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Testimonials: what People are saying about us!

About Stephanie

Dear Steffi, We would like to sincerely thank you for your professional, warm and flexible support during the time before, during and after the birth of our much-loved son. Being in New York without family made a feel a bit uncertain about how to approach everything relating to the birth- especially since this was our first child. You not only replaced the support and good advice we would have surely gotten from our family, but further provided us with all the expert advice we needed in making important decisions, and all that in the loving, warm way that you and your colleagues show towards your clients. We are so grateful for all this and are convinced that having you was the best thing that could have happened to us. Thanks a million! - Felix & Aneka, October 2016

Stephanie’s services are literally priceless. Being a first time mom in a city with no family can be completely overwhelming. Stephanie’s expertise and passion for her work made our entire birth process calm and joyful. I don’t know what we would have done without her
- Kylie Deppen

We hope this finds you very well. We wanted to thank you for being there for us when Max was born. What a day that was!. I thought I go for a quick check up to my OB and a few hours later we are in the hospital with lots of decisions to make. Honestly, without your calming advice I would have been totally lost. With high blood pressure, all sorts of hormones raging and the fear of a c-section, your presence, experience and clear explanations helped to make the right choices and calm me down. Childbirth is an extraordinary experience with many ups and downs, it is humiliating and exhilarating. Thank you for being there. You have an incredibly calming and comforting presence. I am so happy Max was delivered vaginally and will never in my life forget when he was put down on my chest immediately after. He was screaming and as I mumbled something to him, he calmed down. I know that Max, Greg and I had this moment because you were there and steered us through the maze. Thank you!
- Christine, Greg and Max, June 2016

Stephanie has been a wonderful doula. Her support during the delivery of our second child was amazing. It made our birth experience from beginning to end so positive. We did not have a doula during the delivery of our first child, and while the deliveries were similar in their course, our experiences were like day and night! Stephanie has also been a tremendous help postpartum. I've had issues with breastfeeding with both my children and Stephanie's lactation consultation was key for me. I would highly recommend Stephanie to anyone looking for a beautiful start with their babies.   -Anna J.  

About Alice

I was hoping for a natural birth however ended up having to be induced which resulted in a lot of intervention and a long labor. Your support was amazing and you made us feel comfortable with having to alter our desired birthing plan and kept us informed about what was happening and what our options were along the way. While I know you must deliver hundreds of babies, it felt like you really cared about our situation and you were on the journey with us. Your warm and caring nature was just what I needed to help get me. My husband and I both didn't want your shift to end. The care we received from the other midwives was perfectly fine and we were in good hands throughout but in our minds there was a clear distinction between you and the others - honestly you were exceptional! We were touched to hear that you had followed up to see how we had got on after your shift had ended. Just another example that showed that you cared about our situation and that we weren't just another baby. - BS

About Simone

Our experience with Simone was great. We connected with her just in time, as our daughter was born two weeks before her due date. I think we had our prenatal meeting the week before she arrived! The prenatal meeting was helpful in reviewing our birth preferences and making us more comfortable with what could possibly happen during labor. My labor unfolded in a way that no one could have predicted, so I was glad to have Simone there for it. When it’s your first time giving birth, there are so many things happening that are out of your control, and in my case, labor was unexpectedly fast and furious. It felt totally out of control. In the midst of it all, just knowing there was a “neutral” person there (non-family, non-healthcare provider) who understood my birth preferences was very grounding. I don’t think I could have stuck with my wish for an unmedicated hospital birth without Simone as our doula. I also don’t think my husband would have been as confident without her by our side. It was invaluable to have someone with us throughout the entire experience: before, during, and after the birth. We would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a positive birth experience. — Kate Flynn

