Meet Madeline - NYC Team

Where are you originally from and why did you become a doula?

I’m a born and bred Virginian, currently living in Brooklyn. I’ve been in NYC for over six years now, and I love it! I come from a big family, and grew up taking care of my younger siblings. My mom loved being pregnant, but experienced long and painful labors. She always told her birth stories in a negative light, saying how none of us wanted to come out. She described birth as a painful and traumatic experience, and because of that I assumed it was always this way. I wanted to become a doula to help new families create their own positive birth stories. I’m also in love with the postpartum period and the magic that happens when a mother bonds with her sweet little newborn!

Do you specialize in a particular area of newborn care?

I’m quite passionate about postpartum nutrition and enjoy cooking for my clients. My lactation bites have been a big hit! (Must be the dark chocolate I put in them).

What do you enjoy about working with new families and newborns?

Seeing both the happiness and relief that comes with getting help! So many new families become overwhelmed during the postpartum period and forget how capable they are of caring for their newborn. I love giving them that extra boost of self-confidence!

What's your Top 5 Registry Must Haves for new parents?

1) An Instapot for easy, no-hassle meals

2) Hands-free baby carrier

3) Either a Haakaa or Medela breast pump

4) Boppy nursing pillow

5) Aden + Anais swaddles.

If there was one thing you wish everyone knew about doulas (birth or postpartum), what would it be?

How accessible we are! We’re passionate about birth work, and we want to help!

How would you characterize your approach to newborn care and working with new mothers?

I also find it’s important to anticipate the needs of a family during the postpartum shift (i.e. shower, nap, a nourishing meal, etc.) and act accordingly. I strive to be a calm, grounding, presence for a new family during their postpartum experience.

What do you enjoy outside of Doula work?

Exploring and trying all the restaurants, bars, museums, etc. with friends in New York City. (When there isn’t a pandemic, of course)  I find I always come across something new here. I also love vintage clothing and thrift shopping,  and I enjoy studying fashion history in my spare time.

Share a fun fact about yourself!

I make jewelry! It’s such a fun, creative outlet for me, and I enjoy repurposing old vintage beads to give them new life.