Balanced Birth Support

Childbirth education and Doula services www.balancedbirthsupport.com

Thank you so much for visiting Balanced Birth Support and wanting to know a bit more about us and what the services we provide. We have a huge passion for happy, centered living and believe that lives can be transformed though supported centered births. We are a group of birth doulas, postpartum doulas, lactation consultants, childbirth educators and placenta specialist committed to providing exceptional, professional, compassionate, unbiased and balanced support during your pregnancy, birth and postpartum. The women working with Balanced Birth Support are trained, skilled, professionals who are prepared to support your family in every aspect of birth. We are friends, we enjoy one another and we love working together to benefit our community. We have a huge passion for family centered birthing. Balanced Birth Support believes that the key to a positive experience during these life changing events is having the tools to make informed and educated decisions coupled with wonderful, excellent support. We collectively, pride ourselves on being supportive, empathetic and non-judgmental when it comes to working with families during their own journey towards and through parenthood. As birth professionals serving Washington DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland, we have experience and are very familiar and comfortable working with many different Obstetricians and Midwives and have attended births at the majority of local hospitals such as George Washington University Hospital, Washington Hospital Center, Virginia Hospital Center, Ft. Belvoir, INOVA Alexandria, INOVA Fairfax, INOVA Fair Oaks, Louden, Sibley, Prince William Hospital and many more. We also have experience with birth center births and are comfortable in home birth settings. We are so excited for you to begin your balanced Birth Support journey!

Thank you @duvet_days for reminding us that breasts have a real and very important purpose! Read on to learn about breast anatomy and what all the different parts of our breasts do! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Our milk ducts are intricate and life giving network of channels nestled among fat cells and glandular tissue. These milk ducts branch off near our chest wall and are called ductules which have small cluster of sacs called alveoli. A cluster of alveoli are called lobule and a cluster of lobules are called lobe.⠀⁠⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The axillary lymph nodes help fight infection in our bodies by filtering lymph fluid from your breasts.⠀⁠⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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This is beautiful. You are not alone, mama.

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Love love love this short video of a mom with a newborn! Its so incredibly relatable! Thanks @lu.cy.scott for so perfectly capturing life with a new baby!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#options #whatdoyouwanttoknow? #birth #pregnancy #somuchimformation #supportingyou #balancedbirthsupport #dcnovadoulas #doulas #novadoulas #nova #dcbirthsupport #dc #balancedbirthsupport #postpartum #postpartumdoula #postpartumdoulasdothat #ittakesavillage #postpartumsupport #knockknocknanny #breastfeeding #nursing #chestfeeding #feedingbabies #milkdrunk #support #lactation #bottlefeeding #supportingyour #lactationcounselor

Our next 1-Day Comprehensive class is on November 16th! Visit us at to learn more about the class, fill out a registration, and view our 2020 class calendar! http://balancedbirthsupport.com/comprehensive-1-day-childbirth-education-class-dc-virginia-maryland/ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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All classes are taught at The Body in Balance Center in Alexandria, Virginia from 10am-5pm. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#options #whatdoyouwanttoknow? #birth #pregnancy #somuchimformation #supportingyou #balancedbirthsupport #dcnovadoulas #doulas #novadoulas #nova #dcbirthsupport #dc #newhampshiredoula #northcarolinadoula #chapelhill #rtp #yourbirth #oursupport #balancedbirthsupport

Thanks @empoweredbirthproject for reminding us that breastfeeding can include pumping- even exclusive pumping! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Got questions about pumping and working? Get in touch with us today and speak with one of our experienced lactation counselors! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#breastfeeding #nursing #chestfeeding #feedingbabies #milkdrunk #support #lactation #bottlefeeding #supportingyour #lactationcounselor #options #whatdoyouwanttoknow? #birth #pregnancy #somuchimformation #supportingyou #balancedbirthsupport #dcnovadoulas #doulas #novadoulas #nova #dcbirthsupport #dc #balancedbirthsupport #postpartum #postpartumdoula #postpartumdoulasdothat #ittakesavillage #postpartumsupport #knockknocknanny

Our 2020 schedule for our 3-hour Comfort Measures for Childbirth class is out! Visit us at http://balancedbirthsupport.com/comfort-measures-prenatal-education-virginia-washington-dc/ to learn more about how this class can prepare you for birth focusing on non-medical pain relief, and a discussion the of the different types of medical pain relief.

Always thankful for a great NICU staff at our local hospitals!

