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Found 13 Pros in Arlington, VA, USA | Postpartum doula support
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Audrey Gentry-Brown

Ashburn, VA

4 reviews • 20 families supported • 3 years experience

4 reviews • 20 families supported • 3 years experience

Since 2021 our mission has been rooted in the belief that every person deserves to have an empowering and transformative birth experience. We strive to create a sacred space where individuals feel supported, informed, and empowered to make choices that align with their values and desires.

Care philosophy

At Birth 'n' Herbs, our mission is to provide holistic and compassionate care to individuals and families throughout the journey of pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. We are committed to honoring the inherent wisdom of the body and embracing ancestral traditions.

Areas served

  • Washington DC
  • Prince George County
  • Fairfax County
  • Montgomery County
  • Loudoun County
  • Arlington County

Reviews

  • Amaka
    April 18, 2023 at 11:49 am | Client review

    Audrey has taken great care of me and has helped me through this journey spiritually, emotionally and physically. Whatever I needed Audrey has always been available and right there. She will definitely be my doula again for my other pregnancies in the future. My Consort and I rave to everyone about the nurture, care and the way of the ancestors Audrey provided. I cannot thank her enough and I’m happy to call her a friend now. She is now apart of the tribe.

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Tania Copper

Stafford, VA

3 reviews • 33 families supported • 13 years experience

3 reviews • 33 families supported • 13 years experience

At Birthing Boutique, we are dedicated to providing care that encompasses the full spectrum of the childbirth journey. Our approach integrates principles of integrative biology, ensuring a holistic perspective on fertility, pregnancy, postnatal care, labor, and delivery. We understand that each individual's path to parenthood is unique, and we are committed to offering comprehensive support tailored to their specific needs and circumstances. From fertility consultations to postnatal care, our mission is to empower and advocate for individuals during one of life's most vulnerable periods. We believe in the importance of nurturing both physical and emotional well-being throughout the entire childbirth process, fostering a supportive and compassionate environment for every family we serve.

Care philosophy

I embrace a holistic approach to birth doula care, prioritizing prenatal, postpartum, and lactation support. Specializing as a hypno-doula, I empower birthing individuals with hypnobirthing techniques. Additionally, I offer personalized pregnancy and fertility assistance. Collaboration with medical professionals ensures optimal care for my clients.

Areas served

  • Northern Virginia
  • Washington D.C.
  • Maryland

Reviews

  • Taj
    April 29, 2024 at 7:09 am | Client review

    Tania was amazing! Throughout the labor, Tania demonstrated an impressive blend of expertise and empathy. She was an invaluable resource, not only for my friend but for the entire birthing team, seamlessly collaborating with the medical staff to ensure a safe and empowering experience. Her ability to create a serene atmosphere amidst the intensity of labor was truly remarkable.

    What stood out most about Tania was her unwavering support of my friend’s choices. She actively listened and ensured that the birthing experience aligned with my friend’s preferences, even in the face of unforeseen challenges. In addition, she anticipated needs before they arose and was a pillar of strength during tough moments. Her holistic approach, which included massages, words of affirmation, and breathing techniques, were next level!

    Tania’s dedication to her craft is evident, and I have no doubt that she is a true asset to any birthing journey. I wholeheartedly recommend her services to anyone seeking a compassionate and skilled doula.

$ flexible
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Juliann McLaughlin

Fredericksburg, VA

5 reviews • 2 families supported • 1 years experience

5 reviews • 2 families supported • 1 years experience

I started a crash course of parenting as a bonus mom and then, was blessed with the experience in my own pregnancy and birth. Through my doula training and in witnessing my sister have a beautiful birth, I was able to acknowledge just how traumatic my own pregnancy and birth experiences were. My induction, over a day of laboring, and hours of unsuccessful pushing led to an emergency cesarean. I was terrified and was unprepared, so I am dedicated to ensuring this does not happen to my clients and that they have the opportunity to plan their birthing journey.

Care philosophy

I wish to give you an uplifting and inclusive experience, free from discrimination and mental health stigma. I strive to create a space that will help you feel actively listened to and emotionally supported.

Areas served

  • Fairfax County
  • Prince William County
  • Spotsylvania County
  • Richmond
  • Caroline County
  • Essex County
  • Stafford County
  • Hanover County
  • King George County
  • Henrico County

Reviews

  • Kate
    April 17, 2023 at 2:21 pm | Client review

    Juliann is compassionate, professional, and intuitive. She was a pillar of support through my 2 pregnancies. Her insight was invaluable during such emotional (and stressful) experiences. I felt better prepared with her by my side!

