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Found 7 Pros in Dale City, VA, USA | Lactation support
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Families served
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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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Lauren Robson

VA

2 reviews • 6 families supported • 1 years experience

2 reviews • 6 families supported • 1 years experience

please see my website for more information on what I offer, prices, and resources: www.thevaflowerdoula.com

Care philosophy

please see my website for more information on what I offer, prices, and resources: www.thevaflowerdoula.com

Areas served

  • Culpeper, Fauquier, Prince William, Fredericksburg

Reviews

  • Jessa
    April 20, 2024 at 9:17 am | Client review

    If you are looking for a doula who is knowledgeable, caring, and goes above and beyond for her clients, look no further! Lauren was such an incredible resource during my second pregnancy journey. She helped guide me through pregnancy complications and a premature birth. Lauren offered amazing pre-natal and post partum support, and was there every step of the way for my unexpected induction. I’m forever grateful to have had Lauren by my side during this pregnancy and beyond!

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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.

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Dyamond Copeland

Manassas, VA

1 reviews • 12 families supported • 7 years experience

1 reviews • 12 families supported • 7 years experience

have always been inspired by the strength of women and the miracle of birth. This is why I became a professional Birth Doula and am proud to serve women and families throughout the DMV area and Virtual. Every woman deserves to have someone there to guide and assist them in making educated choices about their pregnancy and remind them that they can trust the strength of their bodies during this time. I’m here to provide unbiased information and emotional support. Please get in touch to find out more.

Care philosophy

As a caring Doula, I provide all the emotional, educational and physical support you need during pregnancy, labor and beyond. Whether you’re interested in a birthing class, labor support or breastfeeding advice and even virtual support . I’m here for you. see each pregnancy as a unique miracle. I'm a professional Birth Doula based in Manassas Virginia . I help women feel empowered through their

Areas served

  • woodbridge
  • DMV

Reviews

  • Shian
    January 6, 2023 at 11:06 am | Client review

    Mrs. Copeland is a amazing person and caregiver during my pregnancy. She’s very educated about pregnancy and answers all my birth questions. I feel so confident in her abilities to assist me during my labor. She’s always patient and caring and loves what she does. Her passion is what made me pick her as my doula. Hands down the best experience so far.

$ 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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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

Lactation Consultant: FAQs

A certified lactation consultant is a professional that helps parents address and solve their breastfeeding problems. Many new parents believe that breastfeeding is easy, only to find more obstacles than anticipated. 92% of parents say they are having problems with breastfeeding their new baby within only 3 days.

Nursing doesn’t always come naturally.

Breastfeeding can be overwhelming and all-consuming. A lactation consultant in Dale City, VA can identify issues such as low milk supply, latching problems, or nipple engorgement. They also offer advice and techniques to help parents understand existing issues, improve how they read their baby’s cues, and feel empowered about breastfeeding despite existing social norms.

Every parent’s journey is unique, and there might be specific challenges or obstacles in your particular situation. The ultimate goal of a lactation consultant is to support parents who choose to breastfeed their children. A lactation consultant in Dale City, VA can often save parents time and energy, and also give them some peace of mind.

Many mothers also face issues where they cannot breastfeed in the workplace or lack the family support or time to ensure that their child is breastfed correctly. A lactation consultant in Dale City, VA can also provide a significant amount of moral support, diagnose breastfeeding issues, and solve latching, positioning, and scheduling issues.

To find a lactation specialist in Dale City, VA, most parents recommend creating a job post on Meela and having uniquely qualified lactation experts near you (in your budget) reach out to you through the Meela app.

You can interview and chat with as many lactation specialists as you wish and hire a lactation consultant with confidence. It is completely free to create a job post on Meela and find a lactation consultant. There are no commitments to hire any of the qualified and expert vetted experts 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 lactation specialists near you. It takes less than 30 seconds to post your job.
  2. Get your list of lactation consultants: In a few hours, you will have a collection of lactation consultants near you who are qualified to meet your needs. You can compare pricing, experience, and read reviews. You can chat with each lactation specialist to learn more about them.
  3. Hire a lactation consultant with confidence: Schedule virtual or in-person interviews with your top choices. Hire your top lactation specialist and start getting the care you deserve.

