Brittany Dowell

ProDoula

CURRENT STATUS: pre-CD Labor

BUSINESS NAME/AFFILIATION: Mamattend Birth Services

SERVICES PROVIDED: Labor support, postpartum support, placenta encapsulation, childbirth education (Lamaze and Your Birth Experience), belly binding, prenatal and postnatal yoga

About

AREAS SERVED: Washington, DC Northern Virginia—Arlington, Alexandria, Springfield, Fairfax, Ft. Belvoir Southern Maryland—Silver Spring, Shady Grove, Bethesda

CONTACT INFO:

202-813-0293

Mamattend@gmail.com

www.mamattend.com

Meet Your ProDoula

Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: Learning to teach yoga first gave me a solid understanding of the body and how it works. I often incorporate yoga when I work with clients. We talk about breathing, finding time to be still, and learning to listen to ourselves.

What led you to become a Doula?: The two women who lead my prenatal yoga teacher training were both doulas. I took the training as a way to specialize as a yoga teacher, but I wound up falling in love with working with expectant and new mothers. That training changed the course of my entire career. There’s something so special about working with people as they prepare to have a baby and grow into their roles as parents

What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:

Warm, calm, encouraging, attentive, knowledgeable.
“Brittany’s best quality: anticipating my needs BEFORE I could verbalize them, and especially when I wasn’t ABLE to verbalize them.”
“We love to sing your praises!!! You are in the right place. You were born to be a doula.”

What are your favorite pregnancy/parenting resources?: There are some terrific groups on Facebook that allow moms to connect online, like the Longest Shortest Time Mamas, which has over 14,000 members. My favorite blog is Glennon Doyle Melton’s Momastery, and her book, Carry On Warrior, which is so encouraging and reminds us no one is perfect. I like reading the articles on Belly Belly and Babble. Locally, Birth Options Alliance has an incredible bank of resources for expectant and new parents to explore.

What thoughts come to mind when you see a pregnant woman or brand new mom?: You’re doing great. Even when you’ve got a messy bun and yesterday’s yoga pants, and you feel uncertain and anxious, you’re doing just fine. How can I remind you that you’re doing everything right?

What is the best gift you can give a new mom (as a Doula)?: An ear, a shoulder, a hand. I want my clients to feel heard and supported so that they come away from our time together knowing that they're strong, and feeling calm, capable, and confident.

What is your favorite TV show or movie?: Movies: When Harry Met Sally, About Time, Die Hard TV: Parks & Rec, New Girl, Orphan Black, Madam Secretary, Walking Dead

What is your favorite place to vacation?: Paris

What is your favorite food?: Pretty much anything dairy—cheese and milkshakes

What is your favorite way to spend a day off?: Sleep in, have coffee and read while my husband makes breakfast (crepes are his newest specialty), go to the zoo, then come home to make dinner together.

Who lives in your house?: I live with my husband, David, and my cat Henry.