Our Doulas

Ildi and Sam

Advanced Doulas

Ildi

Certified Birth Doula, Childbirth Educator, Lactation Educator
Experience with: VBAC, twins, high risk, single parents, LGBTQ families, Hypnobirthing, unmedicated births

Ildi is a mother, a wife, a daughter, an educator, and dedicated labor support person who believes everyone deserves support during the perinatal phase of their lives. She dedicates her services to support others through knowledge, care and compassion. As a birth and postpartum doula and childbirth educator, she support individuals and families throughout pregnancy, labor, delivery, and postpartum.

Ildi believes that everyone should receive evidence-based, unbiased information to be able to self-advocate and choose the care they desire for the best possible perinatal experience. She makes sure that your questions are answered, your concerns are alleviated and your pregnancy and birth are treasured for the rest of your life. No matter if it is your first pregnancy or fourth, she is devoted to making it as beautiful as possible.

Having lived and worked in four different countries around the world, and with fluency in three languages, she has a unique appreciation of cultural, linguistic and spiritual nuances. Ildi is a PALS certified birth doula. She completed her DONA International approved birth doula training in 2013 in New York City.  She was part of one of the first hospital doula programs in the nation, the Swedish Doula Program, in Seattle WA. Now, she currently lives in Mamaroneck, NY with her husband and two daughters. She loves hiking, cooking and skiing!

Sam

Birth/Postpartum Doula, Certified Lactation Support Counselor, Yoga Teacher
Experience with: VBAC, twins, high risk, single parents, LGBTQ families, Hypnobirthing, unmedicated births

Sam was called to birth work after years in the mental health health field working with children and families. Transitioning into doula work combined her passions for supporting the well-being of people in her community, combating systemic injustices, and centering mindful family care. Sam values your trust deeply and honors your choices, acknowledging and respecting your own expertise on your body and baby.

Sam’s role in the Birth and Postpartum space is to provide emotional, spiritual, physical, and informational support to families. She makes every effort to encourage clients’ educated decision-making, reassure them throughout the perinatal experience, as well as advocate for their birthing choices both in and out of the delivery room. In partnership with parents, she helps illustrate what they desire for their birth and postpartum experience. This plan is crafted through a mindful combination of evidence-based techniques, effective comfort measures, and cultural practices to foster a positive birth and postpartum environment for the birthing person and their entire family.

In addition to birth and postpartum work, in her free time she also enjoys practicing yoga, creating art, cooking delicious foods, and spending time in nature.

Birth Support Package: $3,450

  • Phone/text/email support from the time of hiring

  • 2 prenatal sessions

  • Continuous support throughout the duration of your labor

  • 2 postpartum check-ins within two weeks after birth

Birth Support and Extended Postpartum Support Package: $3,990

  • Phone/text/email support from the time of hiring

  • 2 prenatal sessions

  • Continuous support throughout the duration of your labor

  • 4 postpartum sessions (3hrs each) over the course of the first month postpartum

Optional add-ons:

  • Daytime postpartum visits ($60/hr)

  • Overnight visits with Sam ($50/hr, extra for twins)

  • Private classes with Ildi:

    • Childbirth Education class: $400 (or $500 in-person)

    • Lactation Class: $200 (or $300 in-person)

    • Infant Care: $200 (or $300 in-person)

Testimonials

“As a first time mother of “advanced maternal age”, I knew I wanted to have some additional support for me and my husband through the pregnancy, birth, and postpartum journey. When I had my initial meeting with Ildi and Sam, I felt at ease. They both projected a sense of steady calmness paired with knowledge and experience. I appreciated their model of having two doulas on call, and the chance to get to know both of them. Most of all, I appreciated and valued how they were able to help us pivot when I wound up needing to be induced at 37 weeks. I was very thrown by the necessary change in plans and anxious about the outcome both for me and my baby. Ildi and Sam met with my husband and I several times once we knew we’d have to be induced and they reassured us about the aspects of the labor and delivery we could still plan for and have some degree of control over. During my labor, Sam was there with us and her presence was very calming and I felt assuring for both me and my husband–having her there with us helped us both feel less alone with the process. It was so valuable having someone in our corner and with us for the whole day.    And our two postpartum meetings were a wonderful way to debrief and process the experience, as well as have support during the challenging early weeks of parenthood.  My husband and I are so thankful for our experience working with Sam and Ildi–as my husband has said, he didn’t know a doula could support both of us but now he completely sees the value for both partners in having the support of a doula. “

“I cannot say enough good things about our experience with Sam and Ildi. I come from a background in healthcare and work as a doctor in a large hospital, so I felt like I knew everything I needed to about the pregnancy and labor and delivery process, but having Sam by our side throughout the delivery and during the postpartum journey was still invaluable. My husband and I both found the prenatal visits we had incredibly helpful, when we learned ways to prepare for and cope during labor, how to change a diaper, how to burp a baby, and how to breastfeed. Additionally, Sam and Ildi provided us with extra online resources that helped me feel particularly prepared for breastfeeding after delivery. We were in the hospital for a prolonged labor and delivery process, and I largely credit Sam’s knowledge and support with helping me avoid a cesarean section delivery. She was there throughout my labor, helping with position changes to support the baby descent and progress through the labor process, and her physical and emotional support during the delivery was amazing. At the beginning of my pregnancy, my husband was a little confused about my desire to hire a doula and skeptical about the extra cost, but by the time Sam left the hospital after our daughter was born, he said he did not know how anyone goes through the birthing process without having a doula, and he agreed that her presence was really essential. On top of all this, both Sam and Ildi are both easy to be around and easy to talk to, in addition to all of the knowledge they are able to provide you with. Like I said, I cannot say enough good things about them, and we highly recommend them for anyone looking for a doula team!”

“My partner and I had an invaluable experience with Ildi as our doula. I was looking for someone who was not only knowledgeable and comforting, but also practical and direct. Ildi brought all of that along with the levity we needed in the months leading up to my baby’s birth, as well as during labor and delivery. Arriving at the hospital with Ildi was a huge relief as she was familiar with everything and able to ease our worries by answering our questions. With all of the nurses and doctors coming and going and the various beeps, cables and machines, having her there to tell us what was what and who was so crucial in soothing our nerves. I ended up needing a cesarean and I was reassured knowing that I had done everything within my power to prepare for birth, which also meant not necessarily being able to control what it would look like. That preparation included having a doula by my side, and with Ildi there as a supportive figure it truly made all of the difference in making my birthing experience a positive one.”

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