Northern Virginia Birth Services

Supporting families through the childbearing years. Birth and postpartum doula support, child birth and infant care education. Trusted by hospitals all over the DC Metro area.



From Mini to Moose ”When I was in the NICU I was able to have hydrotherapy once a week 🌊 being that I lived in my mommy’s belly for three weeks with not much fluid, I really enjoyed my water therapy sessions. Hydrotherapy is used to help strengthen the arms, legs and core muscles of premature babies, and develop the fetal position, or “tuck” position — a pattern demonstrated by full-term babies.”

Thanks for more great reviews of our doulas (Shannon Mathews) and work and Nova Birth Services!

1/13/2020: 135 doulas received excellent reviews and testimonials from satisfied, grateful clients in the last two weeks on
AB Ashleigh Barlow
AB Megan Boone
AB Beth McIvor
AL Bethany Boggan
AZ Ashley Anders
AZ Danielle Randell CD(DONA)
AZ Nicole Tardi, CD(DONA)
AZ Noleen Thurman CD(DONA) & Birth Photographer
BC Tracey Carolan
BC Gabrielle Eschner
BC Luci Gimenes
BC Melissa Harris
BC Suzi Livingstone
BC Holly Malashewsky
BC Tamara Starcevic
CA Nora Aldous
CA Marta Barensfeld
CA Amy Botha
CA Cathy Gomez
CA Katie Mae
CA Trisha Olow
CA Monalisa Orduno CD(DONA)
CA Kim Potvin, CD(DONA)
CA Brighid Quinn
CA Brittany Randolph
CA Katya Sorokina
CA Kathi Webster
CO Liz Foster
CO Anna Otaola
CO Jill Wilkey
CT Teresa Piazza CD(DONA)
CT Leslie Slade
DC Cara Crowe
DC Nancy Goodman
FL Amanda Bradley-Houston
FL Sharea Jenkins CD(DONA),CLC
FL Debbie Sokolow
GA Julia Davidson CD(DONA)
GA Elysia Douglas
GA Ciarra Hodges
GA Melanie Suarez
IA Kelli Brus
IA Melissa Schnurr
ID Elan Eddington
ID Rebecca Haley
ID Melissa Johnson
IL Laura Asplin
IL Isabel Gonzalez-Smith
IL Suzi Kaufman
IL Seong Kitsos, AdvCD and Postpartum Doula
IL Rachel Mans
IL Melissa Orr
IN Anna Miller
IN Lora Schnurr
LA Cyndel Grainger
MA Carolynn Deshler, CBD(CBI), HBCE
MA Shannon Sweeney CD(DONA)
MA Noliko (Noriko) Utsuzawa
MA Sylva Yeghiayan, Ph.D., CD/PCD(DONA)
MD Birth You Desire ® LLC
MD Cameo Sherman, BBCD, BCD
ME Caitlin Kilpatrick, CCCE
MN Chelsey DuBois
MN Laura Griffis
MO Julie Brown (Harmann)
MO Steffanie Thomas
MS Leah Dubin
NC Emily Dunagan, LMBT
NC Maya Hart
NJ Afshan Abbasi CD(DONA)
NJ Evana Cooper
NJ Anna Tarasova
NV Wendy Begonis CD(DONA)
NY Defne Dilsiz
NY Silvie Falschlunger
NY Janet Gordon, CD/PCD(DONA), CLC, LCCE
NY Joyce Havinga-Droop
NY Kim Holden, CLC
NY Yoko Lytle
NY Daisy Mason
NY Sharon McDermott
NY Alaska McFadden
NY Leslie McGhee
NY Heidy Ramirez
NY Shamina Rao, CD(DONA)
NY Adriane Stare
NY Simone Toomer, CD/CBE(DTI), CLC, CBC, LCCE, ISE
OH Emma Whitlock Doula,Placenta Services, Midwife Asst., Breast Milk & DNA Jewelry
OK Farah Antoine-Mayberry, DONA trained
OK Danielle Moore
OK Amy Pomerantz
OR Full Spectrum Doula Care
OR Wildwood Birth Collective
OR Ariana Micek
PA Lila Backenstose
PA Susie Conrad, SBD
PA Shemaria Scharmann
PA Carrie Whitacre, CD(DONA)
QC Mika Rock
SC Dawn Oliver CDI(TDA)
SC Rebecca Shelton
TN Heidi Duncan, CBD(CBI)
TX Hannah Davis
TX Deborah Owens
TX Priscilla Brickey & Kristina Tamez RN, LMT, MTI, CBS, CD(DONA) Student Midwife
TX Rachel Stonebrook
VA Bethany Bagnell, BSW, AAHCC, CPST
VA Heidi Blanton-Pohl
VA Sara Krivanec, CPD, CLC
VA Shannon Mathews
VA Hunter Moore, CLC, CBE
VA Elizabeth Oldham CD(DONA), HCHD, HBCE
VA Bailey Robinson, CPD, CBE
VA Samantha Rodriguez
VA Kasha Toffah
WA Calm and Confident Doula Care, LLC
WA Megan Gifford, CD(DONA)
WA Marcy Grantor
WA Candace Hicks
WA Angharad Hollingworth
WA Ellen Hsu (Bilingual Doula_Mandarin/English)
WA Riss Jursich
WA Marloes Koning, CPD
WA Laurie Levy
WA Amanda Martin, PCD(NAPS)
WA Lisa Shire, CLE, CD(DONA)
WA Jessica Tabakin
WA Victoria Williams
WA Christine Yates
WI Daisy Johnson
WI Amy Kranz
WI Joey Larson BAICD, CLC, Senior midwife student
WI Kara Jo Prestrud, CD(DONA), CLEC, Lactation, Hypno-Doula

