The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.
Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.
A Birth Doula
Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life
Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
Stays with the woman throughout the labor
Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decision
Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman’s memory of the birth experience
Allows the woman’s partner to participate at his/her comfort level
A birth doula certified by DONA International is designated by the initials CD(DONA).
Kyra is half Austrian and half Mexican, an unusual cultural mix that lets her move easily in different worlds and participate in the new global community where innovative ideas and ideologies thrive.
She grew up in Vienna with constant exposure to the arts and gravitated toward the fashion industry at an early age. Her first job as a fashion stylist required her to identify trends and work with professional photographers and models to expose them. In her six years at the fashion agency Making Of she developed a keen eye for the absolute latest.
Music, too, played a primary role in Kyra’s formative years. She organized her first music and art event at when she was 17 and went on to establish her own music booking agency that became an integral part of the Austrian live music landscape during the early to mid 2000s.
Determined to further her career in music, art and fashion, Kyra studied International Business Management in Vienna and later completed a degree in Advertising and Marketing Communications at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
She entered corporate America as the International Marketing & Promotions Coordinator at Universal Motown Republic Group, working with a host of important artists such as Erykah Badu, Nelly, and Jack Johnson. The experience allowed her to exploit her understanding of cultural difference and her knowledge of languages. It also gave her tremendous insight into the workings of the American corporation.
Her energy, focus and strong desire to learn and grow in the arts and entertainment industry have kept her organizing, hosting and deejaying parties throughout New York City, promoting dozens of artists under the name of her own company, Blend Media Group, LLC.
In late 2011 her life shifted back to her early childhood upbringings of valuing the honorable roles women hold in their communities and simply helping others.
Observing her friends having to figure out their birth plans and realizing how transforming a birth experience can be if supported properly made her want to do just that – supporting women during the significant landmark of birth. Kyra completed her DONA International doula training and is now a DONA International certified birth doula. She sees it as utmost importance to creating a comfortable welcoming environment whether the birth takes place in a hospital, birthing center or at home.
Kyra continues her volunteer work for Free Arts NYC and she hasn’t stopped deejaying and has further completed culinary arts classes at the French Culinary Institute and the Natural Gourmet Institute.
Stephanie V | Little Asher was born on December 7th, 2012:
Look no further - if Kyra is available for your EDD, call her! Kyra offers phenomenal doula support. We liked her the moment we met her - she has a calm and gentle spirit, and exudes warmth with her huge smile - and she turned out to offer all of those qualities and more during our homebirth (which ended in a hospital transfer and cesarean). We were extremely impressed with her commitment even prior to the birth - she is passionate about her work, and she wanted to be as involved as we wanted her to be.