Bottom line:  I’m certain that Simone’s quick thinking saved my son’s life.
But, let me start from the beginning. I hired Simone after interviewing 4 other doulas in person or on the phone.  I needed someone to be my full support person in the birth experience because I was not going to have a partner in the room with me.  Simone stood out for not only her warmth and knowledge but also for her open minded attitude towards all types of birth plans ranging from home birth to those with lots of medical intervention like mine.
Due to medical complications, I was induced and Simone met me at the hospital  She kept a vigilant watch over me while I slept after finally getting an epidural after many hours of contractions with no progress in my labor.  At some point, the monitors stopped detecting my son’s heartbeat.  Before the labor nurse ever noticed, Simone attempted to adjust the monitor, found a very decelerated heartbeat and alerted the nurses.  I was panicking while they gave me oxygen to help my son.  She talked me through my panic and calmed me down.  I was raced to the operating room for an emergency c section.  Simone accompanied me to the OR and had the presence of mind to bring my phone to take pictures.  I was very nervous during the surgery, and she kept me calm and took pictures of my son moments after he was born completely healthy.  She also made sure to gather all my belongings from the labor room and bring them to recovery.  Simone stayed with me and my family until after I was in recovery with my son.  She was warm and thoroughly professional the entire time.
I simply cannot speak highly enough of my experience with Simone in my son’s birth and would recommend her to anyone for their birth experience.
- Yasmin

Simone worked for my wife Sol and I as our doula for the birth of our first child Kamran. Prior to meeting Simone, I can honestly say that I had no idea what a doula even was no less much about the birthing process. A friend of ours recommended that we consider a doula because I travel extensively for work and we wanted to be sure that we had some help and support on the home front. My wife and I interviewed a few doulas and we found Simone to be warm, friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. We clicked with her right away and felt comfortable that she was the right fit for us. She was always on time to appointments so we felt that she was responsible and trustworthy. She answered all of our questions thoroughly and helped us network with other professionals who have since given us help and support after the birth of our son. When my wife went into labor at 2am, Simone did not disappoint. She kept us calm and confident until her arrival at our home. She was there every step of the way through the birth process. For 23 hours straight she worked with my wife and I and side by side. Given that my wife labored through Mother’s Day and Simone has a child of her own at home, it never discouraged her. We were also complimented by the midwives at Beth Israel about Simone being a top-notch doula! When our son was born she followed up shortly thereafter and continued to provide expertise and interest in our collective well-being. Simone is a genuine and caring person, hard working, and professional. I would strongly recommend her as a doula. Simone worked for my wife Sol and I as our doula for the birth of our first child Kamran. Prior to meeting Simone, I can honestly say that I had no idea what a doula even was no less much about the birthing process. A friend of ours recommended that we consider a doula because I travel extensively for work and we wanted to be sure that we had some help and support on the home front. My wife and I interviewed a few doulas and we found Simone to be warm, friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. We clicked with her right away and felt comfortable that she was the right fit for us. She was always on time to appointments so we felt that she was responsible and trustworthy. She answered all of our questions thoroughly and helped us network with other professionals who have since given us help and support after the birth of our son. When my wife went into labor at 2am, Simone did not disappoint. She kept us calm and confident until her arrival at our home. She was there every step of the way through the birth process. For 23 hours straight she worked with my wife and I and side by side. Given that my wife labored through Mother’s Day and Simone has a child of her own at home, it never discouraged her. We were also complimented by the midwives at Beth Israel about Simone being a top-notch doula! When our son was born she followed up shortly thereafter and continued to provide expertise and interest in our collective well-being. Simone is a genuine and caring person, hard working, and professional. I would strongly recommend her as a doula.
- Solmaz and Drew

My husband and I are first-time parents and had a lot going on around our due date (besides working, we were in the process of buying a new home and moving). Simone came in and took care of our biggest concern – getting prepared to go to the hospital and wondering what to do at which point. She had a calming presence about her that made us feel completely taken care of – she knew when to step back and let us be and when to step in and help us out. She was respectful of our wishes and made sure we were comfortable at every point. It was great to not have to worry about the hospital experience, knowing she had our backs – whether it was calling for a nurse, double-checking on any symptoms or making me comfortable with massage. My labor went on much longer than we thought it would and we were thankful to have her with us throughout it all. We never had to worry about what we had to do next. She either knew or would find out for us. We were able to just concentrate on the arrival or our baby! She has followed up with us to make sure we’re doing okay and genuinely cares about the wellbeing of our new family. We highly recommend her services
- Preethi

When pregnant with my second child I knew I wanted to try for a vaginal birth after my c-section with my first. I was expecting a long labor and felt my chances of having a successful vbac would be higher with more support. I’m lucky to have an amazing husband, but I knew that he could probably use some help during the labor as could I. I decided very late in my pregnancy to look for a doula, did some quick research and interviews and chose Simone. I thought she seemed kind, easy to talk to and very experienced. Simone made the process easy for me which I was grateful for given the limited time we had before my due date. In the weeks before the delivery, Simone provided useful information and gave me much needed confidence. As expected, I had a long back labor. Simone spent about 16 hours at the hospital with us helping me through contractions, trying different positions and offering guidance as I was making decisions. Simone was crucial, as she and my husband took turns rubbing my lower back through each contraction for 15 hours straight. She was also invaluable in the very end when I was doubting myself. She talked us through everything. We succeeded and delivered a healthy baby boy. I’m very happy that such a good soul was there and part of our birth story.
- Amber, VBAC mom

