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Team Member Spotlight: Meet Elisabeth Caron!

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Team Member Spotlight: Meet Elisabeth Caron!

Elisabeth Caron is a daytime and overnight newborn care specialist. She brings 10 years experience working with babies and families to her career and has been with Doulas of Capitol Hill since 2019.

Elisabeth Caron is a daytime and overnight newborn care specialist. She brings 10 years experience working with babies and families to her career and has been with Doulas of Capitol Hill since 2019.

  1. When did you find your Passion, or when did it find you?

I’m the oldest of 10 kids in my family so I’ve been taking care of little ones my whole life. In college, I started student teaching at the campus daycare, then became a lead infant teacher after graduation. When I moved down to DC from New England, I switched over to nannying, and became an NCS in spring 2019. At the same time, in one of my early babysitting jobs, I worked for a mom who was a birth doula and homebirth advocate, and that family was my introduction into the more “granola” side of birth and babies - babywearing, cosleeping, homebirth, etc. I started reading and researching, was introduced to RIE and Montessori, and incorporated aspects of all those into my childcare philosophy.

2. If a kid walked up to you asking for your advice and you only had a few minutes to give ‘em your best tip, what would it be?

Nobody is ever going to care what your GPA was in school, it’s ok to relax!

3. What makes you proud of yourself?

That I’ve done a lot of self-reflection and healing work in the past few years and forged my own path to be able to live the life I wanted.

4. What do you love about your life?

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I love my quirky weird house and wild garden. I love living in DC and all the unique opportunities found here. I love cooking and feeding people. I love the community of loving and supportive birth workers and “baby people” around me. And most of all, I LOVE that I have the honor of caring for tiny humans just making their way into the world!

5. What did you want to be when you grew up?

An Egyptologist, from the time I was 3, and I went so far as getting my undergrad degree in ancient history. People think that’s totally different from working with babies, but it’s really not - I just think people and their stories are fascinating!

6. What are your top three values?

Kindness, justice, and curiosity.

7. Tell me about your favorite book or movie.

The Princess Bride was our “sick movie” growing up and I still watch it sometimes when I’m under the weather. I can probably recite the whole thing from memory. My secret life goal is to be the local wise woman living in a forest cottage mixing up mysterious remedies like Miracle Max.

8. How do you like to be told you’re doing a good job?

My love language is acts of service (unsurprisingly)!

9. Who is your role model and why?

AOC, for showing up and speaking out, and Lizzo, for embodying radical self-love and acceptance.

10. If you had any superpower, what would it be?

Either teleportation or a self-cleaning house.

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11. How would you describe your (doula) style?

My goal is to help new parents feel calm and confident. Many parents in our community may be living far away from family support, don’t have experience with newborns, and feel overwhelmed and anxious. I’m a resource for parents to lean on, whether that means supporting you in learning those skills like babywearing, swaddling, or feeding, or providing loving care while you rest and heal. 

12. Describe yourself in 5 words

Creative, compassionate, curious, committed and crunchy




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Team Member Spotlight! Meet Taylor Lichtman

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Team Member Spotlight! Meet Taylor Lichtman

Taylor Lichtman is a birth doula, postpartum doula, placenta encapsulator, and childbirth educator with Doulas of Capitol Hill. She is a 2019 5 Star Mentor. In addition to her work as a doula she is a prenatal yoga instructor in DC.

Taylor Lichtman is a birth doula, postpartum doula, placenta encapsulator, and childbirth educator with Doulas of Capitol Hill. She is a 2019 5 Star Mentor. In addition to her work as a doula she is a prenatal yoga instructor in DC.



1. When did you find your Passion, or when did it find you?

I always knew I wanted my work to be something that helped people in some way. I found my passion for doula work when I met a doula in my yoga teacher training in 2015. I was at the time I was working as a nanny, and yoga was a huge personal passion.  Mindfulness and meeting people where they are, is necessary to both yoga and doula work, so they have always worked well together.


2. If a kid walked up to you asking for your advice and you only had a few minutes to give ‘em your best tip, what would it be?

Don’t be afraid to ask for help! A lot of times we are taught that the best thing is to be independent and to be able to do everything by ourselves, and that to ask for help is admitting defeat. That is quite simply not true. It takes a lot of adults way too long to learn that. Everyone’s life and knowledge is unique, everyone you know could teach you something, and you could teach everyone you know something too! So being anything other than yourself is pointless.


