Elisabeth Kaza joined the DC Doulas team in 2019 as a postpartum doula. She is passionate about supporting growing familes!
As the third oldest of twelve children, Elisabeth has always been drawn to babies and birth.
She witnessed her first birth way back in 2008. Her mother loves to tell the story of the look of pure
joy on Elisabeth’s face as her sibling came into the world–compared to the looks of concern on
her older sisters’ faces! So great was her desire to attend more births she completed DONA’s birth doula training when she was only fourteen. She then began to shadow a homebirth midwife and attend births as a sibling doula.
Having witnessed many positive birth experiences, Elisabeth decided to become DONA postpartum
doula trained to round out her skill set for supporting families. She is adept at Spinning Babies techniques, and has attended ACNM’s annual symposium at George Washington University’s medical school. In 2016, she earned her certification in neonatal resuscitation with Karen Strange, and has taken
part in Fauquier Hospital’s summer nursing program twice. Recently, she finished her
nationally-recognized EMT certification, and volunteers as an EMT in Takoma Park, MD.
While still in high school, Elisabeth worked as a teacher at a preschool co-op. She designed her
own lessons and was beloved by her students. During the summers, she created unique summer
camps for art and science, and singing and dancing. With her sisters, she built a babysitting
business, always in demand as an American Red Cross certified, responsible but fun-loving
babysitter. Now, as a pre-med student at Catholic University’s Honors Program, she serves as a
volunteer at the Suicide Prevention research program in her free time.
Elisabeth enjoys playing with her little siblings and her perfect cat, Storm, as well as reading
about anything and everything. She also loves the earth and exploring as many corners of it as
LaToya Archibald joined the DC Doulas team in 2019 as a labor doula. Her warm heart and fun sense of humor helps her connect with her clients.
LaToya Archibald is a graduate of Howard University and has spent the last 11 years working in educational equity, environmental justice, and development. Her passion for faith, racial justice and equity in DC led her to attend a screening of “Death by Delivery” in 2018, which highlighted critical issues surrounding Black maternal morbidity. Inspired to take action after viewing the film, she completed doula trainings, started attended births, and become more involved in birth justice.
As a labor and postpartum doula, LaToya focuses on nurturing and protecting women’s memories of their birth experiences through emotional support, physical comfort, and an objective viewpoint. Since becoming a doula in September of 2018, LaToya has served 19 families and has provided 650+ hours of postpartum support.
LaToya lives in Ward 7’s Deanwood community and can be found on Instagram chronicling her doula journey as well as her comical online dating experiences @LilbitofLaLa. Fun fact: She saw Black Panther four times during opening weekend. #WakandaForever
Alyssa is a certified Labor and Postpartum & Infant Care Doula and a pre-certified Infant Feeding Specialist on the DC Doulas team. Experiences such as working within non profits on reproductive health issues, growing up as the oldest of five children, and engaging one on one within her community as a sexuality educator has uniquely drawn her to support families through this time of transition. Her goal in everything she does is to help you feel comfortable, empowered, and celebrated in your body. Alyssa believes the ability of growing and raising little humans is a superpower, and she brings that enthusiasm and respect to her work as a doula.
Alyssa feels honored to support families as they welcome and adjust to new additions. She understands that you know your body and baby best, and you deserve to have judgement free support in your corner. Alyssa provides a warm presence, reassuring voice, and a calm sounding board as you find your footing through pregnancy, labor, and bringing baby home.
Alyssa graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Business Management and Women’s and Gender Studies. She completed ProDoula labor and postpartum trainings in the spring of 2016, and has been a member of the DC Doula team since the summer of 2016. Alyssa is always looking for new opportunities to gain new skills to support her clients. Since joining the team, she has continued her education by attending trainings with the Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington, Our Whole Lives: Lifespan Sexuality Education, and Spinning Babies.
When Alyssa isn’t spending time supporting clients, you can find her curled up on the couch with her partner, Matt, and pup, Scully, watching Netflix. A good dramedy, the color purple, wandering new cities, bold coffee, and spicy food are just some her favorite things.
At the first birth she attended, Lois Perks knew she had found her passion… to help women have their babies in a way that empowers them and respects the process of birth. The births that Lois was initially a part of served as a catalyst to learn more about birth and to use that knowledge to educate families in the process of childbearing.
In 2012, Lois was certified as a birth doula through DONA International. She became a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator in 2014, and regularly teaches childbirth classes to expectant couples. Lois also has a background in nursing and worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse in a local OBGYN clinic for 7 years, which served to further her passion for childbirth. Lois became ProDoula certified in labor support and childbirth education in 2016, and is adding postpartum support and placenta encapsulation to her skill set. In 2018 Lois became “5 Star Certified” in all of Prodoula’s certification modalities. She also became a doula trainer and enjoys traveling all over to teach others how to doula.
Having supported over 150 couples in childbirth, Lois brings a wealth of experience with her in prenatal appointments, the labor process and postpartum period. One of the most rewarding things Lois sees as a birth and postpartum doula, is couples gaining confidence in each other and themselves, as they walk through the journey of having a baby.
Lois and her husband Steve live in a beautiful Washington DC neighborhood with their two kitties, Rhodey and Topper, who like to take walks on a leash.