Let me first start off by saying we have not only found a birth doula, we have found a friend. From our very first phone conversation Simone made me feel at ease and made me feel confident that we could have the birth that we wanted. The night i went into labor Simone was on the phone with me helping me figure out my contractions. She gave me life saving tips. Then once the contractions were too much for me to carry on a conversation she spoke to  my husband through the car ride on the way to the hospital. (We live in Long Island and we’re giving birth in Manhattan We were lucky it was a Sunday evening and there was no traffic. )  when we got to the hospital i was already 7 Cm and moving along quickly. By the time Simone got there i was in a labor and delivery room having contractions every 2 minutes. She came right in and started massaging my back, handed My husband a fan and helped me breathe through each contraction. i had a very quick labor. From  the time we got to the hospital to the time i started pushing was about an hour and a half. Simone held my leg while I pushed for 20 minutes before  our beautiful son Theo came into the world. Simone  stayed for the first hour making sure that he latched after birth. Theo and i didn’t have the easiest time breastfeeding for the first week. Simone checked in on us frequently and suggested I check for tongue and lip tie. Low and behold he had both!  Simone was right In diagnosing his latching issues. it has since been taken care of by an amazing oral surgeon. Simone came for a follow up visit to make sure everything was back on track with Theo’s Latch and feedings. Simone was always there for me those first few weeks through text and was truly a god send. my husband and i plan on having two more children and will have Simone by my side for the rest of them.
- Sarah R.

My husband and I engaged Simone to assist in the delivery of our first child. From the outset she was gentle, considered and knowledgeable. We looked for a doula quite late in my pregnancy - with 3 weeks to go until due date - as I was unsure of the value of a doula and a little apprehensive of having another person so involved and 'hands-on' in such an intimate process. Initially, I hoped Simone's experience would assist me to remain at home until late-stage labor, and to have an unmedicated birth However, one epidural and a c-section later (!), I see her value even more in the calm consistency she brought to what could have been a traumatizing first-birth experience. I was really impressed with Simone's vigilance - tracking the baby's heart rate when I was resting, and able to pre-empt what the doctors were likely to suggest. She gave us informed recommendations at each stage and, although the birth did not go to 'my plan', her reassurance and ability to draw on a wealth of real experience in a hospital environment meant that my husband and I were quickly able to understand and accept our birth experience and move on to focusing on our beautiful son. As first-time parents one thing we did not appreciate was the rotating cast of professionals who attend to you over the course of labor and birth - Simone was a point of continuity who enabled us to relax and remain confident in the process. As a new mother, it's been wonderful to have Simone's virtual support post-birth as well - she is responsive and knowledgeable on a range of newborn topics, particularly breastfeeding. I'd recommend Simone without hesitation for any birth plan - particularly if you are a first-time parent, the value of having someone who has experienced many different scenarios cannot be overestimated and, for us, means we are left with only positive recollections of our son's birth.
- Katy B.

We debated hiring a doula up until our last trimester. Looking back, we are so grateful to Simone and would tell anyone considering a doula to (1) hire one (2) hire Simone. Simone exceeded our expectations as we were determined that the value of doula was to be an advocate for our wishes at every stage of the birthing process. From the moment I met Simone, she conveyed a passion for being a supportive advocate and possessed a wealth of knowledge about everything related to the birth experience. Her balance of enthusiasm to support families with evidence based research, made her an excellent match for my husband and me. Starting at 37 weeks, my body started changing and preparing for birth. Simone was attentive to my many text messages asking for advice and guidance. Then the day of our delivery, she kept us calm and I felt that I had a friend in the room. She was never judgmental and always kept me focused on the goal of having a healthy baby. Simone’s presence was extremely helpful during labor as I made decisions regarding my birth plan. After birth, she continued to be a valuable support as I chose to breastfeed and had a lot to learn about how to breastfeed properly. She spent time with me in-person (which never felt rushed), texted, and sent emails to help support my journey into motherhood. I could go on and on about how her communication comforted me, but beyond comfort her insights truly helped me to be a better mother. I appreciate all the time she spent with our family as we felt deeply cared for. Bottom line, Simone is amazingly talented and any new mother/parents should reach out to her asap to hire her!
- Jenny B.

