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Kim Kushner

Red Tent Doula

Website: www.redtentdoula.com

Phone: (646) 221-7278

Birth Fee: $1950 to $2300

Postpartum Rate: $40 to $50

Fee Details: My doula services are unique in that I will personalize any aspect of mother-baby prenatal or postpartum care that you and your family need. We will begin our journey as a team as soon as you agree we're a "match" and meet 3-5 prenatal visits as your schedule allows and depending on how much time we have before your EDD to form a genuine, intimate, safe connection and to make the most of my pregnancy and birthing resources. Together we will fill in any gaps in your childbirth education, organize for baby, along with a too often overlooked postpartum plan. My heart felt goal is to provide you with the right balance of strength and compassion along with the reassurance that you have my commitment to serve and honor your birthing and mothering journey.

Birth Doula Experience: 6 years and 80 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 6 years and 65 families served

Doula Training

Not Specified

Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 2 births and 1 to 4 postpartum families

Postpartum limits/restrictions: No indoor smokers.
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I am especially sensitive to the anxiety & fear most mothers (and partners) have in a sterile hospital environment and offer additional prenatal support beyond the typical "2 prenatal visits, 1 postpartum" doula package commonly offered which I feel can be limiting in it's preparation for an empowering and more joyful pregnancy/labor/birth experience. I have a special gift for creating a comfortable, welcoming and safe environment to support either a natural or augmented birth, be it planned or unplanned you will be well educated of your choices and alternative options along the way. My specialty is laboring at home comfortably for "as long as possible". Should you wish for medical pain relief, I will help you navigate when the best time to have it administered to avoid possible additional medical management of your labor and delivery. I offer partner support, patient advocacy, including a variety of relaxation and comfort techniques, laboring and delivery position assistance along with acupressure, massage and aromatherapy. After your delivery I will insure you have my skilled support for immediate breastfeeding along with an organized postpartum plan with the best local, professional resources for your postpartum recovery and journey as new parents.
Attends birth center births? Some Birth Centers
Depending on location (Manhattan or Brooklyn) & pregnancy.
Attends home births? Some Home Births
My speciality and early studies with the Bradley Method taught me the art of partner supported childbirth. I value creating a sacred and nurturing space for a couple to relax and have the best birth possible ~ I will support your unique labor journey with holistic pain management: movement, massage, aromatherapy, creative visualization and breath work. If you plan on including other family, friends or children it would be a pleasure to guide them in supporting you as well. I will attend any home birth with a Midwife in attendance.

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Bradley Trained & Mentored, Sacred Pregnancy Instructor

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Certified Lactation Counselor (The Center for Breastfeeding)

Other Relevant Certifications

  • American Heart Association BLS (Basic Life Support) Certification
  • Kripalu Yoga Instructor, Green Medicine (homeopathic/medicinal herbal studies), Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Massage, Meditation & Creative Visualization training

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Addiction Recovery
  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Domestic Violence
  • Expected stillbirth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Relinquishing mothers
  • Single parents
  • Special needs babies
  • Surrogacy
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • VBAC

Special Services Offered

  • Abortion Support
  • Acupressure
  • Antepartum doula
  • Aromatherapy
  • Baby sign language education
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Belly casting
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Birth counseling for survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Military famiies
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Mother blessing celebrations
  • Parenting consulting
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Reflexology
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Stillbirthday Bereavement Doula
  • Therapist or counselor

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

The Metropolitan Doula Group New York Coalition for Doula Access PMAD (Perinatal Mood Anxiety Disorder) Support, Prevention & Advocacy Woman's Circle Facilitator

Languages spoken: English, some Spanish comfortable with any culture or non-English speaking family.

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Area of practice: New York, NY
Serving the above highlighted boroughs

Client Testimonials for Kim Kushner

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Juliet Izon

Our experience with Kim was exceptional. From the moment we hired her, she was available nearly 24/7 to answer any of our questions and to offer much needed advice about pregnancy, labor and baby care. She also made sure to check up on me every few days towards the end of my pregnancy, which was wonderful.

The sessions we had with her before I delivered were extremely helpful in guiding us to make our birth plan and feel more at ease with the whole process. She truly cares about each of her clients and is adept at tailoring her knowledge to each client's specific needs.

During my labor, she was a steadying presence for both me and my husband, as well as being my personal cheerleader. She made sure I was hydrated and even provided chapstick and hair help when I needed it! The whole labor and delivery process was definitely less scary because she was there. It felt good to have someone rooting for you in your corner when doctors and nurses come and go.

We highly recommend Kim to anyone looking for a doula who will support you through your birth and beyond.

