About

Supporting birth, postpartum, breast/chest feeding, and reproductive health justice in Upper Manhattan and The Bronx

Uptown Village Cooperative professionals are highly trained to provide continuous emotional, physical, informational, and educational support to expecting individuals who are experiencing labor or who has recently given birth (postpartum/recovery period). UVC supports a variety of births – hospital, birth centers, home births, C-sections, VBACs, and so much more. We also provide in-home postpartum care and lactation support, regardless of your situation. We are here for you during this amazing, beautiful, and transformation time!

Our Team

Myla Flores

Myla Flores is a certified Lamaze Childbirth Educator

Myla Flores is a certified Lamaze Childbirth Educator with an interactive teaching style inspired by trainings with Birthing From Within and Passion for Birth. Having also observed Bradley and Hypnobirthing classes, Myla is comfortable adapting to participants’ needs, hoping to bring the best of many methods. Her unique background in theater, psychology, and drama therapy have influenced her approach to Childbirth Education, as she guides couples through exercises involving self-discovery and expression, which she believes is essential for childbirth preparation.


Myla is a DONA birth doula, postpartum doula, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, photographer, and Certified Lactation Counselor. My Loving Doula Birth Services is her private practice based in Upper Manhattan.



LaShanda Dandrich

LaShanda Dandrich is a board-certified lactation consultant

LaShanda Dandrich is a board-certified lactation consultant who resides in Harlem with her daughter. Shortly after her own birth into motherhood, her passion for breastfeeding and supporting more mothers in the postpartum period blossomed. She has since continued work as a postpartum doula, getting her credential as an IBCLC, working as a breastfeeding and educator in various hospital settings, and establishing breastfeeding groups in New York.




Audelle Bodie

Audelle has always been drawn to supporting new families. Providing postpartum care for a friend rekindled the passion and led to formal training as a doula and CLC. Audelle's favorite self-care tip for new parents? Hire a postpartum doula, of course! Seriously, it’s so important to ask for help and then accept it when offered. Your friends and family honestly want to support you. She encourages her clients to determine how they will most feel supported during this special time so they can ask for what they need. It may be grocery shopping or light housework or just being present. Audelle is a Bronx native who loves babies, volleyball, and travel.