Resources & Referrals

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Doulas (birth, postpartum and breastfeeding support):

Solo practitioners / partnerships

Cori Pleune  Many (20+) years of experience, DONA certified, certified lactation consultant and childbirth educator, trained postpartum doula ($$$$, sliding scale available)

Terry Richmond ($$$$)

Mary Esther Malloy ($$$$)

Megan Davidson Labor and postpartum doula, childbirth educator, lactation counselor, and author of Your Birth Plan:a guide to navigating all of your choices in childbirth. She has supported over 650 families at their births and over 1500 families prenatally and postpartum. ($$$$)

Brittany Revo  Birth and postpartum doula and certified lactation counselor. She brings physical, informational, emotional, and sometimes spiritual support to the birth process. ($$$ with sliding scale available)

Alaska McFadden is a Birthing Advocacy certified childbirth educator, certified lactation counselor, hypnobirthing and carriage house certified birth doula and homebirth midwife assistant. She also offers postpartum support and cooking. Alaska is a Queer cis woman. She believes in bringing ritual and humor to the birth space for a joyful and empowered birth. ($$$, sliding scale available)

Jeanette Samyn + Mary Pless Brooklyn Birth Collective. Offer labor doula support, postpartum doula services, childbirth ed, newborn care classes, and lactation support. ($$, sliding scale available for BIPOC families, single parents, those who are unemployed or underemployed, and other marginalized communities)

Birdsong Specialize in Postpartum doula services. Offer postpartum prep classes and virtual postpartum planning sessions.

Collectives: Generally have doulas at a range of price points based on experience. Most services will speak with you about your needs and then match you with several doulas to interview and choose from.

Ancient Song Doula Services (sliding scale including possibility of free doula services for those who qualify)

Baby Caravan

NYC Doula Collective

Birth Day Presence

Doula Project (sliding scale + full spectrum doula-ing including abortions)

For Your Birth

Astoria Doula Collective (Queens based Fertility, Birth and Postpartum doulas)

Doula Care Postpartum Service

Childbirth Education classes:

Birth Smarter: Group classes as well as on-demand self paced classes. Postpartum support groups, newborn care class, postpartum planning classes, “push prep” class, lactation/newborn classes. (Starting to return to in-person classes in Brooklyn!)

Leigh Kader Childbirth Education: Childbirth ed, virtual doula support

Mindful Birth (Mary Esther Malloy): Mindfulness based childbirth ed, parenting groups, prenatal/postpartum nutrition

Birth Day Presence: Classes and webinars on MANY different birth/baby/lactation related topics

Manhattan Birth (Tanya Wills, CNM): Childbirth ed, lactation/newborn care, infant CPR

Morgane Richardson:  Feminist and Queer- centered childbirth ed

Birth Matters NYC – Group and private childbirth classes, birth refresher, lactation & newborn care classes and an on-demand, self-paced online course.


Dr. Julie Von  Fertility and pregnancy specialist. Has been referred to as a “baby whisperer”

Jen Gnisci

Stephanie Propper Perinatal Specialist (House Calls)

Jill Cherland (Soho)

Qi Li Acupuncture (UWS)

Dr. William Ng (UWS)

City Acupuncture, Community acupuncture (locations throughout MNH and BK)

Sarah Rivkin (Park Slope)

Rachel Esquilin Takes some insurance (Park Slope)

Brooklyn Open Acupuncture, sliding scale (Fort Greene)

Brooklyn Acupuncture Project Community acupuncture, sliding scale (Park Slope)

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy:

Sonia Reiter (Shares office space with me in Park Slope)

Sarah Ruvinsky (Home visits in Brooklyn)

The Lifted Lotus (Williamsburg)

Elizabeth Shaw at Thrive PT (Soho)

Renew PT (Union Square + W. Village)

SPEAR PT (multiple locations)

Body Work: 


Red Moon Wellness: Park Slope

Eileen Tougher: FiDi

Opal: Park Slope

Melt: Fort Greene


Dr. Beth Forgosh: Soho

Dr. Randi Jaffe: Gramercy

Dr. Suzanne McBride: Midtown East

William Walsh: Park Slope

Lactation consultants:

Emma McCabe

Andrea Syms Brown

Grace Macnair (in-network with United Healthcare and Aetna)

Cori Pleune

Heather McFadden

Denise McDonald

Lea Rivera (in-network with Aetna)

Pat McGuire

Boober: offers same day lactation support house calls, inquire about insurance coverage


Slope Pediatrics (Rachel Frank and Amy Glaser)

Tribeca Pediatrics: Locations throughout Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and Jersey City

Pediatric Associates of NYC: (Prospect Heights + Murray Hill)

South Slope Pediatrics: (Park Slope)

Dr. Stephen Adjl (Brooklyn)

Birth and Newborn Photographers:

Laura Vladirmirova

Gwen Schroeder

New parent resources:

Birth Smarter 4th Trimester Survival group

Birth Smarter Comforting Touch for Babies (baby massage!)

Birth Smarter Online group for non-birthing partners

ParentCraft Newborn and Breastfeeding support group

Kelly Mom: Great resource for breastfeeding questions/issues

Mental health:

Women’s Therapy Centre Institute

The Motherhood Center

Cornell Women’s Reproductive Psychiatry

Ellen Chuse (Perinatal therapy specialist)

Ellen Krug, MSW, LCSW (Perinatal therapy specialist, Park Slope, sliding scale fee)

Lauren Ezell Minear MSW (body/food issues specialty)

Cobble Hill Counseling (at-home counseling available)

Prenatal yoga:

Bend + Bloom (Park Slope)

Ma Yoga (Bowery)

Karma Kids (Chelsea)

Yoga Glo (online subscription streaming service with excellent prenatal classes, especially those by Elena Brower)



Making Babies: A Proven 3 -Month Program for Maximum Fertility by Sami S. David, MD and Jill Blakeway, LAc

The New Essential Guide to Lesbian Conception, Pregnancy and Birth by Stephanie Brill

Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler

Pregnancy guides (never read What to Expect!!):

The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama by Diana Spalding

Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn: The Complete Guide by Penny Simkin

Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth by Boston Women’s Health Collective and Judy Norsigian

Expecting Better by Emily Oster

A Child is Born, 4th Ed by Lennart Nilsson

Dos and Don’ts in Pregnancy: Truths and Myths by Nathan Fox: A great evidence based article in the Green Journal


The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin: Great information about labor and labor support for both pregnant people and their partners

The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

Childbirth Without Fear by Grantly Dick Read & Ina May Gaskin

The Doula’s Guide to Empowering Your Birth by Lindsey Bliss


The New Basics A-Z: Baby & Child Care for the Modern Parent by Michel Cohen: Very common sense based book re the care and feeding of your newborn by a French trained pediatrician

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth: Sub optimally edited but still an excellent guide re what to expect week by week in terms of your baby’s development as it relates to sleep

The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp

Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby’s First Year

Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman

Other Web Resources

Birth Hour PodcastPodcast with varied birth stories

It’s Conceivable: The path to parenting isn’t always straight, Blog dedicated to gay fertility, pregnancy and parenting.

Fertility Awareness CenterInformational site on natural methods of fertility awareness

Check It Out GuysThe ins and outs of Pap Smears for trans men

Beautiful Cervix Project teaches cervical self-exam and fertility awareness as a revolutionary path of promoting respect, confidence, and health.  Amazing pictures of cervices through the menstrual cycle