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About Us


Doulas of Capitol Hill company information.

We Recognize Memories in the Making.

Doulas of Capitol Hill is a concierge doula agency that provides birth and postpartum support, education, and community. Our full time, expertly selected doulas are excited to help you feel at ease, safe, and empowered as you celebrate becoming a new parent. We provide 100% non-judgmental support with warmth and professionalism and understand our support is in collaboration with your family, your community and your birth team. 

Unlike many agencies, Doulas of Capitol Hill offers personalized support as well as community connections. When you hire us, you are not just hiring one doula, but a company that was founded on three guiding principles: Supporting the Family, Building the Community, and Growing the Profession. We believe pregnancy is a time that should be celebrated! Our clients are busy professionals who look to us to provide exceptional services and reduce stress so they can truly enjoy their new baby.

We want to continue to see your family grow and hope that you are a part of our community for years to come.  

There are very few times in our lives that are filled with unforgettable moments.
Doulas of Capitol Hill will always be honored to be a part of your story. 

Selecting Your Doula


Selecting Your Doula


The Key to Personalized Support is Based on Your Preferences.

 When looking for a birth or postpartum doula we collaboratively select the best person to join you. This process takes into account that most people are looking for someone with the right skills and experience for their birth and postpartum goals, someone who is a good match for their personality and someone who they trust. Explore the options below to discover various ways to find your best match!


Personality
Because this is a unique and private time in the life of a family, we at Doulas of Capitol Hill believe that finding the personality which best matches yours is a key ingredient to a successful match. To help achieve the most compatible match we encourage all of our clients to complete a 10 Question Personality Quiz as a part of the selection process. 

Experience

We understand that some of our clients are looking for specific  information during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, and having someone experienced in specific areas might be a deciding factor. To aid this selection, DCH utilizes an innovative client matching algorithm based on a 20 point profile that you complete.

Trust

If following your instinct is your guiding factor, please take a look at the Individual Profiles on our Birth Professionals page. On the profile page you will see our doulas and read a little about their personal and professional backgrounds. Then, come to a Meet the Doula night, or call/email to schedule an interview with one or several of our doulas. 

Our Company


Our Company


Was Founded With 3 Guiding Principles.
 

Support the Family

Working with a doula should feel as simple as sharing a cup of tea with a trusted, experienced friend who understands and respects the ups and downs of becoming  a new parent .  Your doula has professional experience and training in labor, birth, and postpartum. She can provide confidence, encouragement, evidence based information, and physical techniques that makes managing discomfort, asking questions, discussing fears and celebrating change feel easy, safe and empowering. 

Build the Community

The definition of community is 'a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common'. Our belief is that our community is defined not only by our common location, but by a common idea: the more we contribute to our local businesses, neighbors, family and friends, the more we grow and thrive as a community. The founders of DCH, though successful, discovered that it was difficult to support the community as a whole with individual practices. By becoming a collaborative organization, we have an opportunity to provide more resources, hold events and support groups, network with other businesses and help those in need. 

Grow the Profession

While the principles of doula work are as ancient as mankind, it is only within recent years it has become respected as a profession. This has much to do with the value we place on women in the workplace as well as our view of motherhood in the United States. DCH believes that supporting women in the workforce with a livable wage and a work life balance is an essential element to the success of our business. The more we can keep exceptional women in the field to gain experience and education the more we can elevate the profession to garner the respect it deserves amongst family, friends, and colleagues in the birth community.  


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Meet Our Team


Meet Our Team


Please Get To Know Us! 

Nicole Bruno, CEO

Nicole Bruno, Founder and CEO
Birth and Postpartum Doula

Nicole has 15 years of experience working with women, babies, and families. She has worked the last 5 years serving families in the greater Washington, DC area as a birth doula, postpartum doula, placenta encapsulation specialist, and Bradley Method/childbirth education instructor. Nicole has a B.A. in Music. She considers herself a mix of 'crunchy' and 'mainstream', and enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her family, friends, and cats.

One of Nicole's biggest challenges as a parent is balancing a full work load and being attentive and supportive of her awesome 6 year old!

