Congratulations to the Well Born Baby team for being selected as the 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 Main Line Parent LOVE awards "Best Doulas"
Christina lives in Havertown, PA and is the mother of three adorable children. She graduated from Drexel University in 2000 with a B.S. in Environmental Science and went on to graduate work and a teaching assistantship in Biology with a focus on functional morphology at West Chester University. Upon graduation, Christina went to work as the Environmental Planner for the Chester County Planning Commission.
The birth of her first child was such an empowering experience, that she decided she wanted to help other women have their best birth experience. She resigned from her role as Environmental Planner at the Chester County Planning Commission and went onto establish Well Born Baby with Elizabeth Larkin in the summer of 2006. She has received training as both a birth and postpartum doula through DONA International and as a certified breastfeeding counselor through Nursing Mothers Alliance. Beginning in 2006, Christina worked as a clinical assistant at Lifecycle WomanCare, formerly the Bryn Mawr Birth Center. She went on to teach Childbirth Education for many years at LifeCycle WomanCare, helping to update and re-structure the class format. Christina currently is a Seminar Leader with Lifecycle WomanCare where she hosts an orientation with potential birth center clients to help them become more familiar with the option for having their baby there. Christina has also created and taught Childbirth Preparation classes at Nurture, for Dr. Bailey and Dr. Almonte's clients at their offices in Lankenau, and at Hatch Motherhood.
Christina has actively been attending births as a doula since 2006 and has attended well over 600 births. Often asked why she's not become a nurse or midwife yet, Christina has applied and been accepted to programs at Villanova, Jefferson, and University of Pennsylvania. She's made the conscious decision to not pursue a nursing degree and feels her role as a doula allows her to provide personalized and continuous emotional and physical support along with unbiased information to her clients that she would not be able to do as a medical professional working within an institutional facility. Christina believes all families deserve a doula. Her role, and the foundation of Well Born Baby, is that there is no right way to give birth but that the mother and partner need to be supported and heard throughout the pregnancy and into the labor and delivery experience. Christina strives to ensure that all her clients feel empowered by their labor and delivery experience no matter how they choose to give birth.
Christina has extensive experience supporting non-medicated low intervention births, inductions, mothers that want an epidural, scheduled cesarean deliveries, mothers expecting twins, IVF families, single moms, VBAC, and high risk deliveries. In 2014, Christina was invited to participate in the New Yorker videomentary, "An Unnecessary Cut" which followed one of her birth support clients through their journey to towards a successful VBAC.
Cecelia grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. In 2006 she moved to Pennsylvania to attend Swarthmore College and became connected to the Philadelphia area. After exploring work in several different fields including teaching English, working in a Haitian orphanage, teaching middle school, and nannying, she was introduced to doula work by her friend Hana Lehmann. She found doula work to be a an exciting combination of her passions for education, advocacy, and nurturing young families and trained through DONA international to become a birth and postpartum doula. In addition to being a Birth Doula, she also works as a childbirth educator at Lifecycle WomanCare, formerly The Birth Center, in Bryn Mawr, PA where she teaches Preparation for Childbirth classes for first-time parents.
Cecelia lives in Philadelphia, and in her spare time she enjoys reading everything she can get her hands on, cooking for friends, coaxing a garden from her Philadelphia backyard, crocheting, and playing the cello.
Lila lives in Conshohocken with her husband and 3 children. She attended Millersville University and Bloomsburg University to obtain an undergraduate degree in Mathematics: Statistics. After 8 years in marketing analytics, she went looking for a meaningful career change while she was a SAHM. As she was searching for avenues to improve support for women, Lila dove into the doula world. And, she was overjoyed to find that doula work is the ‘heart work’ that she had been searching for. Helping women feel prepared and non-judgmentally supported throughout pregnancy, labor and beyond is her lifelong passion. She believes women know their own bodies and encourages them to trust their instincts. Lila facilitates stronger bonds between the birthing couple as well as closer parent/baby connections. She understands the challenges of mothers heading back to work as well as the challenges of what it means to “Stay at Home”. Her hope is for every birthing person to be comfortable and confident in their decisions.
Lila is trained and certified as a birth doula through DONA International. She is also a trained Postpartum doula. She enjoys traveling, coaching, reading and family time.
Tammy has had a love of babies since her early childhood days. For as long as she can remember, people have called her the baby whisperer. When she realized she could turn her calling into a career, she decided it was time to become a postpartum doula through Birth Arts International. Being able to help alleviate the stress for new families at one of the most important times in their lives is one of her greatest passions. She loves seeing new parents grow in confidence and capability with her gentle and unbiased support. Many people say Tammy’s calm and relaxed disposition help them to become instantly comfortable. Tammy has extensive experience with breastfeeding, recovery from both vaginal birth and cesarean deliveries, twins, and much more.
A graduate of West Chester University, Tammy resides in Springfield, PA with her amazingly supportive husband, Brian and their 3 beautiful children. In her spare time, she enjoys going on family vacations, spending time at the beach, going camping, volunteering at her children's school and being a Girl Scout Troop Leader.
