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1. Stork Childbirth Education

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31 reviews
Stork Childbirth Education
Location
5
Price
5
Class
5
Facilities
5
Teachers
5

Address: 4001 Brandywine St NW Suite 300, Washington, DC 20016

Schedule: Open 24 hours

Telephone: (203) 858-9470

Guy: Childbirth class



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Rachel Walker: We did a private infant care and CPR class with Christina and it was incredibly helpful. As first time parents, the information that Christina shared helped put our minds at ease and feel more prepared for the steps ahead. Christina provided a lot of information clearly and in a way that made sense and patiently answered all of our questions. Additionally, scheduling was easy. I had reached out via email and Flynn was quick to respond and provide detailed information about the classes and scheduling. If you're starting your parenting journey, I'd recommend considering Stork!
Response: Thank you Rachel and to Christina, RN for her amazing teaching. We always hope to be responsive and accommodating. Happy Holidays and thanks for taking the time to share. Your review makes us smile.

Natalia Buniewicz: Being pregnant with my first baby early in the pandemic, I was really nervous about not being able to do a real birthing class. I came across Stork and did their virtual baby bootcamp, and am so glad I did! It really made me feel prepared for the experience and demystified the terms doctors were using and the various ways I could go into labor and how it could progress. As a bonus for me, the nurse teaching was a nurse at Sibley, where I was going to deliver, so she was able to actually speak to practices at the exact place I was doing to deliver. Having now had two babies at Sibley, I can confirm that her version of what to expect was accurate! As a second time mom and coordinating a community mamas group, I was grateful that Vanessa from Stork volunteered her time to speak to our group. It’s a great women-led local business that gives back to the community.

Andy Johnson: I first want to thank everyone from Stork Childbirth. You all are very professional and you speak very clear and very easy to understand what you are explaining. The training was one of my best trainings. Hope we have more training from you in the future.
Response: Thank you Andy for joining and such positive feedback. We will share this with Jen, RN, and Christina, RN. Have a wonderful summer and congratulations on your certification.

Emily Doyle Knarr: I used Stork for both CPR/choking and childbirth education for my first child almost three years ago, and I recently had a CPR/choking refresher before the birth of my new baby. Caroline was our nurse/instructor, and she was fantastic! She was professional, thorough, personable, knowledgeable, willing to work with us until we were comfortable. Everyone at Stork that we have worked with over the years has been top-notch. They are responsive and provide excellent instruction and additional resources. Highly recommend!!
Response: Thank you Emily! Congrats on your growing family. Caroline, RN is an amazing part of our team! Registered nurse, mother and expert!

Audrey Field: I have nothing but amazing things to say about Stork Childbirth Education. First of all, their website is informative and user-friendly. The class descriptions were very helpful in selecting the right classes to take. I recently took the Baby Care and infant CPR class with Julia. Julia did a fabulous job taking the class through all of the content and demonstrating all of the CPR techniques. Though the class was virtual due to COVID, we still felt like we had a great experience and left the session feeling informed and empowered. I have recommended Stork Childbirth to all of my pregnant friends and highly recommend to anyone else that is expecting!
Response: Audrey we appreciate your feedback & glowing review of Julia, pediatric NP! She is evidenced based and in practice in DC so we know she has the most up to date information for our families.

Aminat Balogun: I’m a grad student currently working on my thesis regarding ways to improve maternal mental health. I was lucky enough to interview Flynn, about her work with new and expecting parents and wow! She was so helpful and super knowledgable about maternal health. Even though I haven’t had the privilege to take courses with Stork just yet, I have no doubt that they provide amazing advice and emotional support for parents and their new additions!
Response: Thank you Aminat and for all you do to further maternal mental health!

MiMi Nabily: What can I say other than superb, first-rate, and extremely knowledgeable! My Husband and I had the absolute pleasure of taking the Stork Childbirth Education + Baby Care & CPR class with Flynn. The hours flew by with us wanting even more! In our opinion this class taught by Flynn is hands-down the most effective way to learn all the different facets of Childbirth & Education. Flynn is as AWESOME as they come!!!
Response: Thank you Mimi! It is our pleasure and we appreciate your rave review. Great work Flynn!

Kate Moody: I can't say enough about the professional, thorough training my staff and I received from Stork Childbirth Education. They took their time explaining each process of the CPR and First Aid course and answered all of our questions. After the class, we feel very prepared to use what we learned in the case of an emergency. I have already recommended others to use Stork for their CPR/First Aid needs.
Response: Thank you Kate, we really enjoyed training your teachers and staff. See you in a year. Be safe

Heidi Jaafar: I recently took the Baby Bootcamp class (virtually) and hands down it was great! The instructors, the material, and printouts are priceless. I was able to ask all the questions I had in addition to learning A LOT. I feel much more confident and comfortable for this next step and I would advise every new parent to take classes with Stork Childbirth Education. It's a one stop shop from pregnancy => giving birth => to taking care of baby. :)
Response: Thank you Heidi. We are so glad that you joined us and felt well taught. Our teachers are the best, experienced and evidenced based. We could not do this without them. We loved having you in class.

