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.
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.
Raychel is a DONA trained birth doula, postpartum doula and certified lactation counselor. She comes by her passion for supporting new and expectant parents quite naturally – she grew up in Washington state as one of the oldest in a large family which allowed her to be a part of many pregnancies and welcome many newborns into the world. She is a birth mother with an open adoption which has been a beautifully life changing experience for her. Raychel decided to pursue the path of a doula because of her firm belief in every person’s right to make decisions regarding their own body and birth experience. She offers her clients physical and emotional support as well as relevant information so they can feel confident in their decisions throughout their pregnancy and beyond.
In her free time, Raychel enjoys fantasy novels, word puzzles, board games, and theatre. She lives with her husband and a tank full of fish in Brooklyn.