Every birthing person should have a Birth Doula at their side. The Birth Doula does not replace the partner, if one is present, but supports both persons in their unique birth role. Research shows that Birth Doulas vastly improve outcomes without any risk. Beyond the birth, the empowering experience of a Doula-assisted birth, sets the tone for the next stage... parenting!
After our initial connection and interview, we will meet 1-3 times before your labor and birth. During those meetings we will work together to map out your plans and desires for your labor and birth experience. We will walk through the steps and choices that you may encounter along the way and dive into the different labor and birth scenarios.
I will join you in labor and provide emotional and physical support aligning with your birth plan for the entirety of your labor and birth experience. I am there in service to you and your goals. Following the birth I will support the breastfeeding process and stay as long as feels best for your comfort and space with your baby.
We will schedule a time to meet in person after you are home with your baby. During that visit we will process the labor and birth. We will check in on all things including the transition to home life, breastfeeding and newborn care. This is a really important check in and ideally happens soon after birth.
Now just as much ( if not more than ever) birthing persons need their community of support as they navigate this journey! There are lots of ways that a birth doula can support you in all stages of your labor and birth process despite the current health crisis. We can work together to create a birth doula support plan that gives you a sense of safety, advocacy, and support within the new climate of social distance. No-one should feel alone and with some creative tools we can work to ensure those feelings do not creep in.
I have lived and worked in Washington DC for 15 years in helping professions. Working at the Center for Family Research at GW led me to a strong connection with birth and family as a cornerstone of all our communities. My focus professionally has been supporting DC area families through social work as a Patient Advocate in the hospital setting and most recently in a DC Public Charter School. My birth work journey began 11 years ago with the birth of my first child and has grown more deeply through every birth that I have had the honor to attend. As a DONA trained doula I feel the power of sharing birth knowledge and participating in birth work is truly my purpose.
Please contact me directly with any questions, comments, or to setup an initial interview!.
Petworth, Washington, District of Columbia 20011, United States