$1300 to $1700
10 years and 33 births attended
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
Hi, I'm Chana! I am a doula, certified lactation counselor, licensed clinical social worker and mother. I approach pregnancy, labor, birth and parenting from a realistic and compassionate perspective. As a doula, I offer empathetic guidance and unconditional support to pregnant people and their families as they grow. I love supporting people through exciting, difficult and emotional experiences and I am forever grateful to the folks who welcome me into their lives. I have experience working with a diverse range of people and offer an individualized, tailored approach to every family I meet. My background and training as a mental health professional informs my views regarding pregnancy and birth — I see these processes as opportunities to nurture relationships both with others and with one's self. Birth and parenthood are chances and spaces in which to grow, explore and gain a sense of self. I strive for all births to be positive and met with excitement, joy, some healthy trepidation and lots of love. I am originally from Suffolk county, Long Island, lived in Queens for many years and recently moved to Nassau County. I am an active member of the NYC/Metropolitan area birth-worker community. My three children keep me busy and coffee keeps me sane.
Please see my website to learn about packages and services available! www.doulachana.com
Merrick, NY Service range 30 miles
Chana was extremely patient and understanding, her approach to supporting expectant mothers is very real, practical and supportive. She brings to the table the ideal mix of sensitivity and practicality, providing useful, real time advice, giving you the tools to know what to expect and how to deal with what's to come. When she doesn't know an answer she reaches out to an incredible community of women and finds out. Chana is extraordinarily understanding, she dealt gracefully with my emotional outbursts, she acted as my marriage counselor, my support system, my database, my rabbi and my advocate. She even did my dishes. I'm very thankful to have had her by my side, it would have been a very different experience otherwise.
As first time parents in a pandemic, we were uncertain about whether we would want or even be able to have a doula assist with our hospital birth; now we know that Chana was very much essential to our positive birth story, and we would recommend her to anyone we meet!
My husband and I chose to work with Chana based on her background, which marries social work, experience in labor and delivery, and inclination toward all things natural. In addition to this, Chana is very passionate about her role and works with very few families at a time, so you really get special attention. Chana is knowledgeable but does not push an agenda, organised but flexible, and stays calm but makes you feel seen and heard during labor.
Chana was fully present and coached me through 21 hours of labor continuously. Chana was also very attentive to my husband to help him be an integral part of our labor team. Months later, she continues to check-in on baby and me, and we would use her a million times over.
Chana is, quite simply put, amazing. She is such a genuine and caring person and we were so happy to have her with us on this journey. This was our first child and we interviewed a handful of people, and knew from our first interview with Chana, she would be perfect for us.
She was incredibly attentive and available. Our pregnancy came in the height of COVID, and she followed all precautions and really allowed us to feel comfortable. She regularly gets tested and wears masks and completely defers to our preferences in that regard.
We had an initial virtual meeting, then an in person meeting in our backyard at a distance. We continued getting more and more comfortable leading up to the due date, and then started texting regularly.
I went into labor the evening of the December 16th snow storm in NYC (which made driving conditions horrible). I was worried about Chana getting to us and wasn't sure how everything was going to go. Chana, without skipping a beat, said 'don't worry about anything, I'll be there when you want me there.' I labored at home for a few hours with her helping via phone. Finally we asked her to come to us to go to the hospital. She was there in 30 minutes and off we went.
Not only was she completely available in challenging conditions, but it was in the middle of the night and she had no sleep. Despite all this, Chana was a champion and advocate for me and really helped me once we were in the delivery room. Her calmness and nurturing characteristics helped me through my contractions (especially once they put me on petocin). My baby came and Chana stayed with us until we were fully comfortable.
Over several weeks, Chana was super available, and continuously was offering support for both my son and me as an individual. We've continued keeping in contact via text/phone and we couldn't recommend her enough to other soon-to-be parents.
10 out of 10 stars.
