About Phoebe

Our mission at Phoebe is to harness the power of human connection to enable women to find their compass and chart their course throughout the most important changes in their lives.

Before we launched Phoebe in 2019, we spoke with over 100 new mothers. We learned that every woman’s story is different, but the underlying wishes are the same. New mothers want high-quality information they can trust, support without judgment, a process to help with the change in sense of self and a place to share their story.

Women want to feel that this journey is meaningful. Because it is.

Currently, we’re focused on late pregnancy and postpartum, but there are other important moments of change we plan to address—such as preconception, fertility, and adjustment to midlife.

This is the beginning of our story.

We can’t wait for you to join us as we write the rest.

Phoebe's Leadership

Emily Klingbeil, MBA, CEO & co-founder

Emily’s life took an unexpected turn when she became a mother. Before motherhood, she had a 17-year career in global finance and investment banking that took her around the world representing various Fortune 500 companies. But in pregnancy everything changed: Emily was plagued by hyperemesis and a pulmonary infarction and struggled to reconcile her past life with her new one. She co-founded Phoebe so new mothers can have what she didn’t—a community to help them honor their journey and find their strength, and a comprehensive network of support and empathetic guidance from top experts. Emily holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she graduated with Distinction. She is the mother of two beautiful children.

Schedule a time to talk with Emily.

Phoebe's Experts

Phoebe collaborates with a team of top experts. Our experts are your trusted guides who provide high-quality and curated information, wisdom, and support.

Chiara Battistello, LICSW, PhD

Psychotherapist

Chiara Battistello, LICSW, PhD

Psychotherapist

Chiara is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist with over 16 years of experience working with individuals, couples, and groups. She received both her Master’s and PhD from New York University. Her post-graduate training includes pscyhodynamic and interpersonal pscyhotherapy, internal family systems, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and dialectic behavioral therapy.

Her doctoral research focused on the adjustment to parenthood, mother-infant attachment, and postpartum anxiety and depression. She is passionate about working with women through the profound transition to motherhood, with an emphasis on helping new mothers stay attuned to their needs and develop the rhythms that work best for them and their families.

Sneha Gazi, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist & Pelvic Health Specialist

Sneha Gazi, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist & Pelvic Health Specialist

Sneha holds a doctorate in Physical Therapy from Columbia University. She has worked in both outpatient orthopedic practices and acute care hospitals, gaining knowledge on high-level therapeutic manual treatments and evidence-based exercises to help her patients return to the activities they love.

Her specialties include pelvic health, performing arts, and TMJ. She enjoys treating women with pre and postpartum issues such as incontinence, scar adhesions, diastasis recti, and pelvic pain.

Amy Spindel, MSHN, MSSW, AFMC

Functional Nutritionist & Teaching Chef

Amy Spindel, MSHN, MSSW, AFMC

Functional Nutritionist & Teaching Chef

Amy holds a MS in holisitic nutrition from Hawthorn University and a MS in clinical social work from Columbia University, and has completed two years of training through the School of Applied Functional Medicine.

She’s worked in private practice supporting women looking to feel happier, calmer, and more energetic by modifying diet and lifestyle habits. Her specialties include applied functional medicine, nutritional rebalancing and the practical implementation of dietary changes, and addressing symptoms such as poor digestion, food sensitivities, mood imbalances, and autoimmune.

Danielle Daria, OTR/L, c/NDT

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Danielle Daria, OTR/L, c/NDT

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Danielle is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist with 20 years of experience working with babies and young children. She’s currently in private practice on NYC’s Upper West Side. She previously worked in New York and Connecticut’s Early Intervention Program, an orthopedic hospital, and a special needs preschool.

Danielle holds an advanced certification in Neuro-developmental Facilitation Technique. She enjoys teaching fellow therapists and parents handling techniques to help motor movement and development, positioning and handling, toy suggestions and play to optimize development in their young children.

Manon Chevallerau

Infant Care Expert & Postpartum Doula

Manon Chevallerau

Infant Care Expert & Postpartum Doula

For over 20 years, Manon has been working with parents as a postpartum doula. At Phoebe, we call Manon our Baby Whisperer. She focuses on giving parents tools to tune into their newborn’s temperament, to recognize and set routines and to help build confidence as new parents. She gives guidance in baby care, helps to create healthy sleep habits and understands how to work with each developmental stage.

Manon has guided hundreds of new parents from birth to 9 months through support groups in Lower Manhattan and running one of the original groups that led to the support platform, HRP Mamas. In 2007, she designed and ran workshops for corporations to help families build their parenting skills.

