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!
Birth & Postpartum Doula
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 currently finishing her Masters of Public Health as well as studying to become a Lactation Consultant. She enjoys photography, knitting and cooking.
Her biggest challenge in parenting was adapting to the differences between her two children!
Her favorites in three's are: Coffee, Coffee and Coffee. Okay, also Massages, 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!
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!
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 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!
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.
Jacquelin has more than 3 years of experience working with women, babies, and families. Originally from Ohio, she is trained through ProDoula 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!
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 MPG 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!
Birth & Postpartum Doula
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!