$ flexible
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Kayla Sponn

Reston, VA

3 reviews • 15 families supported • 2 years experience

3 reviews • 15 families supported • 2 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
$ flexible
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Chaya Eaddy

McLean, VA

2 reviews • 150 families supported • 4 years experience

2 reviews • 150 families supported • 4 years experience

We want to change the stigma of birth. We want to change how institutionalized a natural and beautiful process is. We want to break the patterns of health care professionals putting wants and needs before the families. We want healthy, thriving babies and families. We provide advocacy by helping YOU make sound decisions, we provide physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual support to moms in labor and postpartum. We are your backbone through every step of the way.

Care philosophy

Creating healthy beginnings is exactly what Intrinsic Motherhood is all about. We want to give you back your medical freedom and choices. Want want to give security and knowledge to make the best choices for you and your family. We want to be there every step of the way for you! Informed consent and autonomy is the name of the game. We work together to learn the necessary information.

Areas served

  • Fairfax
  • Arlington
  • Gainesville

Reviews

  • Taylor
    January 11, 2021 at 11:52 am | Client review

    I went to school with Chaya and my pregnancy actually helped us reconnect! As a first time mom, I was terrified of the entire pregnancy, labor, and delivery experience but Chaya helped the process go smoothly!

$ flexible
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Lauren Robson

VA

0 reviews • 7 families supported • 10 years experience

0 reviews • 7 families supported • 10 years experience

Hi, I'm Lauren! I am a Postpartum Doula that specializes in newborn care, lactation education, birth education, and nurturing postpartum mothers throughout their recovery. I pride myself in being a hardworking professional with a passion for doula work. I value the importance of maternal mental, physical, and emotional health. Certifications, trainings, years of experience, and raising a family of my own have molded me into the confident doula that I am today.

Care philosophy

As your doula I will work alongside you and your family during the first few weeks after your birth. I typically focus on nurturing Mom through her recovery, but I will also be supporting partners and extended family as well. I provide education, instruction, comfort, and the resources you need to feel confident in your parenting skills. I'm committed to supporting my community and its needs.

Areas served

  • Fauquier, Prince William, Culpeper Counties
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Maricar Hornilla

VA

0 reviews • 2 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 2 families supported • 1 years experience

Congratulations on the upcoming birth of your baby, and on your desire to secure the best possible support as you recover from giving birth and tap into your new role as a parent! I know that planning and preparing are the corner stones of comfort and peace. These things, combined with taking tangible actions, eliminate anxiety, reduce fear, and create space for a sense of calm and peace. They equip us to settle in and relax while allowing the process to unfold as it will. It brings with it, the feelings of safety and security. Having a baby can be exciting yet overwhelming time in a family's life. In fact, you may even be experiencing some of these feelings now. Having the exceptional care and support of a postpartum and infant care doula can reduce some of that overwhelm. As an expectant parent you have high aspirations and dreams for your newborn. Without question you want to have the most peaceful and healthful experience possible. Having the knowledge, support, and reassurance you desire is absolutely essential. I place my primary focus on each family's adjustment to life with a newborn, while prioritizing their infant's emotional, mental and physical development. As individuals transition into couples, and couples transition into families what matters most is that they feel seen and heard while making the decisions that best suits themselves, and their children. Trust that your individual needs will be met, and your expectations for newborn care will be far exceeded. Having the support of a doula has proven to give both you and your baby a head start on developing the systems and strategies that align with your parenting philosophies, and enable your family to thrive! With a lifetime of hands-on experience in working with children, I have the knowledge and compassion to exceed expectations by providing the professional support new families seek. I discovered my strong passion for supporting mothers and children while working at an Ob/Gyn office in the Bay Area of San Francisco. I knew immediately that this work was my calling and was inspired to build a career for myself by supporting growing families. On the path to where I am today, I began working part-time as an Early Childhood Educator at a child development center. The director of operations saw great potential in me, and asked me to move into a permanent full time position. After gathering more than twenty years of experience nurturing and teaching children from infancy to first grade, I brought my wisdom and expertise to the field of postpartum doula work. My educational background includes a B.A. in Family Studies, Consumer Science with an emphasis in Nutrition, Certification in Early Childhood Education, Postpartum Doula training, Infant Feeding Educator training, Baby Signs® Independent Certified Instructor, Excellence in Care and Education Award. I was born in San Francisco, CA and then moved to San Diego where I spent more than 10 years. Seeking a change of scenery, I moved to the East Coast and currently reside in Northern Virginia. My hobbies include outdoor activities, cooking, baking, dancing, watching movies, football, basketball, baseball, spending quality time with family, friends, and FaceTiming with my amazing niece and nephew back home.

Care philosophy

My Passion + Purpose IS YOU After giving birth to a baby and bringing them home, having an exceptional support system is one of the most important and unfortunately overlooked pieces of the puzzle. I never want anyone to feel like they're failing as parents. Parenting can be hard and the transition into it doesn't have to be so difficult. That's where I come in! Parents don't have to do it alone!

