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Found 7 Pros in Wheaton, Wheaton-Glenmont, MD, USA | Postpartum doula support
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Families served
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Lekesha Sampson

Baltimore, MD

2 reviews • 30 families supported • 15 years experience

2 reviews • 30 families supported • 15 years experience

I decided to slightly adjust my career path from a Child Care Provider to a Doula by attending IAP Career college, achieving a certificate in Doula Business Ownership with 148 hours of study, CCBC where I'm currently pursuing my pathway in Early Childhood Development and Yoga Practitioner, and Madriella Doula Network where I've acquired my certifications in Birth/Postpartum Doula work. I am continuing to take courses such as Childbirth Education, Lactation Education, and Young Parent Specialist to further my knowledge to better assist parents in need of guidance, and I plan to become a Certified Licensed Midwife in the future. Realizing that valuable information around pregnancy, birth and parenthood is commonly left out, I vow to help ease anxieties by helping new expecting parents become knowledgeable and prepared for what's to come, increasing their ability to self-advocate, make informed decisions-giving them their sense of control back, and still having that control in finding a healthy balance between taking care of themselves as well as the baby. Moms need care too!

Care philosophy

My philosophy is making sure the postpartum experience is gentle, smooth, positive and supported no matter the parenting style the parent(s) has. Postpartum support should be non-judgemental, unbiased, and not pushing beliefs on a family. It's personalized support based on what each individual family needs/wants. I want to make sure there's a smooth transition, leaving parent(s) feeling empowered.

Areas served

  • Baltimore
  • Essex
  • Columbia
  • Towson
  • Owings Mills
  • White Marsh

Reviews

  • Daisy
    October 14, 2022 at 10:35 am | Client review

    LeKesha is awesome. Would recommend to anyone looking for the support they need. She was there for me 100%

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Djuana Fair

Baltimore, MD

1 reviews • 10 families supported • 3 years experience

1 reviews • 10 families supported • 3 years experience

I have a strenuous background in the healthcare field. My most recent being an EMT. Along the years, I have always been the friend or family member to be on the forefront when it came to bringing home new babies. It wasn't until recently when my cousin, who is a labor doula, suggested I put my strong, caring heart into what I really enjoy doing. As a postpartum doula, I assist with light housework, meal prep, and of course, helping with baby while Mom gets some much needed rest. I am here to help you get that balance back.

Care philosophy

As a working mom of 8 myself, I completely get what its like to bring home a new baby and life is still on full force. My goal is to help you develop a balance that will help you get right back into the swing of things while still being able to love up on your new bundle of joy!

Areas served

  • Baltimore, Harford, Howard, Anne Arundel

Reviews

  • Chanele
    November 23, 2022 at 7:13 am | Peer review

    Djuana has a lot of experience with families and she brings that experience, knowledge, and her compassion to each family she supports. She goes above and beyond with each client she takes on and the feedback is always positive

$ flexible
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Allison Stewart

MD

2 reviews • 30 families supported • 3 years experience

2 reviews • 30 families supported • 3 years experience

I love supporting families and have done so for over 20 years. As a preschool teacher, I had the pleasure and privilege of working with families and being a part of their village. After becoming a parent myself, I wanted to support them in a new way. I decided to become a doula, which enables me to support families during one of the most exciting and life changing moments of their lives. I believe in customized care, answering questions and concerns with honest, evidence based information. My goal is to assist my clients so they can make the best decisions for their growing family and have a positive birth experience. As a new baby comes into the world, the entire family goes through a change and postpartum support can be helpful during such an exciting time. I offer both in person (in MD & DC) and virtual services, as well as monthly events and workshops designed to help support parents through pregnancy, labor, and their postpartum journeys. I even have a community for parents and their families designed to help them thrive! Find out more at letsdoulathisllc.com.

Care philosophy

I see pregnancy, birth, and the growth of a family as one of the most exciting and sacred times in our lives. As a Doula, I am privileged to assist and empower families during these life-changing experiences while helping to make them as positive and healthy as possible. I am proud and honored to offer support families virtually and in person in the Maryland and DC metro areas.

Areas served

  • Maryland
  • DC
  • Virtual support

Reviews

  • Sahira
    October 10, 2022 at 11:01 am | Client review

    Allison was helpful and a calming presence. She seeks to understand your needs and worries. A great advocate. She is a good communicator and very responsive through text.

$ flexible
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Elisha Wilson

MD

3 reviews • 35 families supported • 1 years experience

3 reviews • 35 families supported • 1 years experience

Here at Divine Doula I provide the expectant parent(s) the support needed from the moment of conception until after birth. I am a Certified Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Breastfeeding Counselor w/Advanced Lactation, Perinatal Nutrition Educator and Childbirth Educator.

Care philosophy

Assisting families in having the best birthing experience possible based on what you desire. Also helping families during the postpartum period, with breastfeeding and nutrition. A divine birth with a divine doula.

Areas served

  • Prince George's County, MD and Virtual
  • DMV area

Reviews

  • Kyara
    March 18, 2021 at 9:34 am | Client review

    Elisha is very patient and hands on with you. She makes sure you are comfortable and has your best interest in mind.

