Mary, Birth & Postpartum Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor
I’ve been a doula for nearly three years and I love supporting families through their pregnancy, birth and postpartum experiences. I’m with you every step of the way, providing calm and soothing 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, and she instilled in me the belief that labor and nursing can be a transformative and healing process, especially when the family has a loving and supportive team.
After getting a B.A. in Public Health from Hampshire College I began working in a reproductive health clinic with midwives to provide 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.