You’re here because….
- you’re a woman who is pregnant with feelings of uncertainty, doubt and anxiousness of what is to come in your transition into motherhood and you would like some assistance along the way
- you’re a mother who just had her first, third or fifth child, you don’t feel like yourself and know something isn’t right.
- you’re a father or partner, who may notice something different about your significant other and you want to find them the care they need and deserve to help them feel better.
- you’re a helping professional (doula, physician, midwife, lactation consultant, therapist etc.) and you would like to learn more about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
I’m here to help you!
I’m a perinatal psychotherapist, trained birth doula and reiki practitioner helping women decipher the funk of motherhood.
My absolute passion in life is motherhood. As a working mother of 2 active toddler boys, I understand that feeling like yourself again is critical to a soon-to-be, new and seasoned mom.
I received my Bachelors and Masters degrees from Morgan State University School of Social Work. I became licensed in 2011. Realizing my passion for helping mothers, I became a trained birth doula in May 2014 and completed the Postpartum Support International Certificate Training in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders in June 2015. I’m also trained in Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Informed Care and Safe Spaces for LGBTQIA People.
Currently, I am involved in the perinatal mental health community as a member and Maryland co-coordinator for Postpartum Support International, a board member for 2020 Mom Project, a Perinatal Safe Spot for the National Perinatal Task Force and Co-Founder of the Perinatal Mental Health Alliance for Women of Color.
In my spare time, I enjoy drinking hot chocolate during any season, journal writing, reading a good non-fiction book and crockpot cooking. 🙂
“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” – Steve Maraboli
Through her own journey into motherhood, Desirée Israel, LGSW knows just how far compassion can go. With a foundation of authenticity, integrity and fully understanding the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child,” Desirée works each day to assist women in their own journey(s) and understanding through motherhood, postpartum support, and healing.
A native of Rochester, NY, and raised by a single mother, Desirée began her career in child welfare in 2008. Even then, she knew she had a yearning to help, educate and heal. Life blessed her with her two greatest gifts beginning in 2012 with the birth of her first son and in 2013 with the birth of her second. It was then she discovered her purpose – to work with mothers who have experienced a form of maternal mental health disorders (MMH).
Using her own experience and compassion in hopes to heal others, Desirée completed training as a birth doula in 2014 and the Postpartum Support International’s (PSI) Components of Care Training on PMADs in 2015. Since then, she has immersed her free time in MMH awareness. Additionally, she is a Maryland co-coordinator for PSI, board member for 2020 Mom Project and her practice is a Perinatal Safe Spot through the National Perinatal Taskforce.
As a licensed social worker, Reiki practitioner and perinatal psychotherapist in Baltimore, MD, and the owner of her private practice, Motherland Community, Desirée assists women decipher the funk of motherhood through integrative and African-centered therapeutic modalities.
When she has her free time, Desirée loves to take her sons on cultural and educational adventures and enjoying her tribe of sister friends who keep her grounded and contributes to the village work of raising her sons.
Desirée holds a B.S. in Social Work and M.S.W from Morgan State University.
Desirée’s Philosophy: ‘Every woman should be nurtured and cared for during her transition to motherhood. It is a rites of passage that has no manual, only the virtue of patience, sacrifice and sense of community that is necessary to hold space for a woman on the other side of birth.’