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.