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

Laura Vladimirova, CD, CBC & Abby Block, CD, CBC

Yael Borensztein, RN, IBCLC, Certified Advanced Holistic Doula









Lindsey Mayo, CD, SMW

Samantha Huggins, CD, CBC

Kasia Sanvee, CD, CLC

Elizabeth Mangum Sarach, CD

Megan Davidson, CD, CLC

Annette Perel, CD, CLC

Liza Maltz, CD, CLC, Hypnobirthing Support

Joyce (2)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.

Postpartum Doulas

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

Amber Star Merkens

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Ruth Callahan

Kesha King

Grace Veras Sealy

Stephanie Heintzeler

Jennifer Lawlor-Nigro