A Growing Belly, LLC
Happily Assisting at the Following Birth Locations:

 

  • Anne Arundel Medical Center

  • Baltimore Washington Medical Center

  • Carroll County General Hospital

  • Frederick Memorial Hospital

  • Frederick Birth Center

  • Greater Baltimore Medical Center

  • Howard County General Hospital

  • Johns Hopkins Bayview

  • Mercy Medical Center

  • Sinai Hospital

  • Special Beginnings Birth Center

  • St. Agnes Hospital

  • Univ. of MD St. Joseph Medical Ctr.

  • University of MD Medical Ctr.

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News Archives

  • 3/10/18 - I'm now booked for doula clients for May, June, July, August, and September. I still have openings for April, and October and beyond!
     

  • 2/24/18 - Happy 16th birthday to the little guy who made me a Mom and a Doula!

 

2017
 

  • 9/21/17 - After a great summer off, helping my parents move (40 years in one house = a lot of stuff!) and visits with my family, I am now accepting Doula and Placenta clients again! Bring on the babies!! 
     

  • 5/7/17 - Took an amazing workshop today! Comfort Touch for Doulas! Happy to have lots of good massage techniques in my bag of tricks!
     

  • 1/2/17 - Such a busy few months! Lots of Mommas helped, a Spinning Babies Workshop and a handful of new babies! Happy New Year!
     

2016
 

  • 8/3/16 - Home Birth After Cesareans (HBAC's) are AMAZING!! What a wonderful, healing, happy experience! This mother ROCKED IT! Congrats to my strong, amazing, wonderful HBAC Momma on the birth of her baby today! Welcome little one! It was an honor to be there to serve you all.
     

  • 6/20/16 - A Growing Belly, LLC has moved to Hunt Valley! Now 20 minutes closer to the Towson area hospitals and closer to many of my clients!

2015
 

  • 6/12/15 - Happy Summer! School's out and AGROwing Belly, LLC is relocating! Now in Northern Baltimore County, happy to serve all the same areas as when I was in Westminster.
     

  • 4/23/15 - I've been published! Go read my first article for Mothering.com! 
    http://www.mothering.com/articles/benefits-placenta-encapsulation/
     

  • 4/16/15 - Testimonial just received: "I am so happy that my husband talked me into hiring a doula. I am 100% certain that my birth story would be very different if you were not there to support me throughout labor."

     

  • 3/8/15 - I'm DONA recertified! Good through 2018!!

2014

  • 9/8/14 - WHhheeeewww! 6 placentas in 4 days! I'm beat! Learn more about the benefits of Placenta Encapsulation!
     

  • 8/18/14 - AWESOME birth!! So proud of these parents! Nice work! Welcome little guy!
     

  • 8/13/14 - Welcome Big BOY! So thrilled to meet you! Welcome to the party! Your parents and siblings patiently waited for you!
     

  • 7/3/14 - So proud of clients who have hard decisions to make and make the right choice for themselves and their babies. Welcome little one! We are happy you are here!
     

  • 6/29/14 - Back from an AMAZING trip to Disneyland with my family! Thanks to all the babies who patiently waited for me to get back!
     

  • 5/27/14 - 11 years and my first set of twins! Welcome ladies! Congrats to your Mom and Dad who ROCKED IT! 
     

  • 2/26/14 - The video from my WBAL TV Interview has finally been posted on their website!
     

  • 2/25/14 - Welcome WBAL Visitors! I'm glad that you are here to learn more about Placenta Encapsulation! 
     

  • 2/17/14 - Got word today that I will be on the news VERY SOON - within the next week! Stay tuned for more information!
     

  • 2/14/14 - Happy Valentines Day to all my families. Sending you love!
     

  • 1/29/14 - What a beautiful Home Birth! Welcome little ORB! AWESOME Job Momma on your hard earned 2HBA3C! I knew you could do it!
     

  • 1/14/14 - Such an exciting day! So excited to share what happened today,... but I can't. Not just yet. Once I know when it's going to be public, I'll shout it from the rooftops!! SO EXCITED!

 

2013

 

  • 12/31/13 - Happy #51 to my dear, sweet husband! Happy New Year!
     

  • 12/25/13 - Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate!
     

