FULL SPECTRUM DOULA
Trained at Natural Resources and by the Bay Area Doula Project in San Francisco, Gwen is committed to reproductive justice. She is the founder of local doula agency Bright Birthing and has attended over 70 births since 2010.
Gwen volunteers with Birth Matters VA and for several years produced, highly-polished content with quarterly magazine SQUAT Birth Journal.
Beyond her degree in literature/religion and work toward a Masters in traditional Chinese medicine, additional studies have included Prenatal Yoga Teacher training; Prenatal Massage; Trauma to Triumph; and Penny Simkin's When Survivors Give Birth.
Natural Resources Core Doula Training
Bay Area Doula Project Abortion Doula Training
Essentials of Prenatal Massage
Trauma to Triumph
When Survivors Give Birth
Academy of Experiential Midwifery Education (one year)
SANDRA CRAWFORD, CD(DONA)
Birth + Postpartum doula
Driven by a deeply rooted passion for serving others Sandra feels strongly that every family deserves the support and information they need to make confident decisions throughout pregnancy, labor and the newborn stages. She focuses on serving women and families compassionately and without judgement, and she feels that the birth of a child is a sacred family experience deserving of an atmosphere filled with respect and absent of fear. It is her goal to ensure that you are well prepared to enter confidently into your birth and the journey of parenthood.
DONA International Certified Birth Doula
CPR Certified Infant, Child and Adult
Better Baby Class Newborn Care Instructor
Advanced Doula Training, Carriage House Birth 2016
LGBT-Inclusive Obstetrics and Nursing Support 2017
Gena Kirby Method Rebozo Training 2015
Use of TENS in Labor DONA International 2018
Spinning Babies Workshop 2017
BIRTH + POSTPARTUM DOULA
Reagan became a birth doula to support all birthing people. She is passionate in her support of mothers of multiples and women with high-risk pregnancies to feel empowered in their births. She supports all people, not just those desiring natural childbirth. Sometimes our journey to parenthood takes roads we didn’t intend to travel. Reagan believes that if you feel educated, prepared, safe and loved, you can have an uplifting labor and delivery. She enjoys being actively present in a calm and grounding way for my clients. She looks forward to talking to you and hearing your thoughts on your pregnancy, labor, delivery and time after birth.
Finishing doula certification with toLabor
Training to be a FullCircle Placenta encapsulation specialist
Emergency Health Sciences degree
Board member of Birth Matters VA
FULL SPECTRUM DOULA
Hannah completed a two year midwifery training program, during which time she continued attending births. Her midwifery training includes assisting with prenatals, labor & delivery, and postpartum care. In 2014, Hannah joined Bright Birthing doulas. As part of this team, Hannah hosts play dates, plans free events, and participates in birth-related activities throughout the community. She is honored to provide doula services, breastfeeding support, and diaper free coaching to local families.
Academy of Experiential Midwifery Education, student midwife
Go Diaper Free Certified Elimination Communication and Gentle Potty Training Coach
Volunteer breastfeeding support leader
DEBBIE WONG, CPM
BIRTH DOULA, POSTPARTUM DOULA, (IN)FERTILITY DOULA, MIDWIFE
Debbie's passion is to support an intended parent during their journey into and through the childbearing year. Over a decade ago, she started her career as a doula by attending births. This was part of her early training to become a Certified Professional Midwife. Since that time, she has supported over 300 families in welcoming their babies. Motherhood, however, is not isolated to pregnancy and birth. Often the intended birthing individuals need support during pre-conception, and often after the baby is born. Debbie's role as your doula is to provide you with care so you may feel informed, empowered, and confident wherever you are in your process of building your family.
Adult/Child/Infant CPR and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (current)
The Maternal Child Health (MCH) Specialist Training (2015)
Resolving Neonatal Birth Trauma Training (2015)
Arvigo Techniques in Maya Abdominal Therapy-Professional Training (2011)
Certified Professional Midwife (2009)
BS Midwifery, Birthingway College of Midwifery (2009)
Seattle Midwifery Doula Training (2004)
BIRTH + POSTPARTUM DOULA
Meredith specializes in preparing clients for unmedicated birth and offers all clients a customized system of daily practices and exercises that will promote a stable and comfortable pregnancy, pelvic strength and flexibility, optimal fetal positioning, and a smooth postpartum recovery. Meredith has detailed knowledge, systematic methods, and personal experience to help clients prepare for all of the above, but she's also all about having a good time and really getting to know you! She will help you find the evidence-based answers to your questions, and support and uphold your choices.
