Brandi Smith – Baby Care & Breastfeeding Basics Instructor
I am a postpartum doula and Baby Care Basics Instructor . My journey as a doula and educator arouse from my experience transitioning to motherhood.
I am a wife and the mother to three wonderful children, soon to be four children. I was formally trained as a special educator and have a master’s degree in my field. I have completed my training as a postpartum doula with Maternity Wise in 2012 and continue to seek learning opportunities to develop in my craft. My training included book studies, written article reviews, an eight-hour class with a master postpartum doula who has almost 10 years of experience. I was providing postpartum support to mother’s prior to receiving formal training, using my knowledge as a mother and educator.
I have experience with supporting women during labor and delivery, infant care, lactation support, routine /schedule management, conflict resolution, and coping with anxiety and depression. I have supported over 50 families in their home in the DC metro area including MD and VA.
Carolyn Alexander – Baby Care & Breastfeeding Basics Instructor, Childbirth Educator and Labor Doula
In the last seven years, I’ve attended over 270 births ( 94% Vaginal delivery rate, 2% Vbacs and 4% csections) and have taught over 1000 expecting parents in childbirth classes. I’m certified in Reboz techniques and certified Breastfeeding and Lamaze trained educator. Also a certified childbirth educator with International Childbirth Educator Association in 2010.
I’ve delivered at Medstar Washington Hospital Center, George Washington University Hospital, Inova Alexandria, Inova Fairfax, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, Ft Belvoir Hospital and Sibley Memorial Hospital. I welcome the opportunity to work with you and your partner and to attend your baby’s birth.
Ann Carter – Childbirth Educator and Labor Doula, I’m a certified Labor Doula with DONA.
My own experience with birthing babies and working with birthing families has taught me that any birth will be better if you are informed and feel like you have some control of the decision-making process. I also believe that everyone can benefit from a calm, knowledgeable, experienced person who is a continuous presence during the birth process, regardless of your birth plans. I love learning about the birthing process and how to help families through it. As a result, I have attended Bradley classes, hypnobirthing classes, childbirth yoga classes, and have studied lactation education, VBAC education, and various comfort measure techniques.
Amy Lentner – Postpartum Doula and CPR Instructor
I am a certified postpartum doula with Madriella Doula Network and a Breastfeeding Counselor, Lactation Educator, Childbirth Educator, and am certified to teach CPR and First Aid through the American Red Cross. I have been practicing since 2014 and am passionate about supporting parents in the early postpartum period. I first became interested in supporting parents during pregnancy and postpartum during my first pregnancy. I suffered from Postpartum Depression (PPD) after my oldest daughter was born and believe that all parents would benefit from additional support during pregnancy and beyond.
My main goal is to help new and veteran parents navigate the fourth trimester (first three months after birth) and feel confident and supported as they adjust to having a newborn join their family. I’m married and have two daughter’s ages 2 and 6 and live in Washington, DC. I’m married and have two daughter’s ages 2 and 6 and live in Washington, DC. As an Instructor I teach Baby Care Basics and CPR, am a certified Childbirth Educator, Lactation Educator, Breastfeeding Counselor, and am certified to teach CPR and First Aid through the American Red Cross. I have been teaching and attending births since 2014.
I am married and have two daughters’ ages 2 and 6 and live in Washington, DC. I love working with new and expecting parents as they learn essential skills like CPR and how to care for a newborn. I enjoy teaching classes and believe that every adult should know CPR “just in case”.
Dominique Johnson – HypnoBirthing Practitioner
I believe all families can, and should, have a calm, enjoyable birthing experience. I believe you should have the desired type of birthing you want, and can through informed decision making. My desire to help families stay safe and healthy started well before I had my own children.
As a HypnoBirthing Practitioner, I am able to use my years as a Toxicologist and Public Health Practitioner to bring to you the science behind how and why you can have the gentle, empowered birthing you are looking for. As a mom of three beautiful HypnoBirthing babies, I can share with you how all birthing experiences can be calm and empowering, including inductions and surgeries, and help you prepare for the unexpected. I have taken classes, reviewed books and literature to bring to you evidence based answers to your questions, and taken classes in techniques, including Spinning Babies and Robozo, to aid you in remaining relaxed and comfortable on your birthing day. HypnoBirthing, the Mongan Method, was the first hypnosis based childbirth education program and is the only international. It allows me access to a network of over 2000+ international birth workers with a wide range of experiences and understandings.
Gina Cicatelli Ciagne, CLC – Breastfeeding 101 Instructor, Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC)
I have been working in the breastfeeding community for over 15 years, a career that was sparked by my own experiences when nursing my first child. I became focused on the importance of advocacy, guidance and support for breastfeeding moms and have worked in the government at the Office on Women’s Health and, for the last 12 years, at breastfeeding accessories company Lansinoh. I became a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) in 2006 and have spent my career training many audiences on breastfeeding and conducting classes including advice on breastfeeding products and accessories and on educating moms on their breastfeeding journeys. I am a proud graduate of the University of Dayton and hold a Masters Degree in Public and Community Health from Trinity University (DC). I live in Washington, DC with my partner and have two children, now teenagers, whom I breastfed and pumped for and without whom none of this would have been possible.