Finding a Doula
I highly recommend hiring a doula to assist with your birth, particularly if you are giving birth in a hospital. Doulas provide emotional, physical, and educational support to women in labor and (in the case of postpartum doulas) after birth. Research indicates that women who are cared for by a doula have shorter, less painful births.
To find a doula, you can check out the websites of these national organizations which accredite doulas, including Doulas of North American (DONA) and Childbirth and Postpartum Assocation of America (CAPPA).
*Check out this helpful List of Questions to Ask a Doula
My Doula Referral List (last updated: March, 2015)
Note: Hiring a doula is a highly individual and very important choice. I have not been doula'd by any of these women, so I can't make a personal recommendation. All these doulas have been in contact with me via the informal doula-childbirth educator network in the DC area or were referred by other clients. You should contact them all, see about their availability, and interview them to see if you are a good fit. Please feel free to use my name when you contact them.
Andrea Archer. 202-340-2600; firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://birthispowerful.webs.com/doulaservices.htm . Andrea is doula and also a childbirth educator.
Birthing From the Heart Maternity Services: www.birthingfromtheheart.com. These women work as a team.
- Lori Pendergast 703-779-2945 email@example.com (DONA trained)
- Jodi Moore 703-297-7580 firstname.lastname@example.org (DONA trained).
Amy Bookwalter. 703-597-4742. Website: www.rosebuddoula.net (use the contact form on her website to reach her.) Amy is a DONA-certified labor doula, LCCE, and PTA. She is a mother of 9, a former Physical Therapist Assistant, Trained as a Bradley Method childbirth instructor and is currently certified through Lamaze. Amy has been assisting moms with their pregnancy's and births since 1987. She also teaches childbirth education classes.
Claudia Booker: 202.236.1764 or DCBirthingHands@aol.com. Website: www.BirthingHandsDC.com Claudia is DONA certified labor doula, ICTC birth and post partum doulaand also a midwife birth assistant at the Birth Care (Virginia) and with various home birth midwives in the Washington DC metro area.
Nicole Bruno: Sacred Journey Birth Services: Nicole Bruno is a DONA certified Birth Doula, certified Bradley Childbirth Educator, and nationally certified Passenger Safety Technician (car seat installation). She also offers Postpartum Doula packages and Placenta Encapsulation and Prints. Phone number is 301-893-4491 or email@example.com. Her website is www.sacredjourneybirthservices.com.
By Your Side Birth Services, LLC: A group of DONA-certified birth doulas serving the Washington, DC metro area. Phone number is (301) 725-3662 and their website is http://www.byyoursidebirth.com
Elena Caraballo: 703-731-7381 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.birthservice.com.
Dawn Cleary: 703-282-1654 or Dawn@FromPartnersToParents.com
Lori Cooper: LSKCooper@aol.com Lori works with Margaret Eldridge at Transitions Birth Doulas. She is DONA certified.
Jenny Corbett, CD(DONA), Open Circle Birth Services, www.opencirclebirth.com, email@example.com 202-486-7727
Brigette Courtot: firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-360-1990. Brigette took my class as part of her DONA certification process and is a volunteer doula with the DC Family Health and Birth Center. She is currently a doula-in-training and will attend births for a low fee.
Brenda Coulson and Tara Voigt: These two women work together as a team, sharing an on-call schedule. Brenda (703) 945 2104 or email@example.com. She works with Tara Voigt (703) 615-4571 firstname.lastname@example.org. Brenda is a DONA trained doula and Tara is an ALACE trained doula. Website is: www.yourbody-yourbirth.com
Cara Crowe: 904-401-0495, email@example.com. www.caracrowe.vpweb.com 150+ births, 13 years experience, DONA Certified
Stephanie Beauvais Dennig: 603-490-6901; firstname.lastname@example.org Stephanie took my class as part of her DONA certification process and is currently a doula-in-training.
District Doulas. Candice Jones, Ryann Morales, & Camilla Yrure. Combined, District Doulas has supported hundreds of laboring mothers. Services include a monthly childbirth workshop, a prenatal visit, labor support, and a post-partum visit. Contact email@example.com or 202-503-9522. Learn more at www.districtdoulas.com.
Janna Ecklund: 301-379-0506 or firstname.lastname@example.org Low-cost doula while being certified through DONA.
Tracy Eleazer: 571-970-7623, email@example.com. Tracy, a mother of 5, is a birth doula-in-training. She gave birth to her fifth child at home in the water, with a midwife assisting. Tracy attended my childbirth education class as part of her DONA certification.
Margaret Eldridge: 703-532-0220, firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.transitionsbirthdoulas.com/ Margaret took my childbirth education class as part of her DONA certification.
