Available for childbirth education courses in any setting – virtual, in person, hospitals, birthing centers, homes, or community functions. Courses are taught using the Lamaze Philosophy. Together we can design a course that is interactive, highlights your learning needs, and tailored to your upcoming Birth
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My goal as a birth doula is to help you birth the way nature designed your body to. I Use techniques like acupressure, positioning, and aromatherapy, I can help you manage your body's natural progression through labor. My training with D.ON.A., Lamaze, and at Johns Hopkins prepared me to be the birth advocate and physical support that you need. I will birth with you at a hospital, birthing center, or for your home birth. When you need help communicating your needs, I can also develop a birth plan for you. After and initial meeting, you will feel empowered about being an active participant in a labor and birth that works best with your preferences. Contact me for more information.
Here is where the fun begins! Once you bring your baby home there are many adjustments. Breastfeeding and baby sleeping is the priority. I offer in my postpartum services a day with you in your home. At home, I will review your feeding, sleeping, bathing, scheduling, and coping practices. Additionally, I will make sure that you are recovering physically from birth. It's my pleasure to bring you a healthy rich postpartum meal. My biggest contribution to your postpartum wellbeing is through a wealth of resources and professional connections. Links to lactation professionals, baby wearing professionals, sleep and massage experts, nutritionist, perineal and pelvic care specialist are just of the few of the experts that will help your entire family adjust.
For 20 years I've performed community engagement work. My work always led back to how a healthy body and mind makes a strong foundation. In 2015 I decided to dive deep and do the work to become a Registered Nurse. The road was filled with several challenges. But now with MSN, RN behind my name, I can tell you based on the best evidence that our bodies are truly great by design. The compassion that comes with nursing is second nature to me, patient advocacy is truly the best part of my work. I'm proud to take my work into my community, and work for better outcomes in healthcare.
In the late 90s I left my comfort zone in the DC/Maryland area to travel across the world as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa. I overstayed my welcome and spent years working with women's groups, learning and telling stories by the fire, and practicing languages. One of my first days in country a baby I wore wrapped around me peed and my dress was soaked in the back. The women called it my baptism. Since then, I love working with women from all over the world. For years I have specialized in transferring information, and resources to meet community level needs. J'offre mes service en francais "Educate a woman and you Educate a whole Nation" -Dr. Aggrey, Ghana
Childbirth is my passion. I am the mother of 3 son's born naturally in a hospital setting. My mom (also a nurse) was my doula. Lamaze helped me prepare. Without education and support the vulnerability and pain of birth could have caused a totally different outcome. Today given the maternal mortality crisis among Black women in the US, it is critical that birthing women have a right to quality childbirth education with support persons that they choose.
Based in Bowie - Service to the entire DC area, Prince Georges, Arundel, Charles, Calvert, Montgomery, Northern VA
Let me Train your Support Person:
If your family member plans to be your designated support person, let me teach them how to do it right. I love working with Families
I support all Births:
High Risk, VBACs, Advanced Maternal Age, Large Babies, Obese/Overweight, Home Births Scheduled C-sections
I support all Family Types:
Cross Cultural Training has been my specialty for 20 years. I welcome your diversity.
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