Abby & Anna

8 Stories
Flatbush , Brooklyn

Abby believes that our experiences of birth - as women, as birth partners, and as babies - have an everlasting impact on who we are and who we become; that a positive birth experience is a positive impact on society at large. Anna is a mother and a lifelong artist. She is creative, sensitive and agile; able to stay fluid and present with the dance of pregnancy and the flux of early motherhood. Together, Abby and Anna offer an incredibly comprehensive program. Hypnobirthing, Essential Oils for Pregnancy and screening for Postpartum Mood Disorder are just some of the additional services that set them apart from other providers. Influenced by their careers as dancers and bodywork practitioners, along with their own experiences as mothers, Abby and Anna bring a high level of intuition and intelligence into their work. With joy and a sense of play, they are able to help facilitate your journey through the complex and multi-dimensional process of pregnancy and birth with loving, attentive care, evidence-based practices, and a profound commitment to your healthy and satisfying pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experience.

Full Package
Birth Doula Essential Package

$2,500.00
  • Two prenatal meetings at your house
  • 24/7 on-call service after 37 weeks
  • Continuous presence during labor and delivery
  • Immediate breastfeeding support after delivery
  • One postpartum meeting at home
  • Full email and phone support
  • Resources and referrals

"I can not imagine the birth of my daughter without Anna by my side. She was a calm, serene and devoted presence throughout my labor, helping to make the process (even with a last minute transfer to the hospital) a peaceful and spiritual event for both myself and my partner. She "read" me extremely well, and seemed to anticipate what I needed at every moment, from hydration to soothing touch to soothing my partner. Giving birth was the most profound experience of my life, and Anna supported and enriched that experience from my pregnancy to holding my amazing newborn baby in my arms."

Julia J.

"I can't imagine going through labor without Anna by my side. Anna was so calm, reassuring and available for me during the entire labor. She worked so well with my husband and the hospital staff and she was able to support me in the birth that I wanted and the birth was such a special experience. Anna has a ton of knowledge but she also has intuition and a great presence. I highly recommend Anna!!"

Jessica G.

"Anna was our doula through my vaginal birth with Midwife Rochelle Lipschutz at Beth Israel Hospital in October of 2014. My husband and I came out of the experience grateful for Anna's expert advice, kind touch, and trusting support. During the second and third trimester Anna was available with any questions or concerns we presented. We were able to be open and honest regarding sensitive topics. She handled scheduling and communication in a professional and compassionate way. She has an extensive network of support services and was helpful in choosing a childbirth Education class, acupuncturist, massage therapist, etc. During labor Anna supported the role of my husband during this intimate time while providing important guidance when decisions needed to be made. My midwife and labor nurse commented on Anna's professionalism and expertise. She held my hand through the birthing of my daughter and I wouldn't have had it any other way. Three months later Anna remains an available support with referrals and questions. It is clear that Anna is not only talented in what she does, she has a passion and love for her clients and their babies that goes well beyond the paid services she provides."

Christina

"Choosing Anna as our birth doula was one of the best decisions we've made - she was so warm, calm and supportive. I remember saying "thank you" many times to both her and my husband during labor with my daughter - and still am very grateful. My midwives were also very impressed with how helpful she was, and told me so. I highly recommend her."

Erica P.

"Anna, seriously, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. We could not have done it without you."

A. R.

"From the very first meeting until the postpartum visits, Anna was a wonderful support and resource to our family. Her calm demeanour coupled with the wealth of information about preparing for labor, possible pain, and birth were key in helping to bring our daughter into this world. Anna demonstrated a genuine interest in getting to know who we are and what type of experience we wanted to cultivate. Anna was also flexible when the time came to change our labor and birth wishes. She kept her promise to remain supportive no matter what happened. I recommend those looking for a wonderful doula to consider Anna."

Sara S.

"Anna was our doula for my first pregnancy this past year. My fiancee and I decided to hire a doula for two reasons: this was my first birth with no clue as how to go about things and I wanted a birth as natural as possible in a hospital (which can be hard to do these days in NYC). We found Anna's assistance to be invaluable. She was with us every step of the way from providing a ton of information on how to prep the body/uterus for a natural birth to responding to texts at one in the morning when my labor started. Postpartum followup was amazing giving us space to bond as a new family and being available to visit when the time was right. I now have a beautiful and healthy baby girl that was born in the hospital, naturally, and I owe it all to Anna's expertise and professionalism throughout the entire process. I would hire Anna again...in a heartbeat!"

Amy H.

"I can't thank you enough--literally, there aren't words--for all that you did for me and my family. James and I are so deeply grateful for your guidance, love, support, calm, and ability to give us courage and strength. I feel so very blessed and lucky. We couldn't have done it without you."

M.S.

Your Doula is your primary source for emotional, physical and educational support during pregnancy and throughout the entire birthing process. Your Doula is there to help your birth be safe, empowering and a memory that you will cherish for life. Doulas are available for phone consultations throughout the pregnancy and will schedule visits with you in person leading up to delivery. After 36 weeks of gestation, your Doula will be on call 24hrs a day, and will be fully and constantly present during labor. Your Doula acts as an advocate and is there to support your choices regarding your pregnancy and birth; they do not impose their own agenda.
A Doula will support and empower your choices for your pregnancy, whether it is a natural birth, medicated, or cesarean; be it a home birth, at a birthing center, or in a hospital. The Cochrane Review recently published a study stating: “... Supportive care during labour may enhance physiological labour processes, as well as women's feelings of control and confidence in their own strength and ability to give birth. This may reduce the need for obstetric intervention and also improve women's experiences”.
A Doula is there to support your decisions. Think of it as the co-pilot on this journey, minus the decision making privilege. Only YOU and your partner are legally responsible for any decisions made during pregnancy, birth and afterwards. To put it simply: NO.
Anytime. This is a personal decision you will make when you feel you need support outside from your family and friends, an unbiased voice, a friendly expert, an active witness of this beautiful stage of your life.
Yes. Doulas are supportive of whatever decisions parents make during pregnancy, birth and/or afterwards. A Doula should never encourage nor discourage a mother to choose between having a medicated or unmedicated birthing process. They will be able to review the pros and cons of your decision if you feel so inclined to share it with them.
Yes. Again, a Doula is an extra pair of hands, ears, a voice that can help you express your wishes at a very vulnerable time. A Doula will never make a decision for you, but can certainly help you feel supported about the ones you make. That includes a C-section.