We could not have asked for a better doula than Simone. She was extremely personable and knowledgeable from day. During our first meeting, I felt as if I was speaking to a friend. Simone did an excellent job at preparing my partner and I for the birthing expereince. She was always easily accesable and responded to texts and emails promptly. My birthing exprience was definitely a comeplete 180 degrees from the natural birth plan we had prepared. I ended up needing a C-section. Simone was by our side the entire time leading up to this decision. She asked physicians and midwives the appropriate questions that were in my best interest based on the plan we had developed. Although I did not have a natural birth, I was thankful to have Simone there advocating for me 100% of the time. I would definitely recommend Simone to anyone looking for a knowledgeable, profesison, prompt, and extremely personal doula!
- Famattah F.

About Emilie

My husband and I live overseas but came back to NYC for the birth of our first child. Although I wasn’t sure at the outset whether having a doula would really be “worth it,” choosing Emilie as our doula proved to be an excellent decision. Coming from overseas and arriving just six weeks before my due date, there were a lot of things to figure out, including narrowing down which doctor/hospital to go with. Emilie was incredibly helpful from the get-go, sharing her experience at various hospitals in the city and giving us a sense of what we could expect during the labor and delivery. During the labor itself, Emilie was a calming influence and a low-key, supportive presence. She and my husband took turns being with me in triage, where I spent over five hours. During that time, as the contractions got stronger, Emilie helped me breathe, shift positions, and massaged me to help ease the pain. When I got sick and threw up (twice), it was Emilie, not the nurses, who cleaned me up and reassured me that what I was experiencing was completely normal and a sign that I was advancing in my labor. Although I had hoped not to have an epidural, when my labor went on and on (it was 20 hours in total), and the pain became unbearable for me, Emilie was not at all judgmental when I decided to get an epidural. Later on, as we got closer to the delivery and the doctor informed me the baby was not in the ideal position to come out, Emilie successfully used a rocking technique to shift the baby into position. She helped me during the pushing stage as I tried different positions and also helped my husband support me during the delivery, since we were both going through this for the first time. Finally, she was great not only for the two of us, but also for my parents, who were anxiously waiting in the hospital. She went out to give them updates and reassure them that things were going well. Following the birth, Emilie stayed in touch, making sure we were doing ok and sharing her experience and knowledge on some of the challenges we faced. She gave us the space that new parents need and also made clear she was genuinely interested in how we were managing. We spent a lovely few hours with her a few weeks after the birth, and she gave us an innovative idea to help with a breastfeeding issue. In sum, I am so glad we chose Emilie as our doula!
- Rachel, baby girl born 7/8/16

Emilie has been a tremendous blessing to our family. As a first time mom, Emilie has been a constant source of support along the way — from answering questions to setting up weekly FaceTime calls. She would also occasionally send inspirational emails or pass on an article for me to read, just because she saw it and thought about me. Her care and concern clearly shows. She is calm under pressure (we had a pretty rough delivery) and stayed with us till the very end, even sleeping in a chair during my labor when we all needed some rest. Just knowing that she was in the room and knew the right questions to ask helped put me at ease. It gave me the peace of mind to focus on myself and the baby while Emilie spoke with the doctors. She asked questions that neither I nor my husband would have ever thought to ask. She is reliable and easily reachable by phone or email. We had a wonderful birthing experience made largely in part by Emilie and will not hesitate to recommend her to anyone seeking a highly competent doula.
- Lydia

“My husband and I clicked with Emilie right off the bat. We really appreciated her science-based approached to pregnancy and labor and felt that she would be a great advocate for us at the hospital (I did not want to be forced into having a C-section). And we were right! Emilie checked in on me continuously during my pregnancy and gave me tips on inducing labor when my daughter was late. When I finally did go into labor Emilie was in constant contact with us, she was at our apartment during the early stages and stayed overnight at the hospital, asking the doctors and nurses questions I hadn't thought of. When it came time to push, Emilie was the one holding my leg and encouraging me. She was an enormous help during my 30 hour labor, and her calming presence helped keep me centered and sane. I would recommend Emilie to anyone looking for a knowledgeable, calm, yet fierce advocate!” — Aneya

