Dulas in New York?
August 24, 2014 10:07 AM Subscribe
My pregnent wife's due November 4th and we're really excited and, you know, terrified. I'm starting a new job in two weeks that's going to be very demanding (and will give me very little time off when the baby's born). We're interested in hiring two dulas -- one to assist during labor and delivery, and one for at home for a week or two after the baby's born. We live in Bayside, Queens and she's giving birth at New York Presbyterian Cornell Weill.
posted by thursdaystoo to Health & Fitness (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
First, we want to hire a delivery dula -- someone to be there in the hospital (and maybe at home during early labor, if that's how this sort of thing works). We'd like to find someone who's experienced and calming and will put my wife at ease and be willing to pick me up off the floor when I repeatedly faint. Did you have an experience with an excellent delivery dula in Manhattan? We'd love to know about him or her.
Second, we want to hire a dula to help for four or five hours during the first week or two we're back from the hospital. We're particularly interested in hiring a dula who'll help teach my wife breast feeding best practices -- who won't just give the baby a bottle to let my wife sleep but instead assist while my wife's breastfeeding the baby.
We know of a handful of dula organizations in the area and would appreciate being pointed towards ones you found especially helpful. But even better would be recommendations of specific dulas you guys've had good experiences with in the past.