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January 12, 2022
April Cañete Pavlish

Support + Administrative Assistant

April Cañete Pavlish (she/her) is a trained birth and postpartum doula, a licensed Zumba instructor, and holds a Master’s in Public Health with years of experience in sexual and reproductive health. She was inspired by this work after having a wonderful doula at her own birth.

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January 6, 2021
Jenny Langbehn

Program + Operations Director, Instructor

Jenny Langbehn (CLC, LCCE) is a Certified Advanced Holistic Doula, Lactation Counselor (CLC), Childbirth Educator (Lamaze), Midwifery Assistant (The Farm Midwives in Tennessee), and Certified Prenatal Yoga Instructor. Jenny’s particular passion has been supporting New York City families through a complex- and often overwhelming- hospital system. Currently single-momming her way through nursing school and on track to Midwifery, Jenny is honored to be a part of the Manhattan Birth community.

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January 6, 2021
Sarah Lovell

Client Care + Program Development Director, Instructor

Sarah Lovell (LM, CNM, WHNP, RN, CLC, Certified Holistic Doula) is a licensed midwife and an experienced former doula who came to this work with a background in holistic health. Having managed natural health clinics since 2005, Sarah passionately believes in the body’s innate abilities and loves empowering others to have the same faith in themselves. Beyond doula training, she has completed additional courses in breastfeeding support, Acupressure for Pregnancy, Labor & Postpartum as well as Childbirth Education.

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January 11, 2021
​Sophia O’Shaughnessy


​Sophia O’Shaughnessy is a DONA-trained birth and postpartum doula, certified lactation counselor, and mother of two. She has additional training in comforting touch for birth, holistic newborn care, the fourth trimester, and supporting LGBTQ families. As a former opera singer, Sophia never imagined having a career in healthcare. However, her own journey through pregnancy and birth with her first son totally changed that: she had an incredible, powerful birth and knew immediately that she needed to help other families feel that too.

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