Testimonial for Shamika Matos

Shamika is the BEST!! I'm a first-time mom who recently moved to the Hudson Valleys from NYC, and was struggling to find a birth doula as I literally knew nobody up there. I was able to match with Shamika online and we worked out this virtual doula regime, kinda last minute (I was already 38 weeks+ pregnant when I finally found her!).

Now, I'm a psychotherapist who also provides online/virtual sessions, but I was so very unsure about virtual doula services at first - after all, online doula was still pretty unheard of. But Shamika TOTALLY blew my mind about how accommodating and creative she can be to work around the virtual situation. We had frequent Zoom and FaceTime chats, she was always responsive and resourceful, and she really went out of her way to understand my situation, needs and preferences. I learned so much about breathing, relaxation, birthing positions as well as my options for delivery. As I found her at the very late stage of my pregnancy,  Shamika wasn't able to attend my prenatal visit, however she was present, supportive yet not intrusive at all when I was in labor - just the way I needed! I do want to mention that with her help I prepared a birthing peanut in advance- and that thing was a lifesaver throughout 20 hours of dielation.

I also deeply appreciated and enjoyed Shamika's calm and warm presence. I was having a lot of questions regarding breastfeeding, and a short period of baby blues for 2-3 days (which I expected as a mental health professional myself), and I have found Shamika so helpful- her warm check ins, reassurances, and suggestions really eased the sense of isolation and anxiety, and that has deeply re-anchored me. I full heartily appreciate Shamika and will strongly recommend her to anyone who wants a doula that's knowledgeable, calm, responsive, caring and capable- don't forget virtual is a plus!!

-Clarice Hassan

July 21, 2022

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Shamika Matos

Coco’s M’brace Doula Services

Birth Fee: $2200 to $2600

Postpartum Rate: $40 to $50

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Updated 4/19/2024

Birth Fee: $2200 to $2600

Postpartum Rate: $40 to $50

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