January 4, 2021
Guramrit LeBron

Director of Communications, Instructor

Guramrit LeBron (CLC) is a birth and postpartum doula trained through Birthing Gently (DONA) and Certified Lactation Counselor (Healthy Children Project). She studied Magazine Journalism at at Syracuse University and spent the first few years post college working at various publications including Parenting Magazine before working in marketing at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Guramrit completed training as a holistic health counselor and transitioned to working at GrowNYC Farmers Markets as a Market Manager all while publishing her first cookbook, Yogi Eats.

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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 (RN, CLC, Certified Holistic Doula) is a Registered Nurse, midwifery student and experienced 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 25, 2021
Shalawn Facey

Instructor

​Shalawn is a wife, a mother and a New York native who hails from Brooklyn. She has always believed in supporting new and transitioning mothers. After having her first child, in 2003 she became totally committed to the need of finding support for herself and anyone else venturing into motherhood.

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January 11, 2021
​Sophia O’Shaughnessy

Instructor

​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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January 11, 2021
Whitney Burke

Instructor

Whitney Burke (MSPT) is a pediatric physical therapist that graduated with her master’s degree from Northeastern University in 2006. She started her career working at Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Westchester, New York where she gained extensive training in neuro-developmental treatment. In 2008, Whitney founded her private practice, Whitney Burke Physical Therapy, based in New York City’s Upper East Side.

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January 11, 2021
Yiska Obadia-Gedal

Instructor

Yiska Obadia-Gedal (L. Ac.) is a NY State licensed acupuncturist, prenatal and therapeutic massage therapist and birth doula. As a massage therapist since 1995 and friend, she attended her first birth in 2001. Awed by the power and beauty of that experience, she attended a doula training program to learn more about the ways she could support mothers and families in the birth process.

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