“What a rare resource is Kelly Arias! In my perfect world, I would clone her so that every new mother and family would have access to her warmth, wisdom, energy, and long years of experience.”
Adele Faber, co-author of National Bestseller:
Kelly runs local mom support groups in Forest Hills and reached out to me to see if I needed any support after I expressed interest in her classes. In our short phone conversation, I can sense she was truly interested in providing advice and a listening ear. She truly listened and let me know she was available for questions via text or phone call. As a first time mom with no real experience in child care- let alone newborn needs- I know I’d have a lot of questions so appreciated her offer. I decided then that I wanted to work with her.
Once Kelly started coming to work with my family, she helped coach me on “simple” things like diapering, proper bottle feeding and washing techniques but she also helped get me on a routine and made sure I was taking care of myself by getting the nutrition and showering as needed. I felt supported and taken care of in a time when you feel pressure to forget all about your own needs to care for your new baby. It felt good to be reminded that care for myself mattered too.
She was also a multi-tasker and helped greatly with laundry, meal prep and making sure our kitchen and nursery stayed organized. She helped me build a routine through watching her.
What sets Kelly apart is that she is clearly born to be a doula and be a calming force in the lives of new babies and new moms. She always had a natural way of determining what comfort my son needed and he loved having her around. I would recommend her to any family without hesitation.
I can’t say enough good things about Kelly. I had an extremely hard beginning once my son was born both mentally and physically between recovery from my c-section and breast feeding. I really wish I had met Kelly sooner. Kelly came to work with us with my son was 3 weeks old and literally saved me from and emotional and physical meltdown. She was supportive in so many ways, and extremely knowledgeable. She really made me feel that everything was going to be alright and that I wasn’t alone. She helped guide me on so many levels that I really don’t think I could’ve done this without her. She’s beyond patient and very understanding- not to mention extremely sweet and very easy to get along with. When my next child is born, Kelly is going to be the first phone call I make.
Within minutes of working with me, Kelly was able to adjust the placement of my baby to make breastfeeding so much easier for me. We tried a few different positions and her latch improved significantly!
Kelly was a loving, calming, reassuring and experienced presence during a very physically and emotionally overwhelming time. She took care of our family and truly held up to her role of “mothering the mother.” I can’t imagine the first few weeks of our baby’s life without her.
Having a postpartum doula was like having an extra mother without the guilt. While I was recovering from a complicated birth, Kelly helped me with nursery organization, meal prep, making sure I ate and kept hydrated, while at the same time she advised me on breastfeeding and tactics for getting my baby to sleep more soundly.
Hiring a postpartum doula was definitely a financial splurge for us, but we decided that we would be much better parents if we were getting the support we needed. We had no idea just how helpful Kelly would be. She not only provided us with welcome comfort and relief when she showed up at our home, but also offered support on her days off when we would call her with questions about anything from breastfeeding to specific questions about crying cues. She’s very well connected into the newborn care community and gave us countless tips about the best baby products, baby wearing, and new-parent resources — in addition to a very helpful checklist on how to hire a nanny. If you’re on the fence about hiring a doula to help you with breastfeeding, sleep, newborn care, and transitioning to parenthood my advice is this: Go for it, but make sure you hire a really good one. We’d be happy to talk to expectant parents personally if it makes your decision easier. If you’re lucky enough to get a slot with Kelly, you can rest assured you’re in great hands.