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"Elizabeth was a huge help in both the emotional & physical aspects of the labor and enabled my husband to help out and take part in the process.” – J.M., Brooklyn, New York


My name is Elizabeth Casasnovas Calderon.  Born in 1972 in Queens, NY to Cuban and Colombian immigrant parents.  Fluent in Spanish.  A Virgonian and Highly Sensitive Person.  For me the normalization of birth was a gradual process.  My first visit to Cuba in 2002 and being shown the room on the farm where my father was born, to the unmedicated births and extended breastfeeding of my sister-in-law, to attending a friend's birth in 2003 and ultimately the birth of my daughter, all played integral parts in why I became a doula and an advocate for healthier birth options.  In 2006, I gave birth to my daughter at LICH in Brooklyn two weeks after their birth center closed.  I sought the help of a retired midwife friend who served as my doula before even knowing about doulas.  Her kind gentle care planted a seed that four years later I would discover what it was that she had been for me and ultimately what I would become a "doula".  In 2012 and at the age of 40, I gave birth at home to my second child, a 9lb 4oz baby boy. 

After the birth of my first child, I completed graduate studies at The Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.  I also have a BA degree in Sociology with concentrations in Biology and Education from City College.   I come from a scientific background originally having majored in Biology and Pre-med, with extensive studies in Anatomy & Physiology and Child Development.  My interests have always been in the field of health and education.  I have worked as a social worker at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, taught Biology at Newtown High School and art to gifted 10 - 12 year olds at St. John's University.  I worked for eight years as a medical laboratory technician and several years as a medical assistant.  I also worked for several years as an intake coordinator, researcher and administrative director at The DiMele Center for Psychotherapy in NYC where I also received training in Reconnective Psychotherapy.  I love art, movement, dance and yoga and I incorporate these loves into all the classes I facilitate.

I serve a variety of families with a range of needs including those planning a natural or medicated birth, VBAC (vaginal birth after Cesarean) or Cesarean birth and work with families in a range of birth settings, including home, hospitals and birth centers.  I believe that when a mother and her family are given full information about their birthing options the woman can find a way to birth that honors her unique experience. 

I am a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Certified Lactation Consultant, Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, Certified Prenatal Yoga Instructor and Certified Hypnodoula.  Below is a sampling of my additional trainings, certifications and continuing education in the field of childbirth and yoga.  It is my honor and privilege to nurture you in your journey.

Fall 2010             200-hr Yoga Teacher Training in Therapeutic Yoga, Abhyasa Yoga Center, Brooklyn, NY

Dec. 2010            DONA Childbirth Education for Doulas, MotherLove, Inc., New York, NY

Dec. 2010            DONA Birth Doula Training, MotherLove, Inc., New York, NY

Jan. 2011            Breastfeeding Education and Skills with Karen McGratty, IBCLC, LLL, Brooklyn, NY

Jan. 2011            IRECA Level I & II Energy Balancing, Life Quality Project, New York, NY

April 2011            IRECA Level III & IV Energy Balancing, Life Quality Project, New York, NY

April 2011            The Ecstatic Birth Tele-Summit: The Body Series

May 2011             HypnoBirthing Doula Certification, New York Awareness Center, NY, NY

May 2011             Cranial Sacral Therapy and Rebozo for Pregnancy & Postpartum, Louise Holst Dissing, CM, NY

July 2011             Prenatal Yoga Teacher Certification with Carrie Parker Gastelu, New York Open Center, NY, NY

Oct. 2011             Spinning Babies Body Balancing with Gail Tully, CPM, Montvale, NJ

Nov. 2011            Yoga Birth Method Certification with Dorothy Guerra, NY, NY

March 2012         TENS for Labor and Post Partum Pain Certification, Renew Physical Therapy, NY, NY

March 2012         Ina May Gaskin Workshop, Museum of Motherhood, NY, NY

April 2012            Bereaved Parents with Dr. Peggy Regensberg, NY, NY

April 2012            Postpartum Depression: Support and Prevention with Dr. Peggy Regensberg, NY, NY

June 2012           Breastfeeding Education with Lea Rivera Todaro, IBCLC, Mamí Mia, Inc., Brooklyn, NY, NY

Oct. 2012             Lamaze International Childbirth Educator Training with J. Lothian and A. Walsh, NY, NY

March 2013         Parent-Infant Massage, Loving Touch, Swedish Institute, NY, NY

May 2013             Essential Oils Before, During and After Labor, Renew Physical Therapy, NY, NY

May 2013             Rebozo Certification with Gena Kirby, Beacon, NY

June 2013           Restorative Exercise for Alignment, Birthing Mechanics & Pelvic Floor, OM Factory, NY, NY

Oct. 2013             Professional Diastasis Training, The Dia Method, NY, NY

Nov. 2013            Lamaze International Specialty Workshop with Debby Amis, RN and Jeanne Green, NY, NY

May 2014          Neonatal Resuscitation Card Holder AAP/AHA/NRP, Karen Strange, CPM, New Paltz, NY

                    Oct. 2015          American Heart Association BLS (CPR & AED) for Health Care Providers & First Aid Certification

Nov. 2015            CLC, The Lactation Counselor Training Course, The Center for Breastfeeding, Cornwall, NY

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