Kristy Zadrozny

Founder + Director + Educator

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. Rachel is a Member of NYLCA and ILCA; a Reiki Master; Certified as a Hypnobirthing Labor Companion, in Rebozo for Comfort in Labor, and in Spinning Babies with Gail Tully; has Advanced Doula Training with Ina May Gaskin and Debra Pascali-Bonaro; and is a Sacred Pregnancy Mini Retreat Instructor.

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.

Rachel is a Member of NYLCA and ILCA; a Reiki Master; Certified as a Hypnobirthing Labor Companion, in Rebozo for Comfort in Labor, and in Spinning Babies with Gail Tully; has Advanced Doula Training with Ina May Gaskin and Debra Pascali-Bonaro; and is a Sacred Pregnancy Mini Retreat Instructor.

 

Rachel King

Senior Doula

Leah is a warmhearted and nurturing doula. Her path toward birth work began with a desire to better understand and connect with her female body. This journey, along with her university studies in women's history and health advocacy, formed Leah's desire to use education, mindfulness, and love to support women's empowerment in their reproductive choices and experiences. When she first learned of doula work, she was immediately intrigued, and completed her labor doula training under Expecting(NYC)'s founder, Kristy Zadrozny, not long after. Leah believes in the beauty and power of birth, and the many different ways it manifests. Every woman deserves a healthy, nonjudgmental, and satisfying birth story, and Leah is committed to holding space so that you may make informed decisions to feel supported in all your mind and body needs. She encourages asking questions, staying in the present moment, trusting your body, and keeping an open and loving heart. She is soft-spoken, empathetic, and supportive of all choices and identities. Originally from small-town Minnesota, Leah now calls Queens home. She relishes being in nature and surrounding herself with sound. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, she is beginning studies in herbalism at ArborVitae and volunteers with the doula project as a full spectrum doula.

Leah is a warmhearted and nurturing doula. Her path toward birth work began with a desire to better understand and connect with her female body. This journey, along with her university studies in women's history and health advocacy, formed Leah's desire to use education, mindfulness, and love to support women's empowerment in their reproductive choices and experiences. When she first learned of doula work, she was immediately intrigued, and completed her labor doula training under Expecting(NYC)'s founder, Kristy Zadrozny, not long after.

Leah believes in the beauty and power of birth, and the many different ways it manifests. Every woman deserves a healthy, nonjudgmental, and satisfying birth story, and Leah is committed to holding space so that you may make informed decisions to feel supported in all your mind and body needs. She encourages asking questions, staying in the present moment, trusting your body, and keeping an open and loving heart. She is soft-spoken, empathetic, and supportive of all choices and identities.

Originally from small-town Minnesota, Leah now calls Queens home. She relishes being in nature and surrounding herself with sound. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, she is beginning studies in herbalism at ArborVitae and volunteers with the doula project as a full spectrum doula.

 

Leah Pinault

Principle Doula + Practice Manager

Linsey was inspired to become a labor doula after years of working closely with women as a fashion designer. She is also a trained herbalist, sonotherapist, yoga teacher, and a student of taoism and meditation, all of which bolster her practice as a Doula.  Linsey uses these teachings to support birthing families, with an emphasis on guiding the birthing person's own intrinsic wisdom to employ their bodies, breath, and voice during labor to facilitate a calm birthing environment. She is present, holding space for anything that arises, all in the effort to allow the unique birthing process to unfold. Clients can expect a gentle, centered presence, and skillful guidance toward mindful birthing. Trainings and Certifications: Robin Rose Bennett of Wise Woman Healing Ways: Four Year Herbal Medicine Training and Earth Spirit Teachings; Nevine Michaan + Abbie Galvin of Katonah Yoga: Therapeutic Adjustments, Pranayama & Taoist Theory; John Beaulieu of Biosonics: Integrating Cognitive Mindfulness with Sound Healing; Eileen McKusick of Biofield Tuning: Study and Application of the Therapeutic Effects of Audible Sound; Stephanie Rooker of Voice Journey: Vocal techniques for Holistic Well- Being; Kristy Zadrozny of Expecting(nyc): Birth Doula Training and Mindfulness-Based Childbirth Education Course

Linsey was inspired to become a labor doula after years of working closely with women as a fashion designer. She is also a trained herbalist, sonotherapist, yoga teacher, and a student of taoism and meditation, all of which bolster her practice as a Doula. 

Linsey uses these teachings to support birthing families, with an emphasis on guiding the birthing person's own intrinsic wisdom to employ their bodies, breath, and voice during labor to facilitate a calm birthing environment. She is present, holding space for anything that arises, all in the effort to allow the unique birthing process to unfold. Clients can expect a gentle, centered presence, and skillful guidance toward mindful birthing.

