Hello.  My name is Bridget Ballenger.  I am an Army wife and mother to four wonderful children, ages 21, 18, 15 and 5 years old.

I have been teaching the Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth Classes for twelve years and I serve as a birth doula as well.   I can also provide placenta encapsulation services.

I strongly believe in a woman's ability to birth her baby and love being able to support women during this amazing time.  I understand that a woman's birth is the single most memorable experience in her life.  I want to help prepare women to create a positive, empowering birth experience that they can look back on with joy.

I have used the Bradley Method to have natural births with each of my children.  The first two were born in the hospital and the last two were home births.  I believe being knowledgeable and prepared for birth helped me have an amazing experience.  I soon realized when visiting with many other women, that their births weren't a positive experience.  I want to help other women to have the knowledge and skills needed to have a beautiful birth the first time around.  I know how important birth is for the health of both mom and baby and the family bonding experience.  I truly believe that what I do through my childbirth classes, doula and placenta encapsulation services makes a meaningful difference for families and that brings me much joy.

I have a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Public Relations from the University of Oklahoma.  My doula and childbirth education accreditations are from the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth (AAHCC).   I have also earned an additional doula certification through ToLabor.  I regularly attend conferences and workshops to improve my skills and expand my knowledge base.  I have received training in rebozo, spinning babies, acupressure techniques, birth assistant skills, essential oils, and massage techniques for labor.  Additionally, I am certified in Neonatal Resuscitation.   I am a current member of the Northern Virginia Birth Matters Chapter and Improving Birth Network.