About This Episode

In our  ‘Mommy-to-be’ episode we briefly introduced you to birth doula Bilen Berhanu. Now, to gain better insight into the world of a doula, we have invited Bilen back to breakdown the benefits of having a doula during and after your pregnancy.


About Bilen Berhanu

Bilen Berhanu is a DONA-trained birth doula. Bilen has worked with families throughout New York city and the tri-state area. She has provided preconception consulting, pre-natal, labor, birth and post-partum support. Her practice is centered on a desire to provide pathways to empowered birth. Founded on a philosophy of honoring the wisdom of the body and the birth workers that came before, her approach is very grounded and embodied. For inquiries about services, email doula@bilenberhanu.com


About Karyn Parsons

Karyn Parsons is best known as the character “Hilary Banks” on the long-running television show, “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” Today she is a wife and mother of two. Parsons is also the Founder and President of the Sweet Blackberry foundation after being inspired by the true tale of a determined slave and the remarkable lengths he travelled to find his freedom.  While growing up, Parsons’ mother, a librarian in the Black Resource Center of a library in South Central Los Angeles, would share stories of African-American accomplishment with her daughter.  A mother and activist, Karyn created Sweet Blackberry to use the power of stories to inspire youth. Follow her on Twitter @Karyn_Parsons.

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