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.

Annette Dionisio

Annette Dionisio

Doula

Annette Dionisio, owner of Oh Happy Day Childbirth, is a childbirth educator and doula trained in The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth. Annette’s gentle, evidence-based care strengthens, prepares, and supports NJ mothers and their families as they welcome home their new babies. Created in love. Welcome with Joy.

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 a native of NYC, she holds a MSW degree and is experienced in case managing high-risk pregnancies. She is a certified birth doula with 112 births of experience since 2014. Denise supports same-sex couples as well as teens & advanced maternal age.

Michelle Gabriel-Caldwell

Michelle Gabriel-Caldwell

Doula

Michelle has been a doula since 2006; owner of Baby, Please Birth Services. A mother of two (birthed at hospital and home) and holds degrees in Chemistry & Chemical Engineering. Her desire to empower the laboring person drove her to become a Bradley Method Instructor and an Evidence Based Birth Instructor. She currently teaches the childbirth education classes for TBCONJ and coordinates the doula program.

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.

Shana Schochet Lowell

Shana Schochet Lowell

Doula

Shana is a Certified Doula with Birth Arts International and a Certified Lactation Counselor as well as an MSW. She also has additional training in Rebozo work, spinning babies, and hypnobirthing, all designed to help you have a more successful birth. Whatever your situation or needs I respectfully support you and your family.

Vanessa Kenny

Vanessa Kenny

Doula

I live by the philosophy that knowledge is power. Educating and empowering clients on their birth journey is my ultimate goal. Every laboring family deserves their perfect doula for support. DoulaNess will be your biggest cheerleader from start to finish, with positive and calming guidance.

Lynn Christensen

Lynn Christensen

Doula

I am 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.