Michelle Arvin, CD(DONA), CLSC

Helping families of all kinds through their reproductive adventures.

The picture I’m attaching a testimony of our experience with you, and the correct answer to the question “So, what is it that a doula does?” (from a new papa)

Why hire a doula?

Why hire a doula? The more support, the better! With my training and experience, I can help bring a calm, knowledgeable and objective perspective to a highly emotionally charged and physically challenging time. Both statistical studies and anecdotal evidence show that having a doula on one’s labor support team can lead to overall shorter labor time, fewer interventions (including surgical birth), higher satisfaction with birth experience and longer duration of breast/chest feeding. It is important to note as well, that my role of support does include assisting you in obtaining medications if desired, not prioritizing a goal of unmedicated or “natural” birth unless that is your previously stated wish.  If your goal is a completely physiological labor and delivery, I will help you achieve that. Or, if your dream birth involves getting an epidural as early in the process as possible, then I will help you get that! I can also help you weigh choices if your labor takes a detour, enabling you to feel empowered and begin parenting from a place of confidence.

“I consulted remotely with Michelle over the course of my induction and labor. She helped me feel empowered and supported for the entire experience. I highly recommend her for her calm demeanor, knowledge and helpful suggestions.

Sonja, 2020 client

When there were unexpected turns in my labor, she framed everything in a calm and affirming way- which really helped me relax.’

-Hannah, 2021 client

My goal is to help you have the most “you” birth experience possible, whether that’s at home, in a pool, in a hospital or birth center, with or without all (or some) that medical technology can offer. 

I’m based in Sunnyside, and work in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan and south Bronx. Inquire about further out, exceptions for home birth!