Meet Our Team 

Our dedicated birth doulas, childbirth educators, and support staff work with one purpose in mind: to help new and growing families have the best start possible. Come to one of our free monthly Meet the Doulas Informational to learn more!

Sarah Paksima

Owner

Sarah (she/her) has been supporting families for 21 years in the United States, Kuwait, Oman, India, and Jordan as a doula, childbirth educator, and maternal health advocate. Sarah and her husband work hard to keep up with their five kids. She maintains her sanity by raising their children in a town with no stoplights, eating copious amounts of dark chocolate, and stocking their pantry with food kids will eat. When she’s not attending births, she enjoys reading, gardening, watching movies while folding endless piles of laundry, and letting kids bury her in the sand at the beach.

MPH, MBA, CD (DONA), LCCE

DC/VA Team

Amy Battjer

Amy Battjer

Birth Doula and Business Manager

Amy (she/her) made the transition to birth work after her own experiences becoming a mother to her two sons.
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Carrie Tyson

Carrie Tyson

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Carrie (she/her) is a proud mother of 3 children (2 earthside angels, 1 heavenly angel). She was born at the famous…
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Emilee W-R

Emilee W-R

Birth Doula

Emilee (she/her) has worked with people experiencing the full spectrum of pregnancy outcomes, including birth…                             Read more →

Jen Finnegan

Jen Finnegan

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Jen (she/her) has been lucky enough to be on a life journey that has led her to truly appreciate and understand… 
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Kelsey Ogenia

Kelsey Ogenia

Birth Doula and Marketing Director

Kelsey (she/her) has always felt called to birth work and reproductive health issues. While studying at the…
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Melishe Ivey

Melishe Ivey

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Melishe (she/her) has birth in her blood. She comes from a powerful lineage of birth workers and midwifery, reaching back to her…

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Rena Geibel

Rena Geibel

Birth and Postpartum Doula and Education Director

Rena’s (she/her) birth of two girls in Kenya in 2004 and 2005 influenced her to shift her professional focus … 
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DC/MD Team

Alison Knotek

Alison Knotek

Birth Doula

Alison (she/her) made the transition to birth work nine years ago and feels passionately that every family deserves to feel…                   Read more →

Tamara Davis

Tamara Davis

Birth and Postpartum Doula

Tamara Davis (she/her) served as a medic for 10 years in the Army, is a military spouse and mother of three living children and two angel
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Antwanette Summers

Antwanette Summers

Birth and Postpartum Doula, Lactation Support

Antwanette (she/her) a mother of three, believes that each pregnancy is different and every pregnant person deserves all the…
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Sarah Paksima

Sarah Paksima

Owner, Birth and Postpartum Doula

Sarah (she/her) has been supporting families for 21 years in the United States, Kuwait, Oman, India, and Jordan as a doula…
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Maggie Albano

Maggie Albano

Birth Doula

Maggie (she/her) started studying women’s health in college, she realized that she didn’t really know much about how bodies worked…
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What brings us together?

The collective sum of the individual differences of our doulas are what makes DC Birth Doulas great! We know it is the different life experiences, knowledge, self-expression, unique capabilities and talents that our doulas bring to their work that sets us apart.

We embrace our doulas and clients differences in size, age, ability, ethnicity, family, marital or parental status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, race, religion, and sexual orientation. These differences bring us together as a team and infuse the dynamic support we provide the families we serve.

Staff

Amber Wright

Amber Wright

Educator and Postpartum Doula

Amber (she/her) is a mother of 2 young daughters who felt drawn to become a doula after the birth of her children…
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Elizabeth Parish

Elizabeth Parish

Executive Administrative Director and Wellness Advisor

Elizabeth (she/her) felt the first tugs in the direction of childbirth when she was in college and spent time with a midwife…
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Priyanka Banerjee-Guenette

Priyanka Banerjee-Guenette

Content Strategist & Infant Development Advisor

Priyanka (she/her) built her interest in perinatal, infant and child health during her Physical Therapy education in Canada.

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Rebecca Justus

Rebecca Justus

Policy, Research and Advocacy

Rebecca (she/her)
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Rebecca Gitter

Rebecca Gitter

Educator and Postpartum Doula

Rebecca (she/her) has been working as a certified prenatal yoga teacher in the DC area for more than a dozen years…
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Sarah Gabriel

Sarah Gabriel

Lactation Support (Spanish Speaking)

Sarah (she/her) Sarah’s birth work journey began 12 years ago with the birth of her first child and has grown…

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Shaleen Ford

Shaleen Ford

Payroll & Wellness Resource Advisor

Shaleen enjoys being part of a group that is dedicated to improving birth and honoring each individual. 

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