3. What makes you proud of yourself?  

Being out as a queer woman. It’s not always easy knowing that not everyone is accepting, but it is important to me that children growing up, and all people for that matter, see all variations of what different people’s lived experiences are. If we aren’t honest about what we experience how will they know that maybe they aren’t alone in what they are experiencing.


4. What do you love about your life?

My human love Sam, and my dog love Daisy, and our adorable condo in Cap Hill that has become a home since things finally settled down after our wedding in September. Also, I really love that birth work makes my schedule irregular, it keeps me energized and means that I do get full days off in the middle of the week. I love going grocery shopping in the middle of the day when no one else is there, such a joy!

 The Pop Wed Co. wedding of Sam Lichtman and Taylor Eldridge at the Josephine Butler Parks Center in Washington, DC.



5. What did you want to be when you grew up?

Other than a Ballerina-Firefighter? haha.  A teacher.



6. What are your top three values?

Honesty, Intersectional Feminism, Compassion.



7. Tell me about your favorite book or movie.

My favorite book is The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver. I have a tattoo of a quote from it. From a literary perspective it is very important, and rare in American literature to have a story to from the perspective of women. But the story is a cautionary tale of missionary work, and the effect that it has on everyone involved.



8. How do you like to be told you’re doing a good job?

If it is someone I am close with I like hugs. But if they are not a touchy person, just being told, “Thank you, what you did made such a big difference in my day/experience” is really heart warming.



9. Who is your role model and why?

As a specific person, I have always strived to be like my Mimi (my maternal grandmother). She is calm, funny, patient and strong. But generally, women who lift other women up. I just read that Brie Larson brought up her her Captain Marvel stunt doubles to accept an award with her. Like that. People that do that kind of stuff are my role model. We have been taught that success as women is a finite supply, and that is one the biggest lies that I want to dismantle. As a doula it is not lost on me that I am helping to welcome the next generation coming into the world, so I take my attitude about what I teach or project toward children very seriously.



10. If you had any superpower, what would it be?

If I had any super power it would definitely be flying or teleporting. That is always what I have said, but that is especially true now as a doula, there have definitely been some times I would have loved to have been able to bypass traffic.



11. How would you describe your (doula) style?  

I think of my style as mindfulness within hospital based births.



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12. Describe yourself in 5 words


Passion, Compassion, Quirky, Patient, Knowledgable




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Team Member Spotlight: Meet Amy Durham!

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Team Member Spotlight: Meet Amy Durham!

Amy is a birth doula and placenta encapsulation specialist serving Northern Virginia and DC, as well as a trained postpartum doula. She has been with Doulas of Capitol Hill since our opening in 2016.

Amy is a birth doula and placenta encapsulation specialist serving Northern Virginia and DC, as well as a trained postpartum doula. She has been with Doulas of Capitol Hill since our opening in 2016.

  1. When did you find your Passion, or when did it find you?

I have always loved babies and children, from the time I was young.  I was the neighborhood babysitter for everyone, and nannied extensively during my college years. After graduating from college with a dual degree in child development and psychology, I struggled to find a career that I truly enjoyed going to day after day.   It wasn’t until years later that I had a doula at my own births, and I saw what an enormous difference she could make in the life of a woman on one of her most vulnerable and yet powerful days--that’s when the lightbulb went off for me. I felt respected, empowered, confident, cared for, loved, and safe.  My doula knew me, and what was important to me, and she was there to help me reach those goals. I knew from then on, that someday I wanted to provide that same kind of support for other women. I knew that women deserved better than the care they were being given. And I became passionate about providing that.  Getting the chance to hold a new baby doesn’t hurt either ;)

2. If a kid walked up to you asking for your advice and you only had a few minutes to give ‘em your best tip, what would it be?

Don’t sweat the small stuff (and it almost always is small stuff).  If it isn’t going to matter a year from now, it’s not worth stressing yourself out about now.



3. What makes you proud of yourself?

When I come across a challenge or an obstacle in my life, and I work through it.  When I don’t hide from it, or throw up my hands and and say it’s too much. My mantra this year is “I can do hard things.”



