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Denise Bolds MSW, CD (DONA)

Bold Doula! Bold Placenta Encapsulation

Website: http://www.BoldDoula.com

Phone: 845-797-4177

Birth Fee: $0 to $2400

Postpartum Rate: $40 to $60

Fee Details: Perinatal Bereavement Counseling Fees discussed during phone interview. Post Partum Placenta Encapsulation Specialist. Willing to travel out of state. Upscale clients welcomed. Confidentiality agreement a must.

Birth Doula Experience: 4 years and 120 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 3 years and 52 families served

Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International, March 2014
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 4 to 5 births and 4 to 5 postpartum families

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Perinatal Bereavement Specialist.

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • MSW Social Worker, Regional Director Northeast USA DONA International

Other Relevant Certifications

  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • Perinatal Bereavement Specialist.

College Education

  • MA/MS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Expected stillbirth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • Hearthside perinatal bereavement care training
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Prematurity
  • Single parents
  • Special needs babies
  • Surrogacy
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • Twins
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure
  • Antepartum doula
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Military families
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Parenting consulting
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

DONA International Regional Board Director North East USA. Perinatal Bereavement Specialist, Black Maternal Health Disparities Awareness. Voted 2014 Hudson Valley Parent Magazine's Favorite Doula 2014. Mid-Hudson Lactation Board Member - Dutchess County (MISN), Same Sex partner births and Plus Size births. Post Partum Placenta Encapsulation Specialist.

Languages spoken: English

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Area of practice: New York, NY
Serving the above highlighted boroughs
Travel comments/restrictions: Also Supporting Hudson Valley!

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Client Testimonials for Denise Bolds MSW, CD (DONA)

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Michelle Johnson

Denise Bolds was an AMAZING Doula throughout my pregnancy & birth and I highly recommend her to any expecting Mom-To-Be!!! My only regret is that I didn't hire her sooner... Denise came in to work with me during my last trimester.

Before Denise, as a first time Mom, throughout my pregnancy I constantly felt unprepared, stressed out, and overwhelmed. When Denise came on as my Doula, she was a kind, supportive, calming presence who made me feel so much better about myself and my pregnancy. 

Denise especially SHINED BRIGHT in the delivery room for my baby's birth. I Thank God that Denise was with me the entire time... She empowered me to demand the highest patient service from the Hospital staff (Doctors & Nurses). And when my baby got stuck coming out, Denise calmly recommended we try the "Tug-O-War" method, which resulted in my beautiful baby finally being born happy & healthy!

Denise even offered some post-partum support, which I truly appreciated and needed. So again, if you or someone you know is looking for a Doula, Denise is absolutely wonderful and worth every penny!!!

Posted 3/10/2019

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Jessie Catana

I didnt have the pregnancy experience that I had always dreamed of. My partner & I were having problems & when I searched for a doula I was a single, pregnant woman. When I met Denise, I immediately felt calm and relief. Denise's sheer presence that afternoon told me that everything would be ok. And it was. Denise understood all of my feelings & tredpidations & made me feel empowered. It was ok that I was single - I now had a strong support system behind me. During my pregnancy Denise answered me promptly and always had a lot to share. When I actually went into labor I felt prepared & calm & knew exactly what to do. Denise met me at the hospital and really made me feel great. My mom & partner ended up being in the room with me but it was Denise that made me feel best. She knew what to say, when to say it, what to do and when to do it without me even asking. I didnt even know that i needed something until she offered it and it was exactly what I needed! After a long and tiring labor I ended up needing an emergency c-section and I chose to have Denise in the OR with me. She was with me when my baby boy was born and I wouldnt have had it any other way.

After my surgery, Denise's post-partum care was equally spectacular. She made sure I was set up comfortably in my room before leaving and when she came back she helped calm those "new mom" jitters immediately. I had 2 hospital staff lactation consultants come visit me while i was there to help me learn to breast feed but neither helped me like Denise. With just a few adjustments she saw what was wrong and we got it! I was admitedly a little scared of breastfeeding because I had heard some horror stories from friends but Denise helped me get the hang of one of my now most enjoyable parts of motherhood. When we were dealing with high bilirubin levels, Denise came to rescue again. 

Denise, I couldn't have done this without you & I thank you for everything!

Posted 2/6/2019

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Soraya Depowski

I am SO thankful that we had Denise as our birth doula. Her support before, during, and after my delivery was absolutely invaluable and I would highly recommend her to anyone considering hiring a doula.

Before delivery, Denise met with us via FaceTime and in person and gave us a ton of helpful information and resources. She was quick to respond to any questions I texted her and she even dropped off a birthing meditation CD out of the blue one day.

Denise also put together a thoughtful and comprehensive birth preferences/plan for us based on our discussions. As is often the case, my labor took some unexpected turns. I could not have been more happy with the help and peace of mind that Denise provided throughout the entire process. Unfortunately we ended up with a standoff-ish doctor that we really disliked and it was like pulling teeth to get any information on how things were progressing from him or the nurses. Denise was our rock, there with a wealth of information and moral support. She helped us understand what to expect in terms of what should and shouldn’t be happening, as well as things to ask the nurses. She is calm and reassuring, and also knows the appropriate times to be firm (especially when advising us on how to deal with the frustrating staff!). I mean it 100% when I say that it is because of Denise that I will remember my delivery as a positive experience.

After birth, Denise stayed with us, took photos of our precious initial moments as a family, and made sure that we got our “golden hour” with our new baby. Even after our post-natal visit at our apartment, Denise continued to follow up and help with tips and referrals related to breastfeeding, colic, and circumcision. She even stopped by again to give us a product she recommended for our baby.

Overall, Denise is a warm, funny, caring, confident, and knowledgeable person.
I cannot recommend her highly enough!

 

Posted 2/6/2019

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Sabrina Kline

Being a doula myself , I knew exactly what I was looking for when I hired Denise. I already had a firm grasp of childbirth and labor, I needed someone with ancestral wisdom with a heart to match. Denise brought that and so much more. My first birth was conventional in every way but the experience was very traumatic. This time I wanted it to be different. Spiritual even, for a deeper healing.  Denise created a wonderful community Mothers Blessing to help set the tone and get me in the right head space. Words cannot express how something so small and thoughtful became such a grand gesture. It set the foundation for my fully unmedicated home birth. Every step of the way Denise comforted me, reassured me,  cheered me on and supported while giving me the space I needed to birth my daughter. I honestly dont think any testimonial would be sufficient in telling you the Gem that she is. And if you're considering hiring her, I suggest you take the next step in doing so. I'm so grateful that I did. Not only did I have the birth of my dreams because of her but I gained a friend for life.

Posted 12/11/2018

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Suzanne Booher

My husband and I just had our first baby, and are so glad that we found Denise to be our doula. Denise was very supportive at the hospital during our delivery, as well as postpartum. As this was our first pregnancy, we had very little knowledge of what to expect. Denise helped us through the process at the hospital. She has been supportive after we had the baby, giving us advice on feeding and sleeping. She gave great advice about dealing with the emotional swings of postpartum and calming a new baby, and is there to answer any questions that we have. We cannot say thank you enough to Denise for being such a great support!