Charlotte Blake Kaplan, PCES

Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist

Charlotte Blake Kaplan, PCES

Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist

Charlotte Blake Kaplan, PCES, is a postnatal recovery expert, postnatal corrective exercise specialist, Mama, postnatal Pilates instructor and the owner of Charlotte Blake Pilates, a boutique one-on-one studio in the heart of Greenwich Village, NYC. Charlotte is dedicated to positively disrupting the way people think of and engage in recovery, exercise, and healing after giving birth. She is an advocate for postnatal people to begin their recovery process immediately after birth and simultaneously recognizes that it’s never too late to begin a recovery process, no matter how long ago a person gave birth. Charlotte is a sought-out instructor for her postnatal Pilates one-on-one consultations and postnatal programs because she leads each and every session with compassion and empathy. With over a decade of experience working with prenatal and postnatal people, she has a wealth of knowledge to share. Charlotte also leads postnatal Pilates group programs and her signature MamaWell intensive both online and in-person. In addition to working with postnatal people, Charlotte has created and teaches a comprehensive workshop for movement instructors. She is dedicated to changing the way in which movement certifications teach (or more commonly, fail to teach) how to support prenatal and postpartum people. You can work with Charlotte online or in person at her studio in Greenwich Village or her studio near Woodstock, NY.

Grace MacNair, IBCLC

IBCLC: Infant Feeding & Lactation Expert

Grace MacNair, IBCLC

IBCLC: Infant Feeding & Lactation Expert

For over a decade, Grace has helped families achieve their infant feeding goals and transition as joyfully and gently as possible into parenthood. As a IBCLC, she offers families evidence-based care and support for common to complex infant feeding challenges. Her holistic, goals-based approach to lactation support is informed by her background in midwifery and birth/postpartum doula work in NYC, NC, India, and Malawi Africa, and her work as a Women’s Health Educational Consultant at Duke and UNC’s School of Medicine. She has extensive training and experience with Tethered Oral Tissues (tongue tie) and works closely with pediatricians, midwives, and other holistic providers to help families achieve optimal feeding.

Leigh Anne O'Connor, IBCLC

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

Leigh Anne O'Connor, IBCLC

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

Leigh Anne is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant with more than two decades of experience working with breastfeeding families.

She is the Vice President of New York Lactation Consultant Association (NYLCA), a member of International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA), United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA) and a past member of the Bank Street Head Start Health Advisory Board. She is an accredited La Leche League Leader and a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator. She is the mom of three children, all breastfed and all weaned!

Edmund Griffin, MD, PhD

Partners & Fathers Liaison

Edmund Griffin, MD, PhD

Partners & Fathers Liaison

Edmund Griffin, MD, PhD is an addiction psychiatrist who provides medication management and psychotherapy in private practice in Manhattan. He has spent the last decade teaching, doing research, and practicing at Columbia. He holds a MD/PhD from Harvard in Neuroscience and completed psychiatry residency training at Columbia. Prior to entering practice, he was on the full time faculty at Columbia doing lab-based research on addiction. His practice philosophy is that he tries to show people how much their struggle is really part of the universal human condition.

Janel Martir

Birth Doula

Janel Martir

Birth Doula

Janel is a Brooklyn-based professional birth doula and yoga instructor with over a decade of experience working in women’s health. Drawing upon her extensive background in clinical medicine and obstetrics, she has established herself as a birth expert specializing in prenatal and postpartum education and wellness. Her background includes research assessing the quality of undergraduate and graduate medical education in obstetrical training in the US, and has been recognized and awarded by CREOG and APGO.

Janel has assisted in over 80 births and is passionate about guiding women through pregnancy and childbirth. She has an evidenced-based and value-centered approach to labor and recovery. She provides and advocates for holistic and mindfulness-focused prenatal and postpartum education for women and families.

Joyce Havinga, DONA

Birth Doula

Joyce Havinga, DONA

Birth Doula

Joyce is a Certified Holistic Doula, certified birth doula (DONA), AHA CPR instructor, a Spinning Babies® Certified Parent Educator and a Certified Lactation Counselor. She speaks English, Dutch, French and German. She is originally from Rwanda and has traveled the world working with diplomats and ambassadors. She now facilitates a Positive Birth Movement meet-up in her home in Westchester, New York.

Elizabeth Mekuria, CLC

Hypnobirthing Practitioner & Doula

Elizabeth Mekuria, CLC

Hypnobirthing Practitioner & Doula

Elizabeth is a HypnoBirthing Educator, Birth and Postpartum Doula and Certified Breastfeeding Counselor. She has been supporting birthing people for 17 years in Seattle, Honolulu and New York City. Her work is founded on the understanding that the liberation and empowerment of birthing people is key to changing the world. She offers a variety of supportive services that empower parents to make the choices they want during their transformation into parenthood. As a hypnobirthing educator, she teaches parents how to use their natural birthing instincts, free themselves from fears and negative emotions surrounding birth, and to be aware and in full control during their birthing experience.

