Yana Katzap-Nackman

YANA Katzap-Nackman
BA, CD (DONA), PCD/PDT (DONA), International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), and HeadFirst Founder.

After 10 years in the entertainment industry and the birth of her first child, Yana Katzap-Nackman transitioned from the production world to the reproduction world. The birth of her son inspired Yana to channel her passion toward what she holds most dear, family. Yana holds a dual certification as a birth and postpartum doula(DONA) and is an International board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC). In 2004-2005 Ms. Katzap-Nackman found herself working with two home birth midwifery practices. She was working as a midwife assistant, attending home births, while still running her practice/doula agency and supporting doula clients in hospitals.In early 2005, inspired by her second pregnancy with her daughter, she added on professional expertise in breastfeeding support (CLE).

She was trained and certified with the Lactation institute and UCSD as a Lactation Educator and then Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2009. While at school, she earned more than 300 clinical hours working with parents in the NICU, postpartum and outpatient clinics. Yana has served as the as Director of Membership Support for DONA International (2008-2012 &2017) Currently,  she in private practice as an IBCLC, doula and a DONA approved postpartum doula trainer

For over 17 Yana has been working tirelessly with hundreds of families, helping them transition from pregnancy to parenthood.

My HeadFirst Doula Yana taught me about birth and to trust in my body’s ability to birth my baby. In birth she was my rock. She was a loving and constant presence and helped facilitate a safe birth environment.

Lucia Acitelli

HeadFirst Lactation and Doula Service is incredible! Yana became a part of our family quickly and I would recommend her to every mommy out there.

Carly Weiner LeVine