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: May, 2013)
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; email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org (DONA trained)
Jodi Moore 703-297-7580 email@example.com (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 and Laura Ransom: These two woman work together as a team sharing an on-call schedule. Phone number is 301-893-4491 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Both are in training for DONA certification with previous doula experience, and Nicole is a Bradley Childbirth teacher. Both have given birth naturally in an out-of-hospital setting. Their 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 email@example.com. 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.
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
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
Veronica Greenwall: 301-586-7706; firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.happyhealthybirth.net. Natural childbirth education and doula services in Rockville, MD
Dina Hardin: Birth2go@yahoo.com or 301-588-5099. Dina also teaches childbirth education classes.
Allison Harris: NCTMB,LMT: 240-631-8868 or email@example.com@starpower.net. Website: www.kairosdoulas.net 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.
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.
Liz Kaufman: 202-446-4400 or email@example.com Liz is ALACE trained and is a birth assistant with BirthCare and FHBC. She does labor and postpartum doula work.
Aimee La Buy Crane: (formerly La Buy Smith): 703-440-5888 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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; email@example.com . 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 assited at births. She is in the process of submitting her paperwork for DONA certification.
Therese Robinson: 202-271-8143 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Therese took my class for her certification.
Alana Rose: 757-EZBIRTH (757-392-4784); email@example.com. Website: http://mindbodybirths.com. Alana is CAPPA-trained and has been practicing since 2008. She is also a Hypnobirthing teacher.
Cathy Sachs: firstname.lastname@example.org Contact Cathy for more information.
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 email@example.com. Website: www.BirthYouDesire.com Ursula is a doula and also a childbirth educator.
Jennifer Thorson: 240-583-0587or firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.jenniferthorsondoula.com. Jennifer took my class as part of her doula certification