Birth Doulas

Informed Birth Choices offers doula services for mothers-to-be in Maryland and D.C. Our doulas are all trained though DONA International.  With many doulas to choose from, IBC has a fit for every need and budget.  Having an IBC doula on your birth team means you are one step closer to achieving the birth you are hoping for.

If you choose a doula from Informed Birth Choices, she will accompany you through labor to help ensure a safe and fulfilling birth experience. Your birth doula will draw on her knowledge and skills to provide physical, emotional, and informational support to everyone present at the birth. Her role as your labor support is to help you have a satisfying birth as you define it.

Cost for Doula Services:

The IBC Birth Doula Fee Includes:

  • An initial consultation to discuss your birth expectations
  • A comprehensive prenatal visit to discuss your birth plans in detail and cover personal relaxation techniques that you may use during your birth
  • Birth plan preparation assistance
  • Phone/email support offered through pregnancy until two weeks postpartum
  • On-call 24/7 two weeks prior to and two weeks following your due date
  • Continuous support throughout labor
  • Postnatal support, including breastfeeding, immediately following the birth until the family is ready for quiet time together (typically two hours following the birth)
  • Postnatal visit in your home to discuss the birth, answer any questions, offer breastfeeding support, provide referrals, share baby care tips, etc.
  • In the unlikely event an emergency prevents your doula from attending your birth, the entire group of IBC doulas share back-up. Rest assured a doula with the same birthing philosophy and high standard of training will serve as back-up until your doula is able to attend you. IBC doulas attend no more than two births per month. This helps ensure your doula will be present on your birth day.
  • Upon request, IBC will provide you with an invoice and description of services to facilitate your submission for reimbursement to your insurance provider.
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If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.
— John H Kennell, M.D.

Meet the Birth Doulas

  • As an anthropologist, I am fascinated by the transformative nature of the birth experience. Watching a birth unfold gets to the heart of what it means to be a woman and a mother. I enjoy the unpredictable and absorbing nature of doula work, as well as the amazing friendships that often develop.

    My extensive training has taught me to be flexible in the moment, adapting to the mother and her partner’s needs as they evolve and change throughout the birth. Being an experienced childbirth educator helps me communicate effectively with clients, care providers and family members. To keep busy between births and teaching childbirth classes, I feed my two adorable daughters and my husband from my amazing organic vegetable garden.

    Danielle possesses unique and essential talent. Her openness, light-hearted kindness, and patience helped me coach my wife through labor while her attentiveness, level-headed composure and levity ensured that the whole process was as enjoyable as it was rewarding. ~S.D.

  • Elizabeth Colantouni

    After the births of my two daughters, I began my doula practice, inspired by a passion to help women preparing to become mothers and those expanding their families. Through my training in yoga - including prenatal yoga - I am able to help my clients use their breath to focus their minds. I enjoy connecting with families while providing the emotional, physical and informational support needed for a successful birth experience. From my own births and through my work, I have an appreciation for the uniqueness of each birth. In addition to trying to keep up with my two girls and husband, I am also a faculty member of the Department of Biostatistics at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

    As a first-time mom, I really valued Elizabeth's calm, reassuring presence and her consistently thoughtful support and guidance throughout my birth. In the end, I could not have asked for a better birth experience, and I know that Elizabeth was a big contributor to this feeling. ~M.T.

  • I love being a doula because I love people. Helping women through the fascinating and amazing process of pregnancy and birth, I am able to build profound bonds with my clients. As a birth doula, I share information and techniques I have learned in a supportive and empowering way. As a trained postpartum doula, I also enjoy supporting families after the birth of a child. In addition to working as a doula, I am the mom of two boys, and enjoy sewing and reading.

    We had an amazing experience with Annie! She helped with positioning, reminded me to breath, supported me through the contractions, and guided my husband as he helped ease my back labor. ~J.Z.

