“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 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.