As labor doula faculty member for the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA) and the only Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting curriculum teacher in NYC, Kristy is now mentoring the next generation of doulas in New York City. For the last decade, she has dedicated ExpectingNYC, her private practice, to supporting women and their families throughout the childbearing years.
Specializing in prenatal and postnatal massage therapy, Kristy began her career as a massage therapist. In fact, it was her clients who first brought her into the work of a labor doula. Many of them asked her to attend their births—radically changing the direction of her path. Her passion for supporting pregnant women quickly grew. Within a week of doula training, she attended her first birth and has supported hundreds of women and their families ever since.
As a seasoned certified lactation counselor and massage therapist, Kristy’s compendium of skills have proved invaluable to women throughout their pregnancies and labor. She is an advocate for a woman’s right to have a healthy, positive birth experience in the environment of her choice. Her support methods include mindfulness, evidence-based education, and an open heart.
Rachel is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, a Registered Lactation Consultant, and a DONA International certified birth doula, serving expectant and new parents in New York City.
As a mother of three, she understands the challenges facing new parents. She offers reliable non-judgmental support for all types of families, births, and infant feeding scenarios. Rachel is sensitive to the powerful transformation people undergo as they become parents. She loves helping guide people along that journey. She believes that birth is a natural, normal process and that all women and families deserve supported births.
Member of NYLCA and ILCA. Reiki Master, Hypnobirthing Certified Labor Companion, Rebozo for Comfort in Labor, Spinning Babies with Gail Tully, Advanced Doula Training with Ina May Gaskin and Debra Pascali-Bonaro, Sacred Pregnancy Mini Retreat Instructor.