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.
Please note, the fact that some doulas have longer descriptions here is simply an artifact of what information I had available.
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: February, 2016)
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.
Bridget Ballenger, BB Birth Services, Bradley Natural Childbirth Instructor, Doula and Placenta Encapsulation Specialist. Located in Fairfax, Virginia and serving the Northern Virginia area. www.bbbirth.com
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. 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
Rachel Frier Carbonneau, Director, FAMILY WAYS: firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-412-2976. www.family-ways.com
Elena Caraballo: 703-731-7381 or email@example.com. Website: www.birthservice.com.
Brittany Coffman: firstname.lastname@example.org, 443-280-3177, www.brittanycoffman.com
Lori Cooper: LSKCooper@aol.com She is DONA certified.
Jenny Corbett, CD(DONA) is with Silver Spring Doula and can be reached at email@example.com or 202-468-772. She also does placenta encapsulation (see www.silverspringplacenta.com.
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.
Cara Crowe: 904-401-0495, email@example.com. www.caracrowe.vpweb.com 150+ births, 15 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.
DC Birth Doulas (Amy Ard, Sara Baum, Sarah Paksima, Mary Wheatley): email@example.com, 301-338-8143, http://dcbirthdoulas.com (NOTE: not serving clients who live in or give birth in VA)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-503-9522. Learn more at www.districtdoulas.com.
Doulas of Northern Virginia: email@example.com, (571) 318-9228, www.doulasofnorthernva.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.
Pam Ferinde: 301-367-5887; MPFerinde@aol.com. Website: www.doula2.com. Pam is a nurse, a mother, a grandmother and does postpartum work.
Safe Haven Doulas (Kristen Collins and Tia Moses). Tia Moses 443-528-8206 | Kristen Collins 443-610-5092 http://www.safehavendoulas.com/contact-us
Stephanie Firestone: 301-580-0982 firstname.lastname@example.org
Christine Fontaine, ChristineFontaine@icloud.com, 703-618-9299
Jennifer Goldsmith: 317-626-7902; email@example.com. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or 240-631-8868 or Website: www.kairosdoulas.com Contact Allison for more information.
Deborah Harvey: 703 861 1890 or email@example.com. Contact Deborah for more information.
Johns Hopkins Nursing School program for Birth Companions, which provides student doulas for free. 410-614-6458 .
Dale Carol Kaplan, 410-608-7009 https://doulamatch.net/profile/4282/dale-carol-kaplan
Tabitha Kaza: firstname.lastname@example.org, 571-335-6556.
Emma Keeton: email@example.com. Emma has been a doula in the DC metro since 2006 and is DONA certified.
Kimberly Lawton: firstname.lastname@example.org, 910-988-2526, www.steppingstonesbirth.com
Tara Lussier: email@example.com or www.beginwithinbirth.com.
Sian MacAdam 202-486-5164 firstname.lastname@example.org Sian is pursuing doula certification through DONA.
Christi Malonis: 571-333-2110; cell 703-728-3989; email@example.com Christi is studying full-time to become a midwife, so she rarely takes clients, but sometimes does so it's worth trying her.
Laura Marks: 301-467-8725; firstname.lastname@example.org. Laura is a doula and also teaches HypnoBirthing classes (she is a hypnotherapist.) She also offers placenta encapsulation services, as well as pre natal at post partum massage in client's homes.
Tammi McKinley, CPM, Northern Virginia Midwifery. email@example.com 571-318-6136. www.novamidwife.org. Originally trained as a Birth Works doula. She works as a midwife supporting home birth, but she also works as a doula for hospital and birth center births.
Ashley Medley, CD came to doula work from a public health research and advocacy background. Trained in VBAC support, Aromatherapy, Pregnancy after loss, TENS units, experienced in baby positioning/alignment. Passionate about emotional health and support throughout pregnancy. Find and contact Ashley with www.ashleymedleydoula.weebly.com and www.birthyoudesire.com/our-team.html
Mother and baby Matters, Reston, VA: 12001 Market Street, Suite 301, Reston, VA 20190-6207, 703-787-4007. www.motherandbabymatters.com
Elizabeth Oldham CD(DONA), HCHD, HBCE, Elizabeth@creatingyourcalm.com.919-721- 2693. www.creatingyourcalm.com.
Lori Pendergast 703-779-2945 firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrea Proper: 571-921-0771. novabirthservices.com.
Therese Greenhow Robinson: email@example.com, 202-271-8143. www.facebook.com/momadoula.Therese took my class for her certification.
Alex Russell: firstname.lastname@example.org, 860-402-8805 . www.thejoyofbirthing.com
Cathy Sachs: email@example.com.
Cameo Sherman: firstname.lastname@example.org, 443-424-7847. www.MamaNamaste.com
Sarah Sragg: 301-681-6436; email@example.com. She is very experienced and works often with the high-risk practice at Georgetown.
Heidi Streufert: 301-624-2439 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Heidi is a labor doula and has VBAC experience. Contact her for more information.
Ursula Sabia Sukinik: 301-231-5122 or doula question. www.BirthYouDesire.com Ursula is a doula and also a childbirth educator. She works with
Ashlee Tucker-Palmer is a postpartum doula 703-239-4507 or email@example.com Website: www.ashleetuckerpalmer.com.
Tara Voigt: An ALACE trained doula. Website is: www.yourbody-yourbirth.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Camilla Yrure: www.revelbirth.com Camilla is an experienced certified doula to the DC area and has been a student practicing midwifery under supervision. email@example.com 703-209-2869