Doula Support

When you feel tension arising, it means it’s time to ask for help
— Kristy Zadrozny
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Expecting(nyc)’s doulas are trained and supervised by our founder, Kristy Zadrozny. We are committed to providing evidenced-based, open-hearted support for our clients, so we offer regular advanced trainings to our staff and work collaboratively with OB's, Midwives, and hospitals all over NYC.

Our group practice model ensures you that all of our doulas have the same advanced training no matter their experience level, and they embody the values that are cornerstone to our practice. We have ongoing supervision and accountability meetings, so whomever you hire you are getting the wisdom and support of the whole team.

We understand our role as emotional and physical support, and are serious about helping you form a strong birth team, which includes loved ones, your care provider, and hospital staff. We never make medical decisions for you; rather, we help you understand and receive the information that is presented at your place of birth so you may make informed choices toward the healthy and satisfying birth you deserve. Our experience has proven to help families have a smooth transition from pregnancy to parenthood. To meet the doulas, join us at our free Monthly Open House!

 

BENEFITS OF HAVING A DOULA

  • Likelihood of a cesarean section reduced by 50%
  • Length of labor reduced by 25%
  • Use of synthetic oxytocin reduced by 40%
  • Use of narcotics reduced by 30%
  • Use of forceps reduced by 30%
  • Use of epidurals reduced by 60%

(sources: americanpregnancy.org, wellnessmama.com, evidencebasedbirth.com)


At Expecting(nyc), we apply the seven foundational attitudes of mindfulness to our practice as Labor and Postpartum doulas, and it is woven throughout all of our childbirth and parenting classes. Our method has been honed and perfected by our founder, Kristy Zadrozny, and her doula partner, Rachel King, after many years of witnessing the childbirth process. Additionally, the work of Nancy Bardacke, author of Mindful Birth, informs our doulas' training and supervision as the cornerstone of our childbirth education curriculum. Our doulas are also trained and certified through CAPPA, which shares and supports this approach. Come meet the doulas at our free Monthly Open House.

Our Method

Our unique method of preparation and support that has proven to be invaluable to our clients. In addition to these attitudes, we have developed a highly progressive and sustainable internal structure model of supervision and partnership. At Expecting(nyc), we truly uphold our identity as a group practice, supporting one another in our work. As our client, you are receiving the wisdom and support of the whole team, not just one doula.

The seven foundational attitudes we use as a guide for our practice and as a way to prepare our clients for the childbirth process include:

  • A Non-Judging Mindset towards our clients and their choices in childbirth
  • Patience, being in the present moment and allowing the process to unfold as it may without putting pressure or time restrictions on our clients or the birth process
  • Beginner's Mind, approaching each client with an open mindset, allowing us to see things as they really are in the present moment
  • Trust, as in Self-Reliance. We support all our clients in their inherent ability to give birth and parent as they know is right for them, teaching them to trust their intuition in pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum, and supporting them in this process
  • Non-Striving, allowing our clients to move through their birth process and preparing them for all they may encounter without trying to force an outcome or result
  • Acknowledgement, first, and then moving towards Acceptance for the outcome of each birth, even if things do not go as planned
  • Letting Go or Letting Be, resting with all outcomes, with whatever our clients experience without rejecting what is unpleasant or striving to what is pleasant

(sources: psychologytoday.com, mindfulbirthing.org, mindfullife.net.au)

 

Labor Support

Come join us for our free Monthly Open House to meet the doulas. Our practice includes Apprentice Doulas, Principle Doulas, and Senior Doulas - head over to Our Team for an introduction!

Apprentice Doula Package

Apprentice Doulas have been through Expecting(nyc)'s 20-hour Labor Doula Training and 8-week Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting training, and are excited to be gaining birth experience. They observe regular supervision meeting and have on-going support from the experienced doulas.

Birth Plan Basics Class, included in package

This course, taught by our experienced doulas, will cover birth plan preparation, mindfulness-based coping techniques, childbirth education.

Two Prenatal Home Visits

The first visit (34-36 weeks) is your birth preferences visit, where the Apprentice Doula will work with you to uncover the things that are most important to you for your birth, including logistics, roles in the process, and a review of mindfulness-based coping techniques, and they give you a very realistic expectation for the experience.

The second visit (37-38 weeks) is to help prepare you for the postpartum time. We go over newborn sleeping patterns, breastfeeding, and newborn hunger cues. We also help you figure out what kind of support you may need at home during this time so that you can be set up and prepared to learn about, and with, your baby.

Communication

Unlimited phone/email contact in pregnancy and immediate postpartum

On Call (24/7) from 38 weeks and until you give birth. We set aside 30 days for each client, and a doula from our practice will be within 1-2 hours of you from 36 weeks.

