Birth Doulas in the Washington, DC area
Doulas are listed in alphabetical order by geographic area (DC, Maryland, and Virginia), though many serve the entire metropolitan area. For postpartum doulas, see the Directory of Postpartum Doulas in the Washington DC area.
If you are a provider and would like to be included in our directory, please submit a paragraph about your practice and services, (300 words or less) similar to those you see on the current list, in addition to your contact information and links, to email@example.com.
Maryland Birth Doulas
Birth You Desire (BYD)
www.BirthYouDesire.com, 301-231-5122 , MD
BYD offers all stages of doulas for all couples so that we can match their needs and desires. We support low risk to high risk pregnancies, hospital births to home births, and spontaneous natural births to medically managed births. Reach out to us here to learn more about our services and doulas.
Lovenda Burnett, Student Doula (DONA)
I believe that birth is a phenomenon that can be a positive experience. I am the mother of two children and approached my own pregnancy with fervor. My role as support person is to provide mom and birth partners motivation, encouragement, advocacy, and validation before, during, and after birth. I suggest birth options and encourage mothers to make informed decisions about their bodies and birth experience. I received my Bachelors degree in History and Biology with work experience at Georgetown University Hospital Pediatric Dept.
My services include 2 prenatal visits, continuous support during birth, and a post-partum visit. I am a DONA trained birth doula in process of certification. Please contact me for fees. Service areas include DC and Southern Maryland.
By Your Side Birth Services, LLC
15602 Twin Valley Court
Silver Spring, MD 20906
We are a group of DONA-certified birth and postpartum doulas serving the Washington DC metro area. Our doulas are trained and experienced in childbirth, and provide continuous physical, emotional and informational support to birthing families before, during, and just after childbirth. Our doulas have collectively served more than 1,500 families since we began at Holy Cross Hospital in 2002. In 2009 we became By Your Side Birth Services and we have expanded our services to families birthing in the DC Metro area including those with high-risk pregnancies, multiples, and mothers desiring VBACs. We offer the benefit of our unparalleled experience and well-developed, professional relationships working with the doctors, midwives and nurses at Holy Cross Hospital, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Sibley Memorial Hospital, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and George Washington University Hospital, as well as other local hospitals on a case by case basis. Our doulas also have experience providing support to mothers who have received a poor perinatal prognosis, suffered pregnancy loss or are in need of specialized doula support. In 2018 we have added postpartum doula support to our practice. Our postpartum doulas are there to support the family as the navigate the fourth trimester. We offer discounts for families who utilize our birth doula and postpartum doula services.
Carling Sothoron, CD(DONA), Full-Spectrum Doula
Professional doula services providing support to individuals and families throughout Maryland and DC. Calm, patient and compassionate, I draw on 15 years of caregiving experience to help the birth giver and birth team stay confident and grounded throughout pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. As a doula, I provide non-judgemental support and prioritize my clients’ comfort, autonomy and vision. I honor that each birth is unique and each birth givers’ expectations, joys and fears are different. My encouraging, dependable and nurturing presence makes me an invaluable addition to any birth team. I also offer doula services for the postpartum time, for people experiencing a pregnancy loss, and for those seeking abortion.
I am a DONA certified birth doula serving families in the greater DC metro area, based in Silver Spring, MD. My two children were born naturally at home in 2009 and 2011 under the care of wonderful midwives. They inspired me to join the ranks of gentle, loving women who attend to the needs of the laboring mother during the most challenging, transformative time of their life. I believe that every woman has the right to choose where, how and with whom she gives birth. I believe that every woman deserves to feel empowered and respected as she gives birth. I passionately facilitate families in making informed choices about their birth experience. My job is to support the birthing family in the choices they make in a gentle, non-judgmental way in order to help them to have a safe and satisfying birth. I have experience in a variety of settings (home, hospital, birth centers) and have attended successful VBAC mothers, first, second and third time mothers, natural, pain-managed and cesarean births. I am also trained in placenta encapsulation and offer it at a discount to doula clients.
Cara Crowe, CD(DONA) since 2005
I have training in the “Birthing From Within Childbirth Education Model” and offer private classes for each of my clients. I finished my Doctor of Naturopathy in 2005 with a focus on women's herbs and nutrition. I am a mother of four children, ages two through ten, and have been married for 11 years. My experiences with birth and in witnessing my clients deliver have helped me see many gifts. First, there is the gift of the precious baby, which never ceases to amaze me. A second gift is the parent’s informed and empowered choices – for the type of birth they hope for and want. A third gift lies in the heart of the laboring mother, who often opens and walks through a rite of passage. It is this transformative experience of pregnancy and birth that prepares a woman for motherhood. I am truly honored to be a witness to this rite of passage for my clients. It is a tremendous joy to see new life and an even greater joy is to help prepare the way for this new life as it enters our world. My hope is to offer many types of support: affirming the birthing couples’ choices (whatever they may be), educating and empowering birthing couples on institutional and birth issues, and creating an atmosphere of trust for the sacred path to parenthood to unfold.
Crown Magnolia Birth Services
Crown Magnolia Birth Services is a group of cross-trained birth and postpartum doulas; servicing the metropolitan Washington DC area, but quickly expanding services to include distance clientele. Our doulas are trained in various areas of fertility, birth, postpartum, loss and bereavement, childbirth education, lactation support, maternal and child health, overall reproductive health, and vaginal steaming. We provide evidence-based and unbiased education, as well as physical and emotional support to all the families we serve; and work tirelessly to ensure that your birthing experience is safe, gentle, and memorable. We motivate, support, and encourage our clients to embrace their inner strength and provide the tools and knowledge necessary to make informed decisions during all stages of the preconception, prenatal, birth, and postpartum periods.
Tara Curtis, CD(DONA)
firstname.lastname@example.org, 410-236-8021, Baltimore, MD
I believe that every woman deserves to have the birth of her choice. Barring medical emergencies, I believe that birth is a natural and normal part of life that is beautiful and very fulfilling. I believe that as women are different in many ways, their desires for birth can also vary. I work hard to help expectant mothers have the birth that they desire. I am a DONA-trained birth doula with over 10 years of experience. I have assisted mothers in a wide variety of situations, including but not limited to natural, epidural, cesarean, medicated, and hypno-births, breech presentation, and twin births. I have also been honored to assist married, single and lesbian parents. Nearest Hospital: Franklin Square Hospital.
DC Birth Doulas
www.dcbirthdoulas.com, email@example.com, 301-338-8143
We are a group practice of experienced birth doulas. We bring to our work many years of collective experience, a compassionate approach, and excellent relationships with area birthplaces and birth care providers. Our group's focus is on helping women and families to have a positive experience giving birth no matter what their preferences may be, and no matter how the birth unfolds. Our services include a free birth plan workshop, a prenatal visit in your home, unlimited phone and email contact, continuous emotional, physical, and informational support during labor and birth, postpartum assistance with breastfeeding, and a postpartum visit in your home. Our website (www.dcbirthdoulas.com) describes more about our philosophy, our services, and the benefits of hiring a group doula practice. You can also read testimonials from some of our clients. We offer monthly "Meet the Doulas" events - you can RSVP on our website.
