Sally hails from New Orleans and is a mother of three. Her first son was born at University hospital in New Orleans. Her next son was a home, waterbirth and her lovely daughter was an accidental backyard birth! Sally has attended over 120 births and has apprenticed with local midwives since 2004.
She is certified in Neonatal Resuscitation and CPR. She is also a medical assistant (MA) which gives her extra experience with phlebotomy and IVs.
Na'Zyia is a Swahili word that means "a mother's love" and it is the very thing that our collective tries to provide, awaken and support.
We envisioned a Collective that would bring honor and dignity back into the birth-rooms and the sacred traditions of women from all over the world. After one year in training and 700+ hours in delivery rooms the Na’Zyia Doula Collective became certified as the first Doula Collective of Color in the State of Louisiana.
Our mission is to assist women in having the most positive and empowering birth experience possible. We do this by providing continuous emotional, physical and informational support before, during and after labor.
We believe that every woman deserves a doula. We aim to provide our services to women regardless of age, race, income level, sexuality, ability and religion.
We believe that women, when given agency and total support, can make any birth experience a positive one. From hospitals to homebirths, natural to medicated, every birth experience can be an empowering one with a Birthmark doula!
Nola Nesting offers the personalized services you need when planning and caring for your family.
Offering: birth doulas, postpartum doulas, birth tub rental, personalized birth plans, belly casting, placenta services, night nanny, The Happiest Baby on the Block classes, Infant and Child CPR, Natural Baby Care class.
Esther has over 25 years of midwifery experience in a variety of birth settings. She owned a birth center and did home births in Gainesville, FL in the 1980's. Since moving to New Orleans with young children in 1991, she has worked in hospital based practices.
She received her nurse-midwifery education at the Medical University of S. Carolina in 1981 and her Masters of Public Health at Tulane in 1996.
She has two teenage children who were both delivered by midwives at home.
Cathy was born in Morgan City, Louisiana. She attended Charity Hospital School of Nursing and worked as a labor and delivery nurse for over 10 years. She received a BS and MS at the University of Massachusetts Boston and a certificate in midwifery at the University of Rhode Island.
Cathy is experienced in using water for comfort and support for laboring women.
She believes that all women have a right to good prenatal care as well as safe childbirth regardless of their stations in life. She believes that pregnancy and birth are times of immense change in a woman's life, and can be a source of strength and empowerment.
Belly Talks is a 6-class childbirth education series taught by the Birthmark Doulas and the Maypop Herb Shop herbalists.
Pregnant mamas and their support people are invited to gather to discuss their bodies, babies, and bellies in the Maypop Herb Shop at 1036 Franklin Ave.
Classes will cover all the basics of prenatal preparation, labor and birth, breastfeeding, and new baby care, with a strong emphasis on knowing your options, informed consent, natural and herbal remedies, and comfort measures to manage labor.
Amy took Bradley classes while pregnant with her first child in 2001. Since that time, she has consistently worked as a childbirth educator, taught breastfeeding classes, attended births as a doula, and had the privilege to work alongside and learn from numerous midwives and doctors.
She has the unique experience of being committed to natural birth through four complicated pregnancies and numerous miscarriages.
Classes begin regularly; check the website for a schedule.
For all Moms to be, regardless of your yoga experience. This class is safe and accommodating to all months of pregnancy, and is a precious preparation for the growing months of pregnancy. It is a quality time to meet other mothers to be, and to access and maintain a center of maternal serenity for being a skillful, loving parent.
Rachaela is a mother of three, certified natural childbirth educator, and a prenatal and postpartum fitness expert. She has been working with women for over four years to make their pregnancies healthier, happier, and just more fun! Building strength, stamina, and confidence are Rachaela's primary goals for each woman.
Contact Rachaela to find out how dancing could change your outlook on pregnancy, childbirth, and mothering!
Prenatal Pilates is a mind & body training method that prepares you for the changes that take place during pregnancy.
Pilates practice during pregnancy helps support the body’s natural expansion process by building core strength, decompressing the spine and joints, and improving circulation. Expectant mothers will prepare the body for a healthy delivery.
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