Meet The Founders

 
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NAIMA BECKLES, LCCE, CD(DONA), CBC

Childbirth Educator, Advanced Doula, Breastfeeding Counselor, Director + Owner

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.

Education

  • Lamaze certified Childbirth Educator

  • DONA certified Doula

  • DONA certified Lactation Counselor

  • Training in acupressure, and massage for labor support

Specialties:

  • Postpartum support

  • Twins

  • IVF conceived births

  • Supporting clients who’ve experienced loss

  • Women over 40

  • Single mothers

 
 

Meet the Team

 
 
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kia-gianni thigpen, b.S

intermediate birth + Postpartum Doula

My path to birth work was gradual, yet consistent. I started as a newborn nanny and nurse support person in the Bay Area of California. After becoming a medical assistant and scribe in the Emergency Department, I continued supporting birth because I appreciated the different shapes and sizes birth journeys and families came in. Fast forward 5 years and I have managed to combine my passions for birth and advocacy into my role as a birth and postpartum doula!

As your doula — I provide culturally competent, emotional, physical and educational support. I am an active listener and protector of your rights and wishes. I am with you to be the hands-on comfort, and confidence booster your family can use to reach your birthing goals. I work to provide compassionate, non-judgemental, aware, and evidence-based support. My intention is to welcome calm and confident energy into your birth space.

I believe you already possess the necessary tools to bring life into this world and I'm here to ground you while you rock it!

Fun fact: I teach sexual health education and mindfulness to justice-involved youth.

Education

  • BS, Neurobiology, University of California Berkeley

  • Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula (DTI)

Specialties

  • Single/solo parents

  • Breastfeeding

  • Sibling support

  • Health and wellness

  • Postpartum support

 
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brandi evans

postpartum + overnight Doula, Newborn care specialist

I’ve been passionately caring for babies since I was 15 years old. My first job was babysitting my prematurely born twin cousins for a summer while my aunt, a single mom, worked. Family members saw the love and patience I had with those babies, so when they encouraged me to make taking care of babies my profession, I listened.

Today I’m a certified Newborn Care Specialist, a Postpartum Doula and a new mom. Since giving birth myself, the connection that I have with clients has deepened. I know the feeling of being a new parent and can help my clients get through the day-to-day challenges of caring for their baby.

I absolutely love what I do and I’m grateful to be able to help others.

Specialties:

  • Overnight support

  • Newborn care

 
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cassandra christopher

Certified Lactation Counselor + educator

Cassandra is a Certified Lactation Counselor and mother of two little boys. After an extensive career performing on Broadway and touring internationally and the birth of her 2nd son, she discovered a passion for helping moms feed and care for their babies. She is an active ambassador to free women’s voices in their births and infant feeding and works to help #normalizebreastfeeding. Follow her on Instagram and Facebook @babyfeedingcounselor as she helps to educate women and families and pursues her IBCLC credential.

 
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tanisha Marin-evans

Advanced Birth + Postpartum Doula, Certified breastfeeding counselor, Childbirth educator

I'm an Upper West Side / Harlem-based doula and childbirth educator whose been supporting family, friends, and clients throughout the birth process for over 20 years. As a child I planned to be an obstetrician; however after having children of my own without the support of a doula, discovered that my passion is for supporting families.

I believe strongly that the person giving birth has an innate ability to birth their baby and I hold no preconceived expectation or hopes (other than safely) of how a birth should happen. I strive to educate, nurture, support and bring peace to families through a calm demeanor, warmth, humor and a profound passion for what I do.

I've now attended over 155 births and served more than 70 families with postpartum services. I look forward to getting to know you and working together.

Fun fact: I have 3 kids and dozens of house plants!

Education

  • DONA Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula (CD,PCD-DONA)

  • Certified Lamaze Childbirth Educator (LCCE)

  • Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC)

Specialties:

  • Single/Solo Parents

  • Sibling Support

  • Women over 40

  • Twins

 
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Lucia roderique

Intermediate Birth + Postpartum Doula

I am a Full Spectrum Doula living in Brooklyn working for private and pro bono clients. It takes a village to have and raise a child, and I want to be a part of that village. As your doula, I provide unbiased, physical, emotional, and educational support. I come to my practice of support through the Reproductive Justice framework and center those of us who have been marginalized. I am also currently in the process of becoming a Certified Nurse-Midwife.


I believe every pregnant person deserves to have the birth they want. My goal is to empower pregnant and postpartum people to tap into the grounding strength that comes along with pregnancy, birth, and parenting, and learn to trust their instincts. I am humbled by the strength of the pregnant and postpartum people I have supported and I look forward to continuing to serve my community.

Fun fact: I have a BFA in Musical Theater from Carnegie Mellon University and have performed all over the US and internationally, too!

Education:

  • DONA trained Birth Doula by Debra Pascali-Bonaro

  • Carriage House trained Postpartum Doula by Birdsong Brooklyn

  • Advanced LGBTQAI+ Family Support Training by Morgane Richardson

  • Adult/Child/Infant CPR Certified 

Specialties:

  • Queer Families

  • Homebirth

  • Birthing People over 40

  • Sibling Support

 
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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.

Education

  • DONA trained Postpartum Doula (under Debra Pascali-Bonaro)

  • Certified Health and Wellness Coach

Specialties:

  • Health & wellness coaching

  • Ayurvedic cooking

  • Traditional postpartum care

 
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claudia gerbracht

intermediate 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!

Education:

  • Ancient Song Doula Services trained Full Spectrum Doula

  • Certified Lactation Counselor

  • Member of Manhattan Birth Mentorship Program 

Specialties:

  • Queer families

 
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Shalini Eddens

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