Our Team:

With over 60 years of experience, our team has the skills, the know how, and the passion to support you in labor just the way you want.

Award winning doulas: 2017, 2018, & 2019.

Birth Your Desire Doulas
Ursula Sabia Sukinik CD, CMA, CBE, CLC

Ursula Sabia Sukinik CD, CMA, CBE, CLC

Owner and CEO of Birth You Desire

To see Ursula’s availability and client reviews, CLICK HERE.

About Ursula:

Ursula is a senior birth worker having personally worked over 2,500 couples since 1999. She is passionate about educating, encouraging and supporting women and their families throughout their pregnancy, birth and recovery so that they can have quality outcomes and experiences.

Through education she presents opportunities to have a better birth experience by addressing your concerns and fears. She will guide you through making educated choices based on evidence-based medicine in order to avoid unnecessary complications and their consequential repercussions. Therefore she can be fluid and in the moment, adapting to the ever changing needs of the mother and her partner in labor.  She is an effective communicator and can help facilitate communication with your provider and team no matter how unique your situation may be.  Plus as an expert problem solver, she can work with the whole team for co-create an empowered birth experience.

Ursula entered the field with the birth of her own children. It was the support that she received that was essential to her growth as a new mother. Her births inspired her to be committed and present for other women and their families for over twenty years. As a doula and midwife assistant, she will honor your birth, your choices, and your journey while working with you and your partner as a guide so that you can have the Birth You Desire®.

She is also the CEO of Birth You Desire. She mentors and supports each of our team members so that all clients can receive the benefits of her knowledge if needed. 

Some of Ursula’s professional certifications: Certified Doula, Certified Doula Trainer, Certified Childbirth Educator, Certified Midwives Assistant, Certified Aromatherapist, Traditional Mexican Rebozo Instructor, Birth Ball Instructor, Certified Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation CPR, Certified Neonatal Resuscitation NNRP,  Spinning Babies, Homeopathy for Midwives, Perinatal Mood Disorder training, TENS, as well as all the trainings cited below.

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Atara Klein CMA, CD, CBE

Atara Klein CMA, CD, CBE

Doula, Certified Medical Assistant

To see Atara’s availability and client reviews, CLICK HERE.

About Atara: (sabbatical January-March 2020)

Atara would like to support you through what may be the most daunting, emotional, and transformative experience of your life.

I’m here to inform, educate, and accompany you throughout YOUR unique and magical journey to motherhood. As a dual-certified as a doula through DONA International and L’Chaim Childbirth Education Services, i have guided over 400 babies into the world. I am also a certified midwife assistant and previously served as OBGYN medical assistant. Constantly updating my knowledge base, brings you the latest resources and information conventional and natural medicine has to offer while also being a firm believer of your own intuition and capabilities.

I specialize in hospital-based births and  I thrive in high pressure environments. This is especially important for high-risk clients. In the event of an emergency, I can help you weigh your options carefully but quickly and therefore empower you to make an informed, rational decision when you feel most emotional and least logical.

At the same time, I also believe in the joy, beauty, and healthfulness of natural birthing, and work with you to achieve a homebirth-like experience, even if your baby is en-route to the NICU.  My goal is to set the stage for happy mommies and healthy babies and I give you the comfort and confidence to experience this time with equanimity and strength.

Atara has advanced trainings in: Neonatal resuscitation, CPR, Spinning Babies, Rebozo, Lactation support, etc.

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Colette Schultz, CD

Colette Schultz, CD

Doula

To see Colette’s availability and client reviews, CLICK HERE.

About Colette: 

Colette became a certified birth doula through Birth Arts International. The birth of her two children brought forth her passion to help others during what can be one of the most transformative and empowering times of their life. Colette is well rounded to support you with her BS from the University of Maryland, leadership skills as president for a local MOMS Club, combined with experience in pharmacy, coaching, and management. This unique skill set helps her guide her clients with ease, grace and courage. 

Colette grew up in Southern Maryland where she loved sports. When her two amazing kids came along she decided to stay home to raise them as well as help serve her community by providing childcare for another infant. Today, Colette is available to serve you in birth as she has been serving her community.

