Brigitte Arlé CD(DONA), CEIM, RPYT, CLC has always felt that freedom of movement is essential to life and happiness. In 2003, she received a BFA in Dance from Alvin Ailey/ Fordham University. Her dedication to dance and healing arts led her to become a health and fitness professional. Brigitte is certified to teach Pilates Mat & Apparatus. In addition she is a registered yoga teacher that is certified in hatha, therapeutic, yin, prenatal & postpartum, yoga for labor & delivery, and prenatal Thai yoga massage. 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.
Since then Brigitte has enjoyed working with the NYCDC, attending births and her time being a member of the board of directors. As a doula, Brigitte has taken various continuing education courses. In 2012, she visited the Farm to receive training in Basic Midwifery Skills with Ina May Gaskin. She has taken courses on Breastfeeding for Doulas, Intermediate Midwifery Skills, TENS for Labor, Aromatherapy, Herbs & Homeopathy for Labor, and is currently an apprentice studying herbalism with Karen Rose. Brigitte is a Certified Lactation Counselor, Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, and a Educator of Infant Massage. She enjoys supporting all women on their journey, as they become mothers. Brigitte lives in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.
Anna Cheechov is a DONA certified birth doula, registered yoga teacher, and mama to one beautiful little girl. She was inspired to become a doula by her own positive experiences of pregnancy, birth, and the early postpartum period. Anna hired a NYC Doula Collective doula herself and now feels blessed to be able to give back to families what was so graciously given to her – continuous, caring support from beginning to end.
She believes every birth is truly unique and is open to supporting families in whatever way they need, regardless of how the birth process unfolds. She has supported many kinds of births in hospitals, birth centers and home, and hopes to hold the space for you to come out of your experience feeling strong, accomplished and confident to start your journey as a new parent.
Anna has been a yoga teacher since 2009, specializing in vinyasa, yin and restorative yoga. She loves to teach breath work, meditation and other relaxation techniques that are helpful both in daily life and also during labor. Before teaching yoga, she studied Business and Philosophy at Sacramento State. Originally from Sacramento, CA, Anna now lives in Brooklyn with her partner, baby girl, and cats.
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.
Kori Krysh is a CAPPA certified labor doula. Kori respects the processes of pregnancy, labor and birth in all of it’s variations and her passion lies in supporting pregnant women, in the ways that they need, as they prepare to give birth. She has worked with families in hospitals, birthing centers, and at home births all over NYC. Kori has experience with a wide variety of births including unmedicated, medicated, high risk, VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean), multiples, breech presentation, hypnobirthing, and planned cesarean.
She holds a B.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and in addition to her birth doula work with the collective, she volunteers regularly for The Doula Project. In her free time she enjoys photography, craft projects, riding her bike, baking, and spending time with her family. She lives in Brooklyn with her partner, toddler, dog, and two cats.
Sarah Lewin is a DONA certified birth doula and licensed clinical social worker. Born and raised in New York City, she has been passionate about female embodiment for as long as she can remember. After obtaining her B.A. in Gender Studies with a focus on Women’s Health from Kenyon College, Sarah became committed to supporting women in feeling empowered in their bodies. She worked at The Body Positive in Berkeley, CA leading workshops on intuitive eating and self-care. Later, while pursuing her Masters in Social Work at NYU Sarah interned at The New School where she conducted individual clinical work and created workshops surrounding size diversity. In addition to her doula training, Sarah has also studied birth education with Lamaze, Rebozo use with Gena Kirby, and Hypnobirthing with Chanti Smith.
Sarah is dedicated to helping every mother and partner in a way that feels right to them in this unique life moment. She is a calm and open presence and is very excited to offer her care, humor and support.
Rachel Luscombe is a DONA certified doula with a background in anthropology and Latin American studies. Rachel’s interest in anthropology has instilled a deep respect and appreciation for understanding different cultural practices and approaches to birth. She brings this awareness to her work as a doula – Rachel understands that the women and families she works with will all have their own views and beliefs on birth, and that the experience will be different for each woman. She is dedicated to compassionately supporting all of her clients in whatever choices they make for their birth. Rachel is working toward becoming a certified nurse-midwife and is currently a nursing student at NYU.
Rachel has spent extended amounts of time abroad. She observed her first birth while shadowing a midwife in Germany, and has also lived in Mexico and Spain. She is a Spanish-English bilingual and speaks basic German. When she’s not at births, Rachel enjoys reading, running and baking.
