About Wholesome Beginnings



My goal is to educate, strengthen, and help empower families to make informed decisions.  Having support and guidance is vital during the journey to parenthood especially for families of color. It is a blessing and a privilege to serve families during this intimate period in your life. 

Meet Vanessa

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I have spoken with moms groups, yoga training students, perinatal counseling interns, and have been featured on a podcast about the benefits of having a doula. 


I was trained in 2016 to facilitate trainings on Perinatal Mood Disorders & Anxiety.

In 2019, I co-presented on behalf of the DC Breastfeeding Coalition with the United States Breastfeeding Committee at their National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening.

For the past 2 years, I have collaborated in planning the Annual DMV Perinatal Mental Health Symposium. 

Vanessa Hanible is the owner of Wholesome Beginnings, LLC.

I have been fascinated by birth since I was a teenager. I attended my first birth in 2013 with the birth of my baby cousin, Parker. Baby Parker's birth sparked my path supporting families during birth and postpartum. At that time I had no idea what a doula, though I fulfilled that role throughout my cousin's pregnancy and birth. Parker's birth let me know things are not coincidence; it was preparation for my next step in life journey. 

I have served families for 6 years as a Birth and Postpartum Doula. In 2021, I became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). I have served clients having planned/unplanned C-sections, vaginal medicated and unmedicated births. 


I hold a Bachelors degree in Public Health. I am a member of The DC Breastfeeding Coalition. My previous experience as a Certified Nursing Assistant and a Domestic Violence Advocate has taught me how to provide support to folks during stressful or challenging times. 


I enjoy reading, corny jokes, traveling and spending time with my family and friends. I am a DC transplant for the past 7 years. I am a Midwest girl, born and raised in Michigan. 


Pronouns: She/Her


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 Doula is a ancient Greek word meaning women’s servant. Women have been serving others in childbirth for centuries and have proven that support from another woman has a positive impact on the labor process.