Natalie Lukaszewski: Stork Childbirth Education is a must, especially for new parents! The providers are a wealth of information and provide guidance and education while navigating through labor, delivery, lactation, baby care & safety. I left with the knowledge and confidence in preparing for, caring for, and protecting our baby. Specifically, I took one class with Flynn O'Neill, my nurse practitioner from Bloom OB GYN, and she was awesome- she made the class fun, engaging, and oh so educational. It reflects the exceptional patient care that she provides to her patients in practice. I am beyond grateful for her care, compassion, and attention to detail that she has provided to my family in navigating through two healthy pregnancies.
Response: Thank you Natalie for your glowing review! We will share with Flynn. Congrats on your two babies and we truly are grateful for you taking the time to tell us how things went and what you enjoyed. Be safe.

2. The Breastfeeding Center

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The Breastfeeding Center
Location
5
Price
5
Class
5
Facilities
5
Teachers
5

Address: 1020 19th St NW Suite 150, Washington, DC 20036

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM

Telephone: (202) 293-5182

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Allie Barth: Rating based on my experience with the at-home lactation consultant Maureen as well as a virtual bra fitting experience with Gina. During a global pandemic, COVID protocols and precautions have been of the utmost importance to our family, given our newborn doesn't have a fully developed immune system yet. The Breastfeeding Center holds themselves and the families that they work with to incredibly high standards to protect everyone -- especially the babies and their flexible approach with in-home and virtual is helpful not only given the pandemic, but for any mom who isn't exactly up for leaving the comforts of home soon after birth. Specifically, Maureen is exceptional. She not only knows her stuff when it comes to lactation consulting -- breastfeeding, latching, pumping. clogged ducts, etc. -- but she makes me feel so positive about a not always positive/uplifting experience, as the newborn days are just really tough! Her follow-up notes and instructions are clear, detailed and informative. She is incredibly accessible and communicative. Moreover, she is generous with her time and truly cares about her moms and babies! I'm so grateful to have found Maureen and the Breastfeeding Center. Cannot more highly recommend her and this tremendous resource!

Cherie Richards: I just had my first appointment today. The specialist, Phoebe, was very knowledgeable, supportive, and very patient. We had a couple of victories which she celebrated with me. I would certainly refer any new mom to learn from these experienced professionals.

Jessica Weiss: A godsend ... a lifeline ... a pillar. It's hard to find the words to describe just how amazing the Breastfeeding Center of DC is. I have turned to the center at multiple moments in my breastfeeding journey and each time I find such wisdom and compassion in the LCs. Every person I've worked with has been so knowledgeable; it's clear they are genuinely invested in listening to me and enhancing my breastfeeding experience. Beyond consultations, the center offers so many valuable ways to find support and community. I recommend the center to anyone I know in the DC area who is hoping to breastfeed. Thank you!

Meiling Chen: The review is given on the front desk who is in charge of the breast milk. We ordered the breast milk. But I was not able to pick them up and texted that we will pick them up on Saturday. However, the center gave away some of the milk without confirming with me. We made the trip there but only got a portion of the milk which not enough for our baby. Sad.

Lianna Gomori-Ruben: The Breastfeeding Center has been such an amazing resource! Their classes target the information that I needed as a new mom to learn how to take care of my baby and myself. They have supportive and knowledgeable staff and most classes and consultations are covered by my insurance. I'm so glad I learned about this place from the Birth Center!

Jacob Karpinski: My wife and I went to The Breastfeeding Center to receive assistance with specifically pumping. As the husband I had no idea there were so many things that could be sold in conjunction with breastfeeding, this center seemed to have everything. Every type of pump, cream, herbs, as well as most importantly the consultants. Our consultant answered every question we had and provided needed encouragement.

Natalie Mamerow: Several months ago I had a less than desirable experience with the Breastfeeding Center, but I want to update my review to say that since then, I have had several great interactions with them that lead me to recommend them to others. My daughter was in the NICU for almost a week, and during that time I rented a hospital grade pump from the Breastfeeding Center. They were communicative and flexible during this time, which I very much appreciated considering the stress of the NICU stay. My husband and I also recently had a virtual consultation with Katie about our Lillebaby carrier - she helped us learn how to use it safely, and she was incredibly generous with her time. These two positive experiences far outweigh the less positive experience I had with them late last year, and I'm happy to recommend them!

Kristy Lee: I had a great experience with Heather our lactation consultant. She initially taught us our breastfeeding class. It was very informative and I learned a lot. She is a wealth of knowledge! Heather then became our lactation consultant and came to our home for two visits and we went in for one visit. After the first visit it was like magic. The baby latched well. I highly recommend it to any new mom learning to breastfeed. It is a challenge for every woman. Even though I had lactation consultants while I was at the hospital, I found the home visits even more valuable because they help you in your natural environment. The home visits are a nice check up for your health as well. Heather would check in on my health issues as well as the baby's health. There were times I wanted to give up breastfeeding and go to exclusive pumping and Heather encouraged me to continue. Our baby is thriving and we are so happy that we chose Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington!

