Lital Diament, MA, LMFT, Co-Owner
Lital Diament is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT 96310) and the co-owner of Birch Family Birth Services. As a new mother to a young boy juggling the demands of work and motherhood, Lital is excited to join and support the Birch Family Birth Services community of families.
In her practice, Lital uses a holistic approach—looking at the whole person, taking into consideration any underlying medical issues, such as autoimmune disorders as factors in emotional well-being. She specializes in working with women who are struggling with all aspects of motherhood, including infertility and pregnancy loss. It is Lita’s passion to continue helping women and especially family in need of support, education and resources.
Lital understands how exciting and overwhelming motherhood is and the changing role(s) it creates. During her own struggles she reached out and advocated for herself, created her own village of support, community and resources. Lital’s passion to continue this village has inspired her love to grow Birch Family Birth Services. She continues to keep in touch with her village and call on them during times that are the most difficult.
Shelly Nava, Co-Owner, Postpartum Doula, CLC
For as long as she can remember, Shelly Nava has been drawn to working with families of young children. Before she joined the Child Care industry in 2003 as a preschool teacher; Shelly spent her nights, weekends, and summers babysitting the neighborhood children and helping their mothers with various tasks.
While working on her B.S. Degree in Early Childhood Education and Organizational Leadership she naturally gravitated towards the role of Postpartum Doula. Working in centers and private homes with new and expecting families she found her calling, gaining a wealth of knowledge from hands on experience caring for premature and full-term infants. She furthered her education by becoming a trained DONA International Postpartum Doula.
After having two children herself, her love for Birth & Postpartum Family Support has only grown. She is passionate about breastfeeding and in 2016 became a Certified Lactation Counselor. Shelly is dedicated to helping mothers reach their breastfeeding goals.
Specializing in multiples and overnight care, she strives to help new and growing families make the life changing transition to parenthood a positive and supported experience. She listens to her clients’ ideas about parenting as well as provides them with evidence-based education and guidance in a variety of related topics.
Shelly understands how exciting and overwhelming it can be becoming a new parent and how having access to community, education, and support can make a world of difference in the days, weeks, and months before and after childbirth.
Shelly says she is beyond blessed to have her passion be her work.
Sarah Epstein, Daytime Postpartum Doula
Sarah began pursuing an education of post-partum Doula practice in 2014 through Birth Arts International. Over the past 4 years she has augmented her studies by becoming certified in Infant/Adult CPR and as a baby-wearing technician. She continues to attend many workshops that broaden her education to be the best postpartum Doula for her clients!
Sarah has always been drawn to all thing’s “newborn”. It wasn't until after the birth of her 2 beautiful children, did she realize that with the right education and training, she could provide new parents or seasoned parents with varying levels of support, ranging from breastfeeding techniques and the development of structure to positive sleeping schedules and routines. Anything that will help mothers/parents/families feel confident about their own experiences and abilities in caring for their new baby.
Most importantly, Sarah wants you to know that she understands how exhausting, emotional, and over-whelming it can be to have a new baby in your life. And after a personal experience, of having her own “village” help her through the first few months of being a new mom, she wants to share that same level of support with you and your family. So that you too, can be self-confident in your ability to care for the newest member of your family!
When Sarah is not working with families, she spends her time with her husband and their two children, with friends, walking her dog, cooking, staying active in her children’s school, and traveling.
Alice Clark, IBCLC, RLC, Daytime Postpartum Doula
Alice Clark, IBCLC, RLC is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She was first certified in 2011 and recertified in 2016. She lives in Simi Valley with her husband, two daughters and a growing assortment of animals. Alice is originally from England and has called California home since 1999. In her spare time she enjoys working on home improvement projects.
Breastfeeding became her passion after the birth of her first child in 2009. She struggled with many breastfeeding challenges that were overcome with the help of a fantastic lactation consultant who believed in her and supported her in her goals. Because of this experience, a newfound passion and desire to support other mothers developed. Alice has helped hundreds of mothers both in the hospital and private practice settings for the past five years. She is a big proponent of judgment free support to help you and your baby achieve your breastfeeding goals
Jill Magoffin, Birth & Postpartum Doula
Jill is a birth and postpartum doula located in Simi Valley, CA. No matter what your family looks like, or what you want for a birth plan, Jill will support you to ensure your needs are met by providing you with information and options, without judgement. Jill will be there for you to lower stress, anxiety, and pressure, and be your constant cheerleader through every step of your birthing and postpartum journey. After spending most of her career in the corporate world, but attending the births of countless friends and family members, she finally realized her calling, and completed her birth and postpartum doula training at Bini Birth in Sherman Oaks, CA. In addition, she is a certified Usui/Holy Fire III Reiki I & II healer.
Jill lives at home with her loving husband and blended family of four children, two dogs and one fish named Jim.
Tricia Hayes, Placenta Specialist
Tricia is a placenta enthusiast! Her interest in the placenta and it’s important role in postpartum recovery began in 2009 when she was pregnant with her second child. After researching the benefits of placenta capsules, Tricia decided to have a professional encapsulate her placenta. She was so shocked at how amazing she felt during her postpartum that she began talking about it with other women.
