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Meet Kerry

Kerry's goal as a doula is that every birthing person leaves with a positive memory of their birth experience. Whether it goes as planned or completely different, her hope is that you will leave feeling empowered, supported, and heard.

Kerry has a passion for helping people utilizing alternative treatments. She has been a licensed massage therapist for 10 years. After graduating from massage school, she went on to take specialized courses in Oncology massage. It was then that she learned the power of providing comfort and holding space for those in vulnerable situations. Kerry offers a wide variety of massage modalities including prenatal massage. She is also a Certified Infant Massage Educator and a Lamaze Childbirth Educator.

She credits her sister’s pregnancy for sparking her deep interest and connection to pregnancy and birth. When she gave birth to her daughter in 2015, she was further inspired. Her own positive experience and sense of empowerment lead her to become a DONA certified doula so that she could coach others through and help them achieve this same positive experience. Kerry uses her knowledge and experience in massage therapy as a doula by providing pain relief and guiding her clients through the optimal ways to use their bodies in labor.

Having experienced a struggle with infertility, Kerry understands just how important it is to have a positive birth experience and how fragile pregnancy can be. She uses her education, own experience, and of course humor to create a safe and loving atmosphere during your pregnancy and birth process.

Kerry Frequently attends births at : Capital Health Hopewell, Jersey Shore Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center, Community Toms River, Penn Medicine at Plainsboro, Riverview Medical Center, Virtua Medical Center Various Birth Centers in NJ and homebirths.

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Meet Mary

Mary’s goal is to empower you throughout pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum by offering support and education while connecting you to your own intuition as a mother. She loves deeply connecting with other women and their partners to offer a sense of calm and stability during a period of transition. Because she understands how important it is to feel that you have somewhere to turn throughout ALL phases of motherhood, she has made it her life’s purpose to be able to offer support and care for pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum, including breastfeeding support.

She is a DONA Certified Birth Doula, a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, and a certified lactation counselor. She is currently a Childbirth Educator at Penn Medicine Princeton Health.

Birth work runs in her family and she feels with all her heart that this is what she was born to do. Her mother (whom Philomena is named after) was a midwife, lactation consultant, and childbirth educator, so this work has always been a part of her life. It is an honor to get to walk beside women throughout their most beautiful and vulnerable experiences.

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Meet Julia

Julia is a certified prenatal and postpartum doula and trained in both prenatal yoga and well-women’s yoga. She believes in birth wholeheartedly and trusts the body’s intuitive power. Before birth work, she was a career nanny working primarily with infants and toddlers. Her greatest calling in life is serving women and their families.

In addition to birth work, she is passionate about assisting the natural healing process. She is currently studying to be a women’s herbal medicine educator and loves to provide nourishment to all the families she works for during the postpartum period, whether that be through herbal infusions or medicinal meals.

Postpartum is a sacred time of deep healing that should be respected. Julia takes her knowledge of herbs, women’s physiology, and baby care to serve you as best as she can. She offers a non-judgmental approach and a helping hand as you make this tender transition into motherhood.

Meet The Team

What is a team model of care?

At Peace Birth uses a team model of care for all the families we work with. Kerry, Mary, and Julia are your doula team! 


Every expecting parent who works with At Peace Birth gets support from multiple experienced and certified  doulas.

Your doula team will be at your prenatal meeting and will be in contact with you throughout your pregnancy. This model gives parents greater continuity of care and offers double the resources!

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Mary Sefchek

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Kerry Burke

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Julia Alvarez

“The cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,
For children grow up, as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust go to sleep.
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.”

Ruth Hulburt Hamilton

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