Hi! I'm Olivia Petzy, Lalalou Doula, offering birth and postpartum doula support to all birthing persons and families in New York City. Like the chick with glasses in a 90s teen movie, this website is undergoing a makeover. Until the big reveal at the prom, here's a taste of what I offer as a birth and postpartum doula:
As your birth doula, I provide physical, mental and emotional support throughout your pregnancy, labor and delivery. The style and type of birth of I am interested in is YOURS. In a tub? Great. In a hospital? Love it. In your living room? I'll be there. With an epidural? Squeeze my hand. Partner support? Can't wait to meet this lucky person. Flying solo? Let's do this.
We'll discuss your hopes and desires for your birth experience, answer any and all questions you (and your partner, if present) may have, practice comfort measures, talk through options and possibilities, and generally connect and bond over the incredible wonder of pregnancy in two pre-natal sessions. I'm available for unlimited text, email and phone support, and at 38 weeks, I press pause on my life and am ready to go whenever your special "IT'S HAPPENING!!!" ringtone blares in my ear. Once I join you, I might step out to pee, but other than that, I am by your side offering verbal affirmation, physical support, knowledge and more until baby is born. I'll stay with you until you are comfortable, cozy and cuddling, and then see you again within about one week to do a follow-up postpartum visit (with more available as you need).
I am as involved as you desire, whether it's helping you navigate various birthing styles, recommending books and classes, clarifying your rights as a birthing person, explaining the stages of childbirth or practicing labor positions on your couch. I do not push your partner aside (if you have one), but fully integrate myself as a professional member of your valued and trusted birth team, all working together to ensure the most satisfying and safe birth experience for you and baby. I bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to your birth and it's my true honor and pleasure to be welcomed to be part of your life's journey.
A birth doula can shorten labor, reduce the overall rate of Cesarean birth, pain medication and Pitocin, and decrease the risk of being dissatisfied with birth by a whopping 34%. (source) Sound good to you? Please contact me using the form below for birth doula availability and rates.
How exactly does that baby wrap work? What does nursing in public look like? Will a shower happen this week? Bringing a new baby home can turn your world upside down, and a postpartum doula makes that transition easier for everyone: baby, parent(s), and sibling(s). A postpartum doula is not a guest; there is no need for clean hair, dishes, or laundry when I arrive.
Postpartum doula support looks different for each family, and I am ready to roll with whatever you need on that particular day. Doing baby's laundry, caring for baby while you shower/sleep/binge watch Game of Thrones, helping you figure out how to safely wear baby, tidying up, breastfeeding support, playing with siblings, massaging your feet, and anything else you may need are all part of this experience.
I seek to empower you as a parent not only through these tangible tasks, but by holding open and non-judgmental space for you to share anything and everything on your mind. It will be my pleasure to simply sit and listen and to validate you during this transformative time of your life.
I offer several postpartum packages to provide you and your family with the customized support best for you; please reach out for details.
I believe I've been a doula my entire life - I just didn't have a name for the care and support I felt compelled (and loved) to give. Even as a three-year-old, my mom had to tell me "Olivia, I'm the mommy!" because I was so obsessed with caring for my newborn brother. The call to birth work and becoming a doula has been growing in me for years, and I'm so thrilled to have found my life's work.
I've completed birth and postpartum doula training with Doula Trainings International and am fully trained in childbirth education, breastfeeding information and support, and newborn care. Additionally, I've pursued advanced training in comforting touch for the pregnant and birthing person, pre-natal/partner yoga for expectant people/couples, baby-wearing and more.
I have a BFA in Musical Theater and a thriving performance career, working mostly in comedy. I am the co-leader of the annual body love Restore Your Roar retreat in Hawaii. I'm obsessed with my husband and our Welsh terrier Walter. I'm a voracious reader, I am happiest swimming in saltwater, and like a true New England raised girl, I drink a case of seltzer (seltzah) every week. Commitment to all aspects of myself betters my doula practice, and vice versa, while a very organized calendar keeps this ship running smoothly.
I have no birth agenda beyond serving you and your hopes for your own labor and delivery. My practice is both evidence-based and holistic. If you seek someone who will recite statistics while rubbing peppermint oil on your feet, here I am. I respect all cultural and/or religious needs during birth and am more than happy to learn more about how I can meet your unique wishes, needs and desires. I am passionate about serving ALL birthing persons and families. There are so many ways to make a family and become a parent, and I stand in support of them all.
WHAT DOES "LALALOU" MEAN?
My mum brought me into the world on Thanksgiving Day during a blizzard in an unplanned cesarean birth. Three years almost to the day later, she fought for her rights as a birthing person and my brother Luke joined us in an unmedicated VBAC. (This was in the 80s, so, HELLO, ROCKSTAR.)
Some of my earliest memories are of my dad playing the piano and my parents singing Lalalu, the lullaby from Lady and the Tramp, to the two of us. As a little kid, Luke couldn't pronounce Olivia, so he called me Lala and I've always called him Lou. My parents and brother have been my best friends for my whole life, and their support of me becoming a doula has been deep and true. My doula practice is named in their honor with my gratitude and love.
I'd love to connect in a no-strings-attached, no cost, getting to know you session. I look forward to hearing from you, and you'll hear back from me within 24 hours (unless I'm at a birth, of course!).