MANHATTAN (Below midtown) • BROOKLYN • QUEENS • LONG ISLAND (Nassau) • NJ (partial)
HOURLY RATE: $65
MINIMUM BOOKING: 2h
CERTIFICATIONS: CLC; CBC
SKILLS/EXPERIENCE: Single Parents, LGBTQ+ Families, Adoptive Parents, Multiples
PROVIDING SERVICE SINCE: 2014
Simone Toomer comes with a passion to serve each family, believing that each should have access to support and resources in a place where many in NYC are distant from their families and dear friends. After the positive natural birth of her daughter, with her doula and partner by her side, Simone wanted to channel her energy in a new direction, by becoming a certified birth and postpartum doula, childbirth educator and doula educator/mentor for her certifying organization Doula Trainings International. She is also a certified lactation counselor and is involved in many community parenting support groups such as La Leche League as a leader and Mocha Moms, Brooklyn chapter. This passion fueled Simone to start her own doula mentorship collective Wombs and Wisdom, geared towards community support and guidance, with each doula delivering full circle care to clients for birth and postpartum.
After her 2nd was born at home with a supportive birth team, Simone further realized how important a trusted, skilled care provider and support team was and made a difference. Simone struggled with breastfeeding for the first 2 weeks, which was a drastically different experience from with her first. Despite feeling discouraged at times, she called on her community for support and advice. Simone realized before how birth preferences can be different, however, through her own experience realized how each journey can be different too , as is each family. Simone respects and honors this and brings forth education and non-judgmental care to the families which she serves.
Simone is CPR and First Aid certified and is always attending workshops and conferences to strengthen her knowledge, further her education and support her families to the best of her ability. Simone has worked with families in different scopes from being an employee of the Women, Infant and Children Program (WIC) as a breastfeeding peer counselor, where their goal is to increase nutritional and breastfeeding awareness in communities, to working with families of the foster care system, shelters, of the LGBTQ community, with special needs, premature births and parents of multiples. Simone has a BA in psychology, is a birth doula with the Brooklyn Department of Health By My Side Doula Support Program and looks to continue her education to further nurture families and bridge the gap between her community work and passion for social justice and advocacy. Simone is a Brooklyn based mom and when not supporting families, she's building memories with her own.