I am a DONA trained doula that serves the metro DC area including DC, Montgomery County, Howard County, and Prince George's County as well as Northern Virginia and Baltimore area. I believe every woman deserves to have the birth they want and I do my best to give them the opportunity to achieve it. There is no right or wrong way to give birth- just your way! I have assisted mothers in a wide variety of situations including but not limited to natural, epidural, cesarean, and medicated. I believe education is key in helping the parents decide what path they should take in the birthing process. The more the parents know about the process, the more informed their decisions can be. I also offer breastfeeding support. This is not just a career for me....it is a passion. A passion that is supported by my family.
Gabrielle Elkaim, Birth Doula, (561) 613-8140, firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a Baltimore-based birth doula who was certified by Sinai Hospital in 2011. As such, I provide emotional and physical support to my clients during labor and delivery. I also facilitate communication with the medical staff to ensure that you have the information you need to make informed choices regarding your baby’s birth. I provide reassurance and perspective to you and your partner, make suggestions for labor progress and help with relaxation, massage, positioning and other techniques for your comfort. I generally charge $700 for a first time client, $550 for a return client, and $400 to women who really want a doula but find the cost prohibitive. I strongly believe that every woman who wants a doula should have access to one, so should you decide that I am the right doula for you, I will do my best to work with you to prevent any financial duress.
Zatiti Ema MA,LMT,CD, NADA
I am a ICTC CD and Wholistic Practitioner and I generally charge $650-$850. I am close to Shady Grove and worked out of Washington Hospital, I live in 20886 zip code area. I also give pregnancy massage and can support a natural diet for mama with juices, salads, and plant based diets.
Julie Pokorny, CD(ProDoula)
Evidence based, modern care from dedicated doulas to best support women and their families through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. I am a Certified Doula and have taken additional training in Breastfeeding, Spinning Babies, Essential Oils, The Juicy Psoas, and more. Various packages are offered to provide continuous care by offering Birth Doula and Postpartum Doula Services, and Placenta Encapsulation.
FAMILY WAYS - Rachel Carbonneau, Director
FAMILY WAYS is dedicated to serving the needs of families on a journey through pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. We offer a variety of services tailored to support the whole family -- our well trained and experienced staff offer birth and postpartum doula services, childbirth education, placenta encapsulation, breastfeeding support, support groups, and a variety of workshops and classes designed to ease the transition into familyhood.
Find Your Joyful Birth
findyourjoyfulbirth.com, 202-810-2569, email@example.com
Find Your Joyful Birth brings to you professional, nonjudgmental & customized doula services. There for you from pregnancy, through labor and the postpartum period, we strive to help you find YOUR joyful birth experience whatever that may be.
Private and group childbirth education classes, labor doula services and postpartum belly binding for you and your growing family.
Moniqua Francis CBD
I am a certified Birth Doula, photographer, writer, and healer with a natural ability to sense what others need to heal. Rather than being occupied with numbers and status, my purpose here on earth is to genuinely extend love, light, and health to all beings. I am the founder of Effey Doula and, since becoming a certified Birth Doula in 2017, I have made it my mission to help pregnant individuals get in touch with themselves mind, body, and soul. I am offering free birth doula services for a limited time to families in the following Maryland areas: Montgomery County, Frederick County, Carroll County, and Howard County. Feel free to call, text, or email me at your convenience to ask questions and to learn more about how I will support you and your families.
Sydney Wilson, MSW, C-CBE(BADT)
My name is Sydney Wilson, I am a birth and postpartum in the Hyattsville, Maryland area. I have an educational background in Social Work (BSW & MSW) and I've spent many years in youth development, parent resource and education and childcare. I offer birth and postpartum doula services. as well as, self-paced childbirth and parent education courses - (breastfeeding, general childbirth education, baby wearing education). You can find more information about myself and my services at www.doulasyd.com. Payment plans and arrangements can be discussed at request.
Jessica Groves, AAHCC, CD(DONA)
Central Maryland and Southern Pennsylvania
I'm a certified childbirth educator and birth doula teaching Bradley Method natural childbirth classes. I assist couples seeking childbirth classes and doula services to aid them in achieving a natural, normal birth. I focus on providing my couples with comprehensive education, information and resources to birth at home, in a birth center or in a hospital using midwifery or obstetrician's care. Bradley classes focus on relaxation, being very informed about birth options including how to avoid unnecessary obstetrical interventions, drugs and procedures, practicing with labor rehearsals, watching DVDs of various types of births, providing birth stats and facts to help you towards making your decisions of where and with whom to birth, breastfeeding and parenting information and much more! As a doula, I provide 24/7 support via cell phone and email to my clients and help them through the last weeks of pregnancy as well as providing labor support and post-partum support. To date, my low-risk clients have a 98% unmedicated birth rate and enjoy the empowering experiences they've achieved. I have experience at homebirths, waterbirths, hospital births, birth center births and with VBACs. I don't look at my services as a job but instead am filled with passion about educating others about their options and assisting couples determined to have the birth they want on their terms! I serve the Central Maryland and Southern Pennsylvania areas. I have attended over 60 births.
Bobbie Humphrey, CD(DONA) - Special Moments Doula Services firstname.lastname@example.org, 410-374- 9565 (home), 443-375-6829 (cell), Central Maryland
I love supporting families as they welcome the new additions to their families. I believe in supporting my mom in what ever ways that they may need me in. I have a wide range of experience (home, hospital, unassisted and birth center births) I have worked beside Evelyn Muhlhan and Joey Pascarella as their birth assistants I have experience in labor & delivery (L&D), intensive care unit (ICU) and emergency room (ER) medicine as an RN. I am also a volunteer firefighter/emergency medical technician (EMT). I have experience working with moms that do Hypnobirthing, Hypnobabies, Bradley, Birthing From Within and the many other kinds of childbirth education that is available. I also work with DONA certifying new doulas. I provide 24/7 on call and questions for my clients along with unlimited breastfeeding support. I believe with the right support team every mom can have a great birth. I serve central Maryland and southern Pennsylvania.
5711 Forest Rd., Hyattsville (Cheverly), MD 20785
I am passionate about empowering women to take charge of their births! A woman's birth belongs to her and it should go the way she desires. It is a sacred journey between the woman and her baby. It is my privilege to support the woman physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually to help her fulfill her birthing desires. I am also a Grad student specializing in mental health in the field of social work, with an undergrad degree in psychology. All that to say, I feel very strongly about helping support women in staying mentally healthy throughout the childbearing season, as sometimes this area takes the backseat to physical health. I am more than willing to help women work through issues such as fear, past trauma, stress, and the whirlwind of emotions during and after pregnancy. I am ToLabor (previously ALACE) trained, and currently working toward my certification, therefore my services will be free for a limited time :)
Coola Doula Dale Kaplan 410-608-7009
- MaternityWise Certified Labor Doula, Postpartum doula,
- Certified Maternity Wise Instructor/Trainer for doula certifications MD,DC,VA,PA, anywhere convenientto form a workshop.
- Certified Instructor for Happiest Baby on the Block
- CPR heart safe certified 2014-2015
- Maryland representative for the National Coalition for Doula Access
Dale Kaplan, CLD, CLDT, CPD, CPDT
Labor and Postpartum Doula Trainer
Nichole Kirby- Morning Star Doula Services
email@example.com, (443) 801-6513
I believe birth is an experience that a woman should walk away from feeling as if she could climb Mt. Everest. I believe the female body was well designed to give birth and that every woman holds within her the strength to do it. As a doula, my primary duty is assist a woman in getting the birth experience that she feels is best for her. I have experience with unassisted, hospital, breech, and VBAC births and am willing to work with families in need at a reduced cost.
