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Pregnancy is a rare lifetime event, one where your body, mind, heart, and spirit should be well  cared for. But it’s not often treated as such, and women aren’t always listened to. We want to change that. As doulas and Certified Holistic Reproductive Practitioners, we are trained to treat the physical and energetic body as one, providing holistic support for the well-being of women who are pregnant, and who would like to become pregnant, as well as their partners.

Because all women and families are different, we provide individualized packages that can be tailored to your specific needs. Our services include energy work (reiki), reflexology, birth education, and of course physical and emotional support for the big day. Because our care is so complete—and so necessary—many continue with us from the journey of conception into postpartum. 

We want our clients to feel supported, seen, and understood throughout their journeys into parenthood. And we want our clients to become parents—not infertile couples, not patients, not numbers. We understand that your journey doesn’t end the moment you get pregnant, or the moment you leave the hospital with your baby. We understand that your journey is just beginning.

We’re grateful that you’re considering us as your partners in fertility, pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. We can’t wait to take this journey with you.

A note from our founder, Lara Lasky.

Prior to becoming a certified doula and a Certified Holistic Reproductive Practitioner, I had a long career as a public health scientist. Although it was rewarding work, something was missing, and I found myself yearning for more one-on-one connections and the ability to make a difference in the lives of families. Then my sister, an OBGYN and midwife herself, invited me to attend the births of her children, and I was hooked. Nothing compares to the moment new life comes earthside.  

My own struggles with fertility, and my less than picture-perfect birth, have led me to believe that everyone should have someone by their side to ride the waves of emotion that come when you are working to bring life into the world.

These experiences led me on my new path. 

As a new birth doula, I often stayed connected to the families I had helped during the birthing process, calling to check in and see how they were doing. This is when I discovered that new families need just as much support after the baby comes home. This is why I also offer postpartum doula services. With families living further apart, and in our busy modern lives, new families find that a little extra support is exactly what they need to get through those first weeks and months of their new baby’s life.

It is my great joy to work with families throughout their journeys into parenthood and beyond. Regardless of where the journey takes you, I am here to walk along the path with you.

Meet Our Team

Cote 

Cote believes birth is an empowering and transformative process that is so unique and individual to each Mother. Her passion is to support and enhance the birth experience by using her vast experience of 17 years in holistic therapies. Cote is a certified Holistic Doula with The Matrona, Reiki Master, and herbalist. She blends different techniques such as meditation with singing bowls, Reiki and ancestral Rebozo to ensure a personal approach to birth and postpartum healing.

Erica

Erica is a postpartum doula trained through DONA. She would be honored to join you as you transition from expectant woman to mother. Erica’s ultimate goal is to tend to the external pieces of your life – cleaning, cooking, childcare, companionship, and babycare – so that you have the space to melt into a cocoon of healing, bonding, and adjustment with your new baby.

Sara

Sara trained with DONA International in December, 2019. She has more than 20 years of experience working with families and children of all ages as a nanny, daycare teacher, first grade teacher, Early Head Start Specialist, and children’s museum coordinator. Sara has a Master’s Degree in Child Development with an Infancy Specialization and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She is very interested in getting certified as a Lactation Counselor and in Perinatal Mental Health.

Misty

Misty is a Newborn Care Specialist and Pre-Certified Postpartum Doula
Misty says that since she was 5 years old and her mother gave birth to her little sister, she knew she loved taking care of babies and children. She’s that person who everyone she know calls whenever they need help with their baby. Misty is extremely passionate about this field and she loves what she does—not only taking care of newborns but to also build relationships and a bond with their families.

Trina

Trina received her doula training from the International Doula Institute. She’s a certified birth and postpartum doula, a certified breastfeeding counselor, and a certified childbirth educator. Trina has a master’s degree in healthcare administration and a bachelor’s degree in community health and health promotion. She’s a mother of two girls and a grandmother to one. Her main goal is to educate families, offer words of affirmation, and help create a beautiful birthing experience for all families.

Tiffany

Tiffany became passionate about birth during her pregnancy and the birth of her daughter. She valued the support of her birth team and felt empowered when her choices were validated. During the process she also realized that birth is not a one-size-fits-all experience.

As a makeup artist for over 15 years, she learned the importance of truly listening to clients and finding ways to help them feel empowered and confident. 

Damiana

Damiana has a long-held interest in helping mothers and children of all backgrounds. She has over fifteen years of experience caring for mothers and babies, and has experience caring for mothers as a doula since 2013. She has 10 years of experience caring for children and normal newborns as well as infants with special needs, and she’s served as an infant child life services volunteer at a children’s hospital. 

Cristina

Cristina is a certified birth doula with Doulas of North America (DONA). She provides postpartum and antepartum doula services, as well as placenta encapsulation. Cristina is a Lamaze certified childbirth educator, and she’s eager to share her knowledge with expecting parents. She brings her passion to every family with whom she shares the sacred journey of birth. 

