The word “doula” comes from ancient Greek, meaning “Woman’s servant.” For thousands of years throughout history and in much of the world today, doulas support families through labor and birth, providing continuous emotional, informational and physical support from pregnancy to the postpartum time. We ensure that you feel comfortable and confident throughout this process -- to be heard, felt, and compassionately cared for as you welcome new life into your family. 


Anna cheechov

Anna's journey into the birth world began with her own pregnancy in late 2012. She was fascinated with the everyday miracle that was taking place in her body: growing her first baby. She delved deeply into books on pregnancy and childbirth and was excited to feel the entire experience from beginning to end. Little did she know, the transformational birth of her daughter, Nola Darling, would be the platform for launching her into her newfound passion. She hired a doula for her birth, and felt compelled to give other families similar support in such a fragile and transitional period in one's life. 

Anna completed her DONA doula training in late 2013 with Rina Crane in NYC, and started taking clients in early 2014. She is a member of the notable NYC Doula Collective. The collective has served as continuing education, mentorship and sisterhood for her, and has been invaluable in her personal growth as a doula, mom and human being. She is a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC). Her understanding of lactation is not only technical, but is also rooted in the art of breastfeeding -- figuring out how it can work for you in your own personal life. She has also learned the art of preparing placentas for consumption or ritual. 

Over the years, Anna has grown as a mother alongside many others as she started taking clients when Nola was only 5 months old. She has mentored and been mentored by many mamas (and other birth workers), opening her eyes to the fact that it does take a village for families to thrive. The Living Womb was born out of this realization-- whole-istic care for families from pre-conception to postpartum. TLW is a branch of MINKA Brooklyn that physically, mentally and spiritually supports and uplifts mamas, partners and babies via a team of skilled practitioners, providing full-spectrum, holistic care before, during and after pregnancy. At MINKA, the womb workers of TLW host Womb and Lactation circles centered around supporting pregnant and new mamas. 

Anna lives in Brooklyn by way of Sacramento, CA where she was raised, became a yoga teacher and studied Business and Philosophy. She traveled a bit before landing in NYC 5+ years ago. She is now happy to call Brooklyn home.