Yoko Lytle came to birth work after the birth of her two sons with a desire to create community and support for the many families embarking on this journey in this wonderful city. Born in the UK, Yoko’s formal education was in French before pursuing a career in film production. Yoko is a New York Doula, a Postpartum Doula and a Certified Lactation Counselor as well as a trained Certified Cooperative Childbirth Educator with CEA-MNY. She has experience and training supporting all types of birth including multiples and high-risk pregnancies and has experience in homebirth, birthing center as well as Manhattan and Brooklyn major hospitals. Yoko's goal is to seek respectful care and support from all members of the birthing team with an emphasis on informed decision-making and consent. Yoko lives with her family in Gowanus, Brooklyn.
Birth Doula Essential Package
- Two prenatal meetings at your house
- 24/7 on-call service after 37 weeks
- Continuous presence during labor and delivery
- Immediate breastfeeding support after delivery
- One postpartum meeting at home
- Full email and phone support
- Resources and referrals
My husband and I were expecting our first child and started to consider hiring a doula after hearing from friends how much a doula can positively impact your birth experience. Yoko was the first doula we met, and on our first meeting we instantly fell in love with her! From her warm and soothing personality to her expertise in the science and medicine of childbirth, Yoko was everything we were looking for in a partner to support us before, during, and after childbirth. We implicitly trusted her to support us emotionally (and me physically!), and also advocate for us with the hospital team during delivery. We also hired Yoko to provide lactation consulting services postpartum, and I honestly credit her 100% for the successful breastfeeding relationship I have with my daughter. Yoko was readily available to me by text or phone when I had questions before and after the birth, and even 11 weeks postpartum I still appreciate her kind words and check-ins on our family. Through this experience I’ve learned that finding the right doula is incredibly personal, and hands-down I think Yoko is not only one of the best doulas, but also one of the best people you can have in your life. There’s no question that if and when we have our second child, I’ll be asking Yoko to be a part of our journey!
I think it’s only fair to begin with the fact that I humbly didn’t know what a doula was until about 5 months into my wife’s pregnancy. We both felt overwhelmed by the incessant bombardment of what should only be referred to as the “Baby Industrial Complex”, so one can imagine that finding a doula added stress to an already full emotional cup. Yoko was referred to me by an acquaintance that I knew from the gym I go to, which made me look like a superhero when I came home to tell my wife how good I was at finding doulas, even if I still didn’t quite know what they do... We scheduled our consultation with Yoko and it was history from there. She came over and we were entranced by her beaming presence and her immense wisdom. Once we decided to work together (which was one of the easiest decisions we’ve ever made) so many of our fears, doubts, worries vanished because Yoko was there to guide us through every moment, encouraging us to be fully present for this life affirming experience. Yoko had this incredible ability to put a protective bubble around mom , putting her needs first without isolating me, and in fact I felt like we became a team. I could go on and on about the labor, the delivery, the follow ups but all of it would end the same way: Yoko was instrumental in this process and we feel so lucky to have benefitted from her wisdom and her spirit. She is the BEST.
I had a home birth and had a hard labor of 36 hours for our first born baby. Yoko was our doula and we cannot begin to describe the love, attention and support she provided both us during that time. She knew exactly how and when to be present, how to support me in labor and how to support my husband as a birth partner. She invested in getting to know us in the lead up to the birth and perfectly tailored her support to our preferences, personalities and needs, and she worked seamlessly with our midwives. It was such a momentous day for us - becoming parents - and Yoko added to that experience. We cannot recommend her enough.
I and my family will be forever grateful for Yoko and our experience with her as our doula for the birth of our second son. Leading up to the birth Yoko was exceptionally informative and available for questions. She helped guide us through determining our birth preferences without being pushy and allowing us to decide what was best for our family and our situation. Of course, when baby decide to arrive he certainly tested all of our best laid plans! We called Yoko in the middle of the night when I could tell labor was intensifying. She arrived completely ready to go and in wonderful spirits despite being 2:30am. As we collected ourselves to head to the hospital my labor suddenly, without warning, unexpectedly took a swerve to the fast lane and I could tell we were having a baby “right here, right now” in our front hallway. Yoko acted so quickly, professionally and calmly, and handled a potentially worrisome situation with the seasoned hands of an expert. Simultaneously she directed my family and friends what to do, called the midwife who talked her through the birth, and delivered my baby. I was so grateful in that moment to have her by my side: she knew exactly what to do to keep everyone calm and healthy in an emergency situation. Today we have a healthy baby boy and I couldn’t be more pleased with Yoko and her role at his birth!