Every woman will birth her babies differently. That is what makes birth such a profound mystery, and also intensely beautiful. But the magic around birth is how you are made to feel, how you are cared for during the process. We believe that the essence of having a positive birth experience comes from feeling safe, supported and heard. Our job is to give every one of our clients the unique kind of care they need and want. These are the elements that create a brighter birth.
The A Brighter Birth Collective is a group of independent business owners who have chosen to come together and work in a collective – to back one another up, to provide more complete resources for our clients, bring quality care through professional development, active mentoring, and a commitment to tight knit community. We have joined together as professionals because we recognize, as Phylicia Rashad has put it: “Any time women come together with a collective intention, it’s a powerful thing.”
As a mother of 4, a Lamaze Certified Child Birth Educator, Certified Lactation Counselor and experienced toLabor Certified Professional Birth Doula. Melanie Headley understands what new and seasoned parents need in pregnancy, labor, birth and beyond. With her own four, very different births, her passion for empowering women and their partners grew and with that she decided that was exactly what she wanted to offer our community. Having helped close to 1000 families welcome their babies you can rest assure Melanie has the knowledge and experience needed to be able to work with any family in any setting. When she has a rare moment you can find her running on trails or making those ever forsaken target runs in style!
Hilary Scribner is a formally-trained birth doula and feels passionately about supporting women through empowered birth. She brings her vast knowledge of pregnancy and birth to her prenatal and postnatal yoga classes taught at Ashtanga Yoga Richmond. She particularly enjoys the community that yoga creates. She began her journey towards birth work and yoga while living in Los Angeles for nearly a decade. Prior to transitioning to yoga, birth and motherhood full-time, she taught elementary school for 6 years and has a Masters in education. When she isn't with her little ones or attending concerts with her husband, you can find her enjoying time on her mat or dreaming of future travel.
Hilary's public classes are held three times a week at Ashtanga Yoga Richmond in Carytown. Tuesdays at 5:45pm, Thursdays at 12:30pm and Sundays at 1:30pm. Tuesday and Sunday classes are for woman at any stage of pregnancy. The Thursday class is a combined class of prenatal and baby and me, welcoming women at any stage of pregnancy and mamas with babies 6 weeks to crawling.
A new mom to her third son, Colleen Wallace is excited to continue to grow with her clients families just as she has done so with her own. She is a former electrical engineer (Go RAMS Go!) who now stays home to relish in the trials and tribulations of life with three boys four and under. After the birth of her first son, motherhood became the cornerstone where passions collided. Colleen completed schooling to become a certified holistic health coach, as well as a toLabor Doula. As a seeker of authenticity she pursues these endeavors and values nothing more than raw emotion. Colleen believes the labor and birth of a baby is no different than the labor and birth of a mother. A unique journey that should be surrounded by the utmost love of support and community. She is always hoping to share the fierce love, evolving pains, and of course the profound happiness that motherhood brings.
After completing her bachelor's degree in psychology in 2010 in her hometown Birmingham, Alabama, Claire moved to Richmond, Virginia. She came to be near family and to find her life's work. Claire soon found herself with a family of her own and a call to action. ince the birth of her daughter, Josephine, she completed the DONA international postpartum doula workshop in 2014. She has been working thereafter providing support, resources, and education to families with new babies in the Richmond, Virginia area. Claire is adult and infant CPR certified. She facilitates a new parent meet-up in her neighborhood as well as attends as many community resource meetings as possible, such as the VCU community connection and Virginia Breastfeeding Task Force meetings. Her mission is to connect growing families to the resources they need during the hugely transformative and intense "Fourth Trimester." She also works to spread awareness to the health community about the resources available to families postpartum. She hopes to foster communication about the challenges of early parenthood and ways to get knowledge and hands-on help to every family.