Mother Love Birth

THE WAY YOU BIRTH MATTERS

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What is a Doula?

Think of a doula as a personal trainer for birth. As a personal trainer helps you attain fitness goals, a doula helps you achieve your birth goals. A doula provides continuous physical and emotional support for women and their partners before, during and after labor. They provide information, reassurance, and suggest comfort measures.

Doulas work with a variety of birth plans, from natural and unmedicated, to elective cesarean sections and everything in between. 

Studies have shown that women who have doula support tend to have shorter labors, less interventions, decreased rates of forceps delivery and cesarean section, higher newborn Apgar scores, decreased rates of postpartum  depression, and fewer breastfeeding issues. Doulas are a valuable, evidence-based member of the birth care team!

 

"If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it" — Dr. John H. Kennell

Evidence Based Birth found that mother who use doulas have:

  • 31% decrease in the use of Pitocin

  • 28% decrease in the risk of Cesarean

  • 12% increase in the likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth

  • 9% decrease in the use of any medications for pain relief (like an epidural)

  • 14% decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery

  • 34% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience

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Giving birth can be the most empowering experience of a lifetime

Ina May Gaskin

 
 
 
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Meet the doula

I'm Robin and I am a doula and midwifery student serving Alpharetta, Cumming, John's Creek, and surrounding communities. My goal is to provide holistic support through pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum period.

Birth is a rite of passage and there is no one "right" way to do it! Women deserve to know their options, have enough information to make these important decisions, and to receive unwavering support for their choices. My mission is that every woman feel loved, supported, and respected during their birth experience.

I have been married for 11 years and have 3 children. I have experience in various birth settings--hospital, birth center, and home birth. I have attended and assisted natural, unmedicated births, inductions, elective cesareans, VBACs, water birth, and high risk pregnancies. Helping mamas is my passion!

When I was pregnant with my first I was young and scared. I was treated like a child and belittled, coerced, and made to feel like pregnancy was a dangerous illness and I had no options. Unfortunately my second pregnancy was much like the first.

While educating myself for the birth of third baby, I was determined to find information that was evidence-based to make decisions for my birth and what was best for my baby. I was shocked and angered that I wasn't ever told my options for a better birth experience. I realized during this time that if I couldn’t find this information, other moms were probably having a hard time too.

This is the reason I dove into guiding families to having empowering births of their own. So many times, I speak with pregnant people who are frustrated and wishing they knew more. Whether giving birth for the first time or planning the next, do not find yourself falling into the maternity care system without information and an ally.

 

SERVICES

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Pregnancy Coaching

Pregnancy coaching is perfect for those seeking assistance navigating pregnancy and planning for birth who do not need physical support at the birth. This package includes everything the birth doula package except the actual birth support. $700

This service includes:

  • Free initial consultation

  • Support, advice, and mentoring from a certified expert in the field

  • Prenatal phone calls to build a trusting relationship and discuss your desires and fears for your birth

  • Assistance in developing your birth plans and postpartum plans

  • 24/7 support during pregnancy, birth, and six weeks postpartum

  • Texting and e-mail support to answer quick questions and concern and reduce your fear

  • Phone call support for unexpected emergencies or complicated concerns

  • Evidence-based information to help you make informed decisions

  • Rebozo instruction prenatally

  • Texting during early labor with encouragement and comfort suggestions

  • Help avoiding unnecessary interventions

  • Postpartum phone call to discuss your birth experience, newborn care and breastfeeding issues.

  • Referral to other resources as needed

Birth Doula

A birth doula  provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother and her partner before, during and after birth. Doulas have a wealth of information to help parents, and can assist clients in  private and public hospitals, birth clinics, and at home births. Free initial consultation to ask questions and get to know each other.  $1,200

This service includes:

  • Free initial consultation

  • Support and advice from a certified expert in the field

  • Prenatal visits to build a trusting relationship and discuss your desires and fears for your birth

  • Assistance in developing your birth plans and postpartum plans

  • 24/7 support during pregnancy, birth, and six weeks postpartum

  • Texting and e-mail support to answer quick questions and concern and reduce your fear

  • Phone call support for unexpected emergencies or complicated concerns

  • Evidence-based information to help you make informed decisions

  • Rebozo instruction prenatally

  • Incorporation of dad or partner into the labor and birthing process

  • Texting during early labor with encouragement and comfort suggestions

  • Continuous labor support at your home, hospital, and/or birthing center once you are ready

  • No time limit on labor support

  • Help avoiding unnecessary interventions

  • One hour of support immediately after baby is born

  • Assistance with initiating breastfeeding

  • Postpartum visit to discuss your birth experience, newborn care and breastfeeding issues.

  • Referral to other resources as needed

 
 

Postpartum Doula

A postpartum doula offers non-medical physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother, her partner, and the rest of the family as they adjust to the addition of a new family member. Postpartum doulas are very common in other parts of the world, and have been shown to help with parental satisfaction and maternal mood disorders.  $150 for a 4 hour day shift, or $400 for an 8 hour night shift.

This service includes:

  • Non-judgmental emotional and physical support as you adjust to the new baby

  • Evidence-based information and on a variety of postpartum and newborn care topics

  • Assistance in preparation of nutritious meals and snacks

  • Tips, troubleshooting and support for breastfeeding, pumping, and bottle feeding your new baby

  • Assistance with physical recovery from birth

  • Identifying local resources and providing referrals to address specific issues

  • Help to develop a rhythm so both partners get their needs met: sleep, shower, eat, etc.

 

Lactation Consult

 I am currently training to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Breastfeeding is a natural process, but that doesn't mean it always comes natural right away! Breastfeeding can be hard the first few weeks, especially for new moms. Lactation consultants help moms overcome issues with breastfeeding. $150.

This service includes:

  • An in-home consultation and assessment of breastfeeding

  • Tips, tricks, and positions for more effective breastfeeding sessions

  • Prevention and treatment options for engorgement and mastitis

  • Weighing baby before and after a feeding

 
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I encourage all my mamas to check out the Mama natural Course—the best online natural childbirth education course!

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