Meet Emily!

I am passionate about providing support to women and their families from all walks of life.

I recognize that there is a beautiful diversity amongst pregnant women, each with different hopes, expectations, and belief systems surrounding pregnancy and birth. I fervently believe that every woman, no matter if she has an un-medicated birth or a caesarean, at home or a hospital, can benefit from the encouraging, comforting and knowledgeable support that a doula offers.

For me, being a doula allows me to put my greatest strengths to use in a meaningful and incredibly rewarding way. I love to build connections with people. I love to know people deeply, to build trusting, honest, and deep relationships. Therefore, I laugh hard and cry intensely with my clients. I meet them wherever they are and offer support in a non-judgmental, trusting, and empowering way.

After trying to conceive naturally for a year, my husband and I went in search of answers and learned that our only chance at conception was through in-vitro fertilization (IVF). An infertility diagnosis is a devastating one, but we were lucky to find success in science. Our journey through infertility and then on through pregnancy, birth and postpartum always had me craving reassurance, support, empathy, and encouragement. I so wish I had known how a doula could have supported both me and my husband through what turned out to be a challenging birth and postpartum period. I am 100% convinced that our experience would have been dramatically different, even if the outcomes were the same, had we had a doula by our side. Through my work, I hope to minimize the number of women who miss out on this incredible opportunity.

I am now the mother of two deliciously adorable children – a sweet, sensitive 4 year old boy and a silly and precocious 2 year old girl. I am married to a wonderful man, Simon, who I fell fast and hard for as soon as I heard his British accent ten years ago!

My husband and I were both working in fields we were unfulfilled in when we met. So, we decided that as the recession really started to set in in 2009, it was the perfect time to quit our jobs and spend our savings traveling for a year…!? It was the best choice we could have made. We spent 4 months living and volunteering in an orphanage in rural Kenya, building a bridge with hilltribes in northern Thailand, and traveling around Southeast Asia and Europe. We attended graduate school in England where I earned a masters degree in Comparative and International Social Policy followed by a move to Colorado for an unpaid internship that turned into five years leading the K-12 Institute at a non-profit focused on education policy.

We relocated to northern Virginia two years ago and a brief hiatus from full-time work gave me the opportunity to finally pursue what I have always known I was meant to do – birth work. I am exactly where I’m meant to be and I would love to be able to support you through your journey into parenthood.

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. - Maya Angelou