In our new Holistic Parenting series, we’re taking an intimate look inside the homes of inspiring moms and dads in the wellness world to learn how they're raising happy, healthy kids. This week, Lindsey Bliss, a doula and mom of seven in New York, invites us in.
If there’s anyone who lives and breathes holistic parenting and childbirth, it’s Lindsey Bliss. She's the co-director of Brooklyn’s beloved Carriage House Birth, a doula collective that also provides parenting and childbirth classes, doula training, breastfeeding support—even new mom ceremonies. Lindsey herself is a DONA-certified doula, with over 200 births under her belt.
Perhaps more importantly, she's got plenty of personal experience: She’s a mother of seven—including two sets of twins.
So we were thrilled when Lindsey agreed to let us take a behind-the-scenes look into her everyday life as a doula, wife, and mom of many. On a rainy morning, we met up with Lindsey in the cozy, colorful Queens home where she lives with her husband, Dan Cipriani, a Brooklyn restaurateur, and six kids—Mia, 10; twin girls Birdie and Hazel, 7; twin boys Luke and Rocco, 4½; and newborn Olympia, 3 months (Bella, her 20-year-old stepdaughter, is in college and lives nearby in Brooklyn)—and the family's two turtles, cat, and a dog named Piglet.
While the little ones worked on art projects and snacked on almond butter and apples, we chatted with Lindsey about breastfeeding, being a doula, and bringing a mindful approach to parenting in New York City.