  • 12/12/13 - Welcome MRC! Congrats to repeat and very special clients on an AWESOME VBAC at Mercy Hospital! Dr. Perkins was wonderful! My co-doula (no longer a student in my mind!) Dani was a huge help. Great birth!!!
     

  • 11/12/13 - With great thanks to Tami Huber, today I finally start my Tupler Technique Diastasis Rehab class! I'm very excited to learn more about this so that I can explain to all my postpartum Mommas how to Lose your Mommy Tummy! And, well, after 11 years, it's probably time I lose mine too :)
     

  • 10/19/2013 - My son and I are off today to go volunteer for the Message of Hope Foundation at the Baltimore Hope Factory. We will help to fill 2000+ "Happy Hope Bags" for children undergoing treatment in various Baltimore hospitals.
     

  • 10/15/13 - Happy Birthday to my amazing sister Jayme!
     

  • 9/29/2013 - Come visit the Baltimore Placenta Benefits Placenta Encapsulators today at the Maryland Birth Network's Birth, Bellies, Babies Expo, 11-4 at the Baltimore Youth Initiative Academy (formerly the Waldorf School).
     

  • 9/11/2013 - Missing you Lizz.
     

  • 9/8/2013 - Off to Gena Kirby's Rebozo Certification class with my Student Doula, Dani, and my doula friends, Deanna, Courtney, Luki, Evelyn, and more! I'm hoping to learn more about this ancient Mexican multifunction tool used in labor to assist the mother into various positions and for relaxation.
     

  • 8/5/13 - Taking a little bit of a breather. Time for a little summer vacation.
     

  • 7/30/13 - Welcome little VD! Welcome little one! Thanks so much for waiting until your doula was finished with settlement on her house and waiting until your Daddy and I could be there! You are very courteous!
     

  • 7/4/13 - Happy 4th of July! If anyone needs me, I'll be white water rafting with my sister. GRIN!
     

  • 6/14/13 - Welcome BAP! Arrived in the middle of a crazy storm, you stormed into your parent's hearts!
     

  • 5/18/13 - Welcome KRP! Such a great birth. Mommy and Daddy knew just what they wanted and needed. I was so happy to be able to support them in their wishes.
     

  • 3/2/13 - Welcome ESM! 31 hours of labor support! Wow!
     

  • 1/24/13 - 5 Placenta Encapsulations in 5 Days! WHEEWW! WOW! Word is FINALLY getting out that PE can really help a brand new mom recover from birth and have a happier postpartum period. Avoid those Baby Blues!!
     

  • 1/18/13 - Welcome to AWW! Such a big boy!! Congrats to his Mommy and Daddy for a wise and smart birth.

 

2012

 

  • 12/31/12 - Happy 50th to my wonderful hubby!
     

  • 12/27/12 - Today I want to welcome a very special baby, QMS - born on her Daddy's birthday! Congratulations to my cousin and cousin-to-be! She's gorgeous and I can't wait to watch her grow!
     

  • 12/24/12 - In all my years of doula-ing, I've been waiting for a Christmas Eve baby! Welcome NDB! It was such a pleasure to meet you and take your pictures. I wish your Daddy could have physically been there, but thank goodness for Skype - he was, all the way from Afghanistan!
     

  • 11/22/12 - You know what I'm thankful for? My awesome clients. From my doula clients, birth photography clients, to my placenta encapsulation clients, you are all amazing and I am so thankful to have had the chance to play a part in the birth of your children.
     

  • 11/13/12 - Welcome NBR!! It was an absolute honor to get to capture your birth images for your parents! So much fun to do Birth Photography! I'm hooked!
     

  • 10/19/12 - Welcome BCM! WOW were you in a hurry to get here! My first [unintentional] home birth! Way to catch Daddy!!! 
     

  • 10/2/12 - Welcome little AM! You were in such a hurry to arrive, you must have BIG things to do in your lifetime! What an honor it has been to sit with your family in the last week. Love you and your family!
     

  • 9/8/12 - Look at how fancy I am!! I figured out how to display my lending library online! Check it out! All my clients have access to each of these materials - for free!
     

  • 9/3/12 - A Doula's Favorite Holiday! Happy Labor Day everyone!
     