$ flexible
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Heather Whitten

Ellicott City, MD

4 reviews • 20 families supported • 3 years experience

4 reviews • 20 families supported • 3 years experience

I come into full spectrum doula work after a decade of growing my own family through infertility, fostering, adoption, and IVF and documenting our life and births along the way. Showing the power, truth, and beauty of these moments through photography is truly the cornerstone of my work. Being able to facilitate a space that feels safe enough to explore all of your options and decide what's best for you and your family is something I'm very proud to be able to provide to clients from a variety of backgrounds without judgement. Education, connections to other professionals in the industry, and comforting touch are all things my care include.

Care philosophy

As a photographer and Full Spectrum Doula I document and support pregnant people no matter the outcome of their pregnancy, be it a chosen outcome or not. I work hard to build strong, meaningful connections with my clients so that they trust me in their most vulnerable moments.

Areas served

  • greater DMV area

Reviews

  • Zoe
    February 12, 2021 at 4:30 pm | Client review

    Heather was great to work with. As a first time Mom anxious about breastfeeding, she suggested a couple of wonderful resources for me that made a huge difference. She was such a champ during my 26-hour labor, providing hours and hours of counter-pressure relief during low-back contractions. She also had all the “things” to try to help, like a TENS machine, which did help for me. I felt really comfortable given Heather’s experience and knowledge and would recommend her, hands down. We’ve gone on to use her for babysitting as our daughter is growing up and she absolutely adores Heather!

$ flexible
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Antwanette London

MD

3 reviews • 10 families supported • 8 years experience

3 reviews • 10 families supported • 8 years experience

As a doula, I offer non medical support to mom and partner during pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, birth and post partum. My goal is to provide comfort measures during labor and birth, allowing the experience to be non-traumatic and more comfortable for families. Helping you to understand the medical terms and procedures by expressing your right to know questions to your provider.

Care philosophy

A Christian doula offering non-judgmental services through emotional and physical support. My passion is to educate mom and families on how to advocate for themselves by providing evidence based resources. As a doula, my goal is to help keep mom and baby in a safe space by empowering the family with the necessary skills.

Areas served

  • PG county, Montgomery Co, Howard Co
  • Anne Arundel Co
  • Washington, DC
  • Virtual Platforms

Reviews

  • Latasha
    January 8, 2021 at 6:31 am | Client review

    Antwanette is absolutely amazing! We were so blessed and fortunate to have her a part of our birth experience. I felt like a “new mom” as our pregnancy was totally unexpected and our oldest daughter was 13. Her patience, professionalism, support, guidance, and knowledgeable advice made us feel content and at peace throughout the pregnancy. She was always flexible/available to answer questions and promptly meet our needs without hesitation! The calming spirit she exudes made our experience both genuine and trustworthy. When we found out we were expecting, I was filled with stress, anxiety, and the fear of starting all over 13 years later. In addition to this, I was labeled by my doctor as “high risk” due to my age. Interacting and conversing with her daily quickly decreased my stress and anxiety level. My doctor talked very fast and wanted to conduct several blood test that I was unsure and quite confused about. She sat me down and informed me about all the new blood tests while also explaining all the specifics of each test as well as my rights and options as a mother. There was nothing that I felt uncomfortable asking her. She goes above and beyond to put your mind at ease so you can focus on carrying and birthing a healthy baby. We could not imagine our birth experience without her support. I would highly recommend her to all expecting mothers. She will definitely enhance both your prenatal/postnatal birth experience.

$ flexible
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Shay Stancil

Lanham, MD

0 reviews • 8 families supported • 2 years experience

0 reviews • 8 families supported • 2 years experience

I believe that by empowering and equipping clients with evidence-based information, I am preparing you to ask the right questions and be confident in voicing your needs and desires during birth. I aim to create an environment that is safe, peaceful, and without fear so as to usher in a new life in a way that is beautiful and trauma-free. I seek to understand the desires of each client and work within my scope of practice to bring your wishes to fruition.​ I work to minimize barriers that negatively affect pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care for each client and family, and provide clients with the tools and knowledge necessary to navigate their community resources to produce the best outcomes for themselves and their babies.

Care philosophy

My clients are served with dignity, respect, compassion, and integrity; and I ensure to keep what you want, need, and deserve at the forefront of our service. It is my distinct intention to serve birthing persons to whom doula services may not be easily accessible, in an effort to normalize doula care and improve birth statistics for this population.

Areas served

  • Washington DC
  • Prince George's County MD
  • Anne Arundel County MD
  • Howard County MD
  • Montgomery County MD
  • Arlington County VA
  • Fairfax County VA

Postpartum Doula Services: FAQs

For most parents, the transition into early parenthood is hard. Postpartum doulas in Wheaton, MD offer all sorts of practical, physical, informational and emotional support to new parents. Postpartum doulas in Wheaton, MD 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 Wheaton, MD, 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 Wheaton, MD 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 Wheaton, MD 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 Wheaton, MD to be $37 per hour, which is the average cost of a postpartum doula in the state of Maryland. The cost of a postpartum doula in Wheaton, MD can range from $30 to $44 per hour. These costs are based on a representative group of 107 postpartum doulas surveyed by Meela across the state of Maryland. The average cost of a postpartum doula in Maryland is about the same as the U.S. national average cost of a doula, which is $37 per hour.

When hiring a postpartum doula in Wheaton, MD, 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 Wheaton, MD 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 Wheaton, MD 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 Wheaton, MD 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 Wheaton, MD. 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 Wheaton, MD, 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 Wheaton, MD 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 Wheaton, MD: 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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