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
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.