Meet Our Team
Our team of experts bring over 50 years of experience helping new families.
How do each of our experts support families through birth and postpartum?
Working with a doula throughout your birth can decrease your chance of a C-Section by 50%, length of labor by 25%, Studies have shown that doulas also help reduce a mom's anxiety, increase positive partner involvement and support, and improve mother-baby bonding post-birth. We can not provide in-person doula services at this juncture but we can provide a consult with a doulas to help you with your birth plan, your postpartum plan, to help you process your birth experience, or help you learn ways your partner can help you during labor and beyond. Having a C-section? Talk to the doulas about your recovery plan and what choices you can make. Planning to use an epidural? No problem, the doulas can help you know what your options are so you feel empowered through your birth. Companions to all kinds of birthing experiences, our doulas are your advocates, specially trained to get you closer to your ideal birthing experience using evidence-based tools and can be an integral part of your postpartum support team.
Our licensed therapist specializes in postpartum, relationship, back to work preparation, and parenting changes. Her goal is to be a sounding board as you work your way through this transition and giving you the tools you need to heal, grow, and progress is your mental acuity.
Get lactation advice and breastfeeding assistance exactly when you need it. Our Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) will discuss your specific concerns whether it be latching, milk supply, pumping, syringe-feeding, milk storage, going back to work strategies, breastfeeding benefits for mom and baby, supplementing, formula feeding, nipple shields, weaning, tandem nursing, product recommendations and more. Our IBCLC will support, guide, and teach you what you need to know in order to have a positive baby feeding experience, or guide you to further resources if medically necessary. She can cover a lot in a one hour virtual appointment, equipping you and baby with tools that last a lifetime.
Our Nutritional Therapy Practitioner can help guide you to fuel your body and get your health on track for the phase of motherhood you are in. Whether you want to optimize fertility, pregnancy nutrition, your baby's health, postpartum recovery, re-balancing hormones and/or generally just feeling good in your body, she will help you find ways to make positive changes in your pantry and home that will lead to lasting results.
Part of the rite of passage of new parenthood is some sleep deprivation to take care of your little human. That said, our Birth Halo sleep consultant uses the most up to date research and has helped dozens of families teach their child sleep skills and foundations of good sleep they can take with them into adulthood. This sleep package provides more than almost all competitors out there. It includes 4 eBooks, a personalized sleep plan and follow up support. Starting from sleep tips for newborns and (after 16 weeks) ending with a full personally customized sleep plan with an email follow up. A study published in Pediatrics (2015) found that "graduated extinction” and “bedtime fading” (two common methods of sleep training) had no adverse effects on the stress response of infants, and no effects on parent-child attachment. These sleep plans are gentle, pediatrician endorsed, and baby-led, and will give you a restful postpartum year by teaching your baby the skill of sleep.
Yoga is very beneficial to take you through prenatal and birth preparation as well as postnatal recovery. Our instructors focus on pelvic alignment in preparation for birth, strengthening pelvic muscles pre and post birth, mindfulness for good sleep, labor prep, mantra and breathing exercises, and opening and strengthening your body through the transitions of parenthood. You can buy yoga classes a-la-carte or through a package of 5 classes. The five classes are virtual live teacher led classes. A package purchase also includes unlimited access to a bank of 6 pre-recorded videos, with more classes added monthly. The videos include: baby massage, pre and postnatal yoga, and vinyasa flows.
Our experienced yoga teachers, with over 700 hours of training each under their belts and over a decade of teaching experience, will help you apply the benefits of yoga to both help you prepare your mind and body for birth, and also bond with your baby and new body after birth. You will be guided through your prenatal and postnatal experience with a mixture of prerecorded and online, live classes. A traditional prenatal yoga class will include spinal warm ups, a slow flow to get the blood moving focusing on safe exercises that build strength as well as open the body for birth. Using our breath to help train our bodies to open and find stillness and connection to the babies. Postnatal classes will include baby massage as well as strength restoration for the parent. We welcome taking time to attend to your baby as needed.
