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Amber Star Merkens

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 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.

Verified
Expert Level Experience
3 Certifications

Chantal Traub

Childbirth Educator

Yoga Instructor

Birth Doula

Postpartum Doula

Pregnancy Coach

Birth Counselor

Health Coach

Fitness Coach

Newborn/Parenting Educator

I am an active birth doula, childbirth educator, pre/postnatal yoga teacher and MUTU® Systems trainer. I have been assisting expecting families in the New York Metro area since 2003. What I have found from going to hundreds of births is that women are often under prepared for the 2nd Stage of Labor; The Pushing Part. Which may contribute to many hours of ineffective pushing, preventable tearing, medical interventions or sometimes a cesarean. I developed my Pushing Power classes to help inform and prepare for effective pushing and optimal recovery. I am passionate about helping moms prepare both body + mind for a positive birth experience and assist them to make a full recovery postpartum. I am a Certified Childbirth Educator (LAMAZE and Childbirth Education of Metropolitan New York, of which I am a current board member) and Doula. I am also Certified in both Pre/Postnatal Yoga and is a Certified MUTU® Systems Pro.

Verified
No Experience
10 Certifications

Tina Goldstein

Breastfeeding counselor (CBC)

Yoga Instructor

Postpartum Doula

I am a certified postpartum doula, a certified breastfeeding counselor, I teach pre/postnatal yoga, I am a new mom's group facilitator and a mom to an amazing 6 year old. My passion and fascination with all things moms, babies, and kids has put me on the path of providing open-minded support to my clients and students whatever their choices may be.

Verified
Experienced Level Experience
6 Certifications

Danielle Straus

Postpartum Doula

Lactation Counselor (CLC)

As both a postpartum doula and lactation counselor, I provide warm and gentle in-home support for new families following birth. My priorities include encouraging rest and recovery for the birthing mother, promoting healthy baby feeding routines, and providing education and support to your family unit as a whole.

Verified
Experienced Level Experience
4 Certifications

Cara Saunders

Postpartum Doula

Lactation Counselor (CLC)

Antepartum Doula

I aim to support families in whatever their postpartum experience brings. This can include everything from baby care while you rest or shower, to preparing meals for your family, to taking out the trash (hey, someone's gotta do it!) As a certified lactation counselor, I love providing help and encouragement with breastfeeding, but I am equally happy to assist families who are formula feeding in the logistics of their journey. Everything I do, I aim to do with non-judgement, a helping hand, and a little laughter along the way! I love postpartum work because it allows me to witness and support the beauty that is a new family... in all it's chaotic, messy, love-filled glory. I enjoy providing hands on, everyday support for families along with emotional reinforcement. There are endless articles, opinions, gadgets and gear out there in the baby world, it's easy to get lost. Sometimes all you need is the support of a community, your intuition to guide you, and of course lots of love from your postpartum doula :-)

Verified
Experienced Level Experience
2 Certifications

Adriane Stare

Breastfeeding counselor (CBC)

Postpartum Doula

Certified Babywearing Consultant (CBWC)

Cloth Diapering Educator

Elimination Communication Educator

Greetings! Whether it's Postpartum Doulaing, Babywearing, Lactation support, Infant Care, Cloth Diapering or Elimination Communication, my services are varied and all come with the same promise of experience, knowledge, intuition and compassion. With hands-on experience supporting more than 1,000 families in in-home and retail environments, I’m a highly trained and certified birth and postpartum professional with nearly a decade of experience under my belt. My background as a small business owner in the baby/maternity industry makes me uniquely qualified to help parents follow their instincts and stay true to themselves as they wade through the overwhelming world of products and “solutions” marketed towards new families. My tailored support for each family is always accepting of all parenting choices and styles, and make sure to provide whole lot of learning and laughs! I will gladly provide referrals from my satisfied clients and would love to meet you to see if I can be of help while you cross this life-changing threshold!

Verified
Expert Level Experience
3 Certifications

Lindsay Stoulil

Nutritionist

Postpartum Doula

Postpartum Chef

Lactation Counselor (CLC)

As a Postpartum Doula, Chef, and Mom to two daughters, nourishing families is what I’m most passionate about. I serve new parents as a sounding board and additional set of hands while navigating the weeks after birth. I believe that culinary support is an integral part of postpartum healing, providing physical energy in addition to emotional comfort. As a Nutritionist (RDN) and Lactation Counselor (CLC), I support new parents through all stages of feeding their babies, from the first feed though first foods and beyond. My hope is to provide families with warm, evidence-based support so they can rest, restore, and focus on their new little person or persons.

