Meet The Founders
NAIMA BECKLES, LCCE, CD(DONA), CBC
Co-Founder, Childbirth Educator, Advanced Doula, Breastfeeding Counselor
When I was pregnant with my first son, I discovered a world of amazing supportive people—doulas, childbirth educators, and care providers who helped me navigate birthing, feeding, and caring for my babies. I thought, "Why doesn’t every pregnant person have access to this information and support?" Labor is hard work. It’s easier to embrace that safely when you’re confident and relaxed.
I'm a very pragmatic person. I think of doula services as "birth project management" and love teaching down-to-earth childbirth education classes at City Births in Midtown Manhattan. I'm also a big fan of Pilates!
Fun fact: I used to be a middle school teacher.
Lamaze certified Childbirth Educator
DONA certified Doula
DONA certified Lactation Counselor
Training in acupressure, and massage for labor support
IVF conceived births
Supporting clients who’ve experienced loss
Women over 40
MICHELE ARRIETA, LCCE, CD(DONA), CBC
Co-Founder, CHILDBIRTH EDUCATOR, Advanced DOULA, Breastfeeding Counselor
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! I come from a long line of women's healthcare providers and advocates: my dad runs a women’s health clinic and my grandfather was an OB-GYN. I use my theatrical and comedy background to make my classes a fun, informative, and a memorable experience. My wife and I live in Philadelphia with our daughter (who is the cutest and most genius-est ever). We built our family through adoption, so feel free to ask away when I tell you that I breastfed her when she was a newborn.
Lamaze certified Childbirth Educator
DONA certified Birth Doula
Certified Breastfeeding Counselor
Queer Childbirth Education
Meet the Team
DANI KATZ, CD(DONA)
Advanced birth + Postpartum Doula, Certified Breastfeeding Counselor
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. 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 can also use medicinal-grade essential oils during births (if desired!). My goal is to hold a calm and blissful space for babies to be born into.
Fun fact: I also play the trombone!
BA in Nutrition from Hunter College
Certified Prenatal Yoga Instructor
Prenatal yoga + breath work
Ekua Ansah Samules, MPH
Intermediate birth + postpartum Doula, certified Breastfeeding Counselor
I have worked with a range of private providers and non-profit organizations, serving pregnant and parenting women, youth, and families for over 15 years. I have attended dozens of births while building a Harlem-based community doula program. I am a wife and mother of 3 teenagers.
Fun fact: I love to cook, clean, and give massages!
intermediate birth + Postpartum Doula
I started toying with the idea of birth work when I became pregnant with my first child. I was the first in my immediate circle to navigate pregnancy; though my friends are incredibly supportive, none of them were quite prepared to join me in learning all I could about how things were already changing in my body, as well as what changes might lie ahead. Things started to come together when my partner and I found a doula we loved.
I work to help clients experience the four trimesters of pregnancy according to their own needs and desires. I want to help you ease into change in the ways that feel best to you, with evidence-based resources, physical and emotional support, positivity, and careful listening. In order to help you ground, relax, and gather strength, I use movement, breathing, massage, stretching, visualization, and other techniques.
Ph.D., English Literature, Indiana University
CHB Trained Birth and Postpartum Doula
Advanced Birth + Postpartum Doula, Certified breastfeeding counselor
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.
Fun fact: I love snuggling with my cheeky Australian cattle dog!
Certified Breastfeeding Counselor
LAURA MAX HOLDER
Intermediate Birth + Postpartum Doula, Certified Breastfeeding Counselor
When I first meet a client, I like to think of myself as a blank canvas. Let’s paint your birth story together! I am a quiet force helping to support my clients through information, experience and a non-judgmental approach to labor and birth. If life has taught me anything, it is that people perform better when in loving and fully supportive environments and it brings me great joy knowing that I am helping to create just that. I have an 11-year-old daughter, and I know first hand just how isolating and traumatic pregnancy and childbirth can be. For this reason, I am passionate about being there for my clients in a way that leaves them feeling empowered and cared for. As your doula, I am committed to you and your birth plan all while providing comfort, patience and my full support!
Fun fact: I enjoy creating all-natural products and cooking delicious healthy meals!
ASD Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula
BA, Hunter College in Sociology and Psychology
10 years of experience working in the field of developmental disabilities
MARY A. Whitlock
Intermediate Birth + Postpartum Doula
Born, raised, and living in New York City, I understand and embrace the overwhelming demands and stresses that city life puts on families. In 2017 I took massive action and left my position as a Fashion Design Director to seize my purpose. I am inspired and passionate about providing families with the resources, empathetic support and nurturing to maintain a balanced life. I am deeply grateful to all of my teachers, including Debra Pascali-Bonaro and Dr. Vijaya Krishnan, for the life experiences that have brought me to this very moment.
Fun fact: I completed an internship at the Healthy Mother & Natural Birth Sanctum in Hyderabad, India.
DONA trained Postpartum Doula (under Debra Pascali-Bonaro)
Certified Health and Wellness Coach
Health & wellness coaching
Traditional postpartum care
Beginner Birth + Postpartum Doula, Certified Breastfeeding Counselor
I see birthwork as a creative and political act: a way to directly respond to the gaps in healthcare through grounded emotional and physical support. My goal as a doula is to offer practical care to all growing families, through a blend of solid knowledge and strong intuition (plus a big, warm laugh!). I'm a calming and reassuring presence, there to educate, comfort, and then get out of your way.
Before birthwork, I worked in the arts as a project coordinator. While I enjoyed transforming a gallery, the sacred work of supporting birthing folks through their journey can't compare!
Fun fact: I'm also an artist and amateur woodworker - I've even built a birthing chair!
Ancient Song Doula Services trained Full Spectrum Doula
Certified Lactation Counselor
Member of Manhattan Birth Mentorship Program
BEGINNER BIRTH DOULA
I accidentally found myself drawn to birth work when one of my best friends asked me to be part of her birth team. I then supported my sister to birth my adorable niece, who is now 2 years old. These births inspired me to take the plunge and do a doula training. I have since been privileged to serve other families as clients. Serving in birth work I feel is a purpose and a calling for me. I bring to my doula practice over 20 years of working in social justice and women's health/rights, starting with my work with women and trans people living with HIV. My goal is to support the birth experience to be a healthy and beautifully transformative process for both parents, family and baby.
Fun fact: I went to a boarding school in India for High School.
Trainings: Ancient Song Doula Services
Education: Master in Public Health