Science confirms you are a different person after giving birth

Wondering more about these changes- check out our classes or open expecting parent empowerment nights. The person you were then is not the person you are now.


This viral video of twins doing skin-to-skin and reaching to hold each other's hand is unreal.😱❤️

Watch more of our favorite viral videos:

🎥: @fitbreezylife + @twinbaby_adventures

An Open Letter from The Duchess of Cambridge to Midwives Ahead of 2020's International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, The Duchess of Cambridge has written an open letter to midwives across the country.

Study: Water births are as safe as land births for mom, baby ANN ARBOR—A new study found that water births are no more risky than land births, and that women in the water group sustain fewer first and second-degree tears. University of Michigan researchers analyzed 397 waterbirths and 2025 land births from two midwifery practices. There were no differences

7 Intensely Soothing Yin Yoga Poses to Calm Anxiety Relax those deep tissues with this intensely soothing yoga routine.

[11/29/19]   We are thankful for the many families we have been able to serve this year. Thank you for trusting us with your special moments.

Our very own Shannon Sharing her knowledge with our expectant parents. Next session Dec 10th 7:30. Don't miss it!

[11/28/19]   So very grateful for our wonderful clients, are amazingly gifted team and such a terrific community. Happy Thanksgiving from the entire Northern Virginia Birth Services Team

Northern Virginia Birth Services is so thankful to be able to support strong moms on their birth journeys. Welcome to the world baby H and E!

Amazing provider

Once again Dr. Hashemi is voted Top Doctor in Washingtonian magazine! Top Doctors are chosen as the best of the best in the Washington D.C. area by their peers, and we are proud to announce that for a third year in a row Dr. Hashemi has been chosen to be a part of the select few. Congratulations to Dr. Hashemi!

"You can't spoil a baby!" New research says to comfort crying babies Research has found that children will grow into healthier and happier adults if they have parents who are affectionate, sensitive, and playful towards them from birth.

11 Types of Muscle Tension Caused By Trapped Emotions Are you someone who bottles emotions? If so you may be dealing with a lot more muscle tension than you should be. You see, when…

Here's How To Turn Your Baby's Clothes Into Keepsake 'Memory Bears'

Fun keep sake. What do you think? Artists and crafty moms are turning old baby clothes into keepsake "memory bears" that can be cherished by parents and kids for years to come.

