Whitney brings her training and experience as a birth and post-partum doula, mother of three, and grandmother of one to each client, whether tending to a mom in labor or providing nurturing care for a family in the first days and months after a birth. She says the magic of pregnancy, birth and infant development never ceases to amaze and fascinate her. Whenever she supports a new mom, Whitney feels honored to participate and offer her loving heart and hands to those who need her service.
Whitney’s hope for each of her clients is that they go through pregnancy, birth and the early days afterwards creating experiences and memories that they will treasure forever. So often the birthing process becomes clinical and medicalized, leaving the new mother struggling with disappointment and a sense of loss. Whitney is dedicated to working with each client to protect her experience of birth and help her realize her dream for how it will unfold. For new babies, Whitney wants to facilitate the best, gentlest possible transition to the outside world that fully honors the bond between mother and baby. In the first year after a birth, Whitney offers competent, reliable, nonjudgmental support and caring to hold the space for a family as they adjust to the presence of a new member. The early days can be fraught with exhaustion and a sense of being overwhelmed, and the calm, reassuring hands of a doula can make a huge difference.
Whitney comes to doula work as a second career. Previously, she worked in the Federal Government for 23 years, focusing on humanitarian work involving refugees, asylum-seekers, and maternal and child health. She brings to doula work all of the wisdom and understanding gained from that earlier experience as well as her unconditional, warm, and focused support to your family unit. A lover of languages, Whitney speaks English, Russian, French, Norwegian, Swedish, and a bit of Spanish and German. She is also a licensed massage therapist who focuses on prenatal and post-partum massage as well as using massage techniques to help ease labor. Whitney lives in Fairfax, VA, with her three children and granddaughter, in a house full of the laughter and love of three generations. When she isn’t at work, you can find her reading, hiking, rowing, practicing Tae Kwon Do (she has a black belt), contra-dancing, crocheting, or playing the piano and singing badly while the rest of the family carries the tune.