Mary A Whitlock is a NYC based postpartum doula and a health + wellness coach whose philosophy is that a healthy foundation is a catalyst for a healthier future.
Born, raised, and living in New York City, Mary understands and embraces the overwhelming demands and stresses that city life puts on families. She is inspired and passionate about providing families and individuals with the resources, empathetic support and nurturing to maintain a balanced life. Services include postpartum and labor doula support, ayurvedic meal planning, ayurvedic health consultations, holistic nutrition education, health coaching, and meditation.
Mary is a Certified Health Coach and Doula specializing in postpartum care and Ayurvedic wellness. After struggling with her own hormonal issues and anxiety, she was determined to find balance and heal. Mary adopted an ayurvedic practice incorporating, daily meditation, breathwork, yoga and healthy eating into her life which had such a transformative effect that it moved her to study under some of the most influential ayurvedic teachers in the US and India, including Vasant Lad founder and director of the Ayurvedic Institute, the National Ayurvedic Medical Association's Hilary Garivaltis, and Natural Gourmet’s Richard Lamarita. Mary completed her DONA Postpartum and Birth Doula training with the renowned Debra Pascali-Bonaro, followed by an internship at, Healthy Mother & Natural Birth Sanctum in Hyderabad, India- an affiliate clinic of the International MotherBaby Childbirth Organization. There she provided gentle birth and postpartum support to women under the guidance of Dr. Vijaya Krishnan and some of the leading midwives in the country. Her experience at the clinic was so heartfelt and life-changing that it has motivated and inspired her to work towards improving maternal and infant health and create a ripple effect of positive change for a brighter future.
Before her career in wellness, Mary worked in the retail industry as a fashion director. After over a decade in the industry, she eventually arrived at a crossroad and felt the need to find a more aligned way to support and contribute to her community. Mary followed her heart and finally took the leap and made the transition. Her experience working in retail was invaluable; she learned so much about herself and how to nurture the development of others. Mary is deeply grateful to all of her teachers and for the life experiences that have brought her to this very moment.
Experience + Education
DONA trained Postpartum & Birth Doula, Birthday Presence, New York,Debra Pascali- Bonaro B.Ed., LCCE, PDT/BDT (DONA)
Certified in Infant, Child, and Adult CPR/ AED, American Heart Association
Certification in Traditional Postpartum care, The Mommy Plan, New York,Valerie Lynn
Certified Holistic Health Coach, Institute for Integrative Nutrition, New York
Certification in Ayurvedic Bodywork, Kripalu ,Massachusetts, Hilary Gravtalis
Hypnobirthing support Techniques for Birth Professionals, Hypnobirthing of NY, Maéva Althaus
Postpartum & Birth Doula, Internship, Healthy Mother Natural Birth Center, Hyderabad India, Dr. Vijaya Krishnan CPM, DT LCCE FACCE
Contributor, Pain To Power: Childbirth Education & Orgasmic Birth, Debra Pascali-Bonaro, B.Ed., LCCE, PDT/BDT(DONA)
Maternal Postpartum Issues For Doulas, Chilbirth Education Association Of Metropolitan NY, Meridith Fienberg Ccce, Ibclc, Jd
Fertility Awareness Practice Personal Clinical Application + Permaculture Of Female Anatomy,Grace Of the Moon,Sarah Bly FAE,DEM
Ayurvedic Art and Healing- NAMA Credits for Certification, Ananda Ayurvedic Studies Monroe, NY, Vasant Lad MASC
Ayurvedic Seminar~ Recommendations for Daily Life, Raju Family Clinic, Vaidya Dr. Krishna Raju & Vaidyacharya Dr. J.R. Raju, Hyderabad, India
Guest Sous Chef, The Six Tastes of Ayurveda, Natural Gourmet Institute, New York
Volunteer Chef and Nutritionist, Citi Harvest Nutrition Education program,New York
Ayurvedic Cooking, New York Open Center, New York, Richard Lamarita
Meditation & Vedic Science, MUM Rotating University, India
2017-2018 Member of NAMA, The National Ayurvedic Medical Association