About Tina

I am so grateful to have had Tina Goldstein as my postpartum doula. In fact, seventeen months later - I still miss her! I was recovering from a c-section with high blood pressure, plus lactation trouble with my baby not latching, plus being slightly older than your average new mom with no family nearby, and shadowed by a history of pregnancy loss and fertility issues - it was a cocktail for high anxiety. But Tina steered me through the troubled waters - she is compassionate, knowledgeable, and very down to earth. Tina has a bright, encouraging, calming disposition. And although she has a light touch, she makes sure you comprehend a wide range of necessary information.   She is loving and skillful handling babies. Having Tina as a doula gave me the confidence to do the same. This was so important - I was able to deeply enjoy being a new mom and not be a total mess! I was able to learn from Tina without feeling judged. Tina is also considerate of the family as a whole. Her perspective on babies integrates the entire family situation. This takes a very special sensitivity and intelligence that Tina possesses. I also appreciated Tina's ability to help me organize information - from basic recovery and pain management instructions to an onslaught of lactation schooling. She was also there as a sounding board for overall child rearing questions and I'm thankful she was there one particular morning when my insurance almost fell through!! And extra bonus - she is a yoga teacher and guided me back into my practice with some gentle yoga. I highly recommend Tina for her personal experience, her thorough training, her warm humor, her marvelous ability to nurture and guide. I honestly don't know how I would have found my footing without her. And foremost - my baby adored her! - Susan

Tina was our postpartum doula after the birth of our son, Truman. Truman is/was our first child, so I was really anxious about what the first few weeks home would be like--both physically and emotionally. Tina was a calming, nurturing presence, offering great advice without ever pushing any particular parenting style. We were a little nervous about having a stranger in our home during this unique time in our lives, but Tina didn't feel like a stranger. She'd show up with tea and help with whatever we needed, from doing dishes, to showing me how to use the impossibly tricky wrap carrier, to bathing Tru and cutting his teeny tiny nails. She felt like a friend, one who helped me feel confident that I was doing a good job at parenting in spite of the fact that it was all so new, strange, and scary. This was exactly what I needed, especially after my husband went back to work. I'd highly recommend Tina to anyone who wants a friendly, supportive presence during this crazy, wonderful, often overwhelming time of life. - Lauren

This past fall Tina Goldstein, postpartum doula and certified breast feeding counselor, made our lives infinitely more easy. I knew Tina because she taught a favorite class at Bend and Bloom Yoga. I looked forward to her class. She had a grounding presence with light hearted humor, and led a relieving and calming routine. Our initial consultation meeting with her was the most holistic, real and ideal prenatal meeting I had over the course of my entire pregnancy. After hiring her she continued to impress me and I was eternally grateful for that decision. Her companionship brought me and my baby joy. Her knowledge and intuition soothed and relieved my motherly anxieties and uncertainties. Tina guided me in the many challenges and beauties of breastfeeding all the while fostering mindfulness about my personal health. She even cared for the baby while guiding me in meditation and a gentle postpartum yoga practice! Tina inspired self confidence, helping my husband build his own independent skills and intuition as a father. She left me a stronger, well informed and flexible mother. For all these reasons and more, I strongly recommend Tina Goldstein as postpartum doula and certified breast feeding counselor for your family - Marilee, 1st time Mother in South Slope, BK

From the time I first met her, I feel that an aura of calm always accompanied Tina Goldstein whenever she set foot in our home. Underneath this sense of composure is a solid core of knowledge and years of expertise, which Tina imparted to us during her fruitful visits. She was always able to answer any questions we had and ready to provide us with any advice she could, but her most valuable gift to us was confidence. She helped us discover that while we, just like anyone else, need some guidance in the great adventure of parenthood, so much of what we need to care for our baby is already within us. I highly recommend Tina Goldstein as a doula. - Pete, husband and father in South Slope, BK

Today is the first Wednesday without your visit and I really feel it! Thank you for making this beautiful and challenging time more complete and lighter. You helped me really enjoy my time with my baby and gave me strength to face the difficulties and joys of being a mother. Your warmth, compassion and wisdom made such a difference! My baby and I were lucky to have you here and he really misses his napping buddy. - Daniela

