Birth is beautiful and wondrous. It is also just something women do.

Like other transformative life events, birth is sensual, intimate and can be challenging. As a childbirth educator and birth doula I believe in you and your body's innate wisdom to birth as nature intended. I understand the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of the birthing woman. How a woman feels during her labor matters. She will replay details of her birth story, reminiscing for years how she felt when kind words carried her through her hours of hard work, or how harsh words deflated her. I labor with the mother at home, assuaging anxiety and easing discomfort. I travel with her to the hospital or birth center and am there with my knowledge, my hands and my intuition from beginning to end.

birth doula huntington long islandUnlike doctors and nurses, who have commitments to many birthing women at once, I give continuous nurturing support and encouragement exclusively to one woman at a time. Even midwives, who are typically more present than obstetricians, have clinical responsibilities that take priority over the mother’s emotional needs. My work is heart-oriented, not medically oriented and therefore does not duplicate the work of medical professionals.

As a licensed acupuncturist, I can enhance the traditional doula role by using acupuncture to encourage the safe and gentle unfolding of this natural process. I can help labor move forward if it slows, strengthen mother’s energy if it wanes and ease discomfort.

I have been helping Long Isalnd and Manhattan couples joyously birth their babies since 2007. It remains a great honor and a privilege to this day. If you are considering working with me, I invite you to contact me for an initial meeting so we can determine if we are a good fit. References available upon request.

suggested reading

Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer

Birthing from Within by Pam England

Momma Zen by Karen Maezen Miller

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