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    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 17-Jan-2019
    Subject:  Experienced birth doula
    Comment:  If there is only one bit of advice I can give to anyone expecting - it is to hire an experienced birth doula. But my SPECIFIC bit of advice is to hire Leigh Kader and Marni Deutsch because they are so knowledgeable, experienced, and truly gifted at comforting women during labor and in the months prior. They will help you mentally and physically cope during labor in ways you never imagined and provide you with a good birth experience no matter what goes (or doesn’t go) as planned.I had a great birth because Leigh was our doula. Leigh was so good, in fact, my OB even commented about her in my postpartum appointments that my doula was so good and knowledgeable that she asked for my doula’s name. Yep, my OB was that impressed. I ended up having an unplanned cesarean after nearly 24 hours of active labor, and know my cesarean was 100% necessary because of what the Ob AND Leigh were able to explain about what was happening and how my baby and I had progressed. Without Leigh there I would have always wondered if the cesarean was necessary. (Remember that your OB may not be the one who delivers your baby when it’s “go time”).For those asking yourself, why would I need a doula? It’s important to know that for a hospital birth, the current practice that nurses and doctors must follow is for everyone to actively labor alone in your room with the occasional check-ins until it’s time to push. All of that “alone time” is hard work. You want an expert in the room, a doula, to physically and mentally helps you (and your partner) cope with pain and take it a step at a time can only be done by an experienced doula. Even with a very caring partner who reads birth partner books and actively participates in birthing class, no partner can do it alone, even with preparation.In summary, selecting a doula is just as important as selecting your OB/Midwife so be sure to get one you feel comfortable with. My husband and I feel that hiring Leigh and Marni was one of the best decisions we have ever made.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 15-Nov-2018
    Subject:  2018 Birth Survey
    Comment:  Great. Easy and fun.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 15-Nov-2018
    Subject:  2018 Birth Survey
    Comment:  Wonderful, knowledgeable - she's caring and love her energy!
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 15-Nov-2018
    Subject:  2018 Birth Survey
    Comment:  Leigh Kader is the absolute BEST. We loved the class. She is so informative and has great delivery. She's funny, sensitive and smart. We felt as prepared as we could after her class.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 15-Nov-2018
    Subject:  2018 Birth Survey
    Comment:  THE BEST. Marni was pivotal to both of our successful and JOYFUL births. She is the perfect blend of laid back and super on it. She keeps things light with humor, and has the experience needed to make you feel supported and in great hands. With #1 three years ago, she helped me break my water naturally while at the hospital and saved me from further medical intervention. With #2, for which I barely made it in time to the hospital (my own doing!), Marni somehow managed to meet us at the house JUST in time to get us to the hospital, and when the baby started to crown in the hospital lobby, SHE was the one who helped get me into labor position, had my wife successfully catch the baby, noticed the cord around her neck, and had the good sense to tuck the baby into my tanktop for safekeeping and warmth. Seriously, call Marni. She knows all.
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 03-Jan-2018
    Subject:  Review submitted via the Park Slope Parents 2017 Birth Survey
    Comment:  Very informative and warm child education class. Lee was extremely accessible for questions and advice.Based on a August 2017 birthing experience.
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 16-Sep-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  Leigh KaderPhenomenalBased on a June 2017 birthing experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 28-Apr-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  Excellent teacher.Based on Nov 2016 birth experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 28-Apr-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  I highly recommend Leigh's class. We wanted something that met less often than the Bradley method but more than a weekend intensive. Her course is 5 weeks or so, covers so much but in bite-sized chunks, really helped us prepare for the unmedicated birth I was interested in AND the induction I ended up with. :) I'm pretty sure she caps it at 5 couples which means it's personalized and super relaxed. Definitely a great option!Based on July 2016 birth experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 28-Apr-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  Loved Leigh's childbirth class. It was engaging, informative and did a good job preparing us for all the different possibilities during labor and delivery. I left the class feeling like "I can do this"....and a few months later I did!Based on September 2016 birth experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 23-Apr-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  Leigh was the best. She helped us through the entire experience, making me feel more supported and more comfortable during labor. I would definitely recommend her as she is very experienced and very likeable.Based on 01/2017 birth experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 23-Apr-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  We went back and forth about hiring and post-partum doula and hands down it was one of the best decisions we made! Natasha took such great care of us, so that we could take care of our newborn son. She knew what we needed - cooked healthy amazing food, helped with laundry and was able to give great advice as we settled in with a newborn. Knowing Natasha was there, made those first few weeks much more manageable.Based on September 2016 birth experience
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 23-Oct-2016
    Subject:  [ANONYMOUS] OBs/Midwives and doulas for VBAC
    Comment:  And I would also recommend our doula, Leigh Hill Kader, as someone who would support you in this endeavor as well. You can find contact info for both via google search. Good luck!
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 11-Feb-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via 2015 Birth Survey
    Comment:  Type: Childbirth ClassReview: We loved Leigh's class! It met once a week for five weeks, and each class was three hours. We became great friends with the other couples in the class (we all still see each other regularly) and felt like Leigh really created a great environment. She presented the class in a totally nonjudgmental way (no pressure on drugs vs no drugs, or what type of birth experience people were going for) and had a great sense of humor while imparting a lot of information.Insurance: Our class was not covered. No idea if she takes insurance.Based on a June 2015 birth
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 10-Feb-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via 2015 Birth Survey
    Comment:  Type: Childbirth, breastfeeding and newborn careReview: Leigh (who is a doula) was an awesome instructor. She is funny and friendly, and has a wonderful way of transmitting info and telling stories so you remember the key info, including little practical details about area hospitals that she knows because of her work as a doula. My husband and I felt very supported and prepared (as prepared as you can feel!) we absolutely loved Leigh and trusted her advice above all else. She was caring and personal -such a cheerleader for us and everyone in the class. Her class felt like much more than just standard CBE. It mentally and emotionally prepared us to be parents in the most wonderful way.Insurance: No coverage, but the price was more than reasonable for the level of personal service, thought and care put into this very small, intimate class.Based on a November 2015 birth
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 07-Feb-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via 2015 Birth Survey
    Comment:  Review: Marni works with another doula, Leigh Kader. You meet with both of them and whichever is available when you go into labor is your doula. Meeting both of them was amazing, we felt like we were having dinner with friends. Leigh taught the childbirth class we took and was awesome. Marni ended up being our doula and I could not have made it though labor without her. She was incredible. From hand feeding me to helping me vocalize in the most efficient way to taking pictures while holding a leg she did everything we could possibly have asked of her. She even went out to get me a rare roast beef sandwich and a beer after my daughter was born. We met with her again after the birth and she ended up feeding me again while helping me breastfeed. We've kept in touch with both of them and hope to continue to. I can't recommend the two of them more. Insurance: No.Based on a 2015 birth