Hi! I’m Jamie, and I can’t wait to meet you and hear about the desires for your birth. It is such a special time and I feel incredibly honored to be able to support you.
I’m a mom to twin girls and a labradoodle named Barklie (first born). I also have a goofball of a husband who brought two cats with him. We live in a little town at the very tippy top of Loudoun County called Lovettsville. It is known for its Oktoberfest and our mayor recently renamed the town Capsville during the Stanley Cup which earned us national media attention.
My love for birth began while I was pregnant with my girls. I realized how much there was to learn and how little we are taught. It became clear to me how important it is to educate yourself but also how important it is to have people around you who are there just for you during your birth.
After having my girls, I decided to go into childbirth education and doula work to help more parents discover their confidence and inner strength. I feel strongly in facilitating the opportunities for parents to work together during labor. It can be such a magical time for you and your partner and giving you space to become parents together brings me great joy.
I have been teaching Lamaze classes for the past three years and am the current Board President of the Lamaze DC Chapter. I also teach new educators and provide mentorship to those starting out. I have been trained and have worked as a postpartum doula and have also taken trainings in birth doula work, advanced birth comfort measures, breastfeeding support, safe formula preparation, birth and newborn biology and physiology, high-risk birth support, belly binding, and infant sleep coaching. I love continuing to learn and passing that knowledge on to expecting parents and other educators.
A little more about me… I am a social worker by education and worked in crisis intervention and suicide prevention for 5 years. I then moved into nonprofit administration and then nonprofit technology sales and freelance digital marketing. I’m now coming back to my roots of a mission-driven career which I have been yearning to reignite.
I am a Northern Virginia native and know Alexandria to Leesburg like the back of my hand. I have lived in Arlington, Falls Church, Oakton, Chantilly, South Riding, Centreville, and now Lovettsville. My husband and I met at a local ice rink when we were teens, but it would be more than 10 years before we would reconnect and fall in love.
I love to cycle. My greatest accomplishments in life have been birthing my twins and biking 100 miles along the Eastern Shore. Both required me to dig deep and find the strength within me to finish. I also love to knit although I rarely find the strength to finish those projects!
Masters of Social Work, George Mason University (MSW)
Suicide ASIST training
Crisis Intervention training
Information and Referral Specialist training
Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE)
Breastfeeding Support Lamaze Workshop
Prodoula Postpartum Doula training
DONA Birth Doula Training
Bebo Mia Infant Sleep Educator Training
Amy Bookwalter’s Advanced Doula training
Belly Binding for Birth Professionals