About Bailey

My husband and I were first timers with everything: first time being pregnant, first time learning about labor and delivery and the first in our families to be pregnant. We were newbies thirsty for information. Bailey was phenomenal - she was a resource, a teacher, a therapist and most of all, a supporting coach and friend throughout our whole experience. In addition to being our doula, she also taught us Hypnobirthing and helped us have the labor and delivery experience we dreamed of having (even better actually!) With her guidance, she and my husband were able to coach me through a drug free labor that was beautiful. I know that sounds strange, and “come on... beautiful?”, but it was. With Bailey’s help we were able to re-frame the way we thought about birth, eliminate the fear and enhance our sense of personal strength and capability. I’ve never felt more empowered or prepared for anything in my life. We can’t thank Bailey enough for helping us bring our little guy into the world! - Kaylee

We loved working with Bailey, she is extremely knowledgeable and provided us with great information throughout the process. We especially appreciated the pre and post delivery consultations and the fact that she was always available for questions via text/email/phone. During labor and delivery Bailey's calm demeanor was a godsend for both my husband and I. Her recommendations for massage techniques, labor positions and use of aromatherapy were a huge help with keeping us on track with our birth plan. She also provided my husband with techniques to help me through my surges which allowed him to be very involved and made the experience more special for us both. We also used Bailey's placenta services and are very happy with the products. I feel like the capsules have helped me manage postpartum hormone changes and the balm was really helpful for nipple irritation. She also provided us with placenta prints and a heart keepsake out of the umbilical cord which is a sweet touch. I would (and have!) highly recommend Bailey! - Jenise

I can not say enough good things about our special Doula Bailey. I wanted the perfect non medicated birth but ended up having an early C section during a prenatal procedure. Bailey was there for us right away- helping my new family emotionally and physically! Our post-partum hours were priceless, Bailey helped us with our latch in the hospital and we have been successfully exclusively breast feeding for two months. She cooked delicious healthy meals so I could stay off my feet and recover while being super well nourished. I can't wait for my next pregnancy and special time with our doula! - Lauren  

About Lesa

“Lesa, is everything I could have ever imagined in a doula. She was the first doula I met with, and I instantly knew I was going to choose her. But meet with two other doulas after her. She was an absolute Godsend from when my water broke all the way to the delivery! It was a long 48 hours!!! We have hired her for postpartum services as well. She's extremely knowledgeable and always follows up on conversations we have. And has given me some amazing tips and referrals. She's definitely an asset to the growth of our baby boy! We call her Auntie Lesa!” — Jema, Dane, and baby Sage!

About Miriam

“My biggest concern before contacting Miri was learning how to balance/juggle a newborn and toddler. I was also challenged with figuring out how to make time for myself to recover so I had the energy to take care of them. I felt overwhelmed, frustrated, exasperated and afraid. I suffered quietly with a lot of postpartum anxiety and depression after my first baby. My goal was to get a better support system in place the second time around to prevent that from happening again, even though I knew there was a greater risk of having it again the second time around because I'd been through it once already. Having Miri there for a chunk of every day gave me confidence and support to manage the transition of caring for a toddler and a newborn at the same time. I was able to shower, take naps, use the restroom and just get a breather so I could feel like a person. I am very thankful that I have not suffered with any anxiety or postpartum symptoms the second time around. My baby is 4 months old now and I am able to smoothly juggle both kids without anxiety, fear or panic. I felt like I had space to breathe. I didn't have to fear putting down a newborn to just cry so I could use the restroom. I knew I could put her into Miri’s arms and she'd be calm and happy and it would keep my stress level low. I also could focus on one child knowing the other one was in competent hands. What would I say to a friend? You owe it to yourself to get the extra help you need so you can focus on healing and caring for your baby. You won't regret getting help, but you will regret not getting more help. Miri helped me tremendously with emotionally navigating a very challenging time. I couldn't have handled it all alone. Thank you Miri, for everything!” — Abby K, Long Island

“Miri wasn't fazed my tears or my new baby clutter. On her first visit after bringing our baby home she graciously took charge, sent me to bed, settled my baby in for a long nap, set up a diapering station and prepped a delicious smoothie when I woke up! My baby was so calm in her arms. She truly loves what she does and I'm so lucky to have had her around, checking up on me, listening and navigating during those early, exhausting days. What an incredible gift!” — Rita L, Brooklyn

