I was so blessed to have Ines as my angel doula for my birth. My husband and I don’t know how we would have done it without her. Ines went above and beyond. I was scheduled to be induced on a major holiday and she took the time to come to my house the night before to do different exercises to start labor naturally, which worked and I didn’t need induction. I had a long unmedicated intense labor and she was there by our side the whole time. Unfortunately, I ended up in a C-section, but Ines stayed until the end. I was so grateful to have her by my side during the C-section. This freed my husband to be with our baby at all times once she was born. Ines took amazing pictures that I will always treasure, if it wasn’t for her we would have no record of our baby’s birth because my husband was preoccupied with me and the baby, he didn’t have time for anything else. My insurance doesn’t cover a doula, but Ines’ fees make it affordable compared to other doulas to pay out of pocket. She truly loves what she does and she is full of experience. Being a doula is physically demanding and Ines gave it all to support me. Labor is a very vulnerable moment and every woman should have Ines in their team. She didn’t only help me, she helped my husband help me. I love that she is bilingual, I was able to speak both Spanish and English which was important to me. After two weeks she came to my house to discuss my labor, which was so important to me to be able to hear her perspective and ask her questions as this was my only labor. This visit added to my healing. She also helped me with my breastfeeding in the comfort of my home. Thank you Ines for helping our little family, you will always be in our hearts!
– Jessica R. – August 17, 2023
My husband and I are very grateful to have Ines as part of our birth story. During pregnancy, she’s been very responsive to my queries and shared evidence-based resources. We also took an Infant Care class with her, and she came to our house prepared with a presentation and props so we could do hands-on activities–that turned out to be very useful when our baby came.
During labor, Ines was constantly attentive to my needs. She even went beyond and picked up our hospital bag at our home to assist with our urgent situation. I felt consistently guided and encouraged during labor. I love massages, so her constant relaxing massage esp when I was experiencing pain helped me physically (pain relief) and emotionally as well. Finally, her post-partum visit really helped in addressing our remaining concerns about breastfeeding and infant care. I spoke with many doulas during my research, and I’m so glad I went with Ines.
– Toni – January 27, 2023
Ines was very helpful from my pregnancy to labor and delivery. Her birthing classes really prepared my husband and me for the birth of our daughter. Ines made the labor and delivery process less daunting and made our labor progress quicker with the different balancing movements. The doctors and nurses were very happy that Ines was in the room she brought a lot of positive energy. We are so pleased to have opted for the full package. The prenatal massage is a must-have as the pictures during labor. Ines captured one of the most important moments of our lives. We are so thankful she was part of our journey.
– Cathy O. – July 20, 2022
I cannot thank Ines enough for being my doula. Her dedication and love for this role shine through every message and day-of actions during my entire pregnancy and labor journey. As soon as we chose Ines to be our Doula, she constantly kept tabs on my health and the baby’s health and gave us tips and pointers as the weeks progressed. Where she stood out the most was on the day of my labor. My contractions started at 12:30 a.m. and we called Ines at 4:00 a.m. in the morning when the contraction pains started to get stronger. She immediately picked up and came to our house. During the early stages of my labor, I was in a lot of pain and as soon as she came, she immediately worked on different exercises and massages on me that eased my pain and made me have very purposeful and deep contractions that sped up my labor. Her calm energy, education, knowledge, and know-how of the entire labor process were INCREDIBLE. My husband followed her every direction and we felt at peace and in control of the labor process. Not only that, but she respected my every wish of wanting a non-medicated birth and advocated for me when we got to the hospital. She knew how to work with the nurses without getting in their way and knew how to work with them to benefit me. I gave birth 3 hours after we arrived at the hospital and Ines was by my side for every minute. She was incredibly proactive and continued to ease my discomfort with different tools, massages, breathing techniques, essential oils, and positions that made my experience even more positive. Later, after my baby was born, we discovered that Ines was missing her son’s First Communion!! It comes to show her dedication and love for her job as a Doula. I commend her for her full support and for putting mother and baby first. I will absolutely be working with her again and promoting her as the best doula in the NJ/NY area.
