Bed-Stuy , Brooklyn
The spirit of family is central to Simone’s mission in life. The oldest of 5 and watching aunts, cousins and grandmas every weekend cook and tend to one another, he is fueled by the belief that everyone should have access to support and resources even when they may find themselves distant from their relatives. Inspired by the birth of her own daughter in 2014 and the guidance she received from her doula, Simone went on to become a certified birth and postpartum doula, childbirth educator, lactation consultant and doula mentor through Doula Trainings International. Her passion for birth education and community development led her to establish the doula mentorship collective, Wombs and Wisdom. Simone has worked with the Women, Infant and Children Program (WIC) to increase nutritional and breastfeeding awareness in communities. She has assisted families in the foster system, in shelters, within the LGBTQ community, families with special needs, premature births and families of multiples. Simone has an enduring commitment to provide support, care and education to those from all walks of life.
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
Simone is the greatest! Upon meeting her I knew right away she was the kind of calm, positive, supportive energy I wanted to have in our home after the birth of our first child. We, ironically, went into labor a mere five hours after our initial meet and greet (three weeks before due date). Having someone we could immediately call and help walk us through what we needed to do while laboring at home was invaluable. Simone is kind, caring, funny, and has a very big heart. She made our first few weeks of navigating our new life a breeze. Helping set up key stations in the house (bottle/pump washing/changing and diaper bag) and providing hands-on nursing/latching support was the most helpful thing in those first few days at home, and I don't know what I would have done without her. Simone will forever be a part of our lives and our story and we are so grateful for her support, care and continued assistance whenever we have a random question. Highly recommended!
I previously worked with Simone in a postpartum doula capacity and had an amazing experience, so when I got pregnant with my second I knew I wanted to work with her again. This time Simone worked with us as a birth doula. She was absolutely wonderful and provided us exactly the type of support we needed. As it was a second birth we didn't need as much education as the first time around, but a refresher was definitely helpful and Simone provided it in a constructive, thoughtful way. She was a comforting presence throughout the birth process and helped me start breastfeeding almost as soon as our son was out. I couldn't be happier with me decision to work with Simone again and would strongly recommend her to anyone looking for a birth or postpartum doula.
Simone was a wonderful support leading up to the birth, during labor and postpartum. Her calm demeanor was comforting during the birth and she had great techniques for helping me manage pain during labor. She had lots of resources we needed and stayed in touch throughout to check on us and ensure we had the support and information needed. She was also very knowledgable and helpful with trouble shooting breast feeding issues in the early weeks. It was a plus to us that she was experienced with home births as well since we really wanted to work with someone who had experience in that setting.
Simone was our doula for both of our children. We happened to find her through various research results for our first child and l appreciated how relatable she was, I liked my level of comfort with her and we discovered that she was very knowledgable about patient options. We stressed to her that we were looking for someone to advocate for us and articulate to us- various options we had while in the hospital for delivery- including any implications that might stem from it- in a quick manner (if needed). Simone was happy to oblige and very capable in doing so. When it was time for our second child's delivery- we were fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Simone again. I say fortunate because this woman had recently had another child herself and I don't beleive she was taking on clients at that time- and she somehow found time for us. She coached and supported us with the deliveries for both children with skill, warmth and compassion.
Simone is a kind & welcoming presence. She exudes the sort of warmth and calm demeanor that you definitely want around you during a birth (or in the chaotic weeks that follow). We used her for 15 hours postpartum work but I would hire her for a birth in a second. She's great with advice both big and small, and she also gave me a great recommendation for a sitter for my 2-month-old.
Simone was our doula and helped deliver our baby girl at the end of October at NYU. From the moment we met Simone, we felt she was the perfect doula for us. She is calm and easy - and thoroughly explained us what we could expect from her during labor. In the hospital, Simone was truly a fountain of peace and calm. She quietly would explain to us what was happening in moments of heightened activity, and provided relief for the both of us. She felt like a family member in the room with us. Moments after our daughter was born, Simone gently helped with latching and breastfeeding. During her postnatal visit, Simone gave us good advice on a great lactation consultant for us to see. We would reccommend Simone to any parents-to-be. She is warm, generous, kind, and wise and we were glad that she was one of the first people our daughter met.
My husband and I decided to hire a doula for the birth of our first child. We wanted someone who would help with relaxation techniques during labor and someone who would be our advocate at the hospital. Simone did both successfully and so much more. She was there to answer any questions that we had leading up to the day of my delivery. She also made herself available in the postpartum phase. Her easy-going, calm demeanor was exactly what we needed, and she was a pleasure to work with. We were both very happy that we made the decision to hire a doula and that we chose Simone to help us welcome our baby into the world.
Although I knew that my birth experience would not be anything like I could imagine, I never thought an epic blizzard would be part of the story. Having Simone to help us through labor at home and getting to the hospital was a huge help to me and my husband. We would have been so panicked and scared without her calming presence. Her attention to our needs before, during, and after the birth of our daughter was amazing. Having my daughter was an amazing yet overwhelming experience. I really would have been lost many times without her support.
As a first-time Dad, I was very nervous about the process of childbirth. Having somebody to ask questions -- sometimes, the same questions over & over again was helpful. And then, to make things even more exciting, our daughter decided to come during the blizzard of Jan 2016. With Simone's help, we labored at home as much as possible, still keeping in mind that we had to leave for the hospital when it was snowing heavily outside, and then her support through a rough cab ride to the hospital was something that I can't put a value on. Let me put it another way -- hire her, if you are considering a Doula.