Yesterday, March of Dimes Maryland-National Capital Area Chapter held a Day of Gratitude event at our NICU to thank staff for all they do for our littlest patients and their families. #GWThankful

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Birthing at Inova Alexandria - Balanced Birth Support

Birthing at Inova Alexandria? Check out our UPDATED post on the amenities of this wonderful hospital, including where to go when you're in labor, where to park, and view a video about their Level III NICU. Inova Alexandria now offers CLEAR DRAPES for c-sections!!

balancedbirthsupport.com Are you pregnant or planning a pregnant and looking for birthing options in Northern Virginia? Check out our post on INOVA Alexandria to learn about their birthing options; including nitrous, midwives, birth balls, peanut balls, obstetricians, epidurals etc

Thanks @storktoswaddle for this excellent graphic showing signs that your breastfed baby is getting enough milk!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Keep an eye on those hands & diapers, your babys general demeanor, and how your breasts feel after feeding. If something doesn't feel right, or you notice that your baby isn't having quite enough wet diapers, or they seem hungry or agitated more than happy, give your local La Leche League leader a call, attend a meeting, or contact us for a free consultation with one of our experienced lactation counselors for help.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#novadoulas #nova #dcbirthsupport #dc #balancedbirthsupport #postpartum #postpartumdoula #postpartumdoulasdothat #ittakesavillage #postpartumsupport #knockknocknanny #breastfeeding #nursing #chestfeeding #feedingbabies #milkdrunk #support #lactation #bottlefeeding #supportingyour #lactationcounselor

Thanks @jennaraydoulayay for the reminder that bodies are not "lost" after having a baby! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Your body just spent approximately 40 weeks growing, nourishing, and caring for a baby and by the time your baby is born your body is different, forever and thats ok! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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New Clear C-Section Drapes Give Moms a Whole New Birthing Experience

“Clear drapes help the mother feel like she is part of the birthing process,” Abney told Parents. “She can see her baby before it is taken to the warmer. She can see the baby when everyone else does, the moment the baby is born. She can match the sound of the baby’s cries while watching the quiver of the baby’s little chin.”

redtri.com Moms can get a whole new point of view on birth.

Our 2020 5-week HypnoBirthing series calendar is up! All classes take place at The Body in Balance Center in Alexandria, Virginia from 6:30pm-9pm! Visit us at http://balancedbirthsupport.com/hypnobirthing-group-classes-northern-virginia-dc-maryland/ to learn more and register!

Happy family and happy doula!!!

The smiles say it all!!!

We ADORE working at the Natural Birth Center at INOVA Loudoun! Ask us how we work collaboratively with your care providers- we love talking about these great relationships!

It’s baby time y’all! Happy Monday!

Join Sara this weekend (oct 19th!) for our amazing 3 hr comfort measures class! Learn how positions, pressure points, language and so many other things can help you have an empowered birthing experience! Register: www.balancedbirthsupport.com

[10/14/19]   We love receiving kind words

“Worth the weight” mom is so happy to finally ally hold this sweet babe!

One of our amazing senior doulas, Kerry modeling our new comfy BBS shirts as she helps a family welcome their precious babe!!!
Happy weekend everyone!

Babies coming from everywhere. Running from GW to Sibley to GW and back to Sibley again! We’ve been a busy team this week!

Wishing Jenny a great evening at work! 👶

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Desperate Women, Desperate Doctors and the Surprising History Behind the Breastfeeding Debate

Fascinating history behind breastfeeding and bottle-feeding in the United States!

time.com "What it meant was that a wealthy baby lived and a poor baby died"

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3 Moms with Post-Birth PTSD Share Their Stories

TW: 3 Accounts of traumatic birth experiences and postpartum PTSD.
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"Why, I wondered, am I so easy to dismiss?

Although my experience felt alienating, I am far from alone. Around a third of women report having had a traumatic birth experience, whether physically, emotionally, or both. About 9%, like me, will develop postnatal PTSD (also known as postpartum PTSD)....Different from both postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety, postpartum PTSD can involve anxiety, panic attacks, a sense of detachment or dissociation, hypervigilance, nightmares, flashbacks, and intrusive memories of the traumatic event — as Heidi McBain, a therapist with a perinatal mental health certification, explains to SheKnows. She adds that symptoms of postpartum PTSD can include “reliving the trauma in [one’s] mind over and over again, sleep changes, nightmares, heightened anxiety, and hyperfocusing on the trauma.”

