Birth can be intense, transformative, powerful, fierce, and unpredictable. I have always been fascinated and awed by the strength of women as they experience remarkable transformation as they enter motherhood. I am deeply committed to supporting this strength by providing non-judgmental, quality care to new mothers and their partners. The birth of my two daughters and the experiences of pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding have fortified my passion in supporting women and their choices during labor, birth and the postpartum period.
My aim as a Birth Doula is to support parents in labor and birth so that when they look back on the moment can remember that they felt strong, knowledgeable, respected and joyous.
Growing up in the Dominican Republic I became aware of the ancestral practice of Cuarentena, the 40 days after birth in which a woman and her baby were cared for by her extended family in order to rest and heal from the pregnancy and birth. A bubble of care and love was created to support the new family and protect this special time from the issues of the outside world so the parents could concentrate on their newborn, and the baby could learn to feed and thrive. This practice inspires my services as a Postpartum Doula. I help parents settle into the early days of parenthood with ease, support and increasing confidence so they can really enjoy their baby's earliest days.
I am a Certified Postpartum Doula through Childbirth International (CBI), and I am a Certified Lactation Counselor from the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice (ALPP) and have been certified in Infant and Toddler CPR. I have also achieved certification as a Birth Doula from the organization Doulas of North America (DONA), and I am currently studying to become a Childbirth Educator through CBI.
I currently offer services as a Birth and Postpartum Doula and Lactation Counselor. I offer labor and birth services for homebirths, birthing center and hospital births, and planned cesareans. I love to doula for single moms by choice, and same sex couples, and I also offer support for adoptive parents and parents whose baby was delivered via surrogate as they get to know their new babies. I live in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn with my husband and two daughters.