With nearly nine 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 family so that they can concentrate on healing and bonding with their 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.
Alicia is a ProDoula Certified Labor Doula, whose distinguished career sets her apart from other local doulas. Not only is she a Certified Labor doula with years of real-world experience as the birthing parent of three children, but she has been dedicating her life for almost three decades to the safety, health and welfare of families…
Kaylicia is an NBDA Birth Doula in the Northern Virginia region. She has always loved everything babies and birth. Her passion for this field was inspired during her time working as a Nursing Care Partner on the postpartum unit…
As a long term nanny Amari brings her 8 year experience with childcare into her birth and postpartum scareer. Along with a birth and postpartum doula certification from IDI, she also holds a CDA license and CPR/AED certification. Amari’s philosophy for both birth and postpartum…
Cherie’s journey to becoming a postpartum doula began in 2017 after the birth of her first son. She realized the incredible benefit of having a postpartum doula available to help after an emergency Cesarean birth. It was only after the birth…
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 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.
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.”
“I came from Love and I am Love and I will return to Love. Love casts out fear.” Stevie truly believes that this is the essence of who we are, and that we can infuse love into every part of our being in order to be of greater service to ourselves and the community at large. Few things in her life she has known for certain. All have been callings to serve.
Stevie felt the pull to birth work after leading thousands of hours of movement through the lens of yoga. She felt inspired to support women to embrace their own embodiment, power, and incredible potential as they embark on one of their greatest life experiences.
Kim had spent over 20 years working as an administrative assistant in the corporate world before becoming a doula. It was when she became pregnant with her 5th daughter she decided it was time to make a career change. Enrolling in massage school would be that change. Soon after graduation, she was introduced to the world of doulas. Two years later she became a postpartum doula and then a placenta encapsulator. She received her postpartum certification through the International Doula Institute (IDI) and placenta certification through HERBAL (Holistically Empowered Rebel Birthkeepers Academy of Learning).
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.