KATHERINE ANDERSON, CCE, CD (DONA)
KATHERINE ANDERSON, childbirth educator and labor support doula, is a Northern California native residing in Dobbs Ferry with her husband Calvin and their two children, Rebecca and Gabriel. The birth of her daughter was a defining moment for Katherine. "I knew at that instant that I wanted to be with and help guide expectant women in the amazing journey of pregnancy, labor, and birth. I believe that when women are allowed to trust in the innate wisdom of their bodies, giving birth can be an experience that is both empowering and life- changing." Katherine's philosophies and beliefs about pregnancy and birth are inspired by the works of Sheila Kitzinger, Dr. Michel Odent, Ina May Gaskin, Gayle Peterson, and by the many wise women she has trained with through the International Childbirth Education Association. In addition to her work as a childbirth educator and doula, she is a violist with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.
VALENCIA ANDREWS is a DONA-trained birth doula, providing services in Westchester County and the Greater New York City area. Her path to birth work was inspired by supporting many close friends and family during their labor and delivery experiences. It was these formative experiences that guided Valencia during her early training, informing her current approach as a doula, of being centered on wholehearted attentiveness and providing a calm presence, while giving non-judgmental, physical, emotional and spiritual support to pregnant persons.
Valencia believes in the immense power of having a positive labor and birth experience and its long-lasting impact on the mother, child, family and mother’s community. She expresses her creativity and commitment to the health of women and babies through her services, and is devoted to embracing the birth vision and tending to the unique needs of each laboring person.
JULIETTA APPLETON, MPA, CHT, CCE
(914) 325-6011 (phone or text)
(Speaks Spanish and English)
JULIETTA APPLETON is a birth doula with more than 30 years of experience and attendance at over 200 births. She is the creator of mind+body birth, a unique, science-based system of birth hypnosis and childbirth education designed to help pregnant women achieve a calm, empowered birth. She has helped hundreds of people overcome their fears and limiting beliefs to create positive change and achieve their goals. She is firm in her belief that each woman has the right to choose the kind of birth she wants, and helps her clients to do so in a judgment-free, nurturing environment.
She is a founding member of HVBN, and is the founder and former director of the first freestanding birth center in Westchester County, NY--The Birth Cottage. She possesses a Masters degree in Public Administration, has trained doulas, helped establish and operate two postpartum doula services, and has worked with individuals and couples as a sex educator, childbirth educator, birth doula, and postpartum doula.
As a hypnotherapist, Julietta works one-on-one with clients to help them overcome fears and create positive habits, she teaches mind+body birth to pregnant women (in group or private classes), and trains professional birth workers (childbirth educators, doulas, midwives, physicians, nurses, hypnotherapists, etc.) who want to learn how to use mind+body birth techniques with their own clients.
LINDSAY ASKINS is a mother, photographer, homebirth doula, and an activist and advocate for women’s rights in pregnancy and childbirth. Her education and professional background includes a degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M, working as a veterinary tech for a decade, breeding horses, and teaching high school science. After her small teaching career, Lindsay launched her photography business in 2010. After the birth of her first daughter in 2012, Lindsay’s work organically shifted toward photographing births, and she subsequently began doula certification with Childbirth International in 2013.
Working as a doula quickly led Lindsay towards advocacy work. In 2015, after working with Improving Birth and Birth Monopoly, she co-created an ongoing photography project bringing awareness to obstetric violence and birth trauma in America called ‘Exposing the Silence Project’. She believes the majority of maternal mental health issues and perinatal mood disorders can be improved by educating both families and care providers on the effects of obstetric violence and associated birth trauma.
As a doula, Lindsay draws on her knowledge and experience from breeding horses (also mammals) in supporting mothers during pregnancy and birth. She deeply values a mother's intuition and the innate knowledge that women are designed to grow, birth, and nourish babies. Lindsay's first priority is supporting a mother's power and autonomy during one of the most important chapters of her life which results in empowerment and confidence in motherhood. Lindsay offers birth photography and placenta encapsulation in addition to providing doula support for homebirths.
JOYCE HAVINGA-DROOP CD (DONA)
Westchester Doula Care
JOYCE HAVINGA-DROOP is a certified birth doula (DONA International) in Larchmont, Westchester NY (attending births within a 45-minute drive). She’s a mother of three girls, all born naturally. Joyce started her journey as a doula when she left her daytime job working for diplomats to travel the world. Her passion for pregnancy and birth started when she was a little girl growing up in Africa. Joyce’s strength as a birth doula is that she grew up in a world where labor and birth were considered normal, and pregnancy and birth were celebrated. Joyce has worked within many different cultures. She speaks, English, Dutch, French, and German. Joyce will educate and inform you from prenatal to postpartum stages to take your baby’s birth into your own hands. Joyce’s philosophy is that birth is normal and our bodies know what to do. With adequate support, women can let go of fear, manage pain, and have the blissful birth of their dreams.