Posted 12/7/2018

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Sebrena Grant

I absolutely love Denise. She not only helped prepare for my birth, she listened to all my anxieties and worries. She reassured me every time that everything will be ok. I would get caught in the rabbit hole of the internet and with one phone or text Denise talked me off the edge. She made sure to include my husband in every thing which was most important to me. She made sure to find out the exact birthing experience I wanted and did her best to create it. Even though my labor and delivery didnt go as planned Denise was there every step of the way. From my first contraction to when my beautiful son arrived. I labored mostly at home, she talked us through it over the phone until I couldn't do it any more. By time we got to the hospital Denise was walking in with us. Denise and my husband were my source of strength as my labor took a turn for the left. Denise was in the bed with me, as my husband loves to remind me, helping me to get through my contractions and back labor. As we needed to make a decision about medication, she gave me a look that reassured me that it would be beneficial at this time during my labor. I'm so grateful to have Denise as she really helped me get through all the twist and turns my delivery took. It didnt stop there she was sending me help when I called her about the baby not latching in the hospital. She was at our home visiting with us within the first few days of us leaving the hospital. She ccame to make sure i was ok after my labor experience and to make sure I understood how to use my pump. I can say you will not be disappointed if you pick Denise as your doula. I still text her when things dont seem right and send her pictures to keep her updated with the baby. If am blessed with another child, I will be calling Denise again.

Posted 12/4/2018

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Denise Bolds

Ms. Bold's response to Ms. Breeden's testimonial. I am grateful to be able to provide this statement of my doula support to Nicole and her husband Damien. I was referred by another doula; I was excited. Upon meeting the couple we connected with great conversation and it was then Nicole disclosed that she was being evaluated for placenta previa. We moved forwarded with doula support. Working with Nicole and her husband, Damien is like many clients here in NYC: all are working at demanding jobs at hectic paces. Damien was working two jobs while Nicole worked one job with very long hours. This resulted in a challenge in meetings as well as any method of education or resources to empower the couple, but I was always very sure to be able to respond to any calls, emails or texts from them. It was during these communications as well as a prenatal visit I was able to glean knowledge on Nicole & Damien. Nicole did not let me know immediately of her demanding job with 12-14 hour days. With a preliminary rule of placenta previa, I advised Nicole to take things easy until time would reveal if her baby’s placenta moved into a more conducive area for a vaginal birth. Nicole would inform me in her last trimester that she was scheduled for a C-Section as the placenta did not move enough – I felt her disappointment. We discussed what would take place with a surgical birth. Nicole calls again to inform me that she was now slated for a vaginal birth; her baby’s placenta was out of the way of danger. I asked Nicole if she was comfortable with this and she could still discuss birth options with her OB. Nicole also had another issue that came forward – Nicole’s blood pressure was presenting a risk to her and her unborn child. (part 2 continued below)

Posted 11/26/2018

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Denise Bolds

On Nicole’s very last prenatal visit, which was scheduled at 3:45PM, Nicole takes the train alone to the visit. The weekend before, she would move into a new, larger apartment with her husband. Nicole also BUILT two dining room tables. All of these actions were not conducive of a placenta previa and pre-eclampsic pregnancy. Nicole also was not getting enough sleep and working many days until 10 PM, Nicole had very little sleep/rest/recovery to support a healthy outcome. It was at her last prenatal visit Nicole and her husband were advised of having an induction and were instructed to go to the hospital after having one last good meal before the procedure. Both Nicole and Damien would arrive at the hospital at 10:47PM - almost 7 hours later after being instructed by their prenatal provider to have some thing to eat and head over to the hospital. Please keep in mind – I was waiting on stand by all this time. Nicole and Damien did call me before going to the hospital and I admonished them at their delay in getting to the hospital. It would be another 2 hours before the couple would arrive. I explained the procedure to them again and also clarified that a doula normally doesn't come at the beginning of any induction as the procedure takes awhile and that yes, I would be going to bed and resting up for when the induction goes into full affect. Please keep in mind I was on stand by during the 7 hour-long dinner. (part 3 continued below)

Posted 11/26/2018

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Denise Bolds

Two hours into the induction, Nicole’s placenta separates from her womb resulting in a massive hemorrhage and an emergency C-section. Damien called me; I arrived 27 minutes later. Damien was holding his daughter and Nicole was still in surgery. During out wait I took photos of Damien and his new baby keeping him distracted with conversation. It was during this conversation that I would find out of Nicole’s behavior that appears to be driven by untreated anxiety. As her husband Damien explained: “Nicole needs a lot of reassurances with everything.” In my intake with this couple I did ask of any anxiety/depression and I was told “None.” If Nicole had identified her feelings, I could have provided resources to support her. It is a known occurrence in the birth industry when things do not go well, at a birth it is so very easy to blame the doula. Too many times prospective pregnant client’s do not engage in behaviors that would promote low risk vaginal births s many are facing demanding jobs and the ongoing fantasy that having a new home and a ton of new things from baby showers means you are now ready to have a baby. Nothing can be more further from the truth. It is so very difficult to have clients engage in accountability. The OB came out after stabilizing Nicole post surgery and spoke with us; she said “I was asleep and all of a sudden a nurse rushes in and wakes me up.” Yes, even the OB took a sleep break as well. There were so many other actions Nicole and Damien needed to look at, including how Damien went into the recovery room with the promise he would check on Nicole and then let me in as there was another patient sharing the room. There was no other place for me to wait unless it was all the way down in the lobby. Damien ignored my repeated calls and text messages asking when could I come in and support Nicole. When he finally did pick up – I was told: “Come back tomorrow.” (part 4 continued below)

Posted 11/26/2018

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Denise Bolds

Nicole does not mention in her testimonial that I called her as soon as possible and I provided her with a full refund for the placenta encapsulation that could not take place. She also doesn't mention our full conversation or all of what I mention above. Accountability is key to any positive outcome. I am not sure if Nicole’s OB educated her on the risks of high blood pressure and placenta previa. My support and empowerment as a doula was met with objectives that Nicole and her husband had that resulted in long workdays, and extenuating physical activity not supporting calm and healthy outcomes. As much as clients look for testimonials from birth workers, imagine if we the birth worker had a critique of the client. The intake during a new client interview/prenatal is only as good as what the client reveals. It is so much easier to just blame the doula. I send best wishes to Nicole, Damien and their baby daughter and I hope accountability with find them. It’s not even important to me to know if this couple thinks the OB is at fault in any way. This scenario is also another reason why maternal mental health is so very important in pre-conception and prenatal care. Respectfully Submitted. Denise Bolds, MSW CD (DONA)

Posted 11/26/2018

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Nicole Breeden

I recently hired Denise as my doula. As first time parents, my husband and I were excited to be working with her and to have someone advocate for us on the big day. Denise handles multiple clients at a time so often we didn’t feel supported or even remembered. I had to follow up to remind her of my due date a few times and she didnt remember the sex of our baby 4 weeks before i was due. All truly telling signs. The positive experience we had was that we were able to call her whenever we needed, which without the help of google was few and far in between. When it came time for the big day, unfortunately Denise wasn’t there. I was directed by my OB to get induced on a Friday due to my escalating blood pressure. My husband made a call to Denise who told us to let her know as things progressed and that she was “going to bed.“ Immediately we felt again, unsupported in addition to our having tremendous fears of laboring which were expressed to her. Soon after the induction my pregnancy took an ugly turn and we didn’t have Denise there to coach us  during our most terrifying time. We honestly don’t know why we paid what we paid — for phone calls maybe? But overall we had a truly bad and traumatic experience. It would have been helpful if she was able to better communicate her process and pay better attention to the emotional and physical needs of her clients better.

