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Is Support and Peace of Mind.

Explore our services to learn why Doulas of Capitol Hill can provide you with everything you need when having a baby.  Scroll to browse everything, or click a button to be directed to the specific information you are searching for. 


 

A Birth Doula


A Birth Doula


Provides Continuous Physical, Emotional and Educational Support.

The birth doula offers help and advice regarding coping techniques such as breathing, relaxation, movement, and positioning. She also comforts the woman with touch, hot or cold packs, beverages, warm baths and showers, and other supportive measures, regardless of a woman's choices for medication. She also assists the woman and her partner to become informed about labor and their options. Perhaps the most crucial role of the doula is providing continuous emotional reassurance and comfort for the entire labor. A good doula will not make decisions for their clients nor will they project their own values and goals onto the laboring woman.

 

If We Hire a Birth Doula,
What Should We Expect to Receive?

A professional doula will be available by phone, facetime, email or text upon hire and a minimum of one prenatal session is provided to establish an understanding of your needs and cover any questions you may have. When you go into early labor you will be provided with continuous phone support until active labor, in which the doula is called into either the home or the hospital. A doula will stay with you in active labor until up to two hours after your birth. This is generally long enough to support breastfeeding if desired, answer questions about postpartum hospital procedures, and make sure the new family is feeling supported. One postpartum visit is included to discuss common postpartum concerns and debrief your birth experience if desired. 

 

Will A Doula Replace My Partner
or Care Provider?

The short answer is ‘No’. Nothing can replace the support of a willing partner. A doula's role is to offer a number of things a partner or mother's companion may not be able to offer, including up to date evidenced based information, familiarity with various birth options, comfort techniques/birth specific troubleshooting, and continuous emotional reassurance for both mom AND partner when labor gets overwhelming, painful or there is an emergency. A doula is also different than your medical team- she cannot provide medical advice, but can provide you with resources and reminders to ask appropriate questions. Your care provider takes care of your medical and physical health, whereas a doula will strive to take care of your family’s emotional well being.

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Photography


Photography


To Capture Incredible Moments.

Hard work. Overwhelming joy. Tear-filled eyes and open hearts. Your birth story is filled with tiny details and once in a lifetime moments-memories that will be passed down to future generations. A birth photographer is professionally trained to anticipate which moments you will want in photographs, and the skills to capture angles that reflect the story with as much or as little detail as you wish. 

If We Hire a Birth Photographer,
What Should We Expect to Receive?

 A photographer for your birth will be on call for you and attend your birth starting at the end of active labor. This will allow for photos of your labor, birth and postpartum as a part of your story. The photographer is trained to work in low lighting and is attuned to the room  to capture moments you would otherwise miss, such as the first moment you meet your baby, your partner cutting the cord, and the celebration of birth as a family. A birth photographer will consult with the parents to photograph as little or as much as you choose. She has worked with families that are extremely modest and those that are comfortable with all of the messy moments of birth. Your birth photographer will edit your photos to bring out the beauty of your experience and will provide you with the options of an online gallery, prints, or memory collections.

Couldn't My Family or Partner Take Some Photos?

 Similar to the work of a wedding photographer, a birth photographer understands that there are fleeting moments that are meant to be captured. Relying on friends or family to anticipate these moments does not give them the chance to enjoy the moments while they are happening. Your family or partner will be wrapped up in the intensity of the birth process and photos become an afterthought. A birth photographer has equipment to manage various lighting, anticipates  upcoming moments, and is prepared to get the shot, all while your support team is paying attention to you and your new baby.  There are only a few times in your life that you will remember forever, and it is the photographers job to capture the process, strength, struggle, and emotion that tells the story of  becoming a mother.

 

A Postpartum Doula


A Postpartum Doula


Provides Newborn Care and Postpartum Comfort.

 DONA International summarizes the role of a Postpartum doula as "...experienced in supporting families through their postpartum experience. Coming into the home following birth, the doula’s role is to provide education, non-judgmental support and companionship. The doula will assist with newborn care and family adjustment, meal preparation and light household tasks. Postpartum doulas offer evidence- based information on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, infant soothing and coping skills for new parents."

 

If We Hire a Postpartum Doula,
What Should We Expect to Receive?

 A good doula will help you figure out how much support you desire and determine the most helpful schedule to accommodate your needs either before your birth or anytime in the first 12 weeks postpartum. Daytime  and overnight support are both available. Possible support includes but is not limited to: breastfeeding support, pumping/formula management, newborn care basics, babywearing, household chores, grocery shopping, meal preparation, companionship, sleep support, and sibling transitions. Postpartum support is also available for your hospital stay, which is often utilized in the case of a cesarean birth so the partner can also get some rest.
 

How is Postpartum Doula Support Different Than a Night Nurse ?

A night nurse or Newborn Care Specialist is a term used to explain the role of someone who has experience and training with babies. The main difference between a postpartum doula and a baby nurse/newborn care specialist is the doula is brought into your home to help your whole family, as opposed to only caring for the infant. A postpartum doula is capable of filling the role of a newborn care specialist, but also understands the intensity of becoming a new mom, including what happens both physically and mentally. Doulas of Capitol hill has both postpartum doulas and Newborn Care Specialists.