Testimonials

“Lara and Cote came to our apartment for a beautiful postpartum ceremony. I felt so nourished by the belly binding, reiki, and time for reflection with my husband--it felt like a perfect way to close out the birth of my daughter!”
Laura Geller
“Working with Lara was the best decision I made for my delivery. As last minute as I was(SUPER LAST MINUTE), she made it all work with me. I'm so happy she was there, as soon as she was, I felt more at ease and more comfortable. I turned to her for knowledge and solace. It was my first baby and I had no idea what to expect and my anxiety was through the roof. She was extremely patient with me and was there every step of the way. She made sure to look out for my best interests in labor and delivery, my golden hour with my babe and helped me with latching and breastfeeding. After delivery, she came to check on us and always sent a text every now and again to see how we were and if we needed anything. I've recommended her to family and friends whenever anyone has asked for a doula. And I will continue to recommend her and her business to anyone! Thank you to this wonderful practice!”
Nicolette Gleespen
“Go to their workshops. I learned so much from Cote and Lara. They truly carry a wealth of knowledge between them and have a genuine passion for supporting families. The postpartum workshop I attended was great because it was specific, covered important topics, and gave us hands-on activities for great postpartum care. Looking forward to future workshops by Holistic Family Doulas!”
Isabel Gonzalez-Smith
“If you’re looking for a doula, get Lara!! It’s almost a month after my delivery and I still think about my experience and her help and support throughout my pregnancy, delivery and postpartum. I had a successful VBac solely because of her. She helped me prepare beforehand mentally and physically. Her role was monumental in not only mentally supporting me but also respecting and following through with my wishes for the birth until the end. This had become a bit of a challenge because on the day of the delivery I had a precipitous labor and had to call 911. Nothing was the same, not even the hospital and Lara made it just in time to be with me to advocate for me and help me with the pain (no epidural). Lara went above and beyond to ensure I was comfortable, all my needs were met and I was supported in every way possible which would have been impossible had she not been there and I’m not exaggerating. No one can replace a doula, I wish I knew this for my first birth. Thanks for the successful Vbac Lara!!”
Hapden Fam
“I can't recommend Lara enough—if you’re looking for a doula, get Lara!! It’s almost a month after my delivery and I still think about my experience and her help and support throughout my pregnancy, delivery and postpartum. I had a successful VBac solely because of her. She helped me prepare beforehand, both mentally and physically. Her role was monumental in not only mentally supporting me but also respecting and following through with my wishes for the birth until the end. Lara went above and beyond to ensure I was comfortable, all my needs were met and I was supported in every way possible which would have been impossible had she not been there. No one can replace a doula, I wish I knew this for my first birth. Thanks for the successful Vbac Lara!!”
Ritu via Doulamatch
“Lara is a fantastic doula, I am so thankful we worked with her during the birth of my daughter. She was extremely helpful throughout the third trimester, being available to answer all my questions, giving helpful suggestions and insight as we made decisions throughout the pregnancy. I can't imagine getting through such a long labor without her being present. She was a huge advocate and support physically and emotionally for me throughout the process. I would absolutely recommend her!”
Michelle Sidney
“My husband and I are indebted to Lara and Cote for the love and support they gave us before, during and after the birth of our son. Lara led us through a very thorough prenatal session where we learned relaxation and pain management techniques for those later, uncomfortable weeks of pregnancy as well as for during labor. And she was our sense of calm during my 28-hour labor. I was able to labor at home for 17 hours. Their line of holistic products (tea, lotion, balm, etc) were nice additions for extra relief both before and after birth. It’s so nice to have trusted guidance from experts during such a sacred time.”
Kristen Guzzardo
“Lara was such a wonderful helper during my labor with my daughter. She was a wonderful advocate for me and provided much needed support and encouragement. I'm so grateful that we had her as part of my delivery support team.”
Jessica Mojica
“Lara and Cote are the best... their calming energy was the first thing my husband and I noticed and appreciated when we met for our consultation. And I would say that was the constant theme throughout prenatal, birth and postnatal support with Lara... she brought so much calm to an otherwise stressful and chaotic situation. Lara took us through a thorough prenatal session, which was amazing as a first time mom who hadn't read every book out there. And I was able to labor at home for 17 hours with Lara's help with pain management techniques and tactics to progress the labor. They have a line of holistic products that brought a lot of calm and relief before and after pregnancy. I trust these women to support my and my child's well-being.”
Kristen G.
“These women are so fantastic and nurturing, you'd be hard pressed to find better doulas and better post-care anywhere in the west suburbs. Lara and Cote are amazing.”
Erin D.

Our Gift to You

Affirmations for Fertility, Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum. Feel better with our curated collection of affirmations to help ease pain, calm stress, and promote wellness. Every once in a while, you’ll also receive helpful insight and information to help you along your motherhood journey.