Brigitte Arlé (RYT) is a DONA trained doula. She has always felt that birth was a beautiful and natural experience that women and babies are fully equipped for. Freedom of movement has always been important to Brigitte. In 2003, she received a BFA in Dance from Alvin Ailey/ Fordham University. Then in 2005, she headed the movement project “Dancers in Exile” for young girls and cloistered women at Al Azzeh Refugee Camp. She was later interviewed on UN radio for International Women’s Day about her project. Her dedication to dance and movement arts led her to become a health and fitness professional. Brigitte is certified to teach Pilates Apparatus, Integral Yoga Hatha, Therapeutic Yoga, Yin Yoga and Thai Yoga Massage. For over three years Brigitte trained patients and physical therapists in the benefits of these holistic practices at PT offices in Manhattan. She received her pre/postnatal certification at Erika Bloom Pilates Plus. In 2008, she began teaching prenatal and postpartum Pilates & yoga. Working with women during this special time in their lives really influenced her decision to become a Doula. Brigitte has taken additional trainings such as Natural Childbirth with Ina May Gaskin, TENS training at Renew PT, & Breastfeeding for Doulas with Sara Chana Silverstein, IBCLC.
Chloe Campbell After immersing herself in birth literature in preparation for the birth of her son in Summer 2008, Chloe found herself in a place she never wanted to leave. In January 2010 this passion led her to attend DONA certified birth doula training. The way in which a doula can nourish and support peoples transformation into parents deeply resonated with her, and she is delighted to be a part of NYC Doula Collective, absorbing the insights of this inspirational doula community. Chloe builds a relationship with moms and their partners to support their unique process by sharing information and ideas, coming to a deep understanding of their birth preferences and how they hope their experience will take shape. Chloe offers a calm, subtle yet solid presence with you at your birth, honoring your journey by being accepting and supportive of the choices you make along the way.
Jordan Christopher is a DONA International trained doula, Lamaze trained childbirth educator, Certified Lactation Counselor, and Lifestyle Consultant. Having studied naturopathic health and nutrition, and also teaching and working as a lifestyle coach in health institutions in Central America, Asia, and within the Continental U.S., Jordan has now made the transition into Maternal Child Health and Lactation in pursuit of her IBCLC. Deeply moved by the birth of her niece, she now uses her various talents to aid women and their families before, during, and after their labor. Her belief is that every woman deserves a safe and empowering birth experience, and therefore provides information, support, and a wealth of compassion and sensitivity to each of her families. Every woman deserves a doula and Jordan is always humbled and honored to be apart of each her families birth experience.
AJ Frenzel brings kindness, passion, and a warm sense of humor to her doula work. A former Flamenco dancer, AJ has always been fascinated with the capabilities of the human body. Her work as a doula came as a natural extension after the birth of her first child in 2008. Trained in the Bradley method, and devouring anything related to pregnancy, birth, babies and breastfeeding, she developed a deep respect for the broad range of ‘normal’ experiences in this field, from hopes and expectations, to timing and sensations. She is humbled to support each family’s individual experience. AJ lives in a happy home in Brooklyn with her husband, son, daughter and sister.”There is nothing as universal as birth, nor anything as individual.”
Angie Peccini is a DONA International certified doula. Her commitment is to help her clients feel wholly supported, whatever their beliefs or needs may be in those crucial moments. Angie believes in keeping couples calm and informed, walking them through each step, and helping them feel joyful in their birth experience. A graduate of the California School of Culinary Arts, Angie also blends her love of food with her work as a doula and is available to prepare healthy post-partum meals for the whole family. She lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn with her husband and son.
