About Creating Your Calm

I am a seasoned certified birth doula and an experienced childbirth educator serving the Northern Virginia and Washington DC area.

In 2004 I obtained a Bachelors of Science in Applied Economics and a Minor in Business Management from East Carolina University. In early 2010, I trained as a birth doula and certified through DONA (Doulas of North America) and am also a trained Hypno-Doula with HypnoBabies. In 2011 I trained directly under the founder and creator of HypnoBirthing and shortly after certified as a HypnoBirthing childbirth educator. I am also a member in good standing with International Childbirth Educators Association (ICEA), trained in the famous Spinning Babies techniques (from Gail Tulley herself!) and certified in Rebozo techniques for pregnancy and birth. My business, Creating Your Calm was opened in 2010 in Chapel Hill, NC, where I enjoyed working in many fabulous hospitals and birth center settings. We moved from North Carolina to Northern Virginia in 2013 where I quickly immersed myself in the local birthing  environment. I regularly teach HypnoBirthing childbirth classes (in Alexandria Virginia), one day intensive childbirth classes (in Alexandria Virginia) and other prenatal and parenting workshops at Body in Balance Center. My classes are not only informational but enjoyable; full of evidence based information, relaxation exercises, useful tips and demonstrations. I enjoy working with families through pregnancy, birth and post partum and I have a huge passion for family centered birthing. I believe that the key to a positive experience during these life changing events is having the tools to make informed and educated decisions coupled with a calm and positive mindset. I pride myself on being supportive, empathetic and non-judgmental when it comes to working with families during their own journey towards parenthood. As a certified birth doula serving Washington DC and Northern Virginia, I have experience and am comfortable working with many different Obstetricians and Midwives and have attended births at the majority of local hospitals such as George Washington University Hospital, Washington Hospital Center, Virginia Hospital Center, Ft. Belvoir, Inova Alexandria, Inova Fairfax, Fair Oaks, Louden, Sibley, Prince William Hospital and many more. I have experience with birth center births and am comfortable in home birth settings.

I was torn over which doula to hire as there are so many in the NOVA area. Liz was the most impressive to meet in person. Very experienced and professional and peaceful. After hiring her, we were reassured over and over of all the right reasons why she was a match for us. She was available before birth with any questions. She knows so many midwives and care providers in the industry. It’s likely that she’s worked with your care team before! My favorite part about Liz is how she served my husband too. His birth experience and emotions matter. She had a great way of connecting with both of us throughout the labor. I felt like she was in awe of my strength and spirit and how I handled labor and I felt beautiful and comfortable being natural and myself around her. She had so many helpful tricks up her sleeve for pain management and to get labor to progress! That was absolutely invaluable. Her experience with hypnobirthing and spinning babies and rebozo all came in handy! We are so thankful for Liz and her contribution to pregnancy and birth. I have no idea how things would’ve been different without her… probably a lot longer and harder!

Liz’s selfless attention to myself, my husband and to our little boy was outstanding. Her kindness as a person is heard and felt by her demeanor. We are extremely grateful to have had Liz by our sides for one of the most important days of our lives. Thank you Liz!

Families served through doula or education services

Liz came to the hospital as soon as we said we needed her and stayed with us throughout, never waning in her support. She helped me overcome my doubts as to whether I could achieve the unmedicated labor I had desired (though I questioned it several times!). Not only did she support me, but she also supported my husband and helped him in his desire to be a very active participant in the birth of our son. She was an amazing birth coach. I am truly grateful for Liz’s friendship, support and reassurance. It is because of her that I was able to have the labor and delivery that I had always wanted – and that is the greatest gift. Although it didn’t go exactly as I envisioned, she helped me adapt to each obstacle to achieve my ultimate goal of having an unmedicated, spiritual birth.

A bit more about Elizabeth…

In addition to My professional experience, I also have a varying degree of personal experience regarding birth;

Our first child’s birth was a very beautiful hospital birth. I realized the moment that I lifted him to my chest and he began to nurse, that we knew what we were doing. His birth paved a road. I am so thankful, forever, for what my little miracle child taught me about myself.
Our second child was born in the only free-standing birth center in North Carolina (Women’s Birth and Wellness Center). Using HypnoBirthing® during his delivery was so amazing. His birth pushed me to become a certified childbirth educator so that I could introduce families to different ways to manage their labors.
Our third child was born at home into my hands. Her birth was absolutely the most fantastic thing I have ever done. I was and always will be in awe of what my mind and body did that evening. Her birth was fast and furious but yet I was calm, confidant and in control; feeling at peace with every moment during her birth.
Our fourth child was also born at home in water under the lights of our Christmas tree. Her birth was amazing and taught me even more about the power of the birthing body.

Women’s strongest feelings {in terms of their birthings}, positive and negative, focus on the way they were treated by their caregivers. ~ Annie Kennedy & Penny Simkin

I want families to know they have choices.

I want them to find their voices and know when and how to advocate for their needs.

I want them to feel supported during their birthing journey regardless of how their birth unfolds.

I want them to experience professional, quality and continuous support through out their pregnancies and births.

LizOFamily-3 I am very happily married to my best friend and together we have four wonderful children that keep us very busy! Rosser is full of questions and wonder and always keeps me on my toes. I am amazed at his ability and desire to learn! Mason is full of laughter and joy. He was born in the water with a smile on his face that seems to never fade. Izabel has multiplied the love we all have for one another. She is spunky and beautiful and no doubt will be a little red headed spitfire! Piper… our baby; what a gift she has been to all of us. I am so very blessed with happy, healthy children and a wonderful family. I appreciate every single day, hour, minute, second I have with them. I tickle, I laugh, I hug, I kiss. I love with every single bone in my body. group It makes me so happy that you are here visiting Creating Your Calm. I hope you find some inspiration within these pages and let it touch your life. Please always know that you are supported. Head on over to the blog to learn more about me and stay up to date on upcoming HypnoBirthing®  and comprehensive one day childbirth education classes.

Disclaimer (only because I have to… wish I didn’t) Creating Your Calm does not share personal information with third-parties. Creating Your Calm is not responsible for the republishing of the content found on this blog on other Web sites or media without permission. Creating Your Calm reserves the right to edit or delete any comments submitted to this blog without notice due to: 1. Comments deemed to be spam or questionable spam 2. Comments including profanity 3. Comments containing language or concepts that could be deemed offensive 4. Comments that attack a person individually All content provided within the pages or classes of Creating Your Calm is for educational and informational purposes only. Creating Your Calm and its representatives should not replace or override any health care provider. Please consult your health care provider to determine how the information provided on Creating Your Calm can benefit you and/or your family members. All pictures and content in these pages is property of Elizabeth Oldham and Creating Your Calm

We’ve all been waiting for you. For you. Your arrival has been marked, has been recorded on earth, in the universe, in the galaxies, in all of space, in all of time. You come with a birthright, written in love and sung through all Creation in words which promise that no matter where you’re at, you’re home; that no matter who you’re with, you’re welcome; that no matter who you are, you’re loved. Welcome. ~Rita Ramsey

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