L. is trained as a Birth Doula via Childbirth International’s robust evidence-based program and she has had the honor of supporting a variety of families from early pregnancy into late postpartum. She has completed Pelvic Floor Therapist workshops training doulas in prenatal pelvic floor support and optimal labor positioning. Additionally, she has training in Parental Baby Loss Bereavement Support via Abigail’s Footsteps. She brings a wealth of knowledge on family-centered birthing, care provider selection and communication, evidence-based practices, patient advocacy, establishing breastfeeding, and postpartum wellness. She has supported a wide range of births from home births & birthing centers with zero intervention & zero medical pain relief; to spontaneous hospital births; to inducements that have resulted in successful vaginal births; to planned gentle c-sections with twins. She additionally has supported an open adoption journey working both with the birth and adoptive parents.
L. has a very holistic view of birth and postpartum, which engages the body, mind, and spirit, and she attends to families with intentional care and preparation in each area. Right from the start, L. loves building trust and developing relationships with families that will be the foundation for the safe and peaceful space of birth & postpartum. Your prenatal meetings with L. will focus on education via evidence-based research and birth goal development. Families have safer and better birth experiences when they confidently understand birth itself, their options, & have the chance to discover their own preferences. L. believes in supporting you no matter what those preferences are! Each pregnancy, labor, and birth is a unique and miraculous experience and the emerging family should be the center and focus of that experience. As a doula, she values being completely present with you in each moment with total confidence in a woman’s abilities & autonomy. She is a strong believer in trusting your instincts & provides mamas with lots of positional & pain management options during labor. What L. loves most in her doula work is gently nurturing a mother because if a mama’s needs are met, she can meet her baby’s needs.
On a personal note, she and her husband, Noah, live in Brooklyn, but she grew up as a mission kid in Africa and attended ministry school in Redding, CA. Though she has always been very drawn in by the raw beauty and strength of birth, she didn’t know how much she would love it until attending the birth of her niece and has since been coined “the family doula” being at the birth of all her nieces and nephews. A doula is called to “mother the mother” and Leah sees the need in the birth world for more mothers & sisters that understand the sacredness of birth, the blessing of children, and the greatness of women that equips them to birth with peace, joy, and power.
Ariella, Jan ’23 Birth Client:
“Absolutely recommend L. to all families! I had 27 long hours of labor, and she never left me! She knew exactly what to do at every moment. The birth was very hard, but I have beautiful memories, mostly because of L.! She did everything with great care and love and we will never forget all her support! She’s our Angel! “She understood exactly what we wanted and encouraged us to follow our choices. We felt safe knowing that she would advocate for us. We went through several difficult moments on the day of delivery, but she knew how to prepare us for the unexpected and support us through it. She worked so well with the hospital staff being very kind and friendly when I couldn’t be! I noticed how through that she really made the environment very welcoming and peaceful. “L. worked tirelessly to support my husband and I physically and emotionally. Her massages GREATLY eased my pain and her emotional support allowed me to live a unique experience in the most empowered & safest way possible. Having L. as a doula, I realized how important a good birth experience is and that’s what she helped me have. We felt supported throughout the process, before, during, and after the birth! We love you!”
Raquil, May ’23 Birth Client:
“110% would recommend L. to everyone! She is such an amazing doula! She takes care of her clients as her own family. I had a difficult pregnancy that led to a c-section, and I’m so thankful I had her help me through it. She really made the c-section experience so sacred and special. Also, I owe my quick breastfeeding success to her help in the recovery room! “Having L. as your doula is like having a Google Search at your side to answer all our questions during the craziest moment of your life. All I cared about was that my baby was okay and she saw that and made me feel so safe. Honestly, my experience with her gave me the opportunity to know what an extraordinary human being is she. Thank you for all your care, L.! I really couldn’t have done it without you.”
Lauren, Sept ’22 Birth Client:
“L. supported our family in a way that was highly personalized and went above and beyond to support our birth plan and the needs that went along with that. I would describe L. as prepared, thorough, peaceful and compassionate. We had a home birth and as a testament to L., our midwives were thrilled to have her around because she was easy to work with and was always a step ahead of them as far as prep. She did whatever was needed and is very intuitive in her care. Also, having L. help postpartum was a complete game changer; her peaceful presence was so incredible for our family. Your birth experience will be worlds better having L. a part of it! Also, having L. to support my husband was really amazing! Her support of him and the fact that she took care of lots of logistics meant he could be present with me entirely which was everything! Also, having help postpartum is absolutely amazing and I don’t know how we would have done it without her help.”