Elizabeth Kaufman Reiner
Midwife, birth assistant. ALACE and ICTC trained doula. La Leche League BPC. Aqua Doula (tub for water births) rentals.
Belladonna Birth Services
I am a DONA trained doula and provide birth doula services for Baltimore and the surrounding areas. I have attended births in all settings, hospital, birth center and at home. I have three children of my own, two born in the hospital and my third was born at home. My home birth experience 3 years ago inspired me to want to help other moms achieve their ideal birth. I am also trained in using hypnosis during childbirth in addition to using it myself at my homebirth. I have helped moms who have taken all kinds of childbirth education classes, or none at all. I am also a midwifery student, studying with a local homebirth midwife. I am certified in adult, child and infant CPR and Neonatal Resuscitation.
Netsitsah Manela, CD (ALACE), CCE (BirthWorks Int'l)
Fruit of the Womb Birthing Services, Reisterstown, MD, firstname.lastname@example.org , 240-997-5319
I offer BirthWorks Childbirth classes and Birth Doula services to mothers and families planning home, birth center, and hospital births. I am a student midwife and have been attending births since 2005. With great faith in women's ability to give birth and in babies to be born, I aim to provide physical, emotional, and informational support toward a joyous, fearless, and empowering birth experience. My own two children were born at home. I speak Mandarin Chinese and Te Reo Maori, am familiar with Jewish law and culture, and am comfortable working with women and families of all walks. Serving the Baltimore Area and Beyond.
Lina Martin CBD (CBI), CBC (CBI)
F&P Birth and Breastfeeding Services
I am a birth and postpartum doula, as well as a certified breastfeeding counselor, in MD serving the Baltimore-Annapolis-DC corridor. My model of care is women serving women, one woman at a time and I believe in helping a woman have the labour and birth she desires, whatever that may be.
My birth and doula services provide labouring women and their partners with the emotional, physical and informational support they need before, during and after the birth of their baby. Birth services also include a complimentary lactation consult during the postpartum visit.
Military, out of hospital birth and other discounts available as well as payment plans and sliding scale. Please contact me to discuss your upcoming birth!
Maryland State Doulas
Maryland State Doulas is a full service birth and baby agency of labor and postpartum Doulas who are certified, professional and insured. Each family is matched with a perfect doula for their needs and a known, familiar and professional back up doula for peace of mind during pregnancy and postpartum for a well rounded support system through all ages and stages of their parenting journeys. MSD is happy to serve all of Maryland and the D.C. Area. Connect with us via our website www.marylandstatedoulas.com or email us at email@example.com
Kathy McCune, Certified Doula, RN, MS
I am a newly certified doula. But I have 33 years as a nurse & 30 years specializing in labor and delivery. I've been fortunate enough to have helped at over 3,000 births. At this stage in my career I want to give my full attention to someone in labor and would feel lucky to give you my undivided attention as I emotionally and physically support you thru labor and the birth of your baby. Helping you obtain the birth you want is my primary goal.
Belly Aglow Birth and Pregnancy Care
Jackie McMahon, BAI trained doula, RYT
I am excited to be serving mothers in Montgomery County, MD. Compassion and energy fueled by a passion for birth and women's rights are what I can bring to your birth as your doula. I am fully committed to serving each woman physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually throughout her pregnancy and birth. I believe strongly in a mother's right to the type of care that she wants and believe that her choice comes from an intuition of what she, as a pregnant woman, needs. I have background in the allopathic (modern) medical system of care and an understanding of and deep respect for traditional healing and medicines. I support a mother in any ratio of the two that she seeks out for her unique birth experience. My role as doula is to work with you to articulate your vision for what type of birth you would like to have, assisting you in finding ways to voice that vision to care providers, and accompany and aid you throughout the voyage of pregnancy and birth.
In addition to doula service I also offer video editing of birth footage, taking into account your preferences for music, lighting, nudity, graphicness, feel. Please contact me for more details and a sample. Rates operate on a sliding scale. Please contact me for more information.
Amy E. Miller, CPM
midwife, monatrice, doula, placenta encapsulation, childbirth education
I am a midwife, doula, childbirth educator and placenta encapsulator serving a 80 mile radius from Hagerstown, MD. After bringing 5 of my own children into the world, I have been serving laboring women for 6 years. I attend home or hospital births and have varied experiences allowing me to serve families of varied backgrounds and cultures.
I believe that childbirth is more than just a physical event. It is a sacred time for mother, baby, the new family and the community. I believe that birth is a spiritual transition for the woman as she moves into motherhood for the first, fifth or tenth time! Every time I attend a birth, I feel deeply honored that I am privileged to witness a momentous event. I also believe that birth is normal. Birth works best when undisturbed and motherbaby are encouraged to move, eat, drink and follow instincts.
My service as a midwife, doula or childbirth educator reflects this philosophy. I do not believe in “methods” of childbirth. While they are helpful for some, childbirth methods tell the mother how to birth her child. This insinuates that she does not innately know how to birth her child already. Rather, I recommend taking time during the pregnancy to get in tune with baby and focusing on “letting go”.
I am available to serve as a midwife at home births or as a doula at hospital or home births. Please contact me for more information. I serve MD , VA, PA and WV.
(410) 782-9305, Tayloringdoula@gmail.com
Hello beautiful! My name is Taylor I am a new birth doula located in Baltimore Maryland, I am currently a residential assistant for kids with autism. Let’s get deeper about me. I am very energetic, down to earth and understanding; when you come to me for my services and support you get it without judgement and negativity. You will receive all encouragement, love, and someone on your side one hundred percent of the way. I know that I said new birth doula; don’t be anxious or nervous by the words “new doula”. Pay more attention to the word “doula”, i’ve supported a hand full of friend and family members throughout pregnancy and labor. I’ve supported everywhere from teen moms, biracial parents, and black/african american families. I am open and willing to support any and everyone during this powerful, beautiful, and intense experience; including the LGBT community! You can contact me directly by my cell (410) 782-9305 or email Tayloringdoula@gmail.com
Jennifer Racer CD(DONA), SBD, PD
Hello! My name Jennifer Racer. I first heard of doulas when my sister in law told me she had a doula and how great her experience had been. I immediately started researching and I took my doula training a few shirt months later in 2011. In the winter of 2012, I was blessed with a little baby boy and then a girl in 2016. I could not have done it without the help of my doula and husband. They were such a great birthing team, and that experience has made me even more passionate about being a doula. I am now certified for birth, bereavement and postpartum support through DONA, INT., Stillbirthday and ProDoula. I have done 25 births (plus 2 of my own) to date and from those I now have a variety of birth experiences, including VBAC, homebirths, rainbow baby births & cesarean births. I'm located in Baltimore County, Maryland. I service Baltimore county, Baltimore city, Howard county, Montgomery county and surrounding areas. My birth doula package includes: 1free consultation, 2 prenatal visits, 1 postpartum visit, unlimited email access for questions concerns and information, plus basic breastfeeding support. I believe that all women and their families should have the information needed to better inform them, and the added emotional support of a doula to encourage them through this beautiful journey of welcoming their little one into the world. I would love to be part of your team.
Other services I offer: Cesarean birth doula, bereavement doula, Postpartum Doula, Infant Care Specialist, Birth plan consultations, Postpartum plan consultations, Sibling doula, baby wearing and breastfeeding support.
