Andrea is a Childbirth Educator and Labor Support Companion based in New York City. She resides on the Upper East Side with her husband and ten-year-old son. After the birth of her son, she began speaking with other women about their birth experience and soon realized that many felt powerless during labor and birth. It was then that she realized she wanted to help expectant women and their partners find their own path in the amazing journey of pregnancy, labor and parenting.
In addition to being a CCE Andrea is also one of the founding members of Bowery Babes, a 501(c)3, not-for-profit parenting group, which is dedicated to supporting parents from pregnancy through the early years of parenting and beyond; and to enrich New York City as a place to raise a family. She has also served on the board of directors of Bowery Babes for a number of years, coordinating many classes and fundraising efforts. Previously Andrea worked for a large investment bank in midtown Manhattan.
Andrea is certified through The International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA), a professional organization that supports educators and health care professionals who believe in freedom of choice based on knowledge of alternatives in family-centered maternity and newborn care.
Meredith is an internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultatant (IBCLC) a Certified Childbirth Educator (CCE-CEA/MNY), parenting educator and non-fiction writer. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Childbirth Education Assocation of Metropolitan New York since 2004. In addition to teaching at City Births, Meredith has taught at Realbirth, Tribeca Workshop, Tribeca Parenting, and Gumbo, as well as privately all over Manhattan. She privately mentors students who are becoming doulas and childbirth educators.
Her essays about parenting have appeared in Brain Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers; The Mom Egg; Huffington Post and elsewhere. Her focus is women’s changing identities through the childbirth years.
Meredith received her B.A., magna cum laude, from The University of Pennsylvania, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and an editor of the Law Review. She left the private practice of law in 2002 to begin working with new mothers.
Meredith currently lives in Manhattan with her husband and children.
Meredith Fein Lichtenberg
Newborn Care & Breastfeeding and Childbirth Prep
Naima, owner of For Your Birth, is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, DONA certified birth doula, breastfeeding counselor, and mother of two. She was drawn to the field of childbirth after being cared for by amazing midwives and doulas - a community that she hardly knew existed before giving birth for the first time in 2008. Before entering the field of childbirth, Naima was a secondary classroom teacher. She earned a B.A. and M.A. at Loyola University in Los Angeles, joined Teach for America upon graduating from college, and taught in public schools in Los Angeles, DC, and New York City for 10 years.
Naima’s work as a doula and educator has been featured in several media outlets including the Tom Joyner Morning Show, Sirius XM Karen Hunter Show, ABC-TV, NBC-TV, MadameNoire, Philadelphia Tribune, Hello Beautiful and popular public access show, BronxNet. Most recently, NY City Lens produced a video story featuring For Your Birth, chronicling a client’s birth journey with a doula. Follow Naima and For Your Birth @ForYourBirth
Georgia is a Certified Lactation Consultant and Infant Care Specialist. After struggling with breastfeeding after the birth of her first child, Georgia recognized the importance of new moms having a support system to get through the challenges associated with parenthood. Joining a new moms group after the having her second child Georgia, was fortunate to be with other Moms, which provided her the comfort and guidance she needed in a non-judgmental environment. The support which this group provided was not only critical in helping her balance life with an infant and a toddler, but also instilled a desire to offer the same support to other mothers. One day a friend planted a seed in Georgia to fulfill this desire by receiving her certification as a Certified Lactation Counselor and postpartum doula. She brings to City Births her knowledge of breastfeeding and infant care, along with her life experiences as a mother of three.
Georgia lives on the Upper East Side with her husband and three children. She enjoys cooking, teaching herself to play guitar, and volunteering her time to her church community and a social outreach program focused on single mothers.
Infant Care and Breastfeeding
Vanessa has worked with families as a doula, as a childbirth educator, as a breast feeding consultant and as a parenting educator since 1996. After giving birth to her son in 1994 she decided she wanted to be involved in the families journey of parenthood. When teaching Childbirth her intention is to educate the parents in making informed decisions with their health care providers and taking the fear out of birth. After Vanessa completed her medical training in the emergency care field she embarked on making CPR more accessible to families and started Common Sense CPR in 2002. When teaching CPR her goal is to make every participant leaving her class ready for the most common first aid emergencies.
