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, Ms. Katzap-Nackman transitioned from the production world to the reproduction world. The birth of her son inspired Ms. Katzap-Nackman to channel her passion toward what she holds most dear, family. Ms. Katzap-Nackman 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.

She was trained and certified with the Lactation institute and UCSD as a Lactation Educator and then Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2009. She has more than 300 clinical hours under her belt and worked with parents in the NICU, postpartum and outpatient clinics. Yana has served as the as Director of Membership Support for DONA International (2008-2012) Currently, she serves the membership of DONA International as their Western Pacific US Director and is now the Western Membership Director for the organization. Most recently she has become an approved postpartum doula trainer through DONA International. She is very passionate about teaching postpartum doula workshops

Yana is a member of USLCA (United States Lactation Consultant Association), LaLeche League and DONA International.

For over 14 years, this award winning doula, & lactation consultant 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