Mama Maya Doula
Holistic Birth and Lactation Support
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!
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
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
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
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
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.
“Let choice whisper in your ear and love murmur in your heart. Be ready. Here comes life.”