Madeline Peikes brings a diversity of interests to her work as a doula, from her love of cooking and community, to her love of swimming as an outlet for both body and mind. She decided to become a doula after the profound and unexpectedly empowering experience of giving birth to her daughter three years ago. Since then she has been inspired by the birth stories of the women around her. Madeline has learned that while every woman births differently – whether she births at home or a hospital, with drugs or without – every woman is equipped with the powerful instincts that can guide her through birth. As a doula it is her aim to aid mothers in following those instincts in a way that feels right to them. She brings with her a strong sense of compassion, a calming presence, and unflinching support.
Madeline ia a DONA certified birth doula and is certified in Neonatal Resuscitation. In addition to her doula training, she has completed workshops with Gail Tully of Spinning Babies, with Gena Kirby on the use of the rebozo in labor, and will begin working on her certification as a Lactation Counselor (CLC) in February. Madeline is a native New Yorker and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and 3 year old daughter.
Tymaree Renaud LMT,CD(DONA), began her journey as a birth doula in January 2010. She has been fascinated by birth since she first picked up “Spiritual Midwifery” by Ina May Gaskin in 1994. An avid traveler, she has lived, worked, and wandered in 43 countries. She marvels at synthesizing all these experiences and being present; appreciating the uniqueness and universal in every moment. Tymaree is also a Licensed Massage Therapist. She trained at Swedish institute in NYC in 2002 and with Susan Rachel Condon for her Pre/Post Natal certification in 2006. In 2009, she did her 200-hour yoga teacher certification at the Nosara Institute in Costa Rica. She studied Prenatal Yoga with the Prenatal Yoga Center in New York. She teaches prenatal yoga at Yoga People in Brooklyn Heights as well as offers one-on-one sessions. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from California College of the Arts in Printmaking and also has a deep love for photography. Her next adventure in education has beenpursuing certification as a childbirth educator with ICE. She is deeply interested in women’s health, nutrition, movement, and rite-of-passages. Her experience with touch and movement, can help you to have a more comfortable and empowering birth experience.
Karen Reposa is a DONA certified birth doula. She was inspired to become a doula after she attended the birth of her niece and she found the experience of watching her sister transition into motherhood to be incredibly transformative. Karen knows that each family has different expectations of their birth process and different needs from their doula. Her ability to make a personal connection with families creates a trusting relationship that combined with her calm presence sets mothers at ease. She is excited to be able to support women in giving birth the way they choose and to witness women in all of their strength, determination, and growth.
Before becoming a doula, Karen taught at an all women’s adult education program. She also spent 2 years in the Peace Corps working with mothers and students as a health educator. She is honored to continue her work of supporting and empowering women and families as a doula. Karen lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.
Lori Rose is a DONA International Certified Doula. She has trained and completed further workshops with Debra Pascali-Bonaro in the past 2 years and is excited to be supporting new families. A Nebraska native who has called New York home for more than 20 years, Lori has college degrees in computer programming, business and economics. After many years of being involved in athletics, working as an exercise instructor, volunteering as a crisis hotline assistant, and being a mother to her two grown sons, Lori is now fully committed to supporting women and their partners in having the birth that they would like. Her personal philosophy is to choose happiness and she looks forward to bringing this joyful energy to your birth experience.
Heather White is DONA International certified birth doula as well as a professional birth photographer. Prior to becoming a doula/photographer, she was a naïve girl from Ohio with wide-eyed dreams of a life in the big city. Soon after moving to NYC, she found her first creative calling as a photographer and began traveling the world capturing sensual, vivid, and life affirming images from India to Burning Man festival. Capturing life’s most vital moments became the heart of everything she accomplished. Most recently, she was influenced to become a doula because of the immense care that received during her first birth. Having her children was more than absolute magic, it has been laughter, tears, divinity, and silliness all rolled into one that brought these gifts into her life. Through this experience, she has become instinctively in tune with the process of birth and the idea of mothering the mother. She not only offers support, guidance, and comfort to all the mothers-to-be out there, but also wants to bring her open and creative spirit to the process, along with great skill at photographing human nature at its peaks. She brings an abundance of love and light to the very creative journey that is the adventure of giving birth and becoming a mother.