Doulas support mothers & families throughout pregnancy, labor, birth and in the postpartum period by providing education, encouragement, and support. Doulas help by providing information and support so that families confidently navigate birth and new parenthood.
When you work with one of our doulas, you will be provided free access to one of our Fourth Trimester Support Circle (in person or virtual!) and free access to our Expecting & Empowered, Together meetings.
Laura Siddons, Birth & Postpartum Doula, Co-Founder of The Nesting Place
Laura has been a doula since 2008 when she discovered a passion for connecting women with resources, information, and support during and after pregnancy. Laura believes that every mom and baby are unique, and therefore each experience is different. She is dedicated to helping moms find their voice by connecting them with information, support, and individualized care on their journey.
Laura is the co-founder of The Nesting Place. She lives in Long Island with her husband and three children, including a set of twins.
Get in touch with Laura
Janalyn Pomeroy, Postpartum Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor
After completing her Masters Degree, Janalyn was the birth coordinator for a adoption agency where she had the opportunity to walk along brave women who were making an adoption plan for their unborn baby. She was a labor coach for over 25 birthmothers. This work instilled in her a love for the labor & delivery process and how crucial having support, education during delivery and the early stages of parenthood are in parents feeling confident and empowered. When she became a mom she got involved with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) where she found and gave support, education and leadership training on all the diverse aspects women go through in these early years of parenting.
The culmination of these seasons of her life has brought her to the wonderful world of being a doula. There are few things more sacred in life than the birth of a baby and the first few weeks of having them home with you. It is a time of immense joy, pain, hormones and lack of sleep. It is her desire to provide parents with an extra layer of support giving them special moments to breathe through this sacred time.
Get in touch with Janalyn
Phone: (417) 499-0645
Marla Hamilton, Postpartum Doula
Marla Hamilton is a Postpartum Doula and mom of three, including a set of twins. Her background in Mental Health counseling, personal postpartum experiences, and a burning desire to make sure every mom gets a nap when she needs it drew her to the amazing world of Postpartum Doula work. Marla’s superpowers are balancing real talk with encouragement and always having an innate sense of when a new mom could really use a snack.
Get in touch with Marla
Phone: (917) 715-6059
Alex Monahan, Postpartum Doula
Born and raised on Long Island, Alex is a LIDA trained postpartum doula serving Nassau & Western Suffolk counties. The birth of her son in 2019 solidified this path for her after years of helping life givers beforehand. A modern day Mary Poppins, what you wish your mother was without the baggage; a gentle hand, offering education and care for birther and baby.
Some of the things you may find Alex doing as a postpartum doula are helping with meal prep, offering breastfeeding/bottle-feeding support, caring for baby while parents nap or shower, caring for the birther while they recover from birth, helping birther process their birth experience, offering education for newborn and postpartum care, and all non judgmental support for the family.
Alex wants to be that breath of fresh air for parents each day when she knocks on the door. She is here to hold your hand and give you the confidence you need in the transition of parenthood so that when she leaves you are empowered to do it all on your own.
Get in touch with Alex
Phone: (516) 236-2263
Katie Ferretti, Birth & Postpartum Doula
Katie is a certified birth and postpartum doula with training in lactation counseling, and a Masters Degree in psychology. She spent many years working with individuals with disabilities, which is still a passion of hers. She lives and works on Long Island with her wife and daughter.
As a doula, Katie feels her most important role is empowering and emboldening birthing people and their partners throughout these most transformative seasons of life; pregnancy, birth and postpartum. She is there to provide education, gentle guidance and validation through these precious and new experiences.
Katie is honored to be a birth worker and to hold space for families that are welcoming or have just welcomed a new baby into their lives. She respects and values all types of families and feels every family deserves the compassion and nurturing of a doula.