4. What do you love about your life?

My family and my home.  Being in the company of my 4 children and my husband, in our cozy home, where people know each other and love one another anyway,  is a gift. Being able to have my guard down and just laugh, relax, and to be myself with them is so nice.

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5. What did you want to be when you grew up?

The CEO of a big company.  Ha! I used to dream of wearing designer suits, living in a McMansion, with an assistant, a driver, and a personal cook.  And no children. Anyone who knows me know would laugh about that! This is the furthest from who I am now as a person. Give me jeans and a tee shirt, and a squishy baby anyday!

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6. What are your top three values?

Kindness.  Trustworthiness.  Determination.




7. Tell me about your favorite book or movie.

I am a major book worm.  My husband eyes my book collection and says I have a problem.  I say the only problem is where to fit another bookcase ;) I’m not sure I can choose just one favorite.  But I can tell you that I really enjoy historical fiction. Reading about the lives of people who have come before me, the adversities and challenges they have overcome, the lessons that history shows us for our current times, and going on adventures vicariously through their eyes beyond my little suburban neighborhood, is exciting!




8. How do you like to be told you’re doing a good job?

When people tell me that something I did  for them made a difference in their life, or when they notice a specific thing I  excelled at and let me know, it is very rewarding! My Love Language is definitely “words of affirmation”.




9. How would you describe your (doula) style?

I believe birth is a blend of  art and science. I work using using a balance of holistic, intuitive care and evidenced based knowledge.  I am very much a hands on doula, who enjoys providing massage, Rebozo work and positioning techniques with my birth clients.  I also try my best to connect with people heart to heart, as this is what keeps them feeling calm, safe, encouraged and positive during labor.


10. Describe yourself in 5 words

Compassionate

Respectful

Creative

Open minded

Easy going




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Team Member Spotlight! Meet Casey Nelson

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Team Member Spotlight! Meet Casey Nelson

When did you find your Passion, or when did it find you?

Casey is a DCH 5 Star Mentor, birth and postpartum doula who has worked with families for 11 years, and has been with Doulas of Capitol Hill since 2016.

Casey is a DCH 5 Star Mentor, birth and postpartum doula who has worked with families for 11 years, and has been with Doulas of Capitol Hill since 2016.

Working with women and families has been something I have loved ever since I can remember. My mom always tells the story of her knowing that this type of work was where I was going to end up because in fourth grade, I was the only child she knew excited to rush off the bus at 4pm to be home in time for A Baby Story on TLC. I continued to love being around babies and babysat and nannied through my undergraduate degree in chemistry and my MPH with a focus on women’s health. I learned was a doula was in college, interned at a natural birth center and was hooked from there!

What makes you proud of yourself?

I am always seeking to be better and know more and am proud that I am someone who works hard to get to where I want to be. I don’t let things get me down for too long. If something doesn’t go to plan, I roll with it, work to understand why and equip myself to change it for the next time.

An example of this, in the spirit of International Cesarean Awareness month, is my birth experience with my son. Unexpectedly, I found myself needing a c-section and although I know that it was the best decision for both of us at the time, I still had to mourn the birth that I had always planned. I am now preparing for a VBAC with my second baby next month but have made a plan with my provider that I feel great about, even if this baby also needs to be born by csection.

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If a kid walked up to you asking for your advice and you only had a few minutes to give ‘em your best tip, what would it be?

That everything life is temporary. If you are feeling bad about yourself in a certain area? Change it! Don’t like how you look? Change it! Feeling doubt? Prove it wrong! You have the ability and the power to constantly invent and re-invent yourself – you are only done growing and changing when YOU decide that you are.

What do you love about your life?


I have always, always wanted to be a mom and a wife, I get to do both of these things every day and although it’s not always easy, it is rarely, if ever boring! I am incredibly lucky that I am able to do what I love and come home to my best boys at the end of the day.

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What did you want to be when you grew up?

Somewhat related to the passion question – I grew up wanting to be an OBGYN!

How do you like to be told you’re doing a good job?

I am a big written words person, I keep cards that people have written me for YEARS, much to my husband’s dismay, literally though I have a box of cards and notes from high school. Another fun fact, I never delete my text messages either.

I like to know that I’ve helped make the lives of those around me a little easier and knowing that something really small made me come to mind.  I also love hearing updates from families I’ve worked with, too! I actually can’t believe that my very first birth doula client is about to have a seven year old!

