Reteach Breech Workshop for Birth Professionals
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
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 was trained through DONA International, the world's first and largest doula certifying organization. I feel honored and privileged to be a part of women's most vulnerable seasons and most special days of their lives.
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!
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. $900
This service includes:
Free intital consultation
1-2 prenatal visits to discuss your desires and fears for your birth and practice comfort measures
Acess to a two-hour online childbirth class for dads through www.supportingher.com ($49 value!)
Assistance in developing your birth plans and postpartum plans
Unlimited phone, text, and email support throughout pregnancy and six weeks postpartum
24/7 on-call phone support
Continuous labor support at your home, hospital, and/or birthing center
One hour of support immediately after baby is born
Assistance with initiating breastfeeding
1 postpartum visit to discuss your birth experience, newborn care and breastfeeding issues.
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. $120 for a 4 hour day shift, or $240 for an 6 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.
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. $50.
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