SILVIE FALSCHLUNGER, Ph.D, CCE, CLD (CBI)
(914) 522-6980 cell
(914) 686-3477 home
SILVIE FALSCHLUNGER is a certified labor support doula and childbirth educator with a strong psychological background. She trained with Childbirth International focusing on evidence-based care, natural comfort measures, and an emphasis on communication skills to find your best possible birth place and care provider. She views pregnancy and birth as a natural process and a rite of passage. She believes that there is not only a baby conceived and born but also a mother and a father initiated and a community invited to welcome and raise a child. She believes that the birth process has a strong first imprint in our lives and that it matters how we are born. She feels honored to support women, their partners and families, and be part of their journey. Sylvia is a native Austrian and lives with her husband and daughter in White Plains, NY. She offers her services in English and German.
Postpartum services and overnights available.
CHRISTINA CARINO-FORREST, CD (DONA)
Belly to Birth Doula Services
CHRISTINA CARINO-FORREST is a DONA-trained doula, and has been attending births for the past three years. Christina is the mother of two beautiful children and lives with her loving husband in New Rochelle. She is passionate about being a doula and believes women have the innate ability to give birth and to care for their babies. Her goal as a doula is to help parents discover their own voices, their own strength, and their own unique capacity to give birth and be amazing parents.
Christina is certified in many comfort measures including Rebozo, Spinning Babies and Red Cross CPR. Her experience includes: VBAC clients, mothers over the age of 40, twin vaginal birth, high risk, inductions, home birth and unmedicated births. She has initiated skin-to-skin and breastfeeding during a C-section. She offers birth photography, acupressure in labor, and essential oils during labor.
EMILY HARDING, LMT, CLC, PCD (DONA)
Birth & Postpartum Doula
My passion for gestating persons and newborns began very early in life, at just 9 years old, after the birth of my mom's goddaughter. I was completely enamored of this beautiful, tiny being, and when I held her, a tremendous sense of calm and quiet came over me. To this day, any time I hold a newborn, I’m still engulfed in the same tranquil state. So of course, it’s only natural that I chose to become a doula while simultaneously feeding my need to hold little babes! I find that my sense of calm translates well to new parents, helping new families feel more at ease in their transition into parenthood.
As the owner of my own doula service, Harding Hatchlings, LLC, I offer birth, postpartum and bereavement doula support, in-home lactation counseling, and in-home prenatal/postpartum and infant massage.
JULIE HARTMAN, CD (DONA)
Beautiful Births Labor Doulas
I am a DONA-certified birth doula who really cares about you and your birth. I will provide exceptional, judgement free support for your pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum period. I am honored to work in hospital, home birth and birth center environments. I will consider it my deepest honor to journey with you and be part of making your birth a beautiful experience.
JENI HOWE, PCD(DONA), CD(DONA), LCCE
I'm a doula, PCD(DONA) and CD (DONA), and birth educator (LCCE) providing prenatal, birth and postpartum support throughout Dutchess, Westchester and Putnam counties (NY), as well as Fairfield and Litchfield counties (CT). As a mother of three young children, with a background in occupational therapy and mental health, I am particularly adept in navigating postpartum family adjustment by way of hands on help, loads of emotional support, a great sense of humor, patience and compassion, and creative problem-solving. I have immense respect for and trust in the natural, physiologic process of birth, and am also a passionate breastfeeding advocate. I support births in any setting, and proudly work with families of any race, culture, or religion, marital or financial status, sexual orientation or gender identity. Birth education is available in a home setting, privately or semi-privately.
ROBIN JONES-TROPIANO, CD (DONA), CPD (Newborn Mothers)
I am a seasoned birth professional who supports women and their partners during pregnancy, labor, and birth throughout Westchester and Fairfield counties.
I am passionate about women being able to experience birth that is positive and well-informed, and believe that every woman has the right to birth in the manner she feels is best: with a midwife or obstetrician; with pain medication or not; in a hospital, birth center, or at home.
