Meet Our Doulas 

We have four doula teams ready to support you, depending on where you live and where you are giving birth. All of our doulas have foundational instruction as professional birth doulas in addition to advanced birth-related skills training. All team members also continue to attend monthly company wide in-service educational workshops. It is our privilege to provide you with the highest quality support in the DMV area.

DCBD Central Senior Team

Sarah Paksima

Sarah Paksima

Owner & Senior Doula

Sarah (she/her) has been supporting families for 19 years in the United States, Kuwait, Oman, India, and Jordan… 

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Jen Finnegan

Jen Finnegan

Senior 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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Rena Geibel

Rena Geibel

Senior Doula

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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Elizabeth Parish

Elizabeth Parish

Senior Doula

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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Casey Runck

Casey Runck

Senior Doula

Casey (she/her) was drawn to doula work because she knows there are just as many ways to be a good mother as there are…

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Emily Workman

Emily Workman

Senior Doula

Emily (she/her) loves to help families begin parenthood from a place of strength and self-trust and to play a small role in…

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DCBD Central Junior Team

Marcela Bastos

Marcela Bastos

Junior Doula

Marcela (she/her) first came to appreciate the work of doulas by watching them as a pediatrician in her home country of Brazil. 

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Amy Battjer

Amy Battjer

Junior Doula

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

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Emily Bird

Emily Bird

Junior Doula

Emily (she/her) was drawn to birth work after her own experience with the joy, uncertainty, and powerful transformation…

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Rebecca Gitter

Rebecca Gitter

Junior 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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Amber Wright

Amber Wright

Junior 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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Kelsey Ogenia

Kelsey Ogenia

Junior Doula

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

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DCBD East Team

Coming in 2020

Alicia Glover

Alicia Glover

Doula

Alicia Glover (she/her) began her lifelong passion of health and wellness after a 16 year career as an Intelligence Analyst.

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Kelsey Ogenia

Kelsey Ogenia

Doula

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

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Taneka Purnell-Tingle

Taneka Purnell-Tingle

Doula

Taneka (she/her) has served as a doula for her friends and family all her adult life. Caring for loved ones and supporting …

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Jackie Seisman

Jackie Seisman

Doula

Jackie (she/her) became passionate about birth work and reproductive rights after witnessing her sisters’ births at a young…

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DCBD South Team

Coming in 2020