Dashanna

Dashanna H.

Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula

2 years of experience | 40 families served

Lives in Lowell, MA

Pricing

$35 per hour
(3 hour minimum)

Availability

Now accepting new clients for January, February and March


Experience & Education

Qualifications
  • Certified in Childbirth Education
  • Postpartum Doula Certification, Madriella 2019
Education
  • Bachelor’s Degree in English and Gender Studies, University of Pittsburgh 2011
Professional Experience
  • Private Practice Doula, Caring for Mamas 2019-present/li>
  • Office Manager, Hencove 2019/li>
  • Project Coordinator, Crown Castle 2015-18/li>
  • Account Coordinator, Aries Systems 2014-15/li>
  • Editorial Assistant, The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 2011-14/li>
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Areas Served

    40 miles from Lowell

    What can I help out with?

    My services and responsibilities as a postpartum doula include:

    • Emotional support

    • Assistance with newborn care

    • Errand running

    • Help with physical recovery

    • Light housekeeping

    • Sibling care

    • Breastfeeding support

    Health Precautions & Exposure

    My pandemic precautions are extensive and vary depending on if the family I am working with is a birth or postpartum client. Pre-and mid-pandemic, I serve one postpartum client at a time.


    Introduce yourself!
    Hello! I’m Dashanna Hanlon and I’m excited that you’re interested in learning more about me! I became certified as a birth and postpartum doula because I want to help women feel empowered from the first moments of motherhood. My work as a postpartum transition specialist started after stumbling through a couple of postpartum transitions of my own. I moved to Boston in 2011, after getting a Bachelor’s degree in English and Gender Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. I married my favorite Massachusetts native (Tom) five years ago. Our sons Lucas (2.5 yrs) and Isaiah (1 year) light up our world! We also have an 85-lb German Shepherd named Ulysses. Our house is loud but full of love. I love jazz music and I used to sing professionally!

    How do you help new parents?
    I aim to ease the burden on families during their transition into parenthood. My best advice for new parents is... it happens. Whatever it is; milk didn't come in - it happens! Baby has colic - it happens! You're a great parent; you're not an anomaly and you're never alone in this!

    Why did you pursue this career?
    I was inspired to pursue this career after giving birth to my first son and going back to work. Both were hard in such unique ways, ways common for many women. I felt that I had something to offer others after learning so much in my own experiences. My goal is to make sure that other parents feel supported as they embark on this journey into parenthood.

    Testimonials

    “Dashanna is incredibly easy to talk to and has been a fantastic resource for support, tips, and advice while navigating life with two young children as a full-time working mom. Life is busy and crazy and she is a wonderful advocate for doing what’s best for your home life, work life, and everything in between.”

    Christina N


    “Dashanna assisted with the birth of my second child during her doula training. She was attentive and caring – a calming and bright presence that was so nice to have welcoming our daughter into the world! We were happy to have her in the room.”

    Sara K Birth Doula