Posted 11/2/2018

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Durand Branch

It's been a couple weeks since baby Dasia was born and I finally have enough rest to write a review without falling asleep mid-type.

My perspective of Denise is similar to retaining a lawyer.  Whenever I called her, her experience was enough to answer the questions and more.  Before the birth, Denise assisted me when my wife (love her) didn't make sense and I need to know what to do.  During the birth, she stepped right up, coached me as to what may happen next and was right next to my wife offering assistance based on my wife's wishes.  Note:  there are too many books for expecting fathers, ask her to select the one you need.

Each birth is different and hospitals are incredibly diverse.  It's nice to have someone who knows the ropes and can guide you through the chaos.  Long story short, she also became a liason between the demands at the hospital and keeping my wife calm throughout the trial of pain.  Pain being the "pushy" hospital staff, mental thoughts of what's wrong with my baby, and is this normal?  Normal, what's normal when there are so many variables...just ask Denise.

My total experience of Denise is one who is kind and loving towards everyone.  She'll focus on the positives to get to get you through the storm.

- Durand

Posted 8/4/2018

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Marc Lazar

What an amazing person and Doula!  My wifes only wish was to be able to labor at home as long as possible.  Denise not only made this possible, but i can honestly say that we couldn't have done it without her knowlege, expertise, and general calmness and professionalism.  Without her, I would have brought my wife to the hospital 4hrs earlier.  She kept us calm and on the right track - constantly reassuring us.  After birth she stayed with us as long as we needed, and even visited us a couple of times afterward.  I'd reccomend her for anyone in need of a Doula!  A+

Posted 7/29/2018

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Liz Lazar

Denise got the job done for sure! What I wanted was to labor at home for as long as possible, and avoid an epidural (and pitocin). She allowed me to do just that! We would't have been able to stay home for as long as we did without her - it was essential that we were able to put our trust in her, and know that she would get us there when we absolutely needed to be there.

After the birth, she came and did a post partum meeting that was helpful as a check-in just to make sure things were going well at home, and gave us some pointers on nursing. She even brought some things to help me in recovery and sent us a cute Big Brother shirt for my older son. We also hired her to do an overnight a couple weeks after the birth, and this was extremely helpful for us, having someone we trusted caring for our baby and still supporting our breastfeeding relationship while allowing my husband and I to get a little extra sleep.

Leading up to the birth, I do recommend being explicitly clear in communicating your expectations and wishes. We expected two in-person visits as planned, but Denise suggested only doing one (she had her reasons I believe of keeping my anxiety low, but really it just made me a bit more anxious and I would have liked to have her here in person rather than on Facetime, which was difficult for clear communication due to sub-par cell service in my home). There were also a couple of things we had discussed to do during labor (like using positive affirmations) that she didn't do - I'm not sure if she thought I didn't need it in the moment, but I think it would have been comforting, since I expected it after our discussion.

Overall, I think Denise was the right choice for us in supporting us to achieve the type of birth I wanted to have.  I recommend her services in any birth and after!

Posted 7/29/2018

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Dierdra Oretade-Branch

One thing that can be very unpredictable through pregnancy is the labor and delivery process. My second pregnancy was different than my first pregnancy, 12 years ago. I am older and wiser, made better eating choices (at times), exercised regularly throughout the ENTIRE 40 weeks 3 days of my pregnancy, hired a wonderful Doula, Denise Bolds, and in my mind preparing for a successful Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC). However, after 40 weeks and no signs of active labor things moved in a different direction, a scheduled Cesarean (C-Section), a major surgery with a bonus blessing at the end. For this I am most grateful for my Doula, Denise Bolds! Her love, care, education, and support, even for my C-Section Delivery, made an unexpected event a beautiful birth story I hope to share with my daughter one day! 

My husband and I were able to utlize Ms. Bolds's services even though we were out of state. She provided frequent phone calls, Facetime appointments, was available by phone/text when needed, provided resources such as safely laboring at home and a sample birth plan. Ms. Bolds's provided support at the hospital pre-C-section, and after the procedure. She encapsulated the placenta and even made a beautiful piece of artwork/keepsake from the umblical cord. Upon our return home, Ms. Bolds was able to provide some postpartum support, which was much appreciated. 

If you are looking for a great doula, I highly recommend Denise Bolds's Bold Doula Services. 

Posted 7/29/2018

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Alejandra Risquez

I had the pleasure to work with Denise for the birth of my first baby this June (2018). She is an amazing person and a very professional doula who supported me through my journey during pregnancy and played a very important role during the birth of my son. Both my husband and I are very grateful she was with us during my labor - not only to support me throughout the process but also guiding us to make the best desitions.

My labor was very long and Denise was with us the entire time, supporting us and giving us an amazing energy. She also played a very important role in communicating our borth plans to the nursing staff. I ended up having an unplanned c-section and she stayed to make sure the baby and I were okay. She also came to visit the next day and taught me how to breastfeed.

Honestly, I'm not sure I would've been able to do it without her. Her sweet and calming personality, combined with her knowledge of birth were essential to my husband and me. She gave us great tips on how to manage pain, knew different positions that would help the baby descend and overall, set a great vibe in the room that helped me during those long hours. The hospital's staff wasn't very good at communicating but Denisse always knew what was going on and explained the situation to us, guiding us to make the right desitions.

I feel Denisse is part of our family now and are really appreciative of her knowledge and professionalism, how supportive she was and her sweetness. She truly made our birth experience better and we loved having her there during such a special time in our lives. I would recommend her blindly to anyone.

