My name is Kimberly Lawton, and I am a trained birth doula and placenta specialist located in Woodbridge, VA. I serve clients in the Northern Virginia and DC Metropolitan areas.
I gave birth to my first child while my husband was deployed. It was one of the most wonderful, yet very difficult times in my life. I wish I had known about doulas at that time! My difficulties during that period, however, prompted my enthusiastic search for knowledge about supporting women during labor and delivery. Now that I am a doula, I enjoy learning all I can about pregnancy, childbirth and newborn care. I have found that having the presence of a sympathetic and nurturing woman at your child's birth can affect motherhood in a very positive way.
As a doula, I am there to support your family both emotionally and physically and can direct you to information as needed. This is your birth experience, not mine, and therefore I come without bias or a hidden agenda. I have experience with both in-home and at-hospital births, and feel comfortable attending either.
When I am not out doula-ing, I enjoy meeting friends for good coffee, hiking or camping, thrift store hunting, reading fantasy novels (if they have magic or time travel in them, all the better!), and volunteering at my church. I have two children of my own, both girls, and that makes for an often chaotic, but wonderful mess! We homeschool our eldest, and are enjoying the ride. :)
I am excited that you are considering me to be a part of your birth team! I look forward to discussing your hopes for your birth experience with you.