Another doula recommended Chana and luckily she was able to take on my birth last minute. From the very beginning, Chana was open and communicative. My spouse and I immediately felt at ease with her. Chana was informative and resassuring over several days of prelabor, and always available by Zoom, phone, text, and in person. My active labor was fast and furious; Chana was on 100% during my labor and birth. Her calm and unwavering labor support enabled me to have a natural and relatively seamless birth. She talked me through every contraction and every aspect of labor and delivery. She also acted as an advocate for me with the nurses and doctors based on my birth preferences. Postpartum, Chana has continued to be open, available, and super supportive. My spouse and I truly don't know what we would have done without Chana!
My husband and I highly recommend Chana as a doula! She made me feel empowered throughout the pregnancy, during the birth and until now even after as I navigate the confusing, exhausting, rewarding experience as a first time mom. She was available for all our questions prior to the birth and provided us with the information we needed to make decisions and form my birth preferences. One thing that I really appreciated from her is that I felt very positive about my birth. Even though I did not get all of my preferences, at the end of it all my overall sentiment is that my birthing experience was beautiful and amazing! Chana has that power to comfort, reassure and support, always reminding me that I have a choice and I am in control. Chana is like having a sister or your favorite relative in your corner cheering you on, without the family/relative drama/complications that can sometimes come with those! Giving birth and being a new mom in the middle of a global pandemic is very challenging and I am thankful that I had and still have Chana’s support. Those first few weeks of being a new mom when I was recovering and discovering my stride were tender and sensitive, at the same time so precious. Chana’s words of encouragement and reassurance were crucial in perceiving that entire experience in the most positive way. I echo her words: I am all that my baby needs and there are no better parents for this baby other than me and my husband!
Chana was a wonderful person to work with! She was knowledgable, supportive and caring. She went above and beyond to check up on me and make sure I was feeling positive. She allowed my experience to be my own and supported me through what I wanted to do. Her guidance and support allowed me to feel comfortable. I would highly recommend working with Chana! You will be in good hands.
My pregnancy was a surprise. I did not know what to expect, nor what I wanted for my delivery.
My mother passed away a couple of years ago, so towards the end of my pregnancy I felt that I needed a maternal figure for support and guidance.
I was due in less than a month when I talked to Chana over the phone, and I had no doubt that I wanted her as my doula. She was very sweet and caring. She listened patiently to me and asked about my needs. I was so amazed by all the help I received from her before, during, and after childbirth. She was calm, reassuring, and always available for any questions, concerns, and worries I had. If it weren’t for her, I don’t think I could have said that I had a positive birthing experience.
During her first home visit she made me realize that if things don’t go as planned, having a positive birthing experience is still possible.
When we arrived at the hospital, she was not far behind. She never left my side and always asked whether I was comfortable or if I needed something. At the end, my labor and delivery did not go as planned because of some complications, but she was there to unconditionally support me. She constantly reminded me and my husband to breathe and to take a moment before making any decision. Even though it was very late at night, Chana stayed with us long after the delivery to make sure that we were OK since the baby was brought to the NICU.
I also had a bit of a hard time soon after we came home from the hospital, so she came for a home visit to comfort and reassure us that we were doing just fine as new parents. And she made us the best banana bread we’ve ever had!
She kept checking in on us every now and then and I am forever grateful for everything that she did for us. Having Chana as my doula was the best decision I ever made!
Chana is a gem and I would highly recommend her doula services! I gave birth to my second child eight weeks ago and Chana was my virtual doula (it was peak COVID and doulas were still restricted for maternity patients at the hospital).
With the birth of my first child, I labored for 40+ hours and had an unplanned c-section. It was traumatic, and my doula at the time did little to help me navigate or process the experience. I wanted much more from my doula this time around.
When I first spoke with Chana I was struck by how down-to-earth she is and how I immediately felt comfortable talking and sharing my feelings with her. She's a great listener and always sees the positive in things while staying grounded in reality. Her extensive experience as a doula is complemented by her personal experience as a mama of three. I was excited to work with her even knowing that she would be unable to attend my birth in person.
