birthtestimonial“Making the decision to have Dawn as our doula was one of best decisions we made for the birth of our daughter. Her comforting demeanor was exactly what I (and my husband) needed before, during and after our birth.  During my labor she knew exactly what I needed for support which I feel enabled us to have the best birth experience possible. We are so thankful that we had Dawn by our side as we welcomed our daughter into our lives!” Haven, Birth 

“After finding her on doulamatch, my husband and I hired Dawn to be our doula last fall and our baby was born in January. Working with Dawn in the months leading up to the birth, as well as during and in follow-ups after, has been an incredible blessing. I was committed to the goal of an intervention-free birth and wanted a doula to guide and support us in that endeavor. I felt absolutely supported by Dawn throughout and knew that she would support me in whatever I wanted to do. Upon first meeting Dawn we felt very comfortable with her; she quickly felt like a family member. She devoted so much time to educating us in an intimate setting on the Bradley Method in the weeks leading up to our birth as she was preparing to become a Bradley Educator. She went above and beyond with the time and attention she gave us. She is super responsive (to this day) and genuinely cares about her clients. As for the birth itself, Dawn was ready to join us as soon as we said we needed her and was an incredible asset to our team, relieving my husband who had been worn out by helping me through the long labor I’d had already to that point. She did not hesitate to jump right in in the delivery room too with comfort measures (which she works at tirelessly) or advocating for my needs and interests. Bonus- she snapped some pictures for my husband and I as our daughter was born, which I cherish having. I did succeed in having the natural birth I wanted and I know I was only able to do it because of the preparation she helped us with and the confidence I had in my team, with Dawn and my husband at my side. Dawn’s postnatal visit was also really helpful for me in processing my birth experience, and she provided guidance through breastfeeding hurdles as well. She was everything we’d hoped for and more!” West, Birth and Childbirth Education

“Having Dawn as our guide for our son’s birth was truly a blessing. My husband and I carefully researched and interviewed several potential doulas, but it was not until we met with Dawn and her partner Audrey in person that we knew we had found the right team. Of course you want your doula to be a warm and lovely person, but there is some other necessary element – one that is hard to describe – which has to be present to make you feel truly comfortable entrusting yourself to their care. Whatever that thing is, Dawn has it in spades. Perhaps it is because she is a mother herself that she ‘gets’ the process so completely. Dawn and Audrey’s support in prenatal visits was thorough and enlightening, and as our due date approached, they were great about checking in on my progress. My labor was early and fast… I was admitted to the hospital with abnormal bleeding, and delivered less than twelve hours later. Dawn came as quickly as possible, and arrived just as my water broke and my husband started to REALLY need support. While much of it is a blur, I remember a few sensations clearly: how surprisingly little I wanted to be touched… how good it felt to pull against the bar and sheet they gave me for resistance while I pushed… and how, exactly in the moments that I needed, Dawn applied a cool compress to my forehead. She intuitively formed a team with my husband to guide me through contractions and through each push. I remember that at one point we all laughed together at something I had said… looking back on it now, I realize how important it was to have a doula who was exceptionally grounded and strong, but who still shared so easily in the joy of the experience. Of course I was unable to recognize it at the time, but in retrospect, one of the most elegant things about Dawn’s approach was her transition from leader to observer when the delivery occurred. My doctor took over, and Dawn picked up my cell phone to snap photos in the precious moments of my son’s birth. With so much focus on me, and on baby, who would ever have thought to turn and record the look on my mother’s face as she saw her first grandchild born? Because of Dawn, I’ll always have that memory. My son is now almost ten months old, and we have just started thinking of giving him a little brother or sister. When that time comes, I have hope that we will all be healthy and strong… and I hope that Dawn is available to share a second journey with our family… we would be honored to have her with us!” Megan, Birth

“Dawn joined my partner and me very late in the birthing journey. She was able to jump right in and understand our needs. She was attentive to both me and my partner providing support and inspiration.” Teresa, Birth