Natalia Bailey: I had a great experience going to the breastfeeding center, both in terms of their classes (baby basics, infant sleep, introducing solids), and their in-home and office consultations. Maureen helped overcome some breastfeeding challenges, and she was patient, extremely knowledgeable, and reassuring. I strongly recommend their services to anyone. The shop might be a bit more expensive than getting the same items on amazon, but I see it as a way to support the work they are doing. Also, I loved going and trying on the several nursing bras options they have available, as well as trying on the baby carriers. I also loved going to the free new moms group, hearing other moms nursing issues made me feel not alone, and encouraged me to keep at it.

Christina Hyde: My hope for every city and town is to have a Breastfeeding Center. I’m grateful for the informative classes, and the little baby thrift store. The Breastfeeding Center helped me feel a little less anxious about what came after giving birth. That said, I relied on their expertise too heavily. I was a first-time mom. I didn’t know lactation consultants have a very specific focus - babies who latch (or physically can latch). The lactation consultants weren’t upfront about where their expertise started and ended. That was my issue. My baby had a tongue tie (which we had released) and struggled keep a latch on the bottle. Lactation consultants pointed out the issue, but didn’t seem concerned about it. Again, as a new mom I took my cues from the lactation consultants. I figured everything was okay. It wasn’t. My pediatrician diagnosed our baby with failure to thrive because she was losing weight at three months. Our doctor ended up referring us to a feeding specialist, where we sorted out our baby’s feeding issue. I didn’t understand a lactation consultant wasn’t the same as a feeding specialist. They aren’t. I’m more disappointed that the lactation consultants didn’t point me in the right direction, but rather continue to tell me everything was okay when it wasn’t. Since our baby wasn’t latching well, I became an exclusive pumper. Again, I didn’t get sound advice from the lactation consultants on this front. You do need to pump longer than 20 minutes a session if the baby isn’t also nursing to keep up your milk supply. I was told something different. All and all, the Breastfeeding Center is great at what it does best - helping moms nurse. Outside of that scope - or any deviation - explore other avenues.

3. Momease

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96 reviews
Momease
Location
5
Price
5
Class
5
Facilities
5
Teachers
5

Address: 1800 Diagonal Rd Suite 600, Alexandria, VA 22314

Schedule: Open 24 hours

Telephone: (703) 739-2831

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Lenora Abel: I definitely do not recommend this place. If you can find classes at your local hospital or somewhere else I highly recommend that option. My husband and I were excited to take this class as we are expecting our first child. However, tithe instructor we had seemed burnt out, unenthusiastic, and sometimes irritated when questions were asked. I immediately regretted taking this class. The instructor was also not up to date on certain hospital regulations such as c-section patients (scheduled) are are offered time umbilical cord clamping and transparent drapes. She told a class participant who asked about timed umbilical cord clamping that is not offered to c-section patients and she imposed her views on infant vaccines on the class. I later call the office and spoke to a woman who stated she trained this instructor and she didn’t believe me that my delivering hospital offered timed umbilical cord clamping and transparent drapes. This woman asked me who my physician was and said she was going to call the hospital to confirm it. I told her I have he printed document which confirmed what I told her and she claimed she would call the other participants, follow up with me on Tuesday of this week (she didn’t and didn’t return my call) and she claimed she would return my $75. None of which ever took place. Save your money and use it to invest in a much better class and organization/hospital somewhere else.
Response: Dear Lenora, Good research takes sometime, Sorry for the delay. I spoke to several clients who attended the Baby Care Basics class with you. Some complained about too many Childbirth questions, and spending too much time on Labor and Deliver procedures. Since this was a Baby Care Class and not a Childbirth Class, Another couple mentioned problems with technology. But all felt their questions were answered thoroughly and were pleased with the instructor's answers. Regarding your specific comments. I spoke with about the instructor, her comment regarding the clear drape during Cesarean, and she said she was not sure and checked with our provider. I called your hospital and spoke to the L&D Surgical Nurse, and yes, the information in the hospital brochure is correct. But the provider must request it in advance. This is new procedure. * Regarding Cord Clamping, as we discussed on the phone, this is determined by your provider. Your instructor mentioned reviewing the Evidence Base Birth website to provide more details about Cord Clamping. The provider will resolve how long before they clamp the Cord. *Immunization is a family decision. Momease support various vaccine, and we suggest discussing this matter with your Pedictraction Again, I am very sorry about your experience. I have thoroughly investigated this matter with the instructor, the hospital, and the clients that attended the class. We will gladly refund your money. Since your credit card is no longer valid, please let us know how to refund your money. Carolyn Alexander, Momease

Betsy Bella: We've taken two classes with Momease, the Child Birth Weekend class and the Babycare Basics. Both were super helpful with friendly instructors who made sure to leave room for questions. The full Child Birth class moved remote because of COVID. I appreciate their commitment to safety, and I was impressed by how Carolyn could still help us adjust our exercise techniques just with webcam. We're feeling more ready and are excited to work with the doula we found through Momease!
Response: Hi Betsy We are very glad you attended classes with us. Wishing you and your new family the very best.

