/13/2018

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