Please Get To Know Us!
Nicole Bruno, Founder
Nicole has 15 years of experience working with women, babies, and families. She has worked the last 6 years serving families with an expertise in unmedicated and complicated labors. Nicole has a B.A. in Music. She considers herself a mix of 'crunchy' and 'mainstream', and enjoys reading, laughing, watching bad television and spending time with her family, friends, and cats.
One of Nicole's biggest challenges is balancing a full work load and raising a strong, confident, kind young daughter.
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, engage in regular humor, encourage you, remind you of your power and respect and support all your choices! For more background click here.
Emily Smith, Founder and CEO
Emily has more than 17 years of experience working with women, babies, and families. She has worked 10 years serving families in the greater Washington, DC area as a birth doula, hypnodoula, postpartum doula, childbirth educator, placenta encapsulation specialist, and sibling doula. She is a chapter co-leader for International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN). 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 BFAR mom (breastfeeding after breast reduction), and had to combo feed, with breastmilk, formula, and donor milk.
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, and respect your choices! For more background click here.
Birth Doula & Placenta Encapsulator
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
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!
Kim’s favorites in 3’s: 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!
Social Media Manager
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 Doula & IBCLC
Charnise has over 4 years experience in maternal and child health, including 3 years of providing lactation support. She earned her Bachelors in Health Science and Health Education from Howard University and is currently pursuing a Master In Public Health from The George Washington University. Charnise is passionate about providing culturally competent care to all the families she serves!
One of her biggest challenges was finishing undergraduate studies while working two jobs and breastfeeding!
Charnise favorites in 3’s:Family, Crabs and Sunshine. Herbal tea, Blankets and Journals. Shared notes, Best Friends and Creating fun events.
What to expect from Charnise: Expect her to listen to your every concern, support you in your breastfeeding goals, give recommendations specifically for your family and lifestyle and fill you with positivity and confidence!
Birth & Postpartum Doula
Vanessa has over 3 years of experience helping support women, children and families. She is a trained birth doula, postpartum doula, and placenta encapsulator. She has a B.S. in Human and Family Development concentrating in child development. Secondly, she has a Culinary Arts Diploma-happily ready to curate a meal for you in your postpartum package! Vanessa has practice and understanding in both unmedicated and high risk pregnancies. As a native Texan she loves good country music, BBQ and football.
One of her biggest challenges has been trying to become a parent herself, making her a good resource in infertility, ART, and IVF.
Vanessa's favorites in 3's: Cheese, Charcuterie, Fruit. Bonfires, Binge Watching TV, and Spending time with her husband at local festivals around the DMV.
Expect her to follow her gut and intuition and you to do the same.
She will be warm, friendly and professional. She will also help you
use your voice and provide unbiased care!
Marti has more than forty years of experience caring for babies. She believes in the age old tradition of women supporting women, especially through momentus times like after childbirth. Having had experienced support after her own six births, she provided the same care for her daughter's postpartum periods. She is now certified through DONA. She has experience with preemies, multiples, C-section recoveries and breastfeeding. Marti has a decade of experience teaching infant massage as a tool for bonding and promoting physical, mental and emotional health in both infants and mothers.
Marti's favorites in 3’s are: Staying Busy, Family Gatherings, and Volunteer Activities. Great Literature, a Cup of Tea, and Learning.
Expect Marti to be quietly confident, calm, reassuring, supportive and encouraging. She will care for you as she has for her own daughters, helping you relax and find comfort as a new mom.
Birth & Postpartum Doula
Charissa has more than 5 years 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 yoga instructor with a B.A. in Marketing. She considers herself a relaxed health and wellness enthusiast who enjoys going on new adventures with her family, cooking, yoga, and traveling.
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, and to remind you of your power and abilities!
Solange Ashby Bumbaugh
Certified Breastfeeding Specialist
Solange has always been enthralled by traditions honoring women’s wisdom. As a certified breastfeeding specialist, she honors that wisdom every day in her practice. Solange brings knowledge, patience, and understanding, so essential during those exhausting first days of motherhood, to new mothers and their families in the greater Washington, DC area.
One of Solange’s greatest challenges was completing a Ph.D. in Egyptology while carrying, birthing, and raising her two boys. Not for the faint of heart! This experience has yielded her many insights into maintaining work-life balance as well as practical tips for nursing mothers who are returning to work.
What to expect from Solange: Expect an excellent listener and a calm and encouraging presence who reveres your breastfeeding journey as much as she loved her own.
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.
Birth & Postpartum Doula
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 (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!
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 3’s: 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!
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!
Postpartum Doula & Infant CPR Teacher
Sandra has many years of experience working with families and children. She has a certification in Early Childhood Development from Anne Arundel Community College. She is certified in Infant CPR and teaches in home CPR classes. After her children graduated from high school she returned to the workforce, but knew her passion was in infants and children. After several years of owning her own childcare business, she certified as a Postpartum Doula.
Expect Sandra to express her passion in caring for newborns, support your choices, and enjoy working for your family due to her genuine love for people!