Birth Support


Shari McBurney

Shari is a seasoned birth doula specializing in supporting labors at Newton-Wellesley and Mount Auburn Hospitals, due to strong partnerships with the maternity care providers in these settings from whom many of her clients are referred. With over 300 births attended, Shari has gathered a depth of experience with preferences of laboring families that are as varied as the families themselves. As a former Chef, Shari brings a whole new feeling of hospitality to expectant families both as doula and childbirth educator.

Shari is a Certified Birth Doula (TOLABOR), Certified Childbirth Educator (BCCE) for Prepared and Natural Childbirth Classes at Newton Wellesley, Certified Spinning Babies Parent Educator (provisional), and a faculty member for Boston Association for Childbirth Education (BACE). To better serve the families in her care, she has attended advanced trainings in Spinning Babies paradigms, Evidence Based Birth, supporting survivors of childhood sexual trauma, and building LGBQ/T competence.


Jessie Ornstein

is a Boston based birth doula and CLC. Trained with DONA, Jessie provides holistic, nourishing, person centered support for families during pregnancy and childbirth. Her individualized care and support offers a fluid, mindfulness based technique, crafted to help create a warm, supportive and tender environment for the birthing person and baby.

Jessie helps families navigate choices available through the birthing process, by educating families on current evidence based care and research standards, guiding the family to develop their own empowered and knowledgeable ethos as they embark on their birth journey.

Jessie is honored to offer support for families as they access their innate inner wisdom and unique strength through birth.

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Cate Johannessen

BA, BSN, RN, CLC has been working as a birth and postpartum doula for over 10 years and has welcomed over 200 children into the world in hospitals, birth centers and at home. Cate received her nursing degree from Simmons College in 2011, which included a preceptorship in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She currently splits her time in maternal child healthcare between her doula practice and responsibilities as a triage nurse in an OB-GYN office at Mt Auburn Hospital. Her commitment to maternal child health includes working as a childbirth educator and certified lactation counselor. Cate is one of the co-founders of The Every Mother Project, an organization providing support and training for birth and postpartum professionals around screening for and responding to perinatal emotional complications in clients. Cate's commitment to childbirth and maternal health includes future plans to become a nurse midwife, bridging the gap between healthcare and data-driven practices. Cate is passionate about her work and believes that birth is a natural, normal, and sacred process, which she trusts deeply. She lives in Roslindale with her husband, three cats and a dog.


Lindsay Wolff

has a background is in science. She went from graduate school, postdoc, a job in academia. All the while continuously seeking fulfillment and happiness yet not finding it. She had a growing family and a growing desire to have a job that she looked forward to each day. After the home birth experiences of having her daughters, she began daydreaming about birth work. Lindsay has had the incredible privilege to pursue midwifery studies and start her own doula services business. As a certified professional birth doula, she offers top-quality services that are customized to fit your family’s wishes.

From her previous career, Lindsay carries with her a deep respect for research and pride in staying up-to-date on current literature in the field of maternal care. In addition to informational support, Lindsay has enriched her doula credentials with various continuing educational workshops. My clients have described me as warm but with a lighthearted demeanor, gentle, and calm (and they say I give a great massage).

(617) 702-4784

Postpartum Support

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Nneka Hall

is the mother of four (2 Sunshines ages 18 and 13, an Angel baby who would be 8 and a Rainbow who is 4). She is a whole woman advocate who provides in person and virtual support to women through any life phase.

She is a Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Advocate with a primary focus on infant and maternal mortality within the African American Community. In 2014 she founded Quietly United in Loss Together (QUILT) Campaign which is a Pregnancy And Infant Loss Awareness campaign designed to raise awareness of all types of loss from conception through a child's first two years of life, teach healthy fertility through womb health education, provide support to families who suffer these losses and provide support for memory programs so they won't close due to inability to afford supplies.

Following the stillbirth of her daughter in August 2010, Nneka sought out ways to aid others in having a positive birth outcome. She stumbled across the doula profession and needed to learn more. She is a full spectrum doula, holding certifications as a fertility, birth, bereavement, postpartum, menopause and end of life doula. She is a certified International Bereavement Specialist, a Certified Community Centered Herbalist, Womb Health Specialist and Crystal Healer.

June 2016 Nneka had the pleasure of being selected due to her work in the pregnancy and infant loss community to participate in the US of Women's Summit as a Nominated Change Maker which was hosted by former First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey.

Nneka is a member of Vital Village, Boston’s Community Action Network, Boston’s Breastfeeding Coalition and This Is My Brave.

Mom, Doula, International Bereavement Specialist, Uterine Health Coach, Nominated Changemaker and in January 2019 will be one of the people featured in the This Is My Brave Documentary.

Contact Nneka for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support or Postpartum Care


Alexandra Blogier

Alexandra is a DONA-trained postpartum doula. She came to doula work through nannying, which she has done for the last eleven years. In her role as a doula, Alexandra offers truly nonjudgmental support to families adjusting to their new lives with a baby. She is grounded, nurturing and compassionate, providing both practical and emotional support to parents. She focuses on understanding the unique desires and needs of each family, believing that postpartum support establishes a basis for happy, healthy families. Alexandra believes that all families have their own rhythm, and wants parents to feel as supported as possible so they can enjoy the magic of those first three months of their baby’s life. In addition to her work as a doula, Alexandra is also a Certified Breastfeeding Counselor.