NYC DOULA SERVICES
Curious about doula care options in the New York City metro area? Hello! I am very excited to help you with your birth! The best way to get started is to reach out to me via email or phone to get your initial questions answered. From there we can set up a meeting to get better acquainted. At this initial free consultation, held at a local coffee shop, I can answer questions you may have about what I do as a doula. It’s also a great chance for me to learn more about you and what you desire from your birth experience.
Once you hire me as your doula:
BEFORE LABOR: I like to meet with you in your home, about one month before your due date and after you have taken your childbirth education class. (You can choose to do a special package of doula care and discounted childbirth class with me if you like.) At this meeting we will explore together your plans for childbirth and how I can best support you. I also work with your partner to become the best support person ever so that you will be surrounded by love and care. This meeting usually takes 1-½ hours and I will ask you questions and take careful notes that I will then streamline and email to you for additional comments. By the end of this discussion we should all be on the same page concerning your birth plan and how I will be of help to you.
DURING LABOR: Once you are in labor, you will give me a call to check in (even at 3am I am looking forward to your call)! Many people feel comfortable laboring at home during the early phase and then ask me to join them and help when labor becomes more active. I am 100% on call for your birth from week 38 – 42. I am available to provide professional labor support in your home and/or at the hospital throughout your entire labor. My role includes emotional support for you and your partner, strategies for coping with labor contractions and progression, plus I can supply you with up-to-date information you will need for informed decision making.
Janet was a lifesaver during my two day labor. My husband and I still speak very fondly of her as one of the best parts of our birth experience (aside from our gorgeous son of course!). When I was exhausted and not progressing in my labor, she gently guided my husband and me to call the hospital and say exactly the right things to get me admitted quickly, saving us many unnecessary hours of pain and worry; she skillfully worked with the doctors and nurses to make the birth as low-stress and low-intervention as possible; served as a companion and reassurance to my excited (but nervous) husband; andoverall made the birthing experience an incredibly positive one. >>read more
AFTER LABOR: Once you have birthed your baby, I will help you establish breastfeeding. I can take pictures and get you all some food as well. Once I see that everyone is nicely settled, I will slip out so the 3 of you can enjoy postpartum time together. In the days following the birth, I will reach out to you to see how things are going and offer help if needed. A week later I will call to set up our postpartum visit. We will discuss the birth, go over any resources you may need and admire your sweet, beautiful baby!
"I know that I would not have been able to labor at home for as long as I did, confident in my health and well being there, if we did not have Janet reassuring us through the entire process. Janet has a nonjudgmental attitude and is honestly interested in listening and helping you have the birth that YOU want to have.” >>read more
My Doula Care in a Nutshell:
- Complimentary meet and greet
- Prenatal meeting in your home, help personalizing your birth preferences and take birth notes
- On call from week 38-42: 24 hour phone and email support
- Labor Support: Continuous support before, during and after labor and birth;
- TENS unit for use of back labor
- Hands on support for breastfeeding (I am a Certified Lactation Counselor) and assistance in the immediate postpartum period
- A postpartum home visit to discuss the birth and help you with any resources you may need
- On call back-up doula
DOULA FEES: Fee for this doula service is $2,000. To secure my service, I require half of my fee up front and a signed contract. The remaining balance is due at our postpartum visit.
**Special discount: $300 for childbirth education class if you hire me as your doula.