Every birth is unique. I have an academic and professional background in communications that allows me the unique ability to "read" a situation quickly and accurately, and help protect their peace of mind as they navigate their birth journey. I am trained and certified by DONA International, and trained in HypnoBirthing and Mind + Body Birth labor relaxation techniques. Please find out more about me and read my client testimonials at www.doulawestchester.com.
HEATHER KAPLAN, CD (DONA), MSed, PD
HEATHER KAPLAN is a DONA-certified birth doula, postpartum doula and certified school psychologist. She brings passion, an open heart, strength of spirit and a good sense of humor to her work as a doula. Heather has a grounded perspective and believes women labor most efficiently when they feel safe and relaxed, so she helps her clients feel prepared for and feel optimistic about their upcoming birth. Heather’s personal experiences of birth and motherhood enlightened her to the importance of women feeling nurtured, respected and informed throughout their childbearing year, and how this translates into immediate and long-term benefits for the entire family. Being a mom is Heather’s most cherished role so she feels such gratitude in supporting women as they are born into motherhood!
SANGEET RAJ KAUR
SANGEET RAJ KAUR is a resident of Yonkers, NY and has been assisting births since 2008. She is a holistic childbirth educator and full spectrum doula providing antepartum, labor and postpartum support to women in lower Hudson Valley, Westchester County and NYC area. Sangeet specializes in natural (including VBAC) births whether at home, in birthing centers or within hospital setting. She believes that healthier pregnancies, outcomes and above all healthier babies and families come from a mother who feels supported and encouraged throughout her pregnancy. Her journey in supporting mothers began during pregnancy with her son, Cameron. Her education during pregnancy and natural birth at Hudson Valley Hospital inspired her to assist other women in accomplishing their own unique birth goals. Sangeet used meditation, yoga, natural comfort techniques and holistic support methods during pregnancy and labor and is passionate about providing the same tools for women she supports. She strives to make every birth an empowering experience!
Sangeet’s doula training was heavily based in birth justice. In addition to her private client’s she also serves as an Ancient Song community doula for high need and low income women in NYC.Sangeet is also a certified Kundalini yoga instructor focusing on womb wellness and women's teachings. Her practice in Tuckahoe, NY allows for continuity of care by offering expectant and new mom circles while encompassing fertility, prenatal and 'mommy and me' yoga into her repertoire.
Ancient Song Full Spectrum Doula Training
KRI Level One Certification program in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. This certification is internationally recognized and exceeds Yoga Alliance standards of YA Registered Yoga Teacher Certificate, RYT® (200).
Khalsa Way® Prenatal Certification which fulfills Yoga Alliance’s 85-hour national standard for a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT®)
Yoni Steam Institute® Womb Reiki™ Practitioner and Womb Massage & Detox Specialist
Reclaiming the Medicine of Birth: The Energetics of Pregnancy with Karen M. Rose Herbalist
KELSI KENNEDY, CD (DONA)
KELSI KENNEDY is a DONA-trained birth doula, wife, mother, and abolitionist with a strong background in psychology and activism. She benefitted deeply from the presence of a doula at the birth of her son, and is passionate about providing the same support to other women and their partners. While getting her Masters at NYU, she studied trauma and the importance of mind-body connection. She uses this perspective to help women have a mindful, positive birth experience. She believes that knowledge is power, and aims to provide every family with reliable information to help you decide what is right for you during your birth experience. She is honored to support you in the change of becoming a mother, of becoming a family, as it unfolds for you, as you accomplish the magnificent work of birth.
Postpartum services also available.
LAUREN KUNIS is a Certified Labor Doula through DONA International, an Experienced Childbirth Educator, a Certified Reiki Master/Teacher, and Certified Hypnobirthing Doula. Lauren holds a BA in Communications from Hunter College/City University of New York.
Over the course of her 10 years of practice as a Certified Labor Doula (since 2007), her overall c-section rate is less than 5%. Her dedication is unparalleled. While she guarantees back-up service, she has missed only 2 births in her entire career, and continues her dedication to her own clients as well as attending births for her colleagues.
She has years of both holistic healthcare counseling and teaching experience as a Reiki Master. Lauren has experience with hospital births, home births and VBAC's/HBAC's and twin births. Lauren is focused on her commitment to your birth and education and is highly dedicated to you, your desires, with the strongest ethical values and dedication you will find anywhere.She has taken continuing education classes in Pharmacology in Pregnancy, Labor and Birth, Perinatal Mood Disorders, Babywearing/Cloth Diapering, Rebozo Techniques, CPR and Hypnobirthing. She is Certified from the American Heart Association in adult, child and infant CPR AED.
