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 & on the board of directors of Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York (CEA/MNY), and is also a Lamaze International Certified Childbirth Educator. In the fall of 2017, Lisa was awarded Ellen Chuse Childbirth Educator of the Year. Lisa is 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 massage therapist/doula/acupuncturist 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. Lisa and her family reside in Astoria, Queens, NYC.