Hello from NY Doula concierge team! We are a team of 14 doulas- meet them here:
Emilie, birth doula
Emilie 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.
Erin, birth and postpartum doula
Erin 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.
Simone, birth and postpartum doula
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, birth doula
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.
Johanna, postpartum doula
The first thing you should know about her is this: She is a Dutch woman. When Jolande gave birth to her first child in New York City, her favorite sister-in-law, Bertie, came from Amsterdam to be her “kraamverzorgster.” In the Netherlands this is the postpartum professional who visits the new mother at home and helps her transition to motherhood. Not being a registered nurse, Bertie was not a real kraamverzorgster. But she had given birth to two healthy children and knew exactly how to, as she put it at the time,“mother the mother.”
This strong, wise woman taught Jolande everything: how to bathe and hold her baby; how to care for the umbilical cord; and, most importantly, how to nurse her baby. If she needed to take a shower or a nap, or just needed a good cry, she was always there to comfort her. She also made her coffee and tea, whipped up steaming pots of soup, and prepared tasty snacks that gave her the energy to breast feed 10 times a day.
Amazing, right? Actually, the amazing thing is that the Dutch government understands how difficult the first few weeks of motherhood are. That is why they make sure that every new mother receives both the practical and emotional support that a kraamverzorgster provides during this stressful period. As a postpartum doula, that is the service that Jolande provides in NYC. Lucky us! She is the special caregiver who knows how to “mother the mother.” Jolande is a certified lactation counselor, a DONA-trained postpartum doula, CPR certified, and an accomplished cook. She is honored to help any new mother though the exciting but emotionally draining first few weeks of postpartum life. Remember: The best thing you can do for your baby is to take good care of yourself.
Alexandra, birth and postpartum doula
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, birth and postpartum doula
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!
Sarah, birth and postpartum doula
Sarah is a birth and postpartum doula, who certified with DTI in September 2016. She is a certified Early childhood teacher and after having 3 children of her own realized how amazing birth is and wanted to help support others during childbirth and postpartum. She is easy to speak with and is passionate about providing families information to help empower their decisions on different birthing options to help create the best birthing experience they can have. She brings calmness to the birthing room and helps her clients feel confident and equipped as they walk their own birth path. She is also a certified
lactation counselor and would love to get breastfeeding off to a good start if you plan on nursing. As a postpartum doula her focus is on the family. She wants to help you feel confident and comfortable with your life as a new family. Her service can include emotional and physical support, breastfeeding support; assisting with baby wearing and household help. What ever needs to be done to help create and keep a house running calmly. She believes being a doula is amazing and wants to help you to take care of your newborn or birth your baby surrounded by love and support
Nadine, baby specialist (aka baby nurse) and post partum doula
My name is Nadine Kennedy, I have 17 years experience in newborn, infant and childcare. My goal is to offer a service that specifically meets the needs of my new mom. I aim to pass on my extensive knowledge in newborn/infant care to help equip, and provide you with all the tools and tips you need to be a confident and thriving new mom.I am of a calm and gentle demeanor, with patience to learn and a passion to help educate and support new moms. My strong organizational, listening, interpersonal and communication skills, enables me to perform confidently and efficiently at anything I do.I specialize in all the necessary and accepted practices in newborn care including but not limited to infant CPR, Post Partum and lactation support. I have extensive training and experience with singles, twins and triplets, competent in skin-to-skin, breastfeeding, mother-baby bonding, basic sleep training and care for your precious baby.My duties include coming to your home on a daily basis during the first weeks to months of your baby’s life to assist you in caring for your most precious bundle of joy. The position of a Newborn Care Specialist is a temporary assignment that can require a 24 hour shift or night time shift. The length of the assignment is solely within the parents’ discretion. An assignment typically ranges between a 6 – 12 week period, with a longer duration for premature babies and special needs infants.
Bilen, birth and postpartum doula
Bilen Berhanu is a DONA certified birth doula, Certified Lactation Counselor and Hypno Birthing Practitioner. Bilen is also a Doula Project trained full spectrum doula. Since training with Debra Pascali-Bonaro in 2011, Bilen has been working with many individuals and families throughout New York City. Currently, Bilen is in the processing of re-certifying with DTI. Bilen’s practice is centered on reclaiming agency by providing pathways to empowered reproductive choices and experiences. Bilen’s primary role is to offer physical, emotional and informational support in the process of crafting the reproductive experience, as defined by the individual or family. Bilen strives to provide nonjudgmental and culturally appropriate services across the choice spectrum. Bilen aims to be a resource by providing current, evidence-based and relevant information so clients can make well-informed decisions. Bilen offers up referrals to her network of care providers/practitioners and is deeply committed to offering culturally competent and LGBTQIAA+ affirming care. Bilen continues to develop skills that will transform the current health care system and is truly honored to participate in this work. Bilen hold a BA in Environmental Studies from Mount Holyoke College and an MA in Social Science from Humboldt State University.
