With Stork and Cradle, I help women soon realize that their success as moms is not determined by epidurals or pumped ounces, but rather by the power that comes with honing their intuition and simply flowing and flourishing with their babies.
Tamara Hawkins - MSN, RN, NP-C, IBCLC, LCCE, CHHC
As the Director of Stork and Cradle, Inc., a passion-fueled prenatal education group specializing in childbirth classes and lactation consultation based in New York City, Tamara brings over twenty one years expertise as a Maternity Nurse and Family Nurse Practitioner to deliver classes and programs that blend holistic knowledge and clinical care for parents and their babies. As instructors and consultants, Tamara and her team offer insight and advice that is data driven, educationally sound, but most importantly, empowerment focused.
An impassioned advocate for birth, breastfeeding and parenting equity, Tamara has been in private practice as an educator and IBCLC since 2004. She is the past President of the New York Lactation Consultant Association, a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and a Certified Holistic Health Counselor.
Empowering & Supporting Women's Health!
Creating Unique Experiences
"New, working moms come to Tamara Hawkins for a birthing and breastfeeding plan, but what they get is the permission to abandon beliefs about what the experience should be. They gain the insights to define their own journeys through motherhood—one unpredictably beautiful step at a time."
I give you the information you need to make the right choices for you, along with your care provider, to keep you and baby safe and healthy without compromising your dreams and wishes.
I really wished I took Lamaze classes and was curious about what I missed and what one learns in a childbirth class so I became certified as a childbirth educator in 1999. I don’t blame the hospital for the loss of my ideal birth and opportunity to breastfeed successfully.
I wish I knew then how important it was to have a mentor discuss the milestones of labor and birth, what to expect emotionally and physically, and have some real-life stories and practice for pain relief, different scenarios of conversations for exhaustion, vomiting in labor, shakes, intense contractions towards the end, and how to start breastfeeding successfully... the list goes on. This is what led me to ‘birth’ Stork and Cradle.
I started nursing school at NYU to become a Nurse Midwife but changed my career focus once I became a mother and worked as a labor and delivery nurse in a high risk hospital and then a birthing center. I worked with women who wanted a water birth but need a cesarean and women who were encouraged to "rest and get an epidural" and then birthed through disappointment of not being able to have a "natural birth". I discovered how much parents needed evidence based information to make informed decisions and not just learn how to give birth with or without an epidural.
I believe parents need to know the options ahead of time in case their birth experience doesn’t go as planned. I knew families needed the personal attention during the months of pregnancy and not just during birth. I felt awesome teaching and mentoring families. I chose to build a team to:
With Stork and Cradle, women soon realize that their success as moms is not determined by epidurals or pumped ounces, but rather by the power that comes with honing their intuition and simply flowing and flourishing with their babies.
MSN, RN, NP-C, IBCLC, LCCE, CHHC
As the Director of Stork and Cradle, Inc. Tamara brings over twenty years’ expertise as a Maternity Nurse and Family Nurse Practitioner to deliver classes and programs that blend holistic knowledge and clinical care for mothers and their babies.
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