Prenatal, Labor Support & Post Partum Doula, Breastfeeding Specialist, Life Documentation Photographer
Lijah has been providing care as a post partum and labor support Doula and breastfeeding speacialist since the mid 1990's. She resides in Brooklyn with her two daughters, Isabella, born 1994 at Saint Vincent’s hospital in NYC and Anika, born at home in 2001. Both daughters were breastfed.
It was the decisions surrounding her own personal pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding experiences, that have led Lijah to becoming a Doula and have played a central role in her approach to providing support and advocacy for Women and their families. Having to advocate for herself during her own pregnancy, labor and delivery, allowed for the development of insightful expertise in prudent, evidence based care.
In her teens, Lijah traveled extensively here in the U.S., living on both the East and West Coasts. In her early twenties, Lijah lived and traveled throughout Europe for several years, where she taught English and became fluent in Italian.
Lijah's life experience gained here in the states and abroad, even before she had her own children or worked as a professional caregiver, encouraged a rich and varied perspective on pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and parenting.
Early on in her career, Lijah was greatly impacted by a desire to work with low income families and teenage parents, resulting in working as a volunteer for both the WIC program as a breastfeeding peer counselor at St. Vincent’s hospital in NYC and having conducted Childbirth Education Classes for pregnant teens.
Lijah's varied studies and experience also include a DONA (Doulas of North America) certification, which requires ongoing attendance of conferences and workshops, as well as a certification from The Swedish Institute, in Labor and Post Partum Massage. Lijah's practice also includes knowledge and practical use of acupressure, aromatherapy, Yoga, visualization and relaxation techniques as well as formal training in photography from ICP (International Center for Photography) where upon, the foundation for her prenatal, birth, post partum, family and Life Documentation Photography was built.
By providing thoughtful, knowledgeable support, guidance and education to women and their families, throughout pregnancy, labor and the post partum period, Lijah encourages a positve, fulfilling, empowering experience.