PostPartum Doula & New Mom Groups

Post-partum Doula Services

“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:

How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk

Kelly was a lifesaver for our family. When our first born arrived my husband and I made the decision that we didn’t want to work with a baby nurse. We had a lot of help from our family and we figured that would be enough. But we soon thought otherwise. Despite all of our research and planning, a couple of weeks after our son was born we found ourselves with many questions and not many answers. Various opinions from friends and contradicting information in books only left us feeling more confused and desperate. Enter Kelly. What made Kelly such an appealing choice for us was that she works with the entire family in order to best help your infant. Rather than take over in the caretaking of our little one she helped us to care for him by teaching us, modeling for us, and encouraging us in our new role as parents. I’m very picky about the kind of people I share my personal space with and I immediately felt a sense of ease with Kelly. She seamlessly joined our team and developed great relationships with our extended families and most especially with our little boy. Her gentle and reassuring nature helped bring a sense of peace and calm into an otherwise sometimes chaotic situation. And a sense of calm goes a long way with a newborn and with a new mom! Kelly is a one-stop shop. Her expertise is varied; she is versed in infant and child development, lactation issues, sleeping techniques and more. She was instrumental in helping me set a nursing and pumping schedule that would allow me to continue breastfeeding when I returned to work. She also continued to work with our family past my son’s four month birthday and helped immensely with setting a sleep routine for naps and nighttime sleep. She also has done overnights for us here and there when we’ve needed a full night’s sleep. When you invite Kelly into your home and family, you are getting a doula, a lactation consultant, and a baby nurse all in one. I can’t say enough about my experience working with Kelly.

My wife and I researched the internet frantically as new parents not having a clue what to do with a newborn for the first time. My wife had heard from colleagues about post-partum doula so we decided to give it a try. We were lucky to find Kelly’s website. Kelly responded immediately to our email and met with us for a comprehensive evaluation. She was empathetic and put us at ease from day one. Kelly assessed our home, baby products and made recommendations. Kelly did not push her recommendations, instead she provided us with the information and allowed us to make our own decisions. Kelly assisted my wife greatly with breastfeeding by creating a routine and providing encouragement. She would check in with us frequently and made herself available for questions when she was not at our home.

Without Kelly I am unsure how we would have been able to deal with the first few weeks. Anyone being new parents would benefit from having Kelly around, she will help you with the road bumps of a new family.

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.

New Mom Groups

Kelly, your New Mommy Group was just what I needed. I immediately felt the warmth and comfort the first day I walked into the group. I was happy to have other new moms like me share experiences, challenges, concerns in a safe, comfortable environment. You’ve helped realized that we’re never alone with the challenges of becoming a new mother. Also, you’ve given me an introduction with other moms to develop friendships (something that I didn’t know where to start) Your unconditional support & guidance is absolutely amazing! Thank you.

It is so important to have women who understand your experience to come together with to share and grow and give mutual support. Kelly’s thought structure and warmth gave us the opportunity to form relationships that have outlived the length of the group.

I’m so thankful to have been part of the New Moms Group shortly after my daughter was born. It gave me a chance to connect with other moms going through the same life changes, which made a huge difference in how I coped with beginning a new life as a mom!

Extremely helpful! I loved meeting an intimate group of other new moms in the area. It felt great to be able to share my experience and hear similar stories from others. It gave me more confidence in being a first time mom and helped calm my emotions (from these crazy hormones after delivery!). I was abe to build friendships with moms around the same age as Rosie for the future!

This group has really helped me connect with other mothers in the neighborhood. It was nice to share and hear from others; helped me feel like I wasn’t alone in this. I’m rely glad that I joined this group! SO THANKFUL!

The group was helpful for honest and open (non-judgmental) discussions. It was a wonderful way to meet and connect with other moms on a friend level. It met my expectations.

The New Moms Talk Group was an amazing resource for me. Kelly led our discussion from a place of understanding and trust, which set the tone for all of us. It helped me combat the isolation I sometimes felt and I feel great knowing I have participated.

Kelly’s new moms  group was a great place to connect with other moms and share the same journey. It definitely met all my expectations with learning so much and feeling in a safe place to ask any question I may have. I feel that I have a strong connection with moms in this group na look forward to continuing to get to know them. Thank you for having this group! I feel like a better mother because of it.

This group was so helpful! It was so nice to meet other local new moms (which was my only really expectation). Having a space to talk and have others listen has been invaluable. I have definitely connected with the other mothers, thank you!

