Birth Fee: $1800 to $2500
Fee Details: FREE CONSULTATION TODAY! Services Include: 1-3 in-home prenatal visits addressing the unique & personal needs of your growing family. Continuous hands-on birth support until your little one arrives safely. Immediate hands-on breastfeeding support after birth to initiate Mom & baby bonding. 1 in-home postpartum and follow-up breastfeeding session in the comfort of your own home. Investment also includes unlimited access (postnatal) for the first year of baby's life to help you & family transition smoothly & confidently. Check out www.tribeofmine.com for details & to set up a Payment methods accepted: Credit Card, Check or Cash (receipts available upon request) www.tribeofmine.com Educate Empower Experience
Birth Doula Experience: 10 years and 101 births attended
Clients per Month: 1 to 3Attends hospital births? Some Hospitals
Check out Renee's Resume and Professional Affiliations:https://www.tribeofmine.com/about/renees-certifications/ DONA International Nominations and Elections Committee 2018 - Present Staten Island University Hospital Maternal Care Improvement Committee 2018 - Present Exposing the Silence Project - Sponsor & Participant: http://www.exposingthesilenceproject.com/ "Project 62 ® Team Leader" & "Mom on Call" Volunteer through the Postpartum Resource Center of New York. Representative for Staten Island (Richmond County). http://postpartumny.org/ Babies R Us Instructor for Doula Education, Birthing Preparation and Breastfeeding Education. 2012-2015
Languages spoken: English
After a previously traumatic birth experience, I began my second pregnancy with high anxiety and fear that this birth would not go well again. I had educated myself since my first birth and decided I needed to hire a doula. Renee was recommended to me by many mutual friends. The moment we first met, she brought such a calming, confident feeling and my anxiety and fear melted away. Knowing I would have someone so experienced and knowledgable to guide and support me was invaluable. Renee further educated my husband and me about our options and rights. Renee's presence and knowledge gave me the confidence and peace of mind that I would be in control of this birth. Renee was readily available before, during, and after the birth for anything I needed - even a shoulder to freak out on! She joined me as soon as I asked during labor and supported my husband and me throughout labor and advocated for me in the hospital. Renee was an integral part of helping me succeed in having a completely natural, peaceful, and healing hospital VBAC. She was so supportive and helped me succeed in breastfeeding and transitioning into our new family. 10 months later and Renee continues to be a friend and support for anything I need. I can't thank her enough.
I hadn't had a doula with my first child, and didn't know anyone personally who had one either. I did some research and realized that I needed a doula in my life! I turned to a local mommy page for recommendations. Renee's name came up several times and I figured I would give her a ring. From the moment she answered her phone, I liked her. She was so warm and receptive and reassuring! When I met her in person it was as if I had known this woman my whole life. She just radiates with care and personality! Her smile is infectious and her laugh is contagious. I hired her immediately! The next few months went by and I called on her time and time again for support. And each time she was there for me with anything I needed- comfort, tallking, pain relieving massages, essential oils, pie (who doesn't love pie!) - you name it and she was there. She demonstrated such patience, strength (physical and mental!), and loyalty to me during my last pregnant months and we excitedly approached my birth. We were hoping for a vbac, and Renee helped me learn all aspects of a natural, med free birth (which is what I wanted!) she taught me so much about a mothers body, about breastfeeding, about bonding with my baby. We covered so much and with each new fact and bit of information she made sure I understood what we spoke about. I truly had complete trust in her from the get go. Labor came, and so did my doula. We went to the hospital and she was there, holding me, rocking with me, coaching and encouraging me. She kept my husband and I laughing and smiling the whole time! It was the most incredible beautiful drug free experience of my life. I didn't get my vbac but she was with me for my surgery and after and emotionally held me together. And she's been with me every since! She continues to provide support and care to this day. She will always be my doula from now until forever! Highest recommendation possible! You will not be disappointed. She's a rare gem!
Renee was great- she knew how to manage the inevitable ups and downs of the hospital environment. Moreover she was helpful without imposing her opinions on us even a little bit (something I am utterly incapable of doing) really impeccable poise if thats the right word?
She knows when to act and when to wait. She knows when to ask and when to suggest. She knows the drill. And she lets enough of the drill simply happen so you never feel like she's excessively guiding it. This seems to me to be an almost miraculous ability.
I could not be more happy with our experience working with Renee Pizzuto as our doula.
Not only was she extremely organized and informative but so kind and supportive. She explained in detail the stages of childbirth, what we could expect to happen before and after with breast feeding. Through the entire birthing process, Renee was incredibly encouraging and supportive and we had a 35 hour labor. She and my husband worked so well together and I felt I had the birth that I wanted eventhough my water broke early and i had to go to the hospital to do my early labor. I would 100 percent recommend her to any couple, especially if it is your first birth! Worth every penny!!
