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 …

Birthing at Shady Grove 7th Day Adventist Hospital

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is an award winning hospital located in Rockville, Maryland and has provided care to the surrounding areas for over 100 years. Their online maternity materials emphasize a commitment to families and babies, supporting every birth from uncomplicated to high risk. Shady Grove joins many area hospitals in welcoming midwives to their maternity team.  Additionally, Shady Grove offers a FREE personalized birth consultation to help you navigate your birth options. Should you need it, an award winning level …

Want to Teach Lamaze? Take Jamie’s Teacher Educator Class This October!

Birthing Babies Virginia is the Seminar program and it is being taught by Jamie Mueller, a local Lamaze Educator and Doula who lives in Lovettsville, VA and is a contracted doula with Balanced Birth Support. The first step to becoming a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator is to take the 3 day educator seminar. This seminar also comes with a free year of membership to the Lamaze DC Chapter which will mentor you, provide you with CEUs, and advertise your classes …

A Doulas Perspective: Stephanie Recounts A Powerful Birth (and shares photos!)

My client was overdue. These things happen and we were doing everything possible to get labor moving before her induction date. Her goal was a birthing center birth. On a Saturday, the birthing center called to let her know that if she didn’t go into labor by midnight, she would have to go to the hospital. At this point she was having some contractions, but nothing consistent. She went into the birthing center at 8pm, was in active labor, and …

Breastfeeding Resources & Where To Find Local Support

If you are planning to breastfeed, it’s important to have good, solid resources available to you both before and after the baby is born. Breastfeeding is natural, but it doesn’t always come naturally and support is essential if you want to achieve your goals, no matter what those goals are.  I’ve listed several go-to resources below; check them out before you go into labor so you know what to expect in breastfeeding from the moment your baby is born.  *Links …

Birthing at Washington Hospital Center

Washington Medstar Hospital is a nationally recognized research hospital and according to their website the “Women’s and Infants’ Services is dedicated to advancing health care through ongoing participation in the latest research on female health issues.” They offer many pregnancy and parenting related classes. In addition to providing routine care for uncomplicated pregnancies, Washington Hospital Center has several departments focusing on high-risk pregnancies, care for pregnant moms and babies with congenital health problems, specialized testing, teen pregnancy, cancer screening and …