Please Get To Know Us!
Emily Smith, Founder and CEO
5 Star Mentor
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
5 Star Mentor
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
5 Star Mentor
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! For more background click here.
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!
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!
Birth & Postpartum Doula
Charissa has more than 6 years experience working with women, babies and families. She has doula trainings with ToLabor, Mamatoto Village, and is currently certifying with Doula Trainings International and a trained Childbirth educator with CAPPA. She has worked as a doula for the last 6 years and has experience supporting many different labors and 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, making body butters, and traveling.
One of her biggest challenges as a parent is “not being too hard on yourself!” There is no such thing as perfect parent. All we can do is try our best, be open, and learn from our mistakes.
Charissa's favorite's 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 speak in a caring and friendly manner, to encourage and support you every step of the way, and to remind you of your power and abilities!
Birth Doula & Postpartum Doula Placenta Encapsulator, Childbirth Educator
5 Star Mentor
Taylor has been supporting families in the DMV area since 2010. Originally from New Jersey, she attended The George Washington University for Human Services and Psychology, and in the process fell in love with DC and never left. She is a trained Birth and Postpartum Doula and Placenta encapsulator, as well as a Yoga Teacher. She enjoys cooking and watching cooking shows with her husband and dog Daisy.
Taylor’s favorites in 3’s: Seltzer, craft beer, and hot cocoa. Tattoos, books, Netflix. Podcasts, board games, hiking.
What to expect from Taylor: Expect her to write and speak with passion and compassion, to meet you where you are in your parenting journey, and to be a rock of grounding, and non-biased energy and support.
Postpartum Doula & Placenta Encapsulator
Kim has been a massage therapist since 2015 and has been serving DCH clients in-home since 2017. Kim is certified in pre/postnatal and induction massage and is trained to provide infant massage education. Kim received her Postpartum Doula certification through the International Doula Institute. A native to the DC area, Kim grew up in Vienna and is a mom to 5 daughters. Her passion to empower and educate women has led her to this work. Her pregnancies and birth experiences are varied, and through those she is able to support moms, partners and families during one of the most important times of your life.
One of her biggest challenges was having a 30-weeker in the NICU 40 miles away for a month and a half and leaning on her “village” to care for her children at home.
Kim’s favorites in 3’s: Malbec, Brussel Sprouts, and Thai food. DIY body products, beaches, and shopping with her daughters. Grey, brown, and red.
What to expect from Kim: Expect her to write and speak with knowledge and understanding, provide non-judgmental support in your postpartum journey and respect your choices as the story being written belongs to YOU!
Anna is the mom of a beautiful daughter, Veronika. She is originally from Ukraine. She has experienced unmedicated labor and is supportive of medication, knowing that emotional comfort can be more important than anything. Anna is dedicated to creating the most comforting environment for women in labor and provides great support for partners, as well. She is an experienced birth, newborn, and maternity photographer working with families for over 10 years. Anna was trained by DONA International as a Birth Doula. She is happily providing birth doula support to families in the greater Washington DC area.
Anna faced difficulty breastfeeding her daughter. By the time she was about to quit trying she realized that all she needed was emotional support and comfort and she went on to meet her goals for breastfeeding.
What to expect from Anna: Expect her to provide a lot of personal care and support to mom and partners before, during and after labor. Anna will unconditionally care for you during birth by providing information, advocacy, and true care.