In July 2010, I was hired to found Tribeca Parenting (now known as Pregnancy and Parenting), a pregnancy, birth, and new parent education center with classes throughout the greater NYC area. While serving as Director of Tribeca Parenting, I became a Childbirth Educator, Birth Doula, and Lactation Counselor. I designed Tribeca Parenting’s prenatal breastfeeding education program and implemented drop-in support groups for new moms.
In my role as an active Birth Doula, I have had the honor to support births at home, in hospitals, and at the only local free-standing birth center, Brooklyn, Birthing Center. I have worked closely with the Birthing Center as a Doula and Childbirth Educator since 2012. I have extensive experience with unmedicated births, birth with pain medication, cesarean birth, induction, and VBAC. I have also attended VBA2C, twins birth, breech birth, etc.
As a Certified Lactation Counselor, I teach Newborn Care classes, prenatal Breastfeeding Preparation courses, run breastfeeding support groups, and provide individualized counseling. I have advised pediatricians on early establishment of breastfeeding and lactation issues. Breastfeeding is extremely important for infants and new moms; it’s my goal to help you to find a plan that will work for your family. I can assist in making sure that early establishment of feeding is going well, create a plan to deal with specific concerns/issues, and answer questions along the way.
In July 2012, I gave birth to my baby girl at home, assisted by my brave husband, a pair of midwives and an amazing doula. Giving birth gave me a deeper understanding of the emotional and physical process I support. My transformative experience in giving birth to and breastfeeding my daughter reaffirmed my reasons for doing this work: excellent support and a smooth transition is crucial during this important period in our lives.
My approach to pregnancy/birth and lactation services is family centered. It is extremely rewarding to see new parents, armed with good information and a deeper understanding of their options, making choices that fit their baby and family. Our goal in working together is to figure out what is best (and doable) for the individual family.
*I speak Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and a tiny bit of Chinese, so I am thrilled to be able to provide my services to families from a wide variety of backgrounds.
Certified Cooperative Childbirth Educator
Certified Lactation Counselor
Home Birth Midwife Assistant
Neonatal Resuscitation Card Holder
Certified in Adult, Infant, and Child CPR
Certified in Rebozo Techniques for Pregnancy and Birth