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.
HypnobirthinG instructor, Postpartum Placenta Specialist, Certified Doula (HBPD)
Katie began her career of birth work while working as a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Virginia Hospital Center. She welcomed motherhood in 2009, while working full time as a nurse and was first introduced to HypnoBirthing by her midwife. While an unknown philosophy to her at the time, she pursued HypnoBirthing alongside her husband and after the calm birth of her first child, she felt motivated to share her experience and empower other women. After finishing her HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator training, she soared to pursue her gifts of compassion, support and empowering into the birth rooms and homes of mothers everywhere quickly blossoming into a professional, contemporary Doula. Katie combines her nursing knowledge, her nourishing compassion and her confident skills in empowering mothers and fathers before, during and after the birth of their baby. She resides in Northern Virginia with her husband of 10 years, Brian and three children, Victoria, Chase and Natalia (1).
Jennifer Monaghan moved to the Northern Virginia area in 2004 from California and attended George Mason University in Fairfax, earning her degree in Health Systems Management. Shortly after graduation, she gave birth, doula-assisted to her first son, Patrick and recalls how amazing and empowering the experience was. A couple years later, she gave birth to her second son, Andrew, and decided to decline doula support thinking midwives would provide adequate support. However, she quickly realized the value birth doulas provide before and during the entire labor process. As a result, Jennifer began her doula career and founded NOVA Doulas, LLC shortly after Andrew was born. When she found out she was pregnant with her third child, Chloe, she decided to sell the company and took several years off to focus on her family. Jennifer trained to be a doula through DONA and Childbirth International (CBI) and has taken a spinning babies course. Jennifer has worked in professional settings within hospitals and has had a homebirth herself (3rd child). She is passionate about supporting and empowering families through their birthing process. Jennifer lives in Northern Virginia with her husband of 10 years, Colin and their three children, Patrick, Andrew and Chloe, is an avid reader and health and wellness enthusiast.
When Jennifer isn’t with a doula client she enjoys working out and teaching Freezer Meal Workshop classes.
Birth & post partum doula,placenta encapsulation specailist, bengkung belly binding instructor,
Liz has an associate’s degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Lord Fairfax Community College; she has a background in health and fitness coaching and is a certified labor doula under Birth Arts International and has received her postpartum training from ProDoula. After being born in a medically underdeveloped country, Liz has grown up believing in a woman’s right to have a safe birth & postpartum period that includes compassionate and unbiased care.
Liz is both comfortable and familiar with working in all types of birthing settings (hospital, home birth, birth center) with clients that have a variety of needs and desires. Her greatest joy in this vocation is leaving clients peaceful, purposeful, and confidant in their choices as parents.
When Liz isn't "doulaing" she is maintaining her home with her two sons and husband. She enjoys working out, cooking, and traveling internationally.
Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Trained Newborn care specialist
Angie studied health science, specializing in medical assisting at ACT College of Manassas. She is currently pursuing an online bachelor's degree in psychology at Brigham Young University.
Angie has a background in surgical assisting. Her first language is Spanish and she is fluent in English. She understands medical terminology in both languages. Angie received her labor and delivery and postpartum and newborn care trainings from ProDoula.
Angie has always been a nurturer. She, as a child, learned from her mother. She observed her mother's strength, love, calm and happy disposition as she served as a midwife for their family.
Angie wishes she had a doula by her side when she delivered her children. She believes a doula would have a been a tremendous help and support for her and her husband.
Now it is her desire and privilege to serve all the mothers and their families in the area on their amazing journeys into parenthood.
Angie is comfortable working in all types of birth settings (birth center, home birth, hospital). She works with parents of all needs and respects their beliefs and desires with unconditional love and support.
Angie believes that being a doula is not only her passion but her calling in life. When she is not working as a doula, Angie enjoys running, dancing, listening to music, and boating with her family. Angie's family consists of her husband of 27 years, three sons, two daughters, two beautiful grandchildren, and an amazing daughter in law.
child birth instructor, and DONA BIRTH doula TRAINER
Amy has been happily married to Rick since 1984 and is a mom of just nine children and a grandmother of four (so far). She was trained as a Bradley Method Childbirth Instructor and is currently a Certified Lamaze Childbirth Educator (LCCE). She is an independent childbirth instructor. She has also taught at George Washington University Hospital as a Childbirth Instructor. Amy has been "doula-ing" since 1987. In 2012 Amy joined Parveen Kelly, CPM, as her Birth Assistant for home births. Amy became a DONA approved Birth Doula trainer in 2013 and holds training workshops usually four times a year. She worked as a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant when she graduated from college until She and Rick started their family. Amy enjoys hanging out with her family and sharing lots of stories and laughs. Amy has a gift and a passion for teaching childbirth classes and seeing moms become empowered as they travel down their journey of pregnancy into their next level of parenthood.