Anna Cheechov’s journey into the birth world began with her own pregnancy in late 2012. She was fascinated with the everyday miracle that was taking place in her body: growing her first baby. She delved deeply into books on pregnancy and childbirth and was excited to feel the entire experience from beginning to end. Little did she know, the transformational birth of her daughter, Nola Darling, would be the platform for launching her into her newfound passion – birth work! She hired a doula for her pregnancy and birth, and felt compelled to give other families similar support in such a fragile and transitional period in one’s life.
Anna completed her DONA doula training in late 2013 with Rina Crane in NYC, and started taking clients in early 2014. While in labor, her love for touch and massage, breathwork, essential oils, and her new-found magical reiki hands are what help her to get families through this process – all bodies included! She is also a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC). Her understanding of lactation is not only technical, but is also rooted in the art of breastfeeding – figuring out how it can work for you in your own personal life, and how to relax into it. She has also learned the art of preparing placentas for consumption or ritual. Anna also teaches private childbirth education classes to her clients wanting tailored information.
Over the years, Anna has grown as a woman and a mother alongside many others as she started taking clients when Nola was only 5 months old. She currently mentors newer doulas through the Collective has been mentored by many mamas and other birth workers, opening her eyes to the fact that it does take a village for families to thrive.
Anna lives in Brooklyn by way of Sacramento, CA where she was raised, became a yoga teacher and studied Business and Philosophy. She traveled a bit before landing in NYC 6+ years ago and starting her family. She is now happy to call Brooklyn home.