Devon Roe Birth Doula Services
Cameo Sherman, BBCD
firstname.lastname@example.org, 443-4-BIRTHS (443-424-7847)
I am a certified doula through Birth Boot Camp. I'm also the proud mother of five children. Each of their births brought new experiences and passion to my love of childbirth. I believe giving birth is one of the most amazing and miraculous experiences a woman can have in her life. I became a doula because I want to help every woman feel like the goddess she is as she transforms from one body to two and welcomes her new child into this world. Through yoga, I have learned how to strengthen the mind/body connection through exercise, breathing, relaxation and meditation. I believe these are all useful tools I offer in helping a woman achieve her desired birth. It's an honor and a privilege to assist Maryland and DC parents in this most special time of their lives.
Ravae Sinclair, JD, CD(DONA), CLC, LCCE
Serving the Maryland, DC and Northern Virginia areas.
Ravae Sinclair is a solo practitioner who provides birth doula, post partum and breastfeeding support services in the Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. area. With over 13 years of birth doula experience, she is qualified to support you and your family during your pregnancy and birth.
Ravae Sinclair is a certified birth & breastfeeding professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the birthing family before, during and after the birth. The goal is to support the birthing person and increase the family's emotional capacity to birth beautifully in their very own way.
Whether you're planning a non-medicated birth, to receive an epidural, a home birth, birthing at a hospital or birth center, having a planned c-section, hoping to avoid a c-section or if you have no specific plan at all, I can help! While birth doulas are often used in non-medicated births, consider my support for any way you hope to birth.
Bethany Thomas, CD(DONA) Modern Doula Care
I am a DONA certified doula who has been attending births for over 8 years. I am a mother of four children. I have experienced four very different labor and deliveries which sparked my passion for birth and empowering women throughout their pregnancies and births. I feel women should have the opportunity to define their birth vision and be informed and empowered on their birth journey.
I am a HypnoBabies HypnoDoula as well as pursuing certification through Madriella as a birth and postpartum doula. I believe in the HypnoBabies method and personally enjoy working with clients that have mastered the relaxation techniques used in HypnoBabies. I often use these relaxation methods with my traditional clients as well in order to have, "another tool in the toolbox". I am Bradley trained and integrate my knowledge of the BradleyMethod into my work as a doula. I encourage all doula clients to study "Emotional Signposts" which are highlighted in Bradley. I am also trained in the use of the Rebozo for comfort techniques as well as the Miles Circuit for optional fetal positioning for labor.
Odile Penet CD (DONA), LCCE, PES- My Birth Companion
Serving Central MD, DC and South PA.
I am a certified childbirth doula (DONA International), a postpartum doula (IFSI, France), a Certified Lamaze childbirth educator, and a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist. I have been serving families for the last 14 years and I have experience with prenatal, birth and postpartum care. I support natural, medicated, and VBAC births. I trained and certified in France and in the United States. In addition, I am certified in early childhood education and I hold my CPR certification (American Red Cross). I have a supportive, non-judgmental and respectful approach to birth.
Gwen Peters, Doula CD DONA, AAHCC, CPR, NRP Accokeek, MD
301-283-0247 (home), 1-877-350-4010 (toll free), 443-414-3483 (cell), GWENCEE@AOL.COM
Mother of four, Gwenma (Grandmother) to 6+. Childbirth Educator with The Bradley Method r, since 1985. Birth Assistant to Midwives since 1988 after training with Informed Birth and Parenting (now ALACE) basic and advanced. Birth Companion (Doula) work since 1989 with Baltimore Birth Companions and now (since 1994) certified Doula with DONA. Many Seminars, CEUs and additional Midwifery Training too numerous to mention here. Carry CPR and Neonatal Resuscitation current certifications. Over 400 births in my experience. All the wonderful bios written in this section reflect the love and passion we all have for helping birthing Moms, me included. If you've gotten this far in the list, you are really diligent about choosing a Doula. So briefly, I look at my work as a way to help the birthing Mom have the birth she wants, not what I want. To that end, I thank the families that have allowed me to be at their births in the past 25 years, at such an intimate time. In 2005 my husband and I moved from Columbia, MD to Accokeek, MD, ten miles South of the Woodrow Wilson bridge. I am now within 15 miles of Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and southern Maryland and am able to work in this new, to me, area. I'm happy to supply references and additional information, including my answers to DONA's website questions.
Rose Quintilian, HCHI www.mygentlebirth.com 240-994-7878
I am a DONA trained Birth Doula offering support to all varieties of families in the DC Metro Area. I am a Hypnobabies Childbirth Educator, but attend births of all philosophies. I am Rebozo certified, have attended a Breastfeeding workshop and was a member of LLL for several years. I am also trained to provide support births with special diagnosis. I have two living children of my own. Please visit my website, or call me for more information.
Ludia Sarmast, CD(DONA), HCHI
email@example.com, www.birthwisdom.net, 410-956-8928
I believe in the miracle of birth. I believe that families are created and transformed during the process of pregnancy and birth. Intuition is grown, as is presence, patience and grace. I love to enhance that process with childbirth education, birth doula attendance, post partum doula services and integrative breathwork. Serving Virginia, Washington, Annapolis, Baltimore and surrounding areas!
Greetings! I am a mother of two and have been interested in birth work since my first pregnancy five years ago. I had my son in a hospital with midwives and my daughter at home, so I have personally experienced both birthing environments. I feel comfortable serving working in the hospital, birth center, or at home. I am interested in supporting mothers through both unmedicated births and those with interventions, and bring an open and compassionate heart to the experience. I live in Riverdale Park, near College Park and Hyattsville, and can take on clients in the DC metro area.
firstname.lastname@example.org, 301-585-4925 (home), 301-233-9841(cell), Silver Spring, MD
I’ve been fortunate to help at 16 births, most of them home births. My role has varied from being the only attendant to a midwife/doula helper. Though I am personally biased towards home birth, my role as a doula is to help the woman/family experience birth the way they want and to welcome their new family member. The primary roles of a doula are, first, a teacher. This involves the pregnant lady and the rest of her family. This occurs before, during, and following labor and birth. Second, a doula provides physical and emotional support to the woman to help her experience the birth of her baby. For philosophical reasons, I do not accept payment. I work strictly as a volunteer doula. I’ve entered the DONA training program and completed the preliminary training with the workshop in December 2008.
Katheryn Yasuoka, B.S. LMT Birth Doula
301-924-0487 (home) 301-943-5993 (cell)
I am a pursuing my DONA certification and offer doula support on a sliding scale, $400-$600. I offer my services in Montgomery County and Washington, D.C. I am honored to support women in achieving the birth they desire. My background includes massage therapy, T’ai Chi and birth photography. I am blessed to be the mom of two beautiful daughters.
Washington DC Birth Doulas
Blossom Beginnings -- Tarryn Williams
email@example.com | 202.813.0995
Blossom Beginnings is a doula collective offering tandem doula services to expecting families of District of Columbia, Maryland, Northern Virginia and Philadelphia. We believe that pregnancy is an opportunity to Blossom physically, mentally and spiritually no matter how many times you have given birth before. We pride ourselves in being stewards and witnesses of this new beginning and encourage the woman to care for herself in order to nurture her unborn child and solidify the unique communication and bond that will continue throughout motherhood. We assist in this process by offering childbirth classes for each stage of pregnancy, prenatal support, spirit and meditation labor prep, blessing ceremonies, continuous labor support, postpartum care, photography to capture this special moment, as well as henna and belly casting. We encourage you to schedule a complimentary consultation with us today to explore and discuss your birth goals and how we can best support them.