– Erica Lee – May 17, 2022
Ines was absolutely amazing! When we interviewed her she shared that her purpose was to support us throughout the labor process and not to impose any preconceived agenda. That’s when we knew she was right for us. Other doulas we interviewed made us feel that if we deviated from their plan somehow we were not acting in our child’s best interest. Another important factor was her experience with local NJ hospitals teaching prenatal education classes. We wanted someone whose advice was grounded in best practices. When it was time to deliver our child, having Ines there made all the difference. Her assurance, bag of endless resources, and presence were invaluable. It was like having a knowledgeable and trained family member’s support. Even my doctor commented about how great it was to have Ines in the room. We will definitely have her support us for our second child. Also, I would recommend getting the package with the pictures. It was wonderful to have someone capture one of the most important moments in our lives.
– Valerie Batista – April, 2022
As I entered my third trimester, the anxiousness and nervousness kicked in. I never considered a doula but had to find one quickly. My anxiety was mostly about the hospital system and rise of unnecessary forced interventions. I ran into Labor Lounge while on the DONA directory and loved that she was certified and evidence-based. During our interview we clicked. She was bilingual, cultural aware and not pushy at all. What really sealed the deal for me was that she used to work at Englewood H., which is where I was going to deliver and she knew their protocols as well as some of the staff.
It really made a difference in my laboring experience to feel relaxed and that I was in good hands. She made the labor room feel more cozy and less hospital like. Her coaching during the actual delivery was so effective, my anxiety went out the window, was so focused, I didn’t even think to ask for an epidural. I had exactly the delivery I hoped for and I could not have done it without her. She was a fantastic ally for my husband who was also nervous about the whole thing but felt things were more manageable having her around with tips, tricks, insights and resources.
We selected the package with massage and photography and it was so worth it. The massage was calming in the days leading up to my due date. We have priceless memories documented. Didn’t even notice her taking the photos until after baby was born. Ines is a beautiful and talented human being and we are so happy we had her, as well as Susana, as part of our labor and delivery dream team. My husband and I look forward to working with them again for the next one!
– Nathalie C. – January, 2022
I want to say, after interviewing a couple different people and starting to become discouraged, I was excited to come across Ines information. From the first time I spoke to Ines, I knew she was the perfect person that I needed and wanted to be at our side during my child’s birth. I felt like we were old friends from the very beginning, and she made me feel extremely comfortable. Even though I had no idea of a lot of things going in, she was very kind, patient and extremely knowledgeable. She took her time to explain many things, and provide all sorts of helpful information that helped me stay healthy and confident throughout my pregnancy.
The day I went into labor, she really helped me to gain confidence, especially since there were a few times where I didnt think I could manage. We were so thankful to have her there coaching, encouraging us, and taking charge and control of the situation. She kept calm, was very patient with me the whole time, and never left my side from the beginning to the end. She performed many techniques to help manage the pain, and they were all extremely helpful.
The fact that she was so experienced with labor procedures, helped us to confidently interact with the labor staff, and ultimately “feel heard and respected”. I can’t stress enough how thankful I am for having her there for my baby’s birth. I really feel that it is because of Ines, that my labor went so smooth. She respected my family’s wishes and values the whole way, and just made the whole experience that much more relaxed.
I would recommend her 100% to anybody regardless of how much experience you have giving birth. From me and my Family Ines, we want to say Thank You, we are forever grateful for being a part of this experience.
– Elizabeth Bianchi – January, 2022
Ines is an absolutely wonderful, caring and supportive doula. She was an integral part of our entire birthing experience from prenatal to postpartum – I don’t know what my husband and I would’ve done without her!
While I was pregnant Ines answered every question and concern with helpful info and always provided reading material for us to learn more. She gave us the confidence that we got this!
Once I went into labor she was the calm light we needed during an unexpectedly difficult birthing experience. She stayed with us for a full 24 hours until my son was born safely – she wouldn’t leave until she met him! Ines helped to explain everything happening at the hospital so we could make informed decisions and made sure I was always comfortable both physically and mentally.
It’s obvious that Ines loves her work. Her passion is contagious and we will always appreciate the support she gave us – we are forever grateful!
– Samantha Ray, October 2021
Ines is an amazing doula! She provided us with the most helpful information like pre-labor exercises, tips for the support person, a visual of the labor process, templates for a birth plan, etc.
She made my delivery experience a lot more endurable and helped me get through it without any medication just by offering great advice, mental and physical support. I can’t imagine going through my birth without her.
She is very knowledgeable, compassionate, open minded, kind, and helpful. Definitely recommend reaching out to her if you are considering hiring a doula for your birth!
