Before becoming a doula and newborn care specialist, Tanja earned her business administration degree and served over a decade in the banking industry where she fostered her love of supporting people and making them feel important. Her experience as a military spouse was also a part of her decision to become a doula. During her own path to motherhood, she knew she wanted a certain birth experience but was far from family and didn’t know where to start.
Tanja says, “Attending births and being there to help a family experience one of the most amazing moments is, by far, the best decision I have made. To see their faces when their babies are born speaks volumes to what we do as doulas.”
When she’s not doula-ing, she enjoys substitute teaching, relaxing in her PJ’s with a cup of coffee, catching an episode of Judge Judy and eating brownies, especially the edges. Tanja resides in Haymarket and is a mother of two awesome, young adult sons and a mini schnauzer.
From a young age, Taylor has been interested in pregnancy, birth and babies. When she met a doula during a yoga instructor training, she received the push she needed into the doula world. She now serves as both a birth and postpartum doula and is certain she has found the career she’s been aching for all these years.
When she sees an expecting or new mom, she thinks, “I am so excited for her! She is entering a new phase of her life and is about to learn so much about herself and the world.” As a doula, the best gift Taylor gives to women is compassion, listening ears, and non-judgmental support.
Some of her favorite things to do include enjoying a good bowl of chocolate ice cream, practicing and teaching yoga, and relaxing with an adult coloring book.
While working as a nurse in the Netherlands, Nathalie served countless patients in both the Labor & Delivery and Mother-Baby units. She also spent time working under pressure as an ICU nurse.
Almost as impactful in her decision to become a doula were her own birth and postpartum experiences. Feeling alone and unsure of how to handle the difficulties of labor, she and her husband hoped for more from their own experience. In contrast, she credits her wonderful start to motherhood to her postpartum doula who cared for her as she recovered from birth.
Described as open-minded, nurturing, and sincere, Nathalie’s eagerness to make clients’ experiences as positive as possible is one of the many gifts she brings to the table.
A world-traveler, she has lived in the Netherlands, Georgia (Tbilisi), and Tanzania. She enjoys being in nature, cycling, and trying new restaurants – especially Japanese. Nathalie lives in Bethesda with her husband and three children.
Tory’s journey toward becoming a postpartum doula began years ago when she received her MPH in Maternal & Child Public Health. Since then, her passion for supporting new families has only grown and she began teaching childbirth education as well as leading a new mom support group at a large local hospital. As she led this group, she knew she wanted to find additional opportunities to support families as they brought home their newborns. When she discovered the postpartum doula role she knew she had found the perfect combination of professional support and compassionate care.
Tory’s personal and professional experiences provide the wisdom, nurturing, and comfort that new families seek when bringing home their babies. She gently and compassionately provides opportunities for parents to learn new skills and gain confidence caring for their baby.
When Tory isn’t providing exceptional care to local families, she can be found enjoying a new book, volunteering with her kid’s various activities, and tending to her vegetable garden.
A nurturer by nature, Kaylie found a special love for pregnancy and birth when she delivered her first daughter overseas in Japan. A HypnoBirthing class she took during that time inspired what has turned into her passion and livelihood as a doula. Her degree in Communication and Event Management coupled with her compassionate birth support services allowed her business to flourish in Northern Virginia. As a native Virginian, Kaylie is deeply rooted in the NOVA region and is passionate about supporting local families as they explore and find their own birth and parenting philosophies.
Kaylie values communication, respect, and nonjudgmental support. She offers compassionate care and a unique ability to meet each family where they are, recognizing their distinct and important family dynamics.
Not only is Jessica a birth doula, she’s also a La Leche League leader. Her strong background supporting birth and lactation position her as a fantastic postpartum resource. Clients who work with her have commented that “Jessica has a true gift for this work.”
While her own birth experiences led her to become a doula, she understands the intimate, unique nature of each person’s postpartum period and works with people to support and nurture their individual goals.
Some of Jessica’s favorite things include vacationing in the Outer Banks (NC), being outside with her husband and children, and eating fresh food.
Vanessa’s career path, from military service to community service helping families in the Head Start program, demonstrates one unwavering trait about her – her commitment to serving. She has made it her mission to better the lives of those around her through compassion and support.
People who have worked with her say that she is open, positive, and brings a fresh perspective. She believes some of the best things she can give a new mother are positive affirmations, physical touch, and one essential that communicates nurturing best – food.
A woman of many interests, Vanessa is also known for her cooking skills. One of her favorite homecooked meals is steak with roasted potatoes and Brussels sprouts with a side of red velvet cake with buttercream frosting.
She lives in Fairfax with her husband Jason and four cats (Charlie, Safy, G, and Peppercorn).
Caroline’s years as a teacher and nanny laid the foundation on her path to becoming a doula. At the root of all of her work is a passion for serving the whole family. Families who have worked with Caroline describe her demeanor as calm and positive and say that she is resourceful, a great trait to have in dealing with both the planned and unexpected.
She will be offering Postpartum and Infant Care support in 2018 to deepen her care for families in the Northern Virginia region.
When not doula-ing, Caroline serves others as a special needs attendant. She also spends her time reading, baking, and practicing yoga.
Lexi is currently on maternity leave and will be accepting clients in spring 2018.