Meet our Doulas


Hello from NY Doula concierge team! We are a team of 8 doulas- meet them here:

from left to right: Lindsay. Stephanie and Kyra

 

Emilie

emile-circleEmilie became interested in birth work prior to giving birth to her daughter in 2011.  She hired a doula for her birth as she had no family in NY and just felt she wanted to have a woman support her birth along with her husband.  She had what she would describe as fantastic birth that was truly empowering.  She then had another baby two years later.  For some reason she decided she didn’t need to hire a doula for that birth.  While she was in labor she realized that was a misstep.  Everything went well and she once again had a fantastic and fast birth, but she just knows it would have been great to once again have that extra support her doula provided her.  Since going through pregnancy, birth and new motherhood Emilie has become a birth addict.  She marvels “How amazing are we women who grow humans in our bodies and bring them into the world through birth!?” Her hope is that she can provide the kind of loving support to mothers that her doula provided her.  It really makes for a great entry into motherhood.

In Emilie’s free time she enjoys baking, knitting, going to yoga and training at the gym. She lives in New York City with her two children, husband, a dog and two rabbits. Emilie is a Dona trained birth doula. She holds current certification in Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED. She is a certified and registered yoga instructor through Yoga Alliance at the 500hr level. She has also trained in Thai yoga body work.

Read testimonials for Emilie here

Erin

erin-circleErin is a DONA trained doula. She holds a current certification in Adult and Pediatric CPR/ AED from the American Red Cross.

Although originally from Sun Valley, Idaho, she has resided in NYC for 13 years, working in the fashion and entertainment industry. Her work experience has helped her to develop the skills necessary to work intimately with new clients as well as to communicate needs and desires effectively. Erin became interested in birth work after learning about the status of women globally and domestically, in particular among minorities. Doulas have been shown to be effective tools in lowering unfavorable birth outcomes and she knew she just had to be a part of that. Erin believes that birth is an amazing process and that you deserve to have the best birth possible.

She supports all types of birth and families and aims to help mothers experience an amazing birth day!

Beyond her work as a doula, Erin is an avid yogi and fitness enthusiast. She also enjoys knitting, baking and travel. She lives in NYC with her husband and their two loving cats.

Meeting regularly is key for a successful doula-team

ina-circleIna

If you choose to have Ina at your birth, you will have a doula that brings to you the knowledge of 20 years of experience in working with the human body.

She has been working as a physical therapist for 17 years. And also is a holistic practitioner licensed in Germany. She came to the US, 5 years ago and pregnant. Here began her passion for birth. She knows that birth can be one of the most empowering experiences for a woman, if you choose your support time wisely. She can guide you to the information you’ll need to find your way to the birth experience you want.

Our bodies are made for birth. Women are strong. Ina has a great intuition for the physical and emotional needs of a woman in labor. She also has a great ability to integrate your partner, so that this experience is a good one for both of you. She has been working as a doula for more than a year now.

She is trained by Dona (one of the most established and largest Doula organizations).

Larisa

larisa-circleAfter getting pregnant with her first child in 2011, Larisa became passionate about all things birth and baby. She has enjoyed a vaginal hospital birth with her first and a home water birth with her second child. Having a wonderful doula present at both births, Larisa realized how important it is for a laboring woman to have continuous support and decided that she wants provide the same for others.

Being a stay-at-home mom, Larisa exclusively breastfed both her kids extensively, and found cloth diapering and elimination communication practices to be of great help.

As a Birth Doula, Larisa completed her training with DONA International in May of 2015. She is currently working toward her certification.

Empowering moms to have the births they want is what Larisa finds to be her favorite thing about being a doula.

Larisa resides in Queens, Kew Gardens, with her husband and two spirited boys.

