As partners, we work together to ensure our clients have access to relevant, evidence-based information so they can make informed choices about their own one-of-a-kind pregnancy, birth, postpartum adjustment and parenting style.
Marni Deutsch, birth doula
In partnership with Leigh Kader
Birth is transformative, and Marni was most definitely transformed in very different ways by the births of her two children. She knew she needed to support women through this extraordinary experience, and with the support and encouragement of her husband left her 12-year career in television production to do so.
Marni is deeply committed to honoring a woman's birth choices and offering continuous, nonjudgemental, emotional and physical support to expectant and laboring mothers and their partners. Her wish for every mother is to have a respectful and fulfilling birth experience, as they welcome their baby with love and happiness. She is overjoyed that her work as a doula can help make that possible.
Leigh Kader, birth & Postpartum doula, Childbirth educator
In partnership with Marni Deutsch
Propelled by the birth of her first child in 2008 to explore a career change, Leigh is a certified cooperative childbirth educator with the Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York and a birth and postpartum doula, having completed training with the Doulas of North America. In doula training, Leigh met a KINdred spirit in Marni Deutsch. After informally backing each other up throughout much of 2014, a more formal partnership was the next logical step in ensuring that their clients are as nurtured, informed and supported as possible.
Leigh knows firsthand the benefits of a comprehensive childbirth education as well as the presence of continuous emotional and physical support during childbirth. In addition to her own Comprehensive Birth Series, Leigh has taught group childbirth preparation classes with various businesses around the city, as well as privates throughout the New York metropolitan area. She is currently teaching a Fourth Trimester Class at Parent Craft in Park Slope once a month.
Experienced at supporting laboring women in a variety of birthing facilities from hospital and birthing center to home births, Leigh appreciates that childbirth is an intensely personal experience that each family defines differently. Her goal is to help women and their partners attain as positive a birth experience as possible. Leigh lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children and enjoys jogging in Prospect Park and catching up on 10 year old television shows. Learn more about her in this 2015 interview.
Natasha dillahunt, POSTPARTUM DOULA, Certified Lactation Councelor
Following the births of her two daughters in 2008 and 2011, Natasha discovered there was a huge gap in maternity care—KINd support and education for the new family during the postpartum period (fourth trimester). Expectant parents and their healthcare providers place huge emphasis on preparing for labor and delivery, and virtually none on preparing for the journey of parenthood. Through her own experiences and by observing the struggles of other families, Natasha felt compelled to make a career change in 2012 to help close the gap. Working initially with home birth midwife Joan Bryson in 2013, she is now a DONA-Certified Postpartum Doula and Certified Lactation Counselor.
Natasha is committed to providing caring, nonjudgemental, evidence-based postpartum support for new families. She has seen and experienced firsthand the benefits of "mothering the mother"—from developing a strong mother-infant bond and establishing successful and long term breastfeeding to warding off depression and peacefully transitioning and adapting to life with a new baby. Numerous studies, anthropological and otherwise, have shown this to be true: Consistent and caring support at the beginning of the parenting journey leads to positive long term outcomes for the family unit.
Natasha lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys playing, cooking, reading, traveling and long walks in Prospect Park.