Calin Lisenbee (Cabarete, DR & New York)

Calin Lisenbee brings a calm, encouraging and non-judgmental view while supporting mothers and their babies and families. She believes that women, their partners and other family members can have an empowering and transformative experience through the journey of childbirth if the needs and concerns of women and their partners are heard and respected.  When given access to information and support in a collaborative, family-centered care model, women and their partners benefit positively from the full journey that is birth, and any twists and turns it may bring. Every mom deserves a safe, supportive and nurturing environment while she brings her baby into the world, whether it occurs in a no intervention setting, a highly medicalized setting, or any iteration in between. Calin is especially interested in the immediate postpartum minutes and hours when moms and babies can experience uninterrupted skin-to-skin time, the awakening of reflexes and initial bonding and breastfeeding, if that is a mom’s preference.  Calin is also experienced and especially enjoys helping moms with their breastfeeding goals as their babies grow.

Calin Lisenbee is a DONA International certified birth doula, a childbirth educator and member of ICEA, and has worked as a midwife assistant internationally.  She works with pregnant and breastfeeding moms as a La Leche League International Leader and breastfeeding counselor.  She is also a mom of two and the daughter of a midwife.  Born and raised in New York, she graduated college (BA at Columbia University, ’97) and moved to the Dominican Republic for 20 years where she started work as a doula and breastfeeding counselor after the birth of her children.  She has been supporting moms, babies and families of all walks of life in all sorts of healthcare settings, including hospital and home births, since 2014. She has worked with first-time moms and multiple birth moms, in VBACS, HVBACS, cesarean, vaginal un-medicated and medicated births.

Calin Lisenbee trae una visión alentadora, tranquila, y sin prejuicios al apoyar  a las madres y a sus bebes y familias.  Ella cree que las mujeres, sus parejas y sus apoyos familiares pueden tener una experiencia empoderadora y transformativa en el camino del alumbramiento, cuando las necesidades y preocupaciones de las mujeres y sus parejas son escuchadas y respetadas.  Cuando se les da a las mujeres y sus parejas tienen acceso a información y apoyo en un modelo de cuidado colaborativo y centrado en la mujer y la familia, ellos se benefician de la totalidad del experiencia del alumbramiento, y los giros que pueda incluir.  Cada madre merece un ambiente alentador, seguro y de apoyo allá donde traiga su bebé al mundo, ya sea en un ambiente con muchas intervenciones y tecnología disponibles como en un hospital o clinica, o en un ambiente sencillo como el de casa, o cualquier otra opción intermedia.  Calin esta muy interesada en los momentos inmediatamente posteriores al parto cuando madres y bebes pueden tener las experiencias de piel-con-piel, que despiertan los reflujos, vínculos iniciales y el inicio de la lactancia, si así lo quiere la madre.  Calin tiene experiencia y disfruta ayudando madres con sus metas de lactancia.

Calin Lisenbee está certificada como Doula de Parto de DONA International.  Ella es miembro de ICEA, educadora de parto, y ha trabajado como asistente de comadrona.  Ella trabaja con madres embarazadas o amamantando como lideresa de Liga de La Leche Internacional.  También, ella es madre de dos niños, e hija de una comadrona licenciada de los Estados Unidos.  Ella nació y se crió en Nueva York, donde se graduó de la universidad (BA, Columbia University) y luego se mudó a la República Dominicana donde estuvo viviendo 20 años.  Ha estado ayudando a madres, bebés y sus familias de todos los ámbitos de vida, en lugares diversos incluyendo hospitales, clínicas, y casas desde 2014.  Ella ha trabajado con madres primerizas y madres con mas de un niño, en partos “VBAC” (partos vaginales después cesáreas), “HVBACS” (partos vaginales en casa después cesáreas), cesáreas en clínicas, partos vaginales sin analgésico y partos vaginales con analgésicos o otras intervenciones.

Lindsay Essex Sauvage (Cabarete, DR)

Lindsay is a doula with Childbirth International (CBI). Her background is in psychotherapy, and she holds her Master’s degree in counseling from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. She has been living in Cabarete with her husband and two girls for 5 years. Her two daughters were born at home in Cabarete with midwife and doula support. She made the leap to become a doula because of her desire to support women and their partners during labor and birth and to advocate for pregnant women in the DR in general. She believes unequivocally in the ability of women to bring their babies into the world, as well as the power that doula support provides during the birthing process. She holds these strong beliefs as a result of the attentive and thoughtful care she received during her own pregnancies and births. Lindsay feels that it is crucial for mothers here in the DR to have evidence-based information available to them, as well as a warm, friendly and caring support person!