Directory of Postpartum Doulas in the Washington, DC area
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Maryland Postpartum Doulas
I support families by providing hands-on help with infant care, support with feeding, baby soothing, meal preparation, light housework, and emotional support. I am an experienced, DONA-certified postpartum doula, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) with Metropolitan Breastfeeding, and have a background in clinical nutrition. I serve Montgomery County, Maryland, and parts of DC and Prince George's County. Day shifts generally between 10am-4pm, but other times may be available by request. Please see my website for further details and pricing.
Evidence based, modern care from dedicated doulas to best support women and their families through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Postpartum care helps add an extra set of experienced and knowledgeable hands to a new or expanding family. Various packages are offered to provide continuous care by offering Birth Doula and Postpartum Doula Services, and Placenta Encapsulation.
FAMILY WAYS- Rachel Frier Carbonneau, CD(DONA), AAHCC
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, prenatal and postpartum yoga, and a variety of workshops and classes designed to ease the transition into familyhood.
Coola Doula Dale Kaplan, CLD, CLDT, CPD, CPDT
MaternityWise International Labor and Postpartum Doula Trainer
- MaternityWise Certified Labor Doula, Postpartum doula,
- Certified Maternity Wise INT Instructor/Trainer for doula certifications MD,DC,VA,PA, anywhere convenient to form a workshop.
- Certified Instructor for Happiest Baby on the Block
- CPR heart safe certified
- Maryland representative for the National Coalition for Doula Access
Love 'N Care
Love ‘N Care was founded in 1999, and is well known specializing in placing highly educated, and gifted postpartum doulas, baby nurses, newborn specialist, lactation consultants and nannies of the highest caliber in private households, and estates around the world with the highest level of service, discretion, and professionalism. Love ‘N Care is known for accommodating to all of our client’s wishes. Our care providers have education, experience, excellent references, an eagerness to work, and an attitude of service. It is the “I’m here and ready to help” manner that separates our care providers from the rest.
Our goal is to make a perfect match between the care provider and a family, regardless of their fame, wealth, or status. We are recognized as the best quality provider of top-caliber care providers not only in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and N. VA areas, but nationally and internationally.
Our candidates are hand picked, thoroughly interviewed, references checked by phone and in writing, pass a verbal and written exam, finger printed by the State and FBI, and are CPR and First Aid trained. Most of our care providers hold nursing degrees, childcare certificates, lactation certificates and licenses, and doula certifications. They are career professionals who take pride in their work, presentable, caring, gentle and highly skilled in newborn care and engaging children in many educational activities and games. They are 100% flexible when it comes to their working hours and duties.
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
Metropolitan Doulas, LLC
Metropolitan Doulas team members all have verified Postpartum Doula training, insurance, background checks, and CPR certification. We can help you:
- Establish breastfeeding and/or learn about bottle feeding
- Recover from birth
- Learn about your baby's care and development
- Get hot meals, snacks, and plenty of rest
- Prepare to head back to work if desired
We can also take care of baby's laundry, light household tasks, and more. We have availability to cover you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Serving Washington DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland.
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.
500 Montgomery St., Suite 400
Alexandria, VA 22314
The goal of the post-partum doula is to nurture the mother and her family into becoming parents. With professional support from the doula, the mother and the family experience success, gain knowledge and become more self-confident with their baby. The post-partum doula usually provides visits during the day. Momease has several services from 3-hour to 6-hour post-partum packages for new parents. A baby nurse is a childcare professional or certified post-partum doula who comes into your home for a few weeks following childbirth. The baby nurse helps with infant care and can educate parents on infant care skills such as feeding and bathing. She will do night feedings and/or help support the mother in breastfeeding and perform other baby-related tasks. A baby nurse will typically have extensive training in newborn care, nutrition, bottle and breastfeeding and child development. (A baby nurse hired through Momease may or may not be a Licensed Vocational Nurse.)
Odile H. Penet, CD(DONA)
Serving Central MD, DC and South PA.
