Janet V. Markovits, LMT has been a NY State licensed massage therapist since 1997. She studied MotherMassage® with Elaine Stillerman and took over her practice in 1993 which is when Maternal Massage and More was born. Maternal Massage and More specializes in prenatal and postpartum massage, labor support and baby massage. With the use of the bodycushion clients will be able to lie comfortably and safely on their belly throughout their entire pregnancy. It is so comfortable clients do not want to get off the table.

Janet has had the pleasure of working with women through 2 and 3 pregnancies and couldn’t think of a more special clientele to work with. Janet sees many clients from beginning to end and helps them through the many discomforts that happen during pregnancy ranging from back pain, headaches, sciatica to swollen legs and feet, carpel tunnel and general maintenance and relaxation. She has also studied sports massage, lymphatic drainage and craniosacral therapy. She uses a combination of these modalities and each treatment is catered to the client’s needs. Janet also teaches labor support where the partner comes in for a hands on lesson on how to massage them during labor. We also go over acupressure and reflexology points which can induce and speed labor up. It is a wonderful way to get your partner involved in the process. Lastly Janet also does postpartum and baby massage. You will need a massage after the baby is born just as much as while you did while you were pregnant but for all different reasons. They don’t call it labor for nothing. You may not be are not sleeping well, nursing, sore or achy from the labor itself or from now carrying a newborn and all the things that come along with it; postpartum massage will help tremendously; and Janet’s favorite baby massage. She loves getting to meet the end product of this beautiful process. Baby massage classes are given privately and in groups. Specific techniques will be taught to use if the baby has, chest or sinus congestion, colic or any digestive issues. It is a great way to calm the baby down and get them to sleep; and a wonderful way to bond with your baby.

Janet has offices in Soho and Park Slope, Brooklyn and is available for housecalls.



Isa Herrera, MSPT ,CSCS owns and operates Renew Physical Therapy, a leading healing center in New York City. She has dedicated her career to helping women and men find relief from conditions such as dyspareunia, incontinence, pelvic pain, prolapse and pre and post-natal complications. Ms Herrera's approach to healing is holistic, utilizing techniques that tie together mind-painful body components.  She believes that everyone holds the key to their pain relief, all they need is to be shown the way. Her goal is to always empower her patients with the tools they need to succeed on their own. 

Her passion for women’s health and healing began after working for many years with pregnant women, who many times suffered from sexual pain and other problems after the birth of their children. Her experience with these women inspired her decision to further her studies, by getting her Master's in Physical Therapy.  Herrera's experience with her patients lead to the development of her treatment protocols and therapeutic methods, which fuse together many types of exercises, self-care practice and relaxation techniques. 

Ms. Herrera's other program at Renew PT is called Bodyworks Orthopedics and centers on expert therapy with empowerment and self-help for athletes, and all manner of conditions, with special focus on spinal injuries. 

She has appeared on national television on both The Regis and Kelly Show and NBC’s Today Show, where she promoted her work and her first book, “The Pregnant Couples Guide to Working Together.” She is currently working on her second book "End Female Pain" which will be completed in Jan 2009. Ms Herrera holds a Masters in Physical Therapy from Hunter College and a BA in Psychology and Biology from Fordham University.



Leigh Anne O’Connor is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant with more than 12 years experience working with breastfeeding families. She is the past President of New York Lactation Consultant Association (NYLCA), a member of International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA), United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA) and a past member of the Bank Street Head Start Health Advisory Board.

Leigh Anne lectures for professional organizations, consults with companies to set up Corporate Lactation programs, teaches breastfeeding classes, leads support groups, and sees private clients all over New York City.

Leigh Anne has appeared on television, radio and in documentaries internationally as an expert and advocate for breastfeeding, promoting its importance as a health issue for babies, mothers, families and society at large. Most recently she appeared on The Doctors, Les nouveaux Explorateurs Canal +, TLC’s Bringing Home Baby, Montel and Runway Moms on Discovery Health and is seen regularly on the Newborn Channel. Other appearances include: Good Morning America, the Montel Williams Show, WCBS News and WOR radio.

