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.

  • Your Home!

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A Growing Belly, LLC.
All rights reserved.

Lauren Dawson, CD(DONA), PES(PBi)

Professional Goals


I want to help Parents-to-Be have the birth that empowers them, no matter what methods they chose. I believe in quality, not quantity.  I want to make things easier for people, from websites, to childbirth, to welcoming a new family member.

Professional Statistics


In 17 years of Doula Work, I have...

  • Attended 85+ births

  • Attended births of twins, VBACS, HBACS, inductions, high risk, & cesarean births

  • Attended, without judgement, both medicated, and unmedicated births

  • Worked in both hospitals, birth centers, and home births

  • Spend over 82+ hours at a single birth (I did nap. Home births are lovely!)

  • Missed a birth because the baby came within 45 minutes - start to finish!

  • Assisted 285+ sets of parents with their postpartum recovery

  • Handmade over 25,500+ placenta capsules

  • Driven 10,000+ miles per year to help families

Doula Education/ Experiences


DONA Certified Birth Doula, DONA Trained Postpartum Doula,
DONA International 

2003 - present


As a Certified Doula with DONA International, the largest and most well established doula training and certifying organization. I have been recertified, in good standing since 2003 through July 31, 2021.


I have attended 165+ hours of Doula Training:

  • May 7, 2017, Comforting Touch for Doulas with Yiska Obadia-Gedal

  • September 2016, Spinning Babies Workshop with Tammy Ryan, CD(DONA)

  • March 2015, PlacentaCon: First Annual PlacentaBenefits.info Placenta Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada

  • November 2014, DONA Postpartum Doula Workshop with Jacqueline Kelleher, CD(DONA), PCD(DONA) 

  • July 2014, Blessingway Facilitators Workshop with Nilajah Brown

  • May 2014, Integrative Resuscitation of the Newborn Workshop with Karen Strange

  • September 2013, Rebozo Certification Course with Gena Kirby

  • (A Rebozo is an ancient mexican multifunction tool used in labor to assist the mother into various positions and for relaxation.)

  • July 2012, 18th Annual DONA International Conference, Cancun, Mexico

  • July 2012, DONA TENS Training with Debbie Young

    Read more about TENS in Labor.

  • February 2011, Refresher DONA Doula Workshop with Katie Daily, CD(DONA) 

  • May 2007, Hypnobirthing: The Mongan Method Classes from Irene Thompson, CMT, HBCE

  • February 2003, Lamaze Childbirth Preparation Class at Carroll Hospital Center

  • November 2003, DONA Birth Doula Workshop with Penny Simkin 

  • January 2002, Lamaze Childbirth Preparation Classes at Greater Baltimore Medical Center


PBi Placenta Encapsulator, Placenta Benefits, LTD

2008 - present


I am so thrilled to be offering this service to my clients and others. Helping each woman have the best birth and postpartum experience is my goal. Read more about Placenta Encapsulation and read my story of why I do this.


In order to be a part of Placenta Benefits, I must follow Maryland State Guidelines to operate legally as a private chef. This training teaches standard operating procedures for food safety, and the ability to identify and avoid the causes of food borne illnesses to keep my clients safe:

  • Learn2Serv Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Food Safety Training.

  • Learn2Serv in Food Safety Management Principles.

  • Learn2Serv Food Handler Certification.

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I've taken additional training to ensure my client's utmost safety:

Formal Education


Masters in Human Centered Computing, 
University of Maryland Baltimore County


Studied Information Architecture and Interaction Design,
University of Baltimore


Bachelors of Science in Computer Information Systems,
Florida Metropolitan University (now Everett College)


Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education,
Towson (State) University


Studied Elementary Education,
West Virginia University



High School Diploma,
Maryvale Preparatory School.
(Oh Maryvale, we sing to thee!)
Graduated in 1991

Professional Memberships


  • DONA International

  • DoulaMatch

  • Placenta Benefits, LTD.

  • Maryland Birth Network

  • Maryland Friends of Midwives

  • Maryland Birth Professionals



  • DONA Certified Birth Doula

  • DONA Trained Postpartum Doula

  • Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist & Mentor

  • Rebozo Trained

  • TENS Trained

  • NRP Provider

A Growing Belly, LLC. 

(Formerly LDS Doula Service)

Lauren Dawson, CD(DONA), PES(PBi) 

Certification #2763, applicable through 7/31/2021


Sparks, Maryland 

Telephone: 410.913.7085

Lauren at agrowingbelly.com

2010 - present

2010 - present