 

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Lactation Support


Lactation Support


To Learn New Skills.

Although breastfeeding is a normal human experience, it is a learned skill, and can often be an emotionally and physically challenging process. Timely, sensitive support and up to date information can guide new parents and babies through the first days of the nursing relationship and tackle long term obstacles. Parents who feel nurtured and supported are more likely to make it through the initial challenging weeks and go onto a successful breastfeeding experience, however they define that relationship.
Doulas of Capitol Hill supports all families and their feeding choices.

If I Hire Lactation Support What Should I Expect to Receive?

Lactation support is recommended for all new families if breastfeeding is a part of your feeding plan. We provide both a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) and a International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) to help manage any issue that can occur. Our lactation specialists will come to your home for an initial assessment to get the chance to know you, listen to your birth story, and help you establish a feeding plan that promotes growth for your infant as well as your milk supply. The goal of our specialists is to help you find a feeding balance that works for your family; this may or may not include breastfeeding, pumping, or formula feeding. The help you receive can be done in as little as 1-2 appointments, or as package that provides more long term support. 
 

What Is the Difference Between a CLC and an IBCLC?

A CLC and an IBCLC are both prepared and expected to perform the same tasks including but not limited to assessment, advocacy, education and counseling. Generally, a CLC is used for helping with the normal course of breastfeeding. She can help with latching issues, position challenges, develop a breastfeeding support plan, advice on pumping, returning to work, weaning and supplementing. An IBCLC can do all of the things a CLC can do but has specialized training to deal with less common issues such as diagnosing a tongue tie, managing poor weight gain, the use of equipment such as nipple shields/supplemental nursing systems, chronic low supply, prior breast surgery and insufficient glandular tissue. Both the CLC and IBCLC are able to provide weighed feedings for the best assessment available.

Adoption and surrogacy


Adoption and surrogacy


There is More Than One Way to Become a Parent.

Doulas are not just for those birthing a baby. Doulas of Capitol Hill provides consistent, reliable support for the transition into parenthood- whether that be for a woman placing her baby with a new family, carrying another family's child or or for any family welcoming a new child into their home. Our goal is to help ensure a smooth transition for the birth mother, the baby and the adoptive family.

Support For The Expectant Woman

Women who are placing a child for adoption or are choosing to be a surrogate face all of the same questions any pregnant woman would face. Doulas of Capitol Hill can provide birth doula support as well as aid in the transition to postpartum. A birth doula is a trained professional that provides continuous physical support and comfort techniques as well as emotional reassurance for the entire labor. We can help navigate questions such as identifying various options for your birth plan and postpartum choices that are unique to your situation and will always provide consistent, unbiased support for the mother, including helping provide balanced communication with the adoptive/surrogate family if requested. 

Support For The New Family

New families that are adopting or using a surrogate often are not prepared for how quickly life can change when bringing home a new baby. There are wide held beliefs that because someone didn't give birth that the postpartum period doesn't exist or because you have waited so long you should be prepared for the obstacles with open arms. Doulas of Capitol Hill understand that even if you did not give birth to your child it does not mean that transitions are easy. We offer birth support in open adoptions and surrogacy to provide consistent support across families, post-placement live in packages to aid newborn support, and most importantly, non-biased help for the family transition. 

Childbirth Education


Childbirth Education


Prenatal Education for the Modern Family.

Doulas of Capitol Hill  is excited to be partnering with Nested, DC's premier childbirth teachers, to offer tailored classes that bridge childbirth preparation with a modern, hands on approach geared towards busy families in the DC/MD/VA community. 
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Whether you decide on private workshops or group classes, everyone will get the chance to learn about pregnancy health, relaxation, labor anatomy and physiology, pain management, and common variations and complications. Each class series will include hands on activities, child birthing videos, relaxation methods and  practice exercises, designed specifically for labor and delivery in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding hospitals. You will also get to meet and socialize with other soon to be parents! In addition to providing exceptional classroom education, Nested promotes good health in our community and around the world. By participating in classes, you are also investing in a company that donates a significant portion of its proceeds to nonprofit organizations. 

 

 Classes include thorough and judgment-free discussion of all labor and delivery scenarios, including epidurals and c-sections so you are prepared for whatever situation you choose or that may arise.

Doulas of Capitol Hill offers exclusive private classes for it's doula clients, including Childbirth Education, Postpartum 101, and Breastfeeding Basics.

Nested offers both group and private classes that include Preconception Planning, Childbirth Education, Infant CPR, and Next Steps. 

Placenta Encapsulation


Placenta Encapsulation


Helps You Heal.

