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Allison Petrides, CLD

Gentle Beginnings Doula Services LLC

New Canaan, CT Service range 40 miles One-time travel fee required for destinations outside of the Fairfield county area.


Birth Fee

$800 to $1000

Birth Fee

$800 to $1000

Birth Doula Certifications

  • Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA) - Certified Labor Doula

Birth Doula Experience

1 years and 15 births attended

Doula Training

  • Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA), March 2019

Type of practice: Solo practice

Clients per month: 1 to 2

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers

Attends home births? Any Home Birth

College Education


Special Services Offered

  • Abortion support
  • Aromatherapy
  • Baby sign language education
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Birth counseling for survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Lactation consultant/counselor services
  • Military families support
  • Parenting consulting
  • Satellite doula (for remote and rural clients)
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Surrogates and intended parents

Fee Details

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New Canaan, CT Service range 40 miles One-time travel fee required for destinations outside of the Fairfield county area.

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Allison was very helpful along the way. She was always ready to help and supporting us at any time during the pregnancy and the birth. She sent excellent tips in order for us to be prepared. She answered all my questions and empowered my birthing expensive by sending me to different workshops including hypnobirthing which I totally recommend. I was able to manage labor pain for 24h using HB. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned as Allison got sick few days before my induction date. However, she sent us Leslie who great! Even being sick, Allison was in touch 24/7 during the whole labor and up to this day. we cannot recommend Aly and Leslie enough. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! We need more women like you.

Matt A


Allison was a wonderful help with the home birth of our third child. She was very responsive, supportive, and accommodating. My wife and I would highly recommend her to any expecting couples!



Allison is literally an angel from heaven!

She was there for me every step of the way. When my contractions began at 2am, she remained in contact with me and helped me labor at home as long as possible. When it was time to head to the hospital, she met me and my husband there and immediately got to work. She gave me gentle back massages and allowed me to hold/sway with her when I was in the middle of a contraction. She had such a soothing voice and her affirmations helped me get through so many contractions. She slowly poured water on me for hours while I labored in the tub. She even brought a peanut ball which was so helpful when I was laboring in bed. She provided incredible support to my husband and mom. I'm sure if Allison wasn't there, my mom and husband would've been so stressed out.

I labored without pain medications for so many hours and I wouldn't have lasted as long if Allison wasn't there. Even after almost 18 + hours of stalled labor, Allison NEVER left my side. I felt so empowered to be able to last so long without any medications and I'm so glad our baby girl was delivered safely in the end. Even almost a week after having my baby, she still checks on me! If you're looking for a doula, look no further. She's incredible!



I feel fortunate to have had Allison as my birth doula during my hospital birth. In the weeks leading up to my delivery, she periodically checked in on me and provided excellent advice regarding pregnancy, prenatal care, labor and birth. When the time came for me to deliver my baby boy, she immediately left an event she was attending and met me at the hospital. She supported me alongside my mom. I don’t know how I would have gotten through active labor without her encouraging words and back massages.

Overall, I had the birth experience I wanted. And Allison played an integral role in helping me to achieve it. Therefore, I highly recommend Allison’s doula services. 



In all my preparation for child birth, finding Allison may just of been the best. Throughout my pregnancy she periodically checked in on me, offering suggestions and support. I felt comfortable to contact her with any questions, concerns or just anything I wanted to share. I reached out to her the morning my contractions began and stayed in contact until I was ready for her to help me labor at home before the hospital. Her support, suggestions, and encouragement helped me get through labor without any pain meds! Not sure I would've done it without her. I'm so thankful for all her help!! She was an awesome support for my husband as well. In the beginning he hadn't been totally convinced that a doula was something we would need, after the birth he raved to our friends and family how amazing it was to have a doula, specifically Allison!!



Aly is a judgement free, genuine, caring and inspirational woman. I couldn't shock her and she was always there with an ear to listen and sound advice. She gave me strength when I thought I had none and pulled me back to sane when I thought I'd gone crazy. She was great at explaining things and letting me know how normal our amazing bodies are when they scare us. As a mother of 3 herself, she just gets it! She's educated and compassionate and I couldn't imagine anyone else I would have wanted in my corner more during the biggest events of my life!



Allison was a huge emotional support to me when my birth plan felt like it was flipped upside down. I wanted a natural birth with no interventions or medications. When my doctor told me I needed to be induced that day, I was shocked, frustrated, scared, angry, and sad. Allison was very informed about what medications would likely be offered to me. She helped me come up with questions I could ask the doctor. She also eased my anxiety and helped me get into a better headspace as we went through the induction process. In the end, I was able to have a version of the birth I wanted (one without painful procedures, pitocin, or pain meds). I am very happy with my childbirth experience and I am so grateful to her!

Birth Availability for Allison Petrides, CLD

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