NAIMA BECKLES, LCCE, CD(DONA), CBC

Birth + Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator, Breastfeeding Counselor

I discovered a world of amazing supportive people—doulas, childbirth educators, and care providers who helped me navigate birthing, feeding

New York City, NY

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5.0 of 5 (6)
We had the sense that Naima would be a highly competent and reassuring presence during labor from our very first meeting, and our subsequent experiences only reinforced that. My partner benefited greatly from both her expertise and her empathetic approach; as for me, I'm not sure how I could have navigated the process sanely without her. (I now understand why people say a good doula can be as invaluable to the birth partner as to the mother…) More specifically, when we ended up having to make choices about an unplanned c-section, she was an excellent advocate who left us feeling confident in our decisions. We'd recommend her unhesitatingly.
Dani was my doula for my second labor, an attempted VBAC. I am immensely grateful for her incredible support! I would not have endured so well and even enjoyed significant parts of the experience without her! I went through a very long labor, including 13 hours in the hospital without an epidural, and ending with a c-section due to fetal distress, as well as juggling the schedule of my toddler throughout, Dani was able to not only help immensely with pain management (such as massage, oils, positioning, ball) she also provided emotional support/ processing, and was even able to make parts of it memorably enjoyable! Dani has a unique combination of knowledge, including from her work as a prenatal yoga instructor, and an emotional/spiritual presence that helped me relax and flow with the unpredictable turn of events. Dani stayed all the way until I breastfed and she made sure all of my decisions where well informed and that I considered all my options. Dani is an incredible doula and I highly recommend her to anyone!
Kaeleigh and Dani were recommended to us by a friend. My husband and I are so grateful to have had them as our doulas. During the prenatal visits, they took the time to get to know us and provided invaluable guidance as we formed our birth preferences. Their positive energy and support helped us through the most challenging weeks of pregnancy. When I went into labor, Kaeleigh was our doula on call. As labor became more intense, we found it difficult to remain calm and practice what we had learned in our birth class. The moment Kaeleigh walked through the door, her presence immediately transformed the tense and unsettled atmosphere in our apartment into a more peaceful, relaxed one. She was remarkably sensitive to my needs and intuitively seemed to know exactly what to do to help me through contractions. Without her support, I would not have been able to labor for so many hours at home before going to the hospital. My labor was longer and more difficult than expected and I simply cannot imagine doing it without Kaeleigh. I highly recommend her.
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In the movies birth happens so fast. Her water breaks, they rush to the hospital, and three pushes later there’s a crying baby. I kinda thought that birth would be like that when I was pregnant. Luckily, I was introduced to amazing supportive people - doulas, childbirth educators, and care providers who helped me navigate birthing, feeding, and caring for my babies.

Why doesn’t every pregnant person have access to this information and support?

As a doula and childbirth educator, I’m a guiding voice and a hand to hold. I hope to inspire my clients to make informed decisions as they prepare to meet their babies.

Labor is hard work. It’s easier to embrace that safely when you’re confident and relaxed.


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by NAIMA BECKLES, LCCE, CD(DONA), CBC

Naima Beckles Reviews

5.0 of 5 (6)
We had the sense that Naima would be a highly competent and reassuring presence during labor from our very first meeting, and our subsequent experiences only reinforced that. My partner benefited greatly from both her expertise and her empathetic approach; as for me, I'm not sure how I could have navigated the process sanely without her. (I now understand why people say a good doula can be as invaluable to the birth partner as to the mother…) More specifically, when we ended up having to make choices about an unplanned c-section, she was an excellent advocate who left us feeling confident in our decisions. We'd recommend her unhesitatingly.
Dani was my doula for my second labor, an attempted VBAC. I am immensely grateful for her incredible support! I would not have endured so well and even enjoyed significant parts of the experience without her! I went through a very long labor, including 13 hours in the hospital without an epidural, and ending with a c-section due to fetal distress, as well as juggling the schedule of my toddler throughout, Dani was able to not only help immensely with pain management (such as massage, oils, positioning, ball) she also provided emotional support/ processing, and was even able to make parts of it memorably enjoyable! Dani has a unique combination of knowledge, including from her work as a prenatal yoga instructor, and an emotional/spiritual presence that helped me relax and flow with the unpredictable turn of events. Dani stayed all the way until I breastfed and she made sure all of my decisions where well informed and that I considered all my options. Dani is an incredible doula and I highly recommend her to anyone!
Kaeleigh and Dani were recommended to us by a friend. My husband and I are so grateful to have had them as our doulas. During the prenatal visits, they took the time to get to know us and provided invaluable guidance as we formed our birth preferences. Their positive energy and support helped us through the most challenging weeks of pregnancy. When I went into labor, Kaeleigh was our doula on call. As labor became more intense, we found it difficult to remain calm and practice what we had learned in our birth class. The moment Kaeleigh walked through the door, her presence immediately transformed the tense and unsettled atmosphere in our apartment into a more peaceful, relaxed one. She was remarkably sensitive to my needs and intuitively seemed to know exactly what to do to help me through contractions. Without her support, I would not have been able to labor for so many hours at home before going to the hospital. My labor was longer and more difficult than expected and I simply cannot imagine doing it without Kaeleigh. I highly recommend her.
Kaeleigh is an amazing postpartum doula! She's incredibly professional and our daughter absolutely loves her. Whether going above and beyond during tummy time or cooking up a delicious feast -- Kaeleigh always brightens our day!!
Kaeleigh provided me with much much needed post partum support after my daughter Mia was born. Not being from NYC all of my and my husband's family and most of our support network live abroad. We were therefore extremely thankful to have kind and helpful Kaeleigh around for a few hours a day to assist with the baby (our firstborn!), letting me catch up on some sleep, errands and matters around the household. I can recommend her to everyone!!
Before my pregnancy, my understanding of a doula’s purpose was nominal. I knew that they supported a woman through the childbirthing process, but, being my first pregnancy, I was unaware of how much support I would actually need. The warm and positive energy exuded by Kaeleigh Terrill made me feel immediately comfortable working with her as my doula. To say I didn’t know how much support I would need is an understatement. Kaeleigh was my point person throughout two weeks of prodromal labor, checking in on me daily and offering words of encouragement when I was feeling let down by my body’s refusal to progress. During our first few meetings we discussed how my pregnancy had been progressing, my feelings about childbirth, and my birth plan. Noting my love of yoga, Kaeleigh and I continued to meet and review different positions my partner and I could utilize during the birthing process. We experimented with a rebozo, and Kaeleigh lent us her birthing ball after showing us how it could be used to encourage labor. During my labor, Kaeleigh provided precisely the right amount of support. When I needed her, she was there; when I needed space, she respected my wishes. When I felt stuck and the nurses were discouraging, Kaeleigh explained in layman's terms what my body was doing and suggested ways to progress the labor. She was supportive of all decisions I made throughout my labor, supportive of my partner, and advocated for me when discussing my wishes with the doctors at Holyoke Medical Center. I thought a doula was simply a support person during labor, but Kaeleigh was much more than that. By supporting me prior to my labor, we developed a relationship that allowed me to trust her more than the doctors whom I barely knew, thus creating a significantly more comfortable birthing environment. Her calm and positive energy helped me to remain calm and positive during one of the most stressful and exciting moments of my life. Kaeleigh Terrill embodies everything one would hope a doula to be, and I plan to recommend her to any and all expectant mothers I come in contact with. Thank you Kaeleigh!





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