Hey, northern Virginia! Can I get a witness? The simplicity of birth doula support

Hey, northern Virginia! Can I get a witness? The simplicity of birth doula support

Let me share the power of a witness and why people giving birth need one. People giving birth feel a certain kind of way. And I’m not talking as much about what it feels like to give birth physically (that’s another post) as I am referring to

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What does a doula do? That’s like a midwife, right?

What does a doula do? That's like a midwife, right?

If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard this question, I could fund doula support a few times over! The short answer is no, doulas and midwives perform different roles. The midwife’s role is clinical while the doula’s role is not. Although it’s frustrating to

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Why you need a doctor or midwife, a nurse AND a doula

Why you need a doctor or midwife, a nurse AND a doula

A doula’s primary job is to focus their attention on the birthing person or new parent and their state of being. There are a lot of different ways we go about doing that, so to answer why you need a doctor or midwife, a nurse and a

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How to choose a Washington DC area doula

How to choose a Washington DC area doula

Doulas are a big thing here in the Washington DC area and it must be pretty overwhelming to choose one since there are so many of us. Since every pregnant individual is so unique, there’s certainly not one “correct” method for choosing. As with most decisions related

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What is the value of taking a Washington DC postpartum doula workshop?

What is the value of taking a Washington DC postpartum doula workshop?

Whenever I’m addressing a birth-related topic I have to decide whether to put on my doula trainer hat or my birth doula education hat. Here I’m going to look through a business and industry lens when answering the question, what is the value of taking a Washington

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A-Z List of Suggested Activities for Early/Pre-Birthing Time, Hypnobabies edition

A-Z List of Suggested Activities for Early/Pre-Birthing Time, Hypnobabies edition

I love a good list and I think many of my ideal clients are also list-oriented. People who take a Hypnobabies class gain so many ideas about what to do during your early birthing time when pressure waves (contractions) may be starting but you’re not ready to go to

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Ask the Sterling, Va. Doula: Birth Plans… What’s the Point?

Ask the Sterling, Va. Doula: Birth Plans... What's the Point?

“My birth plan was to have a healthy baby!” [end of post] Right?! No, there’s actually more to the story. As a doula in the Sterling, Va. area, part of my job is to keep tabs on the climate, so to speak, for childbearing families. Recently I

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Farewell and thank you: a new Hypnobabies doula is on her way to northern Virginia

Farewell and thank you: a new Hypnobabies doula is on her way to northern Virginia

Dear students and clients, It is with both sadness and excitement that I announce my family’s departure from the Atlanta area, relocating to northern Virginia later this summer. We will be living and working approximately 20 minutes outside of Washington, D.C. as my husband takes advantage of

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Let’s talk about doula advocacy.

Let’s talk about doula advocacy.

Advocate is not a dirty word. Here’s why this doula is more than OK with being called one. I’ve seen several posts written recently by doulas echoing the sentiment that they are not OK with being called an advocate. There are definitely some great points made in

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Is a doula a need or a want?

Is a doula a need or a want?

As a doula I’ve been contemplating this question for awhile, attempting to evaluate whether I’m presenting my services appropriately. Ever since hearing Suze Orman declare that a doula is a need and not a want, I’ve tended to side with her argument. But lately I’ve been thinking

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