Myla’s background in nursing, theatre, psychology and drama-therapy makes her a comprehensive provider. Before receiving her DONA professional doula training and certification in 2010, Myla helped opening a birth center in Uganda, where she learned techniques from traditional midwives to better support women during labor. She is as comfortable assisting in homebirths as in hospitals, with extensive experience in both. With in-depth training in "high-risk" birth circumstances, she is ready to support VBAC / HBAC mothers, twins (whether vaginal or via Cesarean), as well as vaginal breech deliveries. Her calming and loving demeanor combined with her commitment to create a space free of judgment, filled with creativity and joy, makes Myla the perfect provider for anyone excited to deeply engage in the journey of their pregnancy and birth.
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
When I started working with Myla Flores, right away I knew she was an expert at her job, but little did I realize that she would prove indispensable. She was there for me every step of the way. As a doula, she went above and beyond what I could have hoped for or even imagined. I met twice with her before the birth, and the week before I had my baby we were in constant contact by phone. She helped me tremendously with what I would call a “fear release” session, which helped me process traumatic birth experiences from the past. This empowered me to move forward and be able to stay strong the weeks leading up to and during the labor and birth. Importantly, I was able to experience the birth process naturally without pain medication, even after being induced with Pitocin. In fact, I gave birth on all fours like a mama bear, which was a teaching moment for most of the staff! She was so compassionate and made sure I knew that she would support me in whatever decision I made regarding what kind of birth I wanted. She gave me great advice as to how to communicate with doctors and nurses and gave me the support I needed so that I could make informed decisions for my baby and for myself. She has medical knowledge from all the births she has attended, gave me natural remedies for inducing which did help, she knows about hypnobirthing, which I practiced, and was able to help me relax and support me when I needed her most during labor, advocated for me and helped me have what I wanted – a natural mother-led birth. Before the birth, I was studying hypnobirthing with a well-known and trusted birth instructor and when I told her who my birth doula was she said with confidence “then you have the best doula in NYC!” Not only is she the best, but she brings the practice to another level. She takes her knowledge and wisdom, learned from each experience and passes it on to empower the next mother she meets. Because of her, I had an awesome, powerful experience bringing my baby into this world and I will have that wonderful memory for the rest of my life.
I think back to my first conversation with Myla – I remember feeling hesitant about having a doula at all because I had already had a vaginal childbirth without a doula – it was long and pretty difficult yet thankfully vaginal. Myla came referred from a Manhattan moms group where other moms shared about their birth doula experiences, and I reached out to another mom who recommended her. I wasn’t sure if a doula made sense for us, because I was already planning to have an epidural, like with my first birth. People I had spoken with said things like, “If you’re getting an epidural you probably don’t need a doula.” Yet one of the reasons I felt good about hiring Myla was because she had a great awareness of how to approach labor with an epidural. And while she was highly supportive of this choice, she also gave information on the possibility of not having one. Her experience with many second births, both with and without epidurals, seemed valuable, and she proved very capable and insightful during my actual labor and delivery. Myla suggested good positions to help me rest and encourage baby to come down, collaborating excellently with my L&D nurse. When my epidural stopped being effective, she helped us stay ahead of the issue which would have been a great challenge. She really was a great support to both me and my husband; as he put it, “it was like night and day” in comparison to our first time!
Myla was absolutely a Godsend for us. I made the decision to look into doulas when I was about five months pregnant after hearing about the benefits of having a doula and due to the anxiety that the childbirth process caused me. Myla came highly recommended from a friend of mine. After speaking to her we knew she was the right fit for us. We prepared for labor by taking a class and the two sessions with Myla so we definitely felt prepared as we looked for the signs of labor. We definitely didn’t expect three full days of labor which started on a Monday night and resulted in our beautiful baby girl on Friday morning of that same week. With Myla’s guidance and support, we made it through three very rough days of consistent contractions and very bad back labor. Myla kept both of us calm and reassured during this time and kept us at home as long as possible so I could avoid the interventions that doctors encourage when labor doesn’t progress quickly. She gave us extremely helpful suggestions and tips throughout the process and in particular when we finally arrived at the hospital that Thursday afternoon to ensure we would get admitted. I am confident that without her I likely would have ended up with a c-section due to my slow progressing labor. Myla had great relationships with the nursing staff, she had the same level of knowledge and expertise as the nursing staff and she worked alongside the doctors and hospital staff to support us in the delivery. She was non-judgmental and constantly asked me what our desires were throughout the process. She also was an invaluable support for me assist with our daughter’s first latch and provided helpful ongoing support and suggestions during those first challenging weeks of breastfeeding. I can honestly say Myla was such a pleasure to be around and we both don’t know how we would have gotten through without her support! Myla has a very calming effect. I feel like she is a part of our family now and I highly recommend Myla to anyone looking for doula support!