Madeline Peikes is a DONA certified birth doula, a certified Lactation Counselor, and is certified in Neonatal Resuscitation. She was inspired to become a doula after the profound and unexpectedly empowering experience of giving birth to her daughter 4 years ago. In her years of working as a doula, Madeline has found that while every woman births differently – whether she births at home or a hospital, with medication 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. In her work as a doula, Madeline draws on a diversity of interests, from her passion for cooking and community, to her love of swimming as an outlet for both body and mind. She brings with her a strong sense of compassion, a calming presence, and unflinching support.
Madeline has experience in hospitals, birthing centers and at homebirths and works with clients who are planning a natural birth as well as with those planning on the use of epidural. She also has experience with high risk pregnancies, multiples, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), and breech presentation. In addition to her training as a doula, she has completed workshops with Gail Tully of Spinning Babies, with Gena Kirby on the use of the rebozo in labor, and is planning to begin training as a Childbirth Educator in March. Madeline is a native New Yorker and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and 4 year old daughter.
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.
Morgane Veronique Richardson s a DONA certified doula, Reiki practitioner and Bach Flower Therapist. She combines her professional background in women’s rights and health with a deep appreciation and respect for the birth process.
Morgane is certified with the American Red Cross in Adult/Child/Infant CPR, has completed breastfeeding workshops and has received training from Gena Kirby on the use of the rebozo during labor. She also studied basic midwifery assistant training at The Farm with Ina May Gaskin.
Morgane offers constant compassion, non-judgmental support, and warmth to the birthing process. She has supported families in hospitals, birthing centers and at home births throughout NYC and, has experience with high-risk pregnancies, multiples, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), and breech presentation.
Prior to becoming a doula, Morgane taught Health and Women’s Studies at Hunter College and designed digital media campaigns for pro-social initiatives, including the United Nations.
Morgane happily makes her home in Brooklyn with her wife and their dog, Joplin.
Lori Rose is a DONA International Certified Birth Doula and a Certified Lactation Counselor for breastfeeding support. Lori trained with Debra Pascali-Bonaro as a birth doula and for Rebozo techniques for labor comfort. Further training includes Spinning Babies, Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Care, Undisturbing Birth with Dr. Sarah Buckley, Acupressure for Pregnancy and Labor and Tongue-tie Instruction to support infants in breastfeeding. Lori was a child in the Midwest but has lived in New York for 25 years and raised her two grown sons here. Now she has two tiny granddaughters as well. Lori has attended births in more than 10 different hospitals, birth centers and home births with VBAC, multiple pregnancies, medicated, unmedicated, and caesarian births, among others. Lori is a runner, has been an aerobic exercise instructor, practices yoga, meditation and dance. She has degrees in Business Administration, Economics and Computer Programming. Her passions are empowering women, cooking, exercise gadgets and cursing while driving (humor is a must people!). Your birth hopes and dreams are her focus.
Alicia Suárez strongly believes in the body’s innate intelligence. As such, she respects and supports the rights of childbearing women to make the decisions that work best for themselves and their families.
Alicia’s work is greatly influenced by her studies in Body-Mind Centering®, as well as her background in anatomy, kinesiology, physiology, and embryology education. She is a DONA certified birth doula, a certified Breastfeeding Counselor, and a DONA trained postpartum doula. She has years of experience as a yoga therapist, specializing in prenatal and postpartum yoga, and is skilled in the use of breathing, acupressure and Rebozo techniques for labor and delivery.
Alicia has worked with women giving birth at home, birth centers, and hospitals all around the NYC area. She has supported a wide variety of birth experiences, including unmedicated, medicated, high-risk pregnancies, VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean), HBAC (home birth after cesarean), breech presentation, and C-sections. She is also knowledgeable about various approaches to childbirth preparation and has assisted clients utilizing the HypnoBirthing, Bradley, and Lamaze methods. Her experience in different settings and approaches helps facilitate the emergence of choices.
Alicia holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. She is fully bilingual and at ease communicating in both English and Spanish. Currently, she serves on the board of the NYC Doula Collective as the Referral Coordinator.
Johanna Weller-Fahy is a DONA International certified doula and Certified Breastfeeding Counselor. She comes to the birth world with a strong background in emotional work, including group facilitation, vocal work and individual life coaching. She’s a former CPR instructor and spent over a decade as a medical patient advocate. Johanna believes deeply that emotional support should be available to all people across the economic spectrum, wherever they give birth. She takes a flexible, individualized approach to each client, being mindful of the range of emotional and physical experiences that can affect a laboring person. She is committed to meeting her clients where they are (not where someone else thinks they should be) and is thrilled to support them in whatever way works best for them.
Johanna brings a grounded, focused presence to the labor room, with a dash of funny on the side. She lives in Brooklyn with her wife and 5 ½ pounds of crazy, their chihuahua Herbie.