$1400 to $1800
1 years and 32 births attended
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 0 to 4
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I am open to all types of birth locations.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
I am open to all types of birth locations.
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
I love home births! This is an area I am very excited to work with.I will attend a home birth as long as it is attended by a qualified medical professional (midwife or OB).
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. LGBTTQIA+ friendly. Postpartum meal prep also available ($450/wk + groceries).
Brooklyn, NY Serves families in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens
Virtual Support During Hospital Ban on Support People
My partner and I knew Alaska was going to be our doula the moment we met her. Her mixture of evidence-based knowledge and just enough "woo woo" made for the perfect combo for us. Luckily we were able to have two visits with her prior to labor where she imparted so much invaluable knowledge on us that was utilized in the weeks leading up to and also during the labor/birth process.
When our birth preferences went out the window with the banning of any support person during birth due to COVID 19 - her role actually escalated in importance to us. Labor progressed pretty quickly and also included an early stop to the hospital for an IV due to dehydration. I wanted to stay home with my partner as long as possible, which led to quite an intense labor in our apartment alone. Alaska was in constant contact with my partner - all the while it felt to me that he was constantly in contact with me and 100% present (thanks to her style of support). She provided him with guidance, tips, and calming energy to help him support me up until finally going to the hospital to give birth. Even at the hospital she gave him the crucial tip to call me prior to my going upstairs so that he was on the line when I got up to labor and delivery (as I was in no place to make phone calls). Alaska also provided wonderful post-partum follow-up, with great advice that helped us with so many aspects of breastfeeding and generally caring for a newborn.
We are forever grateful for Alaska's presence in the bizarre and very wonderful birth of our son.
I was in labor with my son (my first) for over 70 hours. Alaska's coaching, support and voice kept me going through each contraction and push until he was delivered. My husband and I are so thankful to have Alaska guide us and help us navigate the hospital system, as we were originally a home-birth. We are so thankful to have found Alaska and to have her be part of such an intimate experience in our lives. We can't recommend Alaska enough.
From the first phone call with Alaska I felt an immediate sense of relief, that she was a person whose knowledge and compassion would help carry me through my pregnancy and childbirth. Besides the lengthy and packed-full prenatal visits, she was incredibly present to address our questions throughout, particularly as I was navigating the process of changing care providers and shifting birthing paradigms from a planned hospital birth to a planned home birth. She was so supportive in aiding me through that decision, and her confidence in me fueled my own confidence. During the actual birthing night, her fuel was quite simple and enourmously effective: sitting solidly at my feet with her hands placed on my knees for hours, softly guiding my breath and holding the silence, anticipating exactly when I needed a sip of a drink or a warm towel for my shoulders. A few days after the birth, Alaska stayed on a video call with my partner and I for hours in the middle of the night offering breastfeeding support and calming us as we tried to calm our beloved crying baby. She's a wonderfuly intuitive and dedicated person, powerful, funny, present. I feel very lucky to have had her a part of my birthing experience.
Prior to, during, and after the birth of our daughter Alaska was cool, calm, and collected. She was an advocate for my wife and I.
During the delivery itself she was able to help my wife and I maintain control of the delivery when appropriate in lieu of the delivery being unnecessarily fast tracked by well intentioned, but sometimes overly pushy medical staff. This was greatly appreciated.
Alaska was exactly the support we needed for the birth of our first child. She was informative, professional, funny, patient and impartial. From our first chat to the post partum visit, she was always available for our questions no matter how silly or minute. It was great having her with us during this experience and we wouldn't hestitate to hire her again for our next birth.
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Alaska was a tremendous support during my late pregnancy, labor and delivery.
From the moment we first spoke with her, we knew that she was the right doula for us -- she had a warm, upbeat, approachable and knowledgeable attitude. We appreciated that she had an inclusive and multi-modal approach.
During our pre-natal visits, Alaska shared a lot of information and resources to help us prepare for the big day. I really liked her emphasis on the words that we use to describe the labor and delivery experience -- during my own labor, my relationship to the intensity changed when I stopped moaning and saying "yes" instead. Alaska brought so many supports during my long labor -- acupressure, aromatherapy, heat, cool, peanut ball, snacks. Her good humor and energy was a huge support to my husband too.
More importantly, she also made sure I always fully understood what was happening and the implications. Because of that, even when things didn't go according to plan, I was able to make informed and empowered choices. As a result, I feel extremely positive about my birth experience and I credit Alaska for making that possible. Even now, weeks after delivery, Alaska has been a trusted go-to resource for my questions and concerns. I couldn't recommend her more highly!
Alaska is a wonderful doula. We highly recommend her.
Our son was born at home. Throughout my labor Alaska made sure I was nourished. She helped me progress through labor by encouraging me to change positions when one became stagnant. When the intensity was too much she was compassionate and understanding and made it ok to just be, for a while.
There were complications after our son was born and we had to be hospitalized. Alaska tenaciously made sure the hospital brought supplies to help me collect colostrum so our baby wouldn’t miss a beat with breastfeeding. We largely credit Alaska for our breastfeeding success.
During the postpartum care she helped us process the events of our son’s birth, fed us, validated our childbirth decisions and made us laugh.
When referring to our son’s homebirth my husband says, “Alaska wasn’t just helpful, she was essential.” And I couldn’t agree more. We hope she can support you through your own childbirth experience.
My husband and I were still looking for a doula late into our pregnancy journey. We wanted someone strong, capable and respectful to our preferences. One chat with Alaska and we felt a great vibe from her - she was more than what we were looking for, she was exactly what we needed, but hadn't realized it yet.
This was my first time giving birth, and I could not imagine going through all of the unknown options without the expertise and experience Alaska has provided for us. Her unwavering support was invaluable throughout the whole process - from our prenatal visits (I went into labor early, the same evening of our 2nd meeting), through navigating the hospital environment so that we were able to advocate for ourselves in triage protocols, on the preferred wireless monitoring equipment, to the choices in labor induction, for an epidural-free and natural birthing experience. With Alaska, we were confident to make informed decisions with the nurses, PAs and doctor during the entire delivery. All of this while she kept an environment of low-lighting, free movement, lavender aroma therapy, hydration for me, as well as food breaks and naps for my husband. All of this led to a desirable recovery for me in the days postpartum, with Alaska visiting one more time to help me, yet again with my baby's b/f latch and drop off her delicious, nutritious congee and bone broth soup.
If labor were an orchestra, Alaska was the emotional conductor and we were all just following her tempo and calm voice.
We highly recommend her to anyone who would listen to our birth story. Alaska is passionate at what she does, fully capable with a wealth of knowledge and resources, and a great attitude throughout it all. We wish her so much success, because she truly was our champion when we needed her the most.
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!
Alaska was fantastic!
I didn’t know just how much I was going to need her.
Really calming & really knowledgeable, she made the world of difference!
I would happily recommend her to anyone.
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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