I've been married to my best friend, Colin, for 11 years and am a mother of two wonderful boys, Patrick and Andrew and one beautiful daughter, Chloe. I’m a California native that has called Northern Virginia home since 2004. I’ve always had a passion to help people. Before motherhood, I was a Certified Nurse’s Assistant (CNA) for four years. It was after the childbirth experience that my broad passion for helping others was focused to helping and empowering mothers through the birthing process.
My children are as different as their births- while all of my pregnancies and child birthing experiences were dramatically different, the ones where doulas were present were the ones that I felt most empowered and in control. I was able to determine the birthing experience that I desired prior to labor: a pain medication-free birth. I felt like I had options, ideas and the support that proved vital to helping me have the birth experience of my dreams. I’m passionate about helping other women experience that same support that allowed me to have a safe, gentle and joyful birth.
My goal as your doula is to encourage you; to remind you that your body was made to give birth and that you are capable of it; to lift your spirits up when you're feeling overwhelmed; to encourage movement and position changes to help labor progress and help it be less painful; to answer any questions you have about procedures or medications; but most of all, to allow you every opportunity to achieve the birth you've dreamed of.
I have taken a spinning babies course and studied Peanut Ball trainings and positioning (critical for epidural support). I am passionate about supporting and empowering families through their birthing process. My services and specialties include birth doula support and I offer referrals out for postpartum doula support, birth tub rentals, belly binding and placenta encapsulation. When you choose me, you get my expertise in childbirth classes, breastfeeding, bottle feeding, baby-wearing, breech babies, bed rest, cloth diapering, high risk pregnancy, home birth, midwives, multiples, nutrition, sibling transitions, teen pregnancy, water birth and more. I support all birth choices, including non-medicated birth, induction, epidural birth, cesarean, scheduled cesarean, VBAC, Hypnobirthing, Hypnobabies, Bradley Method, Lamaze and more.
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I currently provide doula services in the D.C. Metro area and Northern Virginia area at the following hospital births, birth center births, and home births at: Birth Care | The Birthing Inn at INOVA Loudoun | Ft. Belvoir Community Hospital | George Washington University Hospital | Haymarket Medical Center | INOVA Alexandria | INOVA Fairfax | INOVA Fair Oaks | INOVA Woman's Hospital | Natural Birth Center | INOVA Loudoun | Novant Prince William Medical Center | Premier Birth Center | Reston Hospital | Sibley Memorial Hospital | StoneSprings Hospital Center | Virginia Hospital Center | Washington Hospital Center and more.