TIER 2: 10-30 BIRTHS
Aisha Awadallah is a DONA trained and certified birth doula and has also received lactation training with Tanya Wills, CNM from Manhattan Birth. She will be soon be trained as a Midwife Assistant at the The Farm in Tennessee and is pursuing postpartum doula and CLC certification. Aisha also provides placenta encapsulation services.
Having had the experience of being born at home, with the aid of a midwife, Aisha grew up as a passionate advocate for women’s voices and having the options to choose and access maternal education. She believes a doula can provide essential support, comfort, and information during labor and continual guidance for those seeking to more efficiently communicate with their chosen care providers, to find appropriate resources, and in choosing more inclusive and specifically trained care providers if needed.
Her expanding path as a birth doula has been incredibly wondrous, beautiful, arduous, and strengthening in an extraordinary number of ways. She believes that no one birth is the same, and every birth leaves her as a different person in body and soul and in complete awe with the process. When she feels confident that she has provided an unwavering reassuring, supportive, comforting, and encouraging presence to a birthing person and their families no matter their choices, she considers her job well done.
Outside of birth work, she is an artist, painter, model, and craftswoman. Books, activism, intellectually stimulating conversations, exploring the world through travel and curiosity, and loving on her cats are some of her main preoccupations and passions in life.
Amanda Hayden’s deep appreciation for the power of pregnancy and birth, combined with a desire to advocate for client centered and informed reproductive practices, drew her to pursue her path as a doula. She completed a full spectrum doula training at Ancient Song Doula Services, and received lactation training from Tanya Wills, CNM.
As a doula, Amanda utilizes active listening, calming patience, and laughter to build trusting relationships. She believes that all birthing persons and their partner(s) deserve to feel affirmed, attuned to, and cared for. Her practice is queer and trans affirming, and body positive.
Amanda comes to birth work through years of experience working with families as a licensed social worker. Her passion for social and reproductive justice initially led her into a career supporting youth and families in sexual health, adoption, and grief support. In addition to her role as a doula, Amanda currently works in LGBTQIA+ family building at a community center in Manhattan.
A child of the northeast, Amanda made her way to Brooklyn in 2012. She loves arts and crafting, singing and live music, playing in nature, and spending time with her partner, friends, and family.
Haley Tanner started her journey to become a doula after the birth of her daughter, Beatrix, but she has always been fascinated by pregnancy and childbirth. As a DONA-trained doula, she believes in carrying into each birth a sense of warmth, compassion, and honesty. In her work she seeks to create a space for families where birth can be exhilarating, strange, profound, safe, and empowering, all at once.
Haley supports all choices in childbirth without judgement, and believes that everyone deserves a birth that is uniquely their own: that no matter the path, no person should feel unsupported or alone in labor.
Haley grew up in New York and lives in Brooklyn. She has a BA in English and Women’s Studies, an MFA in Writing, and is a published novelist. She is CPR certified, trained in the Spinning Babies method, and has studied comforting touch and rebozo, and continues always to expand her knowledge and skills.
In her spare time Haley can be found obsessively listening to podcasts, reading, and chasing her toddler around the city.