Heather Kaplan is a DONA certified birth doula, postpartum doula and certified school psychologist. Her personal experiences of birth and motherhood enlightened her to the importance of women feeling nurtured, respected and informed throughout their childbearing year, and how this translates into both immediate and long-term benefits for the entire family. Being a mom is Heather’s most cherished role, and so she feels blessed to support women as they are born into motherhood.
Heather believes that women labor most effectively when they feel safe and relaxed. Therefore, she spends the prenatal period helping women prepare for and feel optimistic about their upcoming birth. She talks to clients about their options and preferences regarding labor, birth and breastfeeding, in order to guide families towards meaningful and empowering birth experiences. Heather draws upon various pain management techniques to help women labor more comfortably, and has trained with Gena Kirby in the art of rebozo and with Gail Tully in “Spinning Babies.”
Heather holds a graduate degree from Fordham University and a dual BA in Psychology and Early Childhood Development from SUNY Buffalo. She makes her home in the Riverdale section of the Bronx with her childhood sweetheart (now husband), their two kids and two cats. In the summertime, they love escaping the city for their home in the Catskill Mountains and visiting the beaches of Cape Cod.
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.