DC Metro Maternity
DC Metro Maternity (DCMM) is a boutique parenting support agency that works with expectant and new mothers to make sure that parents are comfortable, informed, and empowered through the birthing and postpartum process. We want to positively impact families, and alleviate new parent and postpartum struggles. We want expectant mothers & couples to feel understood, knowledgeable, and comforted before, during, and after they welcome their new baby.
- labor doulas
- private and group childbirth education
- postpartum doulas
- in home placenta encapsulation
Contact owner, Samantha Griffin, a certified labor and postpartum doula, as well as a doula trainer.
Sarah Gabriel: 202-664-7787, https://dcdoulasupport.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a DONA trained Birth Doula based in Washington DC. I feel that every family should have barrier free access to a truly supported birth! The labor and birth process is so unique for each baby and family. My Role as your doula is to be at your side to navigate the journey you outline for your family starting in pregnancy ... onward! Breastfeeding is also a passion of mine and I am eager to work with you and your family to support that stage of the journey if it aligns with your intentions! My birth birth work journey began almost 12 years ago with the birth of my first child and has grown more deeply through every birth I have had the honor to attend.
Nathalie Grolleman CD/PCD(DONA) (202) 279 1089
I am a certified Birth & Postpartum Doula and a former ICU/Cardiac Care Nurse. I have done over 90 births and I served over 25 families postpartum.
As your Doula, I will give you the best possible birth experience. Thanks to my professional background and emphatic, caring and warm personality, I can be the guide you need during this life-changing journey. I enjoy supporting and encouraging others. What drives me as a Doula is giving mothers the confidence to rely on their own power during and after labor. You can do it!
Since I have lived in several different countries, I easily bond with a variety of people from different backgrounds. My previous work experience as a nurse and in a hospital setting make me a real professional.
The period around pregnancy, labor and the time after that is unforgettable. It is a life-changing event that feels like an emotional and physical roller coaster. Being able to look back on a positive labor experience and the period following the birth, makes all the difference. This helps you to have a great start with your baby.
email@example.com, 240-475-5757, Takoma Park, MD/DC
I am a Certified Massage Therapist and Birthing Doula. As a DONA trained doula, I serve Washington, DC and lower Montgomery County. I am honored to support you, an expectant mother, through your incredible journey! My goal is to help you (and your chosen birthing team) witness your child’s birth as an empowering experience. I am fully committed to providing assistance formulating what is important to your before, during and after your baby’s birth; emotional support through encouragement, reassurance and a continuous physical presence; active physical comfort in the form of massage, breathing and relaxing techniques and positioning; and advocacy by relaying your wishes to everyone involved. After the birth of your child, I can also assist you in initiating breastfeeding with your newborn. I work with compassion and respect for everyone included in your birthing process. I draw from my experience as a doula, 23 years as a massage therapist and your inherent wisdom, as I support you during this time. I am available throughout your pregnancy to provide prenatal massage care and Reiki. I have assisted expectant mothers at hospital and home births; they have chosen natural childbirth, VBAC’s, inductions and the help of medications. I also have attended Lamaze, Hypnobirthing and Bliss Born classes. As a proud mother, with a 31-year-old daughter, I assisted in the birth of my granddaughter in 2011 and helped her come into this world.
www.mamatotovillage.org firstname.lastname@example.org, (202) 248-3434
Mamatoto Village is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, devoted to empowering women with the necessary tools to make the most informed decisions and choices in their maternity care, their parenting, and their lives. Our mission is to provide complementary and low-cost maternity support services to women and their families during pregnancy through the first year of the child's life. By promoting health equity, we seek to aid in the reduction of barriers and inequality in maternal and child health in the D.C. Metro Area; we aim to foster healthy individuals, healthy families and healthy communities. We offer a variety of maternity support services including: birth and postpartum support, childbirth education, nutritional and wellness coaching; prenatal and postnatal fitness programs; individual, couple and family counseling; support groups and more. We provide support to expectant teens, married and domestic partners, older mothers, single mothers, survivors of sexual or domestic abuse, VBACs, planned cesareans, planned induction and/or epidural, LGBT couples, mothers with rainbow babies, and military families. Services are offered in the NoVA (including Woodbridge, Stafford, Gainesville, Manassas Area), Washington DC, PG County, Howard Co., Montgomery, and Baltimore. Limited service in Frederick, Hagerstown, St. Mary’s County, and Westmoreland County.
We offer low-cost maternity support services through our Community Birthworker Program, which pairs expectant mothers with provisionally or newly certified Community Birthworkers who have undergone 14 weeks of training and 9 months of mentorship. All interns are supported and mentored by an experienced doula who has attended more than 100 or more births. Families receive the same services offered in traditional doulas packages plus more!!! Services include 2-3 prenatal visits, labor and birth support, and 3 postpartum visits, inclusive of in home breastfeeding support. Families also have the option of adding childbirth classes on a sliding scale basis. All services are at Mamatoto are offered on a sliding scale based off income. Fees range from $0-$650 and childbirth education classes range between $0-150.
I have made it my mission and life's work to give you and your partner one on one continuous support, as your birth guide through the unpredictable journey. Serving as a birth and bereavement doula, childbirth educator, and newborn caregiver. Honoring you as an individual, acknowledging your souls desires, and upholding you with respect and love through this experience into motherhood. Whether this is your first child or your 5th. Whether you are birthing your baby angel or earthside. I vow to bring forth the best of me in each and every birth and I vow to support you the absolute best way that I possibly can. If you feel called to work with me I would love to connect to see if we are a good fit for your journey! Sending you so much love!
Nikki Plaskett CD, LLLIBPC
email@example.com, www.birthingbliss.wordpress.com, 202-246-7314
A beautiful pregnancy and graceful birth inspired Nikki to specialize in Perinatal training; she holds certifications and trainings as a Khalsa Way Pregnancy Yoga Teacher (IKYTA), Perinatal Fitness Trainer (Healthy Mom's), Prenatal Massage Practitioner (Kirpalu), Breastfeeding Counselor(LLLI), Childbirth Educator(CAPPA) and Doula (ICTC). The birth of my Sons opened a channel of power I never knew existed. It is the greatest meditation I have experienced and I am honored to support other Mamas on their journey to birth and beyond. Birthing Bliss Perinatal Services is dedicated to supporting families during the childbearing year. Specializing in the holistic arts our services include: Breastfeeding Counsel, Childbirth Education, Doula, Perinatal Fitness Training, Prenatal Thai Massage, Yoga for the Childbearing Year. Nikki Plaksett has been a birthwork practitioner since 2005 in a variety of international settings including: Gov. Juan Luis Hospital, Virgin Islands; Kafountine Maternity Clinic, Senegal;The George Washington University Hospital, DC; DC Family Health and Birth Center, DC; Washington Hospital Center, DC; and private home births. Serving the DC area.
Hi My name is Shawnie. I am a CBI trained doula working towards my certification. I have a background in the medical field working as a CCMA ( Certified Clinical Medical Assistant) on the labor and delivery unit. I have such a huge passion for assisting moms to be and even moms who have already given birth. My mission is to empower, educate, and engage my clients. Im here to support and act as another helping hand during this wonderful life changing experience. My services include 6 prenatal visits, 24 hour on call support as well as labor and delivery and 2 postnatal visits.