I am a certified Birth Doula with Dona International. I have experience with prenatal, birth and postpartum caring for mothers and their newborns as well as support for dad or partner, and other family members. I attend hospital, home and birth center births – natural – medicated and VBAC. I provide continuous emotional, mental, spiritual and physical support during birth. I have been a postpartum educator manager and I offer support with breastfeeding and bonding process. I had most of my training and certification in France with additional certification in the US. I am bilingual French and English and I also work as a Medical Interpreter. Everyone needs a little help at some points in their life and I am happy if I can make a difference in somebody’s life by providing support during labor or during postpartum cares. Additionally, I have a CNA specialized in prenatal and postpartum cares. I have an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and work experience in Day Care Educational Centers and Day Care Educational Centers for children with special needs. I am adult/child CPR certified by American Heart Association.
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.
Doula Plus- 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.
Virginia Postpartum 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!
Jenn Carlson, Prodigious Birth Services
Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Breastfeeding Counselor
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.
Dial A Doula
Dial A Doula is a postpartum/newborn consultation service where you can get answers to your important questions from the comfort of your own home via phone or video calls! Our certified doulas can assist clients with a variety of issues that may occur soon after you bring home your sweet new addition. Our doulas can assist with:
- Calming a fussy baby
- Breastfeeding assistance
- Postpartum blues
- Newborn help
- Postpartum Advice
- Basic baby care
- Growth Spurts
- Sleep coaching
- Reflux, Colic, Thrush, Jaundice...and SO much more!
Practically Perfect Postpartum Care - Karen Goossens
As an experienced child birth educator, birth doula, and now postpartum doula, I will bring a tender and expert level of care to your family during one of the most important times of your life. I provide holistic doula services whether you would like to begin from a prenatal visit or once your child is weeks old.
From The Start, Postpartum Doula
Kari Haravitch, PCD(DONA)
I am a DONA certified postpartum doula serving families in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. As a postpartum doula, I provide support to families throughout the fourth trimester, in the family's home. I am trained and experienced in providing maternal support, newborn support, partner support, sibling integration, and pet integration. I am able to provide overnight support as well as daytime support and am able to provide as little (1 hour) or as much (80+ hours) support as your family desires. . I provide non-judgmental support to the whole family on the full spectrum of fourth trimester topics especially feeding (breast, bottle and/or pumping), maternal well-being and recovery, newborn behaviors, sleep, calming/comforting, partner/sibling/pet/grandparent transitions, and light housekeeping/laundry/meal prep.
I provide a wide variety of courses and packages. I provide a sibling transition course, Sibling Academy, a 3-5 session course for families adding another child (best for children ages 2-6). I also offer a consultation during the prenatal period, Postnatal Prep Consultation, to discuss postnatal planning and concerns such as a postpartum plan, support, swaddling, newborn care basics and expectation management. See my webpage or facebook page for further information on services and rates.
Susannah Kolstad, PCD(DONA)
Certified Postpartum Doula, Certified Mother Roaster, and Expectant Parenting Educator
Owner, Oasis Family Services
I am a DONA International certified postpartum doula providing and certified mother roaster through Sacred Postpartum. I support families in the Northern Virginia area including Alexandria City, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Washington, DC, and beyond. At Oasis Family Services, I nurture and nourishyour entire family. I ensure that everyone is well fed, rested and supported as they enter this time as new parents thereby removing some of the burdenfrom your family. This allows new parents to focus on the important task of bonding with your new baby. You deserve to have the support you need to enjoy the weeks after birth.
In addition, I provide a wide variety of parenting classes for you to prepare for your newborn. These classes include breastfeeding, pumping, babywearing, baby care, creating a postpartum plan, and more. These classes help provide information to expectant parents so they are better prepared to cater to the needs of their baby. Your baby deserves to get the best start in life by having evidence based care from their loving parents.
