How NYC Birth Village came to be!

Advanced Level Birth and Postpartum Doulas

After many years working with families alone, we decided to join forces in the summer of 2015 and created this beloved partnership.  Together we are able to better assist our families by combining our experiences, resources and approach to address the unexpected challenges that arise and to share in the beautiful memories as well.   We feel blessed to have found a trusted and complimentary partner in each other and our families think so too!  Since then we are proud to announce we have formed an agency featuring doulas with our same hands-on, warm and evidence based approach that we mentor and train. Please learn more about our postpartum specialists Brianna and Jill, and our birth and postpartum doulas Francie, Sierra, Erica, and Sam, here

Find out a little about Narchi and Karla, the NYC Birth Village co-founders, below:

NARCHI, Co-founder

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I am proud to be part of the community of doulas and childbirth educators in NYC. I am a certified birth doula , postpartum doula, certified childbirth educator, certified breastfeeding counselor, and mother of three kids.  My journey towards becoming a birth worker began in 2003 when I was preparing for the birth of my second child. Since my first child was born by c-section, I needed extra support and plenty of research in order to be well prepared to have a VBAC. I found tremendous knowledge and emotional support in the wonderful organization ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network). My two VBACs were incredible and humbling experiences that taught me not only about the birth process but also about the importance of strong support.

With a degree in Sociology, an MBA, experience in computer graphics and management, I never expected my life to take such a radical and positive turn. And I am very grateful that it did. After the birth of my last child I quit the corporate world, followed my passion and started my education and work in the birth field.  In 2017 I completed the Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology Educator Program. I believe that not only the physical, but also the emotional health of the baby begins in the womb and I am excited to share the knowledge of this young field. I am also in the process of re-certifying as a childbirth educator through the prestigious Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan NY. Like all doulas, I feel very blessed to be supporting parents through the amazing experience of birth, one that will stay with them for a lifetime. 

KARLA, Co-founder

I'm a New York City based certified birth doula, postpartum doula, and certified breastfeeding counselor. Previously, I graduated from Tulane University with degrees in Psychology and Political Science.  I worked for 9 years as a political campaign director coaching activists and organizers to find the courage and will to run challenging environmental, human rights, and electoral campaigns.  I thrived working in an intense environment guiding a team towards a goal.  

 Around this time, my sister asked me to be her doula for her first and second birth.  I actually found the work to be quite similar.  Intense, raw but so beautifully intimate.  Being with her during that demanding and awe-inspiring moments left me with a deep respect for women, our bodies, and the miracles the universe can provide us with after hard work.  Her beautiful babies are what brought me to New York City and those experiences are the reason I got certified as a doula.  Today I support families with natural and medicated births in NYC hospitals, birthing centers and homes.  After having been a birth doula for many families, I realized the impact that a smooth transition into parenthood and a successful breastfeeding relationship can have on the mother and family and then became a postpartum doula and certified breastfeeding counselor.  I feel so incredibly grateful that my time with families can leave such a positive lasting impression with which that family can have a more peaceful beginning for years to come.

 I speak English and Spanish.

Our unique partnership model allows us to work with our clients as a team allowing us to draw from our combined experiences and skill set to broaden the support we offer our families.

Certifications and Education


  • BA in Sociology, Brasov, Romania, 1999

  • MBA, University of Phoenix, 2008

  • Birth Doula Certification, Aviva Institute, 2012

  • Childbirth Educator Certification, Aviva Institute, 2013

  • Spinning Babies Workshop, New York, NY, 2013

  • Rebozo training, New York, NY, 2013

  • Babywearing for Doulas, New York, NY 2013

  • Integrative Resuscitation of the Newborn, New York, NY, 2013

  • Birth Doula Certification, Stillbirthday, 2014

  • Hypnobabies Hypno-Doula Certification, 2014

  • Acupressure for Labor and Birth, New York, NY, 2014

  • Breastfeeding Counselor Certification, Brooklyn, NY 2014

  • Infant CPR, Manhattan, NY, 2014

  • Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology Educator Program, completed in 2017

  • CEAMNY Teacher Certification Program, currently enrolled, New York, NY, 2015

  • Teaching Labor Support - CEAMNY workshop, New York, 2015

  • Pain Coping Strategies for Labor and Birth - CEAMNY workshop, New York, NY, 2015

  • Intermediate Midwifery Skills Practicum, New York, NY, 2015

  • Embodiment Seminar, Communication and Presence Skills, New York, NY, 2015

  • Comforting Touch for Doulas with Yiska Obadia, New York, NY, 2015

  • Pharmacology in Pregnancy, Labor, and Birth - CEAMNY workshop, New York, 2016

  • Cesarean Birth and Prevention - CEAMNY workshop, New York, 2016

  • Obstetrical Testing and Procedures with Village Obstetrics - CEAMNY workshop, New York, 2016

  • Maternal Postpartum Issues - CEAMNY workshop, New York, 2016

  • Perinatal Loss - CEAMNY workshop, New York, 2016

  • Anatomy And Physiology Of Pregnancy, Labor, And Birth - CEAMNY workshop, New York, 2016

  • Optimal Nutrition for the Childbearing Cycle - CEAMNY workshop, New York, 2016

  • Advanced Doula Training with Penny Simkin - New York, 2016

  • Teaching Breastfeeding - CEAMNY workshop - New York, 2017

  • Teaching Newborn Care - CEAMNY workshop - New York, 2017


  • BA in Psychology and Political Science, Tulane University, New Orleans, 2003

  • Birth Doula Certification, DONA, New York, NY, 2011

  • TENs Unit Certification, ReNew PT, New York, NY, 2012

  • Advanced Doula Training with Ina May Gaskin, New York, NY, 2012

  • Advanced Babywearing, New York, NY 2013

  • Postpartum Depression Screening, Olivia Bergeron, LCSW, 2013

  • Hypnobirthing Doula Certification, New York, NY, 2013

  • Rebozo Training, New York, NY, 2013

  • Infant CPR, Brooklyn, NY, 2013

  • Stand On Your Rights, with Cristen Pascucci, New York, NY, 2014

  • Breastfeeding Counselor Certification, Brooklyn, NY 2014

  • Intermediate Midwifery Skills Practicum, Brooklyn, NY, 2015

  • Teaching Labor Support, CEAMNY workshop, New York, NY, 2015

  • Understanding the Newborn, Brooklyn, NY, 2015

  • Spinning Babies, Brooklyn, NY 2016

  • Advanced Doula Training with Penny Simkin, New York, 2016

More than 300 births attended in NYC hospitals, birth centers and homes

Hospitals and birthing centers we have attended births at:

  • NY-Presbyterian Columbia University Hospital

  • NY-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital

  • NY-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Birthing Center

  • NY-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Hospital

  • NY-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

  • NYU

  • Mount Sinai West

  • Mount Sinai East

  • Mount Sinai West Birthing Center

  • Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center

  • Lenox Hill

  • Metropolitan Hospital

  • Brooklyn Hospital

  • Brooklyn Birthing Center

  • Flushing Hospital

  • Forest Hills Hospital

  • Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center

  • North Shore Medical Center Long Island

  • Nassau University Medical Center Long Island

  • Pascack Valley Hospital NJ

  • Palisades Hospital NJ

  • Hoboken University Medical Center