Caroline: Don’t walk, RUN, to book your doula and birth class with Momease. This is my first pregnancy, and I was feeling a bit apprehensive about birth and labor. I was a labor and delivery nurse for two years, and have been a NICU nurse for five, so I am very familiar with birth and the technical/clinical aspects, but personally felt so unprepared mentally and emotionally to face it on my own. Carolyn Alexander truly has a gift for this. She relates to people so well, instantly makes you feel comfortable, and is incredibly knowledgeable. My husband and I both loved her and cannot recommend her enough. THANK YOU.
Response: Thank you attending the Weekend Childbirth, it was a pleasure meeting you both. Blessings and keep in touch

Meghan Noury: My husband did the weekend childbirth class for our first baby due with Carolyn, who was great! It was a good mix of comfort measure techniques and the anatomy and details of labor and delivery with evidence based medicine. We worked through a booklet that we had online access to to go back and review some things on our own. Thanks for a great learning experience to prep for baby!

Giuliana Pence: Had a wonderful experience taking the childbirth weekend at Momease with Carolyn. She was great -- and my husband and I walked away from the experience feeling informed and also having enjoyed the class.

Kalisha Dessources: Working with Momease meant that the very incredible Shannon was my doula, and that I had a successful VBAC!!!! I could not have wanted more in a doula experience than what I got with Shannon. I was extremely careful in selecting the doula I trusted to journey with me on a VBAC, two years after an emergency c-section with my son. Shannon was just what I needed. She offered support, confidence, expertise—and most importantly, she was so honest and practical. I never felt with Shannon like I was over-promised that my birth experience would end how I wanted: with a successful vaginal birth after Cesarian; and I also never felt like it was impossible. It was an honest balance that prepared me for either outcome—because birthing is innately risky and unpredictable. What I felt, and what Shannon always reinforced, was that there were so many different ways to set myself up for success, and Shannon coached me through it—giving me honest feedback and redirecting me when things weren’t going as planned. Shannon is smart, calm, and kind. She made me feel confident in making decisions, and she was a good sounding board when I needed it through my labor and delivery. After 3 days of prodromal labor, I journeyed through 28 hours of a slowly progressing labor, that ended in a successful VBAC and a beautiful, healthy baby girl—born at 41 weeks and 3 days. Those 28 hours were filled with twists, turns, anxiety, and moments of uncertainty. I could not have done it without Shannon. If not for the patience and confidence of Shannon and my midwife team, I surely would have had a second emergency c-section. I will always have deep gratitude, and plan to have her by my side for any future births. I highly, highly recommend her!

Nancy McNichols: My husband and I took the child birth 123 class with Jennifer. I will start off by saying we were on the fence about taking a child birth class - we figured we could get all the information we needed from friends and family that have had children as well as by researching topics on the internet. After taking this class we realized we were so wrong in our thinking! This class is worth it's weight in gold, we learned so much, it opened ours eyes to things we had never thought about. This class was relevant, interesting, and we walked out feeling way more prepared then we thought possible from a single birthing class. Jennifer is an amazing teacher she brings real life examples and I felt engaged and interested the entire class- my husband felt the same way! She is approachable and you can tell how passionate she is about what she does. I am so glad we decided to take this class - best decision we have made in preparing for our little ones arrival!
Response: Hi Nancy, Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful comments about the class and especially Jennifer. We are so glad you attended the class with Jennifer. We also love her and are grateful you found the information helpful. Please continue to use the Understanding Birth Booklet to supplement Jenn's information! Blessings, Momease

Caroline Quat: Really great class! Due to the pandemic, my husband and I took the virtual Friday/Saturday birthing class. Carolyn our instructor was wonderful and really engaged us and the other couples during the two days. We definitely feel a lot more prepared for the birthing process. Beforehand, I was nervous on how it would go in the virtual environment, but it honestly made me more comfortable to be able to do everything from home! Highly recommend.

Stephanie Baum: I HIGHLY recommend any services you can use through Momease. My husband and I first connected with Momease to take the Breastfeeding and Baby Basics course. We then signed up for the daylong Childbirth 123 course and Infant CPR course. All the information was professionally delivered and the instructors also brought in a lot of fun and personalization. Great additional resources, handouts, and reputable websites were also provided. All the classes helped us feel more prepared for both labor and delivery as well as life with a newborn. Carolyn also served as our doula during labor and I cannot recommend her more highly! We met virtually on a weekly basis in the weeks leading up to my due date. Carolyn also coached me and my husband over the phone when I started laboring at home. As a first time mom it is difficult to know when to go to the hospital and Carolyn helped us with strategies to stay home until it was necessary to go to the hospital. She was an INCREDIBLE coach to both me and my husband during labor. I could not have done it without her. She worked so well with the nurse and midwife, helped us advocate for ourselves, and provided such a spirit of encouragement, safety, and peace in the delivery room. You will not regret working with Momease!

Jessica Labella: Carolyn was our doula. She was the absolute best and helped my husband and I get through a 36 hour labor. She helped me have the birth experience I always hoped for, even when I was sent to a completely different hospital unexpectedly.

