Jordan Christopher is a certified birth and postpartum doula, childbirth educator, and certified lactation counselor. Having studied holistic health and nutrition, as well as massage therapy, she has also taught and worked as a lifestyle coach in health institutions in Central America, Asia, and within the Continental U.S. After years of doing specialized work with Autistic and other developmentally delayed and disabled children, Jordan has made the transition into supporting women before, during, and after birth.
Beginning her doula journey in 2010, she trained as a birth and postpartum doula through DONA (Doulas or North America), and CBI (Childbirth International). She has completed advanced doula trainings with Debrah Pascali-Bonaro & Ina May Gaskin, and has certified as a lactation counselor. She has also attended The Farm Midwifery Center to study with midwife Ina May Gaskin and the farm midwives for their midwifery assistant program, herbalism for birth and women’s health, placenta encapsulation with Full Circle, Spinning Babies & Optimal Fetal Positioning, as well as attended trainings on pelvic floor work, newborn care, gentle birthing, babywearing, among other trainings. She has also had the privilege of training with midwives Katherine Bramhall and Robin Lim of the Bumi Sehat Birth Center in Bali, Indonesia.
She uses her various talents and experiences to aid women and their families before, during, and after their birth. She has supported many family’s births at home, in birthing centers, and in the hospital. She has supported women seeking an unmedicated childbirth, planning for an epidural, having a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean), having twins & triplets, high risk births, as well as cesarean births. Her belief is that every woman deserves a safe and empowering birth experience, and therefore she provides information, support, and a wealth of compassion and sensitivity to each of her families.
Jordan loves to travel, explore new languages and cultures, and is currently living in Brooklyn with her quirky cavalier spaniel. Jordan is always humbled and honored to be apart of each her family’s birth experiences.
Rina Crane is a homemaker for her beloved husband and two wonderful children born in 2004 and 2007. She is truly passionate about labor and birth and is thrilled to share this passion along with her knowledge and experience. She strives to help families learn about birth and about their ability to advocate for themselves before, during and after labor.
Rina is certified through DONA International and has received additional doula training through ALACE and toLabor and is trained as a HypnoBirthing doula. She is a DONA-Approved Doula Trainer and a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator. Rina has been approved by Lamaze to train childbirth educators and works with Passion for Birth, a Lamaze Accredited Childbirth Educator Training Program.
Rina was inducted as a Fellow of the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators in 2015. She is a founding member and Director of the NYC Doula Collective and the founder and coordinator of a volunteer doula program for an underserved population. Always eager to learn, Rina has studied with Ina May Gaskin, Gail Tully, Penny Simkin, Susun Weed and many others. She is bilingual, speaking Spanish and English.
Annette Perel is mom to an amazing son, Danny, born in 2005. Growing up bilingual in two different cultures, New York and Panama City, Panama, Annette draws from a time honored tradition in which supporting women is an integral part of community life. Her passion for birth has driven her to study with Karen Strange neonatal resuscitation, Gail Tully Spinning babies, Gena Kirby Rebozo workshop, Penny Simkin Traumatic Birth: a Therapist’s Perspective, Gina Crosley-Corcoran VBAC workshop to name a few. She is familiar and has supported clients with Hypnobirthing, Hynobabies, The Bradley Method and Lamaze. She is bilingual Spanish-English and she is honored to assist families with the transition into parenthood.
Morgane Veronique Richardson, CD(DONA) is a DONA certified birth doula, Certified Breastfeeding Counselor, Childbirth Educator and Placenta Encapsulator. She combines her professional background in gender studies and health with a deep appreciation and respect for the birth process. She understands that each family enters their birth differently and she is committed to helping her clients feel fully supported. As your doula, Morgane brings constant compassion, non-judgmental support, and warmth to the birthing process.
Morgane’s professional path has been guided by her dedication to providing families with the space to empower themselves. Her reflections on gender, race and education have been published in numerous blogs and magazines, her digital media firm worked on pro-social campaigns for clients such as the United Nations, and her position as a CUNY adjunct professor kept her at the edge of the field of gender and health.
Morgane 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. She is certified with the American Red Cross in Adult/Child/Infant CPR, has received training from Debra Pascali-Bonaro and Gena Kirby on the rebozo during labor. She has studied under Ina May Gaskin and the midwives at The Farm as well as with Penny Simkin.
Morgane holds a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology and Art History from Middlebury College and an M.A. in International Studies and Gender from the United Nations University For Peace. She happily makes her home in Kensington, Brooklyn with her wife and their dog, Joplin.
Jamie Yates is an experienced birth and postpartum doula and a Certified Lactation Counselor. She has had advanced doula training with Ina May Gaskin as well as education complimentary to doula work such as neonatal resuscitation, rebozo, and yoga for birth. Jamie is comfortable supporting women and their families in all settings including hospital, birth center, and at home. She has experience supporting high risk and VBAC clients. Jamie has been described by her clients as a calm, patient, reassuring presence. She tailors her support to meet the individual needs of women as they enter the amazing experience of motherhood. Jamie was inspired to become a doula by her own birth experiences. As a mother of three children, she appreciates that birth is an important transition into parenthood. Jamie brings the humanity back to what has become a highly medical event with her nurturing and empowering spirit.