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Sam

Birth and Postpartum Doula, Breastfeeding Counselor

Sam found her way into doula work through her passion for reproductive justice. As a natural advocate and a strong believer in a woman’s right to decide what happens to her body, the volunteer doula program at a local hospital caught her attention. After serving over 100 hours and attending her first few births at NYU Winthrop hospital, she knew she had to pursue this work full-time. Her doula support revolves around building a strong foundation of trust and understanding with her clients. She provides unbiased, evidence-based information so her clients can form strong intentions for their births, and she walks them through how to advocate for themselves so they can be open to whatever birth they were meant to experience. Sam ensures her clients know their options and helps them communicate their wishes to their medical providers so they are in control every step of the way. She has a degree from Colgate University in Psychology and Sociology and is a Certified Breastfeeding Counselor. When she’s not working, she’s cuddling with her dogs, boxing, or baking (usually bread for postpartum visits!)

Erica

Birth/Postpartum Doula, Hypnobirthing certified, Childbirth Educator

Erica has worked in women’s health for many years and has always been fascinated with pregnancy and birth. After many years as a childcare provider for newborns and infants, she made the transition to become a doula. Her choice was solidified after the birth of her niece - seeing how amazing and powerful her sister was during labor and birth. Erica is elated to devote her time supporting and encouraging mothers and families as they prepare to welcome a new baby to their family. Erica holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland in Behavioral and Community Health. She is a Certified Birth Doula through DONA International, a certified HypnoBirthing® Doula, and a Certified Childbirth Educator. As a doula, Erica aims to guide families through labor and birth by providing a calm, supportive, and encouraging environment. She does this using comfort techniques, massage, encouraging words and mantras, and essential oils.

Testimonials

“Our search for a doula was prioritized around finding someone whose personality was the best fit for the daunting and incredibly intimate experience we were about to undertake with the birth of our first child. Without a doubt, we found the perfect partner in Samantha, whose knowledge of helpful resources and expertise in the subject of pregnancy set a very high bar, but most importantly, whose empathetic, supportive and reassuring approach to the birth experience gave us so much more confidence than we would have had otherwise. Leading up to the due date, Samantha provided great knowledge of what was to come, helpful exercises to prepare for the big day and was always quick with a response by phone or text whenever we needed one. Once we were at the hospital, Samantha kept close tabs on how things were progressing, and from the moment she arrived to join us through the birth of our son, she was an invaluable partner to have in our corner. Samantha even made a point to recommend and attend a breastfeeding class around 5 days after the birth to ensure things were progressing smoothly in the days when we were still learning how to be parents to our little boy. Overall, we could not recommend Samantha highly enough to others looking for a great doula for their pregnancy!” - Maeck & Jeff

“When we got pregnant, my wife brought up the idea of a doula. I was very skeptical and didn’t really know much about the subject. This was our second baby and I knew we needed the extra help since my wife wanted an unmedicated VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean), so we went along to meet various doulas. When we first met Sam, we immediately felt connected and we knew she was the right person to support us on this journey. We met with Sam a couple of times before our due date and she taught us a few positions, shared resources, and gave us lots of tips to help my wife manage the pain during the first stages. The day my wife started having contractions, we reached out to Sam and followed up several times until it was time to go to the hospital. We met Sam there and she immediately started to support my wife with various techniques to help with the pain. Sam is very resourceful and was with us all the way. Not only she was really helpful with my wife but also guided me through the process. Our baby girl was delivered on Oct 4 at 12:20am, Sam was with us all the way, she helped my wife with her pain and also supported her emotionally. We could not have done this without Sam, she was a great support and I would totally recommend her to anyone looking for a doula.” - Diana & Andres

“Erica was one of three doulas I met with to support my birth experience and after our initial meeting I knew I wanted her as my doula. She has an extremely calming, confident nature. I am one hundred percent sure the reason my labor was short and easily handled was because of Erica. I was able to concentrate on just breathing. Erica continues to check in on our family and makes trips to see our daughter.” – Heather, Queens

"We can't imagine what this process would have been like without your support, kindness and love. From midnight Q & A to mid-day Oreos, from labor pains to family pains - you had us covered. We're ever grateful to have found you!" – Heidi & Brad, Brooklyn

"We had so many plans for our birth and or course, nothing happened the way we planned it. Erica made us feel comfortable and informed and talked us through all of the difficult decisions. Erica was a huge part of making our birth story so positive. She helped us advocate for ourselves and feel like we understood what was happening." – Nicole & Kevin, Long Island