KATHERINE ANDERSON, CCE, CD (DONA)
**Serving families in Westchester and Southern Connecticut**
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, MSW, CCE, CD(DONA)
Twigs & Ribbon Childbirth Education
Jen's childbirth education classes are evidence-based, fun, comprehensive, informative and non-judgmental. She prepares expectant parents by helping them understand the stages and phases of labor and birth, discussing coping strategies, addressing anxiety and teaching parents-to-be how to diffuse it. Jen’s holistic approach focuses on the physical, emotional, and medical factors that influence a birthing woman. Every family is unique, and Jen honors varying perspectives regarding childbirth. 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. No question is off limits!
Customization is key - Jen offers customized classes in your home according to your needs and preferences. She offers a series for first-time parents, those for adoptive and LGBTQ+ moms and dads, and refresher/sibling/coping techniques/newborn care sessions as well.
Jen is a social worker specializing in maternal mental health and well-being with 14+ years of experience working with diverse populations in the field of perinatal health in a variety of settings (home, birth center, hospital, agency office, etc.).
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.
I began practicing as a Licensed Massage Therapist in 2002 and I specialize in fertility, prenatal, postpartum and infant massage. I also offer Reiki, Yoga, Childbirth Education and Postpartum Doula support.
My love and study of traditional healing arts coupled with an educational background in biology offers a me a unique approach to working with clients and students alike. I attended the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Ithaca, prior to which I earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology and studied herbal medicine at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine. I received advanced training in Perinatal Massage, Infant Massage, Medical Massage, Reiki, and Anatomy Trains. Once I began working with pregnant mothers, I became enchanted by this sacred time in a woman's life.
My own journey of pregnancy began with my son, who was born in 2008. I quickly learned that the sacred time of pregnancy can be scary and challenging. In walking this path as a single mother, I decided to learn and research traditional birth practices. I found an amazing yoga teacher, went to weekly prenatal yoga and attended childbirth education. These experiences grounded me and allowed me to feel at ease, confident and grateful during my pregnancy. I had a powerful and transformative birth experience where I was supported by my yoga practice, a birth doula and a nurse midwife. Having traveled the sacred journey of birth, I wanted to help other women and families.
My next steps were clear.... I completed a 200-hour Yoga teacher training, attended Pre and Postnatal Yoga training, trained as a Lamaze Childbirth Educator, Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, and Infant Massage Educator. Through my journey I have cultivated a deep respect for the innate wisdom and healing ability of the body, mind and spirit. I am extremely thankful for my teachers, students, clients and colleagues alike. I am the founder of Tree of Life Healing Arts, a Westchester based wellness practice offering Massage, Reiki, Yoga, Childbirth Education and Postpartum doula support.
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.
HALLIE KAPNER has been a science writer and communications professional for almost 20 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. 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
LAUREN KUNIS is a Certified Labor Doula through DONA International, an Experienced Childbirth Educator, a Certified Reiki Master/Teacher, and Certified Hypnobirthing Doula. Lauren holds a BA in Communications from Hunter College/City University of New York.
Over the course of her 10 years of practice as a Certified Labor Doula (since 2007), her overall c-section rate is less than 5%. Her dedication is unparalleled. While she guarantees back-up service, she has missed only 2 births in her entire career, and continues her dedication to her own clients as well as attending births for her colleagues.
She has years of both holistic healthcare counseling and teaching experience as a Reiki Master. Lauren has experience with hospital births, home births and VBAC's/HBAC's and twin births. Lauren is focused on her commitment to your birth and education and is highly dedicated to you, your desires, with the strongest ethical values and dedication you will find anywhere.She has taken continuing education classes in Pharmacology in Pregnancy, Labor and Birth, Perinatal Mood Disorders, Babywearing/Cloth Diapering, Rebozo Techniques, CPR and Hypnobirthing. She is Certified from the American Heart Association in adult, child and infant CPR AED.
Lauren is available in Westchester, Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, & Nassau County, NY.
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.
MARIJA LUKIC, HCHI, HCHD
MARIJA LUKIC is a certified Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Instructor and Hypno-doula, and is excited to share the Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis program with expectant women in the Hudson Valley area.
Marija had an amazing and empowering Hypnobabies birthing experience with her second child, which inspired her to become a certified Hypnobabies Instructor and a firm believer that every woman should have a chance to experience peaceful, comfortable pregnancy and empowering birth.
Her 6-week Hypnobabies course includes complete childbirth education and powerful self-hypnosis techniques for easier and more comfortable birth.
Marija’s wish is to enrich the lives of every family she works with through knowledge and support!
ANNE MARGOLIS is a Licensed Certified Nurse Midwife, OB/GYN Nurse Practitioner, Certified Yoga Teacher, and Clarity Breathwork Practitioner. She is a 3rd generation guide to mommas birthing babies in her family. Anne has helped thousands of families in her 20+ year midwifery practice. She has been serving the online community with a rapidly growing following on social media of over 69,000 women and the professionals who serve them, around the world.
