I have worked in women's health for many years and have always been fascinated with pregnancy and birth. After many years as a childcare provider for newborns and infants, I made the change to become a doula. My choice was solidified after the birth of my niece - seeing how amazing and powerful my sister was. I am elated to devote my time supporting and encouraging mothers and families as they prepare to welcome a new member to their family.
I hold a Bachelors degree from the University of Maryland in Behavioral and Community Health. I am a Certified Birth Doula through DONA International and am a certified HypnoBirthing Doula. In addition, I provide postpartum support and teach childbirth education
As a doula, I aim to guide you through labor and birth through providing a calm, supportive, and encouraging environment using methods of HypnoBirthing. Learned breathing techniques along with visualizations and imagery aid in guiding the mind and body to relax, building confidence, and releasing tension. This leads to a more peaceful and carefree birth experience.
Erica is not available for births until November. Please email HERE to check on Erica's availability for your birth.
I am a certified Birth and Postpartum Doula with Doulas of North America (DONA). I am also certified as a Lactation Counselor through the Healthy Children’s Center for Breastfeeding.
I recognized the absolute necessity for physical, emotional, and informational support during the labor process and the early postpartum period after my own two challenging births and recoveries. An amazing Postpartum Doula guided me from a place of anxiety and uncertainty to being a strong and confident new mother. This experience also planted the seed for my desire to give this same support and guidance to women and families during this precious time. My two sons are young adults now, but I can still close my eyes and see my Doula’s face; that is how important her support was to me.
I truly enjoy continuing my education in birth and postpartum care through workshops and training. The techniques and practices used in Hypnobirthing particularly interest me and I believe they bring a unique and simplistic yet effective tool to the birth setting regardless of where it takes place. I have seen firsthand how Hypnobirthing practices can keep a couple calm and focused when I worked with a couple during a particularly challenging labor course (which ended in a Cesarean birth due to a medical crisis). I am excited to come along side birthing families and support them in this way.
Janet is not available for births until December. Please email HERE to check on Janet's availability for your birth.
I discovered hypnobirthing during my own birth. As an experienced doula, I was looking for a birth preparation that would help me get out of my “thinking brain” and connect deeper with my body and instincts.
I had a beautiful birth experience and what I remember most is feeling calm and safe. My positive experience inspired me to become a hypnobirthing support doula.
I find that Hypnobirthing fits really well with my holistic doula approach, which is very much centered in nurturing the body-mind-emotional connection. I like to help expectant couples prepare for their birth with evidence-based information and positive, encouraging guidance so they can make decisions with confidence and intention.
I am also trained in comforting touch and relaxation techniques for birth and bring a grounding presence to the birthing room to help laboring mothers remain calm and centered during birth.
As a seasoned mother, I also enjoy supporting new families transition into a healthy and nourishing post-partum period and joyful life with a newborn, including with hands-on lactation support.
I do all of this with compassion, warmth and integrity.
Fun fact: I have six brothers and am the oldest and only girl in the family.
My certifications include: DONA Birth Doula Training, Certified Holistic Birth Doula, Comforting Touch Doula, Evidence Based Birth Professional, Hypnobirthing support Doula, and Certified Lactation Consultant.
Please email HERE to check on Maya's availability for your birth and to be put in touch.
I am a certified birth & postpartum doula and a HypnoBirthing® childbirth educator.
I came to birth work after a successful career as a human rights lawyer. After giving birth to my daughter, using the HypnoBirthing® method, I became fascinated by the transformational power of giving birth. That’s how I found my true calling in supporting other women on their journey to motherhood.
My experience and training with the HypnoBirthing® Institute and Spinning Babies® empowers other women to have easier, faster and more comfortable births.
I consider myself to be a culturally attuned doula. I have travelled to and studied in more than 25 countries where I learnt a lot about different traditions and cultural practices. I speak English, Russian and Ukrainian.
In my work, I use the qualities of the heart and mind together. Having a regular spiritual practice helps me to be grounded in any situation and 100% present for my clients during their birth. My passions are live music, meditation and nature.
Please email HERE to check on Olya's availability for your birth and to be put in touch.