“Birth changed me… I didn’t realize it the moment it happened, but now years later I can look back and see a noticeable change. The confidence, the strength I gained from my children is unmeasurable. I strive to help families feel this. Pregnancy, birth and parenting can be a tough journey sometimes… it truly can; but when we are supported… we get through the struggles and we come out stronger than ever.”eLIZBETH oLDHAM
In 2004 I obtained a Bachelors of Science in Applied Economics and a Minor in Business Management from East Carolina University. In early 2010, I trained as a birth doula and certified through DONA (Doulas of North America) and am also a trained Hypno-Doula with HypnoBabies. In 2011 I trained directly under the founder and creator of HypnoBirthing and shortly after certified as a HypnoBirthing childbirth educator. I am also a member in good standing with International Childbirth Educators Association (ICEA), trained in the famous Spinning Babies techniques (from Gail Tulley herself!) and certified in Rebozo techniques for pregnancy and birth.
My first business, Creating Your Calm was opened in 2010 in Chapel Hill, NC, where I enjoyed working in many fabulous hospitals and birth center settings. We moved from North Carolina to Northern Virginia in 2013 where I quickly immersed myself in the local birthing environment. After an intense need for business expansion, I proudly founded and opened Balanced Birth Support.
I regularly teach HypnoBirthing childbirth classes (in Alexandria Virginia), one day intensive childbirth classes (in Alexandria Virginia) and other prenatal and parenting workshops at Body in Balance Center. My classes are not only informational but enjoyable; full of evidence based information, relaxation exercises, useful tips and demonstrations.
I enjoy working with families through pregnancy, birth and post partum and I have a huge passion for family centered birthing. I believe that the key to a positive experience during these life changing events is having the tools to make informed and educated decisions coupled with a calm and positive mindset. I also believe that good communication is the foundation to any healthy relationship..
I pride myself on being supportive, empathetic and non-judgmental when it comes to working with families during their own journey towards parenthood.
As a certified birth doula serving Washington DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia, I have experience and am comfortable working with many different Obstetricians and Midwives and have attended births at the majority of local hospitals such as George Washington University Hospital, Washington Hospital Center, Virginia Hospital Center, Ft. Belvoir, INOVA Alexandria, Inova Fairfax, Fair Oaks, Louden, Sibley, Prince William Hospital and many more. I have experience with birth center births and am comfortable in home birth settings.
In addition to My professional experience, I also have a varying degree of personal experience regarding birth…
Our first child’s birth was a very beautiful hospital birth. I realized the moment that I lifted him to my chest and he began to nurse, that we knew what we were doing. His birth paved a road. I am so thankful, forever, for what my little miracle child taught me about myself.
Our second child was born in the only free-standing birth center in North Carolina (Women’s Birth and Wellness Center). Using HypnoBirthing® during his delivery was so amazing. His birth pushed me to become a certified childbirth educator so that I could introduce families to different ways to manage their labors.
Our third child was born at home into my hands. Her birth was absolutely the most fantastic thing I have ever done. I was and always will be in awe of what my mind and body did that evening. Her birth was fast and furious but yet I was calm, confidant and in control; feeling at peace with every moment during her birth.
Our fourth child was also born at home in water under the lights of our Christmas tree. Her birth was amazing and taught me even more about the power of the birthing body.