Trainings and Certifications: Robin Rose Bennett of Wise Woman Healing Ways: Four Year Herbal Medicine Training and Earth Spirit Teachings; Nevine Michaan + Abbie Galvin of Katonah Yoga: Therapeutic Adjustments, Pranayama & Taoist Theory; John Beaulieu of Biosonics: Integrating Cognitive Mindfulness with Sound Healing; Eileen McKusick of Biofield Tuning: Study and Application of the Therapeutic Effects of Audible Sound; Stephanie Rooker of Voice Journey: Vocal techniques for Holistic Well- Being; Kristy Zadrozny of Expecting(nyc): Birth Doula Training and Mindfulness-Based Childbirth Education Course

 

Linsey Boisvert

Principle Doula

Julie's path to birth work has been anything but straight and narrow; instead, various streams carried her to this estuary of intersecting interests. But somewhere in the background there was always an interest in biology and the wonders of the human body. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that her favorite book growing up was a Child is Born, with it’s precise black and white pictures of life from the moment of conception to the precious moment after birth when, as if by magic, not only a human is born, but a whole family unit.  Julie followed her passion for the arts, earning a Bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida in English Language and Literature in the spring of 2010. The idea of becoming a midwife sprang up when, while secondhand shopping, she came across a long forgotten and gently used copy of a Child is Born. The seedling of this idea stayed with her for a long time. While the thought of returning to school right away didn’t take root, a good friend said to her, “You know, I think you’d be a great doula." And suddenly, a parallel path opened up before her. Julie signed up for an introductory workshop in February of 2017 through CAPPA and met Kristy. she rather quickly became smitten with what would become her new line of work and focus.  Expecting(nyc)’s practice resonates with many of julie's own beliefs: using an open heart, evidence-based data, and mindfulness to stay present through all of life’s contractions. she is also a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, receiving her 200-hour training at Sacred Bed-stuy in July of 2017. she strongly believes in the power and exploration of the self through the mind-body connection, trusting yourself to know what’s right for your body. Finalmente, como hija de padres Latinos, soy hispanohablante y me encantaría ayudarle como comadrona durante este tiempo tan especial y único de su vida. Julie is so excited to continue growing in her mindfulness practice and birth work here at Expecting(nyc).  

Julie's path to birth work has been anything but straight and narrow; instead, various streams carried her to this estuary of intersecting interests. But somewhere in the background there was always an interest in biology and the wonders of the human body. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that her favorite book growing up was a Child is Born, with it’s precise black and white pictures of life from the moment of conception to the precious moment after birth when, as if by magic, not only a human is born, but a whole family unit. 

Julie followed her passion for the arts, earning a Bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida in English Language and Literature in the spring of 2010. The idea of becoming a midwife sprang up when, while secondhand shopping, she came across a long forgotten and gently used copy of a Child is Born. The seedling of this idea stayed with her for a long time. While the thought of returning to school right away didn’t take root, a good friend said to her, “You know, I think you’d be a great doula." And suddenly, a parallel path opened up before her. Julie signed up for an introductory workshop in February of 2017 through CAPPA and met Kristy. she rather quickly became smitten with what would become her new line of work and focus. 

Expecting(nyc)’s practice resonates with many of julie's own beliefs: using an open heart, evidence-based data, and mindfulness to stay present through all of life’s contractions. she is also a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, receiving her 200-hour training at Sacred Bed-stuy in July of 2017. she strongly believes in the power and exploration of the self through the mind-body connection, trusting yourself to know what’s right for your body.

Finalmente, como hija de padres Latinos, soy hispanohablante y me encantaría ayudarle como comadrona durante este tiempo tan especial y único de su vida. Julie is so excited to continue growing in her mindfulness practice and birth work here at Expecting(nyc).

 

 

Julie Martin

Apprentice Doula

While living in England, Katie was exposed to a very natural, thorough ,and extensive system of perinatal care. (Just one example, home visits for the first 8 weeks for every baby!) This was a revelation to her, and led her to doula work here at home.  Katie has a deeply held belief that when women and couples are supported, listened to, and provided with unbiased information, they will make empowered decisions that are best for them and their families. her wish is to help women thrive in the postpartum period with compassion and joy.  katie is the mother of three grown children and one grand puppy. 

While living in England, Katie was exposed to a very natural, thorough ,and extensive system of perinatal care. (Just one example, home visits for the first 8 weeks for every baby!) This was a revelation to her, and led her to doula work here at home. 

Katie has a deeply held belief that when women and couples are supported, listened to, and provided with unbiased information, they will make empowered decisions that are best for them and their families. her wish is to help women thrive in the postpartum period with compassion and joy. 

katie is the mother of three grown children and one grand puppy. 

 

Katie Bates

Postpartum Doula