Tier 1: 1-10 births

raychelRaychel Franzen is a DONA trained birth doula and a certified lactation counselor. She comes by her passion for supporting new and expectant parents quite naturally – she grew up in Washington state as one of the oldest in a large family which allowed her to be a part of many pregnancies and welcome many newborns into the world. She is a birth mother with an open adoption which has been a beautifully life changing experience for her. Raychel decided to pursue the path of a doula because of her firm belief in every person’s right to make decisions regarding their own body and birth experience. She offers her clients physical and emotional support as well as relevant information so they can feel confident in their decisions throughout their pregnancy and beyond.

In her free time, Raychel enjoys fantasy novels, word puzzles, board games, and theatre. She lives with her husband and a tank full of fish in Brooklyn.

 

shalaSharliamar Jackson is a DONA trained doula, and soon to be a Yoga Instructor who discovered her passion for birth work after she truly found herself. She was born and raised in Miami, Fl and moved to Crown Heights, Brooklyn to pursue an acting career several years ago. Although becoming an actress was her dream, she found her real calling was birth work.

At the age of thirteen, her mother experienced a very traumatic and scarring birth. Sharliamar drew courage and insight from her mother’s experience and learned how important support is throughout the parenthood journey. Fueled by an innate and strong passion for nurturing and empowering parents, she seeks to give women a voice and empower them to fully understand their options as an expecting parent.

Becoming a doula is not a career for Sharliamar; it is her life’s work, and she is excited to begin her doula journey. In addition to her passion for birth work, Sharliamar is a part-time babysitter, enjoys yoga, tea, and holistic healing.

 

susannahSusannah Rosenfield is a DONA-trained doula, who has also studied breastfeeding with Tanya Wills and the Spinning Babies method with Tammy Ryan. After earning a B.A. in Sociology at Kenyon College, she interned at a handful of storytelling nonprofits, wrote and fact-checked freelance, and worked as a paralegal. She joined the birth world upon realizing that doula work perfectly combines her interests in reproductive justice and storytelling. Through both interests, she has learned how to listen actively and honor personal narratives with the goal of providing comprehensive, centering care.

She believes in a judgment-free approach focused on listening, support, comfort, and choice. Everyone deserves a healthy, fulfilling birth, and Susannah is dedicated to making that happen on the laboring person’s terms. She seeks to serve diverse clients, families, and labors with sensitivity and respect.

When off doula duty, Susannah enjoys wandering through Prospect Park, FaceTiming with her nieces, catching comedy shows around the city, and sometimes even performing in them. She lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn with her lovely roommate, two plants, and too many books.