Posted 2/27/2016

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Jess Costanzo

My experience with Kim was fantastic.  My friend Kelly had recommended her and as soon as we met I knew she had to be my doula.  Kim has the biggest heart ever and her hugs have a way of feeling like home.  She is intuitive, gentle, and a great listener.  We used her as our Bradley method coach in lieu of taking a class elsewhere.  Each session that we had with her in my last trimester left my husband and I feeling more and more comfortable wth the birth process.  She takes the time to really get to know you and your partner and manages to soothe any concerns/fears that you may have.  

Kim is also wonderful because she is so easy to get a hold of, either through email/text/phone, she was always available to listen. This was extra valuable when I went into labor, we stayed in pretty regular contact with Kim throughout the day and when my labor became active she would listen to my contractions and guide me through what was happening.  She also kept us at home long enough so that by the time we made it to the hospital I was already 7cm and ready to go.  Kim was a wonderful presence to have during labor, she was attentive but not overbearing and she was there with words of encouragement or just silent support- she knew what to do and when to do it.  i had a great birth experience and I know that Kim had a lot to do with that.  I highly recommend Kim as a doula, she will make you feel like a beautiful fertillity goddess before, during, and after your birth.  

Posted 5/21/2015

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Victoria Germano

I conducted a fairly extensive search for the right doula for my second child and knew almost immediately that Kim was the right choice. We had a connection right off the bat and I knew that I would feel comfortable having her present for one of the most important days of our lives! Plus, my 18 month old son took to her right away, and I think kids are great judges of character! Kim visited with us two times prior to my daughter's arrival and each visit spent a lot of time not only discussing our plans and wishes for labor and delivery, but just generally getting to know my family and getting a sense of who we were. I believe that this went a long way in her being able to guide us through the laboring process. In the weeks leading up to my daughter's arrival, she was always available to me via text or phone to answer questions or just listen. Plus she provided me with some great literature and resources about childbirth and all things post-partum. When the day arrived, she was such a calming presense for myself and my husband while we labored at home. At the hospital, Kim was instrumental in getting me through a fairly quick but painful labor. She massaged, applied counterpressure, cheered me on and made sure that I stayed hydrated. I had planned to deliver my daughter without an epidural (I had one for my first delivery) and in a few moments of weakness, she was able to help me work through the pain and self-doubt and I was able to achieve the natural childbirth that I wanted. I truly belive that I would have broken down and gotten the epidural without her! I highly recommend Kim to anyone who is looking to make a doula part of their birth team!

Posted 5/21/2015

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Kelly Van Zandt

Kim and I had an instant unexplainable connection.  She is a very calm and knowing Doula who provided a wealth of information, support, and confidence.  Her visits to the home were both fun and informational.  She has a rare ability to read a situation and provide guided support based on your personal situation. 

In the hospital she was a gem.  She managed the hospital staff and protocall like a true advocate and professional.  I was happy to have her by my side in delivering my baby. 

Knowledgable, supportive, calm, knowing, and my new bff.  Thanks Kim!!!

 

Posted 12/3/2014

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Yuka Sakyo

 

 

Kim’s confidence in me never waivered; and that strength transferred

to me. With her support, I never felt frightened or anxious about my

ability to birth my baby. I did worry, however, about my husband and

how he would handle seeing me in discomfort. At the same time, I

was sure we had the right person to help and guide us to have the

safest and most meaningful experience possible.

Kim was especially sensitive to our traditional cultural beliefs. She

helped to create a soothing and sacred hospital experience for all of

us, respecting and including Japanese birthing customs.

A unique and unforgettable part of our birth experience is the

afternoon that Kim planned for us in Central Park. I was feeling

depressed and waiting for any sign that the birth was near. To relieve

the tension, Kim suggested we have a “pre-birthday party” for my

baby and maybe she would want to join us! We had a picnic, with

Kim bringing animal plates and New York’s absolutely best chocolate

chip cookies, along with sushi prepared by my mother and husband.

The five of us (counting my soon to be born daughter who was

already a prominent member of the family) spent all day exploring the

park and taking photos together. This was actually part of my labor!

Whenever I share this special day with others, they say, and I agree,

that it’s the best birth story they ever heard.

Kim has become more than my doula, she is family to us.

and she gives each new mother and family the same enthusiastic

commitment and individualized care she gave us. We wish her the

very best for a long and healthy career in maternity care; and we

congratulate other families for choosing Kim as their doula.

Sakyo Family

Posted 11/20/2014

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Wes McGaughey

Kim is perhaps the most thoughtful human being I have ever encountered. My partner and I are planning to use her when we finally have a child. When she speaks of her experiences, it’s clear that she is devoted to the well being of each family and child. Her obviously holistic approach to life makes this natural for her. Her integrity is effortless. She is incredibly generous and loving; It’s hard to imagine what she wouldn’t help you with. Any family would be privileged to have Kim as their Doula. In fact, you may want to have more children just to work with her again.

Posted 11/5/2014

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