It's 2007. Lacey found herself teaching English in North Philadelphia, bustling back and forth between the southside and her students in the north. Young woman after young woman trickled into her classroom when they found themselves at a critical crossroads. That, she'll tell you, is where her journey began. Pregnant, afraid, and in high school in Philadelphia is a challenging place to be. That's when Lacey came in. Her nonjudgmental support afforded her students a safe haven from their own network of peers and family members who weren't ready to provide the same environment. A passionate and driven member in the doula industry, Lacey's natural affinity for guiding and comforting families continues to flourish in her career as a professional certified doula and serves as a reminder of the importance of unbiased support during pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum period.
Working with the young Philadelphia women both broke and built Lacey's heart, and soon, her business. She completed her first doula training in 2012 and has since served hundreds of families both as a Certified Labor Doula and Postpartum and Infant Care Doula. From a foundation of service, she built. Motivated to own her own practice, she founded Hampton Roads Doulas, where her personal business philosophies on sustainability, success, and compassionate care in the profession are at the forefront of each decision she makes. Each member of her team shares the same goals and approach to family-first care throughout the entire childbirth process.
A lauded advisor, teacher, and public speaker, Lacey has taught myriad classes for nurses, doctors, and other members of the medical team from Langley Air Force Base to Riverside Regional Medical Center. Public speaking helps her forge positive relationships between her company and the local medical system’s providers, enabling better understanding between families and the medical team that serves them. This proactive approach to childbirth and the postpartum experience continues as she builds and nurtures these relationships in her community.
In 2018, Lacey took her business one step further by joining the Training and Development team of ProDoula, a doula training and certification organization. She earned a position as a Labor Doula and Infant Feeding Specialist trainer, and brought imperative expertise to her trainees around the world. While some doulas either practice or preach, Lacey believes that doing both continues her mission of supporting families by sending out qualified, trained professionals into the birth field.
Lacey brings with her a compassion and understanding that helps new parents flourish throughout the childbirth experience. As a previous client has noted in a review, "She has clearly been doing this long enough that she can get a feel for what someone needs, even if they are not sure themselves what that may be."
Hampton Roads Doulas in Virginia still flourishes. Since 2014, Lacey has expanded her team, establishing Doulas of Los Angeles in California. She lives in the quiet town of Rescue, Virginia, with her husband, Mike, their dog Rita, and two excitable rabbits. She is ready to welcome anyone at any point during their birth and parenting or birth professional journey.
ProDoula Training & Development Team
Infant Feeding Specialist Trainer
Labor Doula Trainer
Postpartum & Infance Care Doula Trainer
Certified Infant Feeding Specialist
Certified Labor Doula
Certified Postpartum & Infant Care Doula
Postpartum Placenta Specialist, Pre-Certified
Birth Really Matters Conference, 2014
Dr. Sears Wellness Institute
Certified Health Coach
Certified Birth Doula
Work & Projects
Trainer, ProDoula Certification
In 2018, Lacey became a member of the Training and Development Team of ProDoula. As a long-time member of the organization, she wanted to give back all that she had received. Traveling around the country, Lacey trains birth professionals and the like to become Infant Feeding Specialists. This training is the first step to receiving that certification. Find her travel schedule at the ProDoula website.
Owner, Hampton Roads Doulas & Doulas of Los Angeles
As the proud owner of these elite doula agencies, Lacey works to bring professional, compassionate care to families in Virginia And California. At each company, we pay honor to those families who have birthed before us and help create memorable experiences for families to cherish. By establishing trusting and compassionate relationships with our clients, we are able to provide support throughout the birth and postpartum experiences.
Founder, This Is Infertility
The development of this personal project stemmed from Lacey's personal experience of an infertility diagnosis. She saw the need for a space for people to share their story, allowing others to learn about this process and better be able to provide support to loved ones. Through this storytelling, the dialogue surrounding infertility is improving. Together, we grow in understanding and compassion for the 1 in 8 enduring infertility.
Founder, Hampton Roads Birth Expo
We are the premier annual event that connects Hampton Roads’ women and families with a diverse group of local businesses, organizations, and support networks. We will provide expectant families and new parents education on pregnancy, birth, and all things ‘parenting’ in the early childhood years. This event includes mini educational workshops as well as a lecture from a renowned professional in the industry.