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Found 9 Pros in Alexandria, VA, USA | Postpartum doula support
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Families served
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Birth fee
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HOURLY RATE
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Andrea Michele Cordell-Proper

VA

0 reviews • 1200 families supported • 13 years experience

0 reviews • 1200 families supported • 13 years experience

We are a team of experienced, professional and compassionate birth professionals. Our matched doulas work with you in a two person team with a primary and back up doula. There for you throughout your pregnancy, birth and postpartum time, to support and care for you. Mindfulness and evidence based knowledge and skill with a collaborative mindset that sets us apart and offers us the ability to give you the best experience possible.

Care philosophy

Open, caring and compassionate pregnancy and birth support. Inclusive, meet you where you are at, evidence based support for you and your family. Birth- Your way.

Areas served

  • Fairfax VA
  • Frederick MD
$ flexible
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Kayla Sponn

Reston, VA

3 reviews • 15 families supported • 1 years experience

3 reviews • 15 families supported • 1 years experience

I am a full-spectrum doula serving the DMV area. I completed my training with Doula Trainings International in 2021. I have loved babies and birth my whole life, but giving birth to my daughter in May of 2021 really solidified my passion for supporting the birthing body. As a full-spectrum doula, I support a variety of reproductive events, specializing in birth and postpartum. ​ I like to describe myself as "Very Virgo" - I'm a detail-oriented perfectionist who loves giving advice and helping others. Prior to pursuing doula work, I ran a locally owned specialty coffee shop and because of it I will forever be a coffee nerd, for better or worse. I am an artist and calligrapher, which helps me find beauty in the imperfections in life. I am also a certified cat lady - literally, there's a certification involved - but I have a soft spot for all animals. In my spare time I love hanging out and being silly with my husband and daughter and our three cats in Reston, VA.

Care philosophy

I believe in the magic of birth and that it is an honor to be proud of. In pregnancy, you do not just grow a life - you create an entire being. I want to give birthing people the experience that a journey so important deserves.

Areas served

  • Washington DC
  • Northern Virginia
  • Bethesda

Reviews

  • Elizabeth
    August 12, 2022 at 10:43 am | Client review

    We were so blessed to have Kayla as our doula. We feel it was a true gift to have our second baby enter the world to such a calm and happy environment and feel that Kayla’s support was an immense reason for this. We were blessed to have received loving guidance, encouragement, and extremely valuable support before, during, and after birth. Prior to birth, Kayla was able to provide us with helpful resources and empowered us to make our own best decisions. During labor, Kayla provided a calm and loving presence, wisdom, and support. She has a great intuition and was able to provide a peaceful space of respect and privacy that my husband and I wanted. During birth, she was able to support us just as needed. She provided endless physical/emotional/mental support. My husband and I truly can not imagine that special moment without her. As we requested, she was also able to take a few candid photos during the birthing experience, which I will forever cherish. Moving to the postpartum period, Kayla has continued to support our family as we begin our life as a family of four. She has answered countless texts, and when I ran into a few challenges, I was so thankful to have her as a resource. Postpartum can present so many challenges, and Kayla makes you feel as though you have a village. I unequivocally recommend Kayla. She was truly the best support we could have ever wanted during this process. We are so thankful for her!!!

$ flexible
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Erin Paul

Fredericksburg, VA

4 reviews • 1 families supported • 1 years experience

4 reviews • 1 families supported • 1 years experience

I started my journey after having my son in July of 2020. I didn’t have a good birth experience which is the norm for a lot of people, but I didn’t know it didn’t have to be this way. I started my training as a doula and hope to give birthing people the better birth they deserve.

Care philosophy

My mission at Ran Out of Womb is providing support and confidence in birthing people of all ages and genders birth and postpartum period with wit, grace, humor and energy.