Elizabeth lives in King of Prussia, PA and is a mother of two precocious boys. She graduated from James Madison University in 1998, but did not find her true calling until her sons were born (in 2003 and 2005). She has received training as both a birth and postpartum doula, and is a member of both DONA and CAPPA. Elizabeth is President for Nursing Mothers Alliance, a non-profit organization that promotes breastfeeding through enlightening education and empowering support. Elizabeth completed a lactation internship at Paoli Hospital between 2007 and 2008. She is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and teaches childbirth preparation at Lifecycle WomanCare, formerly the Bryn Mawr Birth Center. She is excited about helping women start strong healthy families one birth at a time. She has learned in her time as a doula that, "every birth is amazing, even if the babies aren't your own."
Elizabeth is currently taking a hiatus from attending as a doula but provides lactation support.
Nikki began her “birth and babies” career in succession with the birth of her first child in 1999. Feeling incredibly supported and encouraged, first by her own midwife, and subsequently by the La Leche League Leaders who led support group meetings for breastfeeding moms, she was inspired to give back. She enthusiastically pursued LLL Leadership status, and was awarded recognition as a Leader in the year 2000. While still active as a LLL Leader, Nikki decided to further her lactation education by enrolling in UCLA Extension’s Lactation Educator Training Program in 2003. Upon completion of the 44-hour program, she was awarded the designation Certified Lactation Educator.
Nikki attended her first birth in February 2009. In March, 2011, she began pursuing birth doula certification through DONA International. She completed the requirements for certification in August, 2011, and finds herself ever inspired and rewarded by the work that comes from providing this kind of support to families. In addition to the training and experience Nikki has received both as a lactation educator and a birth doula, she has found that her earlier training as a massage therapist and health educator has proven immensely beneficial in those roles. She received recognition as a Certified Massage Therapist and Health Educator through the National Holistic Institute in Emeryville, CA in 1995. She also trained with the Foundation for Healthy Family Living in Sonoma, CA through their 30.9-hour course, Instructor Certificate Training for Infant Massage in 2003.
Nikki lives in Kennett Square, PA with her husband and their four children.
Nikki is currently taking a hiatus from attending as a doula but provides back-up doula coverage.
Hana graduated from Swarthmore College where her passion for birth, women’s health, and social justice blossomed. There she received her birth doula training and certification through DONA International. A few months later, she completed her postpartum doula training with the same organization. Currently, she teaches childbirth education at Lifecycle WomanCare, formerly The Birth Center (TBC), in Bryn Mawr. She was also trained and mentored by one of TBC’s nurses in the process of placenta encapsulation in order to offer the service to her clients and is co-owner of Philadelphia Placenta Company. Later, introduced by one of her housemates, she became an essential oil distributor because of their benefits for her moms and babies. Additionally, she is a certified yoga instructor through Maha Yoga in Center City Philadelphia and Holy Yoga, an internationally renowned program, and is currently working on a yoga masters program.
She believes that all parenting people - regardless of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, religion, body type, age, etc. - deserve a joyful, supported, nonjudgemental, and empowering birth. Therefore, she seeks to encourage and nurture mothers and partners as they prepare and labor in their own unique way. For her, pregnancy is not an illness, but a sign of fruitful health; not an emergency, but an emergence of new life and relationship. She continues to be awestruck by women’s strength in birth and feels blessed and energized by the opportunity to serve and share in their birth stories.
Originally from the Black Hills of South Dakota, Hana now lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband, Wes. When she can, she volunteers her time with the Philadelphia Alliance for Labor Support (PALS). In her spare time, she finds joy in dancing, photographing family and friends, playing her cello, cooking, and adventuring.
Hana is currently taking a hiatus from attending as a doula but provides back-up doula coverage.
Kate received a BA in Psychology from Bates College in 2000 and spent the next fifteen years working on national advertising campaigns for clients like Fidelity Investments, American Express and Nationwide Insurance. As a senior level account executive, Kate honed skills that serve her well as a doula, including advocacy, creativity, accountability and empathy.
When her two baby girls were born in 2010 and 2014 (both with the assistance of skilled midwife and doula teams, including Well Born Baby's own Christina) Kate began the work of supporting women during this critical time in their lives. Along with being a DONA certified birth doula, Kate is also a peer lactation counselor specializing in helping working mothers maintain breastfeeding relationships alongside busy careers. She believes in the role of preparation, continuous support and advocacy in helping women achieve their best possible birth experiences. Her goal is for every client to feel that she was listened to and cared for during birth, and for each client to remember the experience with pride and love. Kate lives in Glenside, PA with her husband, her two fierce little girls and an eternally rambunctious Golden Retriever. Kate is currently not taking clients but occasionally provides back-up doula support for Well Born Baby.
Kate is currently taking a hiatus from attending as a doula but provides back-up doula coverage.