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#1 of 12 Old 03-27-2009, 04:03 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hello all! I'm giving birth in August, and I'm looking for some recommendations for a great doula. Unfortunately, the woman I really want is going to be on vacation around that time, so I can't use her. Thanks in advance for all your help.
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We loved our Doula, Elanna Posner...I don't have her number on me right now, but you can find her through birthday presence. good luck!

J- mama to E (8/08) and C (11/10)

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I had a homebirth with Rina Crane and I don't think I could have done it without her. She's fairly new, but this is obviously her calling! You can PM me for details. I think her website might be up- www.doularina.com -not sure. Her phone number is (917)340-1459. I cant say enough good things about her!
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I know both Elanna and Rina - wonderful women and I so glad each of you had them with you! Many people are out of town in August unfortunately (myself included) but I believe Stephanie Watson-Campbell and Camille Abbe will both be in town then. They are fabulous. Also, a newer doula I really like (I am mentoring her) is Tanya Willis.

Tanya, Rina, and Stephanie are all part of this fabulous doula co-op with me. You might check out that site and you can pick from dozens of doulas who are working together.

http://nycdoulacoop.com/


Good luck to you!

Megan Davidson, Labor & Postpartum Doula, Breastfeeding Counselor, Anthropologist, Mom to August (9) and Clay (4), Partner to Shawn.

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Hi there, I'm a newer doula, and will be in town in August.

I second the recommendation for the NYC Doula Co-Op. I trained with Natashia, who started that group, and she is amazing. I can only assume the same of the rest of the members.

You can also check out Metro Doula Group for a list of local doulas.

Best of luck to you!
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Hi there--

I used Tessa Lawrence, who works as Joan Bryson's birth assistant as well as a birth doula. She was wonderful and I can't recommend her highly enough. PM me for her info if you're still interested.

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Stephanie Watson Campbell was my doula and she is AMAZING! Her contact info is at her baby store website: http://www.storkstorenyc.com/
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I was very happy with Catherine Lindley Stewart

http://www.laborlove.org/index.html
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I had Natashia Fuksman present for my homebirth last year and she is truly amazing. I am happy to answer any questions you may have.
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I had Natashia Fuksman present for my homebirth last year and she is truly amazing. I am happy to answer any questions you may have.
Natashia is actually no longer attending births - just teaching childbirth ed and training new doulas for a while. She started the doula co-op I posted a link to above, though, and is really active still in mentoring and building doula community. you were lucky to have her - she is truly amazing!

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I'm birthing at the beginning of July with Lauren from http://nycdoulaservice.com/

I had the same issue - a bunch of people were either going on vacation, or having babies themselves this year!

I like Lauren a lot, and am looking forward to my birth with her She's very professional which I like. A lot of people I contacted were very slow in getting in touch, or didn't get back in touch with me at all. The most professional ones were all on vacation.

Good luck!
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I worked with Catherine Stewart-Lindley and she's fantastic. I definitely would have had a cesarean if she hadn't been there. My OB said that I shoud thank my lucky stars that Catherine was there and wanted her contact info for future clients. That's not at all the dynamic I had expected between OB and doula! Catherine's a pro and it really showed.
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