“When my son was born, Miri was invaluable. Her warmth, care and skill enabled my wife and I to bond with our baby boy in a stress free, nourishing environment. I was able to return to work, which was vital for our family’s needs, and Miri helped my wife and looked after the baby. This further enabled me to make better use of my time at home bonding with the baby in the stress-free environment. I was previously unaware postpartum doulas even existed, and now I don’t know how anyone survives without hiring her!” — Yehuda L, Brooklyn

About Alaska and Brittany

We wanted an unmedicated vaginal birth, and we don't feel like we could have done it without Brittany and Alaska. We really enjoyed the team dynamic between Brittany and Alaska. They each bring a unique contribution. Together they are a passionate, personable and professional team. Passionate: - Evidence based practices. - They work hard to clearly understand your birth preferences and support them. Personable: - Easy to talk to. Kinda like your older, wiser sister. - Fun. - Strong GIF game.   Professional: - Incredibly responsive, which built trust and made us feel comfortable. - They were not trying to create a adversarial relationship with doctors, but helped us reconcile medical advice from doctor with our desired birth plan in pre-natal sessions. - Calming presence in labor. - Assertive, but not overbearing. - just enough support / encouragement to follow through on our birth plan. - Worked really well with our OB and nurse during labor.   As a dad (Kyle), it was comforting to have our doula arrive at the hospital at a crucial point. My wife was on the verge of getting an epidural, but our doula helped her take it one contraction at a time, get through transition and ultimately deliver a healthy baby boy without medication. - Stef & Kyle ( 10/28/2020)

”Sitting in the most quiet and peaceful space in what is ordinarily a sterile and stuffy unfamiliar room, watching them both sleep together for the first time, I am in the most thankful state for absolutely everything under the sun right now - but today and these last several weeks working with you were so incredibly instrumental in nurturing this opportunity for us to experience this joy in such a profound manner. You being with us today, and both your and Brittany’s care and support and guidance has made our birth experience an absolute dream, and we are forever in your debt. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts” - Jon Hensen (10/28/2020)

Several weeks later it still feels like a "pinch me" experience. My wife's birth was the most incredible event I have ever had the privilege of being a part of - and there is no small amount of credit that is owed to our invaluable doula team in Brittany and Alaska. They were shepherds in the process leading up to birth in both our discussed philosophical approach, but also in the very practical realities that come with planning the inevitable big day. Whether it was strategizing for our birth preferences, meaningfully listening to our concerns, communicating their advocacy for the health and safety of Mom and Baby, or simply assuring us that come time, they were going to be there for us - to help us bear this miraculous and yet unpredictable life event. As council. As advocates. As compassionate and thoughtful caregivers.

“Alaska was great. She was supportive, open minded and very easy to communicate with. We would hire her again!” - Christina

“Alaska was an amazing support system from the time we met her during my pregnancy through to postpartum. What stands out the most about Alaska is her confidence , clarity in communication and her unwavering support to stand by you regardless of what birth plan you choose— she instantly puts you at ease and makes it easy to trust her. During my pregnancy, Alaska answered every question that we had and sent us a lot of useful resources and tips that helped me prepare well for the delivery. During the delivery, she was there the moment we felt we needed her during my induction and she instantly made me calm by coming well-equipped with tea lights, incenses etc that created a relaxed environment in a rather tiny drab looking hospital room! Through the labor process, she helped me through each step by patiently going through the exercise routines we had planned to do, tirelessly helping me maneuver through a small room (and countless wires that I was hooked to!) and also helping me remained focus through intense contractions. She was also able to step up and take on a larger role whenever the situation demanded (eg when the baby suddenly dropped and my doctor wasn’t available, Alaska took on a more prominent role and took control of the situation. She was particularly sensitive to ensuring that both my husband and I were at ease and aware of what’s going on and was calm through the entire period). Post delivery, she was in touch regularly (beyond the one post partum meeting that we had) to check on us and to address anything we had on our minds. Also, I can’t forget to mention the amazing bone broth that she makes and how generously she brought some over for me during and post my pregnancy. We really had a wonderful experience with Alaska as our doula and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to any friend or family member.” - Saiprya