Avrey Mischke, Birth & Postpartum Doula
Avrey has a BA in Therapeutic Recreation and Interpreting degree in American Sign Language. A busy mom of two boys, it was always in the back of her mind to be apart of the birthing community so she took the plunge during her maternity leave in 2020. Avrey is certified as a childbirth educator, birth, and postpartum doula. Avrey has a love for educating and empowering families as they prepare for their birth experience. Avrey has an intuitive business where she does Angel card / psychic medium readings, sound healing, meditation and essential oils. Her vibe is naturally calming and nurturing.
Before becoming a doula, Avrey danced professionally and has been a choreographer and dance instructor since 2003. When she’s not moving and grooving with her babies or during mommy and me classes at The Nesting Place you can find her spending time with nature or in woman’s support ceremonies.
Kathryn Jimenez, Birth & Postpartum Doula
Kathryn was born in Sydney, Australia and moved to Long Island in 2013. She first became interested in becoming a doula after the birth of her first baby in 2006. However, as life often does, it led her down other roads and areas of study until Kathryn completed her doula certification in 2019.
Kathryn had three incredible births, and after each of them she felt the urge to support women through this sacred and memorable part of their lives. Kathryn’s formal learning qualifications and life experiences as a daughter, mother, certified doula, counselor, massage therapist and yoga instructor are the foundations for her professional, personal, loving and nurturing approach to her doula work.
Kathryn believes there is a need for a more nurturing, sensitive and personalized emotional support system for expectant and new mothers. With her background in counseling, she focuses on establishing true connections with her clients, forming a strong foundation and relationship during pregnancy. This, in turn provides great comfort for many women during labor and birth, as they feel safe, supported and empowered. Depending on the needs of her clients, Kathryn can be very hands on, offering comfort touch massage, holding you up, suggesting positions, holding your hand, keeping you warm / cold, keeping your partner focused and energized or hands off too if that is what the client needs.
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Erika Oswald, Overnight Postpartum Doula
Erika is an overnight doula who is experienced with working with multiples and a majority of her families are twin families. Erika works overnight shifts to care for your baby (or babies!) so that you can get some much needed rest. She offers flexible scheduling to meet the needs of each individual family that she works with. During Erika’s shifts, she assists with anything related to infant care to keep the night running smoothly. When baby is sleeping, she is also happy to help out with laundry, light cleaning, organizing, meal prep, and any other light tasks around the house that you may need. Erika’s main goal is always to allow families to get the rest they need so that they can function at their best and be cared for during the postpartum period. She absolutely loves working with postpartum families and considers it such a privilege to be involved in such an important and transitional period in each of her clients’ lives.
Erika graduated with a bachelor’s degree in health science from Stony Brook University and a masters degree from the University of Louisville. She is certified in infant, child, and adult CPR and first aid.
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Jaime Burt, Certified Birth & Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator, Placenta Specialist, and Sleep Consultant
Jaime is a certified birth and postpartum doula, placenta specialist, childbirth educator, and sleep consultant providing compassionate, family-centered support to her clients. Her social work education and five years of experience as a professional nanny has led to a deep passion for supporting families from all walks of life. Jaime feels strongly that clients should be at the center of their care. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, birthing people are often made to feel that there is. It is Jaime’s objective as a doula to partner with you and your family, ensure you feel informed about all of your options, empower you to make decisions that feel right for you, and support you throughout the entirety of your perinatal experience.
As a postpartum doula she offers daytime and overnight support, assists with breast/chest and bottle feeding, offers newborn care education, provides emotional support, and is an extra set of hands wherever you need them so you can focus on what’s most important: rest; recovering; and bonding with your new baby. As a pediatric sleep consultant, she works with expecting parents, and parents of infants, toddlers, and young children. She takes the time to learn about your specific needs and parenting style, providing a detailed sleep plan as well as two weeks of unlimited virtual support to coach you through the sleep training process using the method that feels most comfortable and appropriate for your family.