4. NOVA Birth Partners

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NOVA Birth Partners
Location
4.8
Price
4.8
Class
4.9
Facilities
4.8
Teachers
4.8

Address: 10560 Main St, Fairfax, VA 22030

Schedule: Open 24 hours

Telephone: (571) 406-7705

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Katlyn Haney: I’m not totally sure how to rate my experience with Nova Birth Partners because I received two services and one was outstanding and one was pretty terrible. Overall, I’d say I recommend this service very much, but be very careful about requesting services online and be clear about what you need. My son ate poorly and had trouble sleeping. Our sleep consultant at was AMAZING and it was a joy to work with her. She communicated clearly with us and gave us direct but gentle guidance. Our son is the best sleeper I know and I credit her entirely. Our lactation consultation however, wasn’t helpful at all. She called me twice for a total of about 30 minutes, told me how to calculate weight gain per day (literally add and divide by the number of days), told me my son needed to eat more (which is why I requested help), and then I got a bill for $350. I tried to tell her the specific issues I was having with nursing and she cut me off, so none of my issues were addressed. I did reach out to the owner who was very kind and responsive, but because I had requested a consultation and the consultant said she performed the service, I still had to pay the bill. I was happy to accept responsibility for it and move on, but I’d advise being very clear about what you want before you agree to any terms online.

Rashida Harris: I had the absolute pleasure of working with doula Lauren Digby during my first birth. I have nothing but phenomenal, top-tier, 5-star things to say. First of all, I was absolutely impressed and floored (in the best way possible) by her incredible bedside manner, respect, candor, kindness, follow-up, and genuine care for my family’s well-being. She took her time answering any and all questions I had (and there were a lot lol). I thought the support she offered me before the birth was top-notch, but she outdid herself when it was time for the baby to come. She provided the educational facts, maternal support, and guidance I needed and more. She was attentive during the entire process, staying in tune with what it seemed like I needed, and was gentle in her approach On top of that, she was the best guide for my husband. They were both very active during my birth, I’m talking holding my weight in many positions as I pushed, feeding me, keeping me hydrated, annd talking me through my contractions when necessary, honored the silence when necessary. She created a line of communiation that had us and the midwifery team all working together smothly. My midwifery team was even impressed with Lauren and how well she stayed attentive and anticipated ALL OF MY NEEDS. They expressed in interest in having her alongside them again! After the birth she called, checked on me, offered text support, and provided breastfeeding education. If you are on the fence about hiring a doula, please just go ahead and do it. If you’re in the area, hire Lauren! We love her! You will not be disappointed.

Tiffany T Smith: Navigating your first pregnancy during a global pandemic is anything but easy. I knew I would hire a doula before I got pregnant but was unsure of what that looked like during these uncertain times. I did interviews with a few different companies and after speaking with Faith and Lauren my decision to go with NOVA was much easier. I had great prenatal support whenever I had questions and their support during my labor was also great. They knew which positions were best to get my baby down while also providing me with some relief. Lauren was awesome leading up to the birth. She gave me tips when I started doing a little too much toward the end of my pregnancy and helped me to relax when I started to get concerned about the possibility of induction. I also used their placenta encapsulation services and working with Sarah was wonderful. She checked in leading up to my delivery date and my capsules were completed and delivered faster than I expected! I am very grateful to NOVA for the support I received in delivering my son. However, reflecting back on the day, I did have a few issues which I have since made them aware of. As a result of that and their response, I honestly don’t know that I would use their services again. I would say to make sure you make all of your expectations known and have anything said to you that may not be in the contract in writing. Also make sure everyone is on the same page to prevent any communication issues or misunderstandings later.
Response: Thank you so much, Tiffany!! It was such a pleasure to be apart of your amazing day. We are so glad you were able to share with us in your words, “I got exactly the birth that I wanted!”

Alex Quarles Arrivillaga: I don’t think I could’ve made it through my birth without Shannon and couldn’t recommend her and Nova Birth Services enough. She was so supportive, knowledgeable, and engaged but we never felt like she was taking over or pushing my husband out of a role. Whenever there was a big decision to make, Shannon would calmly discuss my options with me to make sure I understood all the options and felt comfortable with my decision. The best part is that she was easygoing while still assertive when necessary. Childbirth is a long, intimate process and it’s so important to have the right person in the room, we loved spending time with Shannon during and after our birth.

Christina Greenwood: My husband and I worked with Lauren and she was invaluable before, during, and after the birth of our son! I'm a first time mom so I didn't know what to expect from labor and Lauren did an excellent job preparing me. During the birth she was extremely helpful with suggestions to get our little boy moving. It wasnt just a matter of knowing the different techniques but she knew specifically what my baby and I needed at different points during labor. Without her help I don't think I would have ever relaxed enough to let my little one come out! Finally, she was very supportive with her postpartum check ins. She had the knowledge to make helpful suggestions and especially during the pandemic, her check ins made me feel less isolated! I also just have to say that Lauren is a real life super hero, she attended my birth a week after giving birth herself! I didnt have any idea she had just had a baby until I saw her little one on the screen during one of her postpartum check ins! Would definitely recommend Lauren to anyone considering hiring a doula!
Response: Thank you so much for the very kind words, Christina. Yes, Lauren is absolutely amazing. Her sweet baby was exactly 6 days old when she came to support you at your birth! She would not have had it any other way :) She has said many times she was grateful to be an integral part of your journey into motherhood.

