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Jess Ergener

Yoga Instructor

I offer yoga and mindfulness meditation for women who are trying to become pregnant, are expecting and new moms. As you navigate this journey, the techniques I teach show you how to stay present, be strong (both physically and mentally), self-care, and remaining grounded throughout this profoundly incredible experience. My path to yoga started as an undergrad when I took my first yoga class, and as cliche as it may sound, I was hooked; I enjoyed the gentle flow from pose to pose as well as the inner peace I felt at the end of class by being able to let go of things. When I began thinking about becoming a mom, I started a prenatal yoga teacher training, so I could become more informed about the whole experience.. I wasn't sure if I would ever teach classes. It took me nearly three years to become pregnant, and included multiple interventions: IUIs, IVFs, weekly acupuncture, mindfulness meditation, and especially yoga for fertility, which I researched and taught myself. Yoga offered me gentle movement and a safe place to be with what was going on. After going through this very intense and emotional journey to become a mama, I decided to finish my Prenatal yoga teacher training in order to offer moms-to-be guidance on their journey to motherhood.

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Experienced Level Experience
3 Certifications

Shira Sussi

Nutritionist

Registered Dietitian (RD)

Shira is the founder of Shira Sussi Nutrition. She is passionate about supporting women on the benefits of healthy eating from preconception through early motherhood. She also works three days per week as an outpatient dietitian at NewYork-Presbyterian-Weill Cornell.

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Expert Level Experience
0 Certifications

Liza Mordkovich

Support Group Facilitator

Pregnancy Coach

Birth Counselor

Health Coach

Hypnotherapist

Postpartum Therapist

Parenting coach

Psychotherapist

Psychotherapist and coach specializing in perinatal mood disorders, parenting support, couples counseling, anxiety and depression treatment, trauma, Dialectic behavioral therapy, life coaching. Services available in Brooklyn Heights, Chelsea, Video/Phone and in home. I also specialize in working with birth professionals.

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No Experience
0 Certifications

Elise Derevjanik

Support Group Facilitator

Postpartum Therapist

Psychotherapist

Becoming Mental Health counseling is team of licensed mental health counselors dedicated to providing mental health support to parents in their journey though family planning to new parenthood, with a special focus on perinatal mood disorders. It was in my journey to parenthood that I learned how important having a "village" was. I also learned how limited access to mental healthcare and specially trained providers was. It was from there that I decided my way of contributing back to the village was going to be by creating a safe and accessible place to find mental health support. Its hard enough to ask for help but making a commitment and getting yourself somewhere can feel too overwhelming. We want you to have the support you deserve so sessions are offered in home and via video, as well as in office. We are also happy to be able to provide group options for postpartum as well as pregnancy and infant loss. Supporting parents in this time is so important and I am grateful to have this team of dedicated practitioners holding space and supporting parents wherever they are. - Elise Derevjanik, Practice Owner

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Experienced Level Experience
0 Certifications

Jessica Kishpaugh

Nutritionist

Health Coach

My unique approach is all about teaching and inspiring you in H.E.A.L.T.H! Healthy eating, Empowerment, Action, Love, Transformation, Happiness. I am skilled in the process of health behavior change. I will guide you to reach your health and life goals by showing you how to implement self care in all facets of your life. You’ll learn how to make step by step changes to your food and lifestyle, through clearly defined goals, small steps, repetition, and personal accountability. My role in your transformation is to work with you to set goals, to derail roadblocks and to help you take action to achieve and sustain health-supporting behaviors.

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Experienced Level Experience
1 Certification

Nicole Cannon

Baby Sleep Consultant

I'm a certified sleep consultant and mom to three boys. A former nanny and daughter of a child psychologist, it wasn't until I had my own child that I realized how difficult it is to sleep train a child when they are your own.

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Expert Level Experience
1 Certification

Dr Olga Alvarez

Chiropractor

As an advocate for preventative care and family wellness in the urban community, Dr. Olga Alvarez was recognized at the Women that Transcend Global Conference by Hand Foundation NJ and the New Jersey Senate. Hoboken Chiropractic + Wellness resonates with her mission of providing integrative, holistic care to families. Preventative health begins with the family, and the family is the core for our community.

Verified
Experienced Level Experience
3 Certifications

Simone Toomer

Birth Doula

Postpartum Doula

Lactation Counselor (CLC)

Childbirth Educator

Newborn/Parenting Educator

Baby Sleep Consultant

Support Group Facilitator

I provide warm, unbiased support and education for all families; birth doula care for your transition through pregnancy and birth, placenta encapsulation to nourish your body, postpartum doula services to help you settle in and grow with your newborn and lactation counseling to feed your baby. Each option is tailored specifically for you. Your new family deserves the best birth and beyond possible.

Verified
Expert Level Experience
6 Certifications

Meema Spadola

Postpartum Doula

Newborn/Parenting Educator

Lactation Counselor (CLC)

I am a DONA (Doulas of North America) trained and certified postpartum doula (since 2006) and a Certified Lactation Counselor (since 2010). I came to this work as a second career after seeing a dear friend go through a severe postpartum depression following the birth of her first child. Quite simply, her experience convinced me that more support is essential for all parents of newborns. As a postpartum doula and Certified Lactation Counselor, I love helping parents grow into their new roles and build their confidence by providing them with practical and emotional support. In a recent article, The New York Times described me as “a modern Mary Poppins: a combination friend, teacher and spirit guide…” I teach a prenatal Breastfeeding & Newborn Care Class and I enjoy working with nursing parents; demonstrating infant massage and “baby wearing;” and supporting parents who are struggling with postpartum mood disorders, including postpartum depression and anxiety. I am also certified in infant and child CPR. I regularly pursue continuing education opportunities and am always deepening my knowledge about newborn care, lactation support and postpartum parents. I've been lucky to work with a diverse range of families, including single, adoptive, and LGBTQ+ parents. I'm a former documentary maker and my films about body image and family issues have been broadcast on PBS, HBO and beyond; my short radio pieces can be heard on This American Life; and an autobiographical essay of mine was included in the anthology Out of the Ordinary: Growing Up with Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Parents. I am the proud mother of a son born in July 2007 and I live with my family in Kensington/Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn. (In my profile pic, you'll see me wearing my son. The picture is 10+ years old, but I love it! And I bring that same black stretchy wrap to my postpartum doula visits, so you might get to see me wearing YOUR baby in it some day!)

Verified
Expert Level Experience
2 Certifications

Jeanette Samyn

Birth Doula

Postpartum Doula

As a birth and postpartum doula, I draw from my experience as a parent, teacher, and academic researcher: I work to guide you through the overwhelming amount of information available to parents, and empower you to figure out what feels right for you, without judgment. I’ve learned that it’s easier to build lasting strength and resilience when you are well informed about your options and have trust in your team.

Verified
Novice Level Experience
1 Certification