Lauren is available in Westchester, Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, & Nassau County, NY.
SARAH LUDWIG, CPST, LCCE
(914) 999-BABY (2229)
SARAH LUDWIG loves helping families on their path to parenthood, and providing tools for an easier journey. Her classes will help you feel informed and empowered as your big day approaches. In a relaxed atmosphere, you'll learn about the process of labor, physical and emotional coping strategies, and get hands-on practice with comfort measures. Classes are small and personal, so there's plenty of time for questions, discussion, and individual instruction. As a doula, it is Sarah’s goal to provide your family with tools that will help you have the birth you want through support, education, and informed choices. Beyond birth, she assists during the postpartum period as you make your transition to parenthood. Sarah is an experienced babywearer, a Child Passenger Safety Tech, and an Infant CPR instructor.
NUBIA EARTH MARTIN
NUBIA EARTH MARTIN is a Certified Childbirth Educator, Birth and Postpartum Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) and Student Midwife. I have been supporting and empowering women and their families since 2008.
I am the proud mother of 4 children (hospital and home births) and my experiences have opened my eyes to the incredible ability of our bodies to birth our babies naturally. I incorporate a variety of relaxation and natural pain management techniques, including massage, meditation, visualization, accupressure, gemstone healing and aromatherapy.
My services include at least one prenatal visit, continuous support during labor and delivery, and breastfeeding assistance postpartum. Childbirth and lactation classes are also available. I would be honored to be present as support for your birthing experience.
Peace and Blessings
SARAH MARTIN is a DONA-trained birth doula and certified HypnoBirthing© Practitioner with the HypnoBirthing Institute. Following a difficult birth with her son, Sarah wanted a different birth experience when she became pregnant with her daughter. With the help of a HypnoBirthing Practitioner and Doula in NYC, Sarah had a peaceful birth where she felt empowered and respected throughout her labor and birth.
These polar-opposite experiences led Sarah to want to help other women achieve a calm, confident, and fear-free birth. As a HypnoBirthing Mom herself, Sarah is passionate about educating families in how to achieve a joyful birth where women feel heard and honored throughout labor through her childbirth education classes. Sarah believes that proper childbirth education is the first step toward freeing yourself of fear and filling parents with knowledge so they can make evidence-based informed decisions about pregnancy, birth, and parenting.
Sarah graduated from Smith College with a BA in Government. Raised in Manhattan, she lived there until last year when she moved to Rye, NY with her family. She is excited to be able to continue her work here in Rye and is grateful to have the opportunity to serve families throughout Westchester and Fairfield counties.
ILARIA O'KEEFE, CD (toLabor)
ILARIA O'KEEFE has served families as a doula since 2012, after being inspired by the birth of her first child to offer to others the same compassionate support and access to knowledge that she received on her own journey to motherhood. Since her training as a doula, she has worked with families in multiple parts of the country to have healthy, supported, and empowering births in all settings. She aims to help couples take the leading role in the birth of their child, with the belief that an empowered, positive, and respectful birth builds a strong foundation for a positive transition to parenthood. Besides her work as a birth doula, Ilaria spends time singing, knitting, playing board games, and learning about the world with her two children.
JULIE A. PANTOLIANO
JULIE A. PANTOLIANO, also known as Jula The Doula, is a Certified Birth Doula with The Matrona, meditation and movement enthusiast as well as a Reiki practitioner. Julie also holds a B.S. in Event Management and Leadership Studies from Johnson & Wales University.
All her life, Julie has always felt compelled to help others. She held a career in nonprofit for many years. But, after her birth doula training, Julie knew her heart and soul would be best served helping each mother in their journey of birth, and each family in this beautiful transition. Julie is nurturing, patient, and fun loving. Her presence can help brighten up a room, and keep the energy warm and peaceful. Her natural compassion and positive attitude is often described as a breath of fresh air. Julie has a background in meditation, Reiki, youth development, and event planning (and, yes she would love to plan your shower or gender reveal!) Julie currently lives in Rockland County with her two loves- Michael and pup, Bogart.
Julie looks to have children of her own one day, but for now, she hopes to aid and guide you in this amazing miracle we call childbirth!
For testimonials and availability please visit: https://doulamatch.net/profile/19635/julie-pantoliano
NICOLE PELUSO, IBCLC, CD
Birth Bungalow, LLC
(203) 529-1533 (office)
(323) 595-4006 (cell)
NICOLE PELUSO, IBCLC, CD, AATH is a lactation consultant, birth doula and certified attachment parenting educator based in Greenwich, CT. The scope of her practice extends from New York City to New Haven.
