Doula x Design
New York, NY Serves families in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens
Availability Remarks: I am currently providing virtual doula support, exclusively, for all of my clients, working together to understand and customize how I can best support you under the current circumstances.
2 years and 24 births attended
2 years and 2 families served
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 2 to 4 births and 2 to 4 postpartum families
Postpartum limits/restrictions: No smokers please.
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Spinning Babies Workshop completed Sept 2019 Professional Member at Evidence Based Birth® LIDA (Long Island Doula Association) Member, Doula Volunteer at NYU Winthrop Hospital Kids of Kathmandu Board Member (health and education initiatives for the local women and children) Former Spaceworks Board Vice Chair (subsidized creative visual and performing NYC arts workspaces)
Congratulations on your pregnancy! I strongly believe that every woman who would like a doula should have one and I am happy to work with families to meet their budget, therefore my fees vary depending on the type of service and level of need. My birth doula service package includes two prenatal visits, continuous support during labor, birth and immediately following birth, one postpartum visit, as well as continued phone, email and text support throughout your pregnancy. In addition, I will commit to being on-call for you beginning at 38 weeks and I always work with a backup doula. My postpartum doula service package is hourly. All of my services can be customized based on your needs. I have attended 11 births, not including the births of my own two children. Please visit my website www.doulaxdesign.com to learn more. Thank you for your interest! -Kim
New York, NY Serves families in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens
The impact of having a doula leading up to and through labor cannot be understated. Kim helped us navigate the tough choices surrounding birth options (i.e. pain reduction, induction, etc.) by educating us in the ways that we learn best. She responded to our different styles of learning by tailoring her birth instructions to include unforgettable demonstrations (the uterus balloon and ping-pong ball will blow your mind!). For me, having this education coupled with the knowledge that Kim would be with us throughout the birth process made it so I did not feel anxious at all leading up to the birth. When things took several left turns in the hospital, Kim helped us to take a moment to review our options at each juncture and make informed decisions. She had an intuitive sense of when to step in to help with comforting measures during labor, and when to stand back. Kim also stuck it out for an extremely long labor and emergency c-section and made sure my husband was situated before taking her leave. Kim is very empathetic and grounding; she somehow makes you feel instantly comfortable talking to her about anything. She exceeded our expectations as to what a doula would be at every point in the process and we cannot recommend her services enough.
I decided early on in my pregnancy that I wanted a doula to help us navigate the unfamiliar terrain of L&D. When I met Kim, I was certain that she was the one. She listened with warmth and without judgement.During our pre-natal visits, Kim was well-prepared with a clear agenda, but also attentive to listen to any concerns we had. I had decided I wanted as “natural” of a birth as possible. Kim was with me 100%; without dictating any of my plans, she helped articulate our birth plan. She also coached me through communicating these plans with my OB.When baby decided to come quite late, and the doctor decided on induction, Kim presented all of the non-medical induction methods possible. She even attended a webinar on natural induction to learn more. As it turned out, labor started on its own and I wasn't medically induced!On delivery day, Kim set up the L&D room with candles and lavender oil. She coached us through the stages of labor in the hospital. She made sure the nitrous oxide was set up, and that the birth plan was visible and followed as much as possible. When the contractions got stronger, she reminded me to focus and repeat the mantra “I am Strong” throughout the pain. I was too busy to notice at the time, but Kim was also snapping pictures throughout; it’s wonderful to relive the experience in the photos.After delivery, Kim stayed with me in the hospital through some post-birth complications until things had settled. She checked in with me by text the next day, and frequently during the following weeks to make sure I had everything I needed to heal postpartum and learn how to breastfeed. Shortly after I pushed baby out, I turned to Kim and said, “I can’t believe everything happened the way I wanted!” If it weren’t for Kim, it wouldn’t have been that way. I’m grateful to her for her support and partnership during the wild ride of birth.
I was drawn to work with Kim as our doula because of her particular combination of warmth and attentiveness, competence and knowledge, teaching and listening. She was wonderful during our prenatal visits, providing lots of thoughtful and organized information and really hearing what we wanted and what was important to us. I felt reassured that she would support us however we needed as labor unfolded, and that her presence would be calming and helpful and not distracting. While my labor ended up being so short that I didn't need Kim's support for very long, she was just what I hoped for during the couple of hours we had leading up to my delivery, and then immediately following the birth. She was quietly there to bring me the comfort items I needed, remind me to breathe, to use hands-on pressure as I wanted it, and encourage me gently throughout. My husband also appreciated Kim's ability to be helpful in a non-intrusive way. It's amazing that we could feel so comfortable with her in such an intense time - she felt like a close friend even though we'd really only known her briefly. We love having the photos that Kim took during my labor and delivery. And I found it so affirming to hear her reflections on the experience and to debrief together after the birth. I would 100% recommend Kim to anyone looking for a doula - I don't plan to have another child, or I'd look forward to going through the birth experience with her by my side again!
My first birth experience left a lot to be desired and I wanted to make everything possible to have a better one the second time around. I chose a midwife practice as a starting point and then found out about the path that Kim was starting on. It was serendipitous for sure. I felt so lucky to have Kim on my team. From the first visit on, she was supportive, caring and thorough in educating me in the different options and scenarios. When the time came, her calm and reassuring demeanor helped me stay focused and gave me confidence to stick to the plan of having a natural birth as much as possible. Kim also has a lighthearted and funny personality and being able to smile through the pain at times was quite the experience. I very much appreciated the postpartum visits too, where she came bearing goodies for body and soul. She's a great listener, a good advice giver, a friend and a cheerleader, whatever one might need. I will eternally be grateful to her for being there for us and for being such a great friend!