Through her online childbirth course 'Love Your Birth', her online and in-person midwifery for pregnancy and postpartum support consultations, her birth professional mentoring, her holistic gynecology and traveling homebirth midwifery offerings she infuses wisdom, compassion, inspiration, and joy into the entire process of women’s wellness from mama-hood to menopause.
Anne’s work, insights and advice have been seen on TV shows and movies including 4 episodes of “A Baby Story” on TLC and the Discovery Channel, and the award winning feature documentary, 'Orgasmic Birth.' She has been interviewed for local and national radio programs and podcasts. Anne has also been a featured speaker and expert panelist at distinguished events for Weil-Cornell School of Medicine, the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and the RCC State University of New York School of Nursing to name a few.
She has midwifed mommas and babies for over two decades, with clients describing her as “passionate, sensitive, big hearted, and a playful ball of light.” When she’s not helping mommas around the world you can find her doing yoga (anywhere and everywhere), dancing, traveling, enjoying family time and watching comedy.
Anne teaches women life skills - tools for not only coping with, but also loving their experience, however it unfolds, whatever challenges they face along the way. Anne helps mommas create and live in their joy, find their authentic voice, and their divine feminine power and strength as women. She preserves the sacred space so that a women's body can do what it needs to do to fully surrender to the process, and still be completely empowered and worshipped like a goddess during her birth. When Anne helps a woman with her pregnancy, birth, or with postpartum, she has been told that it changes the mom’s life and her baby’s life forever. It becomes a family experience that ripples out to impact everyone and it enhances the lives and relationships of all whom they touch. Anne is so thrilled that after over twenty years of working with her local community she is now able to support mommas to have incredible journeys to birth and mama-hood, no matter where they live or what their plans are. Anne feels the more we can share information and create environments for empowered births and living, the more healthy, happy and vibrant families can be.
Anne is the two-time number one bestselling author of "Natural Birth Secrets: An Insider's Guide How To Give Birth Holistically, Healthfully and Safely, and Love the Experience," and "Trauma Release Formula: The Revolutionary Step by Step Program for Eliminating Effects of Childhood Abuse, Trauma, Emotional Pain and Crippling Inner Stress, to Living in Joy without Drugs or Therapy."
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
SARAH MARTIN is a DONA-trained birth doula and certified HypnoBirthing© Practitioner with the HypnoBirthing Institute. Following a difficult birth with her son, Sarah wanted a different birth experience when she became pregnant with her daughter. With the help of a HypnoBirthing Practitioner and Doula in NYC, Sarah had a peaceful birth where she felt empowered and respected throughout her labor and birth.
These polar-opposite experiences led Sarah to want to help other women achieve a calm, confident, and fear-free birth. As a HypnoBirthing Mom herself, Sarah is passionate about educating families in how to achieve a joyful birth where women feel heard and honored throughout labor through her childbirth education classes. Sarah believes that proper childbirth education is the first step toward freeing yourself of fear and filling parents with knowledge so they can make evidence-based informed decisions about pregnancy, birth, and parenting.
Sarah graduated from Smith College with a BA in Government. Raised in Manhattan, she lived there until last year when she moved to Rye, NY with her family. She is excited to be able to continue her work here in Rye and is grateful to have the opportunity to serve families throughout Westchester and Fairfield counties.
LAUREN McCULLOUGH, ICCE
Lauren became interested in childbirth education while she was pregnant with her first child. She was able to look carefully into the type of birth that she desired and had a wonderful experience giving birth to her daughter. Since then, Lauren has desired to empower other women and families with the information they need to make informed decisions that are in line with their unique values. She is an ICEA-certified Childbirth Educator and teaches interactive, evidence-based childbirth classes in Rockland County, NY. She lives in New City, NY with her husband and three beautiful daughters, two born in hospitals and one born at home. Lauren has her bachelors in Business Management and is pursuing becoming a Certified Nurse Midwife.
REV. MARITDAY RODRIGUEZ is a full spectrum doula, Holistic Childbirth Educator, Birth Spirituality and Healing Coach, and Womb Blessing™ Level 1 Moon Mother who offers childbirth education classes from the holistic perspective. Her concentration is on natural pregnancy, childbirth and infant care. The course is modeled after the Matrona Holistic Childbirth education curriculum which is designed to help parents connect with their most powerful tool - their own innate parenting intuition. During our time together, we will gain an understanding of how we care for ourselves antenatally, how our babies birthing experience, as well as our own and our children's earliest experiences leave imprints assisting or hindering their journey of happiness and health into adulthood.
Practical information and current scientific research on joyful pregnancy, optimal nutrition and stress reduction, discerning your ideal birth, the physiology of birth, labor comfort measures, common interventions and alternatives, mother/baby ceremonies and bonding with your new baby, breastfeeding, early weeks as a new parent, and infant and postpartum self care will be covered.
No matter how you will birth or where you plan to birth, this training is sure to provide practical birthing wisdom, an understanding of what informed consent is and what your rights are as new parents. 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.
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!
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.
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