Doulas & Midwives The New York Doula
Telephone: (917) 399-2031
Contact: Stephanie Heintzeler
Stephanie Heintzeler is a German educated midwife, acupuncturist and US-educated doula. She was born in New York City and grew up in Germany where she found her enthusiasm for midwifery already as a 12 year old. She successfully finished her midwifery-exam in 2000 at the Klinikum Villingen in the Black Forest, Germany.
In her early career she got interested in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture and passed her exams in 2003. She is applying a lot of her knowledge in her doula services as well.
Stephanie started her own Doula practice after she certified with DONA in 2006. She spent a few years “between” Germany and the US and moved full time back to New York in 2012.
In New York she mostly works as birth support Doula but also leads childbirth classes, visits parents-to-be at home for postpartum help and offers lactation consultation and newborn care.
Besides her midwifery and doula-work she is a dedicated NY Cares volunteer (non profit-organization) through which she assists especially expecting moms in need.
Help with search for doctor or midwife for delivery care and hospital
Create a birth plan: what ideas and wishes do I/we have for the birth of our child? How do we make that happen?
Advice and education during pregnancy (i.e. nutrition), help to ease pregnancy discomfort
Preparing for labor with breathing and relaxation exercises
Special relaxation techniques for moms or dads with anxiety
Private childbirth classes
Referrals as needed- from specialists for your pregnancy to financial advisors for your new phase of your life
Demonstration of massage techniques and other pain relief measures
Explanations of medical terms, procedures and interventions, especially when in NY as German parents or in Germany as US parents and are not familiar with the other countries health care system.
Coaching and support during labor and birth
Help with (breast or bottle) feeding and taking care of your baby, cord care, newborn development, weight gain of your baby, information to avoid SIDS
Support on emotional and physical recovery from childbirth, support in day and night rhythm, nutricion
Fun Facts: until 2014…
1246 babies delivered as a midwife in Germany (678 baby boys and 568 baby girls, 38 water births, 7x breech babies naturally born, 21 times twins -half of them vaginally born-, 1 time triplets)
supported 145 parents-to-be during labor and birth in New York. Those babies were born in 9 different hospitals in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
I worked with about 200 “newborn” parents in their postpartum phase
I held childbirth classes for about 800 moms and dads to be
attended over 240 c-sections
“caught” 15 babies between hospital entrance and the delivery room
Can I meet you before I hire you?
I always offer a complimentary first meeting. However due to lots of travelling this is not always possible. We would meet over the phone in that case.
How much do you charge for pre- and postpartum Care?
In New York: I am offering different “home visit packages”- under “services” you can see what’s included:
8-hour-package: 2-4 home visits, within 2 weeks post partum, $800
12-hour-package (most popular): 3-6 home visits within 3 weeks post partum, $1100
20-hour-package:5-10 home visits within 5 weeks post partum, $1600
Most foreign insurances- CIGNA expat or German insurance like ALLIANZ or DKV- cover my services.
How much do you charge for birth-support?
There is a flat-fee for birth support. Feel free to email me at email@example.com to get all rates.