My wife and I had our first baby last April, and we made a last minute decision to have a doula for the labor and birth process. We called Renee two days before my wife's due date, and she was at our apartment the next morning. We spent the morning chatting and getting to know each other and we were instantly impressed with Renee's warm and caring nature. We asked her LOTS of questions, and each answer she gave us made us that more confident and prepared. In just a few hours, with her positive attitude, knowledge and experience, Renee put us infinitely more at ease for what was to come - more than any book we read, and we read a lot of them. By the afternoon, my wife had contractions and before we knew it we were headed to the hospital. My wife went into labor that night and delivered our amazing baby boy at 8am the next morning.
I can't put into words how thankful we are that we made the decision to call Renee. Nothing quite prepared us enough for the intense, amazing and surreal experience, but having Renee at our side the entire time provided us, especially my wife with the comfort and confidence we needed. When Renee came to our apartment that morning, she had no idea that she would not leave our side or sleep for the next 24 hours - this did not in the least bit affect her ability to take us through the entire labor and delivery process. On a few occassions we were presented with options by our Dr. and Renee very quickly helped us understand the ramifications of each decision we made. She also created a calm atmosophere for my wife the entire time with exercise techniques and lavendar oils.
My wife and I sincerely believe that Renee's professional care, guidance, and encouragement paved the way for what was a smooth and beautiful delivery. We are FOREVER grateful for what she did for us.
Jenny & Ron W
I called upon Renee before the birth of my second child to see if she knew anyone that did placenta encapsulation. She happily connected me with a woman who was pleasant to work with and reasonably priced. I had had a rough post Partum with my first son and was looking for a natural way to maybe curb the crazy for this next post partum. But.. I still wound battling anxiety and insomnia after giving birth to my second child. I called on Renee and within 20 min she was at my home calming me down. She offered valuable advice and support that at that moment both my husband and mother couldn't offer me. She is a patient, warm hearted, beautiful mother and I am so thankful she is in my community. Renee is highly recommended as a doula and post partum coach.
Renee played such a huge and positive role during the birth of my first baby 8 months ago. Using her as my doula was one of the best decisions of my life. She was my guardian angel, cheerleader, advocate, rock, and during the pushing stage, literally an extension of my body. I was confident in her abilities during prenatal visits because she has a lot of tricks up her sleeves regarding positions during labor, acupressure points to help deal with pain, aromatherapy, etc. and she had come highly recommended from a friend who's birth she had attended. She and my husband formed this power tag team and I have never felt so cared for and protected. When my waters broke and my midwife wanted to induce me, despite our plan to have a drug free birth, Renee gently reminded me of the birthplan and came to support me during the discussion (in which my midwife agreed to let us go home from the hospital). My labor lasted a couple days and Renee was with my husband and I every step of the way-driving home from the hospital, into Manhattan for acupuncture, to the Brooklyn Birthing Center and back to the hospital-helping me through contractions with acupressure, massage, and plenty of encouragement. During the pushing stage, Renee ended up on the hospital bed behind me, shoulder to shoulder and would push with her legs against the back of the bed to help me curl my body down, because I was losing steam and the doctors had given us a time limit. She would whisper into my ear, exactly what I needed to hear, "You're doing this," "you've got this" and was nothing short of supportive and encouraging. She is strong as an ox despite being a small person--trust me, this is important when trying to get a big pregnant lady into a new position. After the birth, she helped me through breastfeeding difficulties and some postpartum depression issues. Renee is so passionate about what she does. Without a doubt, she was born to be a doula and I'm eternally grateful she was mine.
I would like to start off by saying that on behalf of myself, my husband and our daughter, we are so thankful to Renee for the support, education and quality of service that she provided during my pregnancy and delivery. It is rare to come across a service provider who sticks true to their word and goes above and beyond the terms of their contract to give support to a client, but Renee does this. She took the time to answer all of our questions, educate us on the birthing process as well as breastfeeding assistance at whatever time we called. Her method of instruction and skill is amazing. It was because of her that I felt the confidence needed to go through the birthing process, to believe in myself that I have the ability to overcome what so many first time moms fear - the pain and the unknown. Renee took the time to teach my pain management skills and made herself available to assist in any way. On the day of delivery, Renee came as soon as she could to the hospital to assist through the transition. She worked tirelessly to help my daughter change positions and manage the pain and discomfort as much as possible. What she taught my husband during our pre-labor time together gave him the confidence to be a great coach, and Renee stood by our side during delivery, never once making my husband feel inadequate to the coaching task yet available to provide whatever support he needed. I had some breastfeeding issues and felt that I had failed as a mom in that area, however, Renee helped me to see that what makes a mother is not her ability to breastfeed but to do whatever is necessary in order to provide for my child. Renee consistently made herself available to try different methods in order for me to breastfeed my daughter and when those methods were not as successful she gave me the emotional support to move on and select the best for my daughter in terms of formula. Renee was a true gift to our family.
The Gutierrez Fam - Jessie, Eddie and Mia
I can't say enough good things about my experience with Renee. I was fully prepared as a first time mom to be extremely nervous about my pregnancy and delivery but with Renee guidance i felt that I had all the information and support to go through with confidence and the knowledge that when needed I would have someone to lean on and be able to rely on for questions and issues as they arose. I had answers for questions I didn't know I had and had a plan for things I didn't know I should or could expect. All these aspects in addition to her calming presence led to a very succesful outcome :). I am deeply grateful to be able to have had such a positive birthing experience that I know what made 100% better for having Renee guiding me all the way.
