Postpartum Doulas and Baby Nurses
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.
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 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.
Postpartum Doula & Registered Yoga Teacher
Coming into doula work with a background in Integrated Movement Therapy, Harper is able to meet the family where they are at and provide clear, non-judgmental, and objective care. Rooted in the philosophy that every member in the family is an individual and to be respected as such, the whole family is to be uplifted and empowered. Every family is different, Harper help eases the transition of the family dynamic to accommodate the new baby by providing a holistic perspective to and for the whole family.
Harper became invested in postpartum doula work after taking a close look at her personal needs and the needs of her growing family. With all of the excitement surrounding the event of the birth, Harper was concerned about what happens postpartum. With her core support system living far away, being a first time parent, and the clutter of myths and information from the internet and baby paraphernalia, she decided to evaluated her and her family's limits and abilities. In the process of doing so, she realized there are so many other families that have the same question: what happens after? Harper felt the calling to connect with these families to help, support, and educate.
MERRILE GREEN, CPD (DONA)
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. 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 i Connecticut with my husband, an artist, and support families in Westchester, Putnam, and Fairfield counties.
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.
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.
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 full spectrum doula and holistic childbirth educator providing support to women and families in lower Hudson Valley, Westchester County and NYC area. As a postpartum doula her focus is on "mothering the mother" to ensure moms get enough support and in turn have the energy to care for their little one and integrate a new life together. In having Sangeet as a companion mothers can feel supported, confide and ask questions that in turn help reduce feelings of anxiety, stress and isolation. Postpartum services include:
- Postnatal Nourishing Meals & Herbal Support
- Light Housekeeping
- 40 Day Nesting Rituals
- Breastfeeding Support & Infant Nutrition
- BengKung Belly Binding
- Postnatal Yoga
- C- Section Surgery Care
- New Mom Support Circles
- Infant Potty Training/ Elimination Communication
- Sleep Adjusting & Back-to-Work Protocols
- Closing of the Bones/ Traditional Mayan Rebozo “Cerrada” Ceremony
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® Fertility/ Prenatal/ Postnatal 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
JENNIFER LEVINSON, PCD (DONA), CLC
Family Care Doulas
I am a Certified Postpartum Doula through DONA International (Doulas of North America), a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), and Vice President of Hudson Valley Birth Network. It is my goal to provide new mothers with the confidence and support they need to feel comfortable in developing their parenting style.
Over the past ten years I have supported dozens of families through this life changing experience and have provided these families with the highest caliber of support and resources they need in order to enjoy their postpartum period.
I live in Mohegan Lake, N.Y. with my family. My gentle and caring approach mixed with a friendly and supportive personality has touched dozens of mothers and families. I am honored to guide you and your family through the postpartum period and I look forward to meeting with you.
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.
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)
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!
I am a postpartum doula for families in the Hudson Valley and Westchester County. I am a mother to 4 little girls and had such wonderful birth and postpartum periods with all of them. I feel that every growing family deserves these experiences and I would love to be the one to help them.
My strengths are newborn care, breastfeeding, and emotional support. But I always want to learn more. I am constantly reading, researching, and taking courses and workshops. I hope to pass this knowledge on to as many families that I can.
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.
NICOLE WAGNER, MSW, CPD(DONA)
Westchester Doula Care
Having helped countless women, I can assure you that while new babies are amazing - welcoming a newborn is an adjustment. My role is to help you balance your baby's needs with the needs of yourself and your family. In pairing my Doula training with utilizing my Masters of Social Work, my approach is to protect your space so you can enjoy this precious time while creating a comfortable environment and easing the transition for all. It is extremely gratifying for me to guide and nurture moms knowing how much it eases minds and hearts. I live in Tarrytown, NY with my husband and daughters. Aside from my doula work, I am an MSW who has created curriculum and trainings used in schools addressing the emotional well-being of children.
LAURA WANAMAKER, CD (ProDoula)
I am a Certified Postpartum Doula and Newborn Care Specialist. I am also a Certified American Heart Association Heartsaver, Adult and Pediatric CPR, First Aid and AED-Certified since 2010.
I bring a philosophy of “What does the mother want?” and I fully support her choices and changes. I am trained and experienced in assisting with latching and breastfeeding support, and educate parents on AAP safe sleeping guidelines to reduce the risk of SIDS. I honor all family dynamics-blended, single parent, same sex, multicultural, mixed race and military. Primarily servicing, Rockland/Westchester NY, Bergen County NJ and Southeast CT.
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