“Dawn Chorba brought a huge amount of support and dedication into my life beginning shortly after I approached her to work with us. She would send emails with preparatory activities and passages highlighting the experience of pregnancy. It’s important to note that I had a very high-risk pregnancy secondary to IUGR and an unknown RH factor that was causing placenta insufficiency. Dawn is knowledgeable and thoughtful, a combination I was so grateful to find in a doula. Dawn coached my partner and me throughout the process. My contractions stopped as soon as I arrived at the hospital, I was scared and overwhelmed. Dawn welcomed us with a hug and kiss and gave me a birth crown, instantly I felt braver and supported. Shortly after the nurses read my chart, I became a risk and was hooked up to every device possible for monitoring. Dawn was strategic and innovative in aiding my movement and relaxation through contractions, she assisted my partner in caring for me and facilitated an environment full of energy and dedication to my labor. After 24 hours of laboring, I needed a C-section. I was surrounded by my partner and Dawn when my son was welcomed into the world. She stayed by my side afterwards and facilitated skin to skin and breast feeding support. Dawn provided me with the gift of a beautiful and soulful labor; she in fact gave me the best day of my life. Dawn’s postpartum support has been incredible, every week I have received emails filled with resources and phone calls checking in. Dawn’s selflessness and love is forever stamped into our hearts. Shortly after birth I wrote this passage to Dawn: “I woke up feeling the deepest gratitude and appreciation for you. When I reflect on my pregnancy all I can think is how I was surrounded by protection, love and constant hands on me the entire time.” Every female deserves to experience a Dawn in their pregnancy and life, we are so grateful for her.” Kate, Birth

“Dawn was instrumental in the beautiful birth of our daughter Segovia. When I got pregnant I didn’t think that I would need a doula but as time went on, I realized I wanted the best experience possible. It became evident that having a doula was the way to go. I feel so blessed to have found Dawn. She was so kind, patient, and knowledgeable from the very first meeting. She truly listened to what it was that I wanted in making the birth of our first child such a special experience. She empowered me to tell her and my husband what was helpful throughout the labor process and read the signs when something simply wasn’t working. I was especially thankful for the support she gave my husband during the end of our pregnancy and throughout labor. Without Dawn, I’m not sure if he would have made it through or have been as calm as he was. I was very lucky to have as close to a natural birth as I had wished for. Pushing through the pain was made easier with Dawn’s support and in the end she will always be such a special part of the most beautiful day of our lives.” Melissa, Birth

“Dawn was an incredibly caring, upbeat and knowledgable partner throughout the entire process of our son’s birth.  We had a few prenatal scares based on testing and our son was misdiagnosed as having club feet (he actually had just a minor case metatarsus adductus) and Dawn was a godsend in making us feel comfortable and informed at a time when we were really anxious.  If you are looking for a doula that “gets it” (she has personal experience being a recent mom) and is just a kind, caring person, Dawn is the doula for you.  She was there for us before the birth to get us ready, after to make sure we were doing well, and she frequently followed up to see if we had any questions.  Overall she was just an incredible resource whenever anything unexpected came up.  Also, my wife delivered naturally without any medication, and Dawn was there the entire time to support her decision. She was next to my wife the whole time to support her through it. She also took notes on what happened and when so we could record the process. Highly, highly recommend her.”  Zach, Birth

“Dawn was an amazing doula. Her help before and during labor and delivery was invaluable. After the birth of my first child I understood how important doulas are and how having one would’ve helped me achieve my intervention free delivery I dearly wanted. After speaking with Dawn when I was pregnant with my second, I felt she understood what I wanted and how she could help me. As my due date came and went, Dawn helped me get baby into position after the midwife told me baby was sunnyside up. After an evening of holding poses, I went into labor. Dawn was available over text and came as soon as I said I needed her. Her pain management techniques and counter pressure helped me labor at home and throughout my Uber ride to the hospital. Once I went into transition, Dawn responded to my needs, encouraged me and even helped me when my labor seemed to stagnate at 8cm by suggesting I try new positions. She was also great at finding ways my husband could be involved during the labor, something he missed out on during the birth of our first baby. Again, I cannot recommend Dawn enough. I successfully delivered my daughter unmedicated and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life! Dawn was a big part of that experience.”  Annalisa, Birth

