Samara Lynn, Author at Black Enterprise
25 black women who are changing the world

Naima Beckles


Naima Beckles, co-owner of For Your Birth in New York City, is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, DONA certified birth doula, lactation counselor, and mother to two boys. She was drawn to the field of childbirth after being cared for by amazing perinatal health professionals - a community that she hardly knew existed before giving birth for the first time in 2008. Before entering the field of childbirth, Naima was a secondary classroom teacher. She earned a B.A. and M.A. at Loyola University in Los Angeles, joined Teach for America upon graduating from college, and taught in public schools in LA, DC, and New York City. Today, Naima attends births and leads childbirth classes in New York at City Births, Melt Massage and Bodywork, and with the Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership. She believes that every expectant parent, particularly women of color, needs support before and after giving birth.