Yael B. Yisrael is the owner of Flatbush Doulas, serving Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, and Manhattan. Yael brings her vast knowledge of ancient Afro-Caribbean pampering traditions to her work as a birth doula, postpartum doula, Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), childbirth educator, and coach. Yael’s passion for educating and supporting families through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum comes from the rich healing practices of her Caribbean family and ancestors.
Recipes for herbal womb steaming and postpartum healing meals have been passed down to Yael from elders and matriarchs who have transitioned from this world. This legacy is the root of Yael’s latest project: The House of Shiphrah and Puah, the training arm of Flatbush Doulas, which features Hebraic birth & postpartum traditions. House of Shiphrah and Puah features online childbirth education courses for Black grannies, mamas, aunts, sisters, cousins, nurses, midwives, doulas, healers, and friends.
Yael is an outspoken voice for the respect of cultural traditions, and the honoring of birthing & postpartum mothers. She is passionate about educating others on the rich contribution of Black women to the history of birth and infant care in America.
Yael enjoys speaking about her work as a doula, during career day events held in local schools. When not working one-on-one with her doula clients in hospitals or their homes, attending meet-and-greets with other perinatal professionals, or writing poetry, Yael spends time writing the Flatbush Doulas blog, and creating videos for the Flatbush Doulas YouTube channel. As a former NYC junior high school teacher, and after school program director, Yael always remembers that proper education is the first step towards freedom.
Yael is forever grateful for the sacrifices made by her mother who is a retired Labor & Delivery nurse, as well as our African ancestral matriarchs, who served their communities by practicing and sharing birth traditions, with wisdom and love.