– Laura Carreno – October, 2021
There are no words to describe how much my partner and I appreciated having Ines at our birth. From the very beginning she was hands on. She walked into that hospital room and immediately got to work. She knew exactly what the Midwives and Doctors were going to do before they did it. Her knowledge was comforting and helped us make informed decisions about our own birth.
Our birth took many twists and turns and Ines knew how to handle each one. She was calm and brought a vibrant energy to the room. After 3 long days my labor stalled and resulted in an emergency cesarean and Ines WAS STILL THERE. She waited for me in the recovery room, fed me ice chips, and waited until my anasthesia wore off before heading out.
More than a doula, Ines was truly a support person. Without her, I genuinely do not know how I would’ve handeld the ebbs and flows of labor and delivery.
– Kayla M. – April, 2021
Ines is a gift from god. Our experience felt more like a movie script. We have decided at the beginning of pregnancy to have a doula for support during the third trimester and labor. Our heard and minds were determined to have a natural birth, add a spiritual element, and also have someone in the labor room on our side to pursue our intentions.
We got blessed that Doulamatch.net helped us find our perfect match. And like a miracle, Ines has arrived in our lives. Honestly, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect in the first place and to share our sacred moment with someone strange. Over the phone, all it took was 60 seconds to realize that Ines was the one. We instantly knew that Ines was meant to be part of our birth story.
During over 30 hours of labor, Ines has guided both of us while the entire hospital staff was mesmerized with her skills, warmth, and manners. From acupressure points to energy work, she was hands-on for all 1000 contractions to help us deliver beautiful and healthy girl Kaia.
Ines worked beautifully along with the hospital staff to keep us comfortable and informed. Ines’s childbirth educator background helped us to make informed decisions. We are happy to have her in our lives. During postpartum, Ines taught us many skills for new parents. This lady is a must-have to help you obtain a better birth experience.
-Paula & Ljubo Kovacevic – October, 2020
Having known Ines for well over 3 years prior to our birthing experience, I had no idea the role she’d play during my first childbirth experience. We had a feeling my daughter would come early. Ines had made herself available to me throughout my entire pregnancy, and I felt comfortable knowing I had her support. She was one of the first to know! Something inside of me has always felt at peace whenever she’s near me, and I feel comfortable with her in any setting! She just brings that out of you, so caring, so sweet. As time went on my belly grew, and oh did I say we grew?! 🙂 Finally, the day came! I remember having contractions and not being able to retain my urine, and I call Ines. I am very silly.. she knows this. She asks me the usual questions, and of course, I have no idea about what the mucous plug is supposed to look like, etc. The day went on and on, I kept her updated. My contractions grew closer, and I continued to go about my day. She told me to make sure I ate because she had a strong feeling I’d have to go to the hospital tonight or by the morning to give birth. By 1 am we went to the hospital and within 45 mins later she was there. We prayed. She massaged me. We did COUNTLESS, I mean COUNTLESS COMFORTING positions, tried everything. Ines, you’re an angel. I made it to 7.5cm dilated without an epidural! That day she was my coach, my angel, my comforter, my rock, aiding my husband and me. It is a day that I will never forget! She marked my life and my daughter’s life forever. As I write this a tear falls down my cheek, just recalling those wonderful, glorious child birthing hours while she was right by my side. She did anything, everything possible & I thank God for him placing me in Ines’s hands. After 14.5 hours we delivered a beautiful and healthy baby girl. I am forever grateful for the most beautiful childbirth memory. I told her to get ready because in 3 years – I’ll be needing her again, haha! We love you, Ines.
– Crystal, Rashad, & Reina – August, 2019
Thank you for everything! My wife was the one who insisted getting a doula, but now I am grateful she did because you really gave us the support we needed! All the best to you and your family and we will definitely recommend you to friends and reach out if we need any help down the road.
– Grigor – July, 2019
Our baby was born and we went into labor on my due date. I had a really positive labor experience thanks to your education of labor and childbirth! Thank you so much for everything you taught us during your March/April childbirth class.
– Sarah – May, 2019
Ines was our childbirth class instructor and we jumped at the chance to have her as our doula. She was absolutely crucial to making my labor and delivery as comfortable as possible for me. She was so well prepared, with essential oils for massage, with lollipops, walking me up and down the hallway of the maternity ward and suggesting new positions for me to try in the quest for comfort. I told my husband after our daughter was born that I might not be able to go through childbirth again without Ines.
-Randi – January, 2019