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Our Founders

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Yaffa Garber Tilles, LICSW, PMH-C

Founding Partner

Yaffa is a psychotherapist specializing in supporting people coping with fertility challenges, pregnancy and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, and the whirlwind of parenting! She lives in Newton with her husband and three rambunctious sons. 

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Shira Garber Strosberg, CD (DONA)

Founding Partner

Shira is a certified birth doula, childbirth educator and draws from over 15 years in the field of education…working with parents, listening to their hopes, questions and concerns and helping them to chart a course forward for their families. Shira lives in Newton with her husband and three sons.

Our Team

Ravid Tilles

Group Leader

Ravid has a Bachelor's degree in social work and is the Director of Jewish life and learning at Schechter Boston. Ravid lives in Newton with his wife and 3 children.  His personal experiences as a parent fuel his passion for promoting healthy relationships and supporting families, and he's thrilled to offer a Dad's Group for the Boston Birth Village!

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Roz Garber Toledano

Group Leader

Roz is grandmother to 12, former business executive and educator.  She has a long list of accomplishments but none are as important to her as her incredible offspring! Roz is excited to lead the Grandparent's Workshop for the Boston Birth Village and hopes to share what she has learned from her 14 years in this role.

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Rena Needle

Yoga Teacher and Dietician

Rena is a Registered Dietitian and health coach with a Masters in Public Health from New York University. Her expertise and passion is in pre- and post-natal nutrition and wellness. Most recently, she worked for Kaiser Permanente's division of research in Northern California as a dietitian, helping motivate pregnant women to eat healthy and exercise through an innovative randomized controlled trial. Rena is a certified yoga instructor with ten years of experience teaching private, corporate, and pre-/post-natal yoga classes. She is also the lucky mom of three children.

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Danielle Ben-David

Postpartum Doula

Danielle has a passion for helping others transition into parenthood! Danielle is available to support your growing family by offering services such as supporting physical and emotional recovery, infant care, lactation support and referrals, infant soothing techniques, babywearing methods, and more. She is obtaining certification as a postpartum doula through Childbirth International. Danielle is also a registered Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Therapist with a Master's in Public Health from Boston University, and she currently works in a large NICU in Boston, attending births and caring for preterm and term infants. Danielle lives in Natick with her husband, two children, and two dogs. 

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Ronnie Luria

Postpartum Doula

Ronnie found her interest for postpartum doula work after birthing and raising four children of her own. She had very different experiences with little postpartum support and values the confidence she gained with every birth. She has a passion for supporting growing families in finding the confidence to face the challenges and beauty of bringing home infants. Ronnie believes in including all family members in the process from early on, so that each member can provide support and feel supported. She also feels that every family’s journey is their choice and wants to nurture and help new parents find their footing to be successful. Ronnie is DONA trained and working towards her certification. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, volunteering in different roles at her kids’ school, skiing, the beach, cooking and hosting. 

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Emily Isman

Postpartum Doula

Emily (she/her) resides in Newton with her partner and three kids - 8, 6 & 4 years old!  Emily is passionate about helping new families smoothly reenter the world with their new bundle of joy. Emily can provide postpartum families with emotional recovery from childbirth, infant soothing and sleep, infant feeding and bathing, house work & preparing meals. Along with Emily's personal experience, she is also trained by DONA International Approved Workshop. Emily graduated with a degree in Communications from UMass Amherst and is an LGBTQ+ ally and advocate. 

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