As we look to the new year we are excited to announce we're adding fantastic doulas to our teams. Please welcome to the Senior DCBD group: Casey Runck and Jen Finnegan! We're also thrilled to introduce Amanda Coles and Elizabeth Parish who will be joining the DCBDII group.
We also want to thank Elizabeth Shrader and Mary Wheatley, who have given so much of their talents, compassion and passion to DC Birth Doulas families. They have been wonderful colleagues and we've learned so much from working with them and wish them the best as they move onto other endeavors.
We work hard to find doulas who will provide compassionate, judgement-free, high quality doula support for our clients. We believe in continuity and consistency, and are confident that both of our teams will continue to provide the the caliber of doula support that the DMV area has come to expect from DC Birth Doulas. Feel free to schedule a call with any of our new doulas or come to another meet the doulas event to get to know them!
Casey was drawn to doula work because she knows there are just as many ways to be a good mother as there are to have a great birth. This belief is what inspires her to support women and families during such a special and momentous time in their lives. In addition to being a doula Casey is a registered yoga and prenatal yoga instructor, and reiki practitioner. She balances her love of Eastern Philosophy by watching countless hours of Real Housewives and playing competitive pinball.
Jen Finnegan has been lucky enough to be on a life journey that has led her to truly appreciate and understand the essential role that support of women and community provide for one’s life. Jen and her husband are raising their four children in Alexandria and are enjoying retirement from the military life, which has enabled them to put down roots in a way that was an impossibility when packing up and moving every four years. She lives her life based on the belief that a kind word and a gentle touch are needed, by even the strongest and bravest among us. These core beliefs and her strong desire to serve women in times of need have brought her to the doula life. Learning new things, being outside, kayaking, and camping are some of her favorite things in life!
Amanda Coles is a mother of 2 young boys whose pregnancies and births helped her learn first hand the importance of having a doula. After their births she decided she wanted to provide the same support to expecting mothers and partners that she was lucky enough to have. With a background in customer service, she enjoys doing her best to help each family's birthing experience be the best it can be. When she's not working with expecting families, Amanda loves taking her family out to explore events and culinary adventures in D.C.
Elizabeth felt the first tugs in the direction of childbirth when she was in college and spent time with a midwife and doula in Morocco. She returned to the states and was distracted by school, job, marriage, and kids. Elizabeth loved her own births, and the idea of helping other women during life changing moments kept tugging at her. Several years ago - 15 years after she first felt a pull towards birth - with her youngest going to kindergarten, she decided it was time to listen. Elizabeth believes the ability to walk through this challenging, vulnerable, and life changing time with a couple is truly an honor. She and her family live in the urban woods of Virginia and enjoy hiking to the Potomac. Elizabeth was recently bit by a copperhead so she is the one wearing knee high boots and moving very slowly and carefully...