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.
Kaely Harrod – Postpartum Doula I got started as a Postpartum doula so that I could have continuity of care with my birth doula clients. I wanted to help a family transition into their new roles as smoothly and confidently as possible. I would describe my doula style as relaxed, supportive and informed by my client’s cues. I tend to want to learn a lot about who my clients are and how they operate in order to meet them in that space and not try to force them into my world of operation. During a Postpartum shift I ask questions to see what needs are there for that session and then tailor my care to what your family needs. I have experience with a variety of lactation and feeding experiences and can help troubleshoot hinderances that are occurring in the early weeks and beyond.
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.