If you had any superpower, what would it be?

To freeze time, hands down! I would take so many naps, get so much stuff done and DEFINITELY play some pranks on my husband while he was frozen.

How would you describe your (doula) style?

My style as a doula is pretty true to my style as a person – laid back, go with the flow, some humor sprinkled in there to lighten the mood and full of fun facts! One of the things that I value most is relationships, so I will strive to connect with the families I am working alongside, I feel like it makes everything easier, more comfortable and much more fun!

Describe yourself in 5 words

Loyal, supportive, adventurous (but not so much with food), compassionate, encouraging.

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Team Member Spotlight!  Meet Jenna Forester IBCLC

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Team Member Spotlight! Meet Jenna Forester IBCLC

Jenna has been with Doulas of Capitol Hill since 2017 serving families in Northern Virginia and DC with warmth, expertise, and compassion.

Jenna has been with Doulas of Capitol Hill since 2017 serving families in Northern Virginia and DC with warmth, expertise, and compassion.

  1. When did you find your Passion, or when did it find you?

    I started off my career as a Labor and Delivery Nurse 10 years ago.  I’ve always loved Women’s Health and after my first experience in a delivery room as a nursing student, I knew it’s what I wanted to do!  I worked Labor and Delivery for several years, during which time I had my first child. During this time, I saw how hard breastfeeding could be! I was really lucky to have a great friend who was a great support for me and I realized we needed more people like that!  During the next few years, while working at an OB/Gyn office, I obtained my IBCLC. Since then, I’ve been working helping breastfeeding families meet their breastfeeding goals! I truly love my work!

  2. If a kid walked up to you asking for your advice and you only had a few minutes to give ‘em your best tip, what would it be?

    Don’t sweat the little stuff!

  3. What makes you proud of yourself?

    My ability to continue learning and help families!

  4. What do you love about your life?

    I love my family and my job! My children, Isabelle and Caroline, bring me unsurmountable joy (and sometimes frustration!), and I feel very fortunate to be their Mom.

  5. What did you want to be when you grew up?

    When I was younger, I wanted to be a nurse, then went to college to become a veterinarian, eventually changing gears and getting my Bachelor’s in Nursing.

  6. What are your top three values?

    Respect, Authenticity, Compassion

  7. Tell me about your favorite book or movie.

    I just finished listening to Michelle Obama’s book “Becoming” and it was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!  It was inspirational hearing about her background growing up, and her family values and how she became to be who she is today.  It’s very inspiring to hear how someone with a background not terribly different from many people, went on to do such amazing and incredible things.

  8. How do you like to be told you’re doing a good job?

    My biggest compliment is when a family tells me I helped them reach a breastfeeding goal.  These can look different for everyone, but breastfeeding was an experience I truly enjoyed with both of my children, so to help other women meet their own goals is why I do what I do!

  9. If you had any superpower, what would it be?

    To make laundry do itself, including folding and putting away – haha

  10. How would you describe your style?

    I try to meet families where they are in both their breastfeeding journey and their short and long term goals.  Breastfeeding goals look different for everyone, so I pride myself on coming up with an individualized plan for each family.   I recently completed a Master Class training on Oral Habilitation and learned so many new things and new ways to help families.  It was so exciting to be able to now have even more tools and strategies to use during consults!

  11. Describe yourself in 5 words

    Easy going, happy, friendly, passionate

Jenna and her family are life-long Hokie’s!

Jenna and her family are life-long Hokie’s!



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Team Member Spotlight! Meet Jacquelin Knighton

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Team Member Spotlight! Meet Jacquelin Knighton

Jacquelin Knighton is a birth doula, postpartum doula, placenta Encapsulator, and childbirth educator. She has been with Doulas of Capitol Hill since 2017 and is the co-owner of our sister company,    Doulas of Prince George’s County   , which also serves the entire DMV.

Jacquelin Knighton is a birth doula, postpartum doula, placenta Encapsulator, and childbirth educator. She has been with Doulas of Capitol Hill since 2017 and is the co-owner of our sister company, Doulas of Prince George’s County, which also serves the entire DMV.

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  1. When did you find your Passion, or when did it find you?

