Tier 5: 75-100 births

annahs1smAnna 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, and beyond.

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. Her main goal as a doula is to instill in her clients the power they hold as parents, which begins during pregnancy.

Anna has trained with Lea Todaro in Lactation Consultation and is available to help her clients with establishing a feeding plan that works for each individual family. 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.

 

KoriKori 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.

 

Heather White is DONA International certified birth doula as well as a professional birth photographer. She is a calm, nurturing, reassuring presence who sees her role as more than just someone to assist with birth, but instead as the person responsible for helping a mother transition into parenthood.

She has experience supporting mothers at home, birth centers, and hospitals throughout all of NYC, while also supporting women who are high-risk, including twins and VBAC. Heather always seeks to expand her knowledge of how to best support mothers and has studied advanced doula techniques with Ina May Gaskin, Debra Pascali-Bonaro, and Gina Kirby. She has also completed training in neonatal resuscitation with Karen Strange as well as Spinning Babies technique with midwife Gail Tully.

Heather holds a BS in Business/Marketing from Ohio State University. Prior to becoming a doula/photographer, she worked in marketing, advertising, and design in the television, publishing, and technology fields. During these years, she found her creative calling as a photographer and began traveling the world capturing sensual, vivid, and life affirming images from India to Burning Man. 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 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.

Heather lives with her family in Red Hook, Brooklyn where she is the mother of two amazing children. 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. *Currently on leave