Pam Ferinde: 301-367-5887; MPFerinde@aol.com. Website: www.doula2.com. Pam is a nurse, a mother, a grandmother and does postpartum work.
Stephanie Firestone: 301-580-0982 email@example.com
Jennifer Goldsmith: 317-626-7902; firstname.lastname@example.org. DONA-trained Postpartum Doula offering daytime and overnight assistance. Fluent in French. (note, Jennifer is not a labor doula, but a postpartum doula.)
Dina Hardin: Birth2go@yahoo.com or 301-588-5099. Dina also teaches childbirth education classes.
Allison Harris: NCTMB,LMT: email@example.com or 240-631-8868 or Website: www.kairosdoulas.com Contact Allison for more information.
Deborah Harvey: 703 861 1890 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact Deborah for more information.
Antonette Hoffman-Robinson: 301-693-6765 or email@example.com. Website: www.nascitadoula.com. Antonette has been a birth doula for two years in Hagerstown, MD assisting with hospital and homebirths. She specializes in VBACS, and is a Hypno Doula.
Johns Hopkins Nursing School program for Birth Companions, which provides student doulas for free. 410-614-6458 .
Emma Keeton: firstname.lastname@example.org. Emma has been a doula in the DC metro since 2006 and is DONA certified. She used to be a midwife in the U.K and has 6 years experience delivering babies too. She is also a childbirth educator, through ICEA.
Aimee La Buy Crane: (formerly La Buy Smith): 703-440-5888 or email@example.com. Website: www.birthblessings.com . Aimee is now a student midwife, apprenticing to earn her Certified Professional Midwife credential, but she does still occasionally take hospital doula clients. She has attended over 200 births in the last 10 years in the Metro area, and is happy to talk with expectant families and share her experience. She is also a IBCLC (board-certified lactation consultant) who does home visits.
Tara Lussier: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.beginwithinbirth.com. Tara has attended over 100 births in the NoVA/DC area since 2007. She had a VBAC in 2012 and a lot of VBAC families hire her. She also work with Marilee Pinkleton, CPM, as her birth assistant
Sian MacAdam 202-486-5164 email@example.com Sian is pursuing doula certification through DONA.
Christi Malonis: 571-333-2110; cell 703-728-3989; firstname.lastname@example.org Christi is studying full-time to become a midwife, so she rarely takes clients, but sometimes does so it's worth trying her.
Laura Mark: 301-467-8725; email@example.com. She and Lorrie Leigh are doula partners.
Mother and baby Matters, Reston, VA: 12001 Market Street, Suite 301, Reston, VA 20190-6207, 703-787-4007. www.motherandbabymatters.com
Kelly Newsome: 202-559-5966; firstname.lastname@example.org . Website: http://highergroundyoga.com. Kelly owns Higher Ground Yoga, a boutique private yoga and self-care practice for busy women that offers one-on-one wellness services including premier private yoga classes at home, Self-Care Consultations and “birth day” preparation and doula support. She is a certified vinyasa flow, prenatal, postnatal and kid's yoga teacher, a trained birth doula, a pediatric sleep consultant and a Myofascial Release (MFR) connective tissue therapist. She took the DONA training in 2008 and has assisted at births
Therese Robinson: 202-271-8143 or email@example.com. Therese took my class for her certification.
Alana Rose: 757-EZBIRTH (757-392-4784); firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://mindbodybirths.com. Alana is CAPPA-trained and has been practicing since 2008. She is also a Hypnobirthing teacher.
Cathy Sachs: email@example.com Contact Cathy for more information.
Sarah Sragg: 301-681-6436; firstname.lastname@example.org. She is very experienced and works often with the high-risk practice at Georgetown.
Heidi Streufert: 301-624-2439 or email@example.com. Heidi is a labor doula and has VBAC experience. Contact her for more information.
Ursula Sabia Sukinik: 301-231-5122 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.BirthYouDesire.com Ursula is a doula and also a childbirth educator.
Jennifer Thorson: 240-583-0587or email@example.com. Website: http://www.jenniferthorsondoula.com. Jennifer took my class as part of her doula certification
Ashlee Tucker-Palmer, 703-239-3824, firstname.lastname@example.org. Ashley also took my class as part of her doula certification.
Aynabat Yaylymova is using her doula training, research-based knowledge, and understanding of issues relating to pregnancy and birthing to help women and their partners in the DC area have a safe and satisfying birth experience. Aynabat took Susan's classes as part of her doula certification. Please contact her at email@example.com
Camilla Yrure: www.revelbirth.com Camilla is an experienced certified doula to the DC area and has been a student practicing midwifery under supervision. firstname.lastname@example.org 703-209-2869