“Dawn is genuinely caring and truly is dedicated to her clients. From the first prenatal meeting where she came to my home (this was my first baby!), to the first visit in the hospital postpartum, to her sessions in my home where she both educates and supports, Dawn is extremely responsive. Breastfeeding for me was a challenge and she was by my side giving me support, suggestions, and resources. She makes herself available 24/7 and would check-in with me via email and cell text just to check on me. She provides education, tips and I also asked if she could help me around the home and she was excellent in helping pick-up groceries and helped me with meals, dishes and baby laundry, (there is soo much more laundry than you would think!).  And in-home she is more than happy to help with the baby so you can rest or do whatever you need to. You definitely feel you have a resource you can count on with Dawn.” JanetLee, Postnatal

“Working with Dawn was a great experience. Her postpartum support was such a great help! She is sweet, friendly, easy going & someone who makes it easy to instantly trust her like an old friend. This is our first baby so we mostly got help with baby advice & things like baby wearing, baby yoga, infant massage, tummy time, & processing our birth story. She is very knowledgeable, organized & explains things clearly. Dawn is an excellent resource & a really wonderful doula! We highly recommend her!” Annie, Postnatal

“Dawn is a wonderful person – very easy to be with. She is able to transform into whatever you need her to be with very acute sensitivity to each person’s needs and situation.  She will figure out where you keep your forks and you will not have to show everything, and she will fall into place with what you need without you asking. Let me tell you – that is SO important when you are recovering from childbirth or C-section. Asking for a million favors a day is just exhausting, and she knew what to do without me telling. The way it worked with us – I gave her an outline of what I expect to accomplish that day – have her make me lunch, bathe the baby, bring me a few things from the store and for the rest of the day I just could relax without pointing my finger and asking. If you can hire her for even a week or so to recover without asking your relatives for favors – do it! It will be so worth it!” Elina, Postnatal

“It was an absolute pleasure working with Dawn! She shows so much positive energy and enthusiasm, it is a pleasure to spend time with her and learn about babies. Our daughter loved Dawn and immediately picked up on that energy. Dawn goes out of her way to educate new mothers in a holistic and caring way. I would strongly recommend her.” Jasmin, Postnatal

“All the tips Dawn shared helped ease my transition as a new mom.” Ilana, Postnatal

“During the first two weeks after the birth of my son, I was lucky to have several visits with Dawn at my apartment.  Dawn was so supportive and encouraging, which was particularly valuable during those first few weeks when each day seemed to present a new challenge.  Dawn helped me with breastfeeding — talked with me about my questions and concerns, showed me new positions to try to help make me more comfortable and if there was something she didn’t know the answer to, she helped me find it.  Dawn was my second pair of hands — researching mom support groups for me, holding my new baby so that I could take a shower, helping me clean up my apartment and even spending time with my dog (who had up until then been my only child and was in need of some extra love and attention).  Dawn not only taught me how to use various baby carriers, but she brought me her Moby wrap and let me keep it to use for the first few weeks.  Dawn goes above and beyond to help provide whatever it is that you need.  She is passionate about helping women and refers to this time with them as “sacred.”  She understands the challenges women face in the first few weeks after birth because she is also a mom.  I cannot say enough good things about Dawn.  I highly recommend her.” Julie, Postnatal

“The unbelievably difficult days right after bringing baby home cannot be overstated. The adrenaline, fear, elation, exhaustion in dealing with this brand new life is frankly overwhelming. A terrific mommy herself, Dawn was my saving grace in our chaos. As she said, she mothered me so I could mommy. It honestly felt like she was a guardian angel. Her care is exceptional and without complications like one may find with friends of family members. I cannot express enough how invaluable her time with us was and I won’t have another baby without her.”  Synge, Postnatal

“Dawn is a pure pleasure to be around – she is a very encouraging, loving, fantastic person. She was so encouraging and emotionally supportive at a time when you need it the most!” Ros, Postnatal

“Dawn has been an incredible support system for me before and during my breastfeeding journey.  I took her took her Breastfeeding Prenatal Prep Course and when I had questions or concerns she was always accessible with the best advice.  I had many challenges during my first experience with breastfeeding and knew I would need help second time around in achieving my goals.  Thanks to Dawn, I am well on my way to meeting my goals of breastfeeding and couldn’t have done it without her!” Christina, Breastfeeding Support


