With nearly six years of professional experience, Tanja has supported many families in our community around the clock, from daytime support, to overnight, as well as live-in care. Her goal as a doula is to help families get over the feelings of overwhelm that often come with bringing home baby and adjusting to a new normal.
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 also played a part in her decision to become a doula.
Tanja says, “My greatest joy is to hold space for the mother so that she can concentrate on healing and bonding with her little one. I absolutely love what I do. I believe every family deserves the best care and time to focus on getting – and staying – well and refreshed.”
When she’s not doula-ing, she enjoys substitute teaching, relaxing in her PJs 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.
Amanda is a DONA-trained birth doula and CAPPA-trained postpartum doula. After giving birth to her own children, Amanda was humbled and empowered by what her body could do. This inspiration planted the seed to help other women discover their strength, before and after birth, no matter how they choose to do so. She sees in her work that supporting a woman without judgment during this powerful time is incredibly therapeutic in coping with the challenges of motherhood.
A true believer in the sacredness of pregnancy and birth, Whitney says the magic of birth never ceases to amaze and fascinate her. In her previous work for the Federal Government, she rallied for humanitarian issues focusing on refugees, asylum-seekers, and maternal and child care. As your doula, she brings not only her operational experience and competence, but also her unconditional, warm, and focused support to your family unit.
Whitney’s hope for each of her clients is that they have an experience they treasure. For new babies, she wants to facilitate the best, gentlest possible transition that honors the bond between mother and baby. Whitney says, “My life experience has taught me the strength of loving acceptance, empathy, and true connection, especially in moments of trial and transformation. We are meant to come alongside each other in those times and lift each other up.”
A five-year veteran as both a birth and postpartum doula, Holly has been an asset to many families in the Northern Virginia/DC region. Her clients appreciate and enjoy her wisdom, careful attention, warmth, and candid humor. Holly is also a Certified Lactation Counselor with nearly ten years of lactation experience. Being a mother and doula, Holly’s approach is nurturing and accepting. Her hopes for her clients are that they have warm, love-filled experiences in the perinatal period that they reflect on with satisfaction – however they define it.
Holly is also an avid reader, writer, and volleyball player. She has a background in Education and has worked as a paralegal, journalist, and editor before becoming a doula. She resides in Sterling, VA with her husband and four children.
Brenda finds working with expecting families a nourishing gift. A doula since 2003, Brenda’s passion for empowered birth has long strengthened our community. She’s served as an active member of LLL (La Leche League) and ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network), as well as a leader in a local API (Attachment Parenting International) group. As a mother who’s birthed via Cesarean herself as well as had her own successful VBACs, she’s intimately aware of the unique needs of these parents. Working with Brenda means benefiting from her gentle compassion and unconditional support.
Brenda has a background in math and computer science, and a knack for building software. This translates to her strong ability to take complex information and relay it in understandable terms.
She lives in Bristow, VA with her three children, husband Paul, his three children, and four furry felines. She is an avid movie-watcher, enjoys playing games with her family, and taking care of her health through food and yoga.
Taniqua began her doula journey while working in the labor and delivery unit of a hospital as a technician. It was in this position that her love for supporting families as she worked side by side the other L& D staff. Through her job at the hospital she switched over to more postpartum care. Swaddling newborns, first baths, first feedings and night shift rotations. Taniqua quickly knew she found her passion and soon after began her career as a birth and postpartum doula. She took some hands on training within the hospital where she was employed and is also trained with Childbirth International (CBI).
Taniqua prides herself on her meticulously attention to detail and positive attitude!
“It wasn’t until I had my own daughter and wanted a doula and couldn’t have one that I knew I wanted to be there for another mom who needed support through birth and after. Just making a difference in the many families I aided verified that being a doula was my calling.”
As a seasoned newborn professional Lois’s personality is one of a calm sense, nurturing, and happy. Having over 40 years experience working with newborns, babies are her love and passion and she posses the extraordinary ability to relate to them and provide them with a sense of security, warmth, love and affection.
After receiving her postpartum doula training in California and working for Santa Monica Hospital, Lois moved back to the East Coast to be closer to my family. While helping families in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Northern Virginia, she received her CLC certification. Lois craved more lactation training to be able to help more families with difficult latch problems and babies labeled “failure to thrive”. She then received her IBCLC designation and has to date consulted with over three hundred families. In addition Lois has been instrumental in shaping the doula program at five major hospitals in Maryland and Consulted with the University of Michigan Hospital in developing their new doula program.
As a postpartum doula and IBCLC (among many others credentials), Lois is amazing at identifying slight tweaks in the routine or care that will benefit the entire family.
“While I am in your home you will feel very relaxed with no cares or worries. I will provide you with evidence-based information for you to make informed decisions regarding the care of your newborn. It is my goal to make your life easier, calmer, and have a happy well-adjusted baby.”
Demi is passionate about support for families during the perinatal period. She’s grateful to be entrusted by her clients to make it a positive, impactful experience for the whole family unit. One of the highlights of her job is watching families’ confidence grow during their time together. Among other reasons, Demi’s commonly sought out for her extensive breastfeeding knowledge. She’s a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist as well as one of Old Town Alexandria’s La Leche League leaders. Demi anticipates sitting for her IBCLC boards in 2020 and, in the meantime, is also actively pursuing her Maternal Support Practitioner recognition.
Not just an awesome doula, Demi is also a wife and mother. She resides with her family in Manassas, VA.
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 her partner Sam, pup Daisy, and 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.
Bianca Marie has been a dedicated, highly-respected public health professional for nearly two decades. Her focus on healthy communities has specifically bolstered women’s health issues, access to adequate healthcare and health information technology. She says her doula calling stemmed from both her personal and professional passions and frustrations in helping women achieve optimal health. Bianca Marie’s overarching goal for her clients is to help them work towards physical, emotional, social, and spiritual wellness. She’s a wonderful doula for families looking for a non-judgmental educator, encouraging coach, and/or supportive companion as they transition through the pregnancy and into postpartum.
Outside of doula work, Bianca Marie is also a researcher, public speaker, author, and community volunteer. She’s known for positive energy, expertise, and servant’s heart. She lives with her family in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.