img_20141106_205042-300x300 Carolyn Alexander – Breastfeeding Basics Instructor, Certified Lamaze 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 Rebozo  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.
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    bsmith Taiwo I Ajao [also known as “Tia”]Postpartum Doula and Baby Care Basics Instructor I began my journey as a Birth Companions Doula during my Nursing program at The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in 2014. My final doula experience landed me a job as a Mother-Baby Nurse. I served at several Baltimore-Area Hospitals and became certified in Maternal-Newborn Nursing. I have a keen interest in research & evidence-based practice, which stems from my master’s training from The George Washington University School of Public Health. I am currently a Medical Case Manager for babies who enter the foster care system in Baltimore City due to neglect, abuse, violence, and other serious issues. I lead a non-profit that addresses the health, safety & well-being of women, their children and the communities that support them. My husband and I also partner on a project called Hello Baby Events: an innovative perinatal education initiative which we believe is a great way to prepare entire family networks for a new baby. We have 2 wonderful boys of our own. I believe that babies should be hushed, but not their mamas. Women’s Health is maximized when we find our voices and approach our own wellness proactively. I am proud to be a 2018 AWHONN Millennial Ambassador, a role that has empowered me to make an impact among my colleagues. I am a student of The Lamaze Childbirth Education Certification Program and am scheduled to take my exam in November 2018. I enjoy writing stories and crafting pretty little things. I’m the Author of “Adunni Dares to Dream” a creative biography about my parents’ legacy, which inspires me to Dare to Dream every day.    
  Jenn BalarezoInfant CPR Instructor I am a Nationally Registered Paramedic (NRP) and a Registered Nurse (BSN, RN). In 2017, I graduated from George Mason University’s Nursing program with a Bachelor of Nursing. I have three additional degrees, an Associate in Science, Associate in Paramedicine, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology. I devoted the first 20 years of my medical career as a volunteer EMT. Through the years in serving local communities, I responded to many 911 calls. In December 2003, I made a 911 call for my dad. He suffered a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) event and I performed CPR on him until the paramedics arrived and took over. This bittersweet event along with the encouragement from a wonderful friend, Gary Fitzsimmons, gave rise to GOTCPR, LLC. In January 2005 I became a CPR instructor for the American Heart Association (AHA). I started an AHA training site in May of 2007 and we’ve trained thousands of people during our almost 12 years in business.
I like variety in my career as you’ll read in a moment. I am an emergency room nurse, a pediatric nurse, and a post surgical cosmetic surgery nurse. Practicing medicine while teaching lay rescuers and medical professionals how to respond in an emergency is fulfilling. I joined Momease about a decade ago. My goal is to empower families to respond to an emergency and to know fire and rescue personnel are by your side. It’s a pleasure to work with the Momease staff and I look forward to meeting and working with families in the future.
   
    Jenn Carlson – Chilbirth Educator
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 for 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.
   
    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”.
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    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.
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Jamie Mueller – Childbirth 1 2 3 and Weekend Childbirth Instructor Hi! I’m Jamie and I can’t wait to meet you! I’m a mom to twin girls and a labradoodle named Barklie (firstborn). I also have a goofball of a husband who brought two cats with him. We live in a little town at the very tippy top of Loudoun County called Lovettsville. When I’m not teaching or at a birth, I love to knit, cycle and build websites. 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 get certified in Lamaze 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. 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 have been teaching Certified Lamaze classes for the past three years and am the current Board President of the Lamaze DC Chapter. I’ve taught over 100 couples and 10 educators since starting my careers. 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 hope to see you in a class sometime soon!
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    Maria Tadic – Nutrition Instructor I’m a registered dietitian, certified specialist in obesity and weight management as well as a women’s health coach. I’ve been counseling and educating clients about their health, weight and general wellness for many, many years. However, after going through 3 years of fertility treatments and subsequently battling postpartum depression and anxiety, my love for nutrition took a different turn. During my pregnancy and as a new mom, I found sticking to a healthy eating pattern and lifestyle extremely difficult – even with my knowledge as a registered dietitian. As a new or even seasoned Mom, you may also be looking for information regarding pregnancy, breastfeeding or safe postpartum weight loss. That’s why I’m here! I want to help women and their partners learn the remarkably important role that nutrition plays before, during and after pregnancy.    
    Brandi Smith – Baby Care & Breastfeeding Basics Instructor bsmith 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.
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