It takes a village to raise a child. I would love to be your "extended family". 💚
“A mother is always the beginning. She is how things begin.” – Amy Tan
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A doula can be of assistance to you and your family by providing education (regarding childbirth & breastfeeding), birth plans, emotional, mental, and physical support during labor, and after birth. In addition to providing you with any additional resources to further support and meet your individual needs.
1) I am proficient with how to maneuver safely & utililze evidence based knowledge & skill set within the healthcare setting. Taking in considersation you/family, the environment and your healthcare team staff.
2) I am attentive. I pay great detail to non-verbal cimmunication and respond accordingly. (Essential in the 3rd stage of labor. When verbal communication can be lost or suppressed.)
3) I'm a go-getter. I am going to care for you and your family. As I care for those I love dearly; and trust, I go hard for mine. I am your trusted EXTENDED FAMILY.
My goal as a prenatal, birth & postpartum doula, and certified breastfeeding counselor is to ensure you have the confidence, comfort, and support needed to make informed decisions; to promote advocacy during your birthing experience. So that you have a memorable unbiased birthing experience driven by your individualized birthing goals.
My name is Bri. I am a registered nurse with 20+ years of nursing experience in the areas of NICU-neonatal intensive care unit, Pediatrics, and Pediatric & Adult Operating Room. I have attended numerous vaginal and c-section births as a nurse, patient advocate, and doula. I was born at 26 weeks, weighing 2 pounds and 13 ounces. I am a mother of three wonderful children. I am family oriented, empathetic, patient, and an attentive individual.
**Certified Birth Doula, Certified Breastfeeding Counselor, and Postpartum Doula trained.
My reasons for transitioning from a full time registered nurse to a full spectrum doula are no different from me choosing to be a nurse. Being sick and in the hospital or throughout pregnancy, can create a space of vulnerability If you don't understand the medical terminology, too physically weak or nervous/fearful to ask questions to the medical team aka "white coat syndrome", or no family support. As a nurse I am trustworthy, a source of comfort, a patient advocate, and support needed for one to get through a vulnerable time.
As a doula, I aim to be the calm during the transition into motherhood. I am a source of support for you while you self advocate. I create a safe and friendly place for my clients and families to be vulnerable and ask questions without fear or judgement. I also provide education were needed to aid in strengthening one's advocacy. As well as acting as a caring, nurturing, and attentive companion during an extremely exciting, yet unpredictable moment in life.
My desire is that women of color shall no longer be shunned or ignored. When utilizing their rights or expressing their beliefs, feelings, and morals during pregnancy/labor. But honored as other non-colored women are.
To empower women of color through education. To provide a solid support system, during a somewhat stressful time/transition. To facilitate client self-advocacy with confidence throughout pregnancy and transitioning into parenthood. Allowing the client to enjoy "their" birthing/parenting experience as they desire, guided by evidence based practice.
Duration of labor, epidural & pitocin request, and need of Cesarean Birth (C-section) are reduced when mom /partner are supported by a doula.
93% of families rate their experience with a doula as very positive, 7% rate it as positive. Families report to be thoroughly