Whitney Amyett- Doula in Charlottesville

Over salad, chicken and rice, Whitney's soft-spoken nature and knowledge of birth drew us in while her passion became ever more clear, helping women experience birth on their own terms.  When we met at Sticks Kabob Shop, right up the street from Sentera Martha-Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville,  we knew Whitney was going to be the perfect Doula to establish our Charlottesville branch.

We are so pleased to announce our newest Doula in Charlottesville, Whitney Amyett!

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Tell us a bit about yourself.
I moved to Charlottesville from Ft. Worth, Texas almost 10 years ago, when my husband and I got married.  I loved growing up in Texas surrounded by family and friends.  Virginia is beautiful, but it would be perfect if my family lived here too.  Oh, and if there was no snow.  I hate the snow. :)

What is the best part of living in Charlottesville?
I love the mountains here, and there are a lot of family friendly things to do.

What gets you excited?  What are you passionate about?
I love knowing that my work helps families find their own strength.  It is important to me to raise my children to grow up to be amazing adults, and part of that is recognizing how amazing they are right now!  The birth experience can help set the stage for that positive connection. Helping a new mother through a difficult birth or establishing good sleep hygiene can have a tremendous effect on the ability of that family to cope and bond, and appreciate their babies at every stage.  It's exciting, that as a doula I can give a family the tools they need to grow stronger.

Have you always wanted to be a doula?
I didn't even know what a doula was until I was already pregnant the first time.  A friend had told me how much she loved her doula, and we ended up hiring her ourselves.  After the strength and encouragement she gave us, I became interested in becoming a doula myself.

What is the best part of being a parent?
This is a hard question!  I suppose it's getting to be with these special people every day, and even though they fight and argue, seeing the kindness and generosity they exhibit toward each other makes everything worth it.  Plus the snuggles are pretty good.

How would your kids describe you?
They told me they like it when I give them hugs and kisses, and that I make the best cookies.  (Oatmeal Chocolate Chip, in case anyone is wondering.)

What do you like to watch?
My current favorite is Legend of the Seeker.  Adventure, romance, and a little comedy-- what more could you ask for?  Of course, I really loved the new Beauty and the Beast movie as well!

What are you three best tips for a mom who just had a baby?
1) Don't be afraid to ask for help!  Get a family member, friend, or best of all, a postpartum doula.  Have Grandma come once a week to take your older kids for the day, if you have them.
2) Take those first few weeks slowly.  Enjoy having a newborn and let yourself heal.  Binge watch Netflix and Amazon Prime while you feed your baby, and if you have older kids, don't feel guilty about letting them watch more TV than you might otherwise.  They'll live, and you'll survive a happier Mom.
3) Allow the feelings.  Emotions and hormones are all over the place after giving birth.  Give yourself time to process and feel all of those feelings.  If everything is peachy, that's great!  But if it's not perfect, you don't have to pretend.

What is your favorite restaurant in Charlottesville?
Kabuto is my FAVORITE place to go.  I get the teppanyaki shrimp and filet mignon, with lots of rice and Yum-yum Sauce. 

Do you work out?
I like videos at home.  I especially enjoy kickboxing and lifting weights.

So then what is your guilty pleasure?
Frosted Coffees.  So many calories. So much caffeine. So much deliciousness.

What is your favorite local resource for a new parent?
Charlottesville is great because we have several local groups that are great places to ask questions and/or share experiences.  There are also a lot of playdates, and lifestyle specific groups too (for things like baby wearing, breastfeeding, etc.).

Cake or ice-cream?
Cake.  Also, did I mention my award winning oatmeal and chocolate chip cookies? ;)

What is one thing we are unlikely to know about you already?
I want to take archery lessons someday.  My visit to the Virginia Renaissance Faire yesterday sealed the deal, it looks like it would be the perfect combination of sport, strength and solitude.

What makes you the best doula for our clients?
I know that every family, every birth, is unique and special.  I meet every family where they are at.  If they need someone to be their assistant, or their cheerleader, or the coach, I'm good at seeing what people need and providing unbiased and complete support, so they can focus on their baby's birthday!

*****If you would like to learn more about Whitney, to schedule her to be your Charlottesville Doula, please contact us at 540-300-1102 or through our contact form below.  We could tell you all day how amazing she is, but we think she speaks well enough for herself!*****

 

 

Jennifer Imholte: Experienced Doula in Virginia

After just one meeting, we knew that Jennifer was the perfect addition to our team.  As an experienced doula in Virginia, she embodies the spirit of professional, compassionate and personalized support we demand of all of our affiliates.  After even a short conversation, this beautiful soul leaves you feeling as though you can do anything, because she will take care of whatever you need to be your best YOU.  Authenticity and knowledge are a powerful combination, and Jennifer has both in spades!

The Virginia Baby Company is proud to introduce our newest affiliate doula, serving Woodbridge, Stafford, Fredericksburg and Richmond: Jennifer Imholte!