Placenta encapsulation is the act of preparing placenta into a powder, then placing the powder into capsules for the woman to consume. There are 2 methods of preparation; Raw and Traditional Chinese Medicine. The raw food community strongly believe that heating the placenta diminishes it’s nutritional value. They argue that other mammals consume the placenta raw, so with this method, heating is skipped and placenta goes straight into the dehydratorThis method provides an increase in immediate energy, is a great hormone stabilizer and promotes faster milk production. TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) is the method of preparing the placenta by steaming it with slices of ginger, lemon and sometimes hot pepper before dehydrating and finally putting the placenta into capsules. Using this method of encapsulation is believed to bring healing and warmth back to the woman.

How Does It Work?

There are 3 main hormones and chemicals contained in the placenta that help the mother postpartum:

Oxytocin: helps bonding, pain reliever, and helps with milk ejection and supply
HPL (Human Placenta Lactogen): promotes the production of prolactin in the mother
POEF (Placenta Opioid Enhancing Factor): Pain reliever

This is a print of a placenta, done with food coloring so it can still be safely consumed. If you are interested in a keepsake piece from your birth, please inquire here.


This is a print of a placenta, done with food coloring so it can still be safely consumed. If you are interested in a keepsake piece from your birth, please inquire here.

What Are The Benefits?

 One of the main benefits of eating placenta  is it helps to lessen the risk of  ‘baby blues’ and postpartum depression . It replenishes iron, lends a consistent flow of oxytocin, and provides the HPL hormone to help establish an early and healthy milk supply. It also stabilizes ever changing hormones post birth, replenishes your B vitamins and energy lost during birthing, protects from infection and bleeding due to retained placenta tissue or membranes, and offers natural pain relief.  

For scientific evidence showing the benefits of consumption including early mother-child bonding, milk production and significant pain relief, please click here or here. For information on placenta history and cultural practices, please feel free to visit here.

Rentals


Rentals


For Nature's Epidural.

On occasion people are looking for labor and birth related tools that can help manage pain without the use of medication. Please read below about the tools we have available to better help you manage position and pain during your labor and birth.

Birth Pool

Water birth has been proven to have many benefits, including contributing to shorter birthing times, lowering blood pressure, reducing pain sensations, and promoting relaxation. To read more about waterbirth, please visit Waterbirth International.  Doulas of Capitol Hill currently rent a Birth Pool in a Box and a la Bassine, both available packaged with required accessories or with the option to purchase the accessories independently. For more information on Birth Pool in a Box, please click here. For more information on the la Bassine, click here.

 

TENS Unit

A TENS unit is a portable tool that provides non- pharmaceutical pain relief made specifically for labor. TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. Four small pads are placed on your back that connect to a handheld machine. In theory, the mild electrical pulses create an ‘access’ gate for pain stimulation, effectively blocking the pain from reaching the brain as quickly or forcefully. The stimulation releases endorphins, provides physical distraction, and the offers the choice to control something during labor, which often can provide emotional distraction as well. 

Birth Stool

A birth stool is made to accommodate various positions during labor and birth, providing appropriate physiological positioning while maintaining comfort. It is designed to be used anyway that is comfortable and effective for you, including sitting alone, with a partner, or even in the water. Doulas of Capitol Hill rents a Kaya Birth Stool because its research based design and portability provides the top of the line support that can be easily used in various birth settings.  

Car Seat Installation


Car Seat Installation


Keeps Your Most Precious Cargo Protected.

A Nationally Certified Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Technician, certified through Safe Kids Worldwide can teach you how to use and install a car seat, provide guidance on various seat choices, and learn when it is okay to use a previously owned seat. Doulas of Capitol Hill makes safety and community a priority, with 20% of the proceeds of a seat installation going towards the purchase of  a car seat for a family who cannot afford one through DC’s Community of Hope


Statistics and Tips

While 96 percent of parents and caregivers believe their child safety seats are installed correctly, research shows that seven out of 10 children are improperly restrained.

Among children under 5 years old, an estimated 451 lives were saved in 2004 by child restraint use. Of these 451 lives saved, 413 were associated with the use of child safety seats and 38 with the use of adult belts.

Child safety seats can reduce fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers, ages 1-4. 

Toddlers are 532% safer rear facing from 12-24 months old due to the risk of head and neck injuries in forward facing accidents. 

Community


Community


Is A Part of Our Mission.

One of the biggest shocks of new motherhood is this sudden change in roles from business professional to stay at home mom, even if just for the first 12 weeks. This new role comes with isolation and exhaustion- two of the major factors that contribute to the onset of postpartum depression. Our community is built to serve and support you unlike any other business in the area. 
Doulas of Capitol Hill wants new families to know they are not alone. 

Community Offerings

PRIVATE SOCIAL NETWORK
Monthly Meet and Greets
Class Reunions
New Parent Potluck
Daddy and Me Socials
 

Giving Back

Community of Hope is a Not for Profit organization that ‘strives every day to provide our underserved neighbors with the building blocks they each need to create meaningful lives and a better future. By doing so, we believe all families, including children, in Washington, DC will be healthy, stably housed, well educated, and financially secure.’ In an effort to help keep DC children safe, Doulas of Capitol Hill donates 20% of the proceeds of a car seat installation towards purchasing car seats for families that cannot afford one, keeping our community safer, one seat at a time.