When Tricia told people about her experience, almost every woman she spoke with had never heard of the benefits of consuming her own placenta. Many of them told her of their experiences with baby blues, fatigue, and lack of milk supply and that they wished they had known about placenta encapsulation.
Tricia feels very strongly that women should have information about all of their options regarding all aspects of their birth experience, so they can make educated decisions that are right for them and their family. It was this lack of awareness regarding placenta encapsulation combined with her personal recovery experience that drove her to become a placenta encapsulation specialist. Tricia trained and certified with PlacentaBenefits.info and has been encapsulating placentas since 2010. She feels very fortunate that she was able to benefit from two of her own placentas and feels passionate about educating all women of their choice to reap the benefits of their placenta.
When she is not encapsulating, Tricia enjoys spending time with her husband and three sons, 19, 8 and 2.
Lauren Hulit, Birth Doula
Lauren is a DONA trained Birth Doula. This Southern California native believes in moms. She loves and honors children. Lauren has been passionate about serving families for many years, working as nanny for over a decade. She studied child development and psychology in college, which is where she became exposed to the field of pre and perinatal psychology and health. She previously aspired to be a therapist, but she realized that she could have a greater impact working in prevention, rather than treatment. Lauren believes that we have the ability to impact lives, starting from the beginning, with the birth experience.
Lauren's mission is to empower women to know that they are capable of birthing and to recognize that just knowing this, and the act of bringing intention and love into your birth experience, is a fierce, undeniable demonstration that we women have an innate wisdom and have the power to steer and grow future generations. She wants to empower them to make their own decisions about birth, and to know and honor that they’re in charge of their own care, and help them advocate for themselves. She wants to champion them and support them through all stages of parenthood. She want them to know the importance of their roles as mothers, and help them minimize fear and trauma around childbirth and parenting.
When she is not at a birth or nannying, Lauren enjoys reading, swimming, cooking and spending time with her nieces.
Darcy Wronkiewicz, IBCLC, Birth Doula
A great deal of how Darcy practices is informed by her experiences as a mother of three amazing children. She was incredibly blessed with amazing care providers, labor support, and breastfeeding support. This care helped her to become a competent, confident parent as well as to know where to turn when she needed extra support. Darcy knew she wanted to provide that same support to other families. In 2009 she began formally serving families as a doula and lactation counselor and then continued her studies in lactation and birth and in 2015 she took the board exam to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
Today Darcy continues her education through formal classes, workshops, reading excellent books on pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and related topics, and exchanging ideas with other birth and breastfeeding professionals. However, her most profound learning has come from the families she has served and the many mothers who have shared their birth and breastfeeding experiences with her.
Darcy lives in Ventura with her husband and three children. When she is not serving families she can be found at home fiddling in the garden or (more likely) folding laundry.
Kristen Sanders, CPST
Kristen has been active with child passenger safety and advocacy for the last eight years. Two years ago, she started her own business and became nationally certified through SafeKids World Wide. She holds a CPST certification and has also been trained to serve children with special needs.
She offers comprehensive car seat check appointments, hosts safety seminars/workshops and volunteers her time with SafetyBeltSafeUSA to help educate the public about the importance of child passenger safety. She has two boys of her own at home and is also working towards becoming a certified herbalist.
Cheryl Alonzo, Birth Doula
Cheryl is a wife, a mother of a 2 ½ year old son, a lover of musicals and now a birth Doula and receptionist for Birch! Cheryl has always wanted to help the community and be a part of the action -From volunteering for building houses in Mexico to helping out at AIDS Services Foundation--connecting with others and helping them, even in the small ways, has been extremely important to Cheryl.
During her college years, she though it made the most sense for her to get a degree in Public Health and combine her love for science with her love for community. However, she had no idea what that would specifically look like career-wise. And so, it wasn’t until she spent some time at a Midwifery during the summer and witnessed a beautiful and even spiritual birth at the birth center that her focus switched. The birth that Cheryl witnessed that day would pique her interest and later passion in helping women have the most positive birth experience possible; whether it be in a midwifery, at home, or in a hospital—with the assistance of modern medicine or fully natural. Being a Doula is a dream come true for Cheryl
Rebecca Basilio, DC, Pre & Postnatal Fitness Specialist
Rebecca Basilio, DC, Prenatal and Postnatal Fitness Specialist lives in Newbury Park with her husband and two young children. She has her doctorate in Chiropractic, BS in health, fitness and nutrition and is a certified prenatal and postnatal fitness specialist. She started in the health & fitness industry over 15 years ago and worked as a trainer and coach all through college. Rebecca also played on the women's crew rowing team at SDSU. After graduation in 2006 she went on to earn her doctorate in chiropractic from SCU Los Angeles in 2010.
