Amber Star M.
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Amber Star M.
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Amber Star Merkens
Brooklyn
Postpartum Doula Newborn/Parenting Educator Lactation Counselor (CLC)
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Galactogues Low Milk Supply Oversupply Preterm baby Herbal medicine Reiki Breastfeeding Fatigue Feeding Issues Lactation Postnatal Stress Tearing VBAC Adoptive parents LGBTQ Partner support Pregnant mom Returning to work Single parents Stay at home mom Women of color Working mom Attachment Parenting Ayurveda Baby Care Baby Wearing Education Energy Exercise Lifestyle Meal Preparation Mindfulness Natural Nutrition Pumping Wellness Anxiety Clogged Ducts Colic Gas (baby) Insomnia Postpartum Depression Home Birth Hospital Birth On Demand
About me

Most of my life was spent in the performing arts, traveling the world with a dance company, and photographing my journeys. But having children shifted my perspective and revealed a new calling. I wanted to create the community and support that I myself longed for around as a new mother. Through my own story, and those of women around me, I came to understand the significance of what is probably the most profound, yet so often undervalued, life change a person can experience - the transition into motherhood, and parenthood. It’s the birth that comes after childbirth. Just like childbirth, the “4th trimester” is an intense, life altering, and vulnerable time when we are born as as mothers and fathers. We question everything as we find our new normal, learn and grow in unfathomable ways, and are catapulted into the unknown. It is a time when we need others to encourage us, advocate for us, lift us up, and celebrate with us.
My passion and joy lies in providing a safe haven for families, giving them the compassion and unconditional support they deserve as they navigate all the newness.
I am am grateful to have have been working intimately with families for almost a decade, and I look forward to working with many more.

How I work with parents

I make home visits, providing evidence based information, trusted resources, professional hands, and an open heart, making your transition not only easier, but also one of deep renewal and peace. It is my priority to keep you nourished, cared for, and rested so you can be your best self. I hold the space for you to experience and process your new role, to heal, learn, and grow. I love helping birthing people, and their families, feel strong, confident and connected.

My training & experience

Birth Arts International trained Postpartum Doula
Certified Breastfeeding Counselor
Newborn Care Specialist
Newborn Mothers Professional through Newborn Mothers Collective
Reiki Level II Practitioner
Parent/Infant Movement Teacher
Completed “Learning to Screen for Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders” through Seleni Institute
Bronx Breastfeeding Coalition Conferences 2015-16
Extensive NICU and non-profit milk banking experience
Currently completing Belly Binding for Birth Professionals certification course

Postpartum Sanctuary Package
Description:
4 in home support sessions (3 hours/session) 2 in home Reiki sessions (1 hour/session) 1 hr prenatal visit Sessions to be used within the first month after your baby is born.
List Of Services:
  • Each session tailored to your needs
  • Postnatal care for birth recovery
  • Newborn care and education
  • Infant feeding support
  • Nourishing meal preparation
  • Soothing and swaddling tips
  • Baby wearing
  • Herbal sitz baths
  • Non-judgmental Emotional support
  • Energetic balancing and grounding
  • Resources and referrals
Price:
$1,175
Reiki Healing
Description:
In home Reiki treatment.
List Of Services:
  • Energetic balancing, stress relief, deep relaxation. Reiki encourages the body to heal physically, mentally, and spiritually. Reiki is safe for pregnant and breast/chest feeding people, and is complimentary to other modalities of health care.
Price:
$200 for 1 hour
Postpartum Support Visit
Description:
In home support (3 hours/session) of compassionate, holistic support after the birth of a baby.
List Of Services:
  • Non-judgmental emotional support
  • Postnatal care for physical recovery
  • Newborn care and education
  • Soothing and swaddling techniques
  • Infant feeding support
  • Nourishing meal preparation
  • Baby wearing
  • Herbal sitz baths
  • Birth processing
  • Mother blessings
  • Resources and referrals
  • NICU support
Price:
$195 for 1 session