Nicole's  favorites in 3's: Tea, Sea Salt Caramel Ice Cream, and Champagne. Beaches, Vacations and my Backyard. Turquoise, Rose Gold, Crisp Whites.

*What to expect from Nicole: Expect her to write and speak in a friendly and comfortable manner, to be matter of fact, engage in regular light sarcasm and humor, encourage you, remind you of your power and respect and support all your choices!

Emily Smith, Founder and COO
Birth and Postpartum Doula

Emily has more than 17 years of experience working with women, babies, and families. She has worked  7 years serving families in the greater Washington, DC area as a birth doula, hypnodoula, postpartum doula, childbirth educator, placenta encapsulation specialist, sibling doula, and Blessingway consultant. Emily has a B.S. in Anthropology and a concentration in Italian language.  Go Noles!

One of her biggest challenges as a parent has revolved around being an inclusive breastfeeding mother, who has breastfed and formula fed.

Emily's favorites in 3's: Coffee, Tiramisu, and Wine. Mountains, Rivers, and Forests. Purple, Gold, and Teal.

*What to expect from Emily: Expect her to write and speak in exclamation points, to be an optimist, inspire confidence, encourage you and remind you of your power when you need it most, give you the facts, and respect your choices!


Amy Doulas of Capitol Hill

Amy Durham
 Birth Doula 

Amy has 15 years of experience working with women, babies and families.  She is a trained professional  doula through ProDoula and Birth Arts International. She has experience with both breastfeeding and bottle feeding as well as medicated and natural births. Amy has a B.S. in Counseling Psychology and an A.A. in Child Development. Amy was raised in California, and still misses being on the beach. 

One of Amy's biggest challenges as a parent was coping with a colicky high needs newborn who had reflux and dietary allergies.

Amy's favorites in 3's: Coffee, Dark Chocolate, French Pastries. Beaches, Coffee Shops, and Bookstores. Fuschia, Royal Purple, and Peacock Blue.

What to expect from Amy: Expect her to write and speak in a friendly and easy going manner, to be kind, warm, and nurturing, to be an empathetic good listener, and encourage you to believe in the wisdom of your body and your baby, to support your choices!

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Kim Hawkins
 Birth & Postpartum Doula
Certified Lactation Counselor

Kim has over 10 years of experience working with women, families and babies. She  is a certified Bradley Method Instructor serving the Washington DC metro area and is a trained doula in birth and postpartum with ProDoula. Kim is also a Certified Lactation Counselor with the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice. She is originally from Michigan and graduated from Michigan Sate University with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology. She enjoys photography, trying new recipes and spending time with her family. 

Her biggest challenge is trying to figuring out how to fit three children in their small Capitol Hill home! 

Her favorites in three's are: Coffee, Coffee and Coffee. Okay, also Massages, pinterest attempts (and usually fails) and writing to do lists on scraps of paper (which drives her husband crazy!)

What to expect from Kim: Expect her to write and speak with passion and knowledge, to be encouraging and caring, to help you advocate your wishes, be nurturing and warm, honest and supportive, and support  your choices and decisions!

Ashley Doulas of Capitol Hill

Ashley Woolsey
 Birth Doula

Ashley has 15 years of experience taking care and supporting families through doula work, babysitting and being a nanny. She has a Bachelor's degree in fashion design but after graduating and having three kids of her own, she discovered her strong maternal instinct which is what drew her to pursue a career in birth and postpartum services. She is a trained labor doula with ProDoula.

One of her biggest challenges as a parent was having her daughter while in college. She was able to graduate with her class thanks to a very strong support team! 

Ashley’s favorites in 3’s: Coffee, tacos, and extra dirty martinis. White sand, clear water, and a hot sun. Chartreuse, turquoise, and black.

What to expect from Ashley: Expect her to  write and speak with a lot of enthusiasm, laugh and joke with a modest amount of sarcasm, and unconditionally support you in your story of your unique and special journey into parenthood!
 

Rena Doulas of Capitol Hill

Rena Rudavsky
 Birth Doula

Rena has 4 years of experience working in the healthcare setting with women. She has a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and History, and a Masters in Applied Economics.  Rena felt driven to leave her work in public policy and  help families in their transition to parenthood after becoming a mother herself. She is a trained labor doula with ProDoula and has worked as an EMT in MD.