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Sarah Hartmann, Birth & Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator, Lactation Counselor
Hello, I am Sarah, the Sage Doula, and I am dedicated to the doula mission of supporting women-physically, emotionally, and educationally as they take their birth and postpartum journey. My goal always is to help mothers have the best, safest birth and postpartum experience possible. It is all a journey, a really important one, and I am there to be of service every step of the way for you, your partner, and your family.
Like many women I have worked to fit my professional life around my mothering because first and foremost I am a mother and now a grandmother. I am also a writer, a former teacher and district director in the field of public service. Working with children, families, and communities has always been what inspires me so becoming a doula has felt as natural a move as breathing.
Still nothing has measured up to being a mother. That is the most important work I have ever done. I bring a wealth of experience and, I like to think, a certain wisdom to my mission of preparing women for birth and supporting them during labor, birth and beyond. I honor the work of mothers because I’ve been there and I believe so deeply in it. The road to a good, happy and healthy birth and postpartum begins with the best information and the tools and support to make it happen. It’s amazing how empowered and confident you can feel when these pieces fall into place.
Get in touch with Sarah
Jamie McGuire, Overnight Postpartum Doula, Birth Doula, Lactation Education Counselor
Jamie is a LIDA trained birth & postpartum doula, lactation education counselor, mother and step mother to four children. From the time she was a little girl, Jamie loved everything to do with babies. She was the first one to jump in and lend a helping hand, and knew she always wanted a life full of little ones. After the birth of her first daughter in 2019, Jamie immersed herself into learning more about lactation, child birth and newborn care. She set a goal to transition from her 7 year paralegal career into a postpartum doula and is now dedicating herself to helping families navigate pregnancy through the fourth trimester. The Doting Doula offers birth & labor support as well as overnight postpartum support.
Jamie’s first year of postpartum work inspired her to incorporate birth and labor support. After a traumatic experience for her first birth, Jamie realized the important role birth education is for the labor process. Her focus is to provide families with the tools and education they need to feel empowered to take on this exciting new chapter. From monthly pregnancy chats, to registry planning and cultivating your birth wishes, Jamie’s goal is to make sure everything possible is done to make sure you feel supported and at peace with your birth, no matter the outcome.
Jamie’s main support offering is overnight postpartum doula care. Each night she aims to make sure parents get a good nights sleep, tidies up the kitchen, folds laundry, and even bakes yummy treats for you to wake up too! As a lactation education counselor, she provides parents with breastfeeding, pumping and bottle feeding assistance. She is there to be a friend, trusted shoulder to cry on, and to offer non judgmental, evidence based support. Jamie is easy going and adaptable to provide each family with what they need most.
Honey Carberry, Birth and Postpartum Doula
Honey is a LIDA trained birth doula with a passion for making moms feel safe and heard throughout their pregnancy, labor, delivery and beyond. After going through two traumatic births herself, she felt a strong calling to become a doula and provide a calm, informed environment for birthing women and their partners. Her main goal is to have her clients look back on their birth and feel nothing but empowerment, whatever that may look like for them. Honey thoroughly goes over your birth wishes with you in your prenatal visits to ensure your birth team is all on the same page. She helps you go into labor feeling strong, confident, and ready to advocate for yourself and your baby. She brings a calm energy to the birthing room. Honey is a mom of three, including a set of twins.
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Liz Weaver, Certified Postpartum Doula
Who wouldn’t love to have guaranteed help after having a baby? Who wouldn’t love to have food prepared in advance after a baby arrives? Who wouldn’t love to sleep after a baby is earth side? That’s where Liz comes in; she is a Certified Postpartum Doula trained through the Long Island Doula Association (LIDA). Her passion to be a postpartum doula came after her first child was born and struggled mentally and physically. When supporting families, Liz is compassionate, gentle and knowledgeable. Her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy has given her priceless tools to help couples and families communicate and to understand one another during challenging times. Some of her clients have even referred to her as family with the wonderful support she has given, what an honor! Liz is eager to support your family during this exciting time!