It was a pleasure to be a part of Kelly’s mom’s support group. As a new first time mom I needed to get out of the house and meet other moms who were going through similar situations. I learned so much from Kelly and the other moms. I became a more happier, fulfilled and confident mother. Thank you Kelly, for creating a safe, warm, and personal space for new moms to navigate their new lives. The structured meetings and specific topics were extremely helpful. I will never forget my time in this group.

I joined Kelly’s group after overhearing her give another mom breastfeeding tips after our Aqua Zumba class (it doesn’t get weirder than that!) It was not by coincidence that this happened though. I was a new mom who was trying to get back in shape before going back to work and struggling with my milk supply. I loved going to the meetings each week but the most important thing I gained was learning how to maintain my supply and exclusively breastfeed even though I was at work full time.

When my husband recommended that I join a “Moms Group” I was very skeptical. I felt that I should be able to make my own friends at the playground or wherever else moms hang out. It was not as easy as I thought! In fact, it was downright awkward because I am not the type to just randomly spark conversations with strangers. I also thought that these “Support Groups” were for people who were depressed or experiencing difficulty. I decided to email Kelly and within a few hours spoke to her on the phone. I knew right then and there that I needed to join. Best decision ever! I had something to look forward to every week and met a group of intelligent women whom I still keep in touch with 2 years later.

When I first had my baby, I thought motherhood would come naturally to me. I felt a great sense of balance throughout my pregnancy and had every reason to believe that this would remain post-baby. I could not have been more wrong! Once I had my baby, I had several hundred questions about my parenting each day. I also felt extremely isolated being a stay at home mom on maternity leave with friends that could no longer relate to me because either their children were either much older OR they didn’t have children yet. Needless to say- I was in need of a new circle and didn’t know how to go about finding it! I stumbled upon Kelly’s group through a Google search and what a Godsend that was! I am still friends with the moms I met in my group and left each meeting feeling so much more confident. Kelly’s topics were not just baby-related but they also helped me become more aware of what I wanted as a person. I wish I would have found your groups sooner- Thank you Kelly!

Holistic Coaching

I met with Kelly because I couldn’t get a handle on my time or clear the clutter in my head to achieve some of the goals that I was setting for myself. I had some major transitions in my life, becoming a mom, leaving my career of 12yrs in Wall Street and trying to start a new home based business. Kelly first made me feel like what I was going through was totally normal and explained to me why I was going through them. She helped me see that how I was prioritizing my time was not in line with what my real priorities were. She gave me some tactical ways to break my pattern. She is very intuitive and has a very thoughtful way of approaching a situation. I also like the different angles in perspective she has.  And she is genuinely interested in helping you improve and see results from sessions with her.

Kelly is an incredible coach. She is patient, understanding, a great listener, and has a ton of incredible resources to offer. She’s highly organized, on time, and willing to go that extra mile for her clients. I truly love working with her.

I contacted Kelly after taking time off work due to work fatigue and stress which had severely incapacitated me. At that time I was unable to think clearly and felt a constant fog over my head. As a former teacher herself, she was able to relate to the day to day stress I was experiencing. She helped me organize my thought process with the questions that she brought to our meetings. They helped me prioritize and re-evaluate what was important to me in order to achieve balance in my work life and personal life. I think that my biggest breakthrough was realizing that I had the choice to focus on each aspect of my life individually to improve rather than to feel as if I was a victim of my habit patterns and routines.

My husband and I had a crazy year: a marriage, a move across the country, two new jobs, and a brand new baby. While we had fun accomplishing each milestone, we were feeling frustrated with ourselves and each other in the day-to-day. Kelly helped us re-center and take a step back to analyze our time and motivation. She met with us together and individually, and after just one session – we realized how badly we needed her intervention! Kelly made the sessions comfortable, and was accommodating with scheduling meetings. I valued her opinion. I highly recommend if you are feeling like something is missing after baby, to meet with Kelly and start the path to a happier life.

Prior to my first consult with Kelly, I had gone through therapy for a number of years following my divorce. It would work for some time and then I was right back to where I started. A friend of mine recommended that I try a session with Kelly and to go in with an “open mind.” The first thing she said to me was “Don’t worry Susan, you have all the answers and they are far better than the advice anyone can give you.” Kelly is naturally gifted in the way she communicates. She empathizes as she listens which is what I felt was lacking in my previous therapy sessions. I highly recommend her to anyone who open to a new approach “stuck” with the same, repeating life patterns.