Childbirth Education Services
Andrea Lee, Founder and Program Coordinator: Childbirth Preparation and Infant Care:

Andrea is a Childbirth Educator and Labor Support Companion based in New York City. She resides on the Upper East Side with her husband and six-year-old son.   After the birth of her son, she began speaking with other women about their birth experience and soon realized that many felt powerless during their labor. It was then that she realized she wanted to be with and help guide expectant women and their partners in the amazing journey of pregnancy, labor and birth.

In addition to being a CCE Andrea is also one of the founding members of Bowery Babes, a 501(c)3, not-for-profit parenting group, which is dedicated to supporting parents from pregnancy through the early years of parenting and beyond; and to enrich New York City as a place to raise a family. She has also served on the board of directors of Bowery Babes for a number of years, coordinating many classes and fundraising efforts.  Previously Andrea worked for a large investment bank in midtown Manhattan.

Andrea is certified through The International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA), a professional organization that supports educators and health care professionals who believe in freedom of choice based on knowledge of alternatives in family-centered maternity and newborn care.

Vanessa J. Anton, Childbirth Educator, Infant Care and Breastfeeding and Infant CPR

Vanessa has worked with families as a doula, as a childbirth educator and as a parenting educator for over 15 years.  After completing her medical training in the emergency care field she embarked on making CPR more accessible to families and started Common Sense CPR ten years ago.  She lives in Forest Hills with her seventeen year old son named Zen, her personal chef/partner named Geoff, and her three dogs. Instructor is a certified Common Sense CPR Instructor certified to teach CPR & First Aid through The American Heart Association and The American Red Cross. As well as a Child Passenger Safety Technician.

Meredith Fein Lichtenberg, Newborn Care & Breastfeeding and Childbirth Prepartion:

Meredith is an internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultatant (IBCLC)  a  Certified Childbirth Educator (CCE-CEA/MNY), parenting educator and non-fiction writer. She has served on the Board of Directors of the  Childbirth Education Assocation of Metropolitan New York since 2004. In addition to teaching at City Births, Meredith has taught at Realbirth, Tribeca Workshop, Tribeca Parenting, and Gumbo, as well as privately all over Manhattan.  She privately mentors students who are becoming doulas and childbirth educators. 

Her essays about parenting have appeared in  Brain Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers; The Mom Egg; Huffington Post and elsewhere.  Her focus is women’s changing identities through the childbirth years.

Meredith received her B.A., magna cum laude, from The University of Pennsylvania, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and an editor of the Law Review.  She left the private practice of law in 2002 to begin working with new mothers.  

Meredith currently lives in Manhattan with her husband and children.

Kate McCabe, Childbirth Preparation, RN
Kate graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2006, cum laude, with a bachelors of science in nursing.  Following school she took a position at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center on an Acute/Surgical Trauma Unit.  After three years of gaining a strong nursing foundation Kate pursued her passion for women’s health, taking a position on the labor and delivery unit at NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell. It is here that she cultivated her love for perinatal nursing.

   Kate obtained her Childbirth Educator Certification in 2011 through Prepared Childbirth Educators (PCE).  In addition to being a CCE, she is certified in Inpatient Obstetrics (RNC-OB), Electronic Fetal Monitoring (C-EFM), and is member of AWHONN (Association of Women’s Health Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses).
She currently lives in Manhattan on the Upper East Side.  In her free time she enjoys traveling, exploring the great city of New York, and spending time with friends and family.  

Liz Kauffmann, Raising a healthy sleeper:

Liz is an Early Childhood Parent Coach with a practice in New York City. Liz has worked with parents and children in a variety of settings and has found great meaning in helping families find paths to resolving problems. After the birth of her first daughter, she found there was still so much more to know about being a parent. Her personal learning and research helped enrich her life as a professional, deepened her interest in working with parents, and led her to Early Childhood Parent Coaching. 

Prior to starting her practice, she worked with children, adults, and families in an outpatient mental health clinic conducting individual and group psychotherapy. During her work as an Early Intervention provider for children with autistic spectrum disorders and their families, she conducted assessments, home-based behavioral therapy, and parent guidance.  She also worked with children in hospitals in Child Life to help decrease anxiety about medical conditions and treatment through play. 

Liz is a licensed master social worker with a degree in Clinical Social Work Practice with Children and Families from Columbia University.  She is also certified in special education with a masters in Early Childhood Special Education (and a concentration in Child Life) from Bank Street College.

She lives with her husband and three young daughters in Manhattan.

Eleni Petraki, Childbirth with Hypnosis

Eleni has led a diverse career that truly connects the mind with the body and spirit. Starting with a Bachelor's Degree from the State School of Athens in Greece she was a professional dancer as well as an instructor in ballet and modern dance. Resulting from the physical toll a dancer endures she discovered Shiatsu and Zero Balancing as a way of therapy. Intrigued and excited by these forms of non-traditional healing she soon found her true calling and transitioned from a life of dance to a career in body management through strength and flexibility training resulting in certifications in Shiatsu (Ohashi Institute), Zero Balancing Bodywork, Yoga (Atmananda Yoga Sequence and Road to OM) and Pilates (Body-Tonic Gymnasium). Continually seeking ways to help people not only physically but mentally as well, she is also certified in Hypnotherapy (National Guild of Hypnotists) and has helped many clients with issues ranging from smoking addiction to allaying fears and keeping clients focused on their goals. Concurrent to these forms of therapy she has always had a strong interest in the art of Astrology (School of Evolutionary Astrology By Jeffrey Green). Understanding that it is not 'fortune telling' she has helped many people by offering them an objective view of who they are, who they can be and the possibilities that exist. An individual’s life path is not predetermined but rather it is guided through informed decision making.

From TV production to reproduction, Samantha Hillstrom decided to pursue her lifelong passion of childbirth after working as a TV Producer for six years. Her love of telling the best story, asking questions and listening to answers and researching the most important information translates to the birth world as she helps moms tell one of the biggest stories of their lives.

As a DONA (Doulas of North America) trained Birth Doula, Samantha supports, educates and advocates for women and couples in labor and birth. From prenatal visits, labor support, breastfeeding guidance and postpartum help, Samantha is there every step of the way. Additionally, Samantha is a trained Childbirth Educator through the renowned Childbirth Education Association Education of Metropolitan New York (CEA/MNY.) CEA/MNY is a non-profit organization of childbirth professionals and consumer advocates who are committed to promoting evidence-based practices and birth as a normal process.

In her other life, Samantha is the Director of Communications for a Department in one of New York City's leading universities. Samantha serves on the Communications Committee for CEA/MNY and also consults for the groundbreaking organization, Choices in Childbirth, a non-profit committed to improving maternity care across America.

When she's not reading birth books, birth blogs or birth stories, she enjoys listening to music, cooking new recipes and watching a few too many guilty pleasure television shows. Samantha was born and raised in Chicago but has called New York City her home for the last nine years. She currently lives in Brooklyn.