Posted 7/2/2018

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Laura Lynch

Luckily, Denise was available for my due date and I was able to secure her services with only 2 weeks to go! (although I ended up delivering 8 days after due date!!). I had a good feeling after speaking because of her upbeat tone and attitude (which is a must have in terms of support when laboring!). She came to my home to discuss my birthing preferences and then wrote them up and provided them to me for me to get approval on by my doctors/midwives. She even reminded me of the Hep. B vaccine for baby and what my plans were with that, something I totally forgot about (despite being my third child!) and no one else had brought up at that point. Throughout my wait for baby to come or even show signs of coming, Denise was supportive and communicative by checking in with me via text but not harassing me as to why my baby wasn’t coming out yet! (very much appreciated!). When the moment had finally come to be in touch with her for real, she was ready to jump up and get to the hospital at midnight! Once there, Denise was able to provide support my husband’s not trained to do like speaking with the staff about some things, telling them to give me a min. as I was starting another contraction, etc. (although my husband did get right up in the mix with us in my massaging and leaning as things got going through heavier parts of labor!) : ) ). Overall, I most appreciated Denise’s upbeat attitude, patience (I don’t have the quickest labors!), and strength in massaging/providing pain relief techniques to me for my back labor! It was almost as if she had read my mind at one point in terms of going to my hips for the hip squeezes at the exact moment I started to need that instead of a lower back massage! Despite doing this for hours, I felt totally comfortable calling Denise over each time a new contraction started and telling her if I wanted something very specific to be done to me.  And then, I was holding my daughter!! Thank you Denise!

Posted 5/29/2018

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Seth Cohen

"Bold" is just one of myriad adjectives to describe appropriatey the inimitable Denise Bolds. When my wife conveyed her desire to hire a doula, I was immediately skeptical -- it elicited images of midievel times and ancient midwife practices in my mind. I simply didn't see any "need" for such a thing. However, as a newly minted first-time dad--2 days old to be sure--I can say without hesitation that hiring Denise was one of the best decisions we've ever made (other than having the baby, of course!) Frankly, whatever the definition of doula is, Denise eclipses and re-defines it.  Among many other things, she is a coach, caretaker, teacher, friend, expert, and advocate. Ironically, while child-bearing and the birthing process is an age-old experience (the oldest of human experiences by definition), it is also one of the most daunting and unknown paths through which to travel. Denise takes that road and untwists, unpacks and paves it.  While Denise was accessible literally 24/7 after we hired her, I want to focus specifically on labor. My wife wanted an unmedicated natural birth. Unfortunately things didn't go as excpected and she needed to be induced. Denise rolled with every punch, calmed my wife (and me), and took control of the process at the hospital in her savvy way. Nurses are far too busy to provide constant supervision, so having Denise by our side to shift my wife to a new position when the baby's heartrate fell to a dangerous level (only to watch it rise), have my wife sit on a medicine ball and do hip thrusts to get the baby to "drop," among many other intuitive techniques, I am convinced that Denise's techniques prevented a C-Section, and allowed my wife to deliver our son the way she always intended.  Dense is a rock.  She is smart.  She is kind.  She is patient.  And she is BOLD. I am not the kind of person to write a review, but I can't say enough about Denise and hold her in the highest esteem.  

Posted 5/12/2018

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Christopher Yowan

My partner and I could not have been happier with our experience with Denise Bolds. Denise was friendly and cordial - we always looked forward to her visits leading up to the day of delivery. She was very informative and understanding. She really made us feel like she was on our side and that we could count on her to look out for us on the day of delivery. Denise already had a great relationship with our OB's (whom we also loved) which just helped to round out an incredible team working to help us get the delivery that we wanted. On the day of the delivery, Denise was an absolute rock star. She took control where needed and laid back and let us connect when necessary. She wasn't afraid to get tough when the going got tough, which we are eternally grateful for. She was as much of a cheerleader as she was a coach. Denise utilized methods that helped move the labor along and increase dilation when it was most important. After having gone through this process with Denise, we consider her a part of the family and come the next pregnancy - Denise would be the first person we called! My partner and I still talk about what a great experience we had on the day our daughter was born and it would not have been that way without the exceptional help of Denise. Denise is a straight shooter and a caring, funny, personable doula that will always have a special place in our hearts. I would 110% recommend Denise to any couple looking for a doula. She is the best!

Posted 4/27/2018

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Olga Akselrod

I recently delivered my second daughter and after having a tough overly medical first labor I knew I wanted my second birth to be more mindful and less medical and if possible a much more centered and peaceful experience. Having a doula was a key to this plan. When I met Denise I immediately felt her positive charisma and her strength as a woman. I was not wrong as during my labor she was invaluable! When things were just winding up with my contractions she gave me an amazing acupressure massage on my feet with aromatherapy, who can ever refuse that!!! I had a plan for a water birth and she had tips and suggestions through out the whole experience which helped me be in better position and help my labor progress. She advocated for me when she felt I needed to be checked for progress. She knew what I needed before I knew my self. I wasn't able to deliver the bath as I hoped and needed an epidural for pain and Pitocin to help regulate my contractions, but this was not a limiting step for Denise. She kept me on the bed moving my positions making sure I was in an optimal setting to keep my labor progressing. She had a bag of magic with her, where she had all sorts of things...bolsters, hand fan...speakers and who knows what! She was packed for an episode of survivor on the set of L and D! lol Overall i have to say, Denise is amazing. In minutes I was comfortable with her like I've known her all my life! If we decide to have a 3rd child, I hope Denise will be there again to help me navigate my labor journey!

Posted 4/24/2018

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Tia Fagan

This is my fourth child, fourth c-section and second birth partnering with Denise Bolds.mHere are some first things I want to make very clear:

1. Doulas are not just for natural births. A doula can make a c-section birth so much better. One example of this that I would like to share was a way that Denise really made my birth way better than it would have been without her. During my third child's csection I was very nauseated and for hours after. Denise remembered this and it was something she brought up during the fourth baby. Because she was able to bring this up and suggest that we use anti nausea medication, it prompted a comprehensive discussion with the anesthesia team which resulted in a WAY better experience for me this time around. I can't tell you what it feels like to need to vomit constantly with a new csection incision..but I was spared that experience because of Denise remembering our last birth and being attentive and assertive. 

2. Doulas are not just for first time moms. Every experience will be totally different, and having someone to advoate for you, be a partner in the experience, bring knowledge and compassion allows a new mom the precious time she needs to focus on herself and her new baby. From start to finish there was less for me to remember or worry about because she was there to share in those things.

3. The value of a doula is not just evident in the peace of mind of the mother, but the peace of mind of the father. My husband leaned on Denise and felt so good just knowing she was there. He felt comfortable asking her questions, and she was really attentive to his experience as a new father both last time and more recently with our newest child. Denise was an invaluable part of his experience becoming a father, and he's spoken often and so highly of how much better he felt because he had Denise to talk to. Every time we reflect on the last two births, he always mentions his gratitude for Denise's support.

Posted 4/17/2018

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Venus Nix

I was apprehensive about hiring a doula for the birth of my second child but Denise was recommended to me by a good friend.  Upon meeting her, she was warm and comforting but more importatntly, she seemed to be very knowledgable.  Denise helped me deliver my perfect little boy without any medical interventions. When she arrived to our home, I knew everything would be OK. My labor progressed faster than any of us could have planned and Denise actually ended up catching my baby!