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

The cost of a lactation consultant can vary based on a variety of factors, including their experience, their services, and their skills or specializations. Overall, the average cost of a lactation consultant in Dale City, VA is $185 per hour based on a survey of 120 lactation specialists in the Dale City, VA area.

Under the Affordable Care Act, many insurance companies should be covering the cost of lactation services. However, there are a number of factors that determine whether insurance will cover the cost of a certified lactation consultant in Dale City, VA. You should contact your insurance company for more information.

Here are some factors to consider regarding insurance and your lactation consultant cost:

  • Your insurance provider
  • Your individual health plan
  • The type of lactation specialist
  • The specific service provided

Meela’s network of lactations specialists in Dale City, VA offer both in-home lactation support sessions or virtual lactation support sessions. Both types of sessions typically last between 1 and 3 hours. In your sessions, your lactation specialist will spend time understanding the issues you are facing and work with you and your baby to diagnose the issues have and also provide specific guidance and hands-on practice and exercises.

Lactation consultants help parents understand the best way to comfortably breastfeed their baby and help them navigate breastfeeding social norms. They can also help reduce stress and anxiety about breastfeeding, or help with specific challenges (such as breastfeeding twins, for example). Other parents might just want emotional support that doesn’t currently exist within their family, workplace, or network or friends.

Certified lactation consultants can also help with specialized issues that may arise with premature children or sick children. A parent may not have thought about breastfeeding help until they notice that their baby isn’t gaining weight properly, and finally realize that they might need some support and knowledge before continuing to breastfeed. On the other hand, some parents might prepare with a lactation consultant months before the baby is born.

Whether you are planning ahead or are thinking about a lactation now that you are having breastfeeding issues or concerns, a lactation consultant can be incredibly helpful and useful for parents.

Lactation counselors in Dale City, VA can often help parents with breastfeeding and offer breastfeeding advice, training, and troubleshooting. Many of these counselors have taken the CLC exam, or the Certified Lactation Counselor exam. A certified lactation counselor has typically undergone 45 hours of training.

On the other hand, a certified lactation consultant in Dale City, VA has undergone a specific amount of clinical training hours, which is not a requirement to become a lactation counselor. These lactation consultants are certified by the International Board of Certified Lactation Consultants, as well. A lactation consultant typically has a bachelor’s degree in a health field and has undergone 90 hours of training and has somewhere between 300 and 1,000 hours of experience with parents.

Lactation consultants in Dale City, VA are often working with other healthcare teams in collaboration with postpartum nurses to ensure that parents understand how to breastfeed their babies. Both lactation consultants and lactation counselors can provide support, develop feeding plans, and offer actionable advice with respect to breastfeeding.

The best approach is for parents to hire a lactation specialist early in their pregnancy so that they can help you prepare both mentally and physically. Parents don’t need to wait until your baby is born to begin thinking about breastfeeding support and education.

Some parents might be anxious about breastfeeding in public or feel like they want access to a breastfeeding expert to help both inform and support them. A lactation consultant in Dale City, VA can also help young professional parents schedule their breastfeeding efficiently so that they can return to work quicker, while others might specialize in helping with breastfeeding anxiety issues.

It is never too late to hire a certified lactation consultant in Dale City, VA. These breastfeeding consultants can also offer emotional breastfeeding support that can be valuable to those who lack family or workplace support. A lactation consultant can also be critical in identifying warning signs that might indicate more serious growth or developmental issues.

There are many documented benefits to breastfeeding, and parents often believe that it will be an easy and natural experience. Unfortunately, many parents run into issues such as low milk supply, nipple engorgement, or latching problems that can affect their baby’s health. These lactation specialists can be useful for troubleshooting, advice, or emotional support.

Certified lactation consultants can strengthen the bond between parents and their babies through breastfeeding advice, tips, and support. This might include showing parents how to help their baby latch properly, establishing feeding schedules, or dealing with sore nipples or engorgement. A lactation consultant can help new parents better understand their baby’s needs in general, and monitor the baby’s growth and development.

Lactation specialists in Dale City, VA also offer emotional support and help parents breastfeed more efficiently so that they can get back to work and allow them to better manage expectations. Many parents face issues where they cannot breastfeed in the workplace, or do not have the family support or time to ensure that their child is breastfed properly and with care. These expert consultants can also provide a significant amount of moral support, diagnose breastfeeding issues, while also solving issues such as latching, positioning, and scheduling.

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