We are happy to provide listings for your community. The birth professionals listed have endorsed the Military Birth Resource Network's Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice and where applicable they have a base license. These professionals endorse our goal to make a positive difference for pregnant women, new mothers, and their families through education, nurturing, and advocacy while fostering respect, knowledge, and integrity among professionals everywhere.
Find a birth or postpartum doula. There are a range of levels of experience for doulas from the newly trained doula to a doula with many years experience. Doulas listed on our website do not work for MBRN or the local chapter. There are a range of "well seasoned" to "brand new" doulas to fit your needs. Doulas listed on our website do not work for MBRN or the Local Chapter. We support a mother's right to choose the type of birth that is right for her - un-medicated, medicated, cesarean, VBAC, home birth, hospital birth, or birth center birth. Every woman will choose birth practices that she feels is right for her and regardless of those choices, our goal is to support her during this incredibly important time. There are variations in philosophies and practices in the professionals listed in our member guide. The doulas within our network are trained by a national or internationally recognized organization. It is the responsibility of each consumer to verify the credentials of each professional. MBRN encourages consumers to interview professionals to determine which professional is the right person for their needs. Some doulas may provide volunteer services while others will charge a fee for service, MBRN does not regulate a doulas' fee but the network does encourage doulas participating in this program to consider each families' situation and circumstances.
Calming Waters Birth Services
Serving Northern Virginia and clients delivering at any military medical facility in the area including Walter Reed NMMC.
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Phone: (540) 268-3532
Website: Calming Waters
My passion is helping parents have a successful and memorable birth experience as they welcome their new baby into the world. I especially enjoy helping those parents who may be away from their family, as I know how hard it can be to journey through pregnancy and birth separated from your typical support system. My goal is to help mothers let go of controlling their labor while remaining in control of their birth.
I provide one free consultation which allows us to get acquainted and come to a decision as to if you and I are a good fit. We can discuss anything at this visit while we learn what you are looking for in a doula and what your goals are for the upcoming birth. We can meet at a coffee shop, your local library, or your preferred place to relax.
From the Start Postpartum Doula
Area served: Northern Virginia (Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax County, Prince William County, Loudoun County)
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Kari Haravitch PCD(DONA)
Website: From the Start Doula
I am a postpartum doula supporting families with newborns throughout the fourth trimester. I provide in-home support to the entire family unit. I have experience supporting a wide variety of families including twins, first-time parents, single parents, second- and third-time parents. I also offer two unique services:
- a Newborn Prep Workshop to help families prepare for life at home with their newborn(s)
- Dinner And A Doula where I provide the family with a large meal (plus food for the freezer) and a one-time, consultation style visit to help families “check in” and reassure their intuition. This is great for families with a good amount of local support or families welcoming a second/third/fourth/etc newborn to the home.