“I joined a support group with Dawn when my baby was 4 weeks old and it was the best thing I’ve done since becoming a mother.  I had no idea how much I would appreciate finding such a supportive community of mothers to learn and grow with.  Dawn is compassionate and kind, supportive and non-judgmental, and makes sure everyone feels welcome and accepted.  Joining a support group gave me the opportunity to meet a great group of mothers who all look out for each other and help each other through struggles, I am very grateful I have found this amazing circle of new friends!” Ana, New Parent Support Group

“New mama, you need this. We ALL need this! Having a group of like-minded mamas to meet up with, bounce ideas off of, talk through concerns with and occasionally vent to, has been so invaluable to my experience as a new mom in the city. I highly recommend this group- Dawn is so knowledgeable, kind, and hilarious. I felt instantly at home in her cozy living room and finally felt the sense of sisterly support that had been missing in my journey as a new parent. Our group loved each other so much we’re planning monthly reunions!” Sophia, New Parent Support Group

“It takes a village to raise a baby and that can be so hard to find in the city, but Dawn made that possible. As a new parent, nothing comforted me more than being around other parents with babies to hash out all the freak outs and wonderful discoveries of this transformative time in our lives. Dawn brings so much wisdom to the table and at the same time taught me the invaluable lesson to sit back, relax and treasure the moments with our new baby.” Janis, New Parent Support Group

“Dawn’s group was instrumental in transforming my experience of new motherhood from one filled with stress and self-doubt (mixed with baby delight) to one with much more confidence and acceptance of the evolving challenges of taking care of a newborn. There is nothing better than bonding with other new moms to brighten up the postpartum weeks. Dawn provided knowledgeable and caring guidance, tons of great topic suggestions and follow-up resources, and a contagious sense of humor and easygoing approach to baby care. She also helped immensely in getting us to value and prioritize self-care. And bonus: our group is excited to be staying in close touch and getting together in the neighborhood regularly!” Laura, New Parent Support Group

“I really believe having a group like this was a large part of my PPD recovery. I often headed back to Astoria just to attend! It meant the world to know that I had friends in similar situations there to vent to and get help from.” Caitlin, New Parent Support Group

“Joining Dawns’ mom’s group is one of the single best decisions I made postpartum! Having a safe, comfortable space full of supportive women going through the same crazy life changing experience as I was, literally saved my sanity. Every day I thought- “I’m too tired and too overwhelmed (and too unshowered!) to leave the house today” but when the weekly meet up’s rolled around, it forced me out of the house and I was always SO grateful for it! The few times I couldn’t make it I found myself truly missing that time together with my fellow mommas and with Dawn. She is an incredible listener and always keeps an open mind an open heart. She listened to my complaints about lack of sleep while making me a hot cup of coffee and helped me navigate breastfeeding and all it’s challenges. We covered a wide range of topics each week from baby wearing to exploring our new relationships with our spouses to our birth experience and postpartum self care advice. Through her weekly groups I met the most amazing women, some of whom will no doubt become life long friends of mine.” Veronica, New Parent Support Group

“I loved the warmth Dawn provided to our group. She was supportive and allowed us to talk and share our experiences while also providing our children with a happy comfortable atmosphere.” Caitlin, New Parent Support Group

“Being a first time mom, Dawn’s weekly  group provided the support and community I never knew I would need. I signed up at a fellow mama friend’s suggestion and took my 10-day-old daughter to the first session. We were 30 minutes late, but I felt immediately felt at ease and welcomed by all. We started each week by sharing our highs and lows, and it during those intimate moments that I realized I had entered into a whole new world and phase of my life that only other mothers could understand; I was so grateful to be there. The first couple of months with a baby can make days feel like they blend into one another, so I loved that we had scheduled, weekly meetings that got me out of my apartment and gave me something to look forward to every week! I am now back to work and so thankful for the very special time we shared. Being in a group of mothers navigating the same milestones, joys, and hardships is so bonding and beautiful. I still miss our group and seeing our babes grow up with each other every week. Thank you, Dawn, for creating such a beautiful space for us!” Emily, New Parent Support Group