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
* 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 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
(914) 861-5228 (call or text)
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 and office visits to families in Greenwich, CT and surrounding communities. She finds great joy in providing breastfeeding support to mothers and their babies. Stephanie is an in-network provider with Aetna, UnitedHealthCare, Oxford, Emblem Health and GHI.
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.
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.
DANA HILSENRATH was drawn to lactation work after the birth of her twin boys and her own challenges with breastfeeding. She became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in order to provide families with the evidence-based, judgement-free support to they need to realize their own breastfeeding goals. Her philosophy is that all families deserve to make an informed decision as to what their ideal breastfeeding journey entails. This will differ from person to person, baby to baby, and family to family. Through her private practice, Westchester Lactation, Dana is proud to provide in-home breastfeeding support to families in Westchester, lower Fairfield, and Bronx counties.
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.
REV. MARITDAY RODRIGUEZ is a resident of New Paltz, NY and has been assisting births since 2011. She is a holistic childbirth educator, Birth Spirituality and Healing Coach and full spectrum doula providing antepartum, labor and postpartum support to women in Mid Hudson Valley, Westchester County and NYC area. Not being offered breastfeeding education or support after birthing her son, Michael, she faced and overcame challenges that motivated her to serve new mothers as they began their experience of breastfeeding and motherhood. She hosts Breastfeeding Awareness classes and weekly expectant and new moms’ support space in New Paltz, NY. Maritday’s practice is based in New Paltz, NY, however she also supports clients 1:1 virtually, in your home, semi-private and public venues.
NYS Licensed Aesthetician
NYS Registered Ordained Minister
Institute for Integrative Nutrition - Certified Holistic Health Coach
Integrated Energy Therapy Master instructor/Practitioner
Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Doula
Integrated Energy Therapy Master instructor/Practitioner
The Matrona Full Spectrum Holistic Doula Training
The Matrona Tending the PostPartum Psyche
The Matrona Advanced Holistic Childbirth Education (180 hours)
Women’s Herbal Intensive with Aremisa, known as the Indigenous Doula of Indigenous Remedies
Certified Birth Spirituality and Healing Coach - Gena McCarthy
WOMB BLESSING™ Attunement - Female Energy Awakening - Level 1 Moon Mother
Yoni Steam Institute® Yoni Steam For Personal Care
Steamy Chick Vaginal Steam Facilitator Certification
Traditional Postpartum Practitioner - Valerie Lynn - The Mommy Plan
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.
Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), Birth and Postpartum Doula
**Serving families throughout Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties in NY, as well as Fairfield and Litchfield counties in CT**
KHAYLEN STANTON is a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) and a DONA/DTI-trained Birth and Postpartum doula.
I believe that with birth, as with most things in life, any time spent before the “big event” preparing, educating and evaluating options, is time very well spent. I enjoy working through questions, concerns, wishes and dreams around what birth, postpartum and breastfeeding looks and feels like for each individual client I have the honor of working with. I provide evidence-based research so my clients feel empowered to advocate for the experience they deserve. I help each client to recognize the power that already resides inside of them, to trust birth and their bodies innate abilities. I started attending births in 2010 before ever having children of my own. I now am the mother to 3 young children that keep me on my toes! In addition to birth, I have had the privilege of supporting numerous breastfeeding dyads and well as entire families as they transition into life with a new baby. 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. I partner with my friend and fellow doula, Jeni Howe (www.jenihowedoula.com) to offer birth education which is available in a home setting, privately or semi-privately.
ALEXANDRA WHITE, CPD (DONA)
Certified Lactation Specialist
Brook Farm Doula
As a doula, it is often suggested that I must love babies. While I do love babies, what I love more are parents. I love serving in a role that supports other women (and men, and families) as they make the transition to parenthood. My job is to free up the “noise” in your world, so that you can focus on yourself and your baby. This has looked like any number of things to the many families I have been lucky to work with. My work is value and judgement free, and your goals are my goals, but I believe in drawing upon evidence-based research when making decisions about how to care for ourselves and our children.
I am a mom to two wonderful, crazy-making kids. I live in Bedford, NY, and travel throughout Westchester and parts of Connecticut to serve families. I am currently working towards IBCLC certification, and always continuing to educate myself about how better to serve the families I work with. In addition to my private client work, I have the distinct privilege to serve incarcerated women (and their babies) at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility.
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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