Jeanette S.
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Jeanette Samyn

In Person
Birth Doula Postpartum Doula
About me

As a birth and postpartum doula, I draw from my experience as a parent, teacher, and academic researcher: I work to guide you through the overwhelming amount of information available to parents, and empower you to figure out what feels right for you, without judgment. I’ve learned that it’s easier to build lasting strength and resilience when you are well informed about your options and have trust in your team.

How I work with parents

As a birth doula, I offer resources and physical and emotional support during your pregnancy and labor, whether you choose to give birth at home, at a hospital, or at a birthing center. I work with parents planning for vaginal or caesarean births, with or without pain medication, whether they are considered high or low risk.

In providing postpartum support, I work to help you develop sustainable rhythms as a family. Working from the assumption that new parents need rest and nourishment in order to tend to a new baby (let alone two or more!), I create space for you to rest, bond with one another, eat well, and even get some time alone. From these foundations, I help you set up systems in and outside of your household to make life manageable as everyone grows. This will look different for every household, but they may include:

My training & experience

I am trained as both a birth and postpartum doula through Carriage House Birth in Brooklyn, NY. I have worked with all sorts of families, and with birthing persons who are high and low risk, who have medicated and unmedicated births, twins and singletons, and cesarean and vaginal births. I have worked with babies who are breast/chest and formula fed, babies who have spent time in the NICU and those who did not. I also have personal experience with both breech babies and VBAC. I am trained in rebozo, breast/chestfeeding, and newborn care. I'm also Reiki 1 attuned and hold a Ph.D. in English Literature.

Postpartum Doula Package
Sliding scale $30-40/hour for a minimum of 16 hours.
List Of Services:
  • One 4-hour prenatal visit where we set up your postpartum plan and set you up for the baby's arrival
  • 3 or more 4-hour postpartum visits
  • Unlimited phone, email, and text support
  • And any of the below:
  • Holding space for you to process the birth and the changes of the postpartum period
  • Help with postpartum healing, including comforting touch for the birthing parent
  • Evidence based resources on infant feeding, as well as help with latch and positioning for breast/chestfeeding parents
  • Help with baby wearing
  • Professional referrals
  • Infant care and education on comforting touch for your baby, soothing, reading your baby’s cues, and sleep
  • Meal preparation
  • Sibling care and facilitation of bonding for the whole family
  • Accompanying birthing parent and infant to appointments
  • Setting up systems to facilitate you taking care of yourselves and each other, from setting up feeding and healing stations in your home to helping you activate your rings of support
$30 /hour
Birth doula package
This is my standard birth doula package (sliding scale $800-1000)--if there's something else you need, please contact me, and we can try to make it work!
Virtual services provided:
List Of Services:
  • Unlimited phone, email, and text support from the moment we sign our contract.
  • Up to two prenatal visits at your home or a comfortable public place of your choice. At these visits, I get to know you and your birth preferences, offer resources, help you develop a flexible birth plan, practice hands-on comfort techniques with you and your birth partner, and answer any questions that might come up.
  • Attendance at your labor as soon as you’d like me there. I use movement, breathing, massage, stretching, rebozo, visualization, position changes, and other techniques to help you ground, relax, and gather strength, and to help labor progress. I’m happy to meet you at home or at the hospital or birthing center, and I am happy to travel with you from your home to your birthing facility.
  • I will be on call for your labor 24/7 from 38 weeks onward.
  • One postpartum visit, where I check in to see how you and your baby are doing and answer any questions you might have about things like diapering, feeding, sleeping, and healing.