What is a labor doula?
From the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA)
"CAPPA Labor Doulas fill an important role in providing emotional, physical, and evidence-based, informational support to the birthing client and their family before, during, and after birth."
"The Labor Doula works with families during pregnancy, during labor and in the birth process, and in the immediate postpartum time, offering support, encouragement, information, comfort, and referrals as needed. Labor Doulas can be found working in the community in private practice, in cooperatives, as part of groups or agencies, as well as serving in various community programs."
What does research say about doulas?
Here are a few recent research articles about labor doulas, birth outcomes, and health:
Can I hire you as my labor doula?
Note: I am currently taking clients with due dates June through August
I am a psychology student at Sarah Lawrence College and a doula-in-training with CAPPA.
I have extensive experience caring for children ages 6 months - 12 years, and would be happy to support a family with siblings attending the birth. My experience with kids comes through years of babysitting, as well as 1.5 years (second year cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic) working in preschool classrooms. References available upon request.
I am happy to work with LGBT+ clients, as well as disabled clients / clients with disabilities!
If you choose to hire me as your doula, my services would include:
Two meetings before birth
Text message or email support throughout pregnancy, with replies guaranteed within 24 hours
24/7 on-call hours for 30 days leading up to the due date
In-person support throughout labor
One or more check-ups after birth, as needed
Optional photographs before, during, and/or after birth
I'm available to attend births in hospitals, birthing centers, clients' homes, or over video calls. You must have a doctor or midwife attending your birth as well. Doulas are not medical professionals; we provide informational, emotional, and physical support.
I live in the Fleetwood area of Yonkers, but I'm open to working in other locations in New York.
I need to attend three births in order to receive my full certification as a labor doula. For this reason, the first three families to hire me will receive my services for FREE.