If we ever decide to have more children, I wouldn't consider hiring anyone else!

Posted 3/18/2018

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Benjamin Stein

In short, Denise was amazing. She was curious about our needs, supportive of our decisions, and patient explaining the ins and outs of labor and delivery. 

My wife, Nicole and I were origially not going to have a doula, but after our childbirth class we realized how important the role is ensuring a positive birth experience.

We are sooo glad we did, and once we signed the contract with her we instantly felt relieved that someone was there for us through the time leading up to, during and after delivery to answer any questions we had and reassure us through our first birth. 

Denise for us was the right mix of confidence, experience (I think we were 77 or 78 birth for her), nuturing, and assertiveness.

She did great encouraging my wife through labor and delivery, and made my life as a support as person so much easier and less stressful. She also empowered me to be more a part of the delivery holding my wife's leg during delivery and getting to witness the miracle of our little Noah enter this world. Even the delivery staffed took to her and loved having her there. 

We also had her come for our first night home, and are going to have her back to help my wife with breast pumping. 

So hire her, you won't be sorry! 

Posted 3/10/2018

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Maia Hyary

Hiring Denise to be our doula was one of the best decisions we made during the pregnancy. In our initial interview, we clicked with her right away and felt that her expertise and support would guide us through the birth that we wanted. She did not disappoint! Without a doubt, I could not have made it through the labor without pain medication without her help. Denise was knowledgeable not only about birth and labor but also about hospital practice. She gave us guidance on what to expect during the birth and how to interact with medical staff and helped explain what was happening when the nurses and doctors were too busy. The peace of mind she provided was invaluable.

Posted 2/27/2018

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Varlene Sauveur

When I first meet Denise, I was highly impressed with her knowledge and flexibility. My Husband I knew during the interview that we were going to choose Denise as our Doula. And we are glad we did.She was always readily available during my pregnancy for questions and was a great resource. She was very meticulous with our birth plan and was so well prepared when it came to the day of our precious little girls birth. Even though things went a little different then planned with her there everything went so smoothly. The staff was impressed with her and really appreciated her being there. Overall I would recommend Denise to any expectant mother.

Posted 1/23/2018

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Chelsea Gregory

Denise is a phenomenal doula, and really went above and beyond to support my very complex 72 hour labor process. It was her support that actually turned the process around, allowing me to deliver vaginally when I may not have been able to otherwise. She combined her knowledge of the physical, medical, emotional, psychological, spiritual and energetic aspects of labor in such a way that she met me exactly where I was, supporting in the ways that were most needed. She was also highly professional, able to navigate a very challenging and complicated situation with great skill. I highly recommend her as a doula, and feel confident that anyone who chooses to work with her will benefit greatly from her support.

Posted 1/20/2018

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Kellen Chiciak

I decided to hire a doula because I wanted to have a natural birth, and I knew I would need someone to coach me through.  I picked Denise not only because of her deep knowledge and experience with birth, but because of her intution and clear ability to adapt to her client's needs.  Denise was attentive and helpful from the beginning, and kept up a positive attitude in the face of my worries that always managed to put me at ease. I finally went into labor at 40 weeks + 6 days, and I experienced exclusively back labor. Denise was with me the whole time, providing counterpressure and encouragement, and helping direct my husband to keep him calm and get everything ready for the hospital.  She kept me laboring at home where I was comfortable, and by the time I got to the hospital I was 10 cm dilated and ready to push!  She counted down the pushes for me and moved me into different positions so I could work the baby out.  In those moments, it was her voice that focused me and concentrated my energy to push.

Without Denise, I believe I would have broken down and gotten an epidural.  Instead, thanks to her, I had the completely drug-free birth that I had long wanted.  She will be one of my first calls when I get pregnant with baby #2. I cannot recommend her more.

Posted 1/1/2018

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Nikki Wiles

Denise was so helpful before, during, and after our son's birth! We had a bit of a traumatic experience (overdue, failed induction, c section, nicu, preeclampsia, tons of specialists to evaluate the baby, 8.5 days in the hospital, etc), and Denise was there every step of the way to calm me down and help strategize (and give me amazing foot massages)! She also made me feel so much better about "decisions" (in quotes because some of them were not really choices) I had to make that were not what I had planned and thus made me feel extremely guilty at first, and was able to help us out by covering a night shift when we needed it. She went above and beyond the package we had with her because she could tell we needed the extra support, and we are so grateful. I would highly recommend her!

Posted 12/19/2017

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Jennifer Krieger

I simply can't say enough positive things about Denise. She was an absolutely integral part of child's entrance into the world and without her guidance, compassion, wisdom and support I know my birth story would have been very different.
  As soon as my husband and I met Denise we knew she was our perfect Doula. I had been anxious about having a hospital-based birth and had heard so many stories of women feeling disempowered in a hospital setting. Denise addressed my concerns with experience and candor and assured me she would support me and partner with my husband in navigating the hospital system, advocating for my birth wishes, so that I would be able to have the safest birth experience possible.
  When she met me at the hospital she proceeded to do just that. She was a constant reassuring presence during early labor and a powerful force as I transitioned into intense labor - grounding me with her hands and her voice, knowing exactly how to keep me from panicking over the pain and exactly how to help my husband in supporting me. When it came time to push she advocated for me to do so in a position that felt right for my body and when the baby began crowning she guided my hand so I could feel her head. When my daughter arrived she was immediately at my breast and Denise was advising how to get the best latch. I credit the fact that my daughter is a champion feeder to that early skin-to-skin contact which Denise made sure the hospital staff allowed us.
  I never once questioned whether I needed pain medication but I know if my labor had gone longer and I had decided I wanted an epidural she would have been completely supportive of that decision too. Not only that she took incredible pictures that I will always cherish, and she visited us after the birth and remained on call. I will always remember my daughter's birth as the most miraculous thing I have ever done and I couldn't have done it without Denise.

Posted 12/13/2017

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Mara McCann

Denise Bolds: wow. We cannot say enough about how magical and transformative she was before, during, and after the birth of our daughter. She executed on the stuff you would expect from a doula – she informed, she coached, she helped us craft birth preferences, she soothed in labor, she advocated in the hospital, she massaged, she kept us sane, she coached (again and again, with empathy and tactical savvy), and – wait for it – she helped me do this wonderful thing without medication and without anxiety, there with me every step of the way. The birth could never have gone so smoothly without her. There’s more: the nurses, my midwives, my husband – everyone was grateful for her presence. When I needed some extra help getting my daughter to breastfeed a few days after the birth, I knew whom to call immediately. I’m so thankful for Aunty Denise!

