Rachel Gellert, MPA., is a Certified Doula and Educator who is committed to providing comprehensive, queer & trans affirming support to people across the full spectrum of pregnancy experiences. She completed her birth doula certification with Carriage House Birth, and has continued her education with Ancient Song Doula Services and Bebo Mia inc.
Rachel combines her professional experience in sexual and reproductive health with her passion for birth justice and healing. She recently worked as a clinical health educator at Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center and has provided sexual health education in classroom, health clinic, and university settings.
Rachel holds a Bachelor's (BA) in Politics & Social Policy and a Master's in Public Administration (MPA) from NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. During her graduate work, Rachel partnered with the United Nation's Population Fund (UNFPA) and provided recommendations for UNFPA's sexual and reproductive health policy engagement and advocacy in middle-income countries. She is a recipient of a Fulbright grant and spent a year teaching English and running youth leadership workshops in Malaysia. Rachel has significant experience creating programming on sexual health, consent, gender and sexuality, violence prevention, and healthy relationships. She has provided workshops and trainings for students of all ages, parents, teachers, college faculty, and campus staff.
Rachel has supported families through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. She values her client's choices and loves her role as a doula through every unique birth experience. Rachel is certified in Mental Health First Aid, has trained as a Pregnancy Options Counselor with the NYC Office of School-based Health, and presented at the Sexuality, Women, and Gender Conference (SWaG) with the Department of Education. She is also trained in abortion and pregnancy loss support skills through Full Spectrum Doula Circle.
Rachel is also the oldest of 28 cousins, plus 2 siblings, and has loved babies and pregnant people for as long as she can remember. Rachel believes that all people deserve compassionate, nonjudgemental support, and the right to make decisions about what is best for themselves.
When Rachel isn't at a birth or talking about the importance of comprehensive sex education, you can find her traveling, reading science fiction, watching Steven Universe, or snuggled happily at home with her partner Kayla, and their cat Ava.
(All illustrations are by Emma Noble and all professional photography, unless stated otherwise, is by Kayla Galway.)