As a postpartum doula with over 16 years of experience, I provide non-medical physical and emotional support, evidence-based information about newborns and postpartum parents, and practical household assistance. And as a Certified Lactation Counselor, I have additional training in supporting parents who choose to nurse/pump. I also teach private lactation, pumping, back to work, weaning, newborn care and postpartum planning classes. I've been lucky to work with a diverse range of families, including single, adoptive, and LGBTQ+ parents. I'm a former documentary maker and my films about body image and family issues have been broadcast on PBS, HBO and beyond; my short radio pieces can be heard on This American Life; and an autobiographical essay of mine was included in the anthology Out of the Ordinary: Growing Up with Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Parents. I left my documentary career and became a postpartum doula after seeing a dear friend go through a severe postpartum depression. That experience convinced me that more support is essential for all parents-- whether it's their first baby or not.