Simone

Simone serves each family, believing that each should have access to support,  
resources and autonomy, in NYC where many are distant from their families and dear friends.  After the positive natural birth experience of her daughter, with her doula and partner by her side, Simone wanted to channel her energy in a new direction by becoming a certified birth and postpartum doula. Simone is also a certified lactation counselor, doula educator and mentor for her certifying doula organization Doula Trainings International and Lamaze certified childbirth educator. She is involved in many community parenting support groups as a La Leche League Leader and Hospitality chair of Mocha Moms, Brooklyn chapter. Simone educates in comfort measures for labor, baby wearing, pumping and back to work, newborn care and other key topics for the prenatal and postpartum period. Simone is CPR and First Aid certified and is always attending workshops and conferences continuously to strengthen her knowledge, further her education and support her families to the best of her ability. Simone has worked with families in different scopes from being an employee of the Women, Infant and Children Program (WIC) as a breastfeeding peer counselor, where their goal is to increase nutritional and breastfeeding awareness in communities, to working with families of the foster care system, shelters, of the LGBTQ community, with special needs, premature births and parents of multiples. Simone has a BA in psychology, is a birth doula with the Brooklyn Department of Health By My Side Doula Support Program and looks to continue her education to further nurturing families and bridge the gap between her community work and passion for social justice and advocacy. Simone is a Brooklyn based mom and when not supporting families, she’s building memories with her own.

Kyra

Kyra sees it as utmost importance to creating a comfortable welcoming environment whether the birth takes place in a hospital, birthing center or at home. She supports women throughout all boroughs. Kyra holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The Fashion Institute of Technology and she also studied International Business Management at the University of Vienna. She speaks English, German and Spanish fluently and has some knowledge of French. Kyra is currently enrolled at SUNY Downstate Medical Center to becoming a midwife. She is expected to graduate with a MS in 2019.

Lindsay

Lindsay has worked in sexual and reproductive health for a nearly a decade. She is committed to working with clients to educate, build confidence and provide continuous physical and emotional support during the entire birth experience.

Lindsay completed her birth doula training at Ancient Song Doula Services in Brooklyn, NY. She has received special training in the Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth, comforting touch and massage and breastfeeding support. Lindsay believes in the strength and wisdom of our bodies and the transformative experience of birth. A natural advocate, she also works with LGBTQ-identified parents and Spanish-speaking parents navigating a challenging medical system.

Lindsay draws inspiration from her own mama, who after two successful VBACs, became an advocate for greater education around natural childbirth. Lindsay received her B.A. in cultural anthropology from Georgetown University in Washington D.C., and her Masters in Public Health from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York City.  She has worked in sexual health and HIV prevention in Washington D.C., Mexico City and New York. Originally from southern California, she enjoys eating tacos and hiking with her brothers.

She is excited and honored to share this journey with you!

Alexandra

Alexandra is a DONA trained birth doula and certified yoga instructor. Her passion is to serve as a guide for women during the most sacred time of their lives, she believes in empowering women and feels every mother is a champion. Alexandra’s traveled the world extensively and lived in Miami, New York, Haiti and Mozambique. She studied traditional Mayan birthing techniques in the mountains of Guatemala while assisting an indigenous midwife there. Alexandra then studied midwifery and assisted in over 300 births at a natural birthing center and school in Miami, Florida. Alexandra wants the mothers she works with to feel free to explore their own natural instincts and tap into the innate feminine powers possessed by all women and used for countless generations all over the globe.

Liza

My path as doula began in 2009 before I even knew what a doula was, while I was pregnant with my son. I was not aware that I could make decisions along the way when it came to the mode and method of birthing — decisions that are so powerful and important for the hours, days, weeks, and even years after we give birth. After deep studying and being immersed in birthing resources I became aware there were indeed many different options on every woman’s birth path and we all, as women, have some power we can choose to exercise. 

After I gave birth I was eager to share my experiences and wanted to start supporting others through their  pregnancies and after births. I wanted woman to feel more control of their own birth paths and the time that follows. 

l decided to make it official by becoming a certified doula with DTI after attending numerous births and helping many women through their pregnancies. I am super passionate about birth and empowering women to have their best, most bonding birthing moments. I pride myself on being kind and gentle but also firm when needed, and bring a vast array of resources (traditional and non traditional) to the table for any woman looking for something extra — whether it be help through morning sickness, back pain, emotional stress, or just about any other pregnancy and birthing related concern. I’ve now dedicated my life’s work to helping other growing families choose the happiest and healthiest birthing paths for them — and that includes all styles and modes, because each family is different. Making you feel safe and comfortable is my top priority, and I would love to be a part of the most special experience you’ll ever have!