Alison Iven Doula
Alison Iven Doula
Offering New York City families professional, compassionate, nonjudgmental birth and postpartum doula care in order to build confidence and help new parents thrive.

Birth Support

The birth of a child is one of the most memorable days of one's life and a doula is there to walk you though it.

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My support is unique in that I am here just for you and your family. From helping you to find the right care providers for you, to navigating pregnancy and planning for the postpartum time, I am your resource for informational and emotional support throughout this time. I join you for your labor and stay with you until after the birth. I visit you postpartum to help you ease into this transition with the right information and support for you. Everyone's path is unique, and I hope to guide you gently down yours. 


Consultation

A free consultation is offered for anyone thinking of hiring for birth support. The consultation is approximately 30-40 minutes in-person or via phone during which we discuss any questions you may have about doula services, go over the details of our contract, and see if we are a good fit. I always tell perspective clients to choose the doula they feel most comfortable with since they will be spending a lot of intimate time together!


During Pregnancy

Typically, I offer two prenatal visits during your pregnancy. The first is to discuss things that are most important to you for your birth, including logistics, roles in the process, coping techniques, and give you a realistic expectation for the experience.

A second visit is to help you prepare for postpartum. We discuss newborn sleeping patterns, breastfeeding, and newborn hunger cues. I also help you figure out what kind of support you may need at home during this time so that you can be set up and prepared to learn about, and with, your baby.

  • Email, text, and phone support throughout your pregnancy.

  • Birth happens when it wants, I’m on call for you 24/7

  • Provide resources and referrals, as needed.


During Labor & Delivery

I come to your birthing location when you request and stay for the duration of your labor and birth.

  • Help you understand what is expected at each stage of birth.

  • Help you and your partner(s) navigate your birth setting (especially helpful for hospital-based births).

  • Assist with comfort techniques, including: guided breathing, relaxation, movement, effective positions for labor and comforting touch/counter-pressure.

  • Foster good communication with your medial team and help you gather the information you need to make informed decisions about your birth.

  • Provide continuous emotional, physical and informational support.


After Delivery

I remain with you 1-2 hours after the birth to support the birthing person’s desire to bond and lactation support to ensure comfortable nursing relationship for both or, help transition your family to recovery immediate after birth so that bonding and rest can take place.


Postpartum

Within two weeks of the birth, I visit you at home as you settle into your new routine. I provide email, text, and phone support for the first two weeks postpartum. Services vary depending on the individual’s needs but can include:

  • Assistance with newborn care.

  • Infant feeding support – breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, or formula feeding – I support you with the choice that is right for your family.

  • Emotional support such as processing birth story and any necessary referrals.

Additional postpartum services can be discussed, if interested.


$400 $800

My services are flexible and tailored to your specific needs, please contact me for a quote.