Mary, Certified Birth & Postpartum Doula & Certified Lactation Counselor
I’ve been a doula for over two years and I love supporting families through their pregnancy, birth and postpartum experiences. I focus on providing calm guidance and nonjudgmental support. My passion for birth work came from my mom who is a nurse and lactation consultant. I grew up visiting her at the hospital and sitting in on breastfeeding support groups. From watching her it became clear how important it is for people entering parenthood to have a loving and supportive team around them.
After getting a B.A. in Public Health from Hampshire College I began working in a reproductive health clinic that provides sexual health services for young people in an approachable and empowering way. In 2016 I did my birth and postpartum doula trainings with a midwife and doula who has been practicing for over 20 years, and I fell in love with the variability of supporting people through this special time. Doula care is part teacher, part coach, part cheerleader; a strong yet calm presence to guide you through this transition, while reminding you to be gentle with yourself, trust your instincts, and that yes- you can do this!
I also completed a lactation counselor certification and I shadow a lactation consultant at a weekly breastfeeding support group in Brooklyn. In the next few years I’d like to start a midwifery program, but for now I’m enjoying attending births and caring for families throughout NY.
Additional trainings include: Spinning Babies, Comforting Touch for Doulas, Pain Coping Strategies and Teaching Breastfeeding workshops with Childbirth Education Association, trauma-informed care, and CPR for infants and adults. Currently enrolled in Herbal Medicine for Women with Aviva Romm.