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Meet Esta, RNC

Hello, I’m Esta "Ambika" Desa!

I'm a Registered Nurse Clinician, certified Childbirth Education Specialist, certified Doula, and certified Yoga and Prenatal Yoga Instructor. My philosophy on birth is centered upon the belief that the happiest and healthiest outcomes occur at the intersection of science and nature.

I spent my professional career as a Labor and Delivery nurse providing direct bedside care to birthing mothers and their families for the past 46 years. I have taught Childbirth Education classes for nearly 31 years and am a certified Integral Yoga Instructor, having actively taught yoga for the past 25 years. 

Immediately prior to the start of the pandemic, I retired from full-time nursing and have happily dedicated my time to offering Doula Services, in addition to my regular Childbirth Education and Prenatal Yoga Classes. Providing these services to pregnant families is a natural outgrowth of my many years’ experience providing clinical care as an obstetric nurse, and it has been nothing short of joyous and fulfilling.

My spiritual or yogic name, “Ambika,” was conferred by H.H. Sri Swami Satchidananda and translates as “Mother.” Swami Satchidananda said, “The mother is the baby’s first guru” and I couldn’t agree more. The ancient, spiritual science of yoga guides my life, and has provided me with grace, abundant love and eternal solace. I rely on that grace and other yogic teachings in service to my clients.