Over the years, I've attended births at/with:
St. Lukes Roosevelt (midwives and OBs) L&D floor always, sometimes planned, sometimes attempted birthing center), NYU (Cityscape and other OBs), NY Downtown, Bellevue, Methodist (midwives and OBs), Maimonidies, Beth Isreal (midwives and OBs), Cornell, Mt. Sinai, Brooklyn Birthing Center, Kings County, NY Presbyterian, St. Vincent's Birthing Center in CT, Lennox Hill, Holy Name in Teaneck, NJ, North Shore LI, Bronx Lebanon, Hudson Hospital in Hudson, NY, and Worth and Mussalli.
Homebirths with: Marcy Tardio, CNM, Memaniye Cinque, CNM, Stacey Rees, CNM, Joan Bryson, CNM, and Miriam Schwarzschild, CNM.
I welcome going to new places with new providers, many great births have been first times for me.
In addition to my private practice; I am a member of the NYC Doula Coop, www.nycdoulacoop.com.
And I am also a member of the By My Side Birth Support doula program, a federally funded doula program providing doulas for low-income women in certain zip-codes of Brooklyn. 11207, 11212, 11216, 11221, 11233—basically, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville, and part of East New York. We are the only federally funded doula program that pays our doulas and provides services free to our clients. To see if you qualify, you can contact our director Mary Powel-Thomas at 646-253-5866/Fax646-253-5623/ firstname.lastname@example.org.
My clients are mostly first time moms, some second time moms, one third time mom. Ages of my clients have ranged from 17 to 42. My clients relationship status range, some married, some partnered, gay, single, and other. I've attended VBACs and one twins birth.
Many clients have gone without any medical pain management, many have chosen medical pain management, and I support both. To help moms cope I've used hypnobirthing, massage, yoga asasnas, yoga breathing, regular breathing, hydrotherapy, walking, resting, vocalization, chanting, hugs, hand-holding, back rubbing, push coaching, position suggesting, encouraging drinks, food when appropriate, music, singing together, rocked, squeezed, wriggled, reassuring smiles, silence, space, listening, information, patience and more.