Juliette Kopp: NOVA Birth Partners was the best decision my husband and I made going in to the birth of our first child. We attended a meet and greet with the birth partner team and immediately felt drawn to Nancy. We loved her approach to birth and her ideals aligned so well with our own. Faith was so kind and helpful during the process of matching us with a doula and I continually felt supported by all the partners we spoke with. We planned a prenatal meeting with Nancy when I was 36 weeks. However, we never got that far! I went into labor a little after 35 weeks. After calling the hospital, Nancy was the second person we called at 3am. She quickly picked up her phone and told my husband she could be at the hospital in 20 minutes. We are so grateful she was available and could support us through the birth, especially since my baby would be preterm. Her kind words and strong disposition were exactly what I needed to have the vaginally birth I had hoped for. She even stayed after the birth to comfort me while the NICU doctors met with my husband and our new baby. Nancy came to our home a couple weeks after my son and I were both released from the hospital for our postnatal visit. She helped us process the birth and let us know she would continue to support us throughout the journey. She absolutely made a scary time so much easier to manage and we wouldn't hesitate to have her again. We would not have had the positive outlook on our birth had she not been there.
Response: We are so grateful to have been on this journey with you. Nancy was certainly the right person at the right time for your entire family, and we are so privileged to have been able to walk by your side through your birth. Please keep us in the loop if you need anything at all going forward.

Kelly Lawyer Cabana: My husband and I have had the best experience with NOVA Birth Partners and delivering our first baby! We took the one day birth class and the newborn class and found both extremely helpful. Moreover, our doula, Kim, was amazing! She helped support and walk me through my first labor and delivery. I couldn’t have asked for a better support system or calming presence. Kim offered supportive measures and helped me to stay focused throughout the entire delivery. I couldn’t recommend Kim or NOVA Birth Partners more!
Response: Thank you, Kelly! We are loving working with you too!

Rhianna Miller: I am so thankful I hired Nancy as my doula. My husband was working out of the country for most of the summer, and I don't have family in the area, so I needed a reliable source to be with me for when I went into labor. Nancy helped me build a couple different game plans - since labor is so unpredictable! Sure enough, when the time came and I went into labor Nancy was there to help execute the plan. She was very encouraging throughout the entire process. Nancy is also available via text and phone throughout the pregnancy. A couple weeks before my due date she was there for me when I just needed someone to talk to and reassure me of what I was about to go through. If/when baby #2 comes around I will be reaching back out to Nancy! Also the spinning babies class was great. I did the exercise every day for the last 5 weeks of my pregnancy and my labor was less than 5 hours. Also, my recovery process postpartum was super fast.

Ryan Scirocco: Preparing to be a first time Mom is a very daunting endeavor! I received a referral for NOVA Birth Partners from my OB/GYN doctors office and they helped me prepare for every aspect of first time mommyhood. Their Doula service was incredible, everyone of their doula’s is impeccably trained, friendly and supportive. My Husband and I worked with Nancy Goodman and I cannot say enough positive things about her! She absolutely helped us prepare for labor and get through labor in the most supportive way possible. We attended the Newborn Care class which was the best class in helping us feel prepared to bring home our baby. We also hired Danielle to do our Newborn photography session which turned out absolutely perfect. My overall experience was FANTASTIC! I recommended NOVA Birth Partners to three of my friends already and will definitely be coming to them for our next child!

Kathleen Blanche: NOVA Birth Partners is the BEST!! I'm a first time mom that decided I needed a doula just a few days before my scheduled induction. Based on a positive experience from a mom friend, I called NOVA Birth Partners to see if it was possible to get a doula on such short notice. The answer was yes and they were amazing! Faith responded quickly to my inquiry and my husband and I met with Kim a day or two later. For my delivery, we got paired with Nancy. Our experience with all three women was incredibly positive - they're caring, responsive, knowledgable and supportive. We would work with them again in a heartbeat. My husband and I (especially me!) are so incredibly thankful to have had Nancy by our side during my delivery. My scheduled induction took place over a couple days. During every step of the way, Nancy was our support. Whatever we needed, Nancy was there for us. We had tons of questions that she was able to answer or help with getting the answer. She was able to help expand upon things that the doctors and nurses would tell us. She made me as comfortable as I could be and helped me get through some painful procedures (those cervical exams are no joke!). I wanted to deliver naturally and Nancy was instrumental in helping to get baby down to a station where I could start pushing. Once I was able to start pushing, she was the perfect guide and helped me through the contractions. At this point my husband's nerves and excitement was overflowing and at times could be distracting. Nancy's calm and sure energy was the perfect counterpoint to my husband's. After 4+ hours of pushing, I had reached my physical limit. I couldn't get the little guy out and had to deliver via c-section. (Forceps/vacuum-assist wasn't an option because my baby could have gotten stuck due to his size.) Nancy was supportive and helped talk me through what would happen next up to the point that I had to leave the room for surgery. After delivery we were brought back to my delivery room and she was there to help support me with tips on breastfeeding and any other questions we had. When I entered the hospital, I was definitely anxious about what would happen during childbirth since you can't really know what's going to happen until it happens. Nancy was able to calm any fears and give me the confidence I needed through every twist and turn. Yes, we took the classes and read up on childbirth, but having someone there to help you through your specific situation is invaluable. I can't say enough good things about Nancy and hope to have her with me for any future births!