Optimal Fetal Positioning Training, Cornerstone Midwifery (2015)
Spinning Babies Training with Gail Tully (2015)
Gena Kirby Method Rebozo Training (2014)
Postpartum Doula Training (2014)
DONA International Birth Doula Training (2013)
“Several times after the birth of our son, my husband and I would look at each other, and out of nowhere one of us would say “thank God Meredith was there”, and the other would release a big sigh, slowly nod and say “yeaaaah.” Meredith was a source of calm, and measured strength throughout my pregnancy and delivery. She is confident in what she knows, because her knowledge is backed by both diligent research, and personal hands on experience. I really loved that she was able to give me both a research paper supporting a claim, but also relay anecdotes from her own experience as a doula. I especially loved the prenatal exercises she suggested to help build the muscles necessary for labor and delivery.”
BIRTH + POSTPARTUM DOULA
Julie has attended births in hospitals and birth centers; induced and spontaneous; epidurals and un-medicated; water births, VBACS, long labors and short. She has worked with couples, single moms, first babies and babies with siblings. She has provided postpartum support in NICUs, homeless shelters and homes. She offers services to fit a variety of needs and budgets and is a certified holistic doula through The Matrona.
Move Your DNA (2016)
Spinning Babies (2015)
Acupressure for Birth Attendants (2014)
Breastfeeding Resources, Applications and Skills for Doulas (2013)
Rebozo Uses in Pregnancy and Birth (2012)
TENS Unit Use in Labor (2012)
Birth Doula Training, Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations (2011)
Matrona Holistic Doula Certification Program (2011)
CYNTHIA FARGO, CD(DONA)
PREGNANCY*BIRTH*POSTPARTUM SUPPORT AND EDUCATION
Awed and inspired by the birth of her first child, Cindy was a quick study and, before long was connecting with women in her community to help and support them through their births and offering another set of hands at home with the new babe. (before being a doula was a “thing”)
Fast forward through broad range of experiences to the current, and you’ll find her with a tool box full of ideas- comforts and techniques, so valuable to any birthing woman/couple. However, it is really her confident working knowledge of their application, in the moment, that her clients really prize.
In the weeks/months following birth Cindy provides postpartum care. As mom recuperates and baby becomes attuned with “life on the outside,” Cindy helps during the transition by providing emotional and physical support, educating and pitching in where needed.
Cindy is a strong proponent of education and teaches childbirth classes, including breastfeeding, newborn and selfcare. She too continues regular professional trainings, keeping her skills and certification up to date.
DONA International Birth Doula
CPR Certified Infant, Child and Adult
Childbirth Educator at Pregnancy Center of Central Virginia
IPO Group (Improving Pregnancy Outcomes) TJHD
Improving Birth Coalition Member
Boston Association of Childbirth Education (former BOD)
DIANNE BEARINGER, CPD
Dianne Bearinger is an experienced Waldorf pre-school teacher and DONA Certified Postpartum Doula. She works at Month10 supporting families who have babies and young children, and as a parent-Child class teacher at the Charlottesville Waldorf School. She also acts as a local consultant to home school families.
CYNTHIA JORDAN FISHER
Cynthia began training through observing births and newborns in Rome, Italy in 1983. After giving birth to her first child in 1986, Cynthia supported multicultural mothers in their homes in Hawaii as a Child Development Specialist, teaching newborn care, feeding, reading baby's cues and strengthening the mother baby bond.
Cynthia has worked continuously with families in Charlottesville since 1995 where she began classes for parents with newborns to age 3. While working as a postpartum doula she especially enjoys helping mothers gain insights into their newborn from a Montessori perspective. Cynthia also helps prepare homes to encompass a newborn or infant's needs.
CPR Adult/Infant Certified (2016)
DONA (Doulas of North America) Postpartum Certification (2006)
NCAST (Nursing Child Assessment Satellite Training) Certification (1989)
AMI Montessori Assistant to Infancy Certification (1985)
BA in Human Ecology : College of The Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine (1980)
Early Childhood/Elementary Education : University of Maine (1980)
STEPHANIE POST, RN
BIRTH DOULA, POST PARTUM DOULA
Stephanie attended her first birth at age three, the birth of her brother and can’t remember a time when she didn’t feel called to midwifery.
Stephanie graduated from nursing school in 2005 and has been a pediatric nurse for over 10 years. She has traveled the United States and the world, sometimes as a travel-nurse and sometimes for the pleasure of adventure. In 2010 Stephanie trained as a doula and has found great joy in supporting women and their families during the birthing time.
In 2014 Stephanie began her training as a student-midwife. The same year she experienced her own home-birth and was floored by the magic, incredible beauty and crazy intensity of it all. She is now more certain than ever that she is on the right path.
Student Midwife (2014-current)
Gottman BBH Educator (2015)
NRP certified (2015)
BLS certified (2005)