Colette has advanced trainings in: CPR

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Jenn Carlson CD, CBE

Jenn Carlson CD, CBE

Doula, CPR instructor, Placenta Encapsulation

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About Jenn:

Jenn is CBI and DONA Trained, Madriella Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula and Doula Workshop Provider. In addition she is a Childbirth Educator, an AHA Infant CPR instructor, a certified Usui Reiki practitioner, and an independent encapsulation specialist.   She has attended both Bradley and Hypnobirthing classes and in her practice frequently uses acupressure, rebozo, and TENS units as comfort measures. Jenn also has experience and training in working with victims of abuse as well as mothers who have experienced infant loss. She has a particular soft spot for high risk mothers like her who need to know that they have choices with their medical care.

 

Jenn is a graduate of Norwich University: the Military College of Vermont and when she is not supporting families she spends her time as an IT and theater professional.  She lives in Springfield, VA with her rock musician/film critic husband, Eddie. Jenn has two beautiful daughters, whose births in less than ideal circumstances, ignited her passion about birth choices and breastfeeding advocacy. 
 
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Jennifer Wood BA

Jennifer Wood BA

Doula, massage therapist, herbalist

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About Jennifer:

Jennifer is a certified birth assistant, herbalist, aromatherapist, postpartum doula and former massage therapist with a focus on fertility, prenatal and postpartum massage. She has taken several birth doula trainings, and has trained with spinning babies, birth arts international and sacred postpartum. 

Her educational background gives her a knowledge base that has emphasis on the physiology of birth, and the impact that body alignment and fetal position have on labor and birth.  She brings a wealth of holistic knowledge to the table, and has experience supporting birthing people in a variety of situations and environments. 

Jennifer is a nursing student working towards becoming a Certified Nurse Midwife. Her background in holistic wellness, and current education in nursing allows her to work efficiently in both a home based and medical environment. 

Birth is an amazing, powerful, yet vulnerable experience, and Jennifer feels her role as a birth doula is to meet the client where they are at, connect with them there, and educate, empower and facilitate in whatever way is necessary, so that the client can achieve their best birth. 

Jennifer has advanced trainings in: spinning babies, herbalism, aromatherapy, and was a former massage therapist.

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Kelly Roshelli CD

Kelly Roshelli CD

Doula

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About Kelly:

As a mother of three, Kelly began her passion for all things birth-related after her unplanned cesarean section.  Determined to have a natural child birth, she armed herself with information and wonderful doulas to experience two beautiful, healing VBACs (vaginal birth after cesarean).   It was these personal experiences that lead Kelly down her path to becoming a doula. She understands the benefits of both quality childbirth education and doula support in pregnancy, brith and postpartum.

Kelly is also passionate about breastfeeding and has personal experience working through difficult breastfeeding and pumping obstacles. With her history breastfeeding after a cesarean section, she has a hands-on knowledge of the challenges and can help mothers find what they need.

Kelly believes in the Birth You Desire mission. She is dedicated to helping you find your voice and figuring out what it is that you need. Kelly is open minded to alternative approaches and has training in homeopathic herbs, aromatherapy,  tens units, hypnotherapy, and rebozo. 

Kelly’s clients have described her as a compassionate and caring person.  Clients have valued her calming presence as an asset to their birth experience.  Kelly looks forward to being an encouraging part of your birth team and is dedicated to help you achieve your ideal birth. 

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Lynn Converse CMA

Lynn Converse CMA

Certified Medical Assistant

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About Lynn:

Lynn’s career as a doula began in the medical field. In 1996 she became a Certified Medical Assistant and worked in Internal Medicine for 10 years, Nephrology for five years and three years in OB/GYN. She is also one of the original Birth You Desire doulas on our team. 

During the course of her experiences she has excelled in developing her hands on approach with her patients. Her expertise and gentle spirit have always given patients the confidence to face challenges head on. While working with midwives, she was exposed to a new word when she was asked to document who the patient and her “doula” were. Not knowing what a doula was or did, she did some research, and she was intrigued.

As time passed in the OB/GYN office, patients began inviting Lynn to attend their births. Not as a part of the medical staff but as a calming supportive presence for woman-to-woman support. From the first birth she attended (in addition to the mother’s doula) she knew she had found her calling. Having given birth to a daughter and a son without labor support, she saw the great advantages of having a woman with the knowledge of both the labor process and an understanding of medical decisions that are made in labor.