  • Becoming an advocate and teacher for woman during their pregnancy and birth experience has taught me so much more than I could ever imagine. I feel blessed to be given the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing time in someone's life and I want to make it as positive and empowering as a woman deserves it to be. In addition to being a doula and childbirth educator, I am a mom to a wild toddler and spend any of my free time chasing him around and attempting new, healthy recipes in the kitchen.

    Alison was amazing. I would not have been able to stick to my birth plan without her. I had total confidence in her leading up to labor and during labor. I felt supported at every step. ~ C.H.

  • The birth of my son inspired me to become a doula. My goal is to support women and families to have a satisfying birth experience on their own terms. It's so amazing to be able to witness a new family being born. Photography is another a passion of mine, so I am also happy to document this sacred time for my clients.

    Christina was amazing, and we are so grateful to have had her support! I truly believe she is the reason we consider ourselves to have had such a positive first-time birth experience. ~R.C.

  • Christy Searing Hines

    Before becoming a doula, I worked for several years for a public health nonprofit in Baltimore City advocating for low income pregnant women. I helped to provide education on healthy practices for pregnancy and infant care and linked the moms to community services. After I gave birth to my first child I wanted to find a way to combine my love of working with pregnant women with the ability to stay home full time with my children. I love being a doula and supporting moms and their partners through labor to bring new life. In my spare time I love traveling with my husband, eating copious amounts of ice cream and playing with my 3 children.

    Christy was fantastic!...She was very straight forward and was there to help. ~N.B.

  • I was blessed to attend and play an intimate role in the birth of one of my godchildren. That beautiful experience coupled with my passion to empower women to love their bodies and their miraculous capabilities spawned my journey into becoming a doula. I believe that women innately have everything they need to give birth and facilitating parents in that instinctual self-discovery is one of my favorite parts of being a birth worker. Meeting new friends, sharing our different backgrounds and then supporting them in one of the most intimate basic human experiences to then witness their joy each time their family grows is an absolute gift. In addition my work as a doula, I am also a nanny for a wonderful family and I enjoy hiking, yoga, cooking and writing and I love going to musical performances of many different genres.

    There is no way I would have made it through labor without Kat... She stayed by my side for the entire time, rubbing my back through every contraction... She had great suggestions and when a technique didn't work out we moved on to another one. I really can't put into words how great she was! ~K.W.

  • As the daughter of an OB nurse, I've had a longstanding interest in women's health. It brings me so much joy to help women bring their children into the world. Natural and healthy living are also passions of mine--I'm a bit of a health and exercise nut! When I'm not caught up in the fun chaos of raising my two children, I enjoy cooking, sewing, watching Star Wars, weightlifting, thrift store hunting and being crafty.

    Lauren was very supportive and I really appreciated her words of encouragement. She had a very can-do attitude and I feel like that rubbed off on me. Before coming into the hospital I felt like I couldn't do it... Those thoughts were chased away when Lauren came in the room and helped me through. ~ M.B.

  • When I was born, my mother was surrounded by family and friends in the comfort of her home. The stories she shared about her experience inspired me to help others create beautiful memories of their transformative journeys into parenthood. Since the birth of my first child six years ago, I have followed this passion to support those bringing new life into the world. As a yoga instructor and through my work with the elderly and those with multiple sclerosis, I have strengthened my awareness of each person’s needs. Focusing on every mother as an individual, I guide women to use their breath to connect mind and body during labor. My husband, two girls and I enjoy a healthy, green lifestyle, walking our dog, ice-skating, bike-riding and shopping at the local farmers' market.

    Luki was amazing! I would absolutely recommend her! She helped me have the natural home water birth I dreamed of! It couldn't have been more perfect. ~S.H.

  • I am originally from Maryland, but I'm a nomad at heart. I spent 4 years in overseas missions. I am a trained birth attendant and have worked in developing hospitals in countries like India, Tanzania, and Uganda.The goal was to bring simple healthcare to women that could save lives. I have passion to see all women educated and given individual care during their pregnancy and delivery. Upon returning to America I continued my work in this field by transitioning to doula work. I am also completing my degree in Global Health. In my free time I volunteer with high school students, and travel whenever I can.

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