Kaely Harrod, Birth & Postpartum Doula
Certified Birth Doula
Certified Postpartum Doula
VBAC Support Education
Accredited La Leche League Leader
Spinning Babies Trained
Pregnant and Infant Loss Trained
Bilingual in Spanish and English
What I'm About...
How I got started:
I found my passion for helping women as a college student. I now support all birthing people, but my passion was birthed from an inherent desire to help women specifically. I often dreamed of how to meet needs that were gaps in women’s lives, whether that was encouragement, health and nutrition, housing, abuse healing, and trauma care, etc. Out of that desire, I began assisting friends in various ways as there was the need during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. It didn’t become anything official until I decided to become an accredited La Leche League Leader in 2014. After entering the world of postpartum care I found that this specific season of pregnancy, birth and postpartum care was a specific passion that fit perfectly within my passion to help and encourage women. I find great fulfillment from offering support and encouragement to people in this phase of their lives. It is a beautiful thing to be allowed into this deeply personal and vulnerable time and given a space to participate, strengthen and advocate.
My Doula Style:
I would describe my doula style as relaxed, supportive and informed by my client's cues. I tend to want to learn a lot about who my clients are and how they operate in order to meet them in that space and not try to force them into my world of operation. I have the knowledge base to support and comfort in a variety of ways, but I want to match those comfort measures with who my client is and what they value! For postpartum care that looks like me learning your family dynamics in order to support those and not disrupt them. In birth that looks like me joining you as part of your team and letting you direct your own labor while adding information and support to empower you in that process.
I have birth support experience including breech babies, high risk pregnancies, first time pregnancies, 2nd/3rd/4th/5th babies, IVF, IUI, natural birth, premature birth, cesarean, epidural, natural birth, unmedicated birth, hypnobirth, advanced maternal age and trial of labor after cesarean. I have experience supporting families through trauma before and during birth including loss and miscarriage, as well as postpartum complications and traumas for both the birthing person and the baby. My goal is to support all families through a trauma-informed approach. I have my own personal experience with a baby in the NICU. I have supported clients at hospitals and Birthing Centers and have worked with a variety of the OBGYN and Midwife practices in the DC area.
What to Expect:
When working with me expect me to communicate with enthusiasm! I love details and it's important to me that my clients know their full range of options as they're making decisions. Throughout the process of preparing for and giving birth, I will equip you with information to help you advocate for yourself. During birth I am calm and reassuring while bringing humor and sincere support to the experience. I will support you warmly and passionately while respecting your personal and family choices as if they were my own.
Photograph by D.Harrod Photography