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. Having supported over 100 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 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 lives in a beautiful Washington DC neighborhood with their two kitties, Rhodey and Topper, who like to take walks on a leash.