She began her path to become a labor doula through DONA training. She has been a labor doula, guiding women into the journey of motherhood since 2012. She believes each of the 150 births she has supported is unique and supports each mother in her personal birth choices.

Lynn has advanced trainings in: aromatherapy and TENS.

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Priscilla McGee CD, CBE

Priscilla McGee CD, CBE

Doula, Blessingway Ceremonies

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About Priscilla:

Priscilla is a Birthing From Within certified doula and childbirth educator. Her journey as a birth professional began shortly after the birth of her first child when her midwife suggested she become a doula. This resonated with her and one year later she began training. Since then, she has been passionate about supporting and mentoring couples throughout the childbirth process. Through her experience as both a mother of two and a doula, Priscilla has witnessed first hand the tremendous difference the support of a doula can make as a birth unfolds.

She has attended over 500 births since 2000 and offers support in hospitals, homes, and birth centers. She believes birth is a diverse and unique experience. Each deserves to be met and tended to with individual care based in knowledge, confidence, compassion, and without judgement as couples move through this rite of passage. Birth support is for the person giving birth and their partners as each will have their own birth experience and roll to play. Priscilla is there to support the whole birth and all those involved. She provides a variety of hands on physical support, pain coping techniques, guidance for partners, aromatherapy, informational support, postpartum and breastfeeding support.

Priscilla has mentored childbirth classes over the years, supporting couples as they prepare mentally, emotionally, and spiritually for their journey through childbirth and into parenthood. As an educator she provides couples with the opportunity to prepare holistically for their birth. You will develop practical pain coping skills, and an understanding of birth information, as well as delve into the emotional and spiritual exploration to uncover any fears that may impact your birthing experience. You will discover the courage to be vulnerable and show up fully in your own unique birth journey, find your own voice, and embrace your passage into parenthood.

Priscilla also performs traditional Navajo Blessingway Ceremonies. 

Tambien, puedo asistir le y dar apoyo en espanol.

Pronouns:  she/her

Vynessa Pantano, LMT

Vynessa Pantano, LMT

Doula, Childbirth Educator, Massage Therapist

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About Vynessa: Currently unavailable as a doula

 

Vynessa chose to become a Doula after the birth of the first of her three daughters. While Vynessa has always had a passion for women’s health and well-being, the experience of her first birth – and her Doula’s support – led her to become a Doula in order to support other birthing parents and their partners along their desired birth journey. Being a Doula is the perfect avenue through which Vynessa can channel her strength, intuition, and passion for taking care of women, children, and families.

Like all massage therapists, Vynessa has an excellent, hands-on approach with her clients. Her knowledge and strong but gentle energy gives couples the confidence to face their challenges head on. In her role as a Doula, Vynessa assists the birthing parents in making informed choices and preparing for different outcomes while offering non-judgemental support. She places an emphasis on helping the partner know how to support the birthing parent in labor. By helping birth to be an optimal experience for both the birthing mother and her partner, Vynessa believes she is positively contributing to an experience that will affect the whole family for a lifetime. She will support women in all birth locations and is comfortable with both natural spontaneous births and medically managed births.

Vynessa has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the State University of New York at Albany, has been a Licensed Massage Therapist for more than 20 years, and has worked as a Radiation Oncology Medical Assistant at Georgetown Hospital. She is comfortable with both traditional and complementary approaches to medicine.

Vynessa has advanced trainings in: Massage, Acupressure, Reiki, Spinning Babies, healing touch, TENS, essential oils, and many other techniques.

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Our BYD Doulas Have Advanced Trainings in:

  • Aromatherapy
  • Breastfeeding (CLC)
  • Attachment Style Parenting
  • Domestic Violence
  • Neonatal Resuscitation
  • Optimal Fetal Alignment
  • Perinatal Mental Health
  • Homeopathy for Midwives
  • Rebozo
  • Spinning Babies
  • TENS units
  • VBAC support
  • Vaginal Breech Births
  • Multiples
  • LGBTQ
  • Loss and Grief

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