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 determined 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 attending births since early 2014. She has been a member of the notable NYC Doula Collective since she began birth work. 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 technical, and 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 attending births when her baby was only 5 months old. She has mentored and been mentored by many mamas, 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 preconception 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.
Anna lives in Brooklyn, NY 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.
aki baker & minka brooklyn
Aki Baker has been a good friend and mentor to Anna throughout her journey of parenting. She is a mama to many, Reiki Master, flower essence therapist, business-woman, wife... and goddess, amongst other things. You can find out more about her wellness and healing practice at http://akiackeebrooklyn.com
She co-founded MINKA brooklyn in May of 2016, which houses TLW. The space hold all of TLW circles and workshops, as well as our wellness and healing practitioners who offer their services to support you and your growing family. MINKA brooklyn is located at the boarder of Crown Heights/ Prospect-Lefferts Garden, across the street from the B, Q and S trains at the Prospect Park stop.