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Bethany Bagnell, BSW, AAHCC
owner, doula, educator

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Bethany is the founder and owner of Riverbank Birth Services. She was born and raised in the Northern Virginia area and is the mother to two beautiful children, Julian and Emery. Graduating from George Mason University with a Social Work Degree, Bethany began her career working with many population groups including families that were homeless, victims of domestic violence, and at-risk youth. Her passion for advocacy found it's true path when she gave birth to her first child and realized it's role in pregnancy and labor support. She left her career to open her own solo business, originally called "Bagnell Birth Services", where she taught natural childbirth classes out of her home. Since 2016, Bethany has added additional skills to her business by training as a Birth Doula, certifying as a Car Seat Technician, and created her own cloth diapering curriculum. 

When Bethany is not attending births and teaching her classes she enjoys spending time with her family and two German Shepherds. Her favorite pastimes include making macrame wall hangings and planning her next big travel adventure. 

Related trainings: American Academy of Partner Coached Childbirth (Bradley), DONA Doula Training, Spinning Babies Workshop, Karen Strange Doula Workshop

Jessica Schlener
birth and postpartum doula, registered nurse


Jessica worked for 12 years as a registered nurse--mostly in the Trauma ICU--before finding her way to the birth world.  She trained as a doula in 2018 and then left the ICU bedside to start her business as a doula in 2021.  She has seen how knowledge of birth and healing touch can change the direction of a birth story and loves being able to give Moms and Dads the tools and understanding they need to feel safe and confident when preparing to welcome their child and to make choices that support the birth they hope for. 

When she is not helping you have a baby, you can find her traveling, hosting dinner parties, or spending time with her family.  

Related trainings: DONA Doula Training, Spinning Babies Workshop, Neonatal Resuscitations Program, ACLS/BLS certified

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