Birth Matters NYC provides comprehensive childbirth preparation classes (both Astoria-based group and in-home private) and labor support (doula) services. Birth Matters NYC was started in 2009 by Lisa Greaves Taylor, CCCE, LCCE, CD(DONA).
Lisa is a certified childbirth educator with Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York (CEA/MNY), and is also a Lamaze International Certified Childbirth Educator. She served on the board of CEA/MNY for 5 years. Lisa was awarded the 2017-2018 Ellen Chuse Childbirth Educator of the Year.
Lisa is also a DONA-certified labor support doula and has studied with a number of renowned childbirth professionals including midwife Ina May Gaskin, perinatal neuroscience & skin-to-skin/kangaroo mother care expert Dr. Nils Bergman, doula Gena Kirby (rebozo techniques for labor). She also trained with Spinning Babies on techniques for optimal fetal positioning and Yiska Obadia on Comforting Touch.
As a result of her own two childbirth experiences in 2005 & 2008, Lisa became passionate about coming alongside expectant parents as a guide and support through pregnancy, birth, and into parenting. She and her husband, who are transplanted Texans and have lived in NYC since 1999, desire to be a resource and encouragement to anyone who wants to start a family and remain living in the city. Lisa holds a B.A. in journalism from Baylor University and has worked in the music & entertainment industries, academia (Harvard University), corporate (Credit Suisse) and nonprofit sectors. For a decade, Lisa worked with Hope for New York, a nonprofit that provides volunteer and financial resources to organizations that serve the poor and marginalized of NYC.
When she's not teaching, Lisa and her husband love to "city-school" their 2 kids, largely by exploring cultural institutions and by regularly attending theatrical performances. She and her husband also spend much time running their kids all over the city on auditions and acting gigs. Lisa adores singing, blue hydrangeas, 80s music, New England autumn, tap dancing, and devouring York peppermint patties.