The Birth Center of New Jersey Doulas

What is a Doula?

A doula, also known as a birth companion, birth coach or post-birth supporter, is a non-medical person who assists a woman before, during, or after childbirth, to provide emotional support and physical help if needed. They also may provide support to the mother’s partner and family. Unlike a midwife, doulas are not medical professionals and therefore cannot administer medication. Doulas are typically certified with some courses taking over a year to complete. Practical training is involved to become certified. Continuous support during birth from a person outside the mother’s family or social circle, such as a Doula, is associated with reduced mortality rates, improved overall health of the mother and the baby, shorter labor time, reduced risk of a C-Section, and a lower need for medical interventions such as instrumental delivery or pain relief. Support from a Doula may also reduce mothers’ negative feelings about their childbirth experience. Some doulas provide postpartum support, for example assisting with housework, cooking, and offering help with learning to breast feed.

Anisah Hagg

Anisah Haqq-Muhammad

Doula

Like many women, Anisah's journey in becoming a birth doula was encouraged by her own labor experiences. It has since become her mission to ensure that all pregnant women have the opportunity to be properly educated about their rights. As a doula, Anisah's primary goal is to help make sure that every mother achieves the birth experience they desire.

Anne Schuchman

Anne Schuchman

Doula

Anne has over seven years of experience supporting families during pregnancy and postpartum as a doula and educator. Her goal is to help clients give birth with full emotional and physical support. She has a ``whatever works`` attitude and assists clients in clarifying their own preferences, then works to fulfill them, with loving support, not judgment.

Cristina Ramos

Cristina Ramos

Doula

Giving birth to my three children was an empowering and life altering experience which in turn gave birth to my interest in empowering people to birth in their own way. Working as a Doula, for over 6 years and assisting over 46 families, has allowed me to bring my skills, passions and knowledge of the body to my clients. I hope to encourage and instill in the birthing parent to trust in their bodies and their inner wisdom, while supporting and comforting them and their partners.

Denise Bolds

Denise Bolds

Doula

Denise Bolds is Bold Doula, she holds a MSW degree and is experienced in case managing high-risk pregnancies. She is a DONA certified birth doula with 150+ births experience since 2014. Denise supports same-sex couples as well as teens & advanced
maternal age pregnancies. She is a certified Evidence Based Birth® Instructor and Childbirth Instructor. Denise is also a CLC providing breastfeeding support. Denise is a mentor of birth doulas and is known for her advocacy and empowerment in birth work.

Juliza Garcia

Juliza “Jewell” Garcia

Doula

Jewell is a Certified Perinatal & Postpartum, Certified Childbirth Educator, Certified Peer Sexual Reproductive Educator, Certified Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, Chocolate Milk Cafe Facilitator and Certified Domestic Violence Intimate Partner Violence Counselor. Jewell trained as a Womb Massage Therapist/ Sobadora, Sacred Womb Wellness Facilitator, Belly Binding and Certified Reiki Practitioner. Jewell is bilingual in Spanish & English.

Lynn Christensen

Lynn Christensen

Doula

Lynn is a DONA-certified birth doula, certified lactation counselor (CLC) and childbirth educator (LCCE). I support and honor your informed birth choices. Childbirth is truly a transformative experience; it is my joy and privilege to witness this profound event. I am highly experienced, certified since 2002 and have supported 650+ laboring women.

Michelle Gabriel-Caldwell

Michelle Gabriel-Caldwell

Doula

Michelle has been a certified doula and owner of Baby, Please Birth Services since 2006. A mother of two (birthed at hospital and home), she holds degrees in Chemistry & Chemical Engineering. Her desire to empower the laboring person drove her to become a Bradley Method ®Instructor/Doula and an Evidence Based Birth ® Instructor. She developed the Holistic Childbirth Education Class for BCNJ and is currently the coordinator of the BCNJ Doulas.

Nubia Jones

Nubia Jones

Doula

Nubia is a certified birth doula, postpartum doula, parent educator, breastfeeding counselor and a mother of five children. Her passion in supporting women began in 2000 as she began birthing her babies in a freestanding birth center, one of which was a water birth! Nubia is vocal in her advocacy of birth choices and positive birth environments for everyone.