5. Community of Hope - Family Health & Birth Center

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40 reviews
Community of Hope - Family Health & Birth Center
Location
4.4
Price
4.3
Class
4.3
Facilities
4.3
Teachers
4.3

Address: 2120 Bladensburg Rd NE, Washington, DC 20018

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM

Telephone: (202) 540-9857

Guy: Birth center



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Lynda Griffin: The customer services here is just awful. I have called a million times today. There is literally only 3 cars in the parking lot yet no one answers the phone here. When I finally get a successful call back. The receptionist who takes my first name and day of birthday places me on hold to see if they are doing virtual appointments (honestly a yes or no question). I remained on hold for 10 then was disconnected with no call back. Very unprofessional, like most DC establishments in this city! Definitely makes me miss my hometown in Michigan and my PCP there smh.
Response: We are so sorry that you had this experience. All of our appointments today are virtual due to the icy roads. The schedule may have filled up. Your experience will be shared with our leadership and we will request that you get a call back. Would you mind sharing a phone number so that we can give you a call back?

Jay Ford: This place has gone downhill!! I can never get seen anymore and appointments are so far out. I called twice to make sure I was within the hours they were doing walk ins and once I got to the place she dismissed me at the door over the intercom.this happen today around 12:50pm and it’s very unprofessional. I’ve tried to reach out to my doctor on many occasions because I need paperwork done and I can not get in contact with her. I’m at the point that I want to change locations.! I’ve been goin here for almost ten yrs. And this is by far the worst experience for the second time. Please do better
Response: Hi, Jay. Thank you for reaching out and alerting us to this concern. We shared with our team right away and you should have received a phone call to provide appropriate assistance. Please let us know if this did not occur.

frank swyca: Fantastic health services. Compassionate, friendly, committed, and qualified. They take care of all my health needs. I highly recommend. Lots of good programs.

Adriana Kania: Don't recommend. Not reliable and nearly impossible to get in touch with. Wouldn't refill a recurring prescription because "they haven't seen me in x amount of time", punch line is no one ever tried to contact me during that time period and no one answers the phone or calls you back. Only reason I got a response this time is because my insurance kept calling until they got an answer.
Response: Hi Adriana, we are so sorry to hear that we did not meet your needs and particularly that you had this experience trying to refill a prescription. We would like to discuss this further with you if you are willing. We are very committed to getting feedback so that we can improve our care and address any concerns with our staff. We want to provide the highest quality of care for you and your family. We do have a compliment and complaint line that we use for any concerns so that we can follow up and get all the relevant information. That number is 202-470-3073 and I would encourage you to call if you are willing. This line is monitored by our leadership and taken very seriously. Thank you for helping us ensure that we are always doing our best.

Jessica Smith-Young: I Love the service of everyone there. Everyone is very nice and friendly. However, it is very hard to get some one on the phone. You have to pray before you call that you are able to get an appointment with in the year. LoL. Maybe this is due to Covid 19, but it is ridiculous how the phone is NOT being answered. :-(
Response: Hi Jessica! Thank you for sharing this feedback with us. We sincerely apologize for our delay in answering phones and for the frustration that this causes for our patients. We are constantly monitoring our phones and are aware of the current delays. We are experiencing a very significant increase in call volume currently for a variety of reasons. We are working hard to solve the problem and do better. We highly recommend using the "call back" function which allows you to hang up for a return call while keeping your place in the queue. Again, we sincerely apologize and hope to be back to our normal excellent service soon.

Melani Douglass: I absolutely love this place. Working with the midwives here was one of the best decisions that I ever made. I felt completely empowered in my birthing process and had tremendous support in my decision to nurse. Even though I had to go to the hospital to birth, my midwife was there and ran that birthing room like a CHAMP. She had her eagle eye on EVERYBODY, she bossed up and made sure that our birthing plan was honored and I had a successful vaginal birth. (I am confident that if a c-section was necessary, she would have been a phenomenal guide to have with me. However, she made sure that we had full opportunity to deliver the way we wanted to without putting me at risk.) The staff is extremely knowledgeable. The environment is loving and welcoming. Above all, they are very inclusive of the father in the birthing process. some hospitals and doctors at other locations did not properly engage my daughter's father or make space for him in the birthing process. They treated us as if I was the only one pregnant. That's unacceptable. At Community of Health, they are very welcoming to partners/spouses. If you want to, you can continue care beyond birth with this team. I would recommend that anyone consider this location or the location in SW as their first choice for general or ob/gyn care.

Shanic Mechelle: Sooooo disappointing. After reading the reviews I thought this would be a great place to have a water birth experience with my first child. So wrong. August 26; The midwife sent me a text msg about a zoom call and then called me immediately via phone instead. We chatted for a while she said that I would be coming in to be seen within 2 weeks. Well it is now September 28th and I have heard NOTHING from anyone. Very disappointing, I now have to go to the hospital just to stay updated..... I guess I’ll be having a hospital birth for my first child. Maybe I’ll try this again with my second child but definitely with a different birthing center who actually communicates with patients.
Response: Hi Shanic. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. We are so sorry to hear about your experience. We have shared this with our midwife leadership team and someone will be reaching out to you soon to resolve this.

