CURRENT STATUS: CD Postpartum, Certified Postpartum Placenta Specialist
BUSINESS NAME/AFFILIATION: Doulas of Northern Virginia
SERVICES PROVIDED: Postpartum Doula Services & Placenta Encapsulation
AREAS SERVED: Northern Virginia (Fairfax County, Arlington County, Alexandria City, Prince William County, Loudon County)
Background/Experience that you think is beneficial to Doula work: I have a Master’s Degree in Maternal and Child Public Health and I am a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE). I think my Master’s Degree put me in a place to really understand some of the broader health issues women face as well as the importance of research. But my LCCE is what helps me to focus on each woman individually and really listen to each clients concern. I think having both helps me to provide balanced support.
What led you to become a Doula?: My own birth experience led me to becoming a childbirth educator. I remember my husband and I taking our first Lamaze childbirth class and thinking how much I would love to be teaching a class like that. Health education is why I went to school! My experience as an educator and postpartum support group facilitator sparked my desire to further support families during the postpartum period. This is such an important time when moms and dads are forming their identities as parents and settling into life with a newborn. I truly enjoy providing encouragement to parents and increasing confidence in their ability to birth their babies and parent their newborns.
What are some positive comments made about you by other people?:
My clients say that I am “calm” and “welcoming.” After taking my class a recent client wrote, “I feel empowered to make decisions and so much less scared of the labor process.”