Emily Harding

 LMT,  CLC,  CD, PCD (DONA)

Harding Hatchling’s Birthwork & Bodywork was created with pregnant people and their partners in mind. It was my dream to offer a variety of care in one place, including birth, postpartum and bereavement support, lactation counseling, prenatal, postpartum and infant massage, diastasis recti repair and so much more.

BIRTHWORK

I knew from the age of 9 that I was destined to work with newborns and pregnant people. The birth of my mom's goddaughter Megan was a pivotal moment; any measure of time spent around her, holding her, smelling her new baby smell transported me to a place of peace and calm. 

 

Now, as a full spectrum doula, I find much remains unchanged, and that my sense of calm translates well to my clients, both newborn and adult.

 

After falling in love with prenatal bodywork in massage school, with the help of my instructor Danielle (who happened to be a birth doula) I was guided to become a doula myself, starting with postpartum. I became a postpartum doula with DONA International after attending an approved training at Bini Birth in Sherman Oaks, CA, and just 8 months later returned to Bini to complete a birth doula course with the then-president of DONA, Ana Paula Markel. 

 

A few weeks later, I began a course for bereavement support, allowing me to support families through miscarriage and stillbirth; miscarriage is common, affecting 1 in 4. The knowledge gained during this course was instrumental in becoming well-equipped to hold space in those delicate situations. 

 

Most recently, I became certified with Doula Trainings International (DTI), as both a birth and abortion doula, rendering me officially full spectrum. 

 

My philosophies as a doula are that of nonjudgmental support, accompanied by evidence based information. I support my clients how they choose, adapting to their needs, because one style of support does not fit all.

BODYWORK

I am a graduate of the Finger Lakes School of Massage and have been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2013. My primary focus is within the perinatal phase, encompassing the journey through fertility and conception, pregnancy, birth, postpartum and newborn work. From a young age, I believed in the power of touch, as I experienced the healing art of reiki routinely from my mother. I am trained in various therapeutic massage modalities, including advanced certifications for fertility, prenatal and postpartum, infancy, connective tissue therapy/myofascial release, Swedish, deep tissue, and reflexology. Sessions are offered in home (Westchester only) or in studio at our White Plains office, rates can be found here.

Certifications

  • NYS Licensed Massage Therapist (#027205)

  • Certified Lactation Counselor (The Healthy Children’s Center for Breastfeeding)

  • Certified Postpartum Doula (DONA)

  • Birth Doula (DONA)

  • Level 2 Reiki Practitioner

  • Birth Hypnosis (Mind+Body Birth)

  • Adult/Child/Infant CPR & AED Certified (Red Cross)

  • American Heart Association BLS Certification (Basic Life Support)

  • Certified Aromatherapist

  • Practitioner of the Slow Doula Method through DTI(doula trainings international)

  • Teacher of The Control D Method (diastasis recti repair)

  • Barbicide COVID-19

  • Barbicide Certification 

  • Safe Sleep Ambassador (Cribs for Kids)