Some women experience it because their expectations don’t match reality or a birth plan falls apart. For others, McBain explains, PTSD can be caused by a “near-death experience for mom or baby during birth,” a baby going into the NICU, the physical pain of birth, or unexpected severe injuries or health conditions that arise during labor or in the postpartum period. And while anyone can develop postnatal PTSD, women with a history of sexual abuse or a prior traumatic birth experience are more at risk."

sheknows.com When I remember giving birth to my daughter, my primary memory is feeling an overwhelming sense of love for her. But following that, all too closely, I remember mostly fear and shame. I’d planned …

It can be extremely difficult to make decisions or stand firm in your birth plan with doctors, midwives, nurses, and other caregivers rapid firing information at you- especially if your situation is emergent. A birth doula can help you sort through medical terminology do you have a clear understand what is happening. They can also help you make evidence based decisions that are the best for you and your baby, and empower you to advocate for yourself if you need it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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mothering.com

I Was Not Prepared for My First Birth: 15 Things I Wish I Had Known - Mothering

"So, can you prepare yourself? Can you be ready? Don’t despair; none of us can ever be fully prepared, but that’s the beauty of birth and mothering. We don’t have to be. We do the best we can, giving our bodies the opportunity to prove itself the champions that they are, and somehow, magically, you and that baby take this world on together like nobody’s business."

mothering.com Nine months should be enough time to prepare for birth, but it’s not. These ideas will help you accept that you’ll never really be totally prepared.

In Hypnobirthing we use positive affirmations, visualizations, and deep relaxation techniques to release the fear, tension, and pain cycle. Join us for our next 5-Week Hynobirthing session starting on October 22nd. We meet at The Body in Balance Center in Alexandria, Virginia from 6:30-pm every Tuesday from 10/22-11/19. Learn about the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and childbirth, non-medical pain relief techniques, and so much more!

Come by our booth at The Birth & Babies Fair this Sunday 12-5pm in historic downtown Frederick, Maryland! Enter our raffle to win this Frida Baby gift set!

We are so excited to be a part of The Birthing Circle's Birth & Babies Fair this Sunday September 29th from 12pm-5pm. Come visit our booth for a chance to win our raffle prize and grab some freebies!
Be one of the first 100 to register for the VIP swag bag and receive over $1,000 worth of mama and baby products and coupons!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/birth-babies-fair-2019-tickets-59601015241

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Experts Say A Colicky Baby Can Really Impact Your Mental Health — Here's How To Cope

"Anytime a baby cries, it’s stressful. When your baby cries for hours at a time and you can’t seem to comfort them, it can begin to seriously wear on your well-being. How a colicky baby affects your mental health can depend on your support network, ability to get counseling, and more. But at the end of the day, parents of colicky babies in any situation can practice self-care and coping strategies to help get them through."
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A postpartum doula can be an instrumental part of your coping strategies when you have a colicky baby. They can hold the baby while you take some time away- a shower, a cup of coffee, anything that you can do to help recharge.

romper.com Anytime a baby cries, it’s stressful. When your baby cries for hours at a time and you can’t seem to comfort them, it can begin to seriously wear on your well-being. How a colicky baby affects your mental health can depend on your support network,…

We work with the best doulas! Kerry is a highly experienced birth and postpartum doula and has been supporting births for over a decade! She supports hospital, home, and birth center births all over the DMV with extensive experience including medicated and non–medicated hospital, cesarean birth, twin deliveries, LGBTQ families and VBAC deliveries. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Kerry and learn how she can support your birth!

A candid midnight shot! 😂 I would title it either “fuzzy hair, don’t care” or “birth in the city”. Put your choice below! 🤣😂🤣

Repeat families are always super special! Shout out to the doctors and nurses at GW! It was a great collaborative team!

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5 Fun Facts About Night Time Breastfeeds - Pinky McKay Official Website

The connection between breastfeeding and infant sleep is often misunderstood! Join us on November 3 in Capitol Hill for our Fundamentals of Breastfeeding & Sleep Class. Learn how about what normal infant sleep looks like and how its intimately connected to your breastfeeding relationship. For more information or to register: http://balancedbirthsupport.com/breastfeeding-sleep-class-support-capitol-hill-dc-northern-virginia/

pinkymckay.com Check out these very important things you need to know about night time feeds – they will settle all those niggling doubts and help you believe in your self, your baby and your boobs.

All of our birth doulas support you and your family during pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum. During pregnancy, you may have many questions about what's happening to your body, what to expect in the early days, or you might be looking for evidenced-based information on medical procedures and interventions. A doula can also advise you on massage and relaxation techniques to help relieve those normal aches and pains. Contact us today to find your perfect birth doula! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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