Birth Support

Emotional, physical, and spiritual support during your labor and birth

Postpartum Home Visits

We offer two postpartum home visits for providing basic support, including meal preparation, cleaning, and newborn care, to recognize challenges, and to provide referrals for other support you may need. We understand how challenging this time can be, so we make ourselves available for you by visiting usually within 2-4 days postpartum and then again within two weeks. We offer unlimited support during this time.

Fee $500

Principle Doula Package

In addition to Expecting(nyc)'s Labor Doula and MBCP Trainings, Principle Doulas are CAPPA Certified and experienced in birth. They lead many of the childbirth education classes, are active participants in the company's supervision, and receive continuous support from the Senior Doulas.

Two Prenatal Home Visits

The first visit (34-36 weeks) is your birth preferences visit, where we cover the things that are most important to you for your birth, including logistics, roles in the process, and mindfulness-based coping techniques, and we give you a very realistic expectation for the experience.

The second visit (37-38 weeks) is to help prepare you for the postpartum time. We go over newborn sleeping patterns, breastfeeding, and newborn hunger cues. We also help you figure out what kind of support you may need at home during this time so that you can be set up and prepared to learn about, and with, your baby.

Prenatal visits with Principle Doulas will also include individualized birth plan preparation, mindfulness-based coping techniques, and childbirth education.

Communication

Unlimited phone/email contact in pregnancy and immediate postpartum

On Call (24/7) from 38 weeks and until you give birth. We set aside 30 days for each client, and a doula from our practice will be within 1-2 hours of you from 36 weeks.

Birth Support

Emotional, physical, and spiritual support during your labor and birth

Postpartum Home Visits

We offer two postpartum home visits for providing basic support, including meal preparation, cleaning, and newborn care. Principle Doulas also offer basic breastfeeding support, recognizing normal patterns and catching any challenges that may come up and providing referrals. We understand how challenging this time can be, so we make ourselves available for you by visiting usually within 2-4 days postpartum and then again within two weeks. We offer unlimited support during this time.

Fee $1000

Senior Doula Package

Our Senior Doulas provide the most comprehensive support package. They have many years of birth and childbirth education experience and have worked with hundreds of families. Senior Doulas also offer prenatal massage therapy and IBCLC breastfeeding support.

One Prenatal Massage, included in package

Two Prenatal Home Visits

The first visit (34-36 weeks) is your birth preferences visit, where we cover the things that are most important to you for your birth, including logistics, roles in the process, and mindfulness-based coping techniques, and we give you a very realistic expectation for the experience.

The second visit (37-38 weeks) is to help prepare you for the postpartum time. We go over newborn sleeping patterns, breastfeeding, and newborn hunger cues. We also help you figure out what kind of support you may need at home during this time so that you can be set up and prepared to learn about, and with, your baby.

Prenatal visits with Senior Doulas will also include individualized birth plan preparation, mindfulness-based coping techniques, and childbirth education.

Communication

Unlimited phone/email contact in pregnancy and immediate postpartum

On Call (24/7) from 38 weeks and until you give birth. We set aside 30 days for each client, and a doula from our practice will be within 1-2 hours of you from 36 weeks.

Birth Support

Emotional, physical, and spiritual support during your labor and birth

Immediate postpartum nursing support is also provided by our Senior Doulas

Postpartum Home Visits

We offer 2-4 postpartum home visits to provide IBCLC breastfeeding support, recognizing normal patterns and providing instructional support to any challenges or complications that may arise. We understand how challenging this time can be, so we make ourselves available for you by visiting usually within 2-4 days postpartum and then again within two weeks. We offer unlimited support during this time.

Fee $3000

 

Postpartum Doulas

Expecting(nyc)’s doulas are here to tell you that the postpartum time can be challenging, so we highly suggest setting up a solid support structure for the postpartum time. This can include a visiting postpartum doula, family support, baby nurse, or even household help. Our postpartum preparation class can help you understand the kind of support you might need for this time.

Our Postpartum doulas are trained in the nuance and intricacies of taking care of a newborn. Our job is to be with you during this transition so that you can feel confident in your abilities as a new parent and stay present at this time of transformation. 

Postpartum Visits are usually 3-4 hours each and include: 

  • Evidence-based breastfeeding support  
  • Newborn education (hunger & communication signs)
  • Sleep strategies
  • Sibling preparation and care
  • Meal preparation and light housekeeping
  • Developing support network
  • Accompanying to doctor appointments
  • Phone and email support
  • Professional referrals, as needed

$65/hour

If you feel like you might want a Postpartum Doula that can offer in-depth postpartum support, please contact us.

 

Fertility Support

It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes our clients hire us before they are even pregnant! At this point, our role is focused on helping to identify the kind of birth you envision for yourself by steering you towards a place of birth and recommendations for care providers that might suit your needs. We have also supported women going through the process of egg freezing and IVF in the capacity of preparation, accompaniment to/from the fertility clinic, and emotional support as they go through the process. Click here to view more information on consultations. Please also head over to massage therapy and acupuncture to see how these services can support you.

Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have regarding pregnancy and birth in NYC.