Without Shamina's guidance, hands on approach, and knowledge of the hospital itself, I don't think I would have had such a smooth labor...see more

Shamina is a wonderful doula. She is confident and sensitive -- qualities I think all doulas should possess in such a life changing experience. My labor and delivery was very fast, with subpar care at my local hospital. Shamina made me feel at ease at home and the hospital, especially when the hospital told me there were no rooms and I would be sequestered in labor triage where I could not receive pain medication because I was not technically "admitted." Shamina, who kept a close eye on my husband as well, eased me through each contraction - which were unrelenting. I dilated from 4cm to 9cm in half an hour. Without her guidance, hands on approach, and knowledge of the hospital itself, I don't think I would have had such a smooth labor. My husband was also grateful for her presence -- as first time parents, we were anxious to have someone experienced in the room. I highly recommend Shamina and would be happy to share my experience with mothers to be who are curious about her. - Jeanette

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We loved Shamina right from the beginning. She has the perfect combination of what we would call a zen warrior... see more

We loved Shamina right from the beginning. She has the perfect combination of what we would call a zen warrior. She has a calm energy, which is what we needed to face the many uncertainties of labor. At the same time she is a strong woman that leaves you assured that she will be your fierce advocate. She is direct and to the point. She listens and respects your needs and concerns, and provides suggestions without imposing her opinion. All of these qualities were perfect when the time of delivery arrived. She was an incredible resource to have during labor, helping ease the pain of contractions and, as things progressed, she helped us understand the procedures that where taking place. During the process she was always nonjudgemental and supportive of every decision we made. Without hesitation we recommend Shamina to anyone who wishes to have some support in the process of delivery. - Veronica

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After working with Shamina, we couldn't imagine welcoming our son without her... see more

As first time parents, my husband and I knew we wanted a doula to better prepare us, support labor and delivery, and help advocate on our behalf in the hospital. We hired Shamina because she was a natural fit on all of those points, but it wasn't until we actually started working with her that we understood how important that decision was. She was sensitive, a good listener, and knowledgable about all of the options and choices related to labor and delivery. Her insight during our prenatal prep were essential as we crafted our birth plan, and leading up to the birth, she checked in regularly and reassured us as I went past my due date. I was disappointed when my doctor informed us that I would have to induce, but Shamina was at the hospital from the early stages through our baby's first latch, and then visited us at home a few days later to process the birth. She kept me motivated through a difficult labor and supported both my husband and me as a steady force to calm and guide us through the entire process. Hiring a doula means hiring someone who is going to be with you during the most important, and potentially most stressful, moment of your life. It's really a special relationship and after working with Shamina, we couldn't imagine welcoming our son without her. - Maria & Miles

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Without Shamina’s support and encouragement, I doubt I would have been able to trust my own body to deliver my baby boy as naturally as possible... see more

We can’t imagine our birth story without Shamina. My husband and I wanted a doula who would walk us through the stages of labor and offer advice and encouragement through the process. When we met Shamina we knew right away she was perfect for us. She was knowledgeable, friendly, calming and engaging. We hadn’t even had our first prenatal visit with Shamina when my water broke (3 ½ weeks early) and we were on our way to the hospital. We had spent barely 30 minutes in a coffee shop with her, but Shamina knew exactly what we needed from her and the role she would play in our birth story. She provided a much needed calming energy and guidance as we navigated through not only contractions, but the hospital staff (who were generally more concerned with their heart rate monitor readings than what positions/movements were bringing relief). I felt completely present and supported throughout my labor and I was able to deliver our boy without an epidural and with complete freedom of movement. Without Shamina’s support and encouragement, I doubt I would have been able to trust my own body to deliver my baby boy as naturally as possible. I’ve never felt as amazing and powerful as I did after giving birth, and I have Shamina to thank for helping me get there. - Amelia

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Throughout the process, I felt she had total confidence in me and that gave me confidence in myself... see more

In choosing a doula, I was looking for someone who would be knowledgeable, calm, and helpful in navigating the unexpected. Shamina was that and so much more! Throughout the pregnancy, she guided us to make a birth plan and made an effort to really understand what we were hoping for during the birth. She armed us with loads of information so we could make informed choices. When our son decided to prolong his arrival and I needed to make some big decisions, Shamina helped us to still fulfill as many of our wishes as possible despite needing more medical intervention than we had hoped for. She guided me (physically and emotionally) through a very long back labor and really boosted my moral when things got tough. Throughout the process, I felt she had total confidence in me and that gave me confidence in myself. She is kind, amazingly patient, and has a quiet but very reassuring presence. My husband felt that she gave him a lot of support as well, but still made plenty of room for him to be fully present and involved. Shamina has so much knowledge and provides her opinion but never came across as judgmental. We couldn't have asked for a more compassionate and positive presence to be with us for our most special day. – Kim

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Shamina is so tightly woven into our birth story – she focused on our mission, and wasn’t distracted by the many other people around us... see more

Being new parents-to-be, I knew I wanted a doula at our delivery – someone who would be our advocate and supported natural birth, and had experience with birth, midwives, and NYC birthing center/hospitals. Shamina fit the bill for our perfect doula because she has such a calm and reassuring presence, is the mother to 2 sweet and beautiful girls, and was familiar with in-hospital birthing centers. Shamina became our trusted advisor, friend, guide, and advocate, and we felt so lovingly supported and partnered every step of the way, from prenatal preparation to postpartum recovery. Shamina is so tightly woven into our birth story – she focused on our mission, and wasn’t distracted by the many other people around us. She partnered with my husband, and helped me focus and navigate challenging in-the-moment cold bureaucratic NYC hospital/birthing center decisions while being true to myself. We can’t speak highly enough about Shamina, her strength, character, and integrity, and recommend her to other expectant NYC-area Mamas-to-be. - Cynthia

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Having Shamina there was beyond having just a friend or cheerleader in the room. She was my rock... see more

I found Shamina through my Birthing Class instructor. She and I met to discuss my birth plan and questions, and I immediately felt connected to her warmth, and her confidence in the natural process of giving birth. As a fellow yogi, we were on the same page that movement and breath are essential to the birthing process. We kept in touch leading up to my due date, and she always made me feel like a priority! Shamina coached me through an epic, 40-hour labor by coming to my home first. I loved how she tried different methods from positioning, massage, guided breathing ...anything and everything, we tried it! When my husband was at a loss of what to do, she helped him feel involved and coached him on how to help me. At hour 27, Shamina was by my side as I experienced excruciating pain, she advocated for me, held my hands steady during the multiple epi-needle attempts, and held up my legs for hours while I pushed for 3 hours! My doctor for sure would have given me a C-Section if Shamina hadn't been there as she knew a vaginal birth was extremely important to me. Having Shamina there was beyond having just a friend or cheerleader in the room. She was my rock. (Sorry, husband.) She coached me, she calmed me, she helped me stay focused. And because of her, I was able to have a gorgeous baby boy- on MY terms. Shamina stayed with me to meet our son, and came to meet with us again at home to check on how breastfeeding was going. I love to check in with her from time to time, and I would recommend her to anyone! Thank you, Shamina!!! ~ Jenny

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