Areas served

  • Fredericksburg, VA
  • Washington, DC
  • Richmond, VA

Reviews

  • Jordan
    August 20, 2022 at 11:33 am | Client review

    I am a current client of Erin’s and she has been so incredibly helpful! I had been anxious about child birth and my lack of knowledge I had going into it, and she’s given me so much information, shared her own experiences, and has helped me be much less worried about giving birth.

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Kim Stinger

Reston, VA

0 reviews • 50 families supported • 4 years experience

0 reviews • 50 families supported • 4 years experience

Holding space for and empowering those who voice oftentimes is muted. Helping families feel educated both in birth and postpartum.

Care philosophy

Your birth. Your journey. You write the story. Providing support, education to feel confident and empowered birthing on your terms. Finding your voice to advocate and make decisions for a positive outcome.

Areas served

  • Loudoun County
  • Fairfax County
  • Arlington County
  • Prince William County
  • Washington, DC
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Audrey Gentry-Brown

Ashburn, VA

0 reviews • 3 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 3 families supported • 1 years experience

My mission is to: Reclaim and institute traditional ancestral birth and healing rituals Empower women by instilling in them that a natural, unmedicated birth free of fear is possible Normalize breastfeeding within the community through education, advocacy, and trauma healing.

Care philosophy

I provide holistic individualized care rooted in compassion, integrity, competence, and intuition.

Areas served

  • Washington DC
  • Prince George County
  • Fairfax County
  • Montgomery County
  • Loudoun County
  • Arlington County
$ flexible
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Bianca Leonard

Tysons, VA

0 reviews • 15 families supported • 7 years experience

0 reviews • 15 families supported • 7 years experience

My name is Bianca and I have been practicing as a birth doula since 2012 and a postpartum doula since 2018.I am currently Lamaze trained in childbirth education as well as lactation support. I provide 2 prenatal visits (in home/virtual), labor support, and 1 postpartum visit. I also began to include birth photography in my practice. I enjoy supporting families through their birthing journey by providing resources, hands on techniques, nutritional Support, birth plans, lactation support, as will as a continuous listening ear of you amazing birthing journey that I love to include in your birth story as a token from your birth! I have 2 little ones of my own that I have been blessed to have had my own doulas. Having someone continuously by your side through your pregnancy journey (prenatal appointments) as well as your laboring process is exactly what a woman needs during the most vulnerable time of her life! I’m excited to take that journey along beside the birthing mother as she transitions into motherhood.

Care philosophy

I offer a sliding scale as well as a discount for minority families. I am available for doula consultations as well as prenatal check ins at a low rate to support birthing persons that would like to connect with a doula during the pregnancy journey and not have the doula present during the laboring process.

Areas served

  • Tysons corner
  • Mc Lean
  • Vienna
  • Merrified
  • Springhill
  • Springfield
  • Alexandria
  • Maryland
  • Shirlington
  • Old Town Alexandria
$ flexible
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Fiona Kunkel Loughlin

Fairfax, VA

0 reviews • 5 families supported • 3 years experience

0 reviews • 5 families supported • 3 years experience

Fiona (she/her) has always felt strongly connected with the birthing process, babies, and life transitions; wanting nothing more than to help people have beautiful and empowering experiences no matter the circumstances. Caring for her young cousins in their early lives, babysitting, and many other things sparked interest, but attending the birth of her little sister, Bedelia, in 2018 inspired her to get into birth work. She’s spent countless hours reading, taking classes, and applying her skills hands on to the point that she believes she could stand in as an integral part in welcoming a new someone into your family.

Care philosophy

She is a firm believer that pregnancy and the birth experience shape the relationship a child and their parent share, and the mindset and expectations going forward and very important. Fionas goal as your doula is to provide you outstanding emotional support, informational support, and comforting physical support to make your experience a positive, well remembered experience in your life.