During our virtual prenatal sessions, Chana really took the time to understand what my first birth experience was like and what I was hoping for with this one. I was planning to attempt a VBAC but ended up having a scheduled c-section for a number of reasons. It was a really, really hard decision for me and Chana was an AMAZING support and resource every step of the way. She didn't try to push her own agenda on my decision; rather, she consistently reminded me of my own values and hopes as I struggled with making my birth plan. Even though we never even met in person, I felt so cared for and supported through our texts, phone calls, and video chats. She was a wonderful coach leading up to my delivery and afterwards when I needed support processing the birth and navigating some breastfeeding challenges.
Chana is an incredibly professional, knowledgeable, attentive, caring, and empathetic doula and was a calming presence during a very stressful time (i.e., birthing during a pandemic!). I would highly recommend her!
When I was interviewing potential doulas for the birth of my first baby, Chana stood out from everyone else because of her calm personality and caring approach to figuring out exactly what I needed. She is a great listener, and she answered all of the questions I had about what to expect during, before, and after labor. I love that she took the time not only to understand my preferences but also my partner's preferences. She made sure that we both had the support we needed. When I went into labor, Chana helped us labor at home for as long as possible before heading to the hospital where I planned to give birth. Labor was harder than I expected, and Chana ensured that from the minute she arrived at my home to our first moments with our baby that me and my husband were comfortable, informed, and cared for. She stayed with us to make sure we felt good, and she checked in with us during those first few days when parents feel vulnerable and provided the encouragement we needed. We truly couldn't have done it without her, and both of us are incredibly grateful to her!
I am so grateful for my experience with Chana. I was attempting a VBAC and wanted to do everything I could to achieve it. After speaking with Chana over the phone, I was convinced she was the person I wanted with me in the delivery room (in addition to my husband).
I was induced with my first, so I was on alert for what real labor would feel like, and Chana reassured me every step of the way. A week overdue, contractions started early on a Friday morning and I immediately contacted Chana, who checked in on me all day. With her coaching, I was able to labor at home for 12 hours, finally going into the hospital when contractions were two minutes apart. Chana happened to be out of town that weekend at a family event, but she was magically at my side in the hospital within two hours. Massaging my leg when I had a painful cramp, helping me breathe through intense contractions that were barely a minute apart - for hours! I was lucky to have an extremely supportive doctor who allowed me to labor all night even when it was clear that despite being 9cm dilated for a few hours, a VBAC was unlikely.
After nearly 24 hours of labor, my doctor recommended a repeat c-section. I was so set on a VBAC, and while I was so disappointed to hear that, I felt I truly did everything I could. I never thought I would say this, but this c-section was beautiful and healing. Towards the end of my pregnancy, Chana came over to do a birth game/exercise with my husband and I. It was so helpful in making me realize what was truly important to me in a birth, and I'm so happy to say that with Chana's help, I achieved most of what I wanted.
Having a positive birth experience helped me avoid the postpartum depression I experienced with my first, and I attribute so much of that to Chana. Even now, sometimes when I look at my son's beautiful, big head, I can still hear Chana telling me to imagine him coming down the birth canal, and I smile.
The minute we met Chana we felt a great connection. Her energy felt right for us, she was enthusiastic yet supportive and understanding during our prenatal sessions. Most importantly , she really listened to what I wanted, shared helpful information and I truly felt that she was 100% on our side always. My OBGYN was not entirely supportive about trying for a VBAC but Chana really educated us about the process.
After a less-than-ideal first birth experience, I was looking for a sense of control throughout the entire process. Chana allowed me to have everything I wanted and more. Chana calmly coached me through each contraction, providing all the physical, emotional and mental support I needed throughout. When I thought I couldn’t go further she gently encouraged me and talked me through. She was firm, solid and completely unflappable and even managed to keep my husband calm and busy throughout! She was my champion at the hospital; because she encouraged me to labor at home as much as possible, I was able to have a successful VBAC.
