About Us

You can do this. We know you can.  It doesn't matter if you've never run a marathon.  We sure haven't. Childbirth is the great equalizer.  There are no prerequisites necessary to do this, the greatest thing ever. You have what it takes.  You were born with it.

Our History

Manhattan Birth was founded by Tanya Wills, a former actress whose entire life was turned on its head in the best way possible with the birth of her first child in 2008.  Completely consumed by all things involving birth and the childbearing year, she began as a doula, and things have just grown (or gotten way out of hand) from there.

What we do

We provide classes, breastfeeding support, doula services, and pregnancy mentoring for people who are interested in informing themselves about their choices, preparing for their labors and parenthood, being a part of a conscious community that is based in the realities of new parenthood, and enjoying their lives.


We love what we do and it shows!  Laughter happens often.  Questions get answered.  Lifetime friendships are formed.  Discoveries are made.  Our classes and services are founded in real holistic tradition, focusing on the whole person and family.  We really understand, firsthand, how massive an experience it can be to have a baby in and around NYC.  Our classes are comprehensive and easy to digest.  We are deeply committed to supporting and mentoring you through this process.


While we are doing fun and important work, we completely realize that there is no room for magical thinking about us or about birth.  It is one of the realest things we know about. We recognize that having a baby is an important rite of passage, and will squash the rest of your life like a grape. This process really matters. We do everything we can to provide you with practical information and resources to help you find your way in the real world of birthing and parenting.


Our classes offer up-to-date evidence-based information from two experienced doulas and one midwife who study the research and have attended births just about everywhere around here.  We love this stuff and we are committed to sharing with you everything we know about how this stuff works.  But you will also learn through practice, hands-on activities, videos, and connecting with each other.