Francie, MA, Birth Doula, & Hand Expression Educator

Francie Webb is a mom of two who lives in Harlem, NYC. She decided to become a birth doula after experiencing two transformative births, the first, a beautiful hospital birth with the support of a doula, and the second, an accidentally unassisted home birth when her birth team, including the same doula, didn't make it on time. You may have seen the photo of her giving birth the second time - it went viral and can now be seen all over the world. Francie believes that birth can be an empowering experience for all mamas, no matter how it happens.

Francie spent the last thirteen years as a middle school teacher and loved every minute of it. Francie is the founder and CEO of TheMilkinMama, a small business dedicated to teaching hand expression of breast milk. She believes in helping women have more power, more freedom, and less stress. Francie loves yoga, meditations, reading, writing, trying new Whole 30 and Paleo recipes, traveling, spending time with friends, date nights with her husband, and any opportunity she gets to relax with her family. Francie graduated from Duke University and earned Masters Degrees from Pace University and Bank Street college of Education. She hopes to become a midwife one day.

We met with Francie and Samantha late in my pregnancy and I am so grateful we had them to support us. I was going through some rough preterm labor starting week 28 and was on bedrest since then. I don’t know what I would have done without them. They were both an amazing knowledge resource and supported us during multiple hospital visits. They provided us with a lot of useful information and helped us formulate our birth plan.

Throughout the process, they explained the pros and cons of various decisions which helped us to feel more comfortable going into labor. I felt really well prepared and relaxed going into my induction in week 41. Francie supported me during my labor with massages and different positioning techniques. As a result, I had a delivery of my dream - fast and easy :) Max was born within 5 hours.

Both know amazing resources for massages and an amazing Lactation consultant, who was life saving when struggling with breastfeeding. Samantha did not hesitate to come to our apartment within an hour after Max was severely dehydrated. She supported me with breastfeeding until I felt comfortable being alone.

They are wonderful doulas and amazing people. Should we have another child, we definitely would have them as our doulas.
— Petra and Markus S, Brooklyn, NY