Areas served

  • Alexandria, VA
$ flexible
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Katharine Tobin

Fairfax, VA

0 reviews • 3 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 3 families supported • 1 years experience

I am a new birth & postpartum doula, lactation counselor, and childbirth educator training with Childbirth International. I am very passionate about prenatal nutrition and am currently in school to become a prenatal dietitian. I married my husband in December of 2020. Soon after, we adopted a boxer husky mix dog named Beau from our local animal shelter. We fell head over heels in love with him and have been obsessed since we laid eyes on him. If you were to ask my husband, he would tell you my favorite things to talk about are pregnancy, babies and Beau! I've worked as a nanny and babysitter with children of all ages. Childcare is part of the reason I wanted to become a doula. I saw how a difficult labor and delivery experience affected families, especially if there is some type of complication or the baby is premature. I felt like becoming a doula was the best way I personally could help. As a teenager, I experienced various medical issues and often found myself in and out of the hospital. These experiences opened my eyes to see how important advocation is in the medical field. I will do everything in my power to advocate for you and make sure your entire experience is as positive and smooth as possible.

Care philosophy

I am here to support you and your family during this time. My hope to encourage you and help you meet your goals. I desire to be your advocate I believe no type of birth is better than another. Whether you choose a hospital, home birth, epidural, C-section etc., I will do my best to inform you of all your options and support you.

Areas served

  • Fairfax County, VA
  • Washington, DC
  • Northern Virginia
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Alyce Crockett

Arlington, VA

0 reviews • 3 families supported • 2 years experience

0 reviews • 3 families supported • 2 years experience

Hello families ! My name is Alyce and I am 23 years old I have been in child care industry for 9 years now. I have my CDA license, and pediatric CPR and First Aid, I am a certified birth and postpartum doula. I am childbirth educator, and certified breastfeeding counselor. I have had 3 long term nannies families in the past, which ended because I started my doula journey. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out !

Care philosophy

My Philosophy for both birth and postpartum is that it’s designed to be a very safe, natural, and peaceful process that you and your body are made to experience. Since I offer postpartum care, I will support you mentally, emotionally, and physically not only during postpartum, but pregnancy, and labor as well.

Areas served

  • Minneapolis, Fairfax

Postpartum Doula Services: FAQs

For most parents, the transition into early parenthood is hard. Postpartum doulas in Alexandria, VA offer all sorts of practical, physical, informational and emotional support to new parents. Postpartum doulas in Alexandria, VA offer a wide range of after-birth support services, including:

  1. Caring for and assisting in the recovery of the birthing parent
  2. Providing breastfeeding and lactation support
  3. Offering advice for baby soothing, diapering and bathing
  4. Parent-baby bonding
  5. Caring for older siblings
  6. Light housework
  7. Night nannying or sleep relief services

Some parents require additional physical and emotional support due to their specific situation, lack of family support, or their particular lifestyle. A postpartum doula positively affects the entire family, as many postpartum doulas are involved in sibling care, housework chores, and educating clients on childcare information/techniques.

To find a postpartum doula in Alexandria, VA, most parents recommend creating a job post on Meela and having uniquely qualified postpartum doulas near you (in your budget) reach out to you through the Meela app.

You can interview and chat with as many postpartum doulas as you wish and hire a postpartum doula in Alexandria, VA with confidence. It is completely free to create a job post on Meela and find a postpartum doula. There are no commitments to hire any of the qualified and expert vetted postpartum doulas Meela brings you.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

  1. Post a job for free: Answer some questions and receive responses from top-rated postpartum doulas near you. It takes less than 30 seconds to post your job.
  2. Get your list of postpartum doulas: In a few hours, you will have a collection of postpartum doulas near you who are qualified to meet your needs. You can compare pricing, experience, and read reviews. You can chat with each postpartum doula to learn more about them.
  3. Hire a postpartum doula with confidence: Schedule virtual or in-person interviews with your top postpartum doula choices. Hire your top postpartum doula and start getting the care you deserve.

To find a postpartum doula, you can also browse the available postpartum doulas near you in Alexandria, VA and read reviews, compare pricing, experience and fit. Send the postpartum doulas you are interested in a message, introducing yourself and setting up an interview. We recommend reaching out to and interviewing at least three postpartum doulas before hiring a postpartum doula near you. After interviewing, hire the most qualified postpartum doula near you and start getting the care you deserve.

