Criselda Navarro CD(DONA)

Birth Doula | Childbirth Educator

I am a sensible and nurturing woman inspired by my daughter’s first pregnancy to become a Doula. During this humbling experience, I became a birth junkie that got interested in supporting parents to achieve the best birth experience possible. My assistance involves advising, guiding, teaching, and helping the expectant family in topics of childbirth, postpartum, feeding and newborn care.

I am supportive not only of the expectant woman and baby, but of all family members that want to participate in this life changing event regardless of income, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, or religious beliefs.

My formal training began in 2015 with a four days’ deep dive Doula’s workshop from DONA international, the oldest most accredited body Doula institution in North America.The road to certification followed  a long list of requirements including observation of several births, more than seven core readings- books, 72 plus hours of additional childbirth classes, breastfeeding, newborn care, cpr etc. Last year I added a Lamaze childbirth educator seminar  to complement my body of knowledge as a birth professional.

Currently, I work with Maternity Care Coalition in Philadelphia and Montgomery counties. I have attended more than 12 births and assisted 16 families.

Birth Doula CD (DONA)
MPH Blogger Breastfeeding Peer Counselor (NMA) in training

Gabriela Gottlieb. MPH

Blogger | Breastfeeding Peer Counselor (NMA)

I am a mom, public health advocate, peer counselor, regulator and educator. My passion is to help others achieve their goals, while promoting their well-being, wherever and whatever that may be. Because I am constantly thinking about my professional expansion, I am now dabbling my feet into assisting women in their journey to motherhood. This last fall I became certified as a breastfeeding peer counselor at the Nursing Mothers Alliance (NMA). There, I lead group meetings with other moms looking for support, and attend moms calling to the NMA’s warmline. I am also actively working to pursue IBCLC and Respectful Parenting Counselor certifications.

My goal is to help mothers and their babies thrive in a new and kinder world that we can create for us. I advocate for humanized birth, paid parental leave, and breastfeeding rights, among others. I want to fight and put an end to obstetric violence and violation of mother’s and babies’ rights that can occur before, during and after childbirth.

In my spare time, I enjoy singing, playing with my baby, reading, listening to music, and binge watching the most popular TV shows.