Sarah Gravinese is a DONA trained birth doula who believes passionately in supporting women and their partners in the sacred act of childbirth. After experiencing labor and childbirth herself, Sarah has grown to realize that doulas are the missing piece that can help women feel empowered and transformed by birth. She firmly believes that every kind of birth, and every kind of woman deserves a doula. Sarah has many years of public school teaching experience, and feels she brings knowledge, confidence and encouragement to each family she works with. She believes that knowledge is power, and that an educated and supported woman can truly own the choices she makes for herself and her baby.
Sarah was raised in the Rockaway Beach area of Queens, and still resides there with her husband, two sons (ages 3 and 1.5 years) and rescue dog. She enjoys reading, dancing and learning about everything from birth, to child development to natural living. She looks forward to supporting pregnant women and partners in New York City and Long Island.
Montse Olmos was born in México City and raised in Nuevo León and Tamaulipas and she owes much of her education in childbirth, breastfeeding and motherhood to her foremothers and to her elders and fellow sisters in her community. With that being said, Montse is trained as a Full-Spectrum Community Doula through Ancient Song Doula Services, an organization dedicated to serve Women of Color in low-income communities. She has experience with the rebozo Indigenous technology, for labor support, postpartum care and baby-wearing. She’s also a Certified Lactation Counselor and recently completed a long-distance Breastfeeding Counselor certification in Spanish with the Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública de México (INSP – National Institute for Public Health in Mexico). Montse is also a Certified Herbalist through The Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine. She has recently worked as a Community Health Worker for the Washington Heights Healthy Families home-visiting program.
Much of her Doula practice revolves around Traditional Post-Partum Care; within this modality of healing, Montse provides education and tools for her clients to continue using for the rest of their lives. As a Doula, Montse is a big believer of inner intuition. She strives to provide a space for mothers (and fathers) to connect to their own wisdom and to fully trust their instinct, while providing gentle guidance and serving as a source of information and support that her clients can draw from. Her own experience as a mother of two beautiful girls also helps her connect to her own intuition when supporting women during pregnancy, labor and the postpartum period. She lives in Jersey City with her girls and amazingly supportive husband; when she’s not supporting a Mami, she’s either dancing and playing music across the NY/NJ area, or making herbal concoctions for the womb in her kitchen.
Haley Tanner started her journey to become a doula after the birth of her daughter, Beatrix, but she has always been fascinated by pregnancy and childbirth. As a DONA-trained doula, she believes in carrying into each birth a sense of warmth, compassion, and honesty. In her work she seeks to create a space for families where birth can be exhilarating, strange, profound, safe, and empowering, all at once.
Haley supports all choices in childbirth without judgement, and believes that everyone deserves a birth that is uniquely their own: that no matter the path, no person should feel unsupported or alone in labor.
Haley grew up in New York and lives in Brooklyn. She has a BA in English and Women’s Studies, an MFA in Writing, and is a published novelist. She is CPR certified, trained in the Spinning Babies method, and has studied comforting touch and rebozo, and continues always to expand her knowledge and skills.
In her spare time Haley can be found obsessively listening to podcasts, reading, and chasing her toddler around the city.
Milon Nagi is a DONA certified birth doula who trained in the fall of 2008. She is a founding member of the NYC Doula Collective. She holds an MA in Gender Studies and a background in academic publishing, the British Civil Service and as a writer and campaign manager at the Women’s Media Center.
Milon combines her passion for women’s rights and health with a lifelong fascination and respect for the birth process. Her continuing professional education has included workshops with several leading birth educators, including Gail Tully (Spinning Babies), Gena Kirby (Rebozo Skills), Sarah Buckley (Undisturbing Birth) and Ina May Gaskin, among others. She is currently working to become a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator. Milon also works with Choices in Childbirth as a member of CIC’s Program Committee, a facilitator for their free monthly Healthy Birth Workshops for expectant parents and as a writer and editor for the annual Guide to a Healthy Birth.
Milon believes that an educated woman is an empowered woman. She is passionately committed to helping women and families gain the knowledge they need to make truly informed decisions about the birth options which are right for them. Originally from the UK, Milon lives with her partner and son in Brooklyn. *Currently on leave
Elizabeth Pérez became involved in birth work and wellness once she connected all her passions at once: women, the human body, advocacy, and children. Altogether, these passions and intentions lead her towards becoming a trained birth and postpartum doula and prenatal yoga teacher. As the youngest of four girls, she saw how her mother and older sisters faced adversity, found joy and persevered during the most difficult times of their lives. This has informed her own journey as a woman, community worker, an artist and an educator.
Elizabeth’s doula philosophy is derived from personal experience: how we remember being supported during one of the most important moments of our lives has a major effect on how we view ourselves, our experiences, and those around us thereafter. As a doula, her primary goal is to form a trusted bond with her clients in order to better understand and support the vision they have for their birth experience as well as making the birth and postpartum journey as fruitful and empowering as can be. Because each person, partner and birth is different, Elizabeth applies a flexible approach and personalized attention to each client and birth. She is passionate about supporting families within the LGBTQ and Spanish-speaking community and looks forward to creating and sharing resources that ensure access and adequate care for these communities. *Currently on leave