About Lavender Labor
Lavender Labor and Birth Services was born in February of 2013 by certified birth doula and certified cooperative childbirth educator, Samantha Hillstrom. Inspired by the idea that women used to hold sprigs of lavender in their hands during labor to help keep them calm, she believes through evidence-based education and continuous emotional and physical support, the same effect can be achieved. Lavender Labor and Birth Services believes that birth is a normal, physiological process and every person has the innate ability to give birth. We believe that through education comes empowerment and people deserve to understand all of their choices in childbirth. We don’t promote a “method” of birthing as every birth, like every person, is different. Instead, we work towards expanding your understanding of the process of birth and the variety of options available to you.
About Samantha Hillstrom, CD(DONA), CCCE
Samantha moved from TV production to reproduction when she decided to leave her career as a news producer to pursue her lifelong passion of childbirth. Despite having worked on some of the most notable news stories of the last decade, she finds supporting couples during the birth of their baby to be the most important and exciting story she’s ever had the privilege of witnessing.
As a DONA International certified birth doula, Samantha provides physical, informational, and educational support during the antepartum and postpartum periods. She is a certified cooperative childbirth educator through the renowned Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York (CEA/MNY). CEA/MNY is nonprofit organization of childbirth professionals and consumer advocates who are committed to promoting evidence-based practices and family-centered education.
Samantha served on the board of directors for CEA/MNY and Choices in Childbirth, a nonprofit advocacy organization committed to improving maternity care across New York City. She started the first LGBTQ-only childbirth education classes in NYC aimed at meeting the specific needs of queer couples in parenthood.
In 2014, Samantha moved to Los Angeles where she lived for two and half years where she attended a variety of births and sat on the board of directors for the Doulas Association of Southern California. While in Los Angeles, Samantha’s life as a doula was filmed for the Awestruck original series, “LA Delivery Girls.” This 12-episode series followed three Los Angeles-based doulas as they juggled their personal lives with the on-call life of being a birth worker. The series can be viewed on Verizon go90, YouTube, and Facebook.
In February 2017, Samantha moved back to her beloved NYC and proudly continues to support new parents as a doula and childbirth educator in her favorite city. In her spare time, she enjoys trying new restaurants and recipes, going to concerts, and exploring new places in NYC.
To read more about Samantha and her doula work, check out this interview from Laura Collins’, “Doula Chat”