Over the last eight years, Claudia Booker has served over 600 birthing women in the Washington D.C. area, and works in several other capacities. She is certified as a doula through DONA and ICTC, a La Leche League certified breastfeeding peer counselor, a CAPPA certified childbirth educator, and, most recently, a Certified Professional Midwife in the state of Virginia. However, she was first an attorney, and now uses her legal skills to remain active in social justice issues in midwifery, serve on D.C.’s Infant and Child Mortality Review Committee, and act as her state’s representative for ICTC. While working as a doula and midwife assistant in 2004, Booker founded a volunteer labor support program at The Family Birth and Health Center. It was the first program of its kind in the area and helps some of the poorest citizens of Washington D.C. The founding of this program earned her the American Association of Birth Centers Community Service Award in 2006. Booker now owns and operates Birthing Hands, L.L.C. Even though she is now a CPM, she continues to offer doula services to her community. Learn more about Claudia and her work at
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