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Mama Maya Doula

Holistic Birth and Lactation Support

 

About Me

Hi, my name is Maya.  I am a mom, a holistic birth doula, and a certified lactation consultant serving families in Manhattan. I also proudly serve Spanish-speaking families en español!

 

My commitment to you as a doula is to guide you with compassion, warmth, and integrity in this special time, supporting your natural instincts as you prepare for your birth and life with a newborn.

 

I have a deep respect for the ability of women to birth intuitively when they feel safe, loved and calm. My practice combines a rational, evidenced-based approach to birthing with a holistic focus on the body-mind connection.

 

I am now practicing in partnership with Sophia O'Shaughnessy. Between the two of us we have birthed and nursed 3 beautiful boys of our own, attended over 125 births, and completed more than 25 certification and training courses. We offer a unique Concierge Doula Model. Get in touch to learn more!

 

My Services

Pregnancy coaching

First comes the excitement of a positive pregnancy test, and quickly after, a cascade of questions and decisions to make.  As your pregnancy coach, I help you:  

  • Find a care provider that fits your values and birth objectives

  • Understand and prepare for routine obstetric tests 

  • Create a birth plan

  • With exercises to encourage optimal fetal position for birth

  • Connect with other holistic prenatal care services and experts

  • Prepare emotionally for birth, including by addressing and healing past traumas

Birth Support

My goal is to ensure that you feel safe and cared for during labor. As part of that, I will be at your side to:

  • Make sure you have a calm birthing environment

  • Provide continuous support 

  • Support you with evidence-based information

  • Provide physical comfort through massage, heat therapy, relaxation techniques, and focused breathing

  • Guide you into different positions to help labor progress

  • Remind you of the important things, like your birth plan, as well as the basic things like to eat, stay hydrated and rest when appropriate

Lactation Counseling

Breastfeeding is  natural, but it isn’t always easy. As a certified lactation consultant, I can support you achieve your breastfeeding goals with:

  • Education on basic principles of breastfeeding

  • Teaching you your baby’s hunger cues

  • Troubleshooting latch issues

  • Tips for faster and more efficient pumping

 

Packages

Sliding scale available for pregnant folk that are BIPOC, undocumented, single, currently unemployed or medicaid recipients.

Labor Support Package - $2,200

  • Unlimited support prenatally via text, phone, and email

  • 1 initial meeting to introduce our work model and help you prepare for rest of your pregnancy

  • Centering group meetings on: coping techniques, postpartum planning and recovery, infant feeding and newborn care

  • 1 prenatal zoom meeting to review stages of labor and how we will work together as a team

  • Continuous, in person support for the labor and birth

  • Lactation support immediately following the birth

  • 1 optional additional postpartum visit to help with lactation

Lactation Consultation - $150

  • In-house visit to assess baby's latch and provide tips to troubleshoot breastfeeding issues

  • Note: I am not trained to diagnose medical conditions

Pregnancy Coaching - $250

  • Explain differences in medical care models and identify care providers that fit your values and goals

  • Review routine obstetrical tests and procedures, and discuss how to prepare for them

  • Teach exercises to help with optimal fetal position for labor 

  • Help you find childbirth education classes, and other perinatal services, as needed

 

Trainings and Certifications

Doula Organization of North America (DONA), September 2009

Birth Doula Training

The Matrona, November 2018

Advanced Holistic Doula Certification

Happy Children Project, February 2019

Certified Lactation Consultant

Hypnobirthing International, The Mongan Method, February 2019

Certified Hypnobirthing Support Doula

Evidence Based Birth, September 2018

Evidence Based Professional

Yiska Obadia, July 2017

Comforting Touch Doula

Spinning Babies LLC, October 2019

Spinning Babies Workshop

The Havened Birther, September 2019

Perinatal Havening Trainee

 

FAQs

How does your doula partnership work?

I am now part of a two-person doula team with Sophia O'Shaughnessy.  Between the two of us we have birthed and nursed 3 beautiful boys of our own, attended over 100 births, and completed more than 25 certification and training courses.  We do all of our prenatal and postnatal meetings together so that our support is seamless all the way through. We divide the on call time which means that only one of us (whoever is on call) attends the birth and the other doula serves as the back up. This way, you always know who will be supporting you. We really do feel that we can offer you twice the knowledge, twice the experience, and twice the commitment by working as a team.

What are the benefits of hiring a doula?

Medical evidence shows that doulas improve the outcomes of births by: reducing cesarean deliveries, lowering the use of pain medicines, increasing the occurrence of spontaneous births (ie. lower induction rates), improving rates of breastfeeding success, and facilitating overall higher maternal satisfaction rates.


While some doulas come equipped with additional skills, the research concludes that the most important factor in better birth outcomes is the continuous presence of a doula during labor.

Are doulas only for families wanting unmedicated births?

Not at all. Doulas are skilled to support any type of birth whether it be natural, medicated or a planned cesarean. I have experience supporting all types of birth both at home and in hospitals. During our prenatal meetings I will get to learn what your birth goals and values are, and I work with you to honor your wishes and help you advocate for yourself, throughout your labor.

How does a doula affect the role of my partner in my birth?

Doulas do not replace partners. In fact, I consider partners my strongest allies during births.  Despite my various trainings and years of experience attending births, no one knows the laboring mother as well, or is as invested in the overall experience of the birth, as the partner. As a doula, I like to honor this special place by involving partners in the process too, making sure they have all the information they need, teaching them comfort techniques, and creating space for intimacy between partner and laboring mother during birth.

Do you take insurance?

Unfortunately, my services are not eligible for insurance reimbursement. However, if you have an FSA or HAS, I can provide you with a detailed invoice when payment has been made in full, so that you can submit for reimbursement.

When is payment due?

I request a 50% deposit at time of engagement. This deposit guarantees that I am on call during your due date. The balance is due at 37 weeks of pregnancy.  I take payment on Venmo, via check, or cash.

As a lactation consultant, can you diagnose a tongue tie?

I am not trained medically to diagnose conditions. As a lactation consultant, I can examine your baby’s latch and mouth functions, and refer you to an ICBLC if additional help is required.

 

Reviews

 

Natalia and Darek

Maya has a wealth of knowledge - she helped us understand what to expect and how to manage certain situations. She was with us throughout the lengthy labor and delivery, and saying she went above and beyond is an understatement. We cannot imagine going through this roller coaster ride without Maya by our side, and we are forever grateful for her help.

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“Let choice whisper in your ear and love murmur in your heart. Be ready. Here comes life.”

Maya Angelou

 

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