Posted 8/31/2017

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Joshua Nanes

Denise is an incredible woman and an amazing doula. She is warm, supportive and strong.    She has the ability to make you feel like whatever labor you are going through is okay and that you will be okay no matter what else is going on around you. Denise helped me to focus on what was important...connecting with my husband during the intensity of labor and experiencing the birth of our child together. I am so grateful to Denise for her wisdom and care. I would recommend her to everyone I know in a heartbeat. I know she made my labor and post labor experience a better one than if I did not have her to guide me and support me. Denise even came over after we got home from the hospital to help me rest and give me the strong loving words I needed to hear while going through a bit of "first time mother anxiety". My husband was also so grateful for the support and guidance she gave to him in order to better help me rest and recover after labor. As soon as I am ready to have another child, my first call will be to Denise! 

Posted 8/21/2017

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Althea James

Denise is an absolutely AMAZING doula! She is very knowledgeable and encouraging; she will help you get through childbirth like a pro! I delivered my son on 6/8/17 with Denise. My doctor was going to induce me against my desires/ birth preferences and I was so sad. I called Denise and she met me at the hosptial around 9:00AM; I delivered my son with NO INTERVENTIONS at 4:25PM! Denise helped me stay in the zone and make every contraction count! I was able to deliver our baby boy in only 7 hours and 3 pushes! 

I know that every labor is different, but I am convinced that Denise had a huge impact on how quickly I was able to deliver. The key is to make every contraction work towards bringing your child closer to you and she helped me do that! There were a few times I didn't think I could continue and Denise encouraged me and reinforced that I was strong enough to get through it, and I did with her reassurance!

My husband and sister were in the room with me for delivery and said I made childbirth look "easy, and nothing like the movies!" I give Denise a lot of credit for keeping me in the zone! I have and will continue to HIGHLY recommend her to every single expecting mother I meet! Do yourself a favor and hire Denise!

Posted 8/9/2017

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Miriam Felton-Dansky

I was very happy with my birth experience with Denise and would recommend her. I interviewed four doulas before I hired Denise, and what impressed me at our first meeting was her confidence, positivity, and clear organization. None of the other doulas I spoke to had a checklist of topics to go over with new clients the way Denise did -- this was very important because I was a first time mother and didn't know the right questions to ask! I was also very heartened by the statement of inclusivity on her web site, which stated that she supports mothers of all kinds -- same-sex couples, single mothers, teen mothers, etc. As a single mother, it was important to me that I feel explicitly included by my doula, rather than that my lack of a partner was a problem she had to work with, as other doulas made me feel. She was very thorough and put together a complete birth plan before I went into labor. Once I was in labor, I stayed in touch with Denise by phone until the labor was clearly progressing, and she joined me at my apartment and then drove me to the hospital. I was in a great deal of pain and Denise was firm and kind, helping me through contractions and physically holding me gently but firmly. Denise was exactly the right person to be with me in that moment, maintaining her calm and positive attitude no matter what I said or did! She also followed up with me many times after the birth (more than necessary from her contract) and genuinely remained interested and concerned about my progress and well-being in the weeks after my son was born. I absolutely am glad that I hired Denise and would recommend her with no hesitation to other mothers. 

Posted 7/11/2017

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Erika Lisa Fareed

Hiring Denise to be our doula was one of the best choices we made for our first pregnancy and birth. From the moment we hired her, she became a strong support to both my husband and I, but especially to me. Pregnancy comes with so many unknowns and for a person like me, that was unnerving. Denise was always available to calmly help me understand what I was experiencing, without judgement. Each time I spoke with or met with her, it felt like I was with someone I'd known my whole life. My labor process was difficult. I had prodromal labor for a couple of weeks before I delivered and it was nerve-racking. I ended up at the hospital twice with strong contractions that tapered off and was sent home hours later. On top of that, my due date came and went with no signs of baby.  I became terrified that the baby would be too big for me to deliver vaginally and I'd end up having a c-section. Denise tried her best to keep me calm and sane. She came and stayed with us in the final days. She even helped us pack for an upcoming move which is not at all a doula service. She could see how stressed I was and was completely committed to helping me have the delivery I wanted. She was also committed to giving my husband a break so he could refresh and be the best partner he could be. Denise introduced me to a hypnotherapist who helped me find a place of relaxation and peace that I was unable to consciously achieve on my own. That very night my bloody show started and we went to the hospital the following morning. Denise created a warm soothing environment for my delivery which made an intense experience as relaxing as possible. She helped me understand the medical options that were presented to me so that I could make informed decisions for myself and our baby.  Throughout the process, I felt confident and empowered and I owe much of that to Denise. We could not have done this like we did without her support.  We are forever grateful. 

Posted 7/8/2017

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Kryst Notaro

When I found out I was pregnant with my second child, I knew that I wanted to attempt a VBAC. Labor with my first child was long, hard, and had ended in an emergency cesarean. This time, I wanted to be more prepared because I knew I was going to come up against so much resistance from hospitals, and even my midwife, so my husband and I went on the hunt for a doula. I scoured the internet for local doulas and interviewed several. The first time we met with Denise, I knew I was going to pick her - she was kind, knowledgeable, and I felt a connection immediately. She met with us and our whole family, and she even had a connection with my son! The day of the birth came much sooner than anticipated and I was ready for the long haul - expecting another 28 hour labor. But! This baby had a different idea! We called Denise when my water broke out of nowhere and she made her way to the hospital, getting there about the same time as us. She was calming and helped me through each and every contraction. My husband was happy to have the help because he remembered the previous labor and how exhausting it was for him as well. Denise had honey sticks for energy, my favorite essential oil (lilac) diffused into the room, and she took my concerns into consideration when I stated plainly that I didn't like a particular nurse. (you often say aloud whatever is on your mind when you are in labor LOL!) Denise was there every step of the way and my labor only lasted about 6 hours (hallelulia!) She was my cheerleader when I felt like I couldn't do it, she took pictures (some pretty gross ones too haha), she was my voice when I couldn't speak, and she was just overall comforting and encouraging to not only just me, but to my husband and best friend. Thank you so much, Denise! For working with me on pricing, to helping me bring my little girl into this world. It was incredible!  

Posted 6/15/2017

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Kalyca Lindsey

Denise is heaven sent! She is litterally proof doulas are angels. When I first met Denise I felt immediately her passion for helping me get the birth I wanted. I knew I wanted an all natural no intervention birth but Denise educated me on how to achieve that goal. Throughout my pregnancy I was comforted knowing I was  supported by a  knowledgeable  readily available doula. My fiance and mother also found comfort in in the advice given by Denise and  greatful for her support during labor and delivery.  During labor Denise managed my pain through setting a relaxing atmosphere and mentally strengthened me to remain intervention free. Also she excelled at directing my fiancé how to be a birthing partner.  Once the step of delivery started Denise became me and Joaquin  (my son) cheerleader ! She exhibited the best combination of professional  care and tough love,  as I welcomed my son to the world. After delivery Denise helped me breastfeed and her photography was breath taking . My experience was beautiful and most important everything I wanted thanks to Denise.  I definitely  recommend her to first time mothers and  any woman wanting a delivery their  way.  

