The First Circle doulas are also MyBirth's founders and co-owners. They have each attended between
75 to 150 births and serve as each other's primary back-up.
Amy Lavelle, Ph.D., CPD
A toLabor certified birth doula, Amy has been supporting families in pregnancy, birth and postpartum since 2011. She received her doctorate in Human and Molecular Genetics when she was 37 weeks pregnant with her daughter. From her own experiences as a mother and a scientist, Amy incorporates a balance of holistic practice and evidence based care to her doula work. She brings her background in research into her birth work and believes education is key to an empowered birth.
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Emily Bruno, CPD
Emily is a ToLabor trained and certified professional birth doula, practicing since January, 2007. Emily draws on her knowledge and experience to provide physical, emotional, and informational support to women and partners. She has completed trainings and workshops for acupressure in pregnancy and childbirth, breastfeeding education, and Spinning Babies Techniques. Emily's personal experience includes her own homebirth cesarean in 2008, her hospital VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) in 2013, and her volunteer work as Chapter Leader for ICAN of Richmond. Emily believes that every woman deserves the opportunity to birth in a peaceful and supportive environment. Emily believes that just as every woman is different, every birth is different -- each must be honored for what they can teach us.
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Jenny Fisher, BFA, CPD
Trained and certified as a birth doula through ToLabor, Jenny has been practicing since February, 2011. As a practicing doula in the Richmond area for the past 5+ years, Jenny has attended over 100 births. During Jenny’s first pregnancy she became extremely passionate about the education of pregnant mothers and the right of all women to have the birth of their choice. Once her son Cash was born (with midwives and a doula) Jenny was determined to become a doula herself. She resigned from a tenured teaching position with Henrico County Public Schools and has been helping parents in the Richmond-area work toward their best birth experience. She enjoys photography, crafting, and (admittedly) a little too much Outlander.
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