Free and Low Cost Birth Doulas and Postpartum Doulas in the Washington DC Area
FREE AND LOW COST DOULA PROGRAMS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community of Hopes' Family Health and Birth Center offers free doulas to their clients. Clients receive care from the Birth Center midwives and give birth at either the freestanding birth center, or at Washington Hospital Center.
Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Birth Companions Program offer free doulas to families. Doulas are trained by DONA and are nursing students in the Johns Hopkins nursing program. http://nursing.jhu.edu/excellence/community/birth-companions/index.html(410) 614-6458 (English/Spanish)
Operation Special Delivery
Operation Special Delivery provides trained volunteer doulas for pregnant women whose husbands are in the armed forces and have been injured, have lost their lives, or who will be deployed or unable to attend the birth due to military reasons.
FREE AND LOW COST BIRTH DOULAS
ABC ~ NOVA BIRTH PARTNERS
Serving Maryland, DC, & VA
Our Junior Doula program consists of empowered, certified doulas with hopes to gain more experience working with birth & postpartum families. Please contact us to find out how you could qualify to receive our complimentary services. Our doulas are available for both birth & postpartum support.
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.
Always Faithful Birth Services
Melanie Binversie 804-704-1189
I believe that every mother has the right to choose her own birth story and I offer non-judgemental support to the mother, her partner and other family members. As a former surrogate, I offer a unique perspective to helping to support you through your labor and delivery. I am an expert on options to help guide you to choose what options are best for you! You will feel supported and you will also feel that you are making informed decisions throughout the entire process. I currently serve the Northern Virginia and other DC and Greater DC areas (within 1 hour of Alexandria, VA). I feel confident supporting you in hospitals, birth centers or with assisted home births. I support natural births, elective or schedule cesarean sections, inductions, or medically managed births. I want to help you write your birth story to be one that you will feel strong and proud of! I would feel honored to be a part of your journey. Please contact me at email@example.com to discuss fees.
Ashlee Abney, Student Doula (DONA)- God's Gift Supportive Services
(571) 242- 3199
My name is Ashlee Abney and I am currently a Student Doula (DONA). Service areas in VA include Woodbridge, Lake Ridge, Dumfries, Montclair, Dale City, and Stafford. Some information about myself: I am a Clinical Social Worker with a Masters Degree from George Mason University and a Psychology Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Providing pregnancy support and education has been the joy in my life since the passing of my son last year at 3 weeks old. My complicated pregnancy and birth allowed me to see the importance of educating women on the power of their bodies and the birthing experience.
I would love to chat and meet to discuss how I can best serve you!
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.
Brianna Casciello, CD(DONA), BSN
I am a Certified Doula (DONA International) and nurse. I offer low- cost services for select clients residing and delivering in the DC and MD/VA public transport-accessible areas. I have served families delivering with OBs at Howard and INova Fairfax hospitals, as well as the midwives at George Washington University. Fluent in Spanish and possess a keen sense of cultural awareness. I welcome the opportunity to work with all expectant families, and am particularly keen to support teen parents and/or single parent households. Please do not hesitate to contact me for further information regarding my qualifications and/ or for resources. I look forward to speaking with you- and wish you and baby all the best!
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 a space of non-judgmental 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 $800 for a first time client, $550 for a return client, and $450 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 and to customize support to your individual needs.
Zatiti Ema MA,LMT,CD, NADA
I am a ICTC CD and Wholistic Practitioner and I generally charge under $600. 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.
email@example.com, 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.
http://www.family-ways.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, (301) 412-2976
Women today have more choices than ever before for their health care and the care of their families. With the proper information, resources, and encouragement, today's women can tap into our inner strength to make the best possible choices for our health and wellbeing. Let me help you find that strength, to have the health pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum experience you want and deserve. Based in Maryland and serving clients throughout the greater Washington, DC Metro area, I provide full-spectrum support for women and their partners in all stages of pregnancy or pregnancy loss, and have specific training to support single mothers, LGBT families, high-risk pregnancies, and others with unique needs. I am proficient in Spanish and ASL, and comfortable with a variety of cultural needs. With a broad network of community resources online and in person, I can help foster the support you need to start your family off strong and integrate into the community as you grow.
Taniqua James , Student Doula (CBI)
I have loved everything about childbirth since attending my first vaginal birth 5 years ago. Since then I’ve attended vaginal births and C-sections for family members. I’ve decided to become a doula and will be certified through Childbirth International very soon. My services are free as I complete training and will become low cost once I’ve finished training. As a new mother, I couldn’t afford a doula as the cost was high. I want to be able to provide such a wonderful experience for other mothers at an affordable price. I provide prenatal, labor and postnatal care. I serve the entire DMV area.