My husband and I wanted a doula to support us in having a natural birth. I met with over a dozen doulas, and Myla really stood out to me. I just felt like we clicked. She exudes calmness, balance, tranquility, and there was something about her which I felt like I needed during labor. Myla has vast experience, and the variety of different techniques and methods she’s familiar with and has used in the past really spoke to me. Whenever we talked, her voice was very calming, and she was very composed and knowledgeable. During our prenatal visits, she really got to know my vision for labor and birth and helped us in creating our birth plan. Myla offered additional labor coping techniques to practice beyond the great things we had already learned in a childbirth education class. During labor, I really liked her touch. Myla’s message and hip squeeze helped me cope. Also, the teamwork between my husband, Myla, and my midwife was great. Bobby had no idea how valuable it would be to have a doula added to our team, but in retrospect, the too appreciated having Myla’s support. Our postpartum visit was wonderful! In the first few days when we were trying to get our bearings and couldn’t figure out which way is up, Myla was incredibly helpful! We had a thousand questions. My major concern was breastfeeding, and she talked through everything. From making sure breastfeeding was going well to how to change a diaper, she had so many all-around great tips, and we really appreciated her time and help with all our concerns. We felt good about staying in contact with her. Myla remained helpful in the following months with breastfeeding support; it was simply beneficial to have knowledgeable support available if and when we needed it. Having a doula is very important, and having a doula like Myla is doubly important – attentive, knowledgeable, with such a calming presence, and incredibly equipped to comfort and help with labor in so many different ways was key for us! I’d recommend Myla to all of the people I know, regardless of what type of birth they hope to have.
We had such a positive experience working with Myla during my first labor: she was a comforting, helpful, warm presence. For my second birth, I was a bit anxious to think that things might be different or I could encounter an unexpected complication, so I wanted to feel secure in case we were to face some of the things you can’t quite prepare for. Dan and I felt it would be great to have an additional support person should questions arise and to help provide perspective if difficult decisions needed to be made. We wanted to create a sense of ownership and positivity about whatever happened during labor and birth, so we chose Myla as our doula the second time around as well. One of the things I appreciate about Myla is that she’s not only calm herself; she also has an ability to calm others. Her soothing energy changes the tone in the room. Beyond that, her actual physical support was very helpful! She has a sensitive way of making suggestions – helping me into different methods of pain relief without or being obtrusive or taking me out of the moment – and it all seemed to flow very naturally. When I was 10 cm, and my doctor allowed time to labor down, Myla talked me through in a steady gentle voice and helped me exist with the physical sensations I was experiencing. Instead of being overwhelmed with the discomfort of my baby’s head coming down, I was able to focus and stay connected to what was happening in a positive way.
Colleen & Dan
Myla was very supportive. I was very scared toward the beginning of my wife’s labor. I never knew how challenging it would be. I had never heard of a doula, and in Europe, I wonder if they even exist, yet now I see why people have doulas. I didn’t know how unsupportive medical staff could be. Although kind, they check you, say “Dos and Don’ts,” and then leave – much like our experience with the first birth. I wasn’t sure how a doula would help us, or if they are welcomed in the hospital environment, so it was a bit concerning, but I am glad we hired Myla. Not only did she support my wife and I, she worked seamlessly with the medical folks. The staff was totally at ease with Myla’s presence, as she carried a normal matter-of-fact presence, no tension, and extremely supportive. Everyone was comfortable. We are glad we chose Myla to support us through our VBAC success.
We had such a wonderful experience with Myla. She is such a beautiful soul, so gentle and nurturing. We couldn’t imagine having our birth without her. The attention she gave us and her presence throughout the whole experience really made everyone involved feel cared for and at ease. During our prenatal meetings, Myla helped us prepare for labor and birth, and we needed special support because we switched from hospital to home birth in the final weeks of pregnancy. Myla was always available if we ever had questions. Jamie especially appreciated her help as well. He mentioned that he felt like she was a guardian angel – there for every moment, reading his mind, and supporting him to be the best birth partner he could be. I sincerely believe baby Logan chose Myla to be with us as he was born. We were in such good hands with Myla, and we will definitely want her to support us for baby number two! One of my most memorable moments with Myla was when she came back to visit us postpartum. I was starting to feel challenged as I was second-guessing myself and my own god-given maternal instincts. Myla was very assuring. She told me to trust myself. She was so gentle with Logan and me during the time when he and I were getting to know each other. We turned off the lights, took off Logan’s onesie, and placed him on my bare chest to nurse. Myla spoke to me in such a powerful way about motherhood. I released my tears as Myla sat with me, and it was the most nurturing care I have ever received, and I learned how to be there for my new baby boy. I will always remember those moments breastfeeding Logan with Myla and am so glad she helped get us off to a good start. Myla, you are forever in our hearts!
Lindsey & Jamie