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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 black and brown families. It is a blessing and a privilege to serve families during this intimate period in your life. 

Vanessa Hanible, She/Her/Hers

Vanessa on a bench looking up at the camera.

I have spoken with moms groups, yoga training students, perinatal counseling interns, and have been featured on 2 podcasts about the benefits of having a doula. 

I collaborated in planning the Annual DMV Perinatal Mental Health Symposium in 2020 & 2021. 

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

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 was, 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 my journey through life. 

Since 2015, I have served clients as a Birth and Postpartum Doula. In 2021, I became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). I have served 65 clients having vaginal births after caesarean (VBAC)  planned/unplanned C-sections, vaginal medicated and unmedicated births. I have attended birth at all hospitals inside the beltway.


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 taught me how to provide support to folks during stressful or challenging times. 


I LOVE reading, corny jokes, traveling and spending time with my family and friends. I am a DC transplant, arriving here in 2014. I am a Midwest girl, born and raised in Michigan. 


To see Vanessa's availability and client reviews


  • Perinatal Community Health Worker, 2015- Mamatoto Village

  • Train the Trainer Perinatal Mood Disorders/Anxiety, 2017- Mary's Center

  • Certified Lactation Counselor, 2018- Healthy Children's Project

  • Facilitated Attunement Interactions, 2018-Erickson Institute

  • Growing Great Kids, 2018- Great Kids, Inc. 

  • Perinatal Mood Disorders/Anxiety, 2018- Postpartum Support International

  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss (PAIL), 2021-Nneka Hall

  • Spinning Babies, 2021

  • Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST), 2023

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