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How did you come to live in Virginia?
My husband got offered a position and with a week's notice, we moved our whole family across the country from Arizona.  Talk about going with the flow!  Coming from Arizona, I love how close we are to the beach (even though locals think I'm crazy) and being around all of this history.

Who lives in your house?
My husband and our three kids, Juliana (7), Ryzon (5) and Zorian (3).

What are you passionate about?
I'm passionate about making women feel confident in their choices, being a loving and caring mother, wife, and friend.

Why did you become a doula?
Birth is a powerful experience that I have been drawn to ever since I was a girl. After I had children of my own, I was able to see how doula work is the perfect intersection between my interests, my knowledge, and my passion for improving the birth experience for new families.  Working with clients has only served to strengthen my understanding and enhance the experience for others.

For you: What is the best part of being a mother?
Seeing the best parts of you in your children, and watching their little personalities develop.  They crack me up!

How would your kids describe you?
"A goofy woman who is always dancing".

What do you like to read/watch?
Anything that makes me laugh.  I'm most recently enjoying Catastrophe.  It's so wrong in all of the right ways.

If someone were to ask you for the 3 best tips for a mom who just had a baby, what would you say?
1) Trust yourself!  You have everything you need within you!
2) Don't worry about what others think.
3) Survival is number one.  Dishes can wait!

Are you an indoor relaxation or outdoor adventure kind of girl? 
When the sun is out, I love to be outside (I am from Arizona, after all!).  I love seeing new places and exploring new trails, and there are so many good ones here in Virginia!

What is your favorite restaurant in Virginia, and what do you order when you go?
BonChon in Fredericksburg-- I will order anything spicy.

Would we ever catch you running a marathon? 
If you call walking around the block after my crazy kids a marathon, then yes.  Surprise, surprise, I'm more of an aerobics girl, but only if I can move to a beat.   

What is your guilty pleasure?
I kind of love Real Housewives of Atlanta.  I know I shouldn't, but I can't help it (and not just because they had a doula on the show!)

Best resource for a pregnant/new mom
A friend who is in the next phase ahead or an empty nester.  They always know how to put things in perspective, and we can all use a little of that when life starts to feel a little myopic.

What kind of education and training do you have?
For my previous job, I have a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, but for this, I have training through DONA, years of learning and researching on my own, and now I'm currently undergoing a certification through ProDoula as well.

Cake or ice cream?
Neither, I like chips.

What is one thing we are unlikely to know about you already?
I love a good game of cribbage. 

What makes you the best doula for our clients?
My focus on family.  My ability to see you where you are, and help you feel confident and educated about decisions at such an important time, no matter where your birth and parenting take you.  I will be your rock, your encyclopedia, your ear when pregnancy and birth get tough. With me, you will never be alone, and together with your partner we will find the answers you need.

 

Danielle Keller- Professional Birth Doula Serving Virginia

Realizing that the emotional and physical requirements of families start even earlier than those a nanny could provide, I was inspired to transition to working with birthing families to help foster a powerful and strong experience right from the very start.

Beverley Bouchard- Labor & Postpartum Doula, CPST

Have you ever just sat and listened to someone talk, and it doens't matter what they are saying, you have been transported away to the most serene, beautiful place you can imagine?  That's what its like when our newest Affiliate Doula, speaks.  When Beverley talks to you, you know by what she's saying and how she says it that you are in the calmest, most capable hands in. the. world. We are so pleased to introduce: Beverley Bouchard

Allison Xanthopoulos: Fredericksburg's Newest Postpartum Doula

At Doulas of Fredericksburg, we've had the plans to include Postpartum Support Services for a while.  We found that a woman who is supported after her birth is capable of recovering more quickly and forming a stronger bond with her new family.   We waited though, to officially open our Postpartum Support Division until the right doula came along.

Gennifer Townsley: Labor Doula and Placenta Encapsulator in Fredericksburg

We are pleased to announce our newest addition, Gennifer Townsley, our newest Labor Doula and a Postpartum Placenta Specialist.  The first thing we noticed about Gennifer is her powerful sense of humor, followed quickly by her passion for serving women in and around birth.  She is an amazing addition to our team, and we feel confident our clients will get the best of her knowledge, skill and experience whether she joins them in labor or in their homes to provide the most high-quality placenta encapsulation available. 

21 Things You *Might* Not Know About Cathy

The second part of our blog today comes from Doulas of Fredericksburg's co-owner, Cathy Davis.  Cathy is one of those people who, only minutes after talking with her, will let you know you are safe and in great hands. 

21 Things You *Might* Not Know About Victoria

Take a minute to read the first installment of today's World Doula World Blog Series: 21 Things You Might Not Know about Victoria McCollum.  She is one of the Owners of Doulas of Fredericksburg, a Labor and Postpartum Doula, an all around super-mom, and a firm believer that life is made better through laughter.