Business with a Purpose


Our Fundamental Principles.

Doulas of PG County was built and is guided by a practical and ethical responsibility to families during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Our foremost goal is to support confident women and families and help them to grow and thrive. We do this by providing expert support and dedication for each and every client that we serve. Guided by these first two objectives, our final stone in laying our foundation is the acknowledgement that black women across America are dying at rates 60% higher than white women during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. While hiring a doula statistically shows people have better birth outcomes and can bridge the gap between care providers and families during the postpartum period, we are aware we cannot broadly effect maternal and neonatal health disparities. We feel it is our ethical responsibility to support our individual clients and to contribute to our broader community by donating a percentage of our income to non-profits who are dedicated to solving these disparities and keeping black women and babies healthy, heard, and safe.   

Our Mission

Support Confident Women and Families.

Doulas of Prince George's County provides personalized physical, emotional,  and educational guidance for women and families throughout pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. Working as your dedicated support team, we promise to be with you answering questions, confirming your instincts, and most importantly, leaving you feeling confident that you've got this! 

Provide Dedicated Expertise.

Doulas of PG County is made up of a group of highly trained, local women who are ready to help you navigate your options, including relationships with your doctors, hospitals, and community. We want to help bridge the gap to better care, more options, and access to the tools needed to help you reach your birth and parenting goals. 

Impact Maternal and Neonatal Health Trends.

For every service purchased through Doulas of Prince George's County we will donate to non-profits that are working daily to increase neonatal and maternal health outcomes throughout the DMV and The United States of America. 

Our Team


Jacquelin Knighton
Owner & Director of Public Relations
Birth and Postpartum Doula

Jacquelin is an Owner and Regional Outreach Director of Doulas of PG County. She is a trained birth doula, postpartum doula, placenta encapsulator, childbirth educator and newborn care specialist. She has been supporting women and families for over 4 years, and has two children of her own. Jacquelin originates form Columbus, Ohio and has a Bachelors degree in Sociology. She worked in Child Welfare for 7 years before making the career change to maternal and infant health. Jacquelin's own birth experiences with her son being born via Cesarean and daughter being born via VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) are what caused her career change and interest to infant and maternal health.

Jacquelin focuses on educational, emotional and physical support for her clients and wants your birth experience to be one where, ultimately, you felt supported. Jacquelin is a self proclaimed "foodie", her favorite movie is "Love Jones" and she picks rainy days over sunny ones! 


Nicole Bruno
Postpartum Doula

Nicole is a trained postpartum doula, placenta encapsulator, and childbirth educator. She has 15 years of experience working with women, babies, and families.  She worked in hunger studies and food access for 5 years before returning to supporting women and families. She has worked the last 6 years serving families with an expertise in unmedicated and complicated labors. Nicole has a B.A. in Music.  She considers herself a mix of 'crunchy' and 'mainstream', and enjoys reading, laughing, watching television and spending time with her family and friends.  

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Amy Durham
Birth Doula & Placenta Encapsulator

Amy has 15 years of experience working with women, babies and families.  She is a trained professional  doula through ProDoula and Birth Arts International. She has experience with both breastfeeding and bottle feeding as well as medicated and natural births. Amy has a B.S. in Counseling Psychology and an A.A. in Child Development. Amy was raised in California, and still misses being on the beach. 

What to expect from Amy: Expect her to write and speak in a friendly and easy going manner, to be kind, warm, and nurturing, to be an empathetic good listener, and encourage you to believe in the wisdom of your body and your baby, to support your choices!

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Kaely Harrod
Birth Doula

Kaely has 10 years of experience encouraging and helping young women. The last 5 years she’s been working with families in lactation specifically during pregnancy and postpartum. She’s an accredited La Leche League Leader and thrives in supporting and advocating for families during pregnancy, labor and postpartum. She is currently trained with ProDoula as a Labor Doula and has experience in both natural and cesarean births. Kaely has a BA in Religion and Philosophy and an MA in Organizational Leadership. She’s also bi-lingual in Spanish and English after having lived in both Spain and Costa Rica.

One of her biggest challenges as a parent is figuring out parenting and homeschooling the unique personalities of her three children. She loves sharing tea with friends on cold days.

What to Expect from Kaely: When working with Kaely expect her to communicate with enthusiasm and sincerity, whether in person or via text or email. Throughout the process of preparing for and giving birth, she will equip you with information to help you advocate for yourself in your family’s decisions. Expect her to support you warmly and passionately while respecting your personal and family choices as if they were her own.


Emily Smith
Owner and Director of Operations

Emily is the Operations Manager with DPG but she prefers the title "Doula Match-Making Extraordinaire," because her favorite part of the job is being trusted to help expecting families be matched with the best support for this exciting time of their lives.  Her background as a birth and postpartum doula, childbirth educator, and placenta encapsulation specialist since 2008 has given her unique insights into the challenges that new parents face in the DMV . Emily has a B.S in Anthropology from Florida State University. 

If you peered into Emily's life you'd see her binge watching Neftlix with her husband, Jack, and a glass of red wine; spending time with her three children, Elora, Luca, Nico, her cat Patience and dog Chianti; planning a trip to see her family in North Carolina or Pennsylvania; or working with her other agency, Doulas of Capitol Hill.   


Vanessa Hanible
Birth & Postpartum Doula

Vanessa has over 2 years of experience working with women, families and babies. She trained through Mamatoto Village as a birth and postpartum doula. She is originally from Michigan and graduated from Tennessee State University with a Bachelors of Health Science in Public Health. She previously worked as a CNA for 5 years and aspires to be an IBCLC. Vanessa unknowingly started her journey to becoming a doula 5 years ago, assisting her cousin in childbirth. She enjoys reading, telling corny jokes, and cooking for friends and family.  


Charissa Young
Birth & Postpartum Doula

Charissa has more than 5 years experience working with women, babies and families. She has worked as a doula for the last 5 years and has experience supporting families. Charissa is a certified yoga and prenatal yoga instructor with a B.A. in Marketing. She considers herself a relaxed health and wellness enthusiast who enjoys going on new adventures with her family, cooking, yoga, and traveling.

What to expect from Charissa: Expect her to act in a kind and loving way, to write and speak in a friendly and gracious manner, to encourage and support you every step of the way, and to remind you of your power and abilities!


Charnise Littles
Birth Doula and IBCLC

Charnise has over 4 years experience in maternal and child health, including 3 years of providing lactation support. She earned her Bachelors in Health Science and Health Education from Howard University and is currently pursuing a Master In Public Health from The George Washington University.  Charnise is passionate about providing culturally competent care to all the families she serves!

One of her biggest challenges was finishing undergraduate studies while working two jobs and breastfeeding! 

What to expect from Charnise: Expect her to listen to your every concern, support you in your breastfeeding goals, give recommendations specifically for your family and lifestyle and fill you with positivity and confidence!