Brandi Smith bsmith

I am a postpartum doula who has been providing services to mothers in the DC area since 2008. My journey as a doula arouse from my experience transitioning to motherhood. When I had my first child I was the first woman in my social circle to have a baby and the women in my life were very successful in their careers. They did not have the time available to leave work and support me day and night as I learned how to care for someone other than myself. My transition was difficult, because I often felt alone and overwhelmed, but I began to embrace the methods and supports that other cultures heavily relied upon. It was during my reading that I learned about a postpartum doula and how her role was vital in a new mother’s life especially now that families are smaller.

I am a wife and the mother to three wonderful 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. My program provided me with access to resources, information, and practices, that will allow to me to continue to provide my families with the best care possible.

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.

  Holly Dobrynski

I have been informally serving families as a postpartum doula for the past ten years, before I knew there was a name for my position. As a mother of four, I know how tricky the postpartum time can be, whether you’re a first-time mother or a seasoned veteran. With each new baby, a woman changes, and so does her family. Her needs are different with each pregnancy and birth. As a new mother, I struggled to adjust to this new role. Breastfeeding was a challenge and I was completely unprepared for the ups and downs of life with a newborn. I found it difficult to ask for help and there were no other women in my social circle I could look to for support. I felt alone. I don’t want you to feel that way.

In my former life, I held a variety of positions: editor, writer, paralegal, and home daycare provider. I finally found my path to birth work over four years ago and it has been the best decision I have ever made. In addition to being a DONA trained postpartum doula, I am a trained lactation counselor, certified birth doula, and I am also certified in neonatal resuscitation. But perhaps most importantly, I’ve been through the trenches with a large family of my own.

My service area includes parts of MD, DC, and Northern Virginia. I am available for daytime support as well as overnight care for you and your family. It would be my honor to support you and your family during this time in your lives.