Thérèse Robinson, RT, LST, CMT, CD, EIM, LLLI BPC & BPCPA
Body's Way of Natural Healing, Inc,
202-271-8143, or 301 907 9001
Therese Greenhow Robinson founder and owner of Body's Way of Natural Healing (BWNH) holds several certificates as a birth worker and massage practitioner; perinatal Reflexologist, prenatal/postpartum massage therapist, breastfeeding counselor and administrator, and infant massage educator. Bringing optimal care and the gift of healing through touch. Her passion and desire as a nurturing "Mother Spirit" serving in stress care management and womb wellness, have lead her in a exciting direction, which is to assist and educate women through their passage to motherhood. Offering birthing support and anti stress care management, have for mothers-to-be preparing for birth. My goal is to help women and their partners achieve the birth they desire and empower them with laboring skills before, during and after birth. It is my objective to assist expectant parents to formulate what is important to them during birth and working cooperatively with the birth team to help realise these goals. As a birth companion, I am trained to support women and their families with their choice to were they birth be it home, a birth center or hospital.
Virginia Birth Doulas
ABC ~ NOVA BIRTH PARTNERS
Serving Maryland, DC, & VA
NOVA BIRTH PARTNERS serves the community by providing compassionate, caring support to women and their families in pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and beyond. Contact us in order to gain access to experienced, compassionate care providers in our collaborative care practice. Our Birth Doulas, Postpartum Doulas, Newborn Care Specialists, Lactation Consultants, Placenta Encapsulators, and Childbirth Educators are here to help you welcome your new baby with comfort and ease. We offer a number of services with aim to support the family as a unit. Our experienced providers offer the following: birth and postpartum doula services, childbirth education, placenta encapsulation, breastfeeding support, prenatal yoga, massage, lactation consulting, and a number of classes designed to assist and educate modern families. We are NOVA Birth Partners!
Fatima Abdallah; Oasis Birth Doula; www.oasisbirthdoula.com, https://doulamatch.net/profile/16822/fatima-abdallah
Fatima has been passionate about childbirth and women's birth options since she began her journey to motherhood in 2005 with her first pregnancy. Since then, she has had 4 children (including hospital and home births) and in 2016 earned her Advanced Holistic Doula certification through The Matrona. She is currently pursuing her second doula certification with Doula Trainings International.
Fatima serves the DMV area, helping guide families during pregnancy, labor and postpartum. When she isn’t busy geeking over birth topics, she likes to post to her Instagram account @fatimaoasisdoula, bike and hike. Fluent in English & Arabic, Fatima has experience serving VBACs, medicated births, unmedicated births, and minority families.
Zaynab Aden is a certified culinary nutritionist and doula whose practice focuses on food as medicine, and the mother-child health connection. She seeks to empower families to access optimum health by using food as the primary source of medicine and as a return to traditional and cultural values. She currently resides in Northern, VA with her husband and three children, where she works as a health coach and consultant.
Cheryl Annino, CMT, Birth and Postpartum Doula, (571) 730-8699, firstname.lastname@example.org
Since the birth of my two sons, I have become passionate about empowering women to have a beautiful and positive birth experience. I feel my path as a doula has connected me to honoring and working with the beginning of life, assisting mother and child so they are nurtured and cared for, so every little one can enter the world into a gentle, loving environment! I am a strong believer in hypnosis for childbirth, and how the mind has a huge impact on how the body reacts. I am holding birth education classes at Mind Body and Soul in Leesburg, VA and I am also a intuitive massage therapist and energy worker. I incorporate my connection with Spirit and Angels into each birth I attend, by providing nurturing universal energy and the power of guided imagery, so mother can have the strength and confidence to birth her baby how she envisions it. Mind Body and Soul offers packages that include pre and post natal massage, prenatal yoga and personal chef services. Birth can be exactly what you hoped for, and more!
Magali Barbaran CD(DONA). Lamaze Birth Educator trained. Birth Doula (Spanish/English). Available at hospitals and homes and aiming for unconditional physical, emotional and informational support for women and families.
Doula Match for Testimonials: https://doulamatch.net/profile/8697/magali-barbaran
Jenn Carlson, Prodigious Birth Services
Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Breastfeeding Counselor
www.prodigiousbirth.com, www.facebook.com/ProdigiousBirthServices, Cell 703-629-1601, email@example.com
Welcome to Prodigious Birth Services. My goal is to be open to all clientele so that in addition to supporting natural-minded women, I can also offer objective support to women who are more medical-minded. I am committed to being whatever my clients need to help them achieve the pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding experience that they want. I'm knowledgeable in virtually all variations of birth including high-risk pregnancies, twins, breech birth, induction of labor, and cesareans.
I am a work-at-home mommy to three beautiful kiddos, each one born naturally either at home or in a birth center, and wife for over ten years to an amazing, wonderful, loving, supportive husband and father. I breastfed all three of my kiddos for over a year (the youngest, now three years old, recently weaned). I am a big advocate for natural, woman-centered birth and I believe that any woman, armed with the right knowledge, can labor and deliver her babies naturally and with little to no intervention. As a trained doula through Birth Arts International, it is my dream to assist as many women as possible as they make their transition from woman, to mother, and beyond. I also offer classes on natural newborn care, postpartum wellness, and placenta encapsulation services.
Doulas of Northern Virginia
As Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.'s premier full-service doula agency, we provide exceptional birth support to your growing family. Our expertly trained doulas are here to support, encourage, and walk along side you as you transition from pregnancy to life with baby. You are our number one priority and we offer only the highest quality service available during this transformative time in your life. We are confident that the judgment-free support you'll receive will leave you feeling honored, respected, and valued as you make the birth and postpartum choices that are best for you and your family.
We proudly provide services to families in Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Prince William County, Loudoun County, and Washington, D.C.
Our labor support includes: 24/7 on-call support from contract signing, a doula team to ask questions and get support, guidance and information on building a birth plan that meets your needs and wishes, a prenatal visit to discuss your birth wishes and learn what's important to you, collaborative care with your medical team of choice, continuous labor support until baby is in your arms and you're ready to rest, immediate postpartum support and assistance with feeding your baby for the first time, two postpartum visits to encourage a gentle, more confident transition into parenthood.
firstname.lastname@example.org, 804-572-5799), Richmond, VA
I believe that birth should be as natural and non interventional as possible. Noting that I believe that a doula can assist in achieving that but the bottom line is that the doula is there to support the mother and father in their choices even if it is not that end or is contrary to the doula's desires. It is their birth. I believe that since I am a mother of four and an RN that the right environment would be a hospital setting but I would be interested and would likely fit in a home birth with a seasoned midwife present if this is legally acceptable option. I trained with DONA through a workshop for birth doula. I also am certified as a post-partum doula through Full Circle Childbirth and did a post-partum depression workshop through Maternitywise. I am currently training through Childbirth International as a birth doula and childbirth educator. I also did a childbirth education workshop through Charis Childbirth Services. I have been as RN since 1990 and currently do pediatric home health with special needs children.
540-551-0047, email@example.com, https://www.facebook.com/lifesblessingsdoulaservices
I am a DONA trained birth doula and mother of two children. I have attended many births and enjoy serving women as a doula. I believe that every woman deserves to be supported in birth by those surrounding her and it is what I love about being a doula. I have experience in medicated, unmedicated and cesarean births and believe doulas are valuable in every birth setting. I attend births in Northern Virginia and will take an occasional birth in DC.
