March 6, 2018
Samantha, as a black doula and doula trainer at the ProDoula Conference

I’m a Black Doula Trainer with ProDoula

In addition to being a labor doula and postpartum doula in DC, Maryland and Virginia, I am a trainer for ProDoula. This is a controversial choice, […]
October 11, 2017
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Postpartum Depression- Blackish Style

I fangirl for Tracee Ellis Ross. Hard. And I’ve loved Blackish for the last few years. On the show, she plays Rainbow Johnson, an upper middle-class […]
October 4, 2017
Fun fall activities in DC, MD and VA like playing in leaves

3 Things to do in October in the DC Metro Area

Welcome to October! It’s finally beginning to feel like fall outside, and folks who hate our summer humidity are relieved. The leaves are starting to put […]
September 27, 2017
Pregnant woman thinking about birth

Why do People Hire Doulas? They’re Afraid.

When I tell the average person what I do for a living, their face lights up. I hear their birth story, we gush about how strong […]
September 11, 2017
Black pregnant mother resting on couch

5 Tips for Natural Birth When You’ve Had An Epidural

You’ve had an epidural for a previous birth. But this time you want a different experience. You’re planning a natural birth- a vaginal delivery without pain […]
August 4, 2017
Postpartum doulas support breastfeeding overnight.

An Open Letter to Breastfeeding Mothers

Hey. I see you. Literally, I see you because I sit with you at 2:30 am, while you feeding your baby for the 3rd time tonight. I […]
June 8, 2017
Baby first smile probably not gas

First Smile? Or a Fart? Who Cares!

“Oh it’s just gas. That’s not his first smile. Babies that age can’t smile yet.” Every parent who has ever squealed at the sight of their […]
June 5, 2017
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10 Questions I Ask Mothers with a New Baby

Since becoming a postpartum doula, there’s been an explosion of new mothers in my life. Whether clients or close friends, I spend a LOT of time […]
May 4, 2017
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Top 10 Tips for Heading Back to Work After a Baby

It can be hard to imagine while pregnant, but there will come a time when you are no longer pregnant. Your little one will be here! […]
April 27, 2017
Feeding your baby can be done by breastfeeding or bottlefeeding

Feeding Your Baby Isn’t Always Black and White

I tend to be a fairly black and white person, and I have to consciously work toward living more in the grey. Feeding my second baby […]
April 21, 2017
postpartum and infant care doulas care for your family

Is a Postpartum and Infant Care Doula Right for Your Family?

Maybe you’ve heard of a postpartum and infant care doula. All the cool kids have, these days. But if you’re like a lot of families in […]
April 19, 2017
doula can help you and your husband get closer during childbirth

Can Labor Pains Lead to Love?

Whether it’s your first, or fifth time, birth is unpredictable. We don’t know how long it will take, we can’t guarantee when it will happen, and […]
April 8, 2017
Reasons to be friends with a doula

10 Reasons to be Friends with a Doula

Doulas are some of the most fun people. The more of them I meet, the more I realize what awesome humans this profession attracts. And our […]
March 31, 2017
Don't clean up after child for postpartum doula

Please Don’t Clean for Your Postpartum Doula

Dear clients, I don’t ask you for many favors. But I’ve noticed a way that some of you are making more work for yourself after a […]
March 28, 2017
Doulas help families connect

Doulas Benefit the Entire Family

Bringing a child into the world is quite a feat! It deserves respect, and much of my job as a doula is to help with whatever is […]
March 23, 2017
Pregnant Woman on the Phone Interviewing Your Doula

A Guide to Interviewing Your Doula

It’s World World Doula Week! And now that you know why you might want a doula, you have to find the right one. So you’ll probably […]
March 22, 2017
Doulas support pregnant women

Why Would I Hire a Doula?

It’s World Doula Week! To celebrate, I’ll be publishing posts on some basics about doula support, and things you may want to know. Today, I’ll start […]
March 10, 2017
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Postpartum Recovery: Hair Shedding

Today in postpartum recovery, let’s talk hair. Or, since we’re in the habit of being honest, let’s talk about something that can be unsettling- hair shedding […]
March 8, 2017
Celebrating Friendship on International Women's Day

International Women’s Day: A Note of Gratitude

This International Women’s Day, I’m pausing to thank the women in my life. Thank you to my mother, and to those who have mothered me. Thank […]
March 7, 2017
Hope for postpartum depression

Postpartum Recovery: Postpartum Depression & Postpartum Anxiety

I’ve started a postpartum recovery series. And I had plans to write several posts about bodies before getting into what MOST people think of when they […]
March 6, 2017
Using the bathroom postpartum

Postpartum Recovery: The Bathroom

Postpartum is a sensitive time, so we’re going to dive into the sensitive subjects. Last time in our postpartum recovery series, we talked about your uterus, […]
February 27, 2017
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How Do I Know I’m a Good Parent?

One thing that I miss about school is that in class, you always know when you’re doing it right. You get a grade, or a check […]
February 20, 2017
Safe placenta encapsulation requires refrigeration

Steps Towards Safe Placenta Encapsulation

The popularity of placenta encapsulation is growing in DC & Maryland. And I’m invested in ensuring that my clients receive reliable, safe placenta encapsulation. You only […]
February 16, 2017
Delivery services for easier parenting

Special Delivery- Services to Make Parenthood Easier

I really like upgrades. There’s something about spending my money on things that make me feel fancier and make my life easier that is incredibly satisfying. […]
February 13, 2017
Woman tired in last days of pregnancy

Sometimes the Last Days of Pregnancy Get Old

Honest moment? The last days of pregnancy don’t seem that fun to me. I don’t think I’m supposed to say that, as a doula, but just […]
February 10, 2017
Mother practices breastfeeding basics

Follow the Breastfeeding BASICS

If you’ve not yet had your baby, you may not know that breastfeeding is a skill you have to learn. It’s natural, yes. But so is […]
February 8, 2017
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Placenta Pills- Are They Right for You?

You’ve heard about placenta encapsulation. It’s the process of preparing the placenta to be ingested after birth- specifically putting it into pills. And you’re curious, but […]
August 4, 2017
Postpartum doulas support breastfeeding overnight.

An Open Letter to Breastfeeding Mothers

Hey. I see you. Literally, I see you because I sit with you at 2:30 am, while you feeding your baby for the 3rd time tonight. I […]