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 Founders

Emily Klingbeil, MBA, Phoebe 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.

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Lucy Hutner, MD, 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.

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.

Barbara Ryan

IBCLC: Infant Feeding & Lactation Expert

Barbara Ryan

IBCLC: Infant Feeding & Lactation Expert

For over 25 years, women and babies have been a passion of Barbara’s. Her career in breastfeeding started when she was 18 years old. She was in nursing school and working in a local hospital labor and delivery unit where she fell in love with helping families achieve their infant feeding goals.

As an Internation Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), Barbara offers a gentle, holistic, and non-judgemental approach. She uses evidence-based care to support the most straightforward situations to the most complex. Barbara also has extensive training and experience with major clinical challenges in infant feeding.

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.

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.

Grace MacNair, CLC

Lactation Counselor

Grace MacNair, CLC

Lactation Counselor

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 CLC, 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.

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.

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.

Alex Rosen

Team Leader & Postpartum Doula

Alex Rosen

Team Leader & Postpartum Doula

Alex has a dual teaching degree in special and general education. She worked as a special educator for 10 years before becoming a mother. The transition changed her and led her to find a new path in life. Alex trained at Carriage House Birth to become a postpartum doula and fell deeply in love with the work. She believes that, as women, some journeys are meant to be taken together. And the transtion to motherhood is one of them.

Alex has a great interest in nutrition and nourishment and how this relates to our postpartum bodies. She takes care in helping new mothers find ways to nourish themselves during the first forty days postpartum.

Gayle Lemke

Birth & Postpartum Doula

Gayle Lemke

Birth & Postpartum Doula

For 20 years, Gayle has served mothers, partners and babies as both a labor support doula and a postpartum guide. She has assisted over 750 births. In 2005, she created Shakti Ma in Maplewood, NJ, where for 7 years she directed the pre- and postnatal yoga and childbirth education programs.

Gayle is a certified birth and postpartum doula, a registered prenatal and postnatal yoga teacher, and a certified lactation consultant. She specializes in pre- and postnatal fitness and nutrition.

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.

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.

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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