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Embrace a Holistic Birth with Doula Support NYC

By Marina I. Jokic

Based in New York City, Doula Support NYC guides dozens of families each year through the complexities, stress, and excitement of the pregnancy process.

Owner Stephanie Radler has been a birth doula since 2009 and a yoga instructor since 2006. Through expert guidance, she provides physical and emotional support. Stephanie Radler is known for her calm and nurturing presence and also supports couples moving through fertility challenges. These two very common conditions require a nurturing and calm presence on the part of the doula, which Radler has provided time and again to her many clients.

Radler teaches comprehensive and individualized prenatal education and supports a wide range of client needs. To date, she has attended almost 50 births alongside many of the same physicians and midwives. With a strong professional network around the city and intimately familiar with different hospital protocols, Radler is a seasoned guide. Doula Support NYC can also travel to your home or work for private instruction for women who may have demanding careers or special needs.

Dedicated to making her clients' birth experiences as grounded and present as possible, she is highly adaptable and informed by the yoga tradition. Prenatal yoga is an ideal way to prepare for labor, birth and motherhood. Through mindfulness practices, Ms. Radler's clients cultivate awareness and calm. They also form lasting friendships.

"Prenatal yoga helps pregnant women feel better in their bodies," Radler said. "It helps relieve common physical discomforts, focusing on strengthening legs and abdominals while opening the shoulders and cultivating pelvic floor awareness."

Doula Support NYC's services offer couples childbirth education and guidance throughout pregnancy, labor, and birth as well as during the early postpartum period. Clients are given practical tools and strategies to manage labor and the hospital environment, and are also introduced to meditation, breathing exercises, Reiki and aromatherapy to attain calmness and grounding. Choosing a knowledgeable doula helps alleviate stress and anxiety.

"As a doula, I support and witness the calm and conscious birth of beautiful babies and their families," Radler said.

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