Overwhelmed by the often conflicting advice about pregnancy and birth?
Wondering how your partner can best support you during labor?
Desiring support between your meetings with your care provider?
I’m Mandy — The Brainy Birth Doula.
I help couples have AMAZING birth experiences. My greatest joy is seeing couples experience birth together as a team, knowing that they have all the confidence and skills they need to greet their newest love with delight.
I am a Certified Lactation Counselor, crisis counselor, doula trainer, and co-founder of the Birth Languages Method of Childbirth.
I have a simple recipe to achieve this:
¼ cup of academics
My background in social research and ten years of experience teaching Women’s Studies gives me the ability to truly understand and discuss the latest research in maternal health.
¼ cup of non-judgemental support
I have served as a crisis counselor for over 15 years before becoming a doula and childbirth educator. This background enables me to truly meet you where you are on your birth journey. I specialize in working with women and partners who have histories of trauma. cof
A heaping cup of trust
Just because I know the research on birth doesn’t mean I know what is best for you. Nope, no way. I give information and trust you and your partner, alongside your care provider, to make the decisions that are right for your family.
2 ¾ cups of couple-centeredness
Birth is primarily a time for the couple to connect and welcome their new baby. I facilitate connection between partners and help partners learn how to provide stellar birth support in our prenatal meeting(s).
A dash of fun
While every birth has serious moments, there also is a lot of time to stop and really enjoy the experience through laughter, humor, and even silliness!
Stir this together with prenatal education, comfort techniques such as massage, acupressure and labor positions, and an awesome one-on-one relationship with you and your partner. Bake as long as needed at 98.6 degrees. Recipe cannot burn or spoil.
Pregnancy and Birth Concierge Service
Imagine having all your pregnancy and birth questions answered. You receive unlimited virtual support through 6 weeks postpartum.
I am on call for you from the moment we decide to work together. Ask about my “You Get Me Guarantee!”
Continuous Labor Support
No additional fees based on length of labor.
Pick the Services that Work Best for You!
Don’t be limited by what you see here…Let’s connected and develop the packages and pricing that works for you!
Everything in package 1 PLUS
Everything in package 1 PLUS
Additional postpartum or prenatal sessions can be added to any package.
Birth Languages – 4 Week class
Birth Languages is a fresh approach to childbirth. This method identifies the four languages of birth: Intuition, Movement, Touch, and Vocalization and gives Mothers and their partners the tools to use their own unique Birth Language to not just cope with but to actually embrace their birth experience with confidence!
The relaxed atmosphere of the class fosters connection, comfort, and confidence in the birthing process.
This four week course will:
- Empower you to unlock the potential of your unique Birth Language
- Prepare companions to provide support during labor
- Provide balanced, evidence-based information about pregnancy, birth
and medical interventions
- Include 6 month access to the Birth Languages Student Portal
Couples Comfort Measures Workshop
Prepare for birth as a team during this hands-on workshop. This class is excellent on its own, or in addition to a class in a hospital setting. The workshop includes:
- Labor positions for a safer, easier birth
- Breathing and relaxation techniques
- Comforting touch, massage, and acupressure
- Rebozo techniques
- Emotional support techniques during labor
- Movement for labor (even with an epidural!)
- Strategies to work WITH your labor
July 22 (9:30 – 12:30)
September 16 (9:30 – 12:30)
November 4 (9:30 – 12:30)
Cost is $35
One Day Refresher
Preparing for your second, third, or tenth child is different than preparing for your first. This refresher course addresses the needs of families who have experienced childbirth before with a focus on hands-on labor support review and skill building. The class includes:
- Labor support techniques,
- Exercises and optimal fetal positioning for an easier birth
- Mindfulness and relaxation techniques
- Advanced coping strategies
- Decision making during labor
- Sibling inclusion and introduction
- Learning/healing from past birth experiences birth experiences.
August 12 (9:30 – 3:30)
October 14 (9:30 – 3:30)
December 2 (9:30 – 3:30)
Cost is $60
Contact me today!
About Mandolin Restivo-Walsh, MA
I am a certified doula and childbirth educator who has attended over 40 births and taught hundreds of couples childbirth education. Before becoming a doula I taught Women’s Studies, worked as a crisis counselor, and coordinated diversity education for a college campus. Due to this background, I am able to work with a broad range of families and family structures with true openness and acceptance. I specialize in working with couples to enhance communication and bonding during pregnancy and birth. I am also particularly skilled at working with women who have experienced trauma.
A consistent theme in my career–from running campus Women and Gender Centers, to working in alternatives to incarceration, to serving as a crisis counselor–is my fierce belief in the power of education combined with freedom to make choices. I have seen first-hand how access to quality information coupled with the ability to make decisions about one’s body can empower and transform. This is the heart of my work as a doula and childbirth educator.
I am a New Yorker falling in love with the area from D.C. to Fredericksburg. I am really enjoying the combination of small town living with easy access to the D.C. (Don’t tell NY I said so!). I spend my time working with my doula clients, teaching, and training instructors to teach the Birth Languages Method, which I have co-founded.
When I am not working on all things birth I enjoy spending time outdoors. My family’s current obsession is sailing small racing boats. I love to take my Weimaraner/Dalmation 75 pound “puppy” on off leash trail walks, being a mom to an amazing preschooler, and cooking creative dishes. You will also find me regularly volunteering in my community and leading committee meetings. I also really, really, enjoy any quiet moment alone I can get and occasionally actually eating those creative meals while they are still hot! Prior to being a mom and an entrepreneur, I was an avid reader of fiction and history– now, I am an avid reader of bedtime stories!