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Peaceful Beginnings - Wellness Center for Women and Families

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Linda and Heather have a passion for Women’s Health that led them to the create Peaceful Beginnings.

“The greatest gifts we can give our clients are kindness, understanding and exceptional clinical judgment.”


About Linda, RN, MHA, IBCLC

LindaLinda began her nursing career in the 1970s as a Registered Nurse (RN). Her passion for working and teaching new mothers about breastfeeding led her to a certification as a international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC).

Linda has more than 30 years building relationships with new mothers. Early in her career, she combined her talents as an RN, teacher, lactation consultant, massage therapist and leader in the hospital setting. Linda’s knowledge, talents, and her connection to people allow her to take full advantage of the needs of each human being.

Linda also holds a Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration (MHA).

In addition to breastfeeding support in the triad area, Linda also teaches HypnoBirthing Classes.

Peaceful Beginning started with Linda seeing clients for massage therapy and mothers for breastfeeding consultation. She added breastfeeding classes, HypnoBirthing classes, and prepared childbirth classes. Linda enjoys spending time with her family and practicing yoga. She has three adult children, Daniel, Heather and Patrick and three grandchildren. Linda witnessed the amazing births of her granddaughter, Eleanor Ananda, on July 2, 2006 and the home birth of her grandson, James on October 16, 2008. On May 20, 2011, her granddaughter Kentley Margaret was born at home.

About Heather, MSN, CNM

Heather Heather began her career as a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist (LMBT) in 2000. Her growing interest in the human body and womens health led her to pursue a Bachelors Degree in Nursing from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2005. Heather was awarded the Undergraduate Leadership Award from the School of Nursing.

Heather fills her passion for women in labor as a graduate of Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing where she earned a Masters Degree in Nursing.

Heather is married to Trey Hogan and together they have a daughter, Eleanor Ananda, son, James, and another daughter, Kentley Margaret. She is a certified nurse midwife (CNM), practicing in Chapel Hill, NC.. In her spare time, Heather spends time with her family.

About Asteir, BS, IBCLC

Asteir Bey's passion for helping moms with breastfeeding led her to intern with Linda. Asteir is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and recently moved to the Syracuse, NY area where she is fullfilling the need for moms to receive quality breastfeeding assistance. In addition, Asteir has her degree in Psychology & Human Development & Family Studies. She is pursuing a nursing degree with the hopes of continuing her education as a nurse midwife.

In addition to breastfeeding support in the Syracuse, Asteir is also offering HypnoBirthing Classes to the area.

Asteir is married to Sharif Bey and together they have 3 children, Assata, Sharif, and Raji. In her spare time, Asteir spends time with her family and together they are learning about Syracuse, NY.


About Lauren, BS, IBCLC


Lauren is a certified birth doula, a board-certified lactation consultant, and health educator. She has been attending births since 2009 after receiving her doula training from author and DONA co-founder Penny Simkin. Lauren received her credential as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2012.
In addition to acting as a "hired doula" for expectant families, Lauren volunteers as a birth doula for lower-income families and work with a collective of doulas that provides support to people experiencing the a spectrum of pregnancy outcomes.

Lauren understands the needs and desires of each family are unique, and she strives to be the kind of person who can play whatever role those needs and desires dictate. In other words," I am 100% non-judgmental; do not hesitate to ask anything of me!"

In her limited spare time (and it is limited!), Lauren enjoy yoga, cooking, gardening, and - when she gets the chance - escaping on weekend getaways with her partner.