This month we say goodbye to Malaika Alert and Vanessa Hanible - two wonderful doulas moving on to do great things in life - and welcome to three new DCBD doulas: Lindsey Uhrig, Jennifer Gagnon and Maddison Conforti!
Lindsey has supported hundreds of families in the DMV area as a full spectrum doula, prenatal yoga teacher, childbirth educator, clinical health educator and energy worker. Lindsey fell in love with birth work after her job with a large international development organization introduced her to midwives, mother friendly health initiatives and the power of unconditional support of women. Lindsey loves poorly planned travel, well written fiction and silent meditation retreats.
Jennifer Gagnon is an empty nester having had the honor and privilege of raising 3 beautiful children. She resides on an her eighth generation family farm in Northern Virginia surrounded by 100 acres of forest, pasture and flower gardens. For the past 30 years she has dedicated her life to nurturing children. Having grown up with 5 generations under one roof she received endless quantities of love, strength and support which has fueled her desire to take care of others. She is overjoyed to be able to share her life experiences with mothers and fathers during the magical moment of childbirth. Jennifer has a passion for travel, a reading enthusiast and the dream of living on the island of Corsica.
Maddison Conforti began her doula career at eight years old when her twin brother and sister were born. Though she took a circuitous path, first working in cancer healthcare and then as a college writing instructor, it was the beautiful and empowering water birth of her son two years ago—with a DCBD doula by her side—that convinced Maddison it was time to formally pursue birth work. She holds her MFA in nonfiction from Columbia College Chicago and a BA in English and Latin from Depauw University, where she was also a National All-American swimmer. These days, Maddison and her family enjoy plunking rocks into Rock Creek, riding the carousel at the zoo, and sipping coffee by day (and wine by evening) on their D.C. balcony. Maddison is an expert napper, a lover of good lists, and a thoughtful friend.