  • 9/1/12 - It's here!! I have a SQUARE! If you want to do on the spot credit card payments, I can do it now!
     

  • 8/13/12 - My dear friend Jodi Selander was on Fox5 News This Morning in Las Vegas! A worthwhile 5 minute watch!
     

  • 8/12/12 - Packing again - this time for a real vacation; off to visit my sister! Email me if you need me! 
     

  • 7/30/12 - So many SMART mommies! Avoiding the Baby Blues using Placenta Encapsulation!! LOVING it.
     

  • 7/26/12 - I'm home! All you ladies who were "holding in those babies" until I got back... it's go time! Also, I had a BLAST at the DONA International Conference - learned a TON! I am now officially certified to use Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) in labor. This hand-held battery-operated device transmits mild electrical impulses through the skin to stimulate nerve fibers. It is a safe, non-drug method of pain relief during labor!
     

  • 7/14/12 - Getting packed to leave for the DONA International Conference, where I will be supporting my friend and colleague Jodi Selander who will be presenting her work "Effects of Postnatal Human and Maternal Placentophagy: Mothers' Experiences with Placentophagy". If you need me from 7/17/12 - 7/26/12, send me an email.
     

  • 7/6/12 - Welcome COR! Your Mommy had a gorgeous birth with a terrific Midwife at Sinai! So glad I could help greet you!
     

  • 7/1/12 - Backup Doula to the rescue! So honored to help out my dear friend Tina Overton (an awesome childbirth educator by the way!) with a birth last night. Welcome to little OLD! Beautiful Birth! Thanks to the Derecho, Special Beginnings was without power; it was a lovely birth at Anne Arundel Medical Center.
     

  • 6/22/12 - Welcome to MMM! There's nothing better than a repeat client. This birth was even better than her first! And if you haven't seen Mercy's New Family Childbirth and Children's Center then you are missing something special! WOW. Pretty amazing. The fantastic Midwife assisted her so that she could birth in the tub!
     

  • 6/1/12 - WOW! I just spent the last 9 hours with Elaine Stillerman, LMT - author and massage therapist trainer. She has SO much information and knowledge. I am loving the "MotherMassage ®: Massage during Pregnancy" class at Baltimore School of Massage!!! I hope to complete the certification by November 2012.
     

  • 5/30/12 - I just signed up for the DONA International Conference! I'm so thrilled to be able to attend, and to help represent Placenta Benefits.info. My friend and mentor, Jodi Selander, will be presenting "Effects of Postnatal Human and Maternal Placentophagy: Mothers' Experiences with Placentophagy". I can't wait to be surrounded by so many other "Birth-aholics"!
     

  • 5/5/12 - This Full Moon is keeping me hopping! 2 Placenta Encapsulations, 2 Prenatals, and waiting on the arrival of 2 babies!! BUSY, BUSY! (Also, Happy, Happy!)
     

  • 4/26/12 - Took the leap today!! I have just joined the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers(birthphotographers.com)! I am now offering Birth Photography packages for a limited time at 50% off. The caveat - I need a portfolio! Let me know if you are interested in this limited time offer.
     

  • 4/22/12 - Officially back on call again! So excited to meet my next baby. I'm now booked through Mid-September 2012 for Doula work, however I am always accepting Birth Photography and Placenta Encapsulation clients!
     

  • 4/18 - 4/21/12 - I'll be unavailable for a few days, gum surgery : ( 
     

  • 4/8/12 - So Many Smart Mommas! Placenta Encapsulations are really catching on! 6 in the last 4 weeks! Thanks January Jones!
     

  • 2/29 - 3/8/12 - If you need me, I'll be on my belated honeymoon! Thankfully, I have no Mommas in labor and my PE clients are ready to freeze... I'll be on The Rock Boat if you need me!
     

  • 2/24/12 - Happy 10th Birthday to my BIG Boy! To the light of my life, and my reason for being a doula, Happy Birthday ETS!
     

  • 1/21/12 - Taking a look at the books... wondering where are all the February babies? I have no placenta clients in February at all!? Also, I am now booked for doula work for May, June, and August 2012. I'm still available for April and July!
     

