About Myla

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Myla began attending births in 2007 as a homebirth midwife’s assistant. Her educational path took her through Nursing, Theater, Psychology, Drama-Therapy; yet throughout her journey, and no matter her other interests, she found she could not resist a deep-seeded passion for birth. It just came naturally for Myla to support mothers and families through the unforgettable experience of welcoming their babies into the world. While studying at Rutgers University, dear friends and midwives asked Myla to join in the developmental stages of opening a birth center in Uganda; Myla was able to work with and learn essential skills from traditional midwives to better support women in labor. Myla received her DONA professional doula training and certification in 2010, and has since become richly experienced. Myla is grateful to have followed her calling as a birth doula, childbirth educator, certified lactation counselor; and she remains actively involved with Mother Health International.

Myla has worked in many settings beyond local homebirths – developing wisdom and awareness of how to best support families through hospital births in NYC. Serving ​150+ families as a birth doula, Myla has witnessed a rainbow of experiences in supporting women of various cultures, circumstances, and birth outcomes. Myla has supported women with vaginal breech deliveries, premature labors, inductions, planned Cesareans, epidural births, and lots of natural birth. She has insight about “high-risk” circumstances, and has a wealth of training to support VBAC / HBAC mothers, twins (whether vaginal or via Cesarean). Myla is fulfilled by offering support, guidance, and comfort to pregnant women, and also enjoys being creative in the process (i ​.​e​​​.​ birth art, belly casts, photography, and writing). Myla aims to doula with love, having no judgments, feelings, or expectations of how your birth should be, with an ultimate goal to support your vision. Mindful that birth ​ ​may ​sometimes takes a course of its own, Myla would help you work through any unexpected shifts, providing information, and maintaining support and encouragement throughout.​

 

Training & Certifications

  • The Cycles of Life, Holistic Gynecology New York, Dr. Eden Fromberg, 2016
  • The Female Pelvis, Anatomy Trains, Thomas Myers, 2016
  • “Expanding Mindsets, Transforming Practices,” Teachers College, 2016
  • Spinning Babies, Tammy Ryan, 2016
  • Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorder (PMAD) Screening, Seleni Institute, 2016
  • Neonatal Resuscitation, Karen Strange, 2015
  • Babywearing Educator Workshop, Gillian Foreman, 2014
  • Using the Rebozo Workshop, Gena Kirby, 2013
  • Certified Lactation Counselor, Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice, 2013
  • Healthy Children’s Center for Breastfeeding – 5-Day Intensive, 2013
  • Certified Hypnobirthing Doula, Mongan Method, Support Techniques for Doulas, 2013
  • Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Group & Private Classes, 2012 – Present
  • Bradley Childbirth Education Course, 8-Week Audited Participant, Tanya Wills, 2012
  • Birthing from Within, Mentor & Doula Workshop, 2012
  • Child & Infant CPR, American Red Cross, Stork & Cradle, 2012
  • Understanding and Supporting Vaginal Birth for Twins, 2011
  • Mother Health Int’l, Midwifery Symposium, Uganda, Participant & Moderator, 2011
  • Passion for Birth, Participant, 2011
  • Certified Birth Doula, CD (DONA), 2010-Present
  • DONA Birth Doula Training, Celeste Rachel, 2009
  • Mother Health International Team, 2008-Present