$1000 to $1500
9 years and 23 births attended
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 1
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 have crept back out to Nassau County. I am an active member of the NYC/Metropolitan area doula 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
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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