Lamaze DC Chapter is a nonprofit organization with a mission is to promote normal, natural, healthy and fulfilling childbearing experiences through education, advocacy and reform.

Our Services

Serving Washington, DC, Northern Virginia, and Southern Maryland

Our Services

Serving Washington, DC, Maryland,  and Northern Virginia

Our Teachers

Tory Asfahani MPH, LCCE

Springfield, VA

Tory Asfahani received her Masters Degree in Maternal and Child Public Health from Tulane University. She became a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator in 2009 and has been teaching childbirth classes with DC Lamaze ever since. Tory currently teaches classes in the comfort of her home and is a mother to three young children who enjoy helping her prepare for class each week. She loves being an educator and is proud to be able to support families during this very exciting time in their lives.

See Tory’s Interview in NurtureRight to learn more about her!

Amy Bookwalter, CLD, CD, LCCE

Manassas, VA

Amy has been a labor doula for over 30 years. She is also a certified childbirth educator and doula trainer. She is happily married to Rick since 1984 and has 9 wonderful children – 8 sons and 1 daughter. Amy has had a passion for pregnant and laboring moms since she was in high school.

As a Physical Therapist Assistant, Amy brings her past medical training to help moms have a more comfortable and enjoyable pregnancy, labor and delivery. She also brings her personal experience of her own nine deliveries and her labor doula training to help make a difference.

She is certified through CAPPA, DONA International, and Lamaze International. She is also a certified peanut ball trainer.

Shelly Matthews BS of Ed, LCCE

Bowie, MD

Shelly Matthews has been an instructor with DC Lamaze for over 15 years and says it’s the best part-time job she’s ever had!  She enjoys giving expectant families an educational, interactive and balanced approach to learning in her one day Lamaze Prepared Childbirth Classes.  She does her best to keep current with changes in birth practices, likes to sprinkle her classes with a bit of humor and makes sure to leave time for practice sessions and questions. Shelly teaches full time and resides in Bowie, MD with her family.

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Washington, DC Metro Area




Serving the entire Washington, DC Metro Region Including: Arlington, Ashburn, Fairfax, Frederick, Herndon, Jefferson Loudoun, Montgomery, Prince George's, Prince William, Alexandria, Bethesda, Falls Church, Gaithersburg, Leesburg, Lovettsville, Manassas, Manassas Park, Reston, Rockville, Silver Spring