Doulas & Midwives The New York Doula
Contact: Stephanie Heintzeler
Stephanie Heintzeler is a German educated midwife, acupuncturist and US-educated doula and lactation consultant (IBCLC). 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 2019…
I have 1,246 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)
I supported around 400 parents-to-be during labor and birth in New York. Those babies were born in 9 different hospitals in Manhattan and Brooklyn or at home
I worked with about 500 “newborn” parents in their postpartum phase
I held childbirth classes for about 1,200 moms and dads to be
attended over 250 c-sections
“caught” 16 babies between hospital entrance and the delivery room and one baby during an unplanned homebirth in March 2018
Can we meet in person before hiring our doula?
Yes, all doulas offer a complimentary one hour meeting, usually in a coffee shop that’s easy to reach for both of you.
What are the cost for the doulas?
Every doula has a different rate based on her experience and certifications. Please email us for packages and rates.
How about reimbursement by my health insurance?
Birth support by a doula usually doesn’t get reimbursed by US health insurances. If you happen to have a European health insurance it might be possible. Lactation Consultants usually get paid by US health insurance – you’d receive a super-bill after the home visit to seek reimbursement.
Are you offering lactation consultation?
Yes, Stephanie is an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant). More information on in-home-consultations can he found here.
What happens if my doula is with another client when I go in labor?
While this rarely happens every doula has a team of colleagues who are backing her up. Since we never know if the main back-up is at a birth when she is needed we all have several back-ups to choose from (usually within our NY Doulas-team).
Are doulas insisting on breastfeeding?
Certainly not! While breastfeeding is generally best for you and your baby there might be situations where supplementing or bottle-feeding makes sense. Lactation Consultants can guide you throughout the decision-process on how to feed your little one.
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"I suffered from severe anxiety during pregnancy mostly about giving birth. I knew I wanted a doula to help coach me through child birth. But I struggled to find a doula that was understanding of my fears and supportive of my birth plan (an epidural) without being judgmental. When I met Stephanie I knew right away she was the doula that I wanted to help coach me through the rest of my pregnancy and child birth. I can honestly say I couldn't have delivered my baby as calmly as I did without Stephanie's help, support and knowledge. She helped keep me focused and calm in the months leading up to birth and gave me plenty of advice and recommendations. She worked closely with my husband to make sure I was prepared when the big day finally arrived. On the day of my little boys birth, Stephanie arrived at our apartment and coached me through early labour along with my husband before taking us to hospital. She helped make everything easier for me, from the massage, calming essential oils and most importantly helping me find a comfortable position to push! Stephanie was great at relaying my fears to the doctors and nurses, explaining things step by step to my husband and I and making sure we had everything we needed. Stephanie made my birth experience a truly incredible one. I felt like I had an old friend there at my birth to help me though. Thanks to Stephanie I actually look forward to my next baby's delivery ( I would never have thought that possible) and I can't wait to have her at my side again for baby #2. I could not recommend her highly enough."Beth Kent (Mom of 1)
"Working with Stephanie was a wonderful experience. It was important to us to have a childbirth expert on our side since we wanted to avoid interventions that might not be necessary. We needed interventions in the end due to the fact that my water broke and I didn't have any contractions. But we had Stephanie as a resource to discuss options. After having an induction Stephanie joined us once contractions started. She helped me breathe and stay focused while so much was going on around me. She explained every procedure and knew in advance what was going to happen. My daughter was not small so it took a while until she was born. Stephanie kept me upbeat and positive when we were on the verge of a c-section. And after 4 hours of pushing little Valerie was born vaginally. They kept her at the NICU for a few days where Stephanie visited us a few times and then later at home. It was very reassuring to have her with us throughout the whole process. - Isabel"Gabi
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