NOVA, DC & MD Pregnancy, Birth, Breastfeeding, Postpartum & Newborn Resources
Explore some of my favorite recommendations for local practitioners and support groups that can really help make your pregnancy, birth and postpartum experience a better one. Don't miss out on some of these top pregnancy provider recommendations and local holistic providers in the DC Metro area.
One of the most important decisions you make in your pregnancy is who you choose to be your provider. Pregnancy providers include midwives who are an excellent fit for all low-risk pregnancies (up to 90% of women!) and who deliver in a hospital or out of hospital setting. These are some of my absolute top recommendations for providers in the NOVA, DC and MD area. Please feel free to contact me and ask questions!
George Washington University Midwifery Services (link to their website)
22nd & I St., NW, Washington DC 20037
Midwives Chloe Rios and Traci Marin @ Centreville OB/GYN (link to their website)
14701 Lee Hwy, #303, Centreville, VA 20121. Births at INOVA Fair Oaks Hospital
Midwifery Care Associates @ Shady Grove (link to their website)
11921 Rockville Pike #400, Rockville, MD. Births at Shady Grove Hospital
Premier Birth Center in Chantilly (link to their website)
4200A Technology Court, Chantilly, VA 20151
In certain cases, pregnancies which are considered high-risk require the care of an ob/gyn or maternal fetal medicine doctor. One of our favorite high-risk pregnancy teams is the GWU OB and MFM team because they generally practice informed consent and evidence-based medicine.
GWU OB and MFM team (link to their website)
22nd & I St. NW, Washington DC 20037
The most important factor in a successful VBAC is the support of a truly VBAC-supportive provider. VBAC-supportive providers practice in ways that allow for the most room for a successful VBAC- including allowing your body to go into labor on it's own even if past 41 weeks pregnancy, allowing for inductions if your body medically needs it, and not putting any scare tactics/fears on you based on the size of the baby. Positive talk and no deadlines is key in a relaxed mama and more conducive to the type of birth you want! The following are the top 2 most supportive VBAC providers in the DC Metro area.
GWU Midwifery Team (link to their website)
22nd & I St. NW, Washington DC 20037
Chloe Rios and Traci Marin, Midwives at Centreville OB/GYN (link to their website)
14701 Lee Highway, Centreville, VA 20121
Chloe Rios and Traci Marin Midwives at Reston Women's Center (link to their website)
1850 Town Center Parkway, Reston VA 20190
I love chiropractic care for pregnant women and all people. Chiropractic visits are a great way to deal with pregnancy discomforts and aches and an even better way to help get your body into balance to help support baby's optimal positioning. Chiropractic visits are one of our top recommendations for preparing for VBACs and births of all kinds.
Chiropractors have many varied approaches, and some specialize in pregnancy and newborn care. Following are a few whom I (or other local doulas) have had great experience with.
Dr. Megha Bagai @ One Family Chiropractor (link to their website)
2106 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
Dr. Lynn Canzano @ Canzano Chiropractic (link to their website)
423 Carlisle Dr., Herndon, VA
Dr. Andrino Flevotomos @ ChiroGroup (link to their website)
4910B 31st Street, South, Arlington, VA
Dr. Erica Statman @ Maimonides Chiro (link to their website)
10807 Main Street, Fairfax, VA
Dr. Kat Kadin (link to their website)
6212 Montrose Road, Rockville, Maryland
Acupuncture can be a great tool to use for fertility, pregnancy, baby positioning and childbirth preparation, and in general is a great tool to achieve balance and relaxation. Below is the information for a local acupuncturist who is well know in the DC Metro Birth Community for her work with women seeking to get pregnant, pregnant women and the whole female continuum.
Njemile Carol Jones (link to their website)
Body in Balance Center; 1423 Powhatan St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Prenatal and Postpartum Massage Therapy is a great way for a new mama and a mama-to-be to relax, unwind and increase the feel-good hormones in her body. In some cases, massage therapy, and specifically induction massages, can be just what a mother needs to help her body enter into a state that is most conducive to birthing and labor. Below are some therapists I have worked with or who have been highly recommended by local birth workers.
Deanna Owens-Sherman (will travel to you)
Silbia at Feeling Great Massage Therapy (link to their website)
370 Maple Avenue West, Vienna, VA
Elizabeth Shrader at The Well (link to their website)
3220 17th St. NW, Washington DC
The postpartum period is a time when your body will be going through intense hormonal change. You will find yourself adjusting to life with a newborn, lots of interrupted sleep and more. Having extra support during this time is so essential. Many new mothers go through postpartum baby blues, anxiety and in some cases postpartum depression. Seeking help through these phases is essential to your health and functioning. Here are some local resources for postpartum therapists and online resources.
Najwa Awad, Amanah Counseling (link to their website)
5114 Dorsey Hall Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21042
Smiling Mom (link to their website)
Online Support for Mothers
Postpartum Support VA; Online Resources (link to their website)
PO BO 7521 Arlington, VA 22207
DMV Maternal Mental Health Resource Guide (link to their website)
Online Resources for DC Metro Area
Very useful in postpartum healing. Everyone who has been pregnant should get a consultation!
Ann Udofia and Marisa Alonso plus team @ Body Connect (link to their website)
2440 M St. NW, Washington DC 20037
Gopi Pillai, Blueprint Physical Therapy (link to their website)
Offering weekly sessions at BirthCare Birth Center 1501 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-814-2646 or 703-549-5070 (BirthCare)
Sandy Michell, PT, CFMT
Based in Alexandria, VA. Travels for in-home therapy sessions.
Katherine Bayer, PT, DPT (link to their website)
Based in Falls Church, VA. Travels for in-home therapy sessions.
Hospitals and pediatricians provide Lactation Consultant help but often times, when you are home with your newborn, breastfeeding advice is still needed. IBCLC's are highly-trained for lactation help and can travel to your home. Check the below resources out.
Greater Breastfeeding Center of DC (link to their website)
1020 19th St. NW, Washington DC 20036
Tiara Caldwell, Crowned & Cradled (link to their website)
Based in Maryland and DC Metro, Travels to your place.
Look up a new parent support group or a breastfeeding group near you before you have baby! It can be a lifesaver having that support network after baby is born. Community support is so important!
La Leche League of Alexandria (link to their website)
Held 3rd Sunday of the month at BirthCare 1501 King St., Alexandria VA 22314
La Leche League of Herndon/Reston (link to their website)
Held 4th Wednesdays/month at Herndon Library 768 Center St., Herndon, VA 20170
La Leche League chapters in NOVA and DC Metro (link to their website)
Held different locations and times of month, click on link for your closest location
Beltway Babywearers and Babywearing Groups in NOVA/DC/MD (link to their website)
Postpartum Body Work is a great way to treat a new mother and was always an essential part of healing and recovery in traditional cultures. There are different types of body work that new mamas can receive. Below are a few of them.
Muneera Fontaine of Peaceful Earth, Graceful Birth (link to their website). Offers Womb Steaming and other services.
Capitol Heights, MD (Travels within 10 mi. radius)
Personal Trainers who are versed in prenatal and postpartum issues are a great resource! Check out Hanan Fadel's info below.
Hanan Fadel of Mind Body Elevation (link to their website)
Offers Group Classes in Herndon, VA and private sessions in her home, Herndon, VA.
Mutu System (online postnatal exercise system) (link to their website)
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