Yana Katzap-Nackman, BA, CD/PDT (DONA)
Membership Director (West)
After 10 years in the entertainment industry and the birth of her first child, Yana transitioned from the production world to the reproduction world. The birth of her son inspired her to channel her passion towards what she holds most dear — family. Yana holds a dual certification as a birth and postpartum doula with DONA International and she is an International board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC). In 2004-2005, Yana found herself working with two home birth midwifery practices. She was working as a midwife assistant, attending home births, while still running her practice 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. Her Southern California business, HeadFirst Doulas, has helped hundreds of families transition into parenthood. Yana has served as the as Director of Membership Support for DONA International (2008-2012), and she is past Vice President of the Doulas Association of Southern CA (DASC). Currently, she serves the membership of DONA International as the Western Pacific US Director. Yana is a member of USLCA (United States Lactation Consultant Association), LaLeche League and DONA International.