Jennifer Monaghan, Birth Doula Services
My goal as your doula is to encourage you; to remind you that your body was made to give birth and that you are capable of it; to lift your spirits up when you're feeling overwhelmed; to encourage movement and position changes to help labor progress and help it be less painful; to answer any questions you have about procedures or medications; but most of all, to allow you every opportunity to achieve the birth you've dreamed of. I currently provide doula services for homebirths in the Northern Virginia area and births at all local Northern Virginia & DC Hospitals.
We work with 7 experienced labor doulas. Our doulas combined have over 530 births under their belt. All this experience has allowed our doulas to provided care and comfort to mothers with a variety of pregnancy and labor experiences. Our experience includes twins, breech, VBAC, inductions, cesarean sections, vaginal, medicated, non-medicated, water and high risk.We support women who are planning on have their baby many different ways! We work with moms no matter their birth plan. Our packages start at $600 and we offer free no-obligation interviews. Fill out this brief questionnaire so we can learn about what exactly you are looking for and we will contact you in 72 hrs or less!
www.lionessdoulaservices.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, 571-527-8710.
I am a DONA trained birth doula with a wealth of experience as a mama of two little ones. I delivered my VBAC baby with the GW midwives in 2015 and look forward to helping families have an empowered birth experience. I am currently working on my doula certification for both birth and postpartum care and have attended one birth and will be attending another one at GW in April 2018. I have personal experience with both vaginal and cesarean birth, including unmedicated VBAC deliveries. I also have extensive firsthand experience breastfeeding through various obstacles and am very knowledgable about pumping. I decided to become a doula after two very different birth experiences and am so honored to be able to assist families through this sacred experience in their lives. As your doula, my job is to provide you with informational, emotional and physical support. What that means is unique for each individual as we all come to birth from different histories and experiences. I am passionate about helping parents find their voice to advocate for themselves and for their babies. Birth rights are human rights.
Sara Newell, (760) 522.1035, email@example.com, www.ridethewavedoula.com, www.bradleybirth.com/ndweb.asp?ID=N141, www.outdoornutrition.net.
I am a Doula-in-Training, Bradley Childbirth Instructor, and Registered Dietitian and would love to support you at your birth. I am passionate about birth, nutrition, and the outdoors. I gave birth in 2007 to my daughter at a military hospital on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, and in 2009 to my son for a planned homebirth. The support given to me during both of my births was amazing, and that's what I want to pass on to you--unconditional, gentle, and loving labor support. Its your birth and your story, and I would be honored to help you achieve the birth you desire. Northern Virginia and Washington DC areas.
Nurturing Life Doula Services
Hi! My name is Haylee Adamson and I am a doula seeking certification through DONA. I have a passion to help pregnant women and their babies. I live in VA and I am available to serve areas between and near Richmond and the Fredericksburg/Stafford areas. Please contact me with questions. I would love to be of service to you! :)
Elizabeth Oldham, HBCE
Creating Your Calm, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.creatingyourcalm.com, 919-721-2693, VA
I am a HypnoBirthing® childbirth educator as well as a Birth Doula. I adore being with families from week one of a class series to the moment the baby enters the world. I also love supporting families that have chosen other forms of childbirth education or none at all. My job as your Birth Doula is to support your birth and the decisions you make. I strive to help families make informed decisions and help them remain calm and in control. I have experience in many different birthing scenarios and am comfortable in any birthing atmosphere. Please feel free to email or give me a call to ask any questions or schedule a free consultation.
María Mercedes Olivieri, CD(DONA), LMT
703-455-4828, cell 703-868-0659 , Northern Virginia
My goal is to provide birthing families a warm and caring environment as well as the support and information they need in order to make informed decisions. I have experience with unmedicated births, VBACs, and C-sections. I have been a birth doula for dozens of births at several DC-area hospitals. I am a retired Federal official doing what I’d wanted to do when I grew up—being involved in the miracle of birth. Two of my three adult children were totally natural births, and all were breastfed. I helped teach Lamaze in the 1970s and have been teaching “Comfort Measures for Birth” and “Infant Massage” classes. In addition to my DONA training and certification, I am a Licensed Massage Therapist—and massage is one of my services as a Birth Doula. Because I firmly believe that any woman who wants a doula should have one, I can offer extended payment plans or barter for services. Further, I will provide discounted services to low-income families and pro-bono services to military families where the father is deployed.
A Sacred Journey Doula
I hold a Bachelors in Nursing and I have worked in the ER prior to relocating to the DMV. I am a DONA international birth doula trainee. Birth is wild. It is raw and messy and transformative. Everyone has a right to the birth they desire! Childbirth is a natural process, not a pathological one, and our bodies are uniquely and extraordinarily designed to bring new life into this world. The biggest magic of birth, after all the oxytocin and baby snuggles, lies in the breathtaking realization of just what we as women are capable of. I believe there are as many ways to give birth as there are women in the world. I encourage you to embrace your sacred journey as it unfolds before you. I work closely with you to uncover your distinct birthing style. At the end of the day, this is your birth, your body, and your baby. I fully support the experience you choose to have, whatever that may look like. Our services includes: 24/7 on-call support from contract signing, 2 prenatal planning visits, guidance and information on building a birth plan that meets your needs and your wishes, a prenatal visit to discuss your birth wishes and learn what's important to you, collaborative care with your medical team, continuous labor support until baby comes earth side and you're ready to rest, immediate postpartum support and assistance with feeding your baby for the first time, 2 postpartum visits at your home, 3 weeks of continues postpartum support via text, phone & email. Please reach out to A Sacred Journey Doula for more information on our services.
Tara Beth Olson, CD(DONA)
My role is to help you navigate the remarkable journey of pregnancy, labor, and delivery. I believe that birth is a transformational moment in the life of a woman and her partner. I believe that every woman should be supported in the way she wants to birth, and that pregnancy and labor should be supported with evidence-based care. I also believe that mothers can trust themselves to make informed decisions about necessary, or desired, interventions. I have been a doula since 2008. My services include prenatal education and birth consultation, email and phone support, dedicated labor support, birth photography, postpartum support, and breastfeeding help. Packages include a free TENS unit rental. Please see www.tarabetholson.com/doula for more information.
Tracy Osborne CD(DONA), HCHD
You deserve the very best care for you, your baby and your partner during your pregnancy, birth and beyond. I have been a certified birth doula since 2008 with experience with high-risk births, single moms, anxiety disorders, hospital births, birth center births, home births, natural births, medicated births, surgical births, partners, previous trauma, VBAC's, baby positioning, and more. I am here to provide professional, high quality, exceptional, judgment free support for your birth. I support all families and moms in northern Virginia and Washington DC. My support begins the day of contract signing with on-call support, birth plan counseling, pre-natal visits, and continuous email, text and phone support. You will also receive full access to my client portal where you will find a pregnancy guide, information on what to expect during your care provider visits, information to help you with birth planning, and postpartum planning. I also provide childbirth education, placenta, and bengkung belly binding services. I look forward to getting to know you and helping you on your journey.