Gayle, birth and postpartum doula
A San Francisco native, Gayle is a mother, writer, teacher, doula and passionate childbirth educator and advocate. For 18 years she has served mothers, partners and babies as both a labor support doula and postpartum guide. In 2005 she created Shakti Ma in Maplewood NJ, where for seven years she directed the pre and postnatal yoga and childbirth education programs. She is a graduate of Integral Yoga Institute and received her advanced pregnancy yoga certification from Gurmukh at Golden Bridge, NYC. She completed her most recent prenatal yoga training in 2016 with Krissy Shields of Maha Mama, and her advanced doula training with Debra Pascali-Bonaro. She is also a certified lactation consultant.
As a labor support Doula, Gayle provides mother, partner and baby with emotional, physical and informational support. This includes creating a birth plan based on your unique preferences, and guiding you with effective labor positions and comfort measures, along with offering continuous encouragement and reassurance. She will advocate for you and help you find your voice to advocate for yourselves and your baby. During labor, Gayle assists mother and partner in establishing a harmonious birth environment at home and/or in the hospital/birth center, and provides initial breastfeeding guidance immediately following the birth.
Additionally, she offers referrals to other birth professionals such as prenatal massage therapists and lactation consultants, as needed. Gayle believe that birthing women, with support and encouragement, know how to give birth. As a doula, she provides knowledgeable, nurturing, nonjudgmental support. Gayle recently moved back to NYC with her husband and two adventurous teenagers and is thrilled to be rooted once again in the beautiful borough of Brooklyn.
Maria, birth and postpartum doula
Maria Luisa is a Wellness Mentor who specializes as a Birth & Postpartum Doula. She supports families during the pregnancy journey so they can have their ideal birth. Whether it’s helping parents make healthy lifestyle choices, or guiding them both spiritually and emotionally so they can overcome fears surrounding their birth, she is always willing to lend a hand with whatever they should need.
Maria Luisa’s passion for mentoring blossomed in 2003 when she was introduced to a personal development program where she studied for three years and was trained to coach and lead small groups of people.
To further deepen her mentoring and communication skills, which go hand and hand with her Doula career, she received her Master Certification in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). NLP training focuses on how the mind works, how people communicate both with themselves and with others, and how people can recognize behavioral patterns
Didi, birth doula
There is no right or wrong way to give birth. My highest priority as a birth doula is to help you have a positive and satisfying birth experience as you define it. I strive to help create a birthing experience in which you feel safe, in control, respected, well supported and cared for, and which leaves you feeling confident in your abilities. I believe the importance of the confidence a mother can gain from a positive birth experience cannot be overestimated, because even though parenting a newborn is one of the most joyful experiences a woman will ever go through, most veteran mothers express that it is also one of the most challenging. A happy, well supported, and empowered mother enhances mother-baby bonding and provides an enduring foundation for a happy and healthy family. A mother will remember her birth experiences acutely for the rest of her life; I hope to help ensure that these memories fill her with confidence and remind her that she can do anything!.
Having a doula during birth releases tension for both mother and partner and allows the woman to find her most comfortable, natural and innate way of giving birth. Whether your birth plan includes an epidural in a hospital or an at-home water birth, I would love to support you in any way possible.
I have had a lifelong commitment to health, movement and fitness. It started with a background in dance, dance therapy, and chi kung which blossomed into a passion for wellness and nutrition inspiring me to start a natural foods company. But my fascination with childbirth began with the births of my own two sons. I was fortunate enough to study Lamaze childbirth classes with Elisabeth Bing, a pioneer in childbirth education and a co-founder of Lamaze International. Since I was having a hospital birth she encouraged me to labor at home as long as possible, to keep moving, breathe, and above all to trust in my body and it’s exquisite wisdom.
Giving birth to my two sons was an empowering and life altering experience which in turn gave birth to my interest in hearing the birth stories of other new mothers. I felt saddened when I would come across a woman who had been discouraged or worse frightened by giving birth. I knew it to be an exciting, fulfilling and precious time, a “peak” experience. My work as a doula has allowed me to bring my skills, passions and knowledge of the body to my work. I hope to encourage and instill in women trust in their bodies and their inner wisdom, while supporting and comforting them and their partners.
Isabella, birth and postpartum doula
I was drawn to birth work through curiosity and intrigue. I could not have anticipated the beautiful, empowering nature of birth and all it encompasses. In 2017, I extended my practice to teaching HypnoBirthing Childbirth Education after doula-ing my first HypnoBirth. It was then that I became wholeheartedly convinced of the power of the mind-body connection during pregnancy & childbirth.
As your doula I combine visualization & breathing techniques, positive affirmations, light touch massage and rebozo. Providing nonjudgmental support and evidence-based knowledge, I work professionally with your care provider and advocate for your birth preferences.
In January through June 2017 I lived in Tel Aviv, Israel where I led reproductive health workshops and was mentored by a fellow HypnoBirthing Practitioner with 20+ years experience. I was born and raised in NYC and hold a BFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design.
I celebrate all family structures and birth choices and am honored to support expectant parents in my home city!