Tanisha Evans-Marin is a New York doula and childbirth educator. She has been supporting family, friends, and clients throughout the birth process for over 20 years. As a child, she planned to be an obstetrician, and after having children of her own without the support of a doula, her love and passion for women and children and her understanding of the holes that do exist in the birth support process led her eventually to her current role. Tanisha believes strongly that the person giving birth has an innate ability to birth their babies, and she holds no preconceived expectations or hopes (other than safely) of how a birth should happen. She strives to educate, nurture, support and bring peace to families through a calm demeanor, warmth, humor and a profound passion for what she does. Tanisha has now attended over 155 births and served more than 70 families with postpartum services. She has been certified as a birth and postpartum doula by DONA (CD,PCD-DONA) and as a birth doula by Carriage House Birth (CD-CHB). She is a Certified Lamaze Childbirth Educator (LCCE) as well as a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC). She has been trained as a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, a Malaysian Bengkung belly binder and a provider of Sacred Postpartum Care.

Full Package
Lactation Support Session

  • In-person lactation support session at the comfort of your home (or hospital)
  • Session covers evaluation, positioning, support with latch, and more
  • Education and validation to leave you breastfeeding with confidence
  • A follow-up call
Not necessarily. Although, some parents find it extremely helpful despite the milk supply.
Yes and no. It is Mother Nature at its best, but like anything you haven’t done before, it may require some training. The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) certifies lactation consultants who meet its criteria and have passed an exam. Healthy Children Project, Inc. certifies lactation counselors.Both Lactation Consultants and Lactation Counselors support new mothers by solving certain breastfeeding difficulties such as sore nipples and low milk supply. Or by simply coming to ensure the process is going smoothly for both mom and baby.
A study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that patients connected with International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) were three times more likely to be exclusively breastfeeding at three months, more likely to be exclusively breastfeeding at one month and less likely to wean in the first six months. Although babies benefit from any breast milk they receive, there is increasing evidence that exclusive breastfeeding supports a healthy microbiome and imparts important, lifelong health benefits for both mothers and infants including a reduced rate of infections in newborns.
It is a good idea to establish a relationship with a Lactation Consultant or a Lactation Counselor before the baby comes. You may also benefit from a private visit and class to prepare yourself for the upcoming journey. Book your Lactation Consultant or Lactation Counselor visit as soon as you can once the baby in born. The first 3 days, then 10 days, then a month are crucial for successful breastfeeding. If you are not receiving enough support in a hospital (if this is where you chose to give birth), book a Lactation Consultant or a Lactation Counselor to come to the hospital. Otherwise, the first week at home is ideal regardless if the breastfeeding is going well or not. You will always benefit and feel more confident after meeting with a professional.