Verified
Experienced Level Experience
2 Certifications

Rebekah Rosler

Fertility Specialist

Birth Doula

Postpartum Doula

Antepartum Doula

Feel free to call me your Fertility Coach, your Motherhood Counselor, your Life Doula, or simply, your Friend. Thirty-something wife and mom of a three-year-old and a set of almost two-year-old twins, (in)fertility warrior, community builder, supporter, friend, connector, counselor, advocate, doula, Licensed Master of Social Work based out of Manhattan. After embarking on my own path to becoming a mother, something in me shifted. My passions, my identity, my purpose all took on new meanings. I realized how lonely it can be for those without community, support, or someone in their corner to guide them. From that moment I realized I wanted to help women setting out in this chapter of their lives-- whether they are struggling with infertility (as I did), pregnancy challenges, miscarriage or infant loss, life as a new mom, or all the spaces in between. I am particularly passionate about normalizing infertility, postpartum challenges, pressures associated with social media, breastfeeding and everyday struggles balancing life with infants and toddlers. I aim to add humor and my own personal reality to these and other parenting topics with the hope that it makes women understand they are not alone. I am in the trenches with you and we’re all just doing our best. My best, your best, is good enough. After co-founding a business, Mom MeetUps, that provided New York City moms with social gatherings and online forums, I have now chosen to offer personalized, one-on-one support to individuals looking for a safe space, a sounding board, and a knowledgeable resource on the journey to and through motherhood. In summer 2019 I will also be leading monthly, in-person support groups for women who are in the midst of their fertility journey. I could not be more thrilled to finally launch this endeavor. It’s been a long time in the works. After taking many different paths to get here, yet always working in the “mom space” with any spare moment I had, this is the exact right moment in my life to make this happen. With inspiring women surrounding me, a deep network of fertility warriors, members of my mom tribe, and my truly supportive friends and family, It’s Conceivable, by Rebekah Rosler, is born.

Verified
Experienced Level Experience
0 Certifications

Cathy Burns

Postpartum Doula

Postpartum Chef

Lactation Counselor (CLC)

I am a certified Carriage House/Birdsong postpartum doula and a certified breastfeeding consultant. In Chinese medicine, the future health of women and birthing people is linked to the kind of recovery they have after pregnancy and birth. Nourishment, rest and support facilitate a thorough revival. I believe the future of your relationship and your family are also impacted by this recovery period. As a postpartum doula I help every member of the family heal, acclimate and adjust. It is important that everyone in your family unit understands how to help, how to be included, how to stay connected. Oxytocin floods the body after delivery. It truly is a love hormone which can guide a birthing person with superhero maternal instincts. Many partners and siblings feel confused, sometimes even useless. I share evidence based techniques and information to help you all support each other. This way no one gets left behind and you build a strong base for your new family. Plus I bring sourdough bread because I love baking sourdough bread and find it to be a little bit of a metaphor for living. We need the village. We need generational guidance. We need support. We live in a culture that praises mothers and parents who power through and manage unassisted. Postpartum is a precious and exhuasting time, full of challenges that are hard to anticipate even if you are having a second or a third child. I tidy, I cook, I minister to the birthing person’s physical healing preparing herbal soaks and teas and specifically nourishing and healing foods, I share newborn soothing, feeding, sleeping and care techniques, I let you rest and find your way together. I mother you just in case your mother comes with extra baggage or she isn’t here.

Verified
No Experience
2 Certifications

Valencia Andrews

Birth Doula

Postpartum Doula

Placenta Arts Specialist

Antepartum Doula

My path to birthwork began years ago, by supporting friends and family members through their labor and delivery experiences. Although, I did not know of the transformative power of those experiences, at the time. Over time, my role and vision as a support person has grown immensely. As a birth and postpartum Doula, I offer compassion, a safe space and confidentiality for unpacking birth stories and early parenthood, emotional and physical support, and solid, educational information to new parents. With an overall wellness approach, I work to make my clients feel supported through learning holistic newborn care, nourished through postpartum meals and placenta encapsulation, heard during consultations, rested through sleep support and witnessed throughout pregnancy, the immediate postpartum and beyond. In addition to my trainings and certifications, my journey in birthwork continues to blossom through my participation in Manhattan Birth's mentorship program.

Verified
Experienced Level Experience
0 Certifications