PLEASE NOTE: I am no longer taking new birth doula clients. I am still available for Encapsulation services. Happy birthing to you!
After the birth of my first son, I knew there could be a better way. His induction resulted in a Cesarean I feel never would have happened had I had the right support and knowledge to help me make different choices. My second son was born at home with midwives and the two experiences could not have been more different. The two births together made me realize I could help other women achieve their best possible birth experience, with the safest and healthiest outcome. My third son, born at home in the water in June 2013, made me appreciate my calling as a doula even more! I’ve kind of “done it all” now!
I was first introduced to the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) after my first birth, and I became heavily involved while planning my second birth. A few months after my HBAC (home birth after Cesarean), I stepped up to become co-leader of the Northern Virginia chapter. I was involved in helping local women prevent unnecessary Cesareans, recover physically and emotionally from Cesareans, and plan for more positive future birth plans, such as VBAC (vaginal birth after Cesarean). In September of 2015, after six years as Chapter Leader, I stepped down to focus more on my family as my boys’ activities increased.
I believe that every woman can have a positive birth experience when she feels empowered in her decisions. Just like no two labors, babies, or moms are alike, there is no one way to give birth. Whether it’s a hospital, home, or birth center setting, I am here to help women make the best choices for herself and her family, as well as provide her with my support before, during, and after the birth of her child.
Before becoming a doula, I worked in the corporate world as a Web developer for various government agencies in the area. I spent nine years as a contractor before staying home to be with my boys after the birth of my second son. Becoming a doula has been great for me to both follow my passion and tap into the adult socializing aspect of an office job–with less traffic. Sometimes.
I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts from James Madison University, and I am trained and certified with DONA International. I have studied Hypno-Doula techniques through Hypnobabies. I attended a Homeopathy for Doulas training with Dr. Diderik Finne in January 2012, and am now offering Homeopathy services for before, during, and after labor and birth. I also offer the use of TENS units for pain management in labor. My clients have been loving their TENS units! I have volunteered with the Family Health and Birth Center in Washington, DC. I service the entire Northern Virginia and DC area, including some areas of Maryland. I’ve attended births at Prince William Hospital, INOVA Fairfax, INOVA Alexandria, INOVA Loudoun, Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Stafford Hospital, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Sibley Memorial Hospital, Georgetown University Hospital, George Washington University Hospital, Washington Hospital Center, Holy Cross Hospital, and Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. It’s hard to believe there are still other hospitals in the area! Below I’ve listed all the training and seminars I have attended!
I can be found lifting weights, running, practicing yoga, and spending time with my three boys, my husband, and my parents, who live nearby. I enjoy vacationing in Idaho, where I get to visit with my brother, his wife, and my adorable niece and nephew! I am not taking any new doula clients, but continue to provide excellent Encapsulation Services to clients.
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Conferences, Summits, Classes, and Training I’ve attended