Chana was THE game changer for us in the experienc. I consider her a part of our family and a life long friend. She’s been in touch and supportive after the birth and we just adore her. We think everyone should have a doula, coach or midwife. If that happens to be Chana, then you would be as lucky as we were to have found her.
One of the best decisions I made around my pregnancy and birth with my first child was choosing Chana to be my doula. Before the birth, Chana helped me understand what my priorities were in the most non-judgmental way imaginable. She helped me feel prepared for all the things I could and could not control. I seriously cannot imagine my labor without her. I labored at home for a long time and my contractions never got as close together as I was told they would in my classes. Thankfully, Chana was there and helped me stay calm and confident that what I was experiencing was normal. Without her, I think I would have gone to the hospital earlier and either been sent home, or worse, been a candidate for unnecessary interventions to speed up labor. In the hospital, Chana always reminded me that I was allowed to think about what the doctors and nurses were asking me to do instead of answering their questions right away. I can't express how valuable and needed this reminder was. At many points in labor, I felt like I was not in control of my body but Chana helped me be in control of the situation as much as possible. She was overall a wonderful, calming, and empowering presence for both my partner and me during the entire process and I cannot recommend her more highly.
Chana is an amazing doula. Caring, compassionate and thorough. When we first met with Chana, she started by just getting to know us. Checking in about the pregnancy, how we were feeling generally and how we felt about this journey we had embarked upon. Throughout the pregnancy Chana helped us determine what our ideal delivery would look like. As patients at the Brooklyn Birthing Center our plan was to have a labor and delivery free of pharmaceutical intervention. Chana respected that and had us think through what that might look like.
What she also did that we really appreciated, was have us think through what our labor and delivery might look like if any number of things did not go according to plan. Things like: what if you have to be induced? What if you need to have a c-section. While I preferred to deny the possibility that anything might not go according to plan, these conversations were very valuable.
We did end up having to deliver at a hospital and I was induced. The service I received at the hospital was a mixed bag, some good providers and some with nasty attitudes. Chana was there as a constant support – getting me what I needed to be physically comfortable and answering my questions as my labor progressed. Chana is a person you want to have in the room with you as she is very calm and will make sure that you know what’s going on, so all you have to worry about is when to push and welcoming your baby into the world.
Chana was a wonderful doula. I worked with her for my first child a year ago. She helped me identify my birth preferences prior to the big day and then was so supportive in the room. 5 stars, would use again!
I met Chana at a hypnobirthing intro in my neighborhood. I felt so at ease with her from the get-go, that I didn't look into others. I worked with her for my 2nd birth, because I didn't love my 1st birth.
I did not educate myself enough before my first birth. I was hooked up to all the monitors and was not mobile, was in the classic laying down position while laboring, which I later learned is not conducive to birth at all. I held out about 7 or 8 hours sans epidural, but then the pain was too much and I gave in. It felt so good to be numb, but that led to ineffective pushing (couldn't feel it), then an episiotomy, then them using a vacuum to get him out. I didn't want any of that. In contrast, my second birth, I labored mostly at home standing, squatting...it felt so so different and way more conducive to birthing the baby - Chana was my angel - It was very intense, but never once did I feel like I couldn't handle it because of her support and my commitment to a natural birth. She was encouraging me and physically supporting me- she'd put a cold towel on my neck, or rub my back, etc. My water broke at home (first birth, they broke it for me- ouch), and the urge to push felt so good- I was surprised by that sensation. I was so happy to feel everything this time! Barely made it to the hospital, baby was born minutes after, couple of pushes. When I laid down on the bed to birth, it was such a different sensation than standing, it hurt. So I realize I was like that the whole time first birth, hence the pain.
Having Chana there - it brought such a personal touch to a clincal setting.
Also - the preparation Chana provided was phenomenal - Getting ready for the big day in a calm and non-giving birth-chaos-situation gave me so much clarity and took my mindset to the next level. I'll never forget this amazing birth. Thank you Chana!
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