  • 1/14/12 - Helped another Momma in Harford County today! So glad to be working with another specialist soon-to-be in training who will be assisting with the North East side of town! As soon as she's ready, I'll announce who she is ;)
     

  • 1/3/12 - Happy New Year! 3 Placenta encapsulations in the last 4 days! I hereby announce that 2012 is the year of the placenta!
     

2011

 

  • 12/23/11 - Spent the morning with a Chinese Family taking care of their placenta. I believe they taught me more about Traditional Chinese Medicine and Cures than I thought possible! WOW. So interesting!
     

  • 12/21/11 - Been looking forward to this day for a long time! Graduation Day! Now that I am finished my Masters, I'm much more available for my birth work. This makes me very happy!
     

  • 11/28/11 - Helping a mother today feel better after the birth of her 4th baby! 
     

  • 11/10/11 - I will be presenting "Exploring the Benefits of Placenta for Postpartum Recovery" at the ICAN of Baltimore's Monthly Meeting on Thursday, 11/10/11 at 7pm at the Butler Volunteer Fire Department. Come learn more! 
     

  • 11/07/11 - Due to some life changes and my Graduate Degree completion schedule, I will be accepting new Doula clients starting in April 2012. Placenta Encapsulations, and Maternity and Newborn Photo Sessions as always, are welcome anytime.
     

  • 11/05/11 - Spent the morning training a new PBi-Trained Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, Carmen Calvo! Carmen will be helping me with encapsulations in Baltimore City!! I'm SO thankful to have the help! I've been busy!
     

  • 10/29/11 - Headed (through the snow?!) to Stewartstown, PA to help a smart momma of 5 (WOW!) Avoid the Baby Blues! 
     

  • 9/24/11 - I'll be hosting a Placenta Encapsulation both at Maryland Birth Network's Bellies, Birth, Babies Expo today if anyone needs me! Stop by and see me!
     

  • 8/2/2011 - Off to do another Placenta Encapsulation! Bye bye Baby Blues!
     

  • 8/1/2011 - Due to some life changes and my Graduate Degree completion schedule, I will be accepting new Doula clients starting Mid-Summer of 2012. Placenta Encapsulations, as always, are welcome anytime.
     

  • 7/20/2011 - Off to Carlisle, PA to help another brand new mom avoid the baby blues!
     

  • 7/7/2011 - Such a cute baby! And a very smart Momma. I hope I helped her have a wonderful postpartum babymoon!
     

  • 6/14/2011 - LDS Doula Services/AGROwing Belly, LLC. is currently on hiatus and will be "closed" from June 14th through July 5th for my wedding and familymoon! If you are due during this time and have made previous arrangements for me to help you with placenta encapsulation, put it in the freezer and call me anyhow! 
     

  • 3/13/2011 - Welcome to the world little JGD! A beautiful 7lb, 9oz. little boy was born today! Momma had a completely unmedicated natural birth, just the way she and her husband had planned. Many thanks to my Student Doula, Arabella for assisting me.
     

  • 2/24/2011 - Happy birthday to the light of my life... You've made me who I am. 9 Years ago today you made me a mother and inspired me to become a doula. I love you with all my heart. Love, Mommy. 
     

  • 2/14/2011 - Happy Valentine's Day! May your hearts be filled with love and joy. Mine certainly is!!
     

  • 2/12/2011 & 2/13/2011 - What a weekend!!! I got to spend the weekend with my Doula-In-Training, Arabella at Katie Daily's DONA Doula Workshop in Washington, DC. It was great to spend the weekend with many young, excited, new doulas. I feel revitalized and learned a few things as well! Recertification through 2015 is nearly complete!
     

  • 2/11/2011 - Another smart Momma requested my help with postpartum depression. Did you know that placenta encapsulation is something you can proactively do to help you during those first few weeks of new motherhood?
     

  • 2/4/2011 - Off to help another brand new Momma Avoid the Baby Blues!!
     

  • 1/24/2011 - Welcome to GCS! Having been friends with your parents for several years now, I was honored and blessed to get to see you enter this world. We are so happy you are here! Congrats to W&NS, and big sister LS! Your brother is adorable!
     

