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
Laura Vladimirova, CD, CBC & Abby Block, CD, CBC
Yael Borensztein, CD, IBCLC
Lindsey Mayo, CD, CLC
Samantha Huggins, CD, CBC
Kasia Sanvee, CD, CLC
Elizabeth Mangum Sarach, CD
Megan Davidson, CD, CLC
Annette Perel, CD, CLC
Liza Maltz, CD
Alden Moore, CD
Haley Tanner, CD
Annette Perel, CD
Alicia Suarez, CD, CBC
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.
Please inquire individually regarding package rates. Postpartum doulas may offer a package, hourly or otherwise scheduled.
Amber Star Merkens
Grace Veras Sealy