Stephanie Sackerman

Wellness Coach

Stephanie Sackerman

Wellness Coach

Stephanie is a Certified Educator, Positive Discipline Parent Educator, Wellness Coach, and Mindfulness Teacher.  She is passionate about supporting moms so they can stress less, love more, slow down to savor the moment, and show up as the moms they want to be.  Stephanie supports mothers with practical, convenient, and accessible techniques, and her authentic approach focuses on mindfulness, kindfulness, and self-compassion.

Adriane Stare

Babywearing Expert

Adriane Stare

Babywearing Expert

Adriane Stare is a Brooklyn-Based postpartum doula, lactation counselor, and babywearing expert. In 2011 she founded Caribou Baby and Wild Was Mama, Brooklyn’s largest, hippest and most well-loved baby and maternity retail shops and class spaces. Since then, she has helped thousands of families learn how to cultivate their confidence, strength and intuitive wisdom to feed, nourish, and care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy. Since 2018, she has dedicated herself full-time to postnatal work with families.

Jessica Angima, MA

Meditation Expert

Jessica Angima, MA

Meditation Expert

Jessica Angima is a first-generation Kenyan American cultural producer and healing artist, working in the modality of meditation. In a constant state of process, she facilitates intimate community through the exploration of art, justice, and contemplative practice. She has taught for BRIC, the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, SELF Magazine, SHAPE Magazine, theSkimm, and more. Jessica was a 2019 Create Change Fellow at the Laundromat Project and holds an MA in Arts Politics from New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

Jackie Stewart, MA

Meditation Expert

Jackie Stewart, MA

Meditation Expert

Jackie is fascinated with the human mind and understand how our perceptions impact our present experience. Through studying the mind. She began to understand the interrelated nature of our shared humanity and need for connection.

Jackie has an MA in Media, Culture, and Communication from NYU and is a certified meditation instructor. Additionally, she has completed the Interdependence Project’s meditation teacher training, the Open Center’s Integrative Sounds and Music practitioner certification, as well as UC Berkeley’s Science of Happiness program. She hopes to fuse this inner and outer world connection for others.

Stephanie Forster, MFA, CPT

Pilates Expert

Stephanie Forster, MFA, CPT

Pilates Expert

Stephanie is the founder of Preggo Pilates and the Director of Pre and Postnatal Education at EHS Pilates in San Francisco. She brings over 25 years of experience as a Pilates practitioner, dancer, bodyworker, anatomy and yoga student and choreographer to her teaching, which is infused with irreverence and humor. She is a Master Trainer with Balanced Body Education and a founding member of the Mamas Resource Network, an eclectic Bay Area network of professionals who serve, support and educate pregnant and postpartum women and their families.

In Greek Mythology, Phoebe is the Titan of the Moon

Her strength comes from being female, not despite it. Phoebe helps you realize a new kind of strength. A strength built from who you were so you see who you have become.

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Phoebe's Advisors

Phoebe’s advisors bring decades of experience in healthcare, design, analytics and entrepreneurship. They are innovators and founders and add exceptional expertise to our mission.

Lucy Hutner, MD

Reproductive Psychiatrist
Phoebe co-founder

Lucy Hutner, MD

Reproductive Psychiatrist
Phoebe co-founder

Dr. Hutner is an internationally recognized expert in women’s mental health. She received her MD from the University of California, San Francisco. She completed psychiatry residency training at Harvard (MGH/McLean), where she was one of the chief residents, followed by fellowship training at Columbia. Dr. Hutner is a leader in the emerging medical specialty of reproductive psychiatry, which focuses on the mental health needs of women throughout the reproductive life span, including preconception, pregnancy and postpartum. Dr. Hutner was the Associate Director of the Women’s Program at Columbia, is on the leadership team of the National Task Force for the first standardized digital curriculum in reproductive psychiatry, and she is the co-editor of the first textbook in reproductive psychiatry. She has heard over 10,000 stories.

Niels Rosenquist, MD, PhD

CEO of Janys Analytics

Niels Rosenquist, MD, PhD

CEO of Janys Analytics

Niels co-founder and CEO of Janys Analytics, a digital media analytics firm. He is a physician-researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and he practices psychiatry at the MIT student mental health clinic. He holds an MD from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in economics from Wharton, and he completed psychiatry residency training at Harvard at Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean.

Parul Somani, MBA

CEO of Silver Linings

Parul Somani, MBA

CEO of Silver Linings

Parul is the founder and CEO of Silver Linings. She is a healthcare executive and cancer survivor turned inspirational speaker championing health, resilience, and a positive mindset. Parul holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a Minor in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Manuel Toscano, MFA

Partner at Zago

Manuel Toscano, MFA

Partner at Zago

Manuel Toscano is a partner at Zago design firm. He holds a MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He is a designer, teacher, and entrepreneur with more than twenty years of experience shepherding new ideas and building brands for change-makers, companies with a purpose, not-for-profits, and social innovators.

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