Posted 4/20/2017

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Soyal Smalls

My experience with Denise was everything I imagined and more. Before I had become pregnant it was my desire to have a doula. Hearing some of the stories about my friends' pregnancies and birth went, I felt that in order for my to have the experience I want, I am going to need help. When i became pregnant, being able to sit down and talk to a doula about how I imagined my pregnancy and birth was rewarding in itself. I really felt like I was in control and had a team to support my decisions. It helped me to feel relaxed and competent knowing that I had someone to talk to when I had concerns during pregnancy. Denise provided a lot of pregnancy and birth material which helped me and my partner prepare for the arrival of our baby. She also helped us find a breastfeeding class. My partner had never heard of a doula before meeting Denise, and the day our daughter was born he said to me, "What would we have done without her?" The day I went into labor, Denise was with me through the whole journey was really in sync with my needs. To have someone understand my desires and able to communicate for me when I had difficulty expressing myself was a real blessing. Thank you Bold Doula for helping me and my partner welcome our beautiful daughter into this world.

Posted 3/20/2017

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Cassia Antonio-Nickens

My husband and I are extremely thankful, beyond blessed and honored that we had the privilege to bring our baby boy into this world with Denise by our side. From the beginning of my pregnancy I have had several medical issues, which brought me to believe the day of my actual delivery wouldn't be as smooth... turns out I was right (high blood pressure, borderline preeclampsia, fever and infection) Having Denise there was a true lifesaver. With her soothing music, continuous positive affirmations, frequent massages, breathing techniques in order to ease my contractions were amazing! She also got my blood pressure to go down a ton, but with the fever, it continued to elevate. She was able to relieve my husband of his duties, and allow him peace of mind. All in all, Denise gave a genuine and loving service, didn't seem like she was my doula, but more of a family/friend.

Posted 2/10/2017

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melissa pelino

Our experience with Denise Bolds was phenomenal! She answered all our questions and calmed all our worries the day we met her.  She is professional and concise and i would recommend her to anyone looking for a Doula during their pregnancy.  Denise has the necessary equipment to make birthing more comfortable and relaxing such as aromatherapy, back and leg support pillows, music and a calming voice to name a few. Denise answered our questions and concerns any hour of the day or night by email and phone.  During the hospital visit, Denise brought our birth plan and made sure the hospital staff had mine and my family's best interests in mind. She was with us the whole time we were in the hospital.  She coached me through giving birth and reminded me to breathe, to be kind to myself and to stick to my original intention which was to give birth without medication and LO AND BEHOLD!, I did it! We did it! Thank you Denise for your fabulous support and dedication! In the end, we realized we needed a Doula and that it was the smartest thing we'd done for the birth of our daughter. 

Best,

Melissa and Andrew Morelli 

Posted 2/10/2017

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Tara Pollak

We hired Denise for postpartum support. We had a difficult time at the hospital and Denise helped by staying with us the first night we were back in our apartment. She reset the "vibe" from our stressed out hospital stay, gave us a lot of pertinent newborn tips, allowed us to get some very much-needed sleep, and gave us the confidence we needed as new parents -- all in 12 hours! Whether it is providing breastfeeding support, doing a formula run for you when you can't seem to find any in your nearby NYC pharmacies, or teaching you how to correctly bottle-feed/burp your baby -- Denise was there for us! Denise is kind and understanding and anyone would be lucky to have her as a doula.

Posted 1/12/2017

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Rebecca Arndt

Denise Bolds is a very organized and experienced Doula. She was great at communicating with me and my husband before the birth, and connecting us with resources like relaxation CD's, a list of what to bring to the hospital, pre-labor and post partum meal options, and answering any questions we had.

During my labor at home, Denise was able to guide me through my rushes and let me know that my labor was progressing. No one could have foreseen that I would have a very fast labor for a first time mother, and a surprise breech birth. It took us all by surprise including Denise! But when Denise saw merconium when my water broke, she wasted no time, getting me and my husband in our car and to the hopsital. She advocated for me to have a natural birth, but when the Dr. on-call decided it would be safer to perform a cesarian, Denise supported the Dr.'s decision and told me it was the best course of action.

After my sons brith, Denise was there with supportive words, and able to put a positive light on a pretty intense and emotional birth experience. She also created a calm enviroment for me in the hospital, and let me rest and relax.

Overall, I would say that Denise is a highly professional and dedicated doula, and a expectant mother, (especially a first time mom), would be lucky to have her at their side for their labor and delivery.

Posted 1/4/2017

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carolina polanco

For my first pregnancy I knew that I wanted to have a first time labor/birth experience full of support when that time came.  I knew for sure my husband would be there for me; now for the second party present I was unsure whom I would want there with me and him.  

After a lot of thought and consideration I decided that a birth doula is what I was missing to hopefully make my experience what I wanted which was an intervention free delivery.  In the end both my husband and I felt that having Denise as our birth doula was essential to our experience as first time parents.  She was able to support me greatly with pain management techniques as well as keep my husband very much included in the process which I am sure he appreciated.  She was also instrumental and keeping us informed of all hospital/nurse/doctor jargon that comes up which as first time parents was all new to us.  And lastly, the entire maternity ward staff loved having her there!

With Denise's guidance and expertise I was able to labor in the comfort of my home and implement many pain management techniques such as a warm bath, certain yoga poses, back massages, aromatherapy and the list goes on.  Once we arrived to the hospital my dilation was far along which ensured that I would not be sent back home which was a great relief.   I was also able to deliver my baby with no interventions whatsoever which is exactlly what I wanted.  I do not think this would have been possible had we not had Denise there guiding us through the process.

I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to have a total supportive birth experience.  Denise was very professional from the very first conversation we had and is very organized, 2 things I highly value.  With Denise you are in great hands!

 

Posted 11/17/2016

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Anna Bierkamper

My husband calls Denise the baby whisperer. I call her my savior and light at the end of a colic baby tunnel.  Where shall I begin: I found Denise through encapsulating my placenta. While I was in labor, which had many complications, she made me feel confident in the decisions I had to make and I instantly felt empowered by doing what I felt what was right for me and my baby. When your in 17 hours of hard labor and you feel exhausted and defeated having someone like Denise is a blessing.  She was so knowledgeable, caring and passionate. From the minute I met her I knew I was in good hands. She helped with breastfeeding while we were in the hospital and gave us a platform of comfort to come to her with any questions or concerns. Her placenta capsules are amazing by the way.  When baby Margot was about 3 weeks old I had been having a horrible time with colic. I hadn't slept in about 4-5 days and felt there was nothing I could do to comfort my child. I called Denise and cried hysterically asking for help. She was only suppose to stay with me for an hour or two, but she did not leave until the job was finished and that mama and baby we're rested and well. She spent about 8 hours with us.  Denise gave us the tools to help calm and comfort our child. She gave me the strength to be the best I can be. She provided us with a bag of tricks to create a calm colic baby. Margot hadn't slept in days, refused to take a pacifier, was cluster feeding and screaming like a feral cat about 12-18 hours a day. With-in 1 hour of Denise being here she had Margot sleeping, sucking on a pacifier and feeding on a actual schedule! Since Denise's home visit we swear our lives have completely changed. Margot feeds on a schedule, has very little colic throughout the day and when she does we have the tools to calm her quickly. Denise calls and checks in with us and I feel confident I could reach out to her anytime for help and she would be there in a heart beat. 

