SIMONE, BIRTH & POSTPARTUM DOULA, CHILDBIRTH EDUCATOR, LACTATION COUNSELOR, INFANT SLEEP EDUCATOR AND MOM OF TWO
Simone Toomer serves each family, believing that each should have access to support, resources and autonomy, in NYC where many are distant from their families and dear friends. After the positive natural birth experience of her daughter, with her doula and partner by her side, Simone wanted to channel her energy in a new direction by becoming a certified birth and postpartum doula. Simone also takes from her own birthing and postpartum journey to fuel her passion through the 4th trimester. Simone is a certified lactation counselor working in her IBCLC, doula educator/ mentor for her certifying doula organization Doula Trainings International and Lamaze certified childbirth educator. Simone also holds a certification as an infant sleep educator to normalize newborn behaviors and gentle parenting through what can be seen as challenging times in babies development. She is involved in many community parenting support groups by being a La Leche League Leader and Hospitality chair of Mocha Moms, Brooklyn chapter and is ready to hold hands with those on this journey, no matter how many times you’ve walked the path before, or not.
After her 2nd was born at home with a supportive birth team, Simone further realized how important a trusted, skilled care provider and support team was and made a difference. Simone struggled with breastfeeding for the first 2 weeks, which was a drastically different experience from with her first. Despite feeling discouraged at times, she called on her community for support and advice. Simone realized before how birth preferences can be different, however through her own experience realized how each journey can be different too, as is each family. Simone respects and honors this and brings forth education and non-judgmental care to the families which she serves.
Simone is CPR and First Aid certified and is always attending workshops and conferences continuously to strengthen her knowledge, further her education and support her families to the best of her ability. Simone has worked with families in different scopes from being an employee of the Women, Infant and Children Program(WIC) program as a breastfeeding peer counselor, where their goal is to increase nutritional and breastfeeding awareness in communities, to working with families of the foster care system, shelters, of the LGBTQ community, with special needs, premature births and parents of multiples. Simone has a BA in psychology, is a birth doula with the Brooklyn Department of Health By My Side Doula Support Program and looks to continue her education to further nurturing families and bridge the gap between her community work and passion for social justice and advocacy. Simone is a Brooklyn based mom and when not supporting families, she's building memories with her own.