  • 1/15/2011 - Welcome little LGG! I was honored to meet your brother and now I get to meet you! What a spectacular entry - 9lbs 3oz and 2 1/2 hours in labor?! Your Mother is AMAZING! Congrats to the whole family!
     

  • 1/10/2011 - My own doula told me once that there was nothing better than having one of your own clients come back to you to ask how to become a doula, like I did with my doula after my son was born. I just found out that she's absolutely right. I will be taking on ANOTHER doula apprentice in 2012, this one is a past doula client! What an honor!
     

  • 1/8/2011 - This year I will be helping a new Doula earn her wings! Welcome to my Doula-in-Training, Arabella Crawford. Arabella will be looking for training births to use for certifications, so if you are interested and due in March, April, May or June 2011, please let me know! DONA Doulas need to attend 3 births in order to be certified.
     

  • 1/1/2011 - Happy New Year!! SO many exciting things happening this year! Stay tuned!

 

 

2010

 

  • 12/24/2010 - Tonight it almost happened... I always worried about getting "the call" on Christmas, and tonight it came! Baby was just testing Momma though. No labor today. Did you know being dehydrated can cause early contractions?
     

  • 12/17/2010 - Off to set up a Maternity/Newborn Photography display at Simply Born's new offices in Hampstead, MD! Stop by to see my work!
     

  • 11/21/2010 - Happy Birth Day to my Mom, Again! It's my Birthday this time! Thanks for laboring with me for 11 hours Mom! Love you!
     

  • 10/15/2010 - Happy Birth Day to my Mom! While it's actually my Sister's Birthday, it was truely my Mom's Day of Birth. My sister was 11lbs, 1oz. Back labor and no medications. GO MOM! Happy 29th Jayme! ;)
     

  • 9/6/2010 – Happy Labor Day!! It’s a doula’s favorite holiday. I currently have openings for doula clients in September and October. If you are due in any other months, please contact me anyway as I am starting to take on a few more clients. I am booked for December, January and early February already thanks to those wonderfully romantic snow storms we had last winter ; ) I love Blizzard Babies! Have a great holiday weekend!
     

  • 9/2/2010 – Off to do another Placenta Encapsulation for a smart and happy Momma! Learn how you can Avoid the Baby Blues!
     

  • 8/31/2010 – Thinking of someone special today and the impact he had on this world for the very short time he was here. Love to you LHO and to your family... 
     

  • 8/30/2010 – Happy last day of summer Carroll County Students! Enjoy every last wonderful minute!!
     

  • 8/29/2010 – Welcome little PAP! My first birth at UMD Med Ctr. MP you did so well and I am so proud of you and PP! Back to back contractions and you handled them beautifully! You new little one is GORGEOUS! I'm so honored that I could be there for you all!
     

  • 8/22/2010 - What a busy summer! My sister was here, my mom had double knee replacement surgery (I think I’m now a certified Knee-Doula!), and my fiancé had major eye surgery at Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institue. I took some time for a short visit to the beach with my son, and saw some great concerts (John Butler Trio, Dave Matthews Band, Pat McGee Band, Toad the Wet Sprocket). The house move is almost complete and with that comes a name change for LDS Doula Services, soon to be operating as AGROwing Belly, LLC. Just getting ready for my wedding and my new name, Lauren Agro!
     

  • 8/20/2010 – Happy 2nd Birthday to my amazing niece in Idaho! 
     

  • 8/14/2010 – Moving, Moving, Moving!
     

  • 8/12/2010 – Packing, Packing, Packing!
     

  • 8/9/2010 – Met a great new client today. She is due on 8/31!! It’s never too late to call or hire a doula.
     

  • 6/30/2010 – My fiancé and I settled on a house today!! I will be moving from Westminster to Westminster sometime this August. If you are delivering at Carroll County General Hospital, I will be able to get there now in under 4 minutes!
     

  • 5/29/2010 – Another Placenta Encapsulation for another client today! Herzlichen Glückwunsch mutta!
     

  • 5/14/2010 – Off to do another Placenta Encapsulation for a local area yoga instructor!
     

  • 5/2/2010 – Ah the power of old friends. Had a great reunion with some wonderful old friends in Morgantown, WV this past weekend. It’s been 15 years and it seems like I only left them yesterday…

 

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