WHO WE ARE…
Owners Stephanie Cruse and Brittany Dowell’s collective vision is for Apple Birth & Wellness to reach beyond the traditional offerings of labor and postpartum doula care.
Brittany and Stephanie met at a labor doula training in October 2015, and started business partner dating shortly after. In April of 2016, they decided to officially become business partners. They spent many, many hours hashing out Apple Birth & Wellness at “the office” (aka Northside Social in Clarendon), and have an affinity for cafe au lait and breakfast sandwiches with runny eggs.
Stephanie Cruse, MA
Owner & DoulaIn her past career life, Stephanie’s passion was Latin American Studies and Gender Studies. Prior to owning her own business, she worked in philanthropy from 2006-2014. In 2012, Stephanie had her son and experienced an incredibly challenging time with postpartum depression, and it was hard for her to find non-judgemental support.
So, Stephanie decided that she would open a business to be that kind of support for others going through this rollercoaster time in their lives. She began by certifying as a childbirth educator and yoga instructor, but the best career surprise of her life was becoming a labor doula. She absolutely loves supporting families during childbirth.
Also, an anatomy junkie
Certified Childbirth Educator
Loves teaching group and private classes!
Trained Labor Doula
Owner & DoulaBrittany Dowell has been serving expectant and new families in the Washington, DC area for six years. She currently works as a prenatal yoga teacher and childbirth educator, offering unbiased, professional support to new parents as you navigate making the right choices for your unique family.
After becoming a certified prenatal yoga instructor, she realized that her desire to support new parents during their journey was leading her to a new career in family support, first as a childbirth educator, then as a doula, and now, as a nursing student at George Washington University preparing to become a labor and delivery nurse.
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Adams Morgan, Alexandria, Arlington, Annandale, Bethesda, Brightwood, Brookland, Burke, Capitol Hill, Chevy Chase, Clarendon, College Park, Columbia Heights, Dupont Circle, Fairfax, Falls Church, Foggy Bottom, Fort Totten, Fort Belvoir, Friendship Heights, Glover Park, Georgetown, Hyattsville, Logan Circle, Lorton, McLean, Merrifield, Mount Pleasant, Mt. Rainier, Navy Yard, Oakton, Palisades, Penn Quarter, Petworth, Reston, Rockville, Silver Spring, Springfield, Takoma Park, Tenleytown, Tysons Corner, Vienna, Woodbridge, Woodley Park, and more.