One of her biggest challenges as a parent was creating a local support network to complement family that did not live locally. 

Rena's favorites in 3’s: Capitol Hill, fellow mom friends, and playgroups. My daughter, my husband, and my large dog. International travel, happy hours and running outside.

What to expect from Rena: Expect her to listen to your desires and fears, support you and your choices, and cheer lead you as your transition to parenthood!

 

Jenna Forester
IBCLC

 Jenna has over 7 years of experience working with women, babies and families. She started her career working as a Labor and Delivery nurse, then spent several years working at an OB/GYN office during which time she obtained her IBCLC certification. Jenna has experience working with families through their whole breastfeeding journey, whatever length that may be! Jenna has a B.S. in Nursing.

One of her biggest challenges as a parent are finding ways to nurture both her children who are in very different developmental stages!

Jenna's favorites in 3's: Coffee, Chocolate and Wine. Oceans, white sand and sun. Planners, lists, and fancy pens. 

What to expect from Jenna: Expect her to write and speak to you in a friendly, non-judgmental way, and to empower you to be successful during your breastfeeding journey!

 

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Amicah James
Newborn Care Specialist
 

Amicah has 13 years of experience working with babies and families. She has also worked as a graphic design artist. Amicah was born and raised in the Caribbean on the island of Grenada. She considerrs herself meticulous but also enjoys lots of adventures with her two sons.  

Her biggest challenge is keeping up with the energy of her two boys!
 

Amicah's Favorites in 3's: Wine, Coconut Water and Dark Chocolate. Animated films, forensic science and reading.  The beach, traveling and caribbean music (which requires tons of dancing!)

 

What to expect from Amicah: Expect her to listen to you attentively, be completely non-judgmental, encourage you when you need, and show compassion on this journey called parenting!
 

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Kate Fahs
Childbirth Educator

Kate has more than 4 years of experience working with women and families as a birth doula, childbirth educator and prenatal fitness educator. She studied Nutrition and Midwifery at Bastyr University and is certified through ICEA.  As an army wife, Kate has worked in four different states and two different continents, seeing a wide variety of birth experiences and gaining knowledge ad wisdom from other birth workers  around the globe.

One of her biggest challenges as a parent has been learing to take time for herself and recharge.

Kate's favorites in 3's: Coffee, chocolate and kale. Herbal medicine, cooking and crafts. Hiking, dancing and playing with my kids.

What to expect from Kate: Expect her to write and speak gently with lots of enthusiasm and genuine interest, to greet you with a smile, listen intently to your desires, encourage you and be there supporting you each step of the way!

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Heather Fiorillo
 Birth  & Postpartum Doula

Heather  has been supporting women since she was young. Being a great listener and a shoulder to cry on, she was a doula before she knew she was one!  She is currently  trained with ProDoula and has supported births ranging from water birth to epidurals and has a passion for helping families. Heather is an avid reader and is always looking for new ways to explore with her family.

 One of Heather's biggest challenges as a parent was letting go of perfection and embracing formula after tandem nursing.

Heather's favorites in 3's: (Failing at) getting 8 hours of sleep every night, Craft Projects, Date Night. 


What to expect from Heather: Expect her to write and speak in a very friendly voice, be lighthearted, and provide a place of comfort and support! She will support your decisions and provide educational information in whatever capacity is needed.

Lauranda Hippeard
Newborn Care Specialist
 

Lauranda Hippeard has been an overnight Newborn Care Specialist for 12 years throughout the DMV area. She has worked with various age ranges in babies, including preemies, and also has experience with  twins and triplets. An efficient and highly motivated individual, she has a naturally responsible and caring attitude.  Lauranda is a mother of two kids and is also a grandmother.

She finds her biggest challenge to be managing her time to see her grandkids as much as possible!

Her favorites in three's are: Coffee, the beach, and her family.

 

What to expect from Lauranda: Expect her to speak with kindness, be able to feel her passion for babies, be very friendly and outgoing, and support your choices and decisions related to parenting! 