While the cost of a postpartum doula can vary based on experience and the services offered, the average cost of a postpartum doula in Alexandria, VA is $43 per hour, but typically ranges from $40 to $45 per hour. These costs are based on a representative group of 10 postpartum doulas surveyed by Meela in the Alexandria area. The average cost of a postpartum doula in Alexandria, VA is higher than the average cost of a postpartum doula in the state of Virginia, which is $35 per hour.

To put this in further context, the cost of a postpartum doula in Alexandria, VA is higher than the U.S. national average cost of a postpartum doula, which is $37 per hour.

When hiring a postpartum doula in Alexandria, VA, you and your doula will discuss and agree upon a fee structure, and your postpartum doula will send you itemized invoices through Meela, which you can pay securely through the app.

A postpartum doula in Alexandria, VA is meant to help the entire family and their role is not just limited to the birthing parent and newborn. A doula provides physical and emotional support to parents and siblings, but they also offer information and advice regarding how to feed, bathe, swaddle, and soothe the baby.

They also often help with postpartum depression issues, and are considered child care “consultants” rather than medical professionals. Many postpartum doulas in Alexandria, VA offer a range of services that can help with parents trying to adjust to a newborn child. These services often include:

  • Sibling care
  • Assist with household chores
  • Parent-baby bonding
  • Physical and emotional recovery
  • Support to parents and extended family

A postpartum doula in Alexandria, VA can have a lasting positive impact on a family and help them feel more confident about their parenting role and the way that they feed and nurture their baby. They might offer advice regarding feeding, bathing, and parent-baby bonding.

It is important to note that a postpartum doula might offer advice but is not expected to provide medical care of any kind or serve as a replacement to an accredited physician. Postpartum doulas are also not qualified to prescribe medication.

Many new parents want to know about certified postpartum doulas and how exactly they are certified. Since the demand for postpartum doulas has greatly expanded in the last several years, the number of reputable postpartum doula training and certification programs has grown in Alexandria, VA. Training criteria can differ from program to program, but most follow a similar curriculum which includes core academic curriculum and practical hours and real-life care experience.

One of the most common national postpartum doula training certifications comes from DONA International. A postpartum doula usually receives about 27 hours of practical training before they are a certified postpartum doula.

There are also CAPPA-certified postpartum doulas in Alexandria, VA, as well. These doulas were certified by the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association, an international organization that certifies doulas and other childbirth educators/professionals.

As a reminder, because postpartum doulas are not trained to be a medical professional and diagnose and treat medical conditions, a certification is not required for them to practice.

As their names suggest, a birth doula’s main priority is to provide support services before, during and in the moments immediately after childbirth. A postpartum doula’s obligations usually begin after the birth, for several weeks or months. In many cases, your birth doula will also be a trained and certified postpartum doula, which can provide a continuity of care that many parents find extremely valuable.

Many parents want to know whether a postpartum doula or a baby nurse would meet their needs and expectations. A baby nurse might be focused on making sure that a baby sleeps or feeds properly, but that might be the extent of their role. A postpartum doula generally offers more holistic services for their clients.

A postpartum doula in Alexandria, VA is expected to be more involved with the family as a whole. They might remain involved in sibling care or also provide emotional support to the partner as both parents adjust to becoming new parents. This may even include support for older siblings, light housework, and even meal prep. A postpartum doula provides more physical, emotional, and informational support than a baby nurse.

You can hire two types of doulas in Alexandria, VA: a birth doula and a postpartum doula. The birth doula is during your pregnancy and through the birth of your child. They provide you with emotional, physical and educational support during your pregnancy, your labor and delivery and for the first few hours after your child is born.

A postpartum doula will support you for the first few weeks after the baby is born. They provide in-home assistance, including teaching you how to take care of your newborn, acting as lactation consultant, and can provide some night nanny services.

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