Nicole was certified as a doula through the National Institute of Midwifery, as lactation consultant through the International Board of Lactation Consultation Examiners, and as a parenting educator through Attachment Parenting International.
Beginning her journey in the birth world in 1997 as La Leche League Leader, Nicole has assisted thousands of mothers believing that each family is unique and education and support are the keys to empowered birth and early motherhood experiences. Nicole is the mother of three children, all born peacefully with the help of midwives and nourished with breastmilk and lots of love.
JEN PIFER has been attending births throughout Westchester County in both hospitals and in homes since 2012. A mom of three, Jen’s passion for assisting women in childbirth arose from her own birth experiences and the desire to ensure every woman feels supported and excited about her birth. Jen’s empathic style helps to create a relaxed working relationship in which mom feels secure and respected regardless of her wishes or choices.
A MaternityWise trained labor and postpartum doula, Jen believes the doula/mom/partner collaboration should feel really good, and that everyone deserves a doula.
Birth & Postpartum Doula
Maggie Rosenfeld is a Birth and Postpartum Doula in Westchester County who provides services in the Tri-State area. Her training and certifications come through DONA international and The Matrona. For years she has served people as a Mental Health Counselor, Crisis Counselor and Organizational Psychologist. Her desire to join the “Birth World” came after a friend had a traumatic birth experience and shared how unsupported she felt during the process. Maggie wanted to be a part of the movement of women changing how moms experience birth...and so she is! She brings a calm energy to the parents that she works with. Maggie comes from a large family with six adopted siblings and Maggie being one of the youngest. This upbringing allows for a celebration of the diversity each family holds in her eyes. She supports women and their families through the birth journey whether at home, in a birth center or a hospital. Maggie values building lasting bonds with families and supporting them as they make informed and instinctive decisions during pregnancy, birth and postpartum care.
LISA GOULD RUBIN, LCCE, CD (DONA)
Virtual Doula/ Pregnancy & Newborn Parent Support
(914) 715-2527 (cell)
Good Birth Classes, private class sessions (available by video chat and/or in-person) and 24/7 support (phone, email, text and video chat) at home with your newborn, help you get clear around what you want for yourself, your birth and your baby.
I help you apply who you are to the process of having a baby so the experience fits you rather than fitting yourself into the experience. Judgment-free.
Supporting families for 35 years, Lisa helped establish the doula program at Mt. Sinai Hospital, has provided expert advice to The New York Times, Parenting magazine and the Utne Reader, and has been featured on The Today Show. Lisa is the co-author of The Birth That’s Right For You and the creator of The Footprint Kit!
LISA SCHOENHOLT, CMA, CD(DONA)
Lisa is a DONA-trained birth doula and attends births in both Westchester and New York City. She became interested in birth work after she experienced a traumatic emergency C-section birth with her son. She furthered her education and began specializing her pilates business into prenatal/postnatal services. After she became certified as a doula, she was able to have a successful VBAC with her daughter.
As a birth doula, she helps educate families as they navigate this journey and acts as an advocate for them during labor and delivery. She is committed to supporting clients throughout their pregnancy. Her services are available to everyone, whether seeking an unmedicated birth, VBAC, planning on using an epidural, or having a planned C-section. With education, emotional support, and physical comfort, she strives to help families have a fulfilling birth experience. She also offers auxiliary doula services, with pre/postnatal consultations in addition to phone/text support.
Lisa holds a BA in Dance from University of Arizona, MA in Dance Education from NYU, and is a certified movement analyst (CMA) from the Laban Center of Movement Studies. She owns her own pilates business, where she specializes in prenatal/postnatal fitness and diastasis recti repair.
DONA-Trained Birth Doula, CLC, Prenatal Yoga Instructor - RYT 200, RPYT
I am a mom, grandmother, prenatal yoga instructor, birth doula and certified lactation counselor located in Northern Westchester County. My passion is supporting women throughout pregnancy, childbirth and early motherhood. Prenatal yoga during pregnancy can ease common discomforts, create strength, flexibility and stamina, and build an understanding of the relaxation and breathing techniques that can help women throughout pregnancy, labor and birth. As a mother of four, I understand that birth is a powerful, natural process unique to each woman/birth, and that women benefit from the nurturing support of other women during pregnancy and labor. As a CLC who has breastfed four babies, I have firsthand knowledge of human lactation, breastfeeding and the nutritional needs of infants and nursing women as well as the skills to understand and formulate potential solutions for breastfeeding issues.
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