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Kim O'Rourke



Phone: (201) 406-1400

Birth Fee: $1100 to $2500

Postpartum Rate: $65 to $100

Fee Details: Birth Doula packages for hospitals in Hoboken / Jersey City at $1,500. Manhattan, Queens & Brooklyn start at $2,000.

Birth Doula Experience: 9 years and 275 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 6 years and 33 families served

Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International, May 2010
Type of Practice: Partnership with 2 or more doulas

Clients per Month: 2 to 5 births and 1 postpartum families

Postpartum limits/restrictions: No overnight care, no smokers
Attends hospital births? Some Hospitals
Yes, I have a great relationship with the staffs of several hospitals in Northern NJ and NYC. I am a consultant as well for hospitals building birth doula and holistic birth programs.
Attends birth center births? Some Birth Centers
Attends home births? Some Home Births

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Lamaze International

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Certified Breastfeeding Counselor
  • Certified Lactation Counselor (The Center for Breastfeeding)
  • Breastfeeding Educated

Other Relevant Certifications

  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Certified (American Academy of Pediatrics)
  • CD(DONA)

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Domestic Violence
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Single parents
  • Special needs babies
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth

Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure
  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Breastfeeding Consultant Services
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Military families
  • Parenting consulting

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Holistic moms network, shelter our sisters(bergen county) member of the american pregnancy association, CPR and Infant CPR Certified

Languages spoken: English

Service Area Map

Area of practice: Ridgewood, NJ
Travel Range: 20 Miles
Travel comments/restrictions: Many births in Manhattan, I no longer travel in to Queens or Brooklyn

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Client Testimonials for Kim O'Rourke

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Tipsuda Kongtong

Choosing Kim as our doula was the best decision my husband and I made throughout my entire pregnancy. Although this was our second pregnancy, I still wanted someone to support me in preparing for labor and I also wanted someone who could support my husband. Kim is extremely professional but personnable, non judgemental and kind. She is adaptable in that, if you prefer things a certain way, she's able to accomodate you. I told her upfront that I needed a hands-on doula and that was what she did for us. She was timely in all her responses to my phone calls and text messages.  When I went into labor, she was at the hospital immediately and was prepared with her doula bag. She made sure that my husband and I didn't have to worry about the little logistical aspects of being in a drabby hospital room (because of her extensive experience she knew exactly where to go, who to contact, etc.) She really was my rock throughout the entire process and we feel extremely blessed to have met her and  to have had her support. I also want to add that not only was Kim extremely knowledgable about the birthing process but she provided us with lactation support as well. We had an excellent experience with Kim and highly recommend her!

Posted 11/5/2017

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Lyndsay W

The second that Kim answered her phone, I knew immediately that I was making the right decision. My first birth with my first daughter didn't go so great and my husband and I decided that we wanted someone to be there for support and to advocate for us. I also knew that I wanted an unmedicated birth and that I needed someone there who knew what they were doing.  I  talked to Kim for about a half an hour that first call. We decided to meet with Kim at a Starbucks a few days later. We walked in and she gave me the biggest hug and the warmest welcome. I felt so comfortable with her. We discussed her philosophies and her experience as a doula. She explained her services and answered the many questions that my husband and I both had. After that meeting we signed the contract. For the next couple of months she would just check in over text to make sure everything was ok. But it was towards the end of of my pregnancy that her services became immeasurable. My second daughter came three days later than my due date and I called Kim every day crying and she was always there to make me feel better. She talked me through everything and she was someone I really relyed on to help me get through, what seemed like, the longest pregnancy ever. The night I went into labor, my water broke and I called her immedietly. It was 2:30 in the morning and she answered her phone immedietly. She told me she would meet me at the hospital. My labor was so fast but she made it just in time. She held my hand and helped me breathe. It was just a comfort to know that she was there by my side. And my husband happily stood back while I gave birth to our second daughter. After she was born, Kim stayed with us for another 3 hours to help us get comfortable at the hospital. After we got home, Kim did one house visit and still checks in from time to time. She is incredible and I wouldn't have been able to do it without her! I highly recommend Kim O'Rourke she is really amazing. 

Posted 9/25/2017

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Carrie Miles

Kim was amazing.  She gave the support that both my husband and I needed.  I couldn't imagine doing it without her!

Posted 9/3/2017

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Michele Carlor

Kim is absolutely fantastic---loveeee her!!!!

She is knowledgeable, helpful, and always available to answer any questions. My labor experience with Kim was great. She was supportive of me and helped me to relax throughout the entire labor and delivery process. Prior to labor and delivery, Kim met with myself and my husband to lay out our birth plan and see what our wishes were. While in labor she made sure that our plan was adhered to (no drugs until I ask). 

During at home visits, she is very helpful with teaching proper breastfeeding techniques and providing the support a new mom needs. 


 I could not have done a natural childbirth without Kim and I would have Kim be our Doula again in a heartbeat.

Posted 6/9/2015

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Amy Berenbak

Kim O'Rourke is an amazing woman and doula.  My husband and I hired Kim and throughout my pregnancy she was there every step of the way.  We did a birthing class with Kim which was informative and truly helpful. During labor and delivery, Kim helped me feel relaxed, encouraged and so supportive.  I trusted her to throughout the whole experience. Kim made me feel safe which was an amazing feeling. We had such a great team. Kim caught our baby girl!!!  It was beautiful!!  After we had her, Kim supported me around breastfeeding. I couldn't of done it without her...I am forever grateful for Kim.  

