Carolyn Alexander img_20141106_205042-300x300
When I was in labor with my son, I was unaware that a labor doula was an option for moms in labor. By default my sister, who had delivered her sons by planned cesarean section, was appointed as my support person. She was unaware of how to assist me with an unmedicated birth. I felt like the hospital nursing staff was very unsupportive which resulted in feelings of fear and anxiety. Although my son’s birth was wonderful, I learned a great deal about the wonders of birth and the value of a “good” support team. My decision to become a Labor Doula is very personal as a result of my own birth story and my goal as a doula is to support expecting moms and partners in achieving a successful birth.
As a childbirth educator and labor doula, I teach that birth is a process! I am aware of the stages of labor, and provide several comfort measures, relaxation techniques, and acupressure during labor. Most importantly, I want my clients to be aware of ‘informed consent’ regarding any medical and non-medical procedures. I’m there to support moms and partners with my knowledge as a doula and years of experience working with hospital staff, OBs and midwives. I completed my labor doula training with Dona in 2009 and recertification 2017. In the last seven years, I’ve attended over 270 births (VBACS, 95% Vaginal delivery rate) and have taught over 1000 expecting parents in childbirth classes. I’m certified in Rebozo techniques and am a certified Breastfeeding and Lamaze trained educator. I’ve assisted deliveries 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.
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Ann Carter anne-carter-labor-doula
I have been interested in babies and the birth process for as long as I can remember. I always knew that I wanted to have children of my own, but once I started having babies (I have 4, including a set of twins), I got interested in being on the other side of birth as well. I began my birth working journey in nursing school with plans to become a midwife, but got sidetracked by doula work. I was asked to attend the births of a number of my friends and found the one-on-one work of a doula so much more satisfying than nursing, so I detoured and certified 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. I have attend Bradley classes, hypnobirthing classes, childbirth yoga classes, and have studied lactation education, VBAC education, and various comfort measure techniques.
 
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Lacy Hierwarter
My doula passion began in 1997 during the birth of my first child when we quickly realized my partner was going to miss our first birth. A Doula was gifted to me on the way to the hospital where she met me. I learned very quickly that with out her I would have been scared and alone. She didn’t know me at all, yet she knew so much along every step of the way. She never left my side and gave everything she had to me…a stranger…to better my story and guide me to see what she already knew was in me. Strength. Confidence. Ability. I knew, as I looked into her eyes moments before the birth that “doula” was a calling for my life purpose.
 
I believe that all mothers deserve to be pampered, loved, and cared for – not only by their main support person – but also by the reassurance, comfort, and encouragement of someone not intimately connected to them who is well educated in labor, birth, and postpartum care. This can help ease the birth process and postpartum time for all members of the family as they learn to connect with themselves, their partners, and their new baby. I have served families since 1997 with education both hands on and by my lending library. I started attending births regularly in 2013 and have now attended over 40 births. I am trained in: Childbirth Education, Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Placenta Encapsulation, Belly casting, Acupressure for Labor and Birth, and Bengkung Belly binding. I am Certified in: Gena Kirby Rebozo, Gail Tully Spinning Babies, and Certified Lactation Consultant (CLC).
Each client and each birth deserve, and will receive the very best I have to offer as I continue to educated and grow myself in many areas of the birthing world. My husband and I have been married 19 years and we have 3 children we love supporting as they grow and learn to define who they are and what passions drive them to growth. We also help to raise a sweet girl who has been in our lives since she was a new born.
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Jenn Carlson
I live in Springfield, VA with my rock musician/film critic husband of ten years, Eddie. We have two beautiful daughters who are four and seven years old. The birth of my daughters in less than ideal circumstances and our journey to breastfeeding ignited my passion about birth choices and breastfeeding advocacy. I am a CBI and DONA Trained, Madriella Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula.
In addition I am a Childbirth Educator, an AHA Infant CPR instructor, a certified Reiki practitioner, and an independent encapsulation specialist.I have attended both Bradley and Hypnobirthing classes and in my practice I frequently use a rebozo after learning techniques.
   
Vanessa Hanible


I am a Birth & Postpartum Doula. My first experience with childbirth was in 2013, helping my cousin labor until 9cm before she had an unplanned cesarean section. I felt that my cousin was not given the time needed to birth her baby vaginally. That experience taught me the importance of women having proper education and support to feel empowered during pregnancy and birth.

I have attended 11 births (cesarean, medicated and un-medicated vaginal births). I have attended births at Washington Hospital Center, Georgetown, Providence, and Holy Cross Hospitals. I believe that childbirth is a powerful and transformative experience and I enjoy watching mothers become empowered birthing their babies.

