Birth Fee: $1200 to $1800
Fee Details: I think the cornerstone for an empowered birth is information and support before, during and after birthing to encourage families that are not only physically but also emotionally and mentally thriving. As a doula I offer emotional, informational and non-clinical physical support for the laboring person (and, if they have one, their partner). I non-judgmentally support families in any setting- from elective cesarean to home birth- in having the birthing experience they feel is right for them. I believe in enabling parents to feel safe, autonomous and able to advocate for the birth they want, make educated choices about their preferences, and seek the support they need during all stages of the birth process. I am a huge proponent both of humor and of ritual during birth. I want you to deliver your baby confidently, autonomously, and with joy. I am a sliding scale doula. LGBTTQIA+ friendly. Postpartum meal prep also available ($450/wk + groceries).
Birth Doula Experience: 1 years and 15 births attended
Clients per Month: 0 to 4Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
We decided to look for a doula really late in the game. I had a chat with Alaska on Wednesday and loved her energy. Being that I was just 5 days away from my due date, I was anxious to have a prenatal visit asap. Alaska was very accommodating and she agreed to the visit the very next day in the morning. During the visit, my husband and I learned a great deal about childbirth and what to expect postpartum.
I ended up going into labor that very same day, few hours after our visit. Alaska came to the hospital promptly and spent with us more than 24 hours, supporting us through the entire labor process and beyond. Even though we literally met her just hours before labor started, having Alaska with us during the birth made all the difference in the world. Not only did she help me with her relaxation techniques, timely hydration etc., she also helped us make informed decisions and communicate the same to nurses and doctors. Thinking about it now, I don't know how would we make it without her help. Alaska is caring, passionate, fully dedicated, hard working and knowledgeable, and we wouldn't hesitate for a second to hire her again.
Irma, Voitec & baby Noemi
Alaska was an invaluable part of our birth team. She was there for us before, during and after our sons birth. I was so happy we chose to have a doula when the going got tough during labor. We had a less than cooperative OB and a surprise induction due to high blood pressure. It was wonderful to have her there to take time with to gather our thoughts and to game plan to have the best birth experience possible despite the obstacles. Alaska made herself available throughout my entire pregnancy and clearly communicated how we should proceed when it was go time. She was instrumental in facilitating an almost immediate nursing experience as we chose to delay measuring and weighing for one hour after his birth. I credit her with why my nursing experience is going so well. Not only is Alaska knowledgeable about all things childbirth and nursing, she's cool to hang with which is great since labor can take a while!!
Alaska's cooking is absolutely delicious and comforting. She came and cooked for us for a couple of weeks right after my baby was born and it made life so much easier. Prepared food was always in the fridge. I loved her food and her bright personality. Thank you so much!!!
Alaska was an amazing support system from the time we met her during my pregnancy through to postpartum. What stands out the most about Alaska is her confidence , clarity in communication and her unwavering support to stand by you regardless of what birth plan you choose— she instantly puts you at ease and makes it easy to trust her. During my pregnancy, Alaska answered every question that we had and sent us a lot of useful resources and tips that helped me prepare well for the delivery. During the delivery, she was there the moment we felt we needed her during my induction and she came well-equipped with tea lights, incenses etc that instantly created a relaxed environment in a rather tiny drab looking hospital room! Through the labor process, she helped me through each step by patiently going through the exercise routines we had planned to do, tirelessly helping me maneuver through a small room (and countless wires that I was hooked to!) and also helping me remained focus through intense contractions. She was also able to step up and take on a larger role whenever the situation demanded (eg when the baby suddenly dropped and my doctor wasn’t available, Alaska took on a more prominent role and took control of the situation. She was particularly sensitive to ensuring that both my husband and I were at ease and aware of what’s going on and was calm through the entire period). Post delivery, she was in touch regularly (beyond the one post partum meeting that we had) to check on us and to address anything we had on our minds. Also, can’t forget to mention the amazing bone broth that she makes and how generously she brought some over for me whenever we met. We really had a wonderful experience with Alaska as our doula and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to any friend or family member.
I chose Alaska as my doula because I liked her relaxed vibe, her sense of humor, and her natural-but-not-judgmental approach to the idea of birth. She is a former bartender and improviser, and I get the sense that she can talk to and connect with anyone. She was extremely helpful in the runup to the birth -- bringing bone broth to one of our prenatal meetings, introducing my husband and me to breastfeeding basics and the intricacies of baby poop colors, and offering suggested exercises to help move the baby into the proper position and facilitate a smooth birth. She also recommended an acupuncturist to help me avoid labor induction. I went to see the acupuncturist and boom -- my water broke three hours later! I then performed a number of the exercises to facilitate labor, and I credit that with jumpstarting my baby's extremely precipitous birth -- just under three hours between the time I arrived at the hospital and my baby's arrival in the world. Indeed, my labor went SO fast that Alaska was only able to make the final stages of it, but she helped us out for the rest of the day, from getting the baby into position to breastfeed to procuring food for my husband and me. Finally, she brought two delicious meals for our postnatal visit, and continued to provide great resources, including a referral to an excellent lactation consultant.
In talking to a number of doulas, I found there were mom types, spiritual-guide types, and friend types. If you're looking for a friend type whom you can be real with, I highly recommend Alaska.
