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Lisa Taylor

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 Arulraj

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

Katherine Rohland

Acupuncturist

Fitness Coach

I'm a board certified NY State acupuncturist who specializes in family care - including women's health, fertility, postpartum care and pediatrics. I reside in downtown Manhattan, but I am happy to make house calls when needed. I enjoy working with new parents and helping them along the way.

Verified
Experienced Level Experience
1 Certification

Alicia Allison

Yoga Instructor

Postpartum Doula

Postpartum Chef

Lactation Counselor (CLC)

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

Leigh Anne O'Connor

Baby Feeding Specialist

Support Group Facilitator

Newborn/Parenting Educator

Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

I am passionate about breastfeeding and am conscious of the complexities of the breastfeeding relationship. I have three children and had varying experiences with all three of them. I have always loved babies and thrilled to have found a career that is focused on new families.

Verified
Expert Level Experience
2 Certifications

Brittany Smith

Occupational Therapist

I am co-owner of Jump Ahead Pediatrics in Jersey City, Little Falls, and Roseland, NJ. I am an occupational therapist, wife to a police officer, and mama to a spunky 2 y/o boy :)

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Expert Level Experience
1 Certification

Laura Brayton

Chiropractor

Dr. Brayton writes regularly on health-related topics and is a lecturer for various holistic groups in the community, including at yoga studios, childbirth education centers, and new moms’ groups. She also continues to stay up-to-date and current in her field with frequent post-graduate seminars in functional medicine, nutrition, allergy elimination, pediatrics, and maternity.

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Expert Level Experience
5 Certifications

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

Mollie Busino

Support Group Facilitator

Postpartum Therapist

I am Director of Mindful Power LLC, a group of female therapists with post graduare traing/specialization in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Postpartum.

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Expert Level Experience
0 Certifications

Emma McCabe

Lactation Counselor (CLC)

I am a Certified Breastfeeding Counselor and a passionate supporter of moms and babies. I serve Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens families in reaching their breastfeeding goals with evidence based practice, nurturing guidance and encouragement. The care I provide is is tailored to each mother and babies unique situation and needs that they can meet their breastfeeding goals in a joyful and workable way. I live in Brooklyn, with my husband, two kids and an overabundance of books.

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Experienced Level Experience
1 Certification