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Koyuki Smith

I am a Birthing From Within Certified Childbirth Educator, Birth Doula, and Facilitator (professional trainer) 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.

I edit and write for Through the Labyrinth, the official Birthing From Within blog, and I also edit and publish Baby Coffee, a zine that deals with perinatal matters and other aspects of the human experience, such as reading and clogs. In addition to thinking, reading, writing, and teaching about transformations in the childbearing years, I enjoy ice skating, kung fu, and early British novels. I speak Japanese less and less fluently every year, 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.