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Koyuki Smith

I am a Birthing From Within Certified Childbirth Educator and Birth Doula and a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator.

I have additional professional training from DONA (birth doula), Healthy Children Project (lactation counselor), and Die Trageschule Dresden (babywearing consultant). 

I was born in Washington, DC, grew up in Reston, Virginia, and moved to New York City in 1996. I have a BA from Columbia University and an MA from Columbia Teachers College. Before entering the childbirth field, I spent eight years teaching in public secondary schools in Washington Heights and Harlem; I made the transition to perinatal work in 2008.

In addition to working with birthing people and families, I enjoy ice skating, kung fu, and early British novels. I edit Baby Coffee, a zine that deals with perinatal matters and other aspects of the human experience, such as reading and clogs. I speak Japanese, and I live in Harlem with my husband and our two homeschooled sons and a lot of books and records.

  photo by Mike Nogami

photo by Mike Nogami


In 2013, I wrote six pieces about parenthood for the Sakura Bloom Sling Diary project, illustrated with babywearing photographs. Click here to read my Sling Diaries and see the accompanying images.