Areas served

  • Loudoun County and Fairfax County
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Sarah Newton

Fredericksburg, VA

9 reviews • 2009 families supported • 12 years experience

9 reviews • 2009 families supported • 12 years experience

With 12+ years of doula experience, Sarah is ready to support you through your birth journey. She is passionate about guiding women and their families through pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum while attending all types of births as a doula! Sarah was a licensed massage therapist before becoming a doula. That training and experience has been a HUGE asset for her clients. It helped her learn a great deal about the body, like how to specifically look where pregnant women hold tension. She can remind you when and where to release that tension, and how to help the body relax using different massage techniques. Sarah's support for laboring moms often takes many forms. This includes encouragement, education, decision making, relaxation techniques, and suggesting position changes. She has extensive experience working with many different life situations and many different types of support people on the birth team. She knows it is very important to have a doula who knows how to respectfully support whomever is supporting that mom at her birth whether it is the husband, partner, mom, sister, or friend who needs emotional and educational support at the birth as well. It may be a different kind of support, but it is just as important to the laboring mother to have her loved ones better able to help her as well. ​ Sarah has two beautiful children with her husband, Matthew. They had an amazing doula named Ginny for the birth of their daughter, who unexpectedly arrived early at 35 1/2 weeks. They were so thankful their doula was there supporting them. Ginny created calm wherever she went, and over time Sarah realized that she wanted to be able to offer that kind of atmosphere with love and support to pregnant moms, too. While going through Birth Doula training, Sarah was able to learn from, train under and be professionally mentored by her doula, Ginny. Sarah was honored to be hired at Ginny's non-profit doula organization after becoming a certified doula. In 2014, Sarah branched out into her own business. Doula work is not always easy, but it fills her heart with doing something she loves. All the love and support from her family has allowed her to attend over 200 births in the last 12 years.

Care philosophy

My role as a doula is to bring you all 12+ years of experience, education, and resources to your doorstep. It allows me to efficiently help you navigate through your pregnancy, labor and birth, and postpartum period. I am passionate about helping women and their families go through this time of life!

Areas served

  • Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania, Woodbridge

Reviews

  • Melanie
    May 22, 2023 at 11:31 am | Client review

    We had the privilege of working with Sarah during the height of the pandemic, so on top of the general stresses and worries of preparing for birth and postpartum, we didn’t have any family around to support us in-person. Sarah immediately felt like a trusted friend and advisor, and the preparatory meetings we shared were incredibly valuable from a practical what-to-expect perspective as well as an emotional one.

    In the delivery room, she tracked my progress and gave us a birthing timeline which is a fascinating and treasured record. She supported my birthing process and took some wonderful photos of the birth as well.

    Postpartum, Sarah graced our home on a twice weekly basis for night shifts to give my husband (and to some extent myself, a round-the-clock breastfeeding mom) some very much needed rest. Her confidence handling our daughter with loving care and good humor added so much to our early months as new parents. I’ll always remember her making cookies in our kitchen with our daughter snuggly and happily swaddled by her side. She also helped my husband and I with some accupressure treatment for our newly challenged shoulder and back muscles.

    We have kept in regular touch with Sarah over the past two years and hope to remain in touch for a long time to come. Her skillful work as a doula, coupled with her personable, caring demeanor, have left an indelible mark on our family. We are forever grateful to her and to my colleague who recommended her to us.

$ flexible
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Bianca Leonard

Tysons, VA

1 reviews • 15 families supported • 7 years experience

1 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

Reviews

  • Anissa
    September 12, 2023 at 1:54 am | Peer review

    Bianca is a great advocate and leader in the community in reference to being a birth/postpartum doula and a Lamaze trained child birth educator. She has been able to implement educational support to all ages and helped the birthing persons/partner to feel at ease and knowledgeable. The continuity of care that she has been able to give allows her clients to be lifelong and the relationships that are built are authentic.

$ 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

Postpartum Doula Services: FAQs

For most parents, the transition into early parenthood is hard. Postpartum doulas in Arlington, VA offer all sorts of practical, physical, informational and emotional support to new parents. Postpartum doulas in Arlington, 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 Arlington, 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 Arlington, 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 Arlington, 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, you can expect the average cost of a postpartum doula in Arlington, VA to be $35 per hour, which is the average cost of a postpartum doula in the state of Virginia. The cost of a postpartum doula in Arlington, VA can range from $29 to $41 per hour. These costs are based on a representative group of 139 postpartum doulas surveyed by Meela across the state of Virginia. The average cost of a postpartum doula in Virginia is lower than the U.S. national average cost of a doula, which is $37 per hour.

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

A postpartum doula in Arlington, 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 Arlington, 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 Arlington, 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 Arlington, 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 Arlington, 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 Arlington, 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 Arlington, 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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