DOULA PROFILES


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Neelu Shruti

Neelu Shruti is the owner and founder of Love Child, a prenatal, postnatal and vinyasa yoga teacher, birth doula and breastfeeding counselor based in New York City. She is also a full-spectrum doula with the Doula Project and volunteers at Planned Parenthood NYC. As a doula and yoga teacher she is especially passionate to support pregnant people through a conscious, nurturing and strengthening yoga practice. She believes in empowering women with information about their choices and giving them the tools to develop trust in their own bodies.

 

 

 

Jessica Tobin

LMSW, Birth Doula and Childbirth Educator

Jessica is a birth doula and childbirth educator. She has been guiding families through their birthing journeys since 2014 when she trained with Rina Crane from DONA International. Jessica went on to receive training in rebozo use, acupressure, Spinning Babies, and essential oils use in her search to find new and innovative ways to assist women throughout labor. When Jessica isn’t providing doula care, she works as a trauma therapist and specializes in working with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and childhood traumas. Additionally, she has trained at the Seleni Institute for Maternal Mental Health, and provides support to women experiencing perinatal depression and anxiety as well as families who have experienced miscarriage and infant loss. Jessica firmly believes that with the right approach, all women, including survivors of trauma, have the power to birth without fear and the right to have powerful and therapeutic birthing experiences. Jessica is truly passionate about reproductive choices, empowering and advocating for women and their families, and helping women tap into their intuition and strength as the bring life into the world.

 

Bilen Berhanu

DONA, Birth, Postpartum and Full-Spectrum Doula

Bilen is a DONA Certified Birth Doula and Certified Lactation Counselor working with families throughout New York City and the tristate area, since training with Debra Pascali-Bonaro in 2011. She provides preconception consulting, prenatal, labor, birth and postpartum support. Bilen is also a Doula Project trained full spectrum doula. Her work is centered on a desire to provide pathways to empowered reproductive choices and experiences. Founded on a philosophy of honoring the wisdom of the body and the reproductive workers that came before, her approach is very spiritually grounded and physically embodied. In her role as a doula, she provides nonjudgemental, continual care and support.