HILARY BAXENDALE, CLC, Childbirth Educator
After the birth of her first son in a large New York City Hospital, Hilary was drawn to childbirth education as a way to help pregnant woman have a satisfying and positive birth experience in any setting. Hilary’s classes are evidenced based and non-judgmental. They incorporate many coping techniques, including pain medication, to help each family find what approach is going to best support them. She teaches group classes at Full Circle Women’s Health, Citybirths and in her home studio in Hastings. She also offers private classes and refreshers by request.
In addition to being a Childbirth Educator, Hilary is also a Certified Lactation Counselor and helps woman transition to parenthood through newborn care and breastfeeding basics classes. She also runs a drop-in new mom group, Rivertown Mamas, and visits new parents at home to assist in the early weeks with a new baby. She feels very honored to be able to empower new parents to welcome and care for their babies with knowledge, confidence and a good dose of humor.
Raised in Rhode Island, educated in Boston and married to an English charmer, Hilary currently calls Hastings-on-Hudson home with her family that includes two young sons.
AUDELLE BODIE, CLC
I'm so excited to help your family as you welcome home your new love. Some ways that I can support your family as a Certified Lactation Counselor and DONA-trained postpartum doula:
Support with baby feeding options, including breastfeeding support
Therapeutic techniques such as herbal teas, essential oil use, and reflexology for postpartum healing and easing anxiety
Holistic meals and snacks with advice on optimal postnatal nutrition
Tips for navigating through sleepless nights and days
Education on infant care (bathing, cord care, diapering, reading baby's cues, calming techniques)
Baby care while you rest
Sibling care as you bond with baby
Support in processing your birth experience
Light housekeeping such as tidying the kitchen, doing baby's laundry, organizing the nursery
I also host a monthly healthy eating meeting at my home where we cook, eat, and strategize together.
ERICA CHARPENTIER, IBCLC, RLC
Westchester, Putnam, and Fairfield, CT counties
ERICA CHARPENTIER is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in private practice, providing home visits and a weekly breastfeeding support group. Erica works to improve breastfeeding relationships and build maternal confidence through empathetic and analytic listening, support, and sharing of evidence-based techniques and information. Erica is the founder and executive director of BEBO (www.beboinc.org), a not-for-profit providing perinat al education and support, and offers sliding-scale lactation support in partnership with BEBO.
STEPHANIE CLEARY, IBCLC, RLC
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
Greenwich Lactation Services
(203) 340-1113 (call or text)
Serving Lower Fairfield County Connecticut and Westchester County New York
STEPHANIE CLEARY is passionate about helping families. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) providing home visits to families in lower Fairfield County, CT and Westchester County, NY. She finds great joy in providing breastfeeding support to mothers and their babies. Stephanie is an in-network provider with Aetna, UnitedHealthCare and Oxford.
Stephanie lives in Greenwich, CT with her husband and two daughters. Her understanding of breastfeeding is enhanced by having breastfed her own children and the positive experience she and her children shared.
MERRILE GREEN, PCD (DONA), CLC
As a DONA Certified Postpartum Doula, I have provided emotional and practical support to dozens of families. Being nurtured at home by a postpartum doula can ease your transition into parenthood and increase your confidence as a new mother.
Also as a Certified Lactation Counselor, I provide breastfeeding education in a supportive calm manner, empowering mothers to trust their instincts and increasing their self-assurance. You’ll learn proper newborn care and self-care, coping techniques, and be supported in your choice of infant feeding. This specialized personal assistance helps moms experience relaxed, enjoyable feedings and develop loving parent-infant bonds.
I’m a mother of three, grandmother of 6, including twins, live in Connecticut with my husband, an artist, and support families in Westchester, Putnam, and Fairfield counties.
EMILY HARDING, LMT, CLC
Birth & Postpartum Doula (DONA)
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.
OLIVE HARRIS, CLC
Professional Newborn Care Specialist (Baby Nurse) & Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC)
My passion for working with babies started at a young age which has lead me to a fulfilling 13-year career and hundreds of happy families. Nothing gives me greater satisfaction than to see little ones enjoy a healthy development and seeing the satisfaction of happy, confident parents. This passion has lead me to pursue certificates and education which are not typical of a traditional baby nurse. This has equipped me to offer the families I work with more resources and knowledge to meet their individual needs while providing the best care possible.
As a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), I have successfully completed a 45-hour training based upon the footprint of the World Health Organization/UNICEF Breastfeeding Counseling Training Course. I have successfully passed a criterion-referenced examination, and demonstrated the competencies and skills required to provide safe, evidence-based counseling for pregnant, lactating and breastfeeding women.
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. While nursing her son, Cameron, she faced and overcame many obstacles which have motivated her to be in service of other new moms with their journey of breastfeeding and motherhood. She offers ongoing Introduction to Breastfeeding classes and weekly expectant and new mom’s support circles in Tuckahoe, NY.
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
NUBIA EARTH MARTIN
Birth Doula, Pregnancy & Newborn Parent Coach
I am a Certified Childbirth Educator, Birth and Postpartum Doula, and Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC). My passion is women’s health and wellness, and I have been supporting and empowering women and their families since 2008.
I am the proud mother of 4 children (2 hospital births, 2 homebirths) and my own birthing experience, as well as my experiences being present at clients births has 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 (but not limited to) 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 available as well. I am located in Yonkers, NY and I have attended births throughout NYC, Westchester County and the 5 boroughs. I would be honored to be present as support for your birthing experience, and I look forward to hearing from you.
Peace and Blessings.
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.
BETH SHULMAN, RN, BSN, IBCLC
BETH SHULMAN, RN, BSN, IBCLC, has been helping breastfeeding families since 1980. As a Registered Nurse she has experience in outpatient clinics and labor and delivery, postpartum and neonatal units. Beth has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) since 1993 and is currently in private practice providing home visits and professional education in Westchester, the Bronx and Manhattan.
Beth also leads a weekly Breastfeeding Support Group, open to all breastfeeding mothers and their babies. The drop-in group meets every Wednesday from 10-11:30am at Pediatrics on Hudson, 615 North Broadway, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, 10706.
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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