Tier 3: 30-50 births

aidaAida Alfonzo is a DONA trained Birth Doula who whole-heartedly believes in the innate qualities of a woman’s body. Her interest in labor and birth started very early, and was simply nourished through her higher education in Human Development, as well as her own pregnancy and birth.

As a professional birth worker, Aida uses her training in comfort techniques and knowledge of acupressure and the pregnant persons anatomy and physiology to create a more well rounded practice. She believes in the power of touch and reassures through her words.

Aida brings forth her passion and positive energy to support women with all preferences, especially in those moments when challenges occur, complications arise, and things may not always go the way one hopes. She is an extra pair of hands, a familiar face and the positive energy needed during pregnancy, birth and postpartum.

Aida is a New York native who lives with her partner and son in Rego Park, Queens.

 

MelissaMelissa McCrumb is a DONA Trained Doula, and mom to Simon, born in Manhattan in 2015. Growing up surrounded by pregnant and breastfeeding women planted the seed that made her want to become a doula, and her own birthing experience pushed her over the edge. Melissa wholeheartedly believes that every woman should have the kind of support they need in labor and childbirth.

Melissa believes that every woman knows herself best, and knows best what she and her baby need during birth. During your prenatal appointment Melissa will spend lots of time listening to what you are looking for in your birth, but also why you want those things. This allows Melissa to tailor her support to you and enables her to provide caring, non-judgmental support during your labor. Whether you want or need an unmedicated birth, some medication, or a cesarean section, she will provide support to help you meet your birth goals. If for whatever reason, there’s a change of plans during labor she will help make sure that you are in control of those decisions.

Melissa is originally from Virginia, but now calls New York City home. She studied Anthropology at the University of Virginia and before becoming a doula Melissa worked as a community organizer. Melissa speaks Spanish and German.