In Depth: Balanced Birth Supports 1-Day Comprehensive Childbirth Class

Our next 1-Day Comprehensive Childbirth Education Class takes place from 9am-5pm on May 24th at the Body in Balance Center in Alexandria, Virginia. In this full-day class you will learn all about the physiology of pregnancy and birth, comfort measures, breastfeeding, newborn care, and how to diminish fears surrounding pregnancy, birth, and early parenting! This class is taught by childbirth educator, birth & postpartum doula, Sara P.! This is a great class for any kind of birth- medicated, unmedicated, induction, …

In Depth: Balanced Birth Support’s 3-Hour Comfort Measures For Birth

Are you looking for a childbirth class focused on easing the pain and uncomfortable sensations of labor and birth? Have you taken a childbirth class with a previous baby and are looking for a refresher? Balanced Birth Support’s 3-Hour Comfort Measures For Birth class might be exactly what you are looking for! Balanced Birth Support’s 3-Hour Comfort Measures for Birth class is taught by Sara P, a Balance Birth Support birth and postpartum doula, and childbirth educator. Even though this …

Birthing at StoneSprings Hospital Center

Stone Springs Hospital Center is a state of the art community hospital, with many childbirth options for you to choose from.  They have many excellent OB’s who practice at Stone Springs and The Loudoun County Midwives attend births there as well. The doulas at Balanced Birth Support love working with the midwives at LCM as well as the doctors that support them! They have private labor, delivery, and postpartum rooms with rooming-in for mother and baby. There are several deep …

Five Newborn Essentials

Have you ever tried transitioning a sleeping baby from your arms to another sleeping surface?  It’s always a “hold your breath and pray” moment that the baby won’t wake-up. The DockATot mimics your warm and snuggly arms cradling your baby when you put him down, hopefully keeping your baby sleeping longer as they won’t be started by the transition. It can also be used for tummy time by propping the baby up on the sides as you play and interact …

Get to Know Danie Crofoot, Balanced Birth Support’s Traveling Doula!

Its so obvious that Danie has an immense, strong calling to supporting birthing families. They are a full-spectrum doula, and supports families in all circumstances and outcomes. Having moved away from their childhood home on an adventure to New York City, Danie is no stranger to uncertainty and unpredictability, and as a Traveling Doula, they will be there to your support you during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum wherever you are, near or far. Read on to learn more about Danie! …

Tips for a Breastfeeding Parent Returning to Work

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Welcome guest blogger Kim Hawley as she talks to us about one of working parents biggest concerns… You’ve had your baby, and you are busy adjusting to the new addition to your family. You are happy, tired, overwhelmed, in love, and many other emotions that change by the moment. Just as you are starting to find your balance, or maybe long before you have, it’s time to start thinking about your return to work. Getting ready to go back to …

Get To Know Angie Smith; Birth Doula, Lactation Consultant, and Childbirth Educator

Angie Smith has been a birth doula with Balanced Birth Support for nearly a year now, and in that time has exponentially increased not only her birth training, but significantly expanded her  services. In addition to comprehensive birth doula services, she also offers red tent ceremonies, placenta prints, and breastmilk jewelry. She is also a certified Reiki II practitioner.  As I write this, Angie is at The Farm in Tennessee training to be a midwife’s assistant.  She is incredibly passionate …

Use Your Five Senses to Have a Zen Birth!

Whether you plan to give birth at home, a hospital or a birth center, the space you surround yourself with can have a big impact on your mental state before, during, and after birth. Harsh lights, beeping machines, smells, uncomfortable linens, the noises of other patients and doctors, and even the tone of voice that is used by you and your support team can all work together to make you uncomfortable, anxious, or scared. We have put together our collective …

Meet Miranda! Balanced Birth Support Metro DC Birth Doula

Its been a fair amount of time since I have had an opportunity to visit with the awesome Balanced Birth Support community.  I’m super excited to share my interview with Miranda Franck, one of our birth doulas. She supports hospital births, home births, and birth center births all over the DC area.  She is smart, dedicated, and a fellow NICU mom.  Her passion for supporting birthing families is obvious, and she will tirelessly support you, no matter what. Plus, I …

The Birth Noa

A huge thanks to the amazing Heidie, birth photographer in the DMV. It is such an honor to be asked back to join a family for the birth of a subsequent baby… but this birth was a bit different. I met Avele and Mike during a Hypnobirthing class in 2015. They decided to hire me as their doula for the birth of their first baby, Pierson. His birth was long and it was hard on both Avele and Mike… but …