Doulas are the missing link in modern maternity care!
We hold your hand from pre-pregnancy through postpartum. From helping you find the right care providers for you, to navigating pregnancy and planning for the postpartum time, we are your go-to resource for informational and emotional support. We join you for your labor and stay with you until the babe(s) are born, you are comfortable and everyone has eaten. We visit you postpartum to help ease this transition into parenting with applicable information and support for you. Everyone's path is unique, and we hope to guide you gently down yours.
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, childbirth and lactation 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 and career-- BIRTH WORK! She hired a doula for her pregnancy and 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 Fall 2013 with Rina Crane in NYC, and started taking clients in Spring 2014, after becoming a member of the notable NYC Doula Collective. The Collective has served as a platform for community-building, continuing education and mentorship, and has been invaluable in her personal growth as a doula, mother and human being.
As a Certified Breastfeeding Counselor (CBC), Anna’s understanding of lactation is not only technical, but also rooted in the art of breastfeeding -- figuring out how it can work for you in your own personal life, and how to accept and relax into it. She has also learned the art of preparing placentas for consumption or ritual and has trained other doulas on how to do this, too! Anna offers private childbirth education classes to her clients wanting tailored information from someone who’s already heard their story and preferences. While in labor, her love for touch and massage, breathwork, essential oils, and her new-found magical reiki hands are what help her to get families through this process-- all bodies included! Most of all, her sense of calm and ability to adapt in high intensity situations come in handy when encouraging clients down their birth path. If continued lactation and postpartum support is desired, she is happy to keep the relationship going until the new family feels settled and ready to be on their own.
Over the years, Anna has grown as a woman and a mother alongside her colleagues and clients as she started supporting families when Nola was only 5 months old. She currently mentors newer doulas through the Collective and the Living Womb and has been mentored by many parents and other birth workers, opening her eyes to the fact that it definitely takes a village for families to thrive.
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 7+ years ago. She is now happy to call Brooklyn home with her partner, daughter, guinea pig and betta fish.
NYC DOULA AFFILIATIONS
Anna is lucky to be a part of the NYC Doula Collective, where she found her footing in this work.
From doula trainings to mentorship, community and continuing education for birth workers, these doulas know a thing or two about support! Please visit the site below to see what we're up to as a group and and explore doula options at all different levels of experience and areas of interest and expertise. Anna is proud to mentor many of the NYCDC doulas.