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Gabriell Garner

Founder & CEO

Gabriell is a proud mom to her adorable little son, Kaiden. She is also a mother to an angel, who gained her wings shortly after birth in 2011. Gabriell grew up in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitian area near the FedEx Field Stadium in Landover, MD.  She has lived in various locations throughout the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia area where she's had the opportunity to work with some amazing families throughout her career. When Gabriell isn't spending time supporting clients, she loves to create memories with family and friends, travel and visit her local wineries. 

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Providing Newborn Care & Doula Support

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Gabriell is a trained perinatal professional. She is a Birth, Bereavement and Postpartum and Infant Care Doula, Newborn Care Specialist and Pediatric Sleep Consultant. Gabriell trained with organizations such as ProDoula, StillBirthday, Newborn Care Solutions and Center for Pediatric Sleep Management; and is a member of the Newborn Care Specialist Association (NCSA) and the International Nanny Association (INA). 

 

Gabriell started her working career as a teacher in Early Childhood Education in 2006 before transitioning to a full-time (career) nanny in 2011. Gabriell's nanny career gave her many opportunities to work with first time parents, supporting them through the transition back to work, while nurturing their babies and keeping the home afloat - she nannied in areas such as Capitol Hill, North Potomac, Rockville and Baltimore City. Gabriell's many years caring for infants, ultimately led her to pursuing her certification as a Newborn Care Specialist, where she'd provide overnight newborn care also referred to as a "night nurse" support, allowing parents to comfortably rest knowing they had an experienced and well trained professional caring for their newborn.  Shortly after obtaining her Newborn Care Specialist certification, she began pursing her certification as Postpartum Doula and then later, trained to become a Birth and Bereavement Doula.

 

Gabriell's own personal experience (and trauma) with childbirth and infant loss genuinely pushed her to becoming a doula. While Gabriell didn't have support from a birth doula back in 2011, she stated:

 

"I am grateful that I had my family - well educated black women - who didn't play about my health."  

 

Gabriell believes that becoming a mother should be an empowering and uplifting experience; women and birthing people should not fear the outcome of birthing in a medical facility; women and birthing people should not have doubts about whether their wishes will be honored if there is no danger to themselves or their child and that new mother's should not have to wait 6 weeks postpartum to be checked on. Gabriell's mission is to show up and advocate for women, especially women of color, during pregnancy, birth and postpartum, providing all the emotional, physical, educational and spiritual support women need to flourish into motherhood. With the Racial Disparities and Black Maternal and Infant Mortality rate being at an all time high in our country, unbiased support and education from a doula is vital for every new and expecting mother and ensuring they feel comfortable and confident caring for their newborn. There is no greater feeling than being supported, valued and having your wishes acknowledged during birth and throughout the postpartum period. Working with Gabriell and her team is truly a positive experience you and your family will remember for years to come.