I'm so thankful for having Alaska be my doucla for my birth. It was my first birth and I think that if she were not there, I would have had to have interventions to induce labor, which I was trying to avoid. My water broke and my birth was not progressing very fast at all. She helped my labor get started by putting me on the Miles Circuit, enough so that my doctor gave me more time to progress. She helped me keep as close to my birth plan as possible.
In prep for the birth, she gave us a lot of good resources. Alaska was very knowledgeable, fun, and super supportive. She made me feel comfortable laboring and I was so glad she was there to get me as well as my husband through it.
Alaska was great!
when I first met Alaska she automatically reminded me of home. She's very charismatic and in tune with the world around her. I wouldn't ask for anyone else if I was to ever have another child. I went into labor very early in the morning and she was there to give me advice and 4 hours later when my water broke she came to take me to the hospital. We ended up meeting halfway because I really wanted to get to the hospital as fast as possible and she was able to meet me halfway which I felt was very convenient cuz I didn't want to take her out of her way but she made sure that she could be there for me. Alaska was very aware of my preferences and made sure staff at the hospital listened to my birth plan. She is smart, kind, and intuitive. She helped me stay comfortable and feel safe, while giving me a tranquil birth of my baby boy. Because of Alaska I would recommend a doula to my family and friends; with Alaska it was an educational and very fun experience giving birth to my son she was always there for me every step of the way. Overall I had a great experience having a natural birth with her by my side with my boyfriend. She even gave him great advice and suggestions and I would like to say that he feels that she did a great job and at first he wasn't so sure about a doula because he thought it was the same as a midwife but Alaska answered all his questions, explain the difference of a doula and a midwife to him, and made him very comfortable with the idea of her being by my side to help him in ways that he wouldn't know how to properly go about. I wish Alaska the best and I hope the guys reading this gives her the praise and adoration she deserves.
I worked with Alaska McFadden for the first time at the beginning of her career as a doula at a long, intense home birth. Alaska was amazing. She had skills and instincts that can take a long time to develop and show up in a new doula. She was able to balance the needs and desires of the laboring woman with the families, and the health concerns of a long, exhausting labor. Alaska brought compassion and enthusiasm when appropriate, lightness and optimism when needed, and always professionalism. Her "bag of tricks" seemed endless for whatever the occasion deemed necassary. Most recently she was the doula with a family that needed to transfer to the hospital. Again, Alaska had the skills and ability to adapt to the hospital enviroment for a satisfying experience for the woman and her family. Alaska knows a lot of coping mechanisms and can help find what works best for each individual, and has an understanding of the health care side of labor, birth and post partum period. She seemingly effortlessly is able to intergrate her knowledge to normalize the experience for first timers.
My business partner and I have since recommended Alaska to a number of our clients and many hired her. We are looking forward to more birth experiences with Alaska!
Alaska’s food is balanced, healthy and delicious. Amazing home cooking. She prepared fiber rich, protein packed meals for my husband and I after our baby was born-he is vegan and I am not. She is a skillful cook with a wide variety of recipes plus she is a lovely person and we looked forward to her visits for her delicious food and her wonderful company! Can’t recommend her enough. Get the meatballs!
Although I had always envisioned a peaceful home birth with the guidance of a midwife, never had I considered hiring a doula. It was only after much prodding by my midwives (shout out to MCNYC) that I began my search for a doula at 36 weeks. I was looking for a newly trained doula on a grad school budget. After meeting Alaska at our prenatal session, I knew I’d be in good company on my birthing day. She even brought over bone broth crafted by her loving hands despite having to travel long distances to my home. She listened to my birthing expectations and went over my birth plan so she could advocate for me in case of a hospital transfer. When labor finally began, all I wanted was to labor alone. As someone who is rather private, I preferred not to be watched while I gradually lost control of my bodily functions. My entire mindset shifted as pressure waves intensified and increased in frequency. Alaska helped me through the toughest contractions as she corrected my breathing, helped me change positions, and gave me much needed counter-pressure. She provided me with the strength to continue laboring in the comfort of my home. While the relief of an epidural frequently swept across my mind, Alaska remained supportive of my innermost desire to welcome my child at home. She had brought over a Mary Poppins’ bag full of supplies ranging from honey sticks to Arnica gel which felt amazing. I even had a chance to labor in candlelight on top of a cloud of pillows though I was feeling the least bit romantic. I am forever grateful for Alaska’s presence during my labor and delivery that I now consider doulas an indispensable part of childbirth, especially for first-time parents. I needed someone tougher to fight my inner demons during labor and I couldn’t have asked for someone more patient and resourceful. I have absolutely no reservations in recommending Alaska and I know that she will go on to transform the lives of many families to come.
First of all, there is no one on planet earth who makes a better bone broth (very helpful post-partum). Second of all my birth was a truly insane one: we intended for it to be in a birthing center au naturale and instead I ended up in the ICU and during every twist and turn we had the support and unfailing energy of Alaska. She had all the potions, suggestions for positions and is definitely someone you can poo yourself in front of :) For a doula at the beginning of her career -- we were her first birth -- she was helpful, compassionate and knowledgable. Under such challenging circumstances she kept it together and we appreciate her for all her help. Since the birth she's stayed in touch and made sure we were readjusting and healing.
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