Leigh Anne has written many essays on mothering and breastfeeding and is a member of the New York City cast of ExpressingMotherhood. Leigh Anne lives in New York City with her husband, Rob, and their three children.


Mia Hatgis L.Ac. is a NY State Licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist. She specializes in Women's Health with a particular interest in pregnancy, postpartum and pediatric issues. She trained as a doula, through DONA, in 2003, and uses a unique combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine, imagery, dietary and essential oil therapies in her work. Her passion is working with pregnant women to empower their pregnancies, prepare them for an easier labor and help them ease into postpartum life. Mia can help you with the following health concerns: morning sickness, fatigue, threatened miscarriage, insomnia, anxiety, back pain, sciatica, varicose veins, premature labor, pelvic and pubic pain, restless leg syndrome, hypertension, gestational diabetes, low amniotic fluid, turning breech babies, labor induction. Once labor has started, acupuncture is a powerful resource to manage pain, help strengthen contractions, increase stamina and calm the mind.

Mia also offers a package to women who have reached 36 weeks, which includes weekly acupuncture treatments to prime the body for labor, imagery work to help strengthen an expecting mother's connection with her baby, and a variety of other resources gained from her experience and training as a doula.
Mia is available for house and hospital calls.



Debra Flashenberg is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music with a degree in Musical Theater. She has spent most of her life performing and was introduced to yoga through a choreographer in 1997. After several years as a yoga student, she decided to continue her education and became certified as a Bikram Yoga instructor. In 2001 Debra headed out to Seattle to study with renowned prenatal yoga teacher Colette Crawford, R.N., at the Seattle Holistic Center. Debra has received a certificate for Vinyasa Yoga from Shiva Rea, with whom she continues to study. Debra has also been certified in the Maternal Fitness Method with Julie Tupler. In 2004, Debra completed the OM Yoga advanced teacher training with Cyndi Lee. Debra currently studies with Cyndi Lee, Genevieve Kapular, and Susan "Lip" Orem.

After being witness to several "typical" hospital births, Debra felt it was important to move beyond the yoga room and be present in the birthing room. In 2003, Debra attended her first birth as a DONA certified labor support doula. In that short period of time, Debra has attended about 75 births. She is continuously in awe of the beauty and brilliance of birth.

In 2006, Debra received her certification as a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator. In September of 2007, Debra completed a Midwife Assistant Program with Ina May Gaskin, Pamela Hunt and many of the other Farm Midwives at The Farm Midwifery Center in Tennessee. Most recently, Debra had the incredible experience of helping one of her clients give birth on the bathroom floor. Luckily, the EMS arrived seconds before the baby did!

Drawing on her experience as a prenatal yoga teacher, labor support doula and childbirth educator, Debra looks to establish a safe and effective class for pregnancy and beyond.



Laura Saba. Birth doula, Childbirth Educator, Parent Educator, Professional Organizer, Lifestyle Coach, parent, and author Laura Saba owns Birth Right Now, LLC, a Doula Service and Natural Childbirth Education Center, educating and supporting parents while helping build community during the birth year and well beyond. Laura's work has embodied ongoing education and support for families and childbirth. Over the years she has developed a landmark 52 week program for families dealing with ADD/ADHD at www.LetsGetFitToFocus.com, invented and brought to market numerous educational toys and safety products, penned seven books, and developed curricula for parent education and foster parent training. Her unique "Baby Steps to a Beautiful Birth" childbirth education class, along with her wide range of free childbirth preparation and family education courses are local favorites. Laura is also currently involved in the making of a documentary being filmed on VBACs, has been featured in a recent segment for Japanese tv on "Birth Trends in America," and has both written for and been interviewed by a wide range of media outlets, including the Today Show.