Amber Pembleton, student doula (DONA)
www.thebirthlens.com | email@example.com | 703-889-0892 | Northern Virginia and the DC Metro area
I would love to be a part of your miraculous birth in whatever way you feel you need me, whether it be emotional, physical, or mental support. My husband and I are affiliated Bradley Method® teachers, and I love connecting with people about their birth. I have one daughter, who I gave birth naturally to, but I also know that is not for everyone. I am here to empower you to make the best decision for your birth and your family. As part of my doula services, I also offer birth photography services. Having memories of the process (with both mom and dad in the pictures) is something I think you will truly appreciate for years to come. Additionally, I can offer support for vegetarian or vegan diets during pregnancy, and all things attachment parenting after pregnancy, including co-sleeping or bed-sharing, cloth diapering, elimination communication, baby-wearing, and of course, breastfeeding.
Loralee Pendergast, CCE
Birthing From the Heart Maternity Services, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.birthingfromtheheart.com, 703-779-2945), Leesburg, VA
I have a passion for birth and helping families have better birth experiences as well as better postpartum experiences. Women instinctively already know how to give birth, so I offer guidance and allow women to discover their own abilities and support them in whatever birth choices they make. The result is a relaxed, confident and empowered mom who will always remember her birth as the joyful experience that it is meant to be. I have experience with natural births, as well as births requiring medical intervention and cesarean births. I am a certified childbirth educator with Birth Works International. I have birth doula training through DONA and am in the process of getting my birth doula certification through Childbirth International. I am also certified in infant, child, and adult CPR/AED and first aid through the Red Cross. I am a member of DONA, BirthMattersVA, and International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) and several online birth communities. I offer Birth Works childbirth preparation classes, birth and post-partum doula services.
Alicia Riddlebarger, CD-L
Availability listed here: https://doulamatch.net/profile/25368/alicia-m-riddlebarger
Although I have been a radiologic technologist for the past 28 years, my true passion has always been to become a birth doula. This dream was first realized when I gave birth to my eldest son. In the hours leading up to his birth, I was blessed to have had a guiding hand. The person who was by my side encouraged, calmed and motivated me. That in turn gave me confidence in my body and in my abilities, and it was in those moments that I felt truly validated and empowered. It was only through the births of my second and third sons that I realized how truly imperative it is to have that support and guidance, as their births were vastly different without it.
I truly feel as though my purpose is to nurture the confidence, strength and courage of each and every one of my clients throughout their unique journeys, and to be able to cater to the needs of people from any and all walks of life. Through my personal experiences and extensive training, I hope to educate, guide and provide emotional support to those whom I have the honor of serving.
Chandler Sampson, Owner, Bon Fete Doula
I am a birth doula trained through DONA International and stillbirthday.com. I believe that birth is one of the most important events of a woman’s life and should be treated as such. I serve clients – specializing in high-risk pregnancies, as well as healthy, happy mamas – in the Washington, D.C., metro area – including the District, northern Virginia and Maryland – and I live and work in Alexandria’s Del Ray
neighborhood with my husband and my dog.
Lauren Scheiderer Doula Services
Fairfax, VA 22031
I am a new DONA trained doula in the Northern Virginia area. I have been fascinated with birth and its transformative powers since I was very young. As I’ve gotten older, my interest has solidified through reading about the history of childbirth and how practices and beliefs have changed over time. I hope that through being a doula, I can have a positive impact on new families and help them achieve their goals for birth. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I recognize that having compassionate support is critically important to a positive birth experience. I hope to encourage and empower all people and their partners before, during, and after labor. In addition to being a doula, I am a student at George Mason University studying Sociology and History. I have a passion for animals – I own 15 pet mice! I also love to paint, cook, and garden. I look forward to meeting you!
Mari Stutzman Smith, CD
email@example.com, www.celebratedbirth.com, 703-408-0911, Northern VA
It is our belief at Celebrated BIRTH, that a woman should be supported during her birth journey to embrace, endure, and trust the physical, emotional, and spiritual nature of labor, birth and beyond. Whether you are planning a hospital birth or a home birth our hope is that you allow yourself to be transformed by your birth. Mari is a member, Birth Resource, and Leadership Team Member for BirthMattersVA, a statewide organization focused on improving the culture of birth in Virginia by promoting an evidence-based model of maternity care. She is also a La Leche League member and attends local LLL meetings supporting breastfeeding. In addition, she is a member of the Virginia Breastfeeding Task Force. Mari is also active in other local organizations offering natural, holistic care, and has been raised to respect and believe in the miracle of our bodies. Mari is toLabor trained and certified. www.tolabor.com
Hello my name is tiera trapp, I’m a professionally trained doula. I have Been supporting the birthing community for over 5 years now. Helped more then 30 families. I practice evidence based education and support . I was doula trained by toLabor but have over 4 years of womens health experience, as I’m also a full time medical assistant. History with supporting women through child birth, abortion support and lactation support.
As a full spectrum doula, I provide emotional and physical support to you during your labor and delivery. I can also facilitate communication with the staff to ensure that you have the information you need to make informed decisions regarding your baby’s birth. I will provide reassurance and perspective to you and your partner, make suggestions for labor progress, and help with relaxation, massage, positioning and other techniques for your comfort. I am independent and self-employed, and as such, I am working for you.
Mary Via, student doula (DONA trained, working toward certification)
Stork Watch Birth Services
firstname.lastname@example.org, (804) 389-0260
I began my training as a doula in November 2012. Since then I have attended several births and have been richly blessed by all the families I have worked with. I am planning to complete my certification through DONA International in the coming months. I am passionate about patient advocacy and holistic care that attends to the well-being of the whole person. I believe that birth is a sacred event in the life of a mother and the life of a family. As a doula, I seek to preserve that sacred space for my clients. I am available for home, birth center, and hospital births in Northern Virginia and Washington, DC.
Lindsey Vick | Birth Doula | Sunflowers Healing and Wellness | 703.489.0754 | www.SunflowersWellness.com| Serving the DMV
Lindsey Vick, founder of Sunflowers Healing and Wellness, is a Clinical Hypnotherapist, Usui Reiki Master-Teacher, Certified HypnoBirthing® Practitioner, and Birth Doula. Lindsey is an experienced and trained doula with nearly a decade of birth experience in advocacy and support. She brings specialized training in spinning babies, TENS units, craniosacral therapy for expecting mothers and newborns, Reiki, and hypnosis. Since 2010, she has trained more than 300 families in HypnoBirthing techniques and has supported nearly 70 families for the births of their babies in home, birth center, and hospital settings - including low-risk, high-risk, twins, vbac, LGBTQ families, first-time mothers, mothers with history of abuse or assault, single mothers, mothers in recovery, water birth, cesarean birth, and bereavement birth. Lindsey's approach to supporting a birthing family is simple: with information and calm confidence, parents always make the best choices for themselves. Lindsey's role as a birth doula is to help her clients reach those goals - judgement free - even if labor takes unexpected routes to birth, drawing upon her past career as a successful management consultant to create solutions that meet the individual needs of each client. Lindsey is a doula mentor, and trains doulas to use Reiki and hypnosis as comfort tools during labor and birth and to reposition babies for easier birth. For more information on Lindsey's services and availability, please visit her website: www.SunflowersWellness.com/Birth-Doula.
My name is Edo Young, I am a stay at home mother of four in Woodbridge, Virginia. Currently I am a pre-certified DONA and Birthing From Within trained Labor/Postpartum Doula. I am extremely passionate about my work; I consider it a privilege to assist a woman during her birth, as in adjusting to life as a new mother. I happily take on pro-bono clients, and my fees are on a sliding scale based on economic need. I am also a self-styled birth plan coordinator who will help you create a birth plan that works for you.