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NAIMA BECKLES

Birth + Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator, Breastfeeding Counselor, Co-Founder

In the movies birth happens so fast.  Her water breaks, they rush to the hospital, and three pushes later there’s a crying baby. I kinda thought that birth would be like that when I was pregnant. Luckily, I was introduced to amazing supportive people - doulas, childbirth educators, and care providers who helped me navigate birthing, feeding, and caring for my babies.

Why doesn’t every pregnant person have access to this information and support?

As a doula and childbirth educator, I’m a guiding voice and a hand to hold. I hope to inspire my clients to make informed decisions as they prepare to meet their babies. 

Labor is hard work. It’s easier to embrace that safely when you’re confident and relaxed.

 
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MICHELE ARRIETA

Birth + Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator, Breastfeeding Counselor, Co-Founder

I learned what a doula is by being thrown into the deep end. The first birth I attended was my good friend’s very long homebirth. But helping women’s reproduction runs in my family. My dad runs a women’s health clinic and my grandfather was an OB-GYN.

As your doula I’ve got your back. I’ll dig up all the evidence-based materials you might want in order to be confident of all your available options.

As a Certified Breastfeeding Counselor, I’ll break down infant feeding for you (from the breast, the bottle, or both). My intention is to stay tuned into your emotional state throughout the process, while trusting your intuition and body’s wisdom.

I'm a new mom (to the squishiest tub of baby dough) and am currently available for breastfeeding and postpartum support.

 
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NUBIA JONES

Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator

My journey supporting women during pregnancy, labor and beyond began 15 years ago.

During the birth of my first child, I felt empowered by the support from my midwives and the freedom allowed in a birth center. At that moment it was clear to me that birth was a beautiful process. During the next 7 years I birthed and nursed four more children.

My intent is to support the personal choices of women – choices that vary widely in the diverse communities that I serve. All moms deserve individual nurturing and support while they navigate their journey to care for their families.  The families that I have formed deep connections with are of varying cultural, religious and socio-economic experiences. I’m a mother supporting mothers.

When I’m not at a birth, I enjoy my sons’ baseball games and my daughters’ dance performances.  I love all animals, I have a dog, and I’m a host mom to Aupairs.

 
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KAELEIGH TERRILL

Birth + Postpartum Doula

I believe in the strength of women and want to support them to feel empowered and connected to themselves and their bodies. I was inspired to become a doula after learning how disempowered so many women feel during their pregnancies and births.

As a doula I am your biggest cheerleader, support, and advocate. I work hard to help you feel as informed as possible so that you are making the best decisions for you.  I intend to cultivate trust between us and to support you in your road to trusting your own body and intuition.

In addition to attending births, I run a community garden on the lower east side teaching kids how to grow their own food and am teaching myself herbalism on the side.

 
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DANI KATZ

Birth + Postpartum Doula, Prenatal Yoga Instructor, Aromatherapist

I am so excited to join this amazing team at For Your Birth

I grew up in the suburbs outside of New York and moved to the city to complete a degree in nutrition at Hunter College. I have been teaching various types of yoga for the past 5 years and after so many pregnant students started coming to my classes, I finally decided to become a Prenatal Yoga Instructor.

This opened up a whole new world of birthing to me, I hadn't even known what a doula was! Being in the presence of birth feels so natural and right. I am deeply called to serve women in this capacity. I utilize yoga and breath work during births, and am also an aromatherapist and can work with medicinal grade essential oils during births if desired.

My goal is to hold a calm and blissful space for babies to be born into!

 
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BAILEY ROLLINS

Birth + Postpartum Doula, HypnoBirthing Teacher, Breastfeeding Counselor

My greatest pleasure as a doula is to witness the confidence that grows and the pure joy and excitement that parents experience through pregnancy, birth and the newborn stage. 

As a hypno birth doula and childbirth educator, I specialize in supporting women who are looking for a holistic alternative to pain relief. I help women and their partners, use the power of hypnosis, positive affirmations, deep relaxation and trust to have an easier more comfortable, birth experience.

My deepest desire is to provide families with love, care and the support they need during the tender moments of birth and early postpartum. I will be your guide as you climb the mountain for the first, second or fourth time and I can't wait to celebrate you when you reach the top!

 
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NUBIA TYEHIMBA

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Thanks so much for considering me as your doula! Nothing brings me as much excitement as birth-work and motherhood- other than chocolate!

I was born and raised in NY and have lived in the South Bronx for most of my life. I earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology and enjoy eating, reading, and dancing in my spare time. I recently trained with DONA International and in addition to being a birth doula, I currently volunteer in the nursery at the Motherhood Center of NY and do postpartum work as well.

 I can't wait to help mothers and families welcome new children into the world, including young mothers, single mothers, LGBTQ families, and low-income families.  My main goal is to enable mothers to feel empowered, knowledgeable, and safe in birth settings.

 
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ALICIA SUAREZ

Childbirth Educator

My childbirth classes are geared to help pregnant people and their partners approach labor with confidence while designing a peaceful, healthy and safe environment to welcome in their babies.  I use my vast experience as a birth doula to help participants cope and understand labor.

I'm a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, DONA Certified Doula, and Certified Breastfeeding Counselor. I also have years of experience as a yoga therapist, specializing in pre and postnatal yoga. My work is greatly influenced by my studies in Body-Mind Centering®, as well as my background in anatomy, kinesiology, physiology, and embryology education. 

 
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MARY PLESS

Birth and Postpartum Doula

I inherited a passion for birth and the maternal-child bond from my mother, who is a much loved and appreciated nurse and lactation consultant. I grew up visiting the nurseries in the hospitals where she worked, and sat in on the breastfeeding groups that she ran.  Birth and postpartum support have always been on my horizon.

I love the diversity of doula support and working with expecting and new parents.  I'm dedicated to providing encouragement and meeting parents where they are in their hopes and expectations for labor and the postpartum experience. 

Outside of the birth world, I'm working on eating my way through all of the boroughs and snuggling my cheeky Australian cattle-dog.