As a chiropractor she practiced with an emphasis in pediatric, prenatal and women's health. After the birth of her son in 2013 she left her career to be a stay home mom but it was through her own recovery after an unplanned cesarean that her passion to help moms preserve and restore core function truly began. After the birth of her daughter in 2017 Rebecca launched her own 6 week core program to help postpartum moms restore core and pelvic floor function. She also teaches a program for pregnant moms to prepare for birth and optimize core function during pregnancy and after delivery. Rebecca’s classes are not your typical general fitness classes, she is attentive and strategic to lead every mom through a workout that is specific for pre/postnatal and will not compromise function while still building strength, tone and lasting results.
Rebecca's ultimate passion is to see all moms truly enjoying motherhood and finding their strength for the journey. Rebecca also leads Postpartum moms through a mindful eating approach to nutrition that applies a sensible and sustainable way to eat, lose the baby weight and overcome emotional eating. without dieting, restricting foods, or counting calories. She loves teaching and finding ways to involve the kids and have fun! She enjoys spending her “free” time outdoors at the park with her kids, making new friends, going on family walks or bike rides. If she ever does get time alone you will find her doing sprints at the park or reading her bible at the coffee shop.
Kate Logsdon, Birth Doula, Placenta Specialist
Kate Logsdon is a birth doula and placenta encapsulation specialist. She completed her doula training through DONA. Kate has a Master’s Degree in geology, and left her career after 11 years as a geologist to follow a different passion: empowering, educating, and encouraging women through their pregnancy, labor and delivery, and postpartum journeys.
Giving birth to her two children inspired Kate to pursue becoming a birth doula. The benefits she received from surrounding her second birth with knowledgeable and supportive birth professionals made such a positive impact on her birth and postpartum experience, that she wanted to share this with every pregnant person! She is passionate about helping Mamas and their partners through this amazing, but challenging time in their lives. Kate feels that watching two people in love transform into parents is such an honor and a blessing, and strives to give her clients the power to make that transition on their terms.
Kate is also very passionate about all things placenta! She loves teaching new parents-to-be about the potential benefits of placentophagy and all of the amazing functions of the placenta.
Kate lives in Ventura with her husband, daughter, son, and fur-baby (dog). Some of her other hobbies and loves are running, going to the beach, reggae, and painting.
Crystal Cast, Birth & Postpartum Doula
Crystal is a birth and postpartum Doula and mother of 2 from Long Island New York. She is passionate about empowering mothers and parents through the perinatal process. She believes that birthing a child brings a new strength that all birthing people should tap into with confidence and self assurance. Crystal is trained in Spinning Babies and is a member of DONA international. She took her birth and postpartum training at Bini Birth in Sherman Oaks. Crystal is non judgmental and open to supporting all types of families through the path that they chose.
Rina Yardney, CLC,Birth & Postpartum Doula, Childbirth & Parenting Educator
"Mothering" - as an act of caring, loving, advocating, supporting, nurturing and nourishing - is in Rina’s nature. Rina feels blessed to have been able to turn her innate ability and passion into a professional career. Besides her own parenting experience as a mother of two boys, Rina has been fortunate to have been able to support many families in their transition to parenthood. She strongly believe that proper perinatal care that focuses on childbirth & newborn parenting education, physical fitness before, during and after the birth, and emotional stability throughout the process can enable and empower new parents to feel secure in their intuitive nature to protect, bond with and nurture their newborn as well as their relationship.
Rina is a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), Parenting Educator (CA CTC), DONA trained Birth and Postpartum Doula, and ICEA trained Childbirth Educator. Her professional life took her on many interesting and challenging venues in educational and medical fields. She has worked in Israel, South Africa, Great Britain and in the US. I am fluent in English, Hebrew and Russian.
In Rina’s practice as a Newborn Parenting Educator and a CLC at The Butterfly Center (www.ButterflyCenter.org), she strives to ensure that every expecting and newborn family has a “voice” and is educated, well informed, supported, respected and confident throughout their parenting journey. Her goal at The Butterfly Center is to promote peaceful pregnancies, successful breastfeeding and nurturing newborn parenting while building a “village” of new families in our community. We are thrilled that The Butterfly Center has found a new home at the Birch Family Birth Services!
Katie Cottier, Yoga Instructor
Katie Cottier holds a MA in Teaching and is a RYT, RPYT (Prenatal and Postnatal Specialist), certified Kids' Yoga Instructor, and founder of Seed to Sprout Yoga. She is also a mama to two mini yoginis. Katie has studied yoga styles from Vinyasa to Restorative for over 15 years, and her practice took on a whole new meaning and importance in her life while she was expecting her first child.
Katie credits Prenatal and Postpartum yoga as an essential part in helping her have positive, healthy pregnancies and smooth recoveries. This inspired her to share the wonderful benefits of Perinatal yoga with others. Katie’s mission is to help expecting and new moms find peace, strength, and community through yoga. She teaches an alignment-based style, merging body with breath, to safely strengthen, stretch, stabilize, and restore the body for this unique stage in life. Katie considers it a privilege to be a part of so many women’s pregnancy and motherhood journeys, and she loves being a continuation in the long line of women supporting women