Vanessa currently lives in Forest Hills with her son named Zen, her personal chef/partner named Geoff, and her two dogs. Vanessa is a certified Childbirth Educator, Certified Doula,Certified Midwifery Assistant, Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, American Heart Association B.L.S. Instructor, American Red Cross Instructor, Heart &Stroke Foundation Instructor, BLS & First Aid Level 5 Instructor ASHI, Child Passenger Safety Technician and a Certified Lactation Counselor.
Vanessa J. Anton
Lead Instructor - CPR, Infant Care & Breastfeeding, Childbirth Prep
Geoff has been a professional chef and teacher for over 15 years and first became interested in emergency response after preforming first aid on one of his students. Geoff has two young boys who like to live on the wild side. Because of this, Geoff has focused on child safety and responding to emergencies involving children. A student before a teacher, Geoff is constantly researching and learning the newest techniques in CPR, AED, First Aid and Child Passenger Safety. Geoff is an American Heart Association BLS Instructor and an American Red Cross certified instructor of CPR, AED, and First Aid. He is also a nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technician.
LaShanda Dandrich is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, IBCLC and co- founder of the worker owner Cooperative, Uptown Village Cooperative. After the birth of her daughter in 2009, her passion for breastfeeding and supporting mothers and families in the postpartum period blossomed. She became a trained postpartum doula while pursuing her IBCLC credential. She has supported families of all diverse, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds throughout NYC. She resides in Harlem with her 10 year old daughter
Childbirth Prep, Infant Care and Breastfeeding:
Linda is a Labor and Delivery nurse certified in Electronic Fetal Monitoring and is also a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist. After having children, she realized how important it is to have the right support system as an expecting mom. She now uses her experiences as a labor and delivery nurse and a mom to inform participants of all there is to expect during the pregnancy, delivery and infancy stages. Linda's expertise allows her to give practical tips to ensure all options are utilized even once in the hospital to keep expecting moms happy and comfortable.
Linda currently holds a Bachelors Degree in Nursing and is pursuing her Masters degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner. In her spare time she supports families from pregnancy to labor and delivery, to newborn and breastfeeding care. Her experiences as a mother of two young children have molded her to become passionate about making the journey of motherhood a better informed and supported one.
Newborn Care and Childbirth
Jayne Freeman is a CEA/MNY certified childbirth educator, breastfeeding counselor and postpartum doula specializing in mood disorder prevention. After the birth of her two daughters, Jayne started a public access show about birth and parenting, titled "Mamarama." It aired for over a decade on Comcast Cable and made her a local celebrity in her hometown of Jersey City. Eventually, she turned her hobby into a profession and has been working full-time in the birth world for over 12 years. Jayne has taught for several pediatric practices, worked with pregnant teenagers, volunteered at the Jersey City clinic, and gave Snooki & J-Woww their childbirth class on MTV. She is also a passionate advocate, successfully petitioning the PATH train to create signage and announcements for pregnant passengers and creating a dedicated lactation room for her former employer, The Princeton Review. More recently Jayne's area of focus has been on postpartum mood disorders and she is working on advanced certifications for perinatal mental health. Her current mission is to shift our feeding paradigm to one of choice and inclusion. Every month she teaches a class on infant formula for us at City Births. Jayne also writes a regular column for the Jersey City Times where she highlights the challenges of new parenting. Website: Mamarama.tv Instagram: Mamarama_jc
Childbirth Prep, Infant Care
Kara is a Certified Nurse Midwife working with Stony Brook Midwives. Before becoming a midwife she worked as a birthing assistant at the Brooklyn Birthing Center. After graduating with a second Bachelor's degree in Nursing she began working at NYU Langone Medical Center in Labor & Delivery as an RN and then as the Assistant Nurse Manager of the Mother-Baby unit. Kara’s main goal is to help women have a peaceful birthing experience that they can look back on fondly. She strives to have expectant parents leave her class feeling more knowledgeable, confident, empowered and knowing what questions to ask once they are admitted to the hospital.