Kim was an irreplaceable part of our birthing experience. Going in as a high risk patient I knew I would need a calming supportive voice on my side. Before even going into labor, my husband and I were comforted by her prenatal meetings and teachings.
Once in labor, Kim supported my decision to ask the doctor to wait on certain interventions. When the doctor pushed without evidence to stand on, by having Kim in my corner and create space I was able to make the decision my husband and I were comfortable with.
After having a bad reaction to certain medications, I was shaking uncontrollably and couldn't even keep water down... this went on throughout the entire night. Kim was by my side the entire time, calming me, using massage and essential oils. She also continued to make sure I was eating ice chips and even had the swift hand with the puke bucket! (Sorry Kim!). She helped me adjust my peanut ball throughout the night to encourage labor and was just a constant comfort. My husband was able to get a little rest knowing Kim had it under control.
When it was time to push, Kim was by my side feeding me ice chips between pushes, encouraging me, and and taking pictures along the way.
Once our little guy was born, Kim ensured my wishes were met with skin to skin and latching ect.
I tell anyone and everyone that a Doula (more specifically Kim!) was one of the best decisions I made around my birth experience and I would hire her again in a heart beat!
Working with Kim was an amazing experience and provided an incredible benefit to the birth of our daughter. Kim's knowledge and calming, centered energy helped guide us to the birth experience we were hoping to have. We delivered in an academic hospital, yet wanted to do a natural delivery and avoid medical interventions as much as possible. We relied heavily on Kim to help us understand the stages of labor, and to work with the hospital staff to let the labor progress naturally.
Kim's guidance extended beyond just giving us information and keeping us calm and comfortable, as she was incredibly engaged physically during labor. She and Noah worked tirelessly for the better part of a day to help me find positions that made the intensity of the contractions bearable and advanced the baby through the stages of labor, all the while adding massage and applying pressure to make me more comfortable. Kim really understood the balance of energy and effectiveness of touch, and we do not know how we would have made it through labor without her calm presence and endurance.
Above all, it was so obvious to us from the first time we met Kim that she is genuine, caring, and loving, and that proved more than true during our birth experience. She became an incredible member of our family - if only for a brief period - and we will always have so much gratitude for the time we spent with her. Kim is amazing!
I had an extremely disappointing first labor and delivery experience ten years ago that ended with an “emergency” C-section, separation from my newborn son and no skin-to-skin contact, despite the fact that both my baby and I were healthy. While I was grateful to have a healthy baby, the lack of support and respect that I experienced undermined my confidence in myself .
I knew that I wanted my second birth to be different, but realized that I needed support. I worked closely with Kim to gain knowledge and understand what my options were so that my husband and I could advocate for our birth. I chose a “baby-friendly” who supported my desire to attempt a VBAC .I worked with Kim in the last few weeks of my pregnancy to learn more about VBACs, gentle cesareans, informed decision making (very important!), labor comfort measures and the strong mind-body connection. We talked about ways to keep my birth space as private, safe and as stress free, as possible. In addition, Kim recommended books and videos for our family so that my 10 year old son could understand the process of labor and birth, as it was our plan for him to be with us during my labor .A few days before my due date in late May, I vaginally delivered my beautiful, healthy baby girl and was able to have immediate skin-to-skin! Within an hour of the birth, my baby instinctively did the newborn crawl to the breast to begin breastfeeding. This entire labor and birth experience was completely different from my first birth - it was positive and empowering and most importantly, it was healing. I am grateful to Kim for her support, for her encouragement and for helping to assuage my fears and understand that my body is designed to give birth. Her guidance helped me to have the healing birth that I never knew was possible.
Hiring Kim was the BEST and most IMPORTANT investment we made as part of our pregnancy experience. We initially had the “we can do it on our own” feeling, but we’re so happy that we chose to hire Kim as our doula.
Kim was always highly prepared, bringing along props and resources for every question we had. She tailored to our learning styles and attentively followed our cues for things we might need or want. She also attended our hospital tour and asked questions we didn’t know we had. She went above and beyond – even before the baby!
When it came to the actual L&D experience though, there are no words to describe her role. She took our birth preferences to heart and lived them in every moment. She transformed the delivery room into a spa-like environment, ensured I continued moving and stayed hydrated, massaged and coached me through every contraction, partnered with my fiancé in the most supportive way, and held space for the conversations and decisions that needed to be made along the way. She encouraged me when it all felt impossible, held my legs when I needed all my strength to push, and stayed on after an impossibly long day in the hospital to ensure we were all ok and that our baby girl had someone to hold her in the moments in between. And she captured our experience in a series of beautiful and raw photos, which absolutely means the world to us!
Our experience was not easy, yet it was as close as possible to what we envisioned, and that’s a direct result from having Kim with us. Three days of labor, a tough delivery of a 10lb baby with no epidural, and a slow postpartum recovery – yet, it was a wonderful and empowering experience. Kim supported us both in ways we didn’t know we needed, or could ever articulate we needed. She is so deeply intuitive and knew exactly how to care and support us through our entire experience.
-Nadine & Scott
Kim brings warmth, enthusiasm and positive energy to the labor & delivery experience! She was engaging the moment we met her and actively listened to our story and our birth plan during the pre-natal meetings which prepared her for L&D and a post-partum visit. She is passionate about the doula practice and incorporates different techniques (i.e. breathing, massaging, use of props) that made my husband & I comfortable and at ease each step of the way. We hope to work with Kim again (baby #2!) and would highly recommend her to be part of your birth story!
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