    I decided to become a doula based on my own birth experiences. My son was born via C-section which was a horrible experience for me and I ended up with postpartum depression. When my husband and I decided to get pregnant with my daughter, I knew I was going to do everything differently. I wanted to have a VBAC (Vaginal birth after cesarean,) so I hired a doula, started seeing my chiropractor….all the things. My daughter was born vaginally, and it was the most perfect birth experience for me. It was then I decided that I wanted to help other women have the same birth experience I did with my daughter. I wanted to educate them on their options and help them learn what they can say no to,  and become advocates for themselves. So I became a doula. Later, I opened up Doulas of PG County with Emily to serve black women like myself who are dealing with maternal health disparities and racism in birthing spaces.

  2. If a kid walked up to you asking for your advice and you only had a few minutes to give ‘em your best tip, what would it be?

    Life goes on. I have found solace in these three words many of times. When life feels like it’s going to swallow you whole, one thing remains true about it... It goes on. Think about that when you want to give up, you are heartbroken, or can’t find your way. Tomorrow is a new day.

  3. What do you love about your life?

    I love that when I stop and reflect, I realize that I am happy everyday of my life. Maybe not all day but every day and I have my husband, and children for that. I have created a life for myself that brings me so much joy and it’s not lost on me that God has made it all happen.

  4. What did you want to be when you grew up?

    A lawyer and a mom.

  5. How do you like to be told you’re doing a good job?

    My love language is gifts.

  6. Who is your role model and why?

    Michelle Obama because she embodies the very essence of elegance, persistence, grace and beauty.

  7. If you had any superpower, what would it be?

    Teleportation.

  8. How would you describe your (doula) style?

    Educational and warm with a bit of sarcasm.

  9. Describe yourself in 5 words.

    Loyal, blunt, trustworthy, optimistic, Integrity.

Doulas of PG County
Doula in PG County

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2019: Better Climbing

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2019: Better Climbing

Each year Doulas of Capitol Hill chooses a single word to be a guide for the year ahead. Our year for 2019 is “Better.”  

We identified three specific ways in which we can be “better” than we were a year ago: Communicators, Cooperators, and Climbers.  We chose these three target areas because they are also areas in which three year-olds are making strides in their development, and in February 2019 our company will turn three!

Today we focus on the last of our three areas of improvement: Climbing.  

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When we thought about three year-old’s we know some of them can be quite daring and can be scaling furniture, or at least the heights of the playground. We thought of our climbing skills in terms of setting goals for the year ahead.

 Here are some of our big goals:

  1. We are so happy to offer a diverse team of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) as well as Certified Lactation Counselors (CLCs) among our breastfeeding experts to serve Northern Virginia, DC, and Maryland. In 2019 we have set the goal to be in-network providers under several health care plans, so that our clients have an easier time getting the support they deserve.  Currently, our clients receive a superbill which they can submit to their insurance for reimbursement. We’re also collecting data on who has successful reimbursement through HSA and FSA as well as for insurance, in a post-support questionnaire.

  2. Our next goal is about helping our clients have more information to make their selection in choosing a birth doula or postpartum doula.  We already have our 20 Point Profile, which is an awesome way for people wondering “how do I choose a doula?” This year we plan to feature a different team member each month on our Team Member Spotlight. We find these interviews are a great way for people to read more about the strengths, personality, and qualifications of the person they will choose for this momentous time in their lives.  In the past we’ve featured Emily Smith, Nicole Bruno, Ashley Woolsey, Kaely Harrod, and Kim Hawkins. We hope you’ll stay tuned for more Team Member Spotlights throughout 2019!

  3. Let me tell you, doulas love acronyms.  Every single doula training or childbirth class we know (including group classes with Nested) teaches the acronym B.R.A.I.N which stands for Benefits. Risks. Alternatives. Intuition. do Nothing. This is a fantastic tool for parents to use during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum around decision making. For 2019 we have set what we feel are S.M.A.R.T goals around the number of clients served in and around the Beltway, as well as those who follow us on Facebook and Instagram around the world.  S.M.A.R.T stand for Specific. Measurable. Achievable. Relevant. And Timely. Hopefully, by having the experience of 3 years under our belts, we’ll reach all of our 2019 goals!

Thank you to all of our clients, community, colleagues, and those cheering us along for your support throughout the years! Here’s to a BETTER year ahead!



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