Tier 1: 1-10 births

aishaAisha Awadallah is a trained birth doula, and completed her DONA training with Rina Crane. She is currently on the path to becoming certified and has also received lactation training with Tanya Wills, CNM.

Having had the experience of being born at home with the aid of a midwife, Aisha grew up as a passionate advocate for women’s voices and having the options to choose and access maternal education. She believes a doula can provide essential empathetic support during labor and continual guidance for those seeking to more efficiently communicate with their chosen care providers, to find appropriate resources, and in choosing more inclusive and specifically trained care providers if needed.

She intensely values proactive, progressive, flexible, and strong communication. She also continually seeks out opportunities and educational sources to expand and challenge her knowledge, and strengthen her ability to provide infallible support to each of her clients.

Aisha believes that childbirth is a beautiful, complex, life changing and powerful experience that most birthing persons never forget. She believes in the importance of a labor experience in which the individual feels empowered, safe, and physically and emotionally supported is essential and should always be aspired to.

Along with pursuing doula work, Aisha currently works as an artist assistant in Brooklyn. A former sex educator, she is passionate about female sexuality, anatomy, LGBT issues, and challenging the ways in which society influences and limits our understanding of our bodies and how we choose to use them. A crafts woman at heart, she is a painter and has recently been exploring woodworking. Books, activism, art, travel, her three cats are some of her main preoccupations in life.

 

ameliaAmelia Brady-Cole is a DONA trained doula with a life-long passion for supporting families. She has been working with babies and young children for over a decade and has been studying different kinds of birth work for almost as long. She believes in a client-centered approach in her doula work and she is committed to holding space in ways specific to each client’s needs.

Amelia has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Bryn Mawr College where she focused on medical anthropology and the history of maternity care and birth spaces. With the understanding that birth experiences can be shaped in powerful ways by the people present, Amelia’s highest priority is to build trusting relationships with clients. She is committed to providing the highest quality care for all kinds of families – supporting them to access and understand all of their options as expectant parents.

In addition to her doula work, Amelia spends time babysitting, writing, singing, playing music, practicing Reiki, and working in the garden of her cooperative home with her housemates in Crown Heights.

 

jae2Jae Carey trained with Ancient Song Doula Services as a full-spectrum doula, and has received certification as a birth and bereavement doula as well. She values being prepared to act as a caring and flexible presence to those pregnant throughout any process.

She is mom to a beautiful being, Amdo, born in 2004. The experience of working through a long back labor opened her to the power and intelligence of the body, and planted the seed for becoming a doula. She also comes to this work through her spiritual practice. As a meditation instructor since 2006, in locations as diverse as Brooklyn Zen Center, Rikers Jail, and NYU, her approach is attuned to the context and to active listening. Her presence brings encouragement, calming and pain-relieving touch, and unconditional support.

 

malikaMalika Hodge completed her doula training with Ancient Song Doula Services in Brooklyn and is currently on her journey to become a certified doula. She became a doula because she believes that providing holistic services to women and birthing persons is pivotal in developing strong communities.

Malika has worked for over a decade as a nutritionist, public health educator and a returned Peace Corps volunteer serving folks living in vulnerable communities throughout the Bronx, Boston, Dominican Republic, Haiti, the Navajo Nation and Appalachia region. Her service has allowed her to witness the negative repercussions of mothers who did not get the support they needed during and after pregnancy. She saw how a lack of support during such a crucial period can affect health outcomes for generations in both mother and child. Malika is excited to be apart of a birth movement that is focused on restoring the importance of communal support for women and birthing persons because everyone, everywhere deserves an optimal quality of life.

Malika has over a decade of experience helping families make well-informed decisions during crucial times. She has experience interacting with social service agencies and medical professionals to better ensure that patients are getting the information and support that they need. She is a perpetual learner and advocate who spends her time challenging the status quo and building more inclusive systems that truly foster community. She is also proficient in Spanish.

When Malika is not doing birth-work, she serves as a part-time adjunct professor teaching Intro to Community Health and Nutrition. For fun she enjoys doing yoga, dancing to salsa and soca, enjoying and cooking healthy cuisines from all over the world, engaging in thought-provoking conversations with strangers in public spaces and being in tune with nature.

 

leslieLeslie McGhee is a DONA-trained birth doula with years of experience working with new parents and young families. She believes that every individual and family deserves access to empowering resources and authentic, non-judgmental support at every point in their lives, especially during the time surrounding reproductive milestones.

Leslie wants you to have the birth that you want and delights in doing all that she can to support your choices. She strives to create an environment in which you can listen to, follow and celebrate your intuition. She seeks to keep you in a protected and safe space so that you can experience all that birth can bring forth – the good, the messy, the exquisite. Her practice is informed by calm, attentive listening and warm, caring comfort measures.

Originally from the Southeast, Leslie has spent over a decade in the city making Brooklyn her home. She comes to birth work by way of her passionate feminisms and backgrounds in social justice advocacy and reproductive rights work. Leslie spent the first part of her career in the non-profit sector fighting for dignity and respect with immigrant and working-class New Yorkers before following her call to be a birth doula. Leslie adores her home borough and spends her free time seeking laughter, nurturing urban gardens, and fostering kittens.