Koyuki Smith

I am a Birthing From Within Advanced Mentor, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, birth doula, and 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. My professional training is from Birthing From Within, Lamaze, DONA (Doulas of North America), Healthy Children Project, Die Trageschule Dresden, and the Babywearing Institute, and I have been lucky enough to learn from such internationally-renowned teachers as Virginia Bobro, Pam England, Ulrike Hower, Judith Lothian, and Debra Pascali-Bonaro. I am the editor of 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.

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.