DC Birth Doulas is engaged in the work of growing humans, both the tiny new humans birthed by the families we work with and the humans who support those families. As we look back on our growth over the last year, we are filled with gratitude for those who have chosen DC Birth Doulas to be part of their birth team, for the providers, nurses, and hospital staff we work with, and for all those who join us in our advocacy efforts. Want to learn more about how DCBD has grown this last year? Read on.
By the end of 2019, DC Birth Doulas will have supported more than 420 birthing families and provided birth education to 299. As the demand for doula support has grown, DCBD hired and trained two new teams of doulas – DCBD East and DCBD South – to serve clients in Maryland and Virginia. These teams have already begun accepting clients for 2020.
DCBD also launched a new Shadow Doula program in 2019 to provide student doulas with the opportunity to learn from and observe an experienced doula at work during a birth.
DC Birth Doulas continues to advocate for families in the birth room and throughout the community. In May, DCBD supported the March for MOMS movement on The Hill to raise awareness about the maternal mortality crisis in the US. In September, DCBD worked with the DC Association of Certified Nurse Midwives to bring awareness to the state of maternal health in our region, and helped raise over $32,000 for Mamatotos Village to provide perinatal education and birth support for families in DC. DCBD also provided 15 Lamaze educator scholarships for birth workers or color and from spanish speaking and LGBTQ communities.
DCBD team changes in 2019
Just like the families we work with, our family of doulas continues to evolve and grow. In the spring of 2019, Joan Schaefer, Amanda Coles, Katie Baxter, and Rhianna (Rena) Che all completed the former DC Birth Doulas Apprentice Program. Amanda and Katie have gone on to work as birth workers in the area, Joan now helps facilitate a postpartum parents circle and continues her education, and Rena has joined the Sibley Labor & Delivery nursing staff full time. We love that we get to continue to work with these awesome doulas in their new capacities.
Senior doulas Stacey Smith and Casey Runck are also no longer working with DCBD. Stacey is pursuing a nursing and midwifery degree through George Washington University’s accelerated program, and Casey is pursuing fundraising and advocacy work for safer, more equitable birthing options for families in the DMV while furthering her education.
We love that we can continue to bump into Stacey at GW Hospital during her clinicals, and look forward to teaming up with Casey in the future through shared advocacy efforts in the region.
We want to offer a heartfelt thank you to all of our doulas for their valuable contributions to DC Birth Doulas and their support of DCBD clients, and wish them all the best in their future endeavors. We are a better team because of their contributions. Each of them have left their own indelible mark on DC Birth Doulas as a company and we are proud to see each of them move on to other important work supporting families in the DMV.