 

Jacquelin Doulas of Capitol Hill

Jacquelin Knighton
 Birth Doula & Newborn Care Specialist

 Jacquelin has more than 3 years of experience working with women, babies, and families. Originally from Ohio, she is trained through ProDoula as a doula and Postpartum Placenta Specialist and serves families in the greater Washington, DC area. Jacquelin has a B.A. in Sociology and also works in child welfare. She enjoys spending time with her children, her husband, and attending Sunday brunch with friends.

One of Jacquelin's biggest challenges was coping with breastfeeding her 3 year old son at birth and accepting pumping. 

Jacquelin's favorites in 3's: Wine, Coffee, and Dr. Pepper. Home Decor, Baby Clothes and Purses. Bookstores, the rain and Blankets.

What to expect from Jacquelin: Expect her to write and speak with knowledge and humorous sarcasm, provide non-judgmental support in your birth and postpartum choices and be compassionate and understanding!

Muriel Doulas of Capitol Hill

Muriel Vanderpuye
Postpartum Doula

Muriel (pictured right) has been working with women, families, and babies for the past 20 years. She is trained by the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association. Muriel is non-judgmental and supportive of both breastfeeding and bottle feeding. She attended culinary school in London and was a private Chef before realizing her calling as a Postpartum Doula.

 One of her biggest challenges as a parent was learning how to breastfeed while she had episiotomy.

Muriel’s favorites in 3’s: Earl Grey Tea, Fruit Smoothies, and Indian Food. Baking, Walking and Reading. Off-White, Beige and Dark Brown.

What to expect from Muriel: Expect her to  speak with a lot of warmth and understanding, provide sustenance for your family and unconditionally support your choices in postpartum that best work for your family!
 

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Casey Nelson
 Birth & Postpartum Doula

 Casey has been working with women and families for 11 years and is a trained birth and postpartum doula. She has experience supporting families with special needs, multiples, adoption, as well as medicated and unmedicated births. Casey has her MPH in Global and Community Health and also spent time studying health disparities and nutrition as pertains to women of childbearing age.

One of her biggest challenges as a parent was dealing with debilitating nausea vomiting during pregnancy,

Favorites in threes: Sunflower, sweets, and scarves. Mountains, cold weather and Greek food.  Animals, white water rafting and random trivia knowledge. 

What to expect from Casey: Expect her to listen intently, write warmly (and enthusiastically!) and to speak honestly and kindly. She will be nurturing and compassionate, and will provide you with encouragement and support as you navigate the parenting journey! 

jackie doulas of capitol hill

Jackie Prescott
 Birth & Postpartum Doula
Certified Lactation Counselor

Jackie has supported families for over 15 years. She is a certified Birth and Postpartum Doula,  Lactation Counselor, Our Baby Class Instructor and Belly Binding Specialist. A nurturer at heart, Jackie started birth work before she even knew what it was. She considers herself a life long learner and enjoys staying up to date on all things birth  related. She previously worked as a  CNA and EMT.

One of her biggest challenges as a parent is adjusting to the various personalities of a large family and letting go...a bit...as her children grow. 

Jackie’s favorites in 3’s: Coffee, Cupcakes and Pasta. Jujitsu, UFC. Road Trips. Warm Weather, Warm Tones, and Lazy Sundays.

What to expect from Jackie: Expect her to write and speak in a relaxed and comfortable manner, be honest and confident, respectful and encouraging, and willing to go the extra mile for those in need around her! 

Charissa Doulas of Capitol Hill

Charissa Young
Birth and Postpartum Doula

Charissa has more than 5 years of experience working with women, babies and families. She has worked as a doula for the last 5 years and has experience supporting families. Charissa is a certified yoga and prenatal toga instructor with a B.A. in Marketing. She considers herself a relaxed health nad wellness enthusist and enjoys going on new advetures with her family, cooking, yoga, and traveling.

One of her biggest challenges as a parent is being a parent! There is so much learning every day and some days we get it wrong but the best think I can learn is what to do next time.

Charissa's favorites in 3's: Cinnamon Buns, lemonade and pizza. Plants, Purple and Decor. Hiking, Dancing and Books.

What to expect from Charissa: Expect her to act in a kind and loving way, to write and speak in a friendly and gracious manner, to encourage and support you every step of the way, to remind you of your power and abilities!