I first contacted Renee soon after learning I was expecting-in need of some posititvity. She was THE person to call. She fairly radiates with joy, especially when discussing babies and young children. She really was able to provide exactly what I needed at that moment - ENCOURAGEMENT. It was my third child, but I was overwhelmed - it had been quite some time since my babydays, and starting all over seemed scary - so did childbirth for that matter. Maybe because of my previous labor experiences. Well, by month five of my pregnancy, I had lost my job, and life just seemed to snowball with comoplications. But Renee continued to radiate like a burst of warm sunshine in my life, and always with loving - yes, once again - ENCOURAGEMENT. I still had not decided whether to have her attend the birth. I was hesitant for so many reasons, including wondering if it would make my husband feel less part of the process. I remember she came by one afternoon in late September and gave me a hug and said "let me know if you want me there no pressure". That very evening, in the wee hours of the morning, my water broke. Could I call Renee? I hadn't even made any definite arrangements with her as of yet. I sent her a text that my water had broken. Even though it was nearly 3 am she called me back. I was scared - my water had never broken with my earlier pregnancies, but Renee was there on the other end of the line to offer ENCOURAGEMENT. She arrived at the hospitaljust after we did. Throughout my very long labor, she provided amazing support and ENCOURAGEMENT. She actually helped my husband to be more involved. Her demeanor was loving and helpful, yet professional and confident.
The day after I came home, she brought us a huge pot of soup! She has continued to be of assistance even until now, with my daughter's latching difficulties, and as always, LOVING ENCOURAGEMENT. Renee is an amazing person with whom I will forever share a special bond. - Brigid
As a first time mom, I was very nervous about having a child and what the labor/delivery would be like. After meeting with Renee and learning more about the assistance a Doula can provide, my husband and I were excited to partner with her. Since we both work full-time, Renee was very flexible and able to work around our busy schedules. She was always very approachable and responsive when we had questions or needed help. Renee is very trustworthy and her welcoming personality made it easy to communicate with her. She was also very patient and taught us a lot (sometimes repeating things over and over for us). She also provided helpful handouts, links and emails to help us with the learning process. She brought up different scenarios and prepared us for everything – never trying to persuade us but rather educated us on all our options. One thing that I really appreciated was how she spent time speaking with my husband and preparing him for his role in all of this.
During labor, Renee came over to our place and helped tremendously with pain management and provided emotional support. During delivery, she partnered with my husband to support me and helped empower me when I was at the point of exhaustion. After the baby was born, we had some trouble latching in the early stages of breast feeding. Renee provided suggestions that some of the lactation consultants had never even heard of. Renee’s techniques helped correct the problem and the baby got the very important colostrum milk. Additionally, in the first couple weeks, when I was sleep deprived and in pain from nursing, there were a couple times I wanted to quit because I was frustrated. Thankfully, Renee was there to coach me through it.
In summary, working with Renee was an incredibly positive experience. My husband and I are forever grateful for all her guidance and support during the most special time in our lives. She is very passionate about her work and we highly recommend her.
I was skeptical about hiring a doula for my birth, but I'm so glad I did! Not only did Renee provide support, but she really listened, was so personable, and helped to alleviate my fears of the birthing process. She provided home visits pre and postpartum and was available by phone 24/7. Renee was available when I needed her most and I am so appreciative of the care she took to make the birth of my daughter as stress-free as possible. Her massage oils and techniques, assistance with the doctors and nurses, and just her general positive attitude made the entire birthing experience more enjoyable. One important factor that sold me on hiring Renee was that she created a judge-free zone where any decisions made prior to or during birth were understood and respected. I had read that some Doulas would judge specific choices (i.e. natural vs. epidural) made by families so I really felt comfortable having Renee by my side. Postpartum, I am grateful for the support that she provided with breastfeeding and making sure that my daughter and I were doing well, even after several months. Renee is a great resource and I highly recommend hiring her if anyone is in search of a caring and knowledgeable Doula.
Its quite difficult to imagine the value of someone or something before you know that your first child and every child is priceless. My wife and I had decided NOT to use Renee until 5-7 hours before our daughter was born. My daughter , my heart, my soul , our everything. Initially, we were given a quote by Renee not knowing how truly important she would be as catalyst to the most important moment of our lives. Hours before Etra (our daughter) was born Lisa (my wife) exclaimed to me for help and guidance. I tried my best but there was something missing. We needed help. We needed a peaceful setting. We needed the very person we decided not to use to SAVE MONEY. Lisa called Renee in the middle of the night exclaiming from her pain and agony of the labor birthing process. Renee picked up the phone and needless to say has been with us every single step of the way. She has not only become someone we will certainly use in the future, she has become a true friend. I can only say that anyone considering a doula should strongly consider this kind and warm heart that truly gives 1000% to the task at Hand making the birthing process seemingly effortless. I stand behind my comment so greatly that anyone reading this post can call me or my wife personally and we will tell you how important this woman/wife/mother of 3 is to us FOREVER.
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