Rebecca Gitter – Postpartum Doula As a new mom, I was overwhelmed by the challenges and sleep deprivation that come with a newborn. I suddenly went from a professional working woman to full-time caregiver and was unprepared for how my postpartum body would feel, the postpartum emotions and how caring for a tiny human would overwhelm me. My expectations of what the 4th trimester would be were completely unrealistic and without any family nearby I struggled. Even with a very supportive spouse, those early months of motherhood were some of the toughest I have ever experienced. I didn’t realize at the time that these experiences were preparing me for providing care for others. Fast forward 20 years and another child later when I met a postpartum doula in one of my yoga teacher trainings. I realized that the information and resources that I had been sharing with new parents in my postpartum yoga classes had a name. As a postpartum doula, I can provide hands-on assistance in that delicate 4th trimester so that no one feels like they are struggling without support. As a mom, yoga teacher (specializing in pregnancy and postpartum classes), and doula I provide evidence-based, non-biased and common sense approach to supporting clients in this time of transition in their lives. I draw upon my life experience and best practices to provide the care and support you need. My care helps to support your goals, and to ease the challenges of the postpartum period. I describe myself as calm, unflappable and I bring a compassionate but analytical approach to my clients.    
    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.    
    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”.    
    Vanessa Hanible – Postpartum Doula I have been a Birth & Postpartum Doula since December 2015. My experience working with women dealing with domestic and sexual violence allowed me to see the importance of educating and empowering women throughout many stages of life. Many women are unprepared for the adjustment to parenthood. I enjoy helping parents to navigate the emotional, physical, and relational changes that occur after the birth of their baby. I have trained on Perinatal Mood Disorders & Anxiety to assist clients in identifying normal hormonal and emotional changes during the postpartum period. I have experience supporting women during labor and delivery, infant care, breastfeeding, safe sleep and parenting education, self-care and postpartum recovery. I have supported over 20 families in their home in the DC metro area.    
    Nathalie Grolleman – Postpartum Doula My passion to become a postpartum doula started with the births of our 3 children. We have one boy and 2 girls. Friso is 16 years old, Anna is 14 years old and Emily is 12 years old. They are all born in the Netherlands. In the Netherlands, we are all fortunate to have a doula around after the birth of your baby. I had a wonderful postpartum doula who treated me like a queen after the births. She made sure that I was able to heal, rest and bond with my new baby. She provided tons of medical and practical advice. She was priceless! That made me think about becoming a postpartum doula to assist new parents. I have a nursing background with experience working in the baby and maternity departments. This was at Hospital Overvecht in Utrecht in The Netherlands. In January 2018, I completed the postpartum training by DONA International. I am currently in the process of becoming certified have serviced 10 postpartum clients to date. Some of my other trainings include: Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders (Elizabeth Hubley); Working with Anxious Clients (Sheryl Aaron, MSW, LICSW); and When Survivor’s Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women (Penny Simkin, PT, CCE, CD[DONA]). My goal is to provide you with excellent up-to-date information and techniques for bonding, breastfeeding and understanding your baby’s cues! After completing each visit the goal is to increase your confidence while transitioning you into parenting a newborn.    
    bsmith Brandi Smith – Postpartum Doula 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.