Carol with a laboring mother

MCNYC requires that first time families have a doula present for their home births. At subsequent births, we highly recommend hiring a doula. Statistically, doulas have been shown to improve health outcomes and enhance the childbirth experience. It is important to find a doula that you feel comfortable with and, ideally, has home birth experience. Doulas can range in price from several hundred to several thousand dollars and generally are not covered by health insurance. Sometimes they will provide sliding scale fees. Below is a list of doulas that we have worked with and recommend. At the bottom of the page are postpartum doulas, who are trained to work with families and newborns. These are doulas we also have worked with and recommend.

Here’s a brief guide on what their credentials mean.

CD: Certified Doula
CBC: Certified Breastfeeding Counselor
CLC: Certified Lactation Counselor
IBCLC: International Board Certified Lactation Counselor (Clinical breastfeeding degree, can diagnose more serious breastfeeding issues; CBC and CLC often refer out to an IBCLC if the issue is greater than their scope.)

Labor Support Doulas

Raychel Franzen,,

Kori Krysh,,, 718-673-0931

Alaska McFadden,, 347-415-9903

Linsey Boisvert, Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Herbal Consultant, Prenatal Yoga, Sound Bath Facilitator,

Yael Borensztein, CD, IBCLC,,

Megan Davidson, CD, CLC,,

Samantha Huggins, CD, CBC,,

Liza Maltz, CD, CLC:,

Annette Perel, CD, CLC,

Anna Raczka, Birth and Postpartum Doula, BC,

Lynette Ramos, Birth Doula, Prenatal Yoga, Yoni Steam Facilitator,

Alicia Suarez, CD, CBC,,

Katie Tabor, Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Reiki Practitioner, Yoga Instructor,

Haley Tanner, Birth Doula,

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If you are looking for a doula that better fits your budget, try a newer doula [tier 1] as they tend to have more flexible rates:

Postpartum Doulas

Please inquire individually regarding package rates. Postpartum doulas may offer a package, hourly or otherwise scheduled.

Ashley Brichter,

Ruth Callahan,, 212-749-6613

Shoshana Cherson,, 617-365-0142

Kesha King,

Jennifer Lawlor-Nigro,

Amber Star Merkens,, 917-570-6185

Grace Veras Sealy,



Birth Photographers

Please inquire about package options.

Alena Benikovska,, 917-355-5509

Katherine Marivelle,,, 646-596-4213

Jacquelyn Tierney,