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maeva a.

Birth Doula Childbirth Educator Hypnotherapist Pregnancy Coach
I am a HypnoBirthing® Childbirth Educator, a Spinning Babies® Parent Educator, a hypnotherapist and a birth doula. I became a certified Hypnotist in 2009. I always knew the mind and body are interconnected. As I prepared for my own transition into motherhood, I discovered HypnoBirthing - the Mongan Method. Through this practice, and as I worked with parents, I organically grew into birth doula work. After witnessing a particularly difficult birth, I found and trained in the Spinning Babies approach. My doula work completely changed after that. I learnt how to assess when there was an imbalance and help balance the body before and during birth. I continue to learn with every new birth and every parent I work with. I am motivated by my own experiences and inspired by the experiences of the parents I work with.

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Expert Level Experience
2 Certifications

Amber Star M.

Postpartum Doula Newborn/Parenting Educator Lactation Counselor (CLC)
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 other new mothers. Through my own story, and those of women around me, I came to deeply honor the significance of what is probably the most profound, yet so often undervalued, life change a person can experience - the transition into parenthood. It’s the birth that comes after childbirth. Just like childbirth, the “4th trimester” is an intense 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 with families for almost a decade,

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Expert Level Experience
1 Certification

Rebeca F.

Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)
I believe in every individual’s right to informed consent through access to accurate information and education about options in our healthcare, including birth and infant feeding. I have been providing education and support to families in Northern New Jersey and NYC for 13 years, as a private practice provider, as the Breastfeeding Coordinator for WIC of Hudson County, and as a former Trustee on the NJ Breastfeeding Coalition. I breastfed my own daughter for two and a half years after a very challenging first three months. During our nursing experience, I learned a lot about the importance of honoring each nursing parent’s path and about the great deal of pressure and stress parents experience in our society, where there is very little support for families. I have trained women’s healthcare professionals in the hospital setting, WIC programs, Nurse Family Partnership, and Community Doula programs. I have provided education and support to hundreds of expectant families and lactating parents and have developed and taught childbirth preparation and wellness programs for corporate organizations like the Discovery Group.

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Expert Level Experience
1 Certification

Miriam P.

Acupuncturist
I am an acupuncturist, herbalist, doula and mom! My passion is healing and I do my best in the service of women and their families to support health and wellness. I run a premier Chinese medicine clinic in NYC utilizing advanced methods in acupuncture and herbal remedies.

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Expert Level Experience
2 Certifications

Krissy S.

Fitness Coach Health Coach Pregnancy Coach Support Group Facilitator Yoga Instructor
To be totally transparent, I would rather talk about my kids than me any day. Here is something that is not a secret, I am a passionate mama. Here’s a secret, I love it and hate it at times too. Some days, I have felt totally vital and of complete service but I have also felt drained and lost in my role as a mama and a teacher. It is a balancing act. A daily check in of where am I? How am I? What can I do to set myself in alignment to what matters most, each day. That is the key. Each day offers us something new.

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No Experience
4 Certifications

Michael E.

Fitness Coach
I have been a personal trainer for 12 years and have worked with every kind of client from the morbidly obese, to those recovering from an injury, to those just looking to stay in shape, to elite athletes training for competition. That said, none of my work has been as rewarding as the pre- and postnatal training I have done. I came to training through my martial arts practice and had no pre- or postnatal training experience when my very first client got pregnant. I went straight to Barnes and Nobles and after some time there, picked up "The Pilates Pregnancy" by Mari Winsor. I was hooked. I've always known I wanted to be a father (well okay, just since I was seven) and studying pregnancy from a personal training perspective was fascinating and something I became very passionate about. When it came time to renew my CPT certification, I opted for the Women's Health certification that covered pre- and postnatal training. I have maintained the certification and taken the course whenever it has been offered through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Over the years, I have helped six women (including my wife) through their pregnancies. Once they have been cleared by their doctor to begin working out again, I have then helped them regain their bodies. I am completely in awe of what women's bodies are capable of and struck by the fact that no two pregnancies are, or will ever be, the same. My wife and I made the decision that having a home birth was the best option for us and after being there every step of the way for the 15 hours of labor I can honestly tell you there was no greater moment in my life than when my son was born. My wife was incredible. Our midwife actually told me while my wife was pushing that "she'd never seen a first time mom instinctively know how to push like that." Now don't get me wrong, my wife did ALL the work, but I would like to think all of the work we had done together getting her ready to push played some small role in how well prepared she was when the time came.

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Experienced Level Experience
1 Certification

Zina D.

Antipartum Doula Baby Feeding Specialist Birth Counselor Birth Doula Lactation Counselor (CLC) Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) Massage Therapist Newborn/Parenting Educator Postpartum Doula Yoga Instructor Pregnancy Coach
Zina’s personal birthing experience began 26 years ago when she had her first daughter and then she went on to have seven more children. In 2006 she developed a passion for Massage Therapy and Doula work. She found herself on a healing path and decided to study Reiki and then became a Reiki Master. She has earned other certifications in Pre & Postnatal Yoga and Thai Massage. She enjoys being a Massage Therapy Instructor, and hosting workshops for women’s empowerment in New York and New Jersey. Her passion is empowering women to find their inner voice. Helping women to define their personal practice with yoga, meditation, and using tools like essential oils are just a few ways that she supports prenatal and postnatal moms to gather and know their inner power to deliver their babies. She’s passionate about helping women to make informed decisions for themselves and their families. Zina believes there is a physical, emotional and spiritual experience that happens during the birthing journey for woman, and her goal is to help all moms and their babies find their special connection from inside the womb during the pregnancy and beyond

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Expert Level Experience
3 Certifications

Lisa T.

Childbirth Educator Birth Doula
I came to birth work on the other side of giving birth to my two babies in 2005 and 2008. Along that journey, my eyes were opened to a few things: 1) how beautiful, normal, and transformative the process of birth is but 2) how too many women and couples have a negative or, worse, traumatic experience in giving birth due to the way our U.S. maternal health care system operates. On the other side of being fortunate enough to have become well-equipped to navigate this environment and therefore having positively transformative experiences with both of my babies' births, I "caught the birth bug" and wanted to be an instrument of encouragement and advocacy for women and families toward amazing, positive birth experiences, and I've been joyfully doing birth work ever since 2010. One area of particular passion I have in my teaching is placing specific emphasis on helping couples to deepen and enrich their relationships in pregnancy to be strategically positioned in a healthy way for the challenges and stresses having a baby can put on a marriage/committed relationship. See Yelp reviews under "Birth Matters NYC".

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Expert Level Experience
3 Certifications

Elina A.

Physical Therapist Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)
My first profession was as a Physical Therapist however after 10 years of practicing in all disciplines including Women's Health for many of those years, I came to realize and find my true passion, Lactation Consulting. It was through my sister's struggles trying to nurse premature babies that I initially realized my love for this profession and I wanted to get certified to help as many new and seasoned Moms as I could. It wasn't until I had my own that I came to understood the real commitment it takes, the struggles you have and the desire to do your absolute best for these new little lives you are responsible for. I have been a International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 2009 and working to empower Moms and helping babies breastfeed since 2007. Together with my husband, I am the proud Momma of exclusively breastfed twin boys and a girl.

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Expert Level Experience
2 Certifications

Alicia A.

Lactation Counselor (CLC) Postpartum Chef Postpartum Doula Yoga Instructor
I am prenatal and postpartum chef, herbalist and yoga teacher. I believe that whole foods and plants are our greatest healers. I feel continually awed by all aspects of birth; serving families during this incredible time in life and helping them thrive is truly my passion.

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Expert Level Experience
1 Certification