Doulas in Queens – Picking One Who’s Right for You

Doulas have rocketed out of obscurity lately thanks to the natural birth resurgence in this country.  There is plenty of research showing the benefits of having a doula present at your birth.  If you think you would like to have a doula involved in your pregnancy, birth or postpartum stage then check out this great list of Queens doulas!



Olga Ivanova – Postpartum Doula, Lactation Counselor and Childbirth Educator

About: I live in the Bayside area and help new families in Queens and Long Island. I love to support, educate and provide a sense of accomplishment and confidence to families with new babies! I do short-term visits for breastfeeding support as well as long-term postpartum care. Also I teach groups and private classes about Childbirth, Infant Care and Postpartum Self-Care (including information about nutrition and exercise). Wishing you a harmonious pregnancy, birth and parenthood!

Contact:, (646) 549-2545


Lee Volaski- Birth Doula and Postpartum Doula

About: I am a certified labor support doula and certified postpartum doula. I have been working with families for the past ten years. I customize my services for each family. My philosophy is caring and giving guidance.

Contact: Mind,Spirit and Birth Doula Services (718) 360-5891 and (646) 662-7553


Rachel Golstein

About: I provide emotional, physical, and informational support for women in childbirth. I completed labor doula training with DONA International in October 2010, and am working toward certification. I would love to talk with you about working together during this exciting life moment. Working together as a doula client includes: free initial consultation, prenatal visit to clarify your hopes for the birth and how we can best work together, on-call support from 37 weeks on, uninterrupted support at the labor and birth, until about one hour afterward, and a postnatal visit.



Andie Gersh – Doula

Review: The recommending mother, another doula and Prenatal Yoga teacher had used her for her own birth and said ‘she was fabulous’.

Contact:, 214.641.9141


Colleen Bak – Birth Doula

Review: The recommending mother said ‘ She is sensitive, passionate, nurturing and always goes the extra mile.  She also has a solid yoga practice that we hope to share during labor.’



Nikita Maxwell Birth Doula and Prenatal Yoga Teacher

Review: I would recommend Nikita to anyone without thinking twice!! What we loved about her is that she was knowledgeable, resourceful, and very personable and relateable at the same time. We appreciated her accountability and trustworthiness.  We felt that she gave us the space we needed during labor and that she was there for us, with us when needed. One important thing I noticed was her interactions with the medical staff was respectful and with boundaries. They didn’t seem to feel she invaded their space and it was to our benefit. Overall she’s a great person and the kind of doula I would wish for any woman to have.

Contact: 718.909.4705


Tegan Culler – Birth Doula

About: I am a DONA-trained birth doula currently pursuing certification. I view my role as a support to women and couples in finding what works best for them during birth, offering them balanced information to help them make informed choices along the way. I am a Certified Lactation Counselor and am familiar with supporting couples who are using the Bradley Method. I support women who choose an array of different options for birth, and for those who are specifically planning an un- medicated birth.

Contact: and 202-441-7667


Rachel Rachlin – Birth Doula

About: I am a birth and postpartum doula, as well as a placenta encapsulator. I was first drawn to doula work because I wanted to make a difference in women’s lives. I completed my birth doula training with DONA International in May 2010, and attended my first postpartum training in November 2010 and then my second postpartum training with CAPPA in November 2011. Over the course of my journey as a doula, I have also attended doula massage and herbs for pregnancy and postpartum, and have trained to support women through abortions and adoptions.
I earned my degree in political science, urban studies, and labor studies (the other kind) at Queens College. As a former carpenter, I bring my strong hands and warm presence to all of my clients.

Contact: I can be reached at 347-225-5808, or or


Elizabeth Magnum – Postpartum Doula

About: Elizabeth lives in Sunnyside/Woodside area and is a postpartum Doula who wrote an article about what a postpartum doula is here.

Contact: and 917-414-5595


Lauren Hale Biniaris – (CD)DONA

About: I am a DONA trained and certified doula as well as a prenatal and postnatal yoga teacher. I attended my first birth in 2009, and since then I have attended a range of births, from natural to medicated, from VBAC’s to C-sections.  My primary goal as a doula is to help mothers have a positive experience of labor and birth, whatever that experience may be. I believe that every birth is unique, and I strive to give mothers (and their partners) the type of support that fits their own individual needs and desires.

Contact: 718.208.0578


Andrea Pryor – Postpartum Doula

About: I am a postpartum doula certified by DONA located in Jackson Heights. I provide nurturing support for the mother and her family so they can relax, enjoy and nurture their new baby. I have spent a lot of time in Latin America and have witnessed the help an extended family provides. Most women in New York do not have that, so my goal is to fill that gap. I am fluent in Spanish and in addition to my work as a doula I am a professional musician, college professor, early childhood music teacher and mom!

Contact: cell phone: 917-238-8573


Jenny Shapiro

About: I am a new doula, working towards my DONA certification. My goal is to give control of birth back to the woman. I firmly believe that access to information and having the birth of one’s choosing are rights that families deserve when bringing a child into the world.  Women are routinely denied the opportunity to birth their children free of unnecessary interventions and I work my hardest to ensure that women have the birth they desire to the greatest extent possible. I am there to support the family, especially the mother in whatever decisions she makes.  I will be her advocate, confidant and physical and emotional support throughout the birth and postpartum.

Contact: (917) 837-5996 or


Jami Nelson – Labor and Postpartum Doula

About: I am a DONA certified labor and postpartum doula as well as a breastfeeding peer support counselor. I have attended over 175 births in most of hospitals in metropolitan New York. I have also attended home births and specialize in VBAC’s as I have had 4 myself.

Contact: Phone – (917) 538-6189 –


Randi Gurka – Exclusively Postpartum Doula

About: Creates a nonjudgmental reassuring environment. Her services include: education, short term postpartum counseling, breast and/or bottle feeding support, post natal care. Randi is a trained Doula certified by DONA (Doulas of North America).

Contact: 646-522-7242 or email at


More Doulas in Queens:

Kirstin Blomquist, Birth Doula – Astoria NY

(718) 626-5959


Wendy Ledesma, Birth Doula – Astoria  NY

(646) 269-5367


Susan Tapley, Birth Doula – AstoriaNY

(917) 584-6902


Rachel Blonder, Birth Doula – Kew Garden Hills NY

(347) 429-1657


Rachel Zaslow, Birth Doula – Queens NY



Faye Graham, Birth Doula – Bayside NY

(718) 908-1471


By: Christine Concetta Gibson