Liz Adams Medina
Transitioning into the postpartum phase of life can feel like a daunting task for both new and seasoned mothers. It is normal to feel overwhelmed or anxious about navigating these new uncharted waters but it is not necessary. My objective as a postpartum doula is to provide you with support that is specific to your needs, so that you can savor this incredible bonding period as a new family. Your needs as a mother are just a vital as your needs during pregnancy. Allow yourself to be pampered and supported, you deserve it.
Ashlee Tucker Palmer
Hi!! I’m Ashlee :D… I am a native Washingtonian, and the oldest of Angela and Anthony’s five children. I love to laugh and have a great time. I am a proud graduate of Alabama A&M where I studied Family & Consumer Sciences, and the University of Alabama – Huntsville where I earned a second degree in Communications with a minor in Marketing. After founding a childcare agency, I received many requests from parents asking that we work with their newborns. I decided that doula training would be perfect and I fell in LOVE!! I am a DONA trained Birth and Postpartum Doulas as well as an ICEA Childbirth Education trainee. I have been blessed in that I genuinely enjoy creating a real connection with families. I’m very organized and enjoy planning. I work to be an effective communicator and lend a hand where I see a need. I understand that parents sometimes just need a break & I’m more than happy to help :).
www.nikkiwray.com, (703) 606-6033
- Certified Lactation Counselor (Healthy Children)
- Certified Postpartum Doula (DONA)
- Newborn Care Specialist (Newborn Care Training Academy)
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.
Washington DC Postpartum Doulas
Cherry Blossom Doula DC, Alexandra Marine Rossetto
I am a certified birth doula, lactation counselor and newborn care specialist.
I am a BILINGUAL professional English-French. I serve in DC, VA and MD with success for more than 10 years.
I own a low cost doula business , Cherry Blossom Doula DC. We provide professional doula and nanny services start at 14$ an hour. (Price vary in functions of the services provided and your location) We are open 24hours and 7 days a week.
We help with fertility, pregnancy, labor, birth, breastfeeding, and postpartum infant care.
We also provide support with stillbirth, miscarriage and abortion.
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.
District Mother & Baby
Naomi Skena, MPH, CLC
I am a postpartum doula living in Washington, D.C. with my husband and three kids. I worked for a decade in global maternal and child health focusing on newborn health. After having my own kids, and walking through the transition to motherhood with my friends, I became interested in postpartum practices closer to home. I'm a DONA-trained postpartum doula and Certified Lactation Counselor. I love being with new families during the very special, intense postpartum period. I spend lots of time reassuring moms of what is normal, providing resources for questions and concerns, and helping new parents gain confidence in soothing and babywearing skills. I pay particular attention to breastfeeding, if applicable, since the first few weeks are a crucial period in the nursing relationship. My goal is for parents to emerge from the 'fourth trimester' as a bonded family unit with the confidence that they, and they alone, have become the experts on their baby.
I am in private practice and am also affiliated with Metropolitan Doulas. I've been a doula since 2005, following a long career as a therapist and tutor/teacher. I am a parent to a young adult, and still do some teaching. I serve the DC metro area, and have worked with families from various cultures and different family constellations. Some are first-time parents, some single, some adoptive, some with twins, some with older siblings. I enjoy the variety and learn something from each client. While I typically work in the home or a family member's home, I have also worked in a hospital and am open to alternative settings. My commitment is that I should complement the current family setting, never compete with it or try to displace a family member. My job is to support the new mother, baby, and anyone else in the household as decided by each client. I provide direct newborn care, sibling care, breastfeeding assistance, cooking, running errands, accompanying to doctor's appointments and the like. My fee is $35 an hour for one child, with some discounts available.
Melissa Nauss, MA
Stars and Stripes Doulas
My name is Melissa and I have been described as an empathetic, supportive, compassionate, and nonjudgmental doula with an educational background in counseling and expertise in supporting military-affiliated clients and public servants. 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 discuss our Junior Enlisted and Special Situation Fund if you are facing significant barriers to care/support.
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!