My name is Réka Morvay. I’m a Hungarian-American psychologist, birth and night doula, childbirth educator and lactation consultant. I was born in Hungary, grew up in the States, started my family in Hungary, and most recently live in Irvine, CA with my husband and two daughters (and two cats and pretty soon a ball python named Monty).
I received my degrees in Psychology from UC Berkeley and Cornell University. My area of specialization in graduate school was the biological psychology of sexual and reproductive behavior. After returning to Hungary, I attended Semmelweis University and VIKOTE’s joint program in cognitive and behavior therapy. I have an abiding love for science and also for creating a supportive environment for people.
Pregnancy and childbirth
I was trained as a doula through the Hungarian Doula Association, DONA and Békés Dúlakör. I apprenticed as a home birth midwife for one year. I attend both home and hospital births as a doula.
I trained as a childbirth educator through Childbirth International.
I am an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant).
Currently, I offer birth doula, night doula and lactation consultant services in Orange County.
I’ve been training doulas, midwifery students and other birth workers since 2012. I offer classes on breastfeeding support and emotional support.