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Tribeca , New York City

Edna is a DONA International certified New York Doula and Postpartum Doula. Additionally, Edna is trained in comforting touch for birth, Hypnobirthing, and is a Certified Independent Placenta Services Provider. Edna takes delight in educating mothers on the various methods of placenta encapsulation and brings a personal touch to her work that has forged lasting bonds with her clients. She has been a doula for over 10 years and is based in lower Manhattan. Edna was born and raised in Israel; after studying Psychology at the University of Tel-Aviv, she came to New York, where both her professional and personal lives took root and flourished. She worked initially in the health care industry until her passion for empowering women inspired her to become a doula. Today, one of Edna’s greatest pleasures is to cook, often using recipes inspired by her Mediterranean background. She also enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her young adult daughter. Her experience as a mother, and her tireless drive to give new moms the highest quality of care, instantly puts her clients in a place of ease and comfort. Edna’s rich background and training, coupled with her deep commitment to supporting women during pregnancy and motherhood, ensure that under her care, couples are able to achieve the unique birth experience they envision.

Full Package
Birth Doula Essential Package

  • 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

We would highly recommend Edna as a doula. Edna was always early - to our meeting, while on call, and even for the post-birth meeting - an excellent characteristic for anyone, especially a doula. She always checked in with us during the pre-pregnancy appointments as well. During delivery, we found her to be compassionate and deeply knowledgeable about the birth process - at each stage providing explanations about what was going on and why which really helped support and give comfort to Mom (and Dad). She was very positive and very energetic about the process.  Edna is a very nice person and we were fortunate to have her present at the birth of our daughter.

Lucia and Rob

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.