BIRTH AND POSTPARTUM DOULA, CHILD BIRTH EDUCATOR, NEWBORN CARE SPECIALIST
Andrea Proper graduated from Towson State University with a degree in Psychology- focusing on communication disorders and child development. For over a decade Andrea has dedicated her life to birth work, advocating for birth rights, supporting the birth process and since 2009 as a birth doula. Trained through both ToLabor and DONA as a birth doula, Cappa for child birth education and countless hours of continued education specializing in fetal positioning and birth options. In 2009 Andrea started Proper Doula Care - Professional, Personalized doula support. She has been supporting expectant families through their birth journeys ever since. In 2013 she opened the doors to The Northern Virginia Birth Services center. The purpose for the center was to offer expectant families a neutral and unbiased environment to find support and education from pregnancy, birth and beyond. This space is now mobile and the classes, training and community support is brought to various locations in and around the D.C., VA and MD area. Andrea does travel to support families and offer workshops outside of the area upon request. Whether wanting a home/birth center or hospital birth, natural or pain managed, Andrea offers professional, personalized support in a non-judgmental, inviting and accepting way.
In addition to providing labor support, Andrea teaches the” Labor review and Infant care class”, “Birth options/building your plan” and “Happy third trimester” classes at the center and specializes in baby positioning and easing mothers discomfort in Pregnancy. Her hope is to provide support and education to any expectant family seeking it as well as to offer an open environment for birth workers to grow and learn. Andrea is currently seeking her graduate degree in counseling, focusing on postpartum depression and anxiety disorders. Offering support in the postpartum time is crucial to strengthening the mothers well being and the mother/baby bond. Andrea believes that if you give a mom and baby a strong start, it strengthens the family, in turn strengthening the community. Making the world a better place one birth at a time. When not supporting families Andrea spends time with her family and enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures and communities around the globe.