Ashley Privitera, Birth and Postpartum Doula
Ashley is a birth and postpartum doula who was trained by DONA International in February of 2020. She decided to pursue doulaship in order to support women with their birth experience & aid in their postpartum journeys. She has always been amazed and fascinated by the miracle of birth since she was a young girl. In 2018, her daughter Emma was born and she hired a doula due to her husband being in the military. It was impossible to time family coming in from our of state to support her due to the randomness of labor; hiring a doula gave her the confidence she needed for the birth she wanted.
Her philosophy on doula-ing is “When I join a journey with a mother throughout pregnancy and birth, I am in their corner, someone to walk beside them and to lean on. As a birth and postpartum doula, I focus on gently educating with evidence-based care, providing hands-on support, listening with compassion and an open heart, and treating families with respect and love. I do not believe there is a “right way to birth.” Birth is an extraordinary experience with different paths to take. My job as your doula is to make sure you are fully prepared for each path you may encounter.”
Ashley is a mother to 3 daughters whom also love watching and learning about birth. They also love to watch and learn when their mom encapsulates placentas.
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Colleen Nolan, Postpartum Doula
Colleen is a LIDA trained postpartum doula. Born and raised on Long Island and a graduate of Manhattan College. For 20 years, Colleen worked in the business world, but never felt that she fit in. She always knew she wanted to work with moms and/or newborns but didn’t know specifically how. During the pandemic, she stumbled across the profession of a Postpartum Doula and knew that was her answer! She was finally able to make the switch to a career that she was passionate about.
Colleen loves working with families when they bring baby home to help with the transition into parenthood. She is a calming voice that can help with supporting your family during this amazing but hectic time. She typically helps with daytime feedings, laundry, diapers, dirty dishes, light cleaning, simple meals, along with providing emotional and physical support. She can be a shoulder to cry on, a sounding board for your questions, concerns and frustrations, an extra pair of hands to help with baby when you need some time to yourself or she can also be there to help with postpartum anxieties and feelings of sadness, if they arise.
Colleen is certified in Infant and Child CPR and is also trained in Childbirth Education. Colleen is a mom of two, a dog mom, and a wife who spends a lot of time on the soccer field. She also enjoys the beach, riding bikes and going for walks with her family.
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Skye Friedman, Birth Doula
Skye is a certified birth Doula and Occupational Therapist. Shortly after OT school, Skye attended her first birth and knew that was her calling. She’s been serving as a Birth Doula for a year and a half and just had a baby of her own.
Skye’s goal for each birth is to ensure the birthing person, as well as partners, feel supported and heard. Skye works together with her clients to achieve the birth that they want, and truly deserve. Skye hopes to guide, support, and empower as many as she can and is ecstatic to be available to be of service!
Gina Morin, Birth Doula
Gina Morin is a certified Doula, HypnoBirthing Instructor, Yoga instructor, Reiki Master, and Astrologer. Gina is passionate about serving the community especially family’s journeying through pregnancy and birth. She has helped many moms navigate the fear of birth while finding their confidence through education, practical tools to use in birth, and through spiritual practices that foster surrender on this path.
Gina’s passion is to bridge the gap between the physical act of giving birth with the spiritual/emotional process we all move through to make space for a new soul to arrive earth side in an intentional and loving way. Creating a safe space for families to grow is her highest intention. She’s honored to walk this path with families and is so grateful to be welcomed in on such an intimate experience.
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Julie Basem, Birth Doula
Julie was born and raised on Long Island and as always loved children which lead her to becoming a performer at Disney World while she was in high school. She later became a stunt woman in film and television until she met her wife and settled back on the Island to start their family.
After having their son she realized that life had a new plan in store. She was so inspired by her doula that she trained with the Long Island Doula Association while pregnant with her daughter. She believes that having a birth doula can look different for each family to support their unique journey and so excited to be a birth doula, and can’t wait to be by your side.
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