Prenatal & Postpartum Support

About

 Doula + Prenatal Yoga + Hybrid Childbirth Ed

Photo by Rachel Bradley

Photo by Rachel Bradley

My Story

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and moved to NYC in 1990. I am a mother, writer, prenatal yoga teacher, doula and passionate childbirth consultant, educator and advocate. For 20 years I have served mothers, partners and babies as both a labor support doula and postpartum guide.

In 2005 I created Shakti Ma in Maplewood NJ, where for seven years I directed the pre and postnatal yoga and childbirth education programs. I am a graduate of Integral Yoga Institute and received my advanced pregnancy yoga certification from Gurmukh at Golden Bridge, NYC. I completed additional training with Jennifer Petit of Vira Yoga and with Krissy Shields of Maha Mama, and my advanced doula training with Debra Pascali-Bonaro. I am  also a certified lactation consultant.

Initiated into yoga while pregnant with my first child, I am committed to continual exploration and evolution in my own Ashtanga influenced yoga practice. Both my teaching craft and my personal practice are fortified by the light of many amazing teachers on my path: I am especially grateful for the sustained inspiration from the teachers of Kula Yoga Project and Prema Yoga.

I recently moved with back to the City with my husband and two adventurous kids and am delighted to be rooted once again in the beautiful borough of Brooklyn.


 
When we met Gayle, we knew right away we wanted her to be a part of such a special time for us. She is kind, knowledgeable and comforting, and her confidence and years of experience proved invaluable to us. She made every effort to ensure we felt empowered in our decision-making throughout labor.
— Ioana A., Brooklyn
 

Motherhood

Small things grow…

 
Mia, 4 months

Mia, 4 months

Mia, Age 4

Mia, Age 4

Harry, 5 months

Harry, 5 months

Harry, Age 3

Harry, Age 3

 
 
mia, Age 21 & harry, age 17

mia, Age 21 & harry, age 17

 

 

mothers must mother
each other, too. 

we must hold each other up &
surround each other strong &
in the ear
of every new mother
we must whisper,
you belong
you belong.

— Vicki Rivard, @bravenewmama