Vanessa graduated from Tennessee State University with a Degree in Public Health. She trained through Mamatoto Village in the Fall of 2015 as a labor/postpartum doula, and breastfeeding coach. Since becoming a doula she has trained on Perinatal Mood Disorders & Anxiety and led childbirth, breastfeeding and newborn care classes for over 50 parents.
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Iman Newsome
Not long after graduating from Nursing School from Trinity Washington University in 2012. I came across a word that would forever change my life, Doula. This 5 letter word resonated with me to the depths of my being. It shaped the foundation of who I am today and I am forever grateful to be able to serve in the sacred space of birth. From my birth work I have expanded into each of my callings and am certified as a bereavement doula, childbirth educator and latest a reiki practitioner.
All of these roles have shaped the way that I guide and cultivated my practice. It is my aim to bring the highest version of myself as I enter into your birth space with love, honor, and respect. I have now been a doula for 3 years with over 35 births each more different than the last. I have served at George Washington University, Washington Hospital Center, Georgetown University, Sibley, Holy Cross, Howard County, and Anne Arundel County.
I am so honored to be able to hold the space and would be beyond honored to guide you as you transition into your next journey.  
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Laura Tashijian
Pregnancy is a transformative process and among the greatest life experiences. By witnessing the ways women embrace, embody and harness their power to rise into their greatest potential, I was inspired to become a birth doula and support women to feel empowered, heard and cared for in every step. I believe there is room for compassion, respect and calm in every birth. Infusing love into every action is her deepest calling to service.
Through the lens of yoga and mindfulness, I empower clients to be informed and active participants in their birth experience while growing in confidence as parents. I am known to create a calm and nonjudgmental environment for mothers to walk their unique birth journey feeling well-informed and supported. By weaving breath work, centering tools and comfort measures, I support mothers to believe in the power of their intuitive body and view each step as a part of a greater whole. I am a certified birth doula, lactation counselor and prenatal yoga teacher with experience in all settings (i.e. home birth, hospital and birth centers). I view birth as part of a wider continuum of care; thus, I also incorporates nutrition tips, breastfeeding best practices, postpartum self-care and the psycho-emotional aspects of the process. I consider it a deep honor to accompany families through this journey and contribute in some small way to the collective uplifting of mothers. When I is not doula-ing I work in international development focusing on gender equity issues as well as maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition in low income countries. In my free time, I can be found practicing yoga, volunteering in her community and dreaming of a lush veggie garden and a mountain top meditation.
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Jamie Mueller
My love for birth began while I was pregnant with my girls. I realized how much there was to learn and how little we are taught about birth in our everyday lives. It became clear to me how important it is to educate yourself but also how important it is to have educated people around you who are there just for you during your birth.So, after having my girls, I decided to go into childbirth education and doula work to help more parents discover their confidence and inner strength. I feel strongly in facilitating the opportunities for parents to work together during labor. It can be such a magical time for you and your partner and giving you space to become parents together brings me great joy.
I have been teaching Lamaze classes for the past three years and am the current Board President of the Lamaze DC Chapter. I also teach new educators and provide mentorship to those starting out. I have been trained and have worked as a postpartum doula and have also taken trainings in birth doula work, advanced birth comfort measures, breastfeeding support, safe formula preparation, birth and newborn biology and physiology, high-risk birth support, belly binding, and infant sleep coaching. I love continuing to learn and passing that knowledge on to expecting parents and other educators.I took my DONA birth doula training in June 2018 and am currently working towards my certification. I have attended 3 births (all vaginal, 1 medicated, 2 non-medicated) and need 2 more to gain my certification. I think having a doula with a personality and style that matches or compliments yours is incredibly important. I’m not an overly “crunchy” person. I have a good sense of humor and a non-judgmental attitude towards people’s preferences during their birth. I like using a rebozo, verbal affirmations, and normalizing language. If your partner is present and you’d like them to be involved, I enjoy facilitating their involvement and helping them be your primary source of comfort during labor while I work on helping you in other ways. I can’t wait to meet you and hear all about the desires for your birth!
 
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Abiana Bey
I am a fairly new student doula with Momease. I’ve attended three births with Carolyn Alexander at Sibley Hospital at the beginning of last summer and one at George Washington Hospital this past June. I am currently working with my first couple one-on-one to facilitate their delivery at Washington Hospital Center in September. In the Spring of 2016, I had an amazing opportunity to attend a doula training with Ms. Nilijah Brown of The Birth Well (thebirthwell.com) at Centro Ashe Herbs & Education (centroashe.org), located in Manzanillo, Costa Rica.
I was grateful to have the chance to learn what a doula actually does. Each day, I became more knowledgeable and more infatuated with the idea of helping a women give birth. I learned about the different stages of the birthing process, how they affect the mom and different techniques to aid her during those times.
Some of these comfort techniques include using the rebozo, pressure point stimulation and massage, aromatherapy, soothing talk, using the birthing ball and more recently the peanut ball. I’ve also learned different stretches, breathing and lifting techniques that are good to help bring the baby down.
   
Marnesha Hall
Becoming an aunt at 10 years old heavily influenced my decision in diving into the birth-working community as I remember accompanying my sister to prenatal visits and thinking that the birthing atmosphere and midwives were very fascinating; After my nephew was born I couldn’t get enough of him! These early experiences coupled with my background in mediation and peer health education illuminated the birth-working path that I have always been intrigued by. It wasn’t until February 2016, during my sophomore year at Howard University, that I acted on the universal pull and attended my first birth doula training with Doula’s of North America (DONA) International.
My labor doula journey began with the Community of Hope in NE Washington DC as a volunteer and has since transitioned with Momease as a student doula. Now, with sixteen birth experiences under my belt, I feel more confident than ever in serving as a doula and have been actively acquiring new skills through various trainings that I have attended including Chinese Medical Understanding of Gynecology, Obstetrics, and Postpartum Care, a Crystal and Mineral Retreat, and an AromaTouch Technique course, to name a few. I am a certified level 1 Reiki practitioner.
In December 2017, I graduated from Howard University with a Bachelor of Science in Health Education, minor in Biology, and concentration in Maternal in Child Health. With my ever-expanding accolades, I am embarking on a 6 month journey to East Africa as a birth worker in preparation for midwifery school. Upon my return to the U.S. in March 2019, I will continue with Momease as an experienced labor doula.
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