Birthing Assistants

Shalawn Facey
Shalawn Facey is a wife, a mother and a New York native. She has always believed in supporting new and transitioning mothers. After having her first child, she became totally committed to the need of finding support for herself and anyone else venturing into motherhood. As a breastfeeding mother she soon realized the importance of great support for breastfeeding moms. Shortly after becoming a mother herself, she began training and working as a postpartum doula.

Helping women navigate the waters of mothering a newborn became her passion. She later trained to become a Birth Assistant, assisting midwives in both Birth Center and home birth settings. In 2011, after seeing the continuing need for breastfeeding support, Shalawn became a Certified Lactation Counselor. She has an affinity for working with women and infants. With over ten years of experience, Shalawn has attended many, many births. She loves working as a Birth Assistant and being the right hand that supports the midwife. Shalawn currently lives in Brooklyn and is the proud mother of two beautiful children.

Kristina Kolanovic
My interest in various cultural practices surrounding childbirth began with an undergraduate degree in anthropology. I went on to complete an accelerated nursing degree at NYU in 2017. My great-grandmother was a village midwife. I grew up listening to my own mother recount her birth stories, always singing praise and claiming them as the most beautiful moments of her life. Each birth is a testament to the strength, power, intimacy, and sensitivity of womanhood and family. I feel it is a privilege and honor to attend births with and assist Andrea, as I continue on my own path of becoming a midwife.

Maggie Torrance
Maggie and family
I have lived in Brooklyn for over ten years and proud to say both my sons are more New York than I will ever be. I graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Family Science, focusing on marriage and family therapy. I have a tremendous amount of experience working with young women, which is how I fell in love with birth work. In 2011, after becoming a DONA trained Birth Doula, I began working for the Brooklyn Birthing Center as their Medical Assistant, Birth Assistant, and eventually their Clinic Manager. I have witnessed 350+ deliveries and have been a doula for more than half of them. In 2014, I began to assist home birth midwives and found my groove. Watching women and families welcoming their child in their homes, with so much love and grace, was completely rewarding. In 2015, I completed PBI Placenta Specialist training and have worked all over the tri-state area providing encapsulation services. I FINALLY received my Certified Lactation Counselor award in 2016 while pregnant with my second son. I love to make others laugh, I am a woman of faith, and I thoroughly enjoy the work I am called to do.

Sasha Weigel

Sasha began her journey into the world of birth a decade ago when she became a certified birth doula with Doulas of North America (DONA). She pursued a Bachelor’s of Nursing degree in 2010 and became a Registered Nurse (RN) in 2012. She worked as a Labor & Delivery and Postpartum nurse at NYU Langone Medical Center for almost 4 years. She is now the Manager of Baby Caravan and continues to work as a birth doula, a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), and is in the Midwifery Masters program at NYU with a projected graduation date of May 2018.

Sasha lives in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn with her husband Asch, her son Wells and her dog Mimi.

Emily Cohen-Moreira
Emily is a Midwife Assistant, Birth Doula, Certified Childbirth Educator, and Certified Lactation Counselor. She is the founder of Lucy the Laborer Birth and Lactation Education and Services. Emily has been working in the pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding world since 2009 and brings a feminist, caring, parent-empowering approach to birth work. She is also a mom to her daughter, born at a planned home water birth in her kitchen in July 2012.