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.
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.
MELISSA CREIGHTON, CNM, RNC, CCE, CD (DONA)
MELISSA CREIGHTON is a midwife and childbirth educator who teaches childbirth classes at Hudson River Healthcare (in Peekskill) and sibling childbirth classes Hudson Valley Hospital Center (in Cortlandt Manor). Her journey began with her own incredible midwife-attended births. Leaving behind her former career as the vice president of a NYC investment firm, she followed her passion for caring for women and their families into roles as a mother, childbirth educator, doula, labor & delivery nurse and midwife. Melissa is a proud mother of four and a founding member of the Hudson Valley Birth Network.
For information about the Siblings Birth Preparatory Class at Hudson Valley Hospital Center in Cortlandt Manor, call (914) 734-3257 For Childbirth Preparation Classes at Hudson River HealthCare in Peekskill, call (914) 734-2229.
JENNIFER DEMBO, CCE, CD(DONA)
Hand-in-Hand Childbirth Services
Jen's childbirth education classes are fun, comprehensive, and informative. She prepares expectant parents by helping them understand the stages and phases of labor and birth, discussing coping strategies, addressing anxiety - and teaching students how to diffuse it. Jen believes that giving birth is a normal, physiological, instinctive process and her holistic approach focuses upon the physical, emotional, and medical factors that influence a birthing woman. She recognizes that every family is unique and honors many varying perspectives regarding chiidbirth. Pregnant women and their partners leave Jen's classes informed about their many prenatal, childbirth and postpartum options, and well-prepared to advocate for their needs and preferences. Group Childbirth Education Series at Full Circle Women's Health, White Plains, NY Customized Private, VBAC and Refresher sessions available by appointment
SILVIE FALSCHLUNGER, Ph.D, CCE, CLD (CBI)
SILVIE FALSCHLUNGER is a certified childbirth educator and labor support doula with a strong psychological background. She trained with Childbirth International focusing on evidence based care, natural comfort measures and an emphasis on communication skills. She views pregnancy and birth as a natural process and a rite of passage. Silvie 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.
Classes are designed to strengthen women's innate wisdom in their natural ability to birth, discuss childbirth options to make informed choices, to explore a variety of labor-support skills, and to be prepared for the basics of parenting a newborn.
Partners and/or support persons are invited to join the process and explore how they can be of best help.
Silvie is a native Austrian and lives with her husband and daughter in White Plains, NY. She offers her services in English and German. Sylvia teaches a 6-class series in a small group setting, as well as private childbirth classes, refresher classes or VBAC classes by appointment.
JENI HOWE, LCCE
I'm a doula, PCD(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.
HALLIE KAPNER has been a science writer and communications professional for almost 18 years. After the birth of her son in 2011, she was motivated to take her lifelong interest in pregnancy and birth to a new level, and trained to become a childbirth educator through the Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York. Since moving to Westchester in 2013, Hallie has been fortunate to work with pregnant women and their partners in a variety of class settings, and is thrilled to offer Childbirth Education classes at Full Circle Women's Health in Harrison, NY. She focuses on helping families understand the extraordinary process of labor and birth and the options available to them in an open, non-judgmental environment. Hallie believes that birth is a normal, physiological process and that just as every woman’s pregnancy is different, there is no one “right” way to approach childbirth. Working with families to answer questions, calm nerves and find their own path toward the birth of their baby has been one of the most rewarding experiences of Hallie's life. She and her family live in Northern Westchester.
SANGEET RAJ KAUR
SANGEET RAJ KAUR is a full spectrum doula and Womb Reiki™ practitioner who offers childbirth education classes from the holistic perspective. She focuses her teachings on natural pregnancy, childbirth and infant care. The course is modeled after the Khalsa Way® and Happy Healthy Child childbirth education curriculum which is designed to help parents connect with their most powerful tool - their intuition. The training will explain that the way we care for ourselves prenatally, the way in which our babies enter this world and our children's earliest experiences have long-lasting implications for their happiness and health throughout their lives.
Practical information and current scientific research on joyful pregnancy, optimal nutrition and stress reduction, designing your ideal birth, the physiology of birth, labor comfort measures, common interventions and alternatives, baby ceremonies and bonding with your new baby, breastfeeding, early weeks as a new parent, and infant and postpartum self care will be covered.
Whether you are planning a hospital birth with limited interventions, a home, birthing center or an unassisted birth this training is sure to prepare you. Classes are offered in Tuckahoe, NY or in the comfort of the client’s home.
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
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
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. Please visit my website for fees and more detailed information. 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
LISA GOULD RUBIN, LCCE, CD (DONA)
Digital Doula/ Pregnancy & Newborn Parent Coach
(914) 763-9487 (office)
(914) 715-2527 (cell)
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.
Good Birth Classes, private class sessions (available by video chat and/or in-person) and 24/7 coaching (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.
Supporting families for 30 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!
LAUREN TAYLOR, CCE, PPD
LAUREN TAYLOR, the 2nd of four children, was born in Massachusetts and grew up on Cape Cod. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts in 1976, she moved to New York City and in 1979 married Rich Cardinali. In 1982 she gave birth to twins, Andrea and David. The family moved to Westchester in late 1983 and in 1986 she had another son, Raymond. She became interested in the fields of childbirth, labor support, and postpartum care while preparing for the challenging task of achieving her own VBAC (vaginal birth after a cesarean section). For the past 20 years, Lauren has dedicated herself to helping mothers and families as they adjust to their new roles. She was certified in 1994 by the Childbirth Education Association.