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Joanie Johnson

Fitness Coach

I am the former co-founder of Fit Pregnancy Club and a certified Pre & Postnatal Corrective Exercise Specialist as well as a Diastasis & Core Consultant, holding additional certifications in Pilates, personal training and holistic health coaching. I spent 9 years in the professional dance world + 10 years in fitness before becoming a mother. My personal struggles and frustrations with the experience evoked a passion to devote my work to designing a community and workout that strengthens the specific muscles needed for pregnancy, labor, delivery and a complete postpartum recovery.

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Expert Level Experience
6 Certifications

Michelle Goitia

Yoga Instructor

Support Group Facilitator

Birth Doula

Newborn/Parenting Educator

I support women through their pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum recovery by teaching prenatal and postpartum yoga, well care workshops, and by offering birth support. As a young girl growing up in NM I found that riding horses gave me a sense of calm that I later found on my yoga mat. I began practicing yoga in 2000, since my daughter was born in 1998, I had not yet discovered how yoga would enhance my pregnancy. With my son’s birth in 2003 I could tell the benefits of yoga as my pregnancy progressed. At this point I knew I wanted to share my experience with other women. This is why I’ve dedicated myself to teaching prenatal & postpartum yoga, lead well care workshops, & offer birth support. I love helping mothers connect with their babies through yoga and watching babies & children respond to its soothing calm and peacefulness. I’ve finally found my passion in assisting women through the full spectrum of well care from pregnancy to recovery in the postpartum period.

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Experienced Level Experience
8 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.

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Experienced Level Experience
0 Certifications

STEPHANIE HEINTZELER

Childbirth Educator

Baby Feeding Specialist

Breastfeeding counselor (CBC)

Birth Doula

Postpartum Doula

Pregnancy Coach

Baby Sleep Consultant

Birth Counselor

Newborn/Parenting Educator

Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

Lactation Counselor (CLC)

Antepartum Doula

Stephanie Heintzeler is a German educated midwife and acupuncturist as well as US-educated doula and Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She was born in New York City but raised in Germany, where she found her enthusiasm for midwifery already when she was 12 years old- thanks to her brother who was born then. She successfully finished her midwifery-exam in 2000 at the midwifery-school in the Black Forest of Germany. While she was working in Frankfurt she started to get interested in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) so she continued her education in Acupuncture and acquired her certification in 2003. She moved back to her birth town in 2003. Her book “New Yorker Geschichten” (“New York Stories”) got published and she started her own Doula business after she had certified with DONA in 2006. In 2010 she founded Preggie LLC in Germany that imports Preggie Pops (www.preggiepops.de) from the US. Stephanie cares for women with all kinds of births- whether her clients choose a hospital birth, birthing center or home birth; she wants them to follow their own intuition about which birth place feels best. Stephanie has seen it all- breech births, many successful VBACs (Vaginal Birth after Cesarean), planned and unplanned c-sections, vaginal twin births and LGBTQ-families. With a former midwife-approach her clients feel taken care of from a holistic-medical perspective. She uses breathing techniques and positions to open the pelvis as well as her acupuncture background to make birthing as comfortable as possible. As of 2018 Stephanie has delivered over 2,500 babies and attended over 3,000 births. She is the owner of the New York Baby where she puts expecting parents/mothers in touch with doulas and baby nurses.

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Expert Level Experience
5 Certifications

OLIVIA BERGERON

Postpartum Therapist

Parenting coach

Psychotherapist

As a psychotherapist and parent coach, I specialize in helping new and pregnant parents through this challenging, amazing time. As a parent of three, I understand the demands and expectations of raising kids in the NYC area.

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Expert Level Experience
0 Certifications

Jennifer Judkins

Photographer

Hi ! I’m Jenn! Things to know about me: I photograph babies being born! It’s amazing! I have spent the last 18 years working in photography. Including portrait, commercial, and fashion. I always take a documentary style approach when photographing births and families. I typically won’t pose anyone unless requested. I love to capture the moments no one sees. I’ve been working in New York for 11 years. Birth Moments operates out of Greenpoint, Brooklyn. I photograph births in the New York City area and Long Island. I am also available for travel.

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Experienced Level Experience
1 Certification