Hello! My Name Is Mary Ghyabi
I was born and raised in Southwest Michigan, but I also spent several wonderful years in the high desert of New Mexico before moving to Northern Virginia. I am the oldest daughter in a family of nine children, which made caring for newborns and babies my first real job!
I am a jack-of-all-trades, and I worked in numerous fields before finally discovering my passion for birth work. Before becoming a doula, I was pursuing a career in the wine industry and had begun training as a sommelier. The doula training that I completed in 2020 completely changed the trajectory of my life. I am overjoyed to have found a career that allows me to serve women and their families during one of the most intimate and powerful experiences of their lives. I am particularly passionate about providing holistic postpartum support to the mother-baby dyad. I am a certified birth and postpartum doula and am also a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC).
When I’m not working, I can usually be found thrift shopping, checking out local coffee shops, or hiking the trails at Lake Fairfax Park. Foreign languages are a passion of mine and I am currently taking Farsi classes. My husband, Mehrdad, and I love to drive out to the mountains in West Virginia whenever we have time off.
Certification & Credentials
Mary's Experience and Education:
DONA Birth Doula Training
Certified Birth Doula- ProDoula
Certified Postpartum Doula- Childbirth International
Certified Placenta Encapsulator- Brilliant Birth Academy
Spinning Babies Certification
Certified Lactation Consultant- The Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice
Birthing from Within Childbirth Educator Training- In Progress