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, 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.
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.
Johanna Weller-Fahy is a DONA International certified birth doula and a certified breastfeeding counselor. She has a strong background in emotional work and spent over a decade as a medical advocate.
Johanna takes a flexible, individualized approach to each client, being mindful of the range of emotional and physical experiences that can affect a laboring person. Her clients have labored through a variety of circumstances, both anticipated and unexpected: medicated and unmedicated births, cesarean births, vaginal births after cesarean (VBAC), inductions and breech births, among others. She serves a racially and ethnically diverse client base which encompasses a broad definition of family, including single parents and queer couples. 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.
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.