“Our experience with Alaska was amazing. When we signed up with her, we thought we would be her first birth but true to what I would learn about her, she ended up getting 5 under her belt before we went forward. She is extremely dedicated to this. My pregnancy was not easy. We had hard decisions to make and were told to be ready to go in for am emergency C section at any time. Alaska was amazing through the process, being an emotional sounding board and a wealth of knowledge which she gathered from her circle of other doulas. It was with her help that I feel I was able to make it to 39 weeks where I was induced. The labor itself was long as well. 36 hours with 30 hours of active labor. Alaska was there the entire time. She set the tone and kept the space quiet and free of distraction. I was on very high levels of Pitocin and she helped me through the process. With the long time in the hospital with the induced labor, she had different drinks with calories in them which kept me going. If she hadn't, I am sure I would have been a C section. I didn't want an epidural and when it came down to the most trying moments, when I said I didn't think i could do it, it was Alaska that kept me on track. I ended up having a epidural free birth which is what I wanted. Alaska had a positive relationship with the doctors and nurses at my hospital and made the experience relaxed, even when I was not. She handled my husband and my sister with care and diffused tension from any situations. I can't recommend her enough. I consider her a friend and integral to my birthing experience.” -Tess

“From the first moment of getting in touch with Brittany I FELT SAFE!!! As I approached my labor Brittany became my Friend and Teacher, ready to jump in at any moment to give my physical and emotional support, explain options and truly give me confidence in my choices In our meetings beforehand and during my labor, she helped me find the strength and confidence to successfully give birth to my son naturally, but prepared me for second and third possible case scenarios and discussed cases if things went a different direction! She was a nurturing and reassuring presence during a very intense experience of birthgiving and an incredible help postpartum! It was so nice having her there to prepare my husband and support his needs as well throughout the prebirthing, labor and coming home experience . I couldn’t have asked for a better doula and when/if I have a second child, I won’t even hesitate to call Brittany up and have her help with that birth too. Do not hesitate to reach out to Brittany - she has beautiful energy!” -Anna

“Brittany is a wonderful doula and we would highly recommend her to anyone. She has a lovely calm energy that was a perfect addition to our birth team. She was non-judgemental and supportive of our birth plan, at the same time reminding us to stay open and flexible when things didn't go to plan. It helped that she knew a lot, not just about birth but also postpartum care and breastfeeding. She also had some great tips on parenting in general. And she makes a mean lactation cookie! We are so grateful to have had her as a part of our birth experience.” -Charvi

“From my first moments speaking to Brittany on the phone, I knew right away there was something warm and inviting about her personality. It didn’t take me long to decide that she was the doula for me (and my husband!) When Brittany came to our home to meet us to discuss what I wanted out of my birth journey, my initial thoughts of her were solidified. She was open to any thoughts and concerns I had, and what kinds of supports I thought I would need. Even when I didn’t know what exactly I wanted, she asked the right questions to guide my journey. She carried with her this bag of magic tricks, birthing magic if you will... filled with items from scarves to different types of pressure balls to honey straws. Anything I could have wanted out of a doula, she was there to offer me. Fast forward to my actual birth- turns out I didn’t wind up using much of that magical bag, but her presence was magical enough. My water broke at 1:50 in the morning, and her smiling face was at the hospital with me by 7 (after everything was confirmed). Things progressed fairly quickly, at least that’s how I’m remembering it, and she was there every moment for both me and my husband. That’s what’s so wonderful about a doula like Brittany, they’re not only supportive to the mom to be, but the partner too. She offered assurance to my husband when he needed it, and even empowered him to be my coach and cheerleader too. My little boy was born at 12:54 in the afternoon, and from the moment Brittany arrived, until well after he was born, she was fully present in my journey. She quickly became a friend and a face I looked to for comfort. It takes a truly special kind of person to do what she does, and she makes it look so effortless that you know it’s a true passion for her. Brittany is one of a kind.” -Lauren

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"I truly can’t say enough about our lovely doula Christine. This angel of a woman helped my husband and I so much leading up to Julia’s birth. She was a strong voice when Zach and I had difficulty using ours and helped us make more informed decisions throughout the birthing process. She helped me feel empowered throughout Julia’s birth and supported me in every single one of my decisions - I had such a positive birth experience this time around and I’m so grateful she helped create that for me." - Tatiana Alicea

"She's simply the most amazing human being and a fantastic birth doula. Her presence, warmth and professionalism made the biggest and most critical difference to our childbirth experience. Through this whole experience, when we look back, we realize that having Christine by our side changed everything for us, it was a true game-changer in every way. She made the entire process much more smooth, positive, meaningful and natural. If she had not been there with us, Tsering would most likely not have had the birth that we preferred." - Tsering Chodon
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