Placenta 

Encapsulation

Jackie is our resident encapsulator and uses the Traditional Method of preparation to create your placenta capsules, in your home. 

 

From our years of experience as birth workers, we have seen significant benefits with placenta consumption, without adverse effects. There have not been funded studies on this or other traditional medicine, for many reasons, but from our own anecdotal experience, we have witnessed positive impact for many people after birth, which is why we stand by this method and tradition and would recommend it to you! 

 

Why do people consume their placenta, and what are the reported benefits?

Placental tissue contains natural hormones, essential amino acids, trace elements, and minerals. The hormone oxytocin, found in the placenta, helps boost mood, bonding with baby, and encourages the uterus to contract. Iron helps to restore and replenish iron levels in the blood. Others reported benefits include increased milk supply and a decrease in postpartum mood swings and depression.

 

The composition of each placenta is different and will have varying levels of nutrients and hormones, and each individual will respond differently. However, this is your placenta, made by you, for your baby, so we hypothesize that you will get exactly what you need from your placenta. 

 

The encapsulation process is done in-home to prevent your placenta from coming into contact with any unfamiliar bacteria, and to guarantee the highest level of safety, and ease, granting you peace of mind.

Newborn Care Class

"Our Baby Class’ mission is to build confidence in parenting through a simple, intuitive, and practical approach."

 

Becoming a parent is one of life’s biggest transitions. Often you find yourself without a community of peers to guide you through. 

In this hands-on class, we cover everything you need to know from the moment your baby is born through the first few weeks of life with a little one. You will leave class prepared to care for your newborn, learning helpful tips on transitioning from a couple to parents. You will also get hands-on experience with swaddling, diapering, soothing techniques, and feeding basics. This class teaches you not just a few survival tips but will empower you to thrive as new parents.

 

These small group classes are offered over Zoom. From 10-1 on the second Saturday, January, March, May, July, September, and November. 

Lactation Support

Lactation Doula Package
Much like parenthood, you may not know how your breastfeeding experience will go.  Studies have shown that insufficient breastfeeding support is one of the main reasons many mothers discontinue breastfeeding even though they may not have wanted too. 
The concept of a Lactation Doula is something we have developed to highlight that consistent and continual breastfeeding support is so vital to every mother's breastfeeding experience. It is not a one time thing, it's an ongoing relationship.  We will help you reach your breastfeeding goals with continual breastfeeding support for the first 3 months of your newborn's life. 
  • 3 Lactation Visits 
  • Hospital Visit after Birth (First Latch, 48hr Game Plan)
  • Welcome Home Visit (Weight Gain, Breast Issues, Goals)
  • Back-to-Work/ Long Term Goals Visit
  • Phone/Text/Email Follow-up Support for 3 months
  • Written report of breastfeeding progress and referrals if additional support is needed 
On-Demand Lactation Support
You may find that you run into some breastfeeding issues when your new little one arrives. This is not uncommon. Breastfeeding is challenging! We do our best to arrange an in-person lactation consultation within 24 hours from your first contact with us. We apply the same Lactation Doula concept with follow-up communication and support!

Postpartum

Belly Binding

Looking to traditional healing and culture for support postpartum, we find that many cultures have some form of wrapping or “binding” after birth to support physical and emotional recovery. We practice Bekung Belly Binding, a tradition from Malaysia, now widely popular around the world, due to the simplicity, and impact.

 

The practice originated as part of 40 days of “mother roasting” after birth, and is part of a series of rituals intended to care for a new parent after having given birth, and help them feel maximally healthy and vital. We “roast” or bring heat back into the body, because the process of birth is a cooling one, and it’s important to rebalance physically, and elementally after birth to feel your best, now and in the future. 

 

Physically, binding helps you to feel strong and supported through your center. It encourages good posture, creating length through your spine, helps to process excess fluids through your body, supports correct organ placement, helps to re-strengthen muscles and ligaments, and can even help heal abdominal separation. And, binding just feels really good! We use our wraps during our periods, so this skill is not only for postpartum, but a long term gift of self-care to support your body. 

 

In a session, you can expect to receive your own organic muslin cloth wrap, and one wrapping session. The technique is simple, and you will confidently be able to wrap yourself after this visit. Questions beyond our session? We are always happy to help remind you how to wrap, and make use of this invaluable tool.

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District Doulas, LLC  /  Contact us at 202.503.9522/  

Supporting the Washington, DC and Northern Virginia Area

Birth Doula Support for clients birthing at Georgia Washington University Hospital, Virginia Hospital Center, INOVA Fair Oaks, INOVA Alexandria, Medstar Washington Hospital Center, Georgetown Hospital, and INOVA Fairfax.

Photography by Sierra of Leone + Gray, Kate Chapman Photography, Skye Fine Art Photographics, Christina Rojas