The goal of physical therapy during pregnancy and postpartum periods is to address spinal and pelvic joint dysfunction, instruct in exercises to address muscle weakness and imbalance, strengthen your pelvic floor, correct any diastasis rectic as well as provide guidance and instruction related to modification of ADLs that may be difficult during these phases of life.
Too much going on to prepare nutritious meals? Our recipe meal plans eliminate the mental burden and even includes a grocery list for each week. With each meal plan purchase you receive 4 downloadable and printable meal plans outlined for the week for four weeks. Each download includes three meals, one snack, and one grocery list, equaling 16-20 specific recipes for your phase per plan.
In partnership with our Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, our recipe developer has created over 6 packed meal plans with hundreds of recipes. She has a Fertility meal plan, 1st Trimester meal plan, 2nd Trimester meal plan, 3rd Trimester meal plan, Postpartum meal plan, and Freeze Ahead meal eBook. She derives inspiration from ancient nutrition, cultures around the world, and ancient foods and herbs proven to support mom and baby during and after birth. These recipes are made with your phase in mind, with a nutritionist note detailing the why behind each ingredient. Kellie is famous in her community for bringing people together over good food and flavor, and is excited to share her carefully curated recipes with you.
Experts Holistically Supporting the Mind, Body, & Baby
Jillian is a birth and postpartum doula that has been engaged in birth work for over a decade. With an educational background in Psychology, she has a passion for science and believes strongly in empowerment through education. Jillian supports all growing families, in an effort to move birth culture toward an experience inclusive of evidence-based practices that prioritizes birthing people and their babies.
She has been a birth worker for 10 years, is a mother of 2 and currently lives in Philadelphia. She and her mother, also a doula, run our live group birth course.
Maddison was a new mom with her first child she had debilitating postpartum anxiety. She couldn't leave him or let others hold him and always went to worst case scenarios in her mind. She decided after seeking help and learning tools through her masters program in social work that she could help break out of the anxiety cycles and fully enjoy her motherhood. Maddison has a Bachelor’s of Science in Marriage and Family Life from Brigham Young University and a Master’s of Social Work from Louisiana State University. Her approaches in therapy include a hybrid of frameworks found in cognitive behavior therapy and dialectical behavior therapy with pregnant and postpartum women.
Yoga Instructor, Massage Therapist, & Doula
Maria has been practicing yoga since early 2000 and has been teaching for the past five years. She trained in the DC/VA area where she received a RYT 200, PRYT85 (Prenatal), 500RYT and accomplished a ERYT (over 1000hrs of training and teaching) designations. Maria has completed most of her teacher trainings through Tranquil Space and recently finished an additional 200hr Yoga Teacher Training with YogaWorks. She specializes in Prenatal Yoga and offers a variety of Preparing for Birth Partner Workshops. Maria is also a Professional Doula and she uses her knowledge and experience to answer questions of parents-to-be, whether related to fertility, pregnancy or the postpartum period. Finally she holds a degree in Therapeutic Massage and is a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), specializing in Trigger Point Therapy and Prenatal Massage. She brings compassion, a nurturing touch, and attention to proper alignment in her teaching and assisting. Through her education and experience Maria's mission is to educate expectant mothers, and to help them feel confident and empowered to advocate for themselves
Sleep Consultant, BS Health Education
Cassidy is a children’s sleep coach who helps families raise happier and healthier children by guiding them to better sleep practices. Her interest in children’s sleep and development began during her years at the University of Utah where she studied Health Education and received a Bachelor of Science degree in 2008. A mother of three—including twin girls—she has drawn on her years of research in this area not only in shaping healthier sleep outcomes in her own family, but also, beginning in 2014, in the families of her own clients. Due to the tremendous success of her method, her business has grown organically throughout the years—mainly through word-of-mouth recommendations—which has afforded her the opportunity to help families throughout the country achieve healthy and happier sleep for their children.