As a DONA-trained, holistic doula, I provide client-centered support to laboring people by encouraging them to self-advocate for the preservation of their bodily autonomy. This typically involves two prenatal informational appointments, one postpartum visit, and physical and emotional support during labor. I have previously worked as a nanny for a toddler and newborn in Brooklyn, and as a ballet teacher in New Orleans for kids ages three through six.
www.mamatotovillage.org email@example.com, (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.
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!
Melissa Nauss, M.A.
Anchored In Hope Birth Services
Serving NOVA, Prince George's Co, MD., and Washington, D.C.
My name is Melissa and I have been described as an empathetic, supportive, compassionate, and nonjudgmental doula with an educational background in counseling. I am a current member of DONA and ProDoula. I enjoy supporting clients physically, emotionally, and informationally throughout their pregnancy and delivery. I have a special interest in reproductive mental health and strive to integrate this idea of wellness into the pregnancy and postpartum period. I believe you and every woman should feel safe, supported, and nurtured while growing your baby, bringing your baby into this world, and while bonding with your baby during the postpartum period. I believe this experience profoundly impacts the mother-child relationship and by preparing for each phase you will instinctively make the best decisions for your baby and situation. Ultimately, I believe a positive birthing experience can be created in any situation as long as you are informed, empowered, and open to the unique process that will become your birth story. I feel honored to support families during the most intimate and special time of their lives and this privilege is held dear to my heart. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a sliding fee application if you are facing significant barriers to care/support.
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! :)
Meags1985@yahoo.com, 757-268-4597, Springfield, VA
Fee is $500
Julia Elizabeth Romero, Student Birth Doula (DONA)
I am a DONA trained birth doula and nursing student at George Mason University. I am ecstatic about the natural birthing process, and believe that every woman deserves to have the birth experience she desires, whatever that may be! As a doula, I will provide motivation and encouragement to both you and your partner, make suggestions for labor progress, and provide you with the information you need to make informed choices regarding the birth of your baby. All women deserve to have access to a doula who is nonjudgmental, and provides constant emotional and physical support, which you will find in my practice.
My services include two prenatal visits, phone and email support, labor and delivery, one postnatal visit, and additionally I am on call two weeks before and after the due date. Service areas include the Shenandoah Valley, Fairfax, and anywhere in the surrounding DC area public transport-accessible.
If you have any further questions, or would like to schedule an interview, please do not hesitate to contact me!
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.
I'm a ToLabor trained doula working towards certification. My goal is to provide free doula services to women (and their partners) in the D.C. metro area who would not otherwise be able to afford doula support. I believe a doula’s role is to support a woman’s choice in every possible way and to help ensure her birth is an empowering experience. Pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period are times of enormous upheaval in a woman's life, and all parents deserve the chance to make their own, well-informed decisions about what care they and their child receive. My role is to listen, offer information and be your advocate.
Urban Baby Beginnings
Urban Baby Beginnings supports families throughout their most precious time; bringing life into this world. Our mission is to decrease infant mortality and maternal morbidity by providing prenatal and postpartum care and support to families regardless of income and to intensify efforts toward the improvement and prevention of adverse maternal and child health outcomes by addressing community risk factors. Our Community Doula program provides low cost services to expectant Women ages 18-44, 12-32 weeks gestation, low income, Medicaid or uninsured who are in high risk situations (African American, Hispanic, Immigrant, Homeless, Incarcerated, Substance Abuse History) located in Central Virginia. Scholarship assistance may be available. No one is turned away for their inability to pay.
For more information please email email@example.com or visit www.urbanbabybeginnings.org.
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.
Sydney Love Wilson, MSW
Howard University, 2016
Arizona State University, 2014
(602) 644 - 0388
LinkedIn: Sydney Love Wilson
I am currently a student doula looking to complete certification as a Birth doula through DONA International. My services include 2 prenatal visits, support during labor at home and the hospital, the first two hours after birth, and 1 postnatal home visit. My package also includes unlimited text/phone communication up to 2 weeks after our postnatal visit. 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 can also serve as a Sibling doula to older children during the labor and birth process. I am in the PG County, MD area and would like to accept clients in the following cities: Washington, DC, Hyattsville, Takoma Park, Silver Spring, Adelphi, Laurel, Bethesda and College Park.
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.
FREE AND LOW COST POSTPARTUM DOULAS
Cheryl Annino, CMT, Birth and Postpartum Doula, (571) 730-8699, email@example.com
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 into a gentle, loving environment! I am holding education classes at Mind Body and Soul in Leesburg, VA and offering lower rates to women that want to educate themselves about birthing choices.
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 to 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.