Checking blood glucose in newborn babies

Understanding newborn glucose tests, why and when they are needed. Glucose is carried to every cell in the body by the circulation of blood. Healthy babies keep themselves well supplied with energy by keeping their blood glucose levels within a normal, safe range.

The Junkyard Diva

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It’s Okay If You Didn’t Bond with Your Baby Right Away - Thrive Global The maternal bond is, without a doubt, the purest and most powerful connections among humans. It makes parenthood easier and provides long-term developmental benefits for the baby. However, after giving birth, what if you don’t feel the joy that you’re expecting when your baby arrived? What Post...

Snuggling Your Baby May Affect Their DNA, Says a New Study

Snuggle those babies Little ones' development may very well be influenced by how much (or how little) close, comforting contact they receive, researchers note.

[11/01/19]   Costume time! We want to see the adorable pics of your little sweeties. Post below so we can see how they have grown!

FDA Watch List Adds Drugs With Anaphylaxis, Fetal Death Risk

The new list of medications not recommended for pregnancy. Worth a read. Four dozen drugs were added to the quarterly list after the FDA identified potential signs of serious risk or received new information on a safety issue.

Brain² Solutions


Breast milk is amazing

A photo showing droplets of breast milk fending off armies of harmful bacteria in Petri dishes is going viral on Facebook.⁣

The photo, posted by a biology student in England, features nine Petri dishes completely colonized with the bacteria M. Luteus, except in the center, where tiny puddles of breast milk have created what looks like “moats” of protection around themselves.⁣

The student, Vicky Green, said she had similar results with Petri dishes full of e.Coli and the dreaded anti-biotic resistant “super bug” MRSA.⁣

“The white spots in the middle are discs soaked in two samples of breastmilk,” Green wrote in the caption of her post. “See the clear bit around the discs ― that’s where the proteins in the milk have inhibited the bacteria!”⁣

An article from explains how this is possible:⁣

“About 80 percent of the cells in breast milk are macrophages, cells that kill bacteria, fungi and viruses. Breast-fed babies are protected, in varying degrees, from a number of illnesses, including pneumonia, botulism, bronchitis, staphylococcal infections, influenza, ear infections, and German measles. Furthermore, mothers produce antibodies to whatever disease is present in their environment, making their milk custom-designed to fight the diseases their babies are exposed to as well.”⁣

What’s even more impressive is that the samples of milk in the photos came from the mother of a 15-month-old and a 3-year-old, providing further evidence that breast milk continues to protect against illness long beyond infancy.

This 2-Minute Cartoon Teaches Infant CPR And Should Be Shared With Every Parent You Know

A new video uses nursery rhyme characters and a catchy song to teach parents how to perform infant CPR.

One of our favorite things is supporting moms during pregnancy and after they give birth! Today we had a wonderful group of moms and baby's at one of our support group meetings. Join us for our next one!

Moms Mental Health Initiative

Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. The days and weeks pass as does the chaos in the world around us. But among us, there are those struggling, maybe silently, and grieving an unthinkable loss. Your baby matters.

California Takes New Steps To Stop Black Women From Dying In Childbirth Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill requiring implicit bias training for health care providers serving pregnant people.

The moment we become present, no matter what action we’re taking or sensation we are experiencing, the richer and more actively we can engage with our experience.

Childbirth is no exception.

While many people quickly assume that the PAIN associated with birth is the only sensation experienced, it is important to not forget the emotional impact that labor and birth can have.

With your doula by your side, giving birth to your baby can be a transformative and powerful experience, instead of one filled with fear, worry, and anxiety. The support a labor doula can provide can help you to connect with your baby and with your body in a way that you may have never experienced before.

A doula’s job is to facilitate and encourage the space for this kind of experience to become possible. When approached with awareness, birth can be transformed from a process full of uncertainty to an amazing and deeply profound connective experience no matter the outcome.

Let us show you how a Doula can help you in your pregnancy!


The NOVA Birth Services Difference

The areas premiere birth support services group. Thousands of families served throughout the DC Metro area. Birth and postpartum support in and out of the hospital. Birth your way.

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