Doula, Certified Professional Midwife
Ezinne Dawson is a doula and a community midwife located in Honolulu with over 200 births under her belt as well as five children of her own and a gestational carrier for a family struggling with infertility. An active board member of the Hawai‘i Home Birth Collective (HIHBC) and member of the Hawai‘i Women’s Coalition (HWC), Ezinne is a staunch advocate for reproductive justice and the rights of birthing people. Ezinne provides prenatal appointments for her home-birthing families, and teaches one-on-one birth education classes. Additionally, Ezinne provides appointments postpartum where she focuses on lactation support, assessment for postpartum disorders and provides information that supports overall well-being and healing. Her passion is in making sure that every person has the birth that she desires and is educated about the power their bodies possess to birth their babies the way they want to.
Born in Nigeria and raised in Hawai‘i, Michigan, and New York, Ezinne attended her first birth at the age of 15, at her mother's side. She went on to study Marriage Family and Human Development in college. Ezinne has served as the doula to many women in hospital settings and additionally has attended well over 100 home births.
Nutritional Therapy Practitioner
After navigating chronic headaches since childhood, digestive issues in college, fertility challenges & miscarriage in adulthood, and eventual autoimmune disease diagnosis, Brittany has found relief from all through a strategic root cause approach. She dove in through nutrition and lifestyle changes that challenge American cultural norms to find healing, answers, and restoration. Brittany is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. She specializes in fertility challenges, optimizing fertility, pregnancy & lactation nutrition, and postpartum nutrient replenishment. She enjoys helping women find the root cause of their health symptoms, restore optimal health, and feel full and wholly nourished every step of their motherhood journey.
Co-founder, Registered Nurse, RNC-MNN
As a Mother/Baby nurse working in LA county California during the pandemic, Sami was sending families home every day from the hospital and out into the world without the resources she knew they needed to thrive. She and Kristen then created Birth Halo.
Sami is certified in BBLA lactation training, is nationally certified in maternal newborn nursing, and has assisted over 3000 families with postpartum care. She believes that the strategy a family creates and the help they receive during the first year of postpartum impacts generations.
As an IBCLC (Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant) and LVN (Licensed Vocational Nurse), Jennifer uses evidence-based practices to assure success with breastfeeding while supporting all feeding situations of a baby. Jen has now worked with thousands of moms and families in her work of over 20 years across the globe. Jennifer has served in the community at different coalitions including La Leche League and Milk Mamas Milk Banks. She worked as the main educator for new nurse hires and students nurses in their orientation education at a magnet hospital. Jennifer has a broadminded approach to childbirth and breastfeeding, and the process through which each individual derives as their own unique experience. Jennifer works with families and practitioners internationally in pursuit of her goals to promote, protect and support breastfeeding and lactation world-wide.
Kellie, recipe developer, lives in Phoenix, AZ, with her husband, two kids and pup. They’re an active family, so Kellie strives to provide nutrient-rich meals that keep her family going. Kellie has been passionate about cooking since she was a teen and studied food science in college. Her food philosophy is to experiment, eat what’s in season, and use variety. Her recipes will help ease your meal planning and give you more time to care for yourself and your little one.
Kristen is a mom of 3 and co-founder of Birth Halo. She has her masters in public administration from George Washington with an emphasis on International Development and has lived abroad for most of her life. She is married to a diplomat and they currently live in Tokyo, where she grew up. She has taught a variety of styles of yoga for 9 years as well, including pre and postnatal and baby and me classes. Kristen is a DONA trained Postpartum Doula working on her final few credentials to get her official certification. She struggled through years of infertility followed by IVF for both of her pregnancies. Her twins ended up in the NICU for 2 & 3 weeks and she had a failed V-BAC for her second. She understands some of the ups and downs of starting a family and looks forward to helping new families however she can.
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