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 POSTPARTUM DOULAS

Mama-baby centered care to help you integrate more softly into your 4th trimester. Postpartum doulas are your after-birth fairy godmothers. They are a source of non-biased support for you and your whole family as your transition into parenthood-- especially during the first days of baby's life. They are your well-rested extra set of hands when there might be a lot to juggle. Food for the family, feeding the baby, healing from birth, newborn care, home integration and organization and emotional support are just a few of the wonderful gifts they offer. Wether you prefer just a few hours of support or a package of many visits over time, these wonderful woman are here to help. 


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MAGALI CHARRON

Magali is a French-Canadian mother, artist, and postpartum doula who has been living in Brooklyn for ten years. She's wanted to be a mother as long she can remember and was blessed with her own child, Alaska, almost three years ago. She didn’t know much about childbirth before her pregnancy and believed it would be a natural process (which it was to a certain extent, for her). However, her complications arose after her daughter was born.  She was in a lot of pain mentally and physically and as helpful as her partner was, there were areas he didn’t understand. By the time her daughter was four months she met her first doula and was introduced to a world she immediately felt a deep connection to.  A couple months later, she began studying with DONA and felt compelled to be a part of the postpartum team to help mothers and newborns during a vulnerable, yet life-affirming time in their lives. 


 AMBER STAR MERKENS

Amber Star Merkens is a mother, artist, breastfeeding counselor, and postpartum caregiver who is passionate about revolutionizing and reimagining how we transition into, and through, our roles as mothers. Whether it is with our first or fourth baby, our own place in the world transforms with each new addition to the family. 

Amber's own birth experiences left her with an overwhelming need for connection, compassion, and nurturing - a need which conflicted with internal and external ideas that to be self-sufficient is to be strong. As she met more and more mothers, Amber realized that she was not alone in her conflict. Women all around her wanted to experience joy and reach their breastfeeding and parenting goals, but struggled to do so alone. They shared in a deep and urgent need for loving, respectful support, such as was often offered to them during their pregnancies, after their births.

In response to her own experiences and to those around her, Amber decided to expand beyond her career in dance and photography, and became a Certified Breastfeeding Counselor, Birth Arts International trained Postpartum Doula, Newborn Care Specialist, and Newborn Mothers Postpartum Professional. After the premature birth of her second child, she also became a non-profit milk banking and NICU family advocate.

Using ancient wisdom and up to date evidence-based information to guide her in supporting women's physiological and emotional health, Amber provides in-home breastfeeding and postpartum support to new families, facilitates support groups, and offers postpartum planning workshops to expecting parents. She brings an open heart, professional hands, and extra perks like photography, healing ceremonies, and mind/body centering to her clients. 

Amber lives in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn with her partner and their two wild and wonderful children.


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 SYDAIYA REHEMA

Sydaiya has been working in the professional childcare field for 8 years. During this time she has focused primarily on newborn and infant care, becoming very well versed in the needs, patterns, and development stages of these crucial first two years.

Sydaiya's newborn care experience includes swaddling, diapering, bathing, creating eat/sleep/awake schedule for newborns which becomes the age appropriate adapted schedule over time. Umbilical cord and circumcision care. Breastfeeding assistance and transition to bottle feeding when the time is right for you! Sydaiya has also had experience with colic and babies with sleep issues. She is Baby Nurse Certified (newborn care specialist), CPR Certified (infant and baby), a DONA trained Birth Doula, and holds a Bachelor's degree from Berklee College of Music. 

"I love what I do and I am very comfortable working along side parents to increase fluidity in the household. Whatever that may take! I have acquired a lot of knowledge over time and am more than happy to share it with you and youe ne


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MELINDA IVERSON

Melinda is there to help a new family in those first days and weeks after bringing home a new baby. She provides evidenced based information on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, mother–baby bonding, breastfeeding, family member-bonding, infant soothing, and basic newborn care, such as, sleep issues, bathing, and scheduling. She can provide household organization creating a calm, efficient environment for the family to thrive.

Melinda trained in Brooklyn NYC with DONA International certified postpartum doula trainer, Jackie Keleher, and has practiced in New York City for two years. Her independent practice, called Arrival Song Doulas, has assisted numerous families with nurturing support, from birth through the third month, often called the fourth trimester.

She is also represented by Doula Care Postpartum Service in Manhattan.