Leslie Dandridge Davis: Gave Birth here to my now 14yr son Dylan! The only way to give birth in my book. Gave birth and 6hr later back in my home with my healthy baby. With all the support from my Amazing Midwives and Doula!

Erin Davis: Love this center. Had an amazing experience birthing my second child at their birthing center and I love all the midwives and staff! I have never had an issue here. I’ve been to some of the best practices, but this place far exceeds them all.

Renela Rucker: I absolutely love COH! I received prenatal care here and delivered my daughter at the birthing center. I loved all the midwives (you meet each one at some point or another) and the front desk staff. Everyone is friendly and welcoming. I really enjoyed the Centering program they have because you get to interact with other expectant moms who all have due dates near yours. The group visits were encouraging and informative! COH offers support in various areas with access to a lactation consultant, healthy start program, and behavioral health specialist, if you have any mental health issues or concerns such as post-partum depression. I would definitely choose and recommend COH again!

6. Birthing Basics, LLC

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8 reviews
Birthing Basics, LLC
Location
5
Price
5
Class
5
Facilities
5
Teachers
5

Address: 5905 Old Sawmill Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12AM Sat

Telephone: (703) 625-4285

Guy: Childbirth class



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Shalini Sharan: Super helpful class and Lisa’s energy is so great! My OB recommended her class and I’m glad we did it. I haven’t given birth yet but I feel a lot more prepared about the process. My husband and I completed the videos over the weekend which was a good pace to retain the information. The handbook is by my bedside now and super helpful for recollecting notes as we prepare to meet our baby.

Claudia Johnson: I took this course back in 2016 and have used its knowledge & training in a total of 3 births! One induction with pitocin and an epidural which I wasn’t afraid to get bc I learned all about it here. And then two unmedicated births using all her tips and tricks for contractions. I just had my 3rd and my providers are always amazed at how well I labor through contractions all because of this class. This course is worth every penny; it’s the course that keeps on giving!

Peter Slonina: Look, for the guys reading this post I'm telling you to suggest Birthing Basics to your spouse. Lisa is extremely knowledgeable and professional (as a credentialed delivery nurse) and frankly the best for time/cost. We looked at these 24 hour seminars over 12 weeks. Nonetheless. Lisa will knock this out in a reasonable time - she's direct, grounded, and no nonsense. It's all content and practical information for helping you help your wife get through delivery.

Erin Lawless Miller: Lisa is absolutely amazing! She helped with our fears and made the whole birthing process more clear at a time when I was extremely nervous. Her class goes through every step and contingency in the process of giving birth and even covers the basics of newborn baby care. She convinced my husband that he should be giving me daily back rubs-- you can't beat that. GW Hospital is lucky to have her there, she restored our faith in the hospital. Don't have a baby without taking this class. We can't thank you enough, Lisa!

Chuck Gorelik: Had a great time! Lisa is full of energy and tons of information. I recommend all men take the birthing class with their signification other. I definitely feel more prepared for what to expect during labor and am a lot less nervous. Couldn't recommend it enough!

Sharrise Pierce: My wife & I did the birthing class with Lisa and we both thought she was phenomenal, awesome teaching tactics plus great hands on experience. Although we may have been her first female couple, she welcomed us pleasantly. Everyone else just stared but we weren't bothered!!! You GO Lisa, your sharing from experience is a beautiful thang!

Jes Gaige: We had a wonderful time in class with Lisa! She answered any questions the group had and gave us loads of information on all methods of birth. Whether you are doing a natural birth or have a scheduled c-section she goes over all possibilities. Will deff be using ALL of her pain management recommendations. We both feel very prepared for labor and birth now! Thank you so much for everything!

7. FIT4MOM Arlington-Alexandria

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4 reviews
FIT4MOM Arlington-Alexandria
Location
5
Price
5
Class
5
Facilities
5
Teachers
5

Telephone: (571) 305-2029

Guy: Physical fitness program



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Sabrina Reilly: Fit4Mom is an amazing fitness program!! Jennifer and her team encourage, motivate and empower you to be the best you can be. Every workout provides a mix of cardio, core, and strength set to great music. I have been taking Fit4Mom classes for over a year and as a result I have more energy, joy and strength than ever before.
Response: Thanks Sabrina, we love having you in our classes!

Suzeb Merina: Unfortunately since I do not live in Mansfield Tx I only briefly took these classes. They offer a 10 class package which is really nice. It gives you the opportunity to try it out properly without signing up for a membership straight away. I am 20 weeks pregnant and I am so glad I found this program! Not only do they give alterations for different exercises( depending on your abilities) they are also such a wonderful group of women. I immediately felt welcome and supported. I very comfortably did what I was capable of doing without feeling pressured to finish a workout or 'keep up' with the other members. It's very good for anyone wanting to stay fit during pregnancy while chatting with like minded moms who offer advice and support. The barre class was by far my favourite. The classes were heaven sent! All I can say is try it out for yourself!
Response: Thank you!

Courtney McCreesh: Best workout in Northern Virginia plus a group of supportive women who help each other.
Response: Thanks Courtney, you are an inspiration to many moms!