Hi! I’m Heather Kaplan. Let me share with you about what I do..
* Advanced Holistic Birth Doula *
* Trained Breastfeeding Counselor *
* NYS Certified School Psychologist *
* Mother of 3 *
As you plan for your birth, you might find yourself reflecting on other people's stories or your own previous births. You may have feelings of anticipation or uncertainty because you want to have a positive experience but aren’t sure how to achieve it with all the options available to you. There’s so much to think about!
I would be honored and excited to offer you unconditional, evidence-based, compassionate support to help you feel good about your upcoming birth and journey to parenthood.
I’ve been there and am living it every day along with you, so I can relate!! But I also hold a deep respect for the individuality of each birth and each family. I strive to offer the best in personalized care, depending on each client’s unique needs and wishes for their birth experience.
** Prices listed below are current as of 2019. Please inquire about special rates for families living in the Bronx and Yonkers. Sliding scale and flexible payment plans available for families in need.**
BIRTH DOULA PACKAGE
Complimentary meet & greet .. This is our opportunity to get to know eachother to decide if we’re a good fit! (either by phone, Skype or in person)
1 (or 2) prenatal meetings .. Each meeting is usually 1-2 hours, depending on how chatty we get. We’ll talk about anything and everything that’s on your mind leading up to your birth. My philosophy is that demystifying the physiology of birth helps people feel less nervous about it, so we’ll practice being welcoming of the sensations of labor as a sign of being closer to birth. We will explore strategies to help curb anxiety by exploring the strengths in your relationship with your partner, and also delving into your personal strengths in coping with stress. We’ll talk through practical solutions to your concerns and answer all your questions about hospital protocols. You will learn about your options and preferences regarding labor, birth and postpartum. Various pain management and relaxation techniques are helpful to women in labor and we will explore them all to see what works for you!
On-call “virtually” 24/7 from date of hire through 6 weeks postpartum via text/phone/Skype .. I’m available to answer all your questions throughout pregnancy and the early days of breastfeeding and adjusting to life with baby. I’m happy to be available at all strange hours of night!
On-call “in person” 24/7 from week 38 until you give birth .. The commitment of being on-call to join you in labor starting at 37 weeks through your birth.
Continuous labor support .. I’ll join you at home or hospital (your preference) around the active phase of labor through your birth and immediately postpartum. We will work together to use various coping techniques to help you labor most comfortably. I offer suggestions for position changes, lots of positive encouragement, comforting touch, support and guidance to your partner, informational support so you can relax into labor without concern for logistics, essential oils for aromatherapy, distraction and humor, to name a few. I stay for about 2 hours after birth to help support you in the immediate postbirth procedures and to support you and your baby get that initial latch.
1 postpartum visit .. Usually within the first 2 weeks after birth. If you are having problems breastfeeding or with your own healing in any way, I will prioritize a visit to be held sooner.
Full-term price adjustment: $1850 (for clients who hire @37wks+) ** Pending availability** It is best to hire your doula around the 2nd trimester of your pregnancy so you can begin working together and have the peace of mind that your spot is reserved in her caseload. However, if you are looking to hire a doula late in the game, Riverdale Doula may still be available for you. This adjusted rate is to account for the possibility that there might not be time for prenatal meeting(s) before you go into labor.
BIRTH & POSTPARTUM DOULA COMBO PACKAGE
Includes everything in the Birth Doula package + 3 additional postpartum visits to your home. The postpartum period is such a unique and precious bubble in time! Good support is essential in helping your whole family transition smoothly into new parenthood. I offer compassionate and patient companionship as you recover from childbirth, get the hang of feeding, and learn how to manage your new life with baby. You will receive evidence-based support on breastfeeding, pumping and formula feeding (or any combination thereof) to help you feel empowered and reassured in your parenting. It is so important that parents feel confident following their own intuition as the expert of their babies! You will learn tips about reading baby's cues to make it easier to respond to baby’s needs, which has so many benefits and helps build tons of confidence. I also love cooking, babywearing and playing with older sibling(s) so we can do those things together too.
Hours of availability - Weekdays between the hours of 9am-2:30pm (some evening hours available)
Full-term price adjustment: $2500 (for clients who hire @37wks+) ** Pending availability** It is best to hire your doula around the 2nd trimester of your pregnancy so you can begin working together and have the peace of mind that your spot is reserved in her caseload. However, if you are looking to hire a doula late in the game, Riverdale Doula may still be available for you. This adjusted rate is to account for the possibility that there might not be time for prenatal meeting(s) before you go into labor.
VIRTUAL DOULA PACKAGE
.. This service is geared towards people who plan to give birth in a hospital and are leaning towards using an epidural ..
It’s the perfect combination of childbirth education, birth planning, virtual labor support and virtual breastfeeding support.. All just a call away and in the comfort of your own home. A great option for people who don’t plan to have a doula attend their birth, but want the benefit of having access to a really experienced birth doula throughout their pregnancy, during labor and postpartum.
On-call “virtually” 24/7 from date of hire through 6 weeks postpartum via text/phone/Skype .. I will be on-call for you anytime of day or night from the date of hire. I will stick with you, answering your texts and phone calls during labor, coaching and empowering you through your birth and early parenting experience. (Disclaimer: if I’m with another client in labor at the time of your outreach, I must give her priority and will respond to you asap)
1 in-person prenatal meeting .. A hybrid between childbirth education and a birth planning meeting. It is specific to your birth! We will talk about all the usual childbirth ed stuff (ie. The importance of the mind/body connection, the physiology of birth and stages of labor, comfort measures for labor, comfort strategies for the partner, pushing techniques, hospital protocols, interventions, and how to best prevent cesarean section, etc...) but also work through your labor and postpartum plans/preferences. There’s a lot to talk about so bring your questions!
Full-term price adjustment: $500 (for clients who hire @37wks+) ** Pending availability** It is best to hire your doula around the 2nd trimester of your pregnancy so you can begin working together and have the peace of mind that your spot is reserved in her caseload. However, if you are looking to hire a doula late in the game, Riverdale Doula may still be available for you. This adjusted rate is to account for the possibility that there might not be time for a prenatal meeting before you go into labor.
A LA CARTE SERVICES
Individual visits can be purchased for these services:
Private childbirth education (2 sessions recommended)
Birth planning session
Attend a class, ceremonial event (ie a bris) or a doctor’s appointment with you
Bengkunk belly wrap (includes beautiful wrap!)
Back-to-Work planning session
Cost: $200 for up to 3 hours
**Coming soon** Postpartum Doula Package