• Loving The Fourth Trimester

    Bethesda Postpartum Doula

  • Personal Philosophy

    Hi! I’m Bonni and my personal philosophy in caring for women who have become mothers - whether for the first or last time; through birth, adoption or surrogacy - is to empower them with knowledge and nurture them with emotional and hands-on support. I believe in “mothering the mother” and giving calming, patient, non-judgmental support so that she can be the mother she wants to be. I also provide the same level of care for new fathers.

     

    The days, weeks and months just after a baby is born are filled with a mix of emotions and experiences, from the highs of cradling your newborn to the exhaustion of yet another sleep-deprived night. You may have a vision of the kind of parent you’d like to be but just don’t know how to get there. I am here to give you the support and tools necessary to enjoy your own unique fourth trimester and beyond.

     

    I have worn a few different professional hats - as an American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Specialist and sign language interpreter for the U.S. Department of Justice and most recently a Reading Specialist, to name a few. As a mother of three, it became clear that my passion was and is helping to establish a healthy relationship between mother and child. The first step in doing this, I believe, is to reduce a mom's stress and support her in her awe-inspiring role.

  • Testimonials

    Rockville, MD Client

    "Bonni treated our son as if he were her own and they had a special bond that developed while she was with us...Working with Bonni was a joy and I know next time around she will be just as invaluable after the birth of our next child."

    Potomac, MD Client

    "Bonni is a complete professional but with a totally natural feel. It's like having your mother help you, except that she never stops working, doesn't judge your choices, and never tells stories of how she raised you sleeping on your stomach and eating from BPA, and you turned out alright."

     

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    Bethesda, MD Client

    "I believe that Bonni helped make it easier for me to bond with my baby as she cared for me while I physically and emotionally recovered from the birth experience and grew into a capable mom."

     

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  • Services

    Breastfeeding counseling and management support

    Infant soothing and coping skills

    Postpartum adjustment

    Newborn care

    Evidence-based information on infant feeding

    breast and bottle

    Meal preparation and light household tasks

    vegetarian, gluten free, and kosher food expertise

     

  • Credentials

    Postpartum Doula Certification

    Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC)

    The Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice

    Basics of Lactation Management for Doulas

    The Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice

    Adult CPR/AED, Infant CPR/AED and First Aid

    American Red Cross

    Risk Reduction for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

    M.A., Linguistics, Gallaudet University

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    Servicing the Montgomery County, MD and NW DC areas.