Tanya Wills, Founder

  • Mother of two
  • Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)
  • Women's Healthcare Nurse Practitioner (WHNP-BC)
  • International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)
  • Certified Childbirth Educator
  • Certified CPR Instructor (American Heart Association)
  • Certified Sacred Birth Counselor

Tanya Wills is a graduate of the midwifery program at Yale School of Nursing, where she received her Master of Science in Nursing and also earned her R.N. (Registered Nurse).

A former actress, Tanya was drawn to this work after the powerful birth of her son, Milo, in 2008.  She completed her initial birth and postpartum doula training with Debra Pascali-Bonaro through DONA, International.  She went on to complete her holistic doula training with Whapio Diane Bartlett through The Matrona deepening her capacity to nurture and connect with couples and their babies while reaffirming her belief in the human instinctual knowledge of how to birth.  Tanya obtained her Certified Lactation Counselor credential in 2010 through Healthy Children's Center for Breastfeeding enabling her to provide evidence-based lactation support and received additional training while at Yale with Julie Bouchet-Horwitz at Hudson Valley Breastfeeding as an IBCLC candidate.  She trained as a midwife's assistant with Ina May Gaskin and other midwives at The Farm.  Tanya completed the Sacred Birth Mentor Program in 2014 with Stephanie Dawn as her mentor, earning her certification as a Sacred Birth Counselor.  With a background in theatre, she brings warmth and a sense of humor to her classes and clients. Now a mother of two, Tanya balances her time working with pregnant folks and their partners with her own midwifery and lactation work, teaching, and learning from people who are in the process of giving birth.  "I feel so privileged to be doing this important work."

Tanya practices as a home birth midwife and also provides personalized GYN care, primary care, and lactation consultations through Manhattan Birth Midwifery. Contact us for more information.