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Choices in Childbirth Welcomes New Members to our Board of Directors!


Choices in Childbirth envisions a world where every mother and child has access to care that is safe, healthy, respectful, and deeply satisfying.  We are thrilled to announce two new board members to help us realize this vision!

It is with great pleasure that we welcome our newest Board Members,, Samantha Hillstrom and Dana Huber, to the Choices in Childbirth Board of Directors!  This is a critical moment for Choices in Childbirth and for the birth movement, at large, and we feel blessed to have such capable and passionate women helping guide this organization.

Samantha Hillstrom is a DONA International birth doula, cooperative childbirth educator (CEA/MNY), and a Communications Director for a department within a New York City medical school. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York and is the founder of Lavender Labor and Birth Services. Samantha works with pregnant couples across the city and teaches evidence-based, family-centered childbirth education in Manhattan and Brooklyn. She started the only LGBTQ-specific childbirth education class aimed at providing a supportive and positive space for LGBTQ parents-to-be. Prior to her work in birth, she was an Associate Producer in primetime television at CNN. Samantha graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, Cum Laude. 

“It is an honor and privilege to be joining the Board of Directors for Choices in Childbirth, a groundbreaking organization for which I have the utmost respect. As a childbirth educator and birth doula, I am passionate about informing and educating people on their pregnancy and birth options. I am delighted to join such a talented and fearless team of individuals committed to improving the landscape of maternity care in New York City and across America.”


Dana Huber has spent her career working to elevate women’s health on state, national and global agendas. As a Senior Associate at Rabin Martin (a public health consulting firm), she currently collaborates with clients and partners to develop comprehensive programs to improve maternal health in the U.S. Before joining Rabin Martin, Dana supported the Gender, HIV/AIDS and Security program at the Social Science Research Council, where her work focused on the relationships between gender-based violence, health and human security.  Dana has a Bachelor of Arts in International Development Studies and Political Science from UCLA, a Masters in International Relations from the University of Chicago and a Masters of Public Health in Healthy Policy and Management from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

“As a passionate advocate for reproductive rights, I am thrilled to join the accomplished and dedicated Board of Directors for Choices in Childbirth. Choice should be a fundamental tenet of all sexual and reproductive healthcare services; Choices in Childbirth provides education and safe space for conversation about these issues to help women and their partners make informed decisions about their own healthcare.”


The Choices in Childbirth staff and Board of Directors are extremely excited about the year ahead as we continue to work towards helping families make informed choices about how they give birth. Please join me in welcoming Samantha and Dana to the Choices in Childbirth Board of Directors!

Élan McAllister

Founder and Executive Director, Choices in Childbirth