Amy Pohndorf

Hoboken, NJ

Posted 11/2/2014

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Monica Rosenbaum Bergman

I can't begin to express the gratitude I have for Kim. She was so supportive and friendly fron our first meeting and thru our entire labor and delivery process. Kim was by the phone at all hours waiting for my call and responding to any question as my due date came near. My water broke two weeks prior to my due date and I had no contractions or labor for over 14 hours. Kim stayed in touch with me and offered support and guidance as they wanted to start induction. She offered natural alternatives to try and stimulat labor as she knew I wanted to try to go medication and intervention free. When nothing was working she supported my choice to start pitocin and walked me thru what will happen and what to expect. Her knowledge and bedside manner is incomparable. She was ready to come be with me at any time. I finally said it was time and she was there in a flash. As my labor got more and more intense and I was unable to not push at only 6cm I opted for an epi so I wouldn't hurt myself or my baby. She helped me to calm myself and sit for the injection and then worked me through the entire delivery and into our first latch for breastfeeding. I would not have made it without her. My husband as supportive as he was being didn't know how to help me and I was so glad that he was able to enjoy the labor and delivery process for himself and not have too much of me yelling at him. 

Again the BEST money I ever spent and BEST choice I could have made. Kim is amazing!

Posted 11/1/2014

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Dorota Cwynar

Our experience with Kim was extremely positive.  She met with us for a meet and greet, then a consultation at home, was at the hospital for the labor and then also visited me at home few days after the birth.  She was very professional, responsive, knowledgable and personable.  She helped me go through the contractions.  When the labor wasn't progressing, she helped me move things forward.  While pushing, I was holding her with my right hand and the bed rail with the other.  I think that my hudband felt little jealous, but I knew that Kim will help me deliver the baby.  I gave birth naturally to a healthy baby boy whom I started nursing right away.  Upon return home, Kim visited me and helped me with breastfeeding and baby care questions. I recovered well from the labor and my son is still drinking breastmilk.  If we become pregnant, we will ask Kim to be our doula again.

Posted 9/22/2014

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Robin N Brenner

I can't say enough good things about Kim. My husband and I chose Kim as our doula based on the high number of births she had attended (the number has since grown quite a bit), the fact that she gave birth naturally four times (three times at the hospital where I gave birth, and once at home), and the fact that she is very familiar with our hospital and the nurses/doctors there. 

Kim is not only an experienced and knowledgeable doula and lactation consultant, but she is also a very kind, loving, and supportive person. I unfortunately had to have a c-section (we knew ahead of time), and it took a long time for me to get over it emotionally. Kim was there every step of the way, from the moment we found out that this would be the case, through the surgery (literally at my side and holding my hand), and during my recovery. 

I then relied quite heavily on Kim for breastfeeding advice and for support during a brief but intense period of post-partum depression. Kim reassured me that we all struggle adjusting to motherhood, but it gets easier with time. (True!) I was consistently impressed with Kim's responsiveness, availability, and willingness to go the extra mile to research issues and answer my questions. Kim checked up on me more often than my doctor did!

What I also appreciate about Kim is that she is not "preachy." She will explain things to you from a medical perspective, then give you her own opinion based on her experiences with her children, and then support whatever decision you make. She does not judge or criticize.

Even though I'm now much more "settled" and confident as a mother, which means that I don't contact Kim as much as I used to, I still consider her a friend and valuable resource. In fact, my sister-in-law just had a baby, and whenever I give her advice, much of it is attributable to Kim! Simply put, you will not regret choosing Kim as your doula, and I would recommend her to anyone.

Posted 8/28/2014

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Sunny Vandenbossche

When I got pregnant, I knew nothing about doulas. Thinking about childbirth, the only thing my husband and I thought we wanted was me to be drug free. We envisioned a calm, natural, peaceful birth and all of that was made possible for us through Kim. When we met, we thought she was a good fit but after Liam’s birth, we know she was the best fit.

Because of my personality, I knew I was going to need someone with the perfect balance of strength and tenderness to get me through the process. Not only is she a wealth of knowledge and experience but she was so patient with all of our questions and millions of texts. 

Through Kim, I felt empowered during my pregnancy (like changing from an OB to a Midwife at 36 weeks) and during Liam’s birth to make decisions that we didn’t know we could otherwise. I feel so blessed to have had her love and support. She is passionate about being a doula and it truly is her calling. It gives you a sense of peace to know that when you are faced with so many variables that you will always have someone in your corner.


Posted 8/26/2014

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Erin Moreng

We are so glad we had Kim with us during my labor and birth. She gave a lot of support and advice leading up to the labor, and was always on call for any questions I had before D day. 

Kim has a gentle yet supportive approach and knows all the tricks to help with the labor. My husband loved that he could rest or step out to get something to eat knowing I was in good hands. Kim stayed positive and encouraged me when I was ready to give up. 

Kim worked really well with my doctor and all of the nurses during my 24 hours in the hospital before my baby was born. It was comforting to be able to talk through any decisions or interventions with Kim rather than making a quick decision without weighing my options. 

After my baby was born Kim continued to check in with me and answer all of my silly questions.  Labor is tough, and having a support system makes it a little better. I highly recommend working with Kim to give you extra confidence and support during your labor. 

Posted 8/25/2014

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