Natalia Hailes is a DONA Certified Birth Doula, Certified Breastfeeding Counselor and Certified Health Coach. She was inspired by the birth of her niece to pursue her passion for holistic care, which eventually lead to a calling to work with women and the decision to become a full time doula.
Her work focuses on helping women prepare for pregnancy and labor with a compassionate and down to earth approach. She specializes in stress reduction and is trained in a variety of comfort and coaching techniques, including massage, rebozo work, acupressure, sound and meditation. Her believe is that every woman has a right to give birth in her own terms and make informed choices, and as such she offers complete and whole-hearted support for mothers and families regardless of their birth preferences or personal beliefs. She also hosts workshops, meditations and birth gatherings for the birth curious.
Natalia was born and raised in Colombia and has lived in NYC for the past 9 years. She lives in the East Village with her husband Roger and loves doing yoga, knitting, dancing and biking. She also loves to cook and experiment with home-made remedies. She is fluent in Spanish and holds a CPR & Choking certification.
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.
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 been pursuing 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.
Ash Spivak is a DONA certified birth doula, stress-reduction facilitator and is certified in prenatal nutrition. She graduated with Honors from Washington University in St. Louis and is currently furthering her studies as a Childbirth Educator through CEAMNY. She helped write and develop the Clean Plates NYC and LA guidebooks, cookbook and mobile app.
Ash deeply trusts the body’s innate birthing intelligence and abilities while also believing there is truly no one “right” way to birth. As such, she works with each woman/partnership to find what works best for your unique circumstances and preferences while providing continuous support and advocacy throughout our time together so that you can be an active participant in your birthing experience and surrender to your labor in whatever shape it takes.
She teaches comfort techniques to partners and is trained in a variety of techniques including massage, Hypnobirthing, acupressure, breath work, meditation, Spinning Babies and “yoga for labor.”
She greatly looks forward to connecting!
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. She served on the board of the NYC Doula Collective as the Referral Coordinator from July 2014 to June 2015.
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 6 year old daughter. *Currently on leave