Posted 9/12/2016

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YOLANDA ........

I decided to take the Bold One a package offered by Denise.  I was not sure what I was getting into but during the birth Denise made me feel so relaxed at the hospital.  She catered to my every need.  It did not stop there because she assisted me with 10 hours post partum support.  Can I just say amazing.  She was my go to lactation consultant.  She stayed with me and supported me through feedings and changing.  As a new mom you can sometimes get discouraged but she was there to give me positive reinforement.  As your doula Denise becomes part of your family.  She takes pictures you will treasure for the rest of your life.  She dried my placenta and encapsuled them for me which helped with my energy and milk production.  Denise also provided me with care prior to giving birth.  I think she was great because she was someone I could talk to about anything during and after my pregnancy.  Two words, truly amazing.  Thanks Denise, my family will never forget what you did for us.

Posted 8/10/2016

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Erin Dotson

My wife and I are so thankful that we found Denise! From our first meeting, our visits with Denise were relaxed and informative. She patiently answered our many, many questions. She helped us prepare our 2 year old for a sibling and deal with some pregnancy health concerns.

We planned for a natural hospital birth, and ended up with a failed induction and c section. Denise was with us every step of the way. She spent days in the hospital with us, guiding us through a stressful situation expertly and with confidence. She knew so many of our nurses, got along beautifully with our Dr. and filled our hospital room with laughter and stories.

Denise also helped lay the foundation for a great nursing relationship. When we hit a feeding crisis after coming home from the hospital, Denise was at our house within the hour helping us learn how to feed the baby. I don't know what we would have done without her!

Posted 8/6/2016

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Tia Fagan

Denise was my doula for my most recent delivery. I delivered my third child via c-section in June of 2016. I was asked many times actually why I would need a doula for a c-section, or why I would need a doula for a third birth. I want to answer by saying that having a scheduled surgical delivery and being a mom already are not factors that take away the importance, responsibility or weight associated with bringing another human life into the world. My daughter came into the world with parents who were dying for her to be here and very prepared. However, my husband has extreme hospital anxiety and while a wonderful father, he cannot be supportive of me in the operating room. Having a doula gave me the support that I needed. Denise is experienced, compassionate, and most of all empowering. She sat by my head near the operating table while I vomited several times due to the reaction of anesthesia and stroked my head all the while telling me how I was strong and doing a great job. She was there in moments of total vulnerabilty still making me feel strong. She provided great support to my husband as well. The most impressed I was with her was when I learned that he actually told her he was feeling very nervous becuase he doesn't share. Her calming and caring energy is a must-have in any birthing situation no matter how prepared you feel that you are. Birth/delivery of any sort is one of the most vulnerable and one of the most important moments in the lives of any woman, and every woman and child should have someone taking care of as much as possible so that the mother and child can focus on discovering one another and bonding, starting the foundation to a healthy relationship for years to come. Denise offered me not just birthing support or breastfeeding advice, but peace and empowerment and an opportunity to focus on my little girl, and not the logistics of hospitals and delivery. She was an invaluable part of my birth story.

Posted 7/8/2016

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Jannette Merritt

When we found out we were expecting, one of my first thoughts was "I can't believe my dream of becoming a mother is coming true! I want to be sure that I bring this baby into the world in a safe, calm, and cheerful way...that's my number one priority." I began searching for a Doula because I'd read of their effectiveness in providing good techniques for pain management, reduce psychological stress during the birth process, and best of all, be a SOLID partner to the couple as they bring their baby into the world. I'm so happy that my husband and I decided to select Denise (among several other doulas in the area) to partner with us in this experience. She helped us come up with a birth plan based on my wishes to have an empowered birth experience and took the time out to hear my concerns/fears as I drew closer to my due date. When we realized that my baby was VERY comfortable in the womb and doctors recommended that I be induced just shy of 42 weeks, I was devastated that our birth plan had taken a detour. I didn't know how to fully handle that, but Denise was right there to give me support and ease my concerns about the induction process.  After being induced, we deviated from the birth plan again since I opted for morphine, then an epidural to help me manage my contractions as the medication caused them to be more intense that I'd previously experienced. Denise was right by my side again, without judgement or shaming, she supported my decision and reminded me that when it was time to push, if the epidural wore off, I could STILL do it. I could still give birth to my daughter without fear or anxiety, and I could bring her into the world in the safe and calm way that I'd imagined. That's EXACTLY what happened! When I felt that my body wanted/needed to push as the contractions built up, Denise reminded me that my goal was a vaginal birth without fear and minimal pain. That's the exact experience that I had, thanks to her expertise! She's extraordinary.

Posted 6/16/2016

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Marisa Mackey Palmer

Engaging Denise to be our doula was one of the best decisions that we made. She helped us acheive the natural and unmedicated birth we wanted despite being under the clock for an induction due to an overdue baby. She seemlessly integrates the best of holistic approaches to pregnancy and childbirth with a deep understanding of medical processes and procedures. Once we were at the hospital, I was really impressed with how well-respected and well-regarded she was by the doctors, nurses and staff there. They see her as a partner while also advocating for mothers and families to acheive the best outcomes. I only recently delivered, and already she has been extremely helpful with post-partum care, coming by our house at the drop of a hat to coach me to help me establish a breastfeeding relationship with our baby - which I'm discovering can be challenging. She's also a great resource, proving doctor and specialist referrals. Denise is one of a kind.

Posted 5/26/2016

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Amanda Seitz

Denise was my Doula for the birth of my first baby. From the moment I met Denise I knew I wanted her to be my Doula. She knows her baby stuff, wow... I was blown away by all the knowledge she has! I felt so comfertable with her and so did my husband. She helped us through a long birth, and it would not have been the same without her there. You would be LUCKY to have her as your doula! A+++++ Love Denise and Bold Doula!!!!! 

Posted 11/10/2015

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Jessica Dolata

Throughout my pregnancy, Denise was available to both my husband and me.  There were times that I'd be having a difficult day and Denise being an e-mail or text away was very comforting to me.  This was my second VBAC and having an empowering birth was very important to me.  This labor and delivery were the most difficult, but the most rewarding and I have Denise to thank for that.  She knew when to jump in and when to step back, she provided emotional support to both my husband and me during the most difficult parts of my labor and delivery.  My husband felt that Denise gave him the support necessary to support me, physically and emotionally.  I can't imagine going through this pregnancy and delivery without Denise - she is a permanent fixture in our lives now!

Posted 11/9/2015

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