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.
JULIETTA APPLETON, MPA, CCE, CHT
(914) 325-6011 (phone or text)
(Speaks Spanish and English)
JULIETTA APPLETON is a doula and hypnotherapist 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 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.
Julietta gave birth to both her children in birth centers, and is a fierce midwifery advocate. The experience of giving birth naturally was so powerful and deeply spiritual, it inspired Julietta to become a childbirth educator and doula. In her role as doula, she helps create a sense of safety and calm surrounding the birthing mother, and provides her and her family with non-judgmental support.
LINDSAY ASKINS is a mother, photographer, 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 postpartum and homebirth doula support.
AUDELLE BODIE, CLC
*Serving families in Lower Westchester*
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 of Westchester, NY
MARINA D'AMORE was born and raised in Brazil, then moved to New York where she got her bachelor’s degree. After working in banking for a number of years and having two kids of her own, she decided to pursue a new career path that is dear to her heart, which is supporting new mothers.
The calling to support new mothers started when Marina learned that a local mom (friends in common) was having a hard time postpartum. Marina volunteered to come and care for the newborn while the mother took a much needed nap. Six years later the calling got louder and she got her doula certification.
Marina got her birth and postpartum certification through Madriella and is currently working to become a Breastfeeding Counselor, bereavement doula, and a La Leche League Leader.
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.
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.
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.
ROBIN JONES-TROPIANO, CD(DONA), CPD (Newborn Mothers)
I am a seasoned birth professional who supports women and their families throughout Westchester and Fairfield counties.
I help new mothers and their partners understand how to better appreciate a "newborn" mother's "baby brain," which nature has designed to change with the birth of your baby and help you adjust to new motherhood. I believe that there is no right or wrong way to become new parents. As a new mom, you have the answers once you tune out others' well-intentioned advice and instead focus on your baby's signals and your own intuition.
I can also help guide you toward additional professional support if needed. 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 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
40 Day Nesting Rituals
Breastfeeding Support & Infant Nutrition
BengKung Belly Binding
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
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)
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!
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.
JENNIFER SMITH, CPD
Gentle Spirit Postpartum Doula Services
Few things give me greater joy than helping families adjust to their new additions. As a Certified Postpartum Doula (CAPPA) I help out in a variety of ways from offering feeding support--including breastfeeding and bottle-feeding--newborn care and instruction, all the necessary household chores from dishes to laundry, errands, and sibling care, as well as home-cooked meals and delicious nutritious baked goods. I am also a music educator and can bring my guitar along for older siblings to enjoy! Servicing Westchester, Rockland and Fairfield counties, give me a call to see if we’d be a good fit. My goal is to support you and lighten your load so you’re able to enjoy this special time with your newborn.
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.
I also offer weekly support groups for new moms and moms-to-be. Learn more at www.lotuspsych.com
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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