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Lisa Baracker, MA, CD(H&H) : Executive Director & Founder

posted Jan 7, 2013, 6:47 PM by Lisa Baracker   [ updated Sep 24, 2017, 7:41 PM ]
As the founder of Whatadoula, I have spent the last 4 years watching as families become families with and without postpartum doula support. I recognize this lack of support as a problem felt by every family in our society who is about to experience the life-changing event of having a child. But it's still hard to put into words exactly what a well trained postpartum doula can add to your experience of becoming a parent whether it's your first child or fourth child.  

I am trained as a breastfeeding peer counselor to help with breastfeeding challenges big and small. I am able to recognize when further referrals are needed for lactation consultation. I'm certified in CPR for all ages and newborn care; this provides you with answers to many of the questions that come flooding into your thoughts in the first few weeks of life. My continuing education has given me insights into assisting LGBTQ parents with their families after birth and with noticing the symptoms of postpartum depression among all new parents. I have experience with Twins and Single birth families.  My speciality is over-night doula work, helping you get the rest you need to wake up and be an amazing parent to your new little one or ones.  With my expertise, your transition into parenthood will be more restful, more informed and less worrisome.  

As of August 2012 I have entered the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program at Touro University full time and will only continue my doula work with repeat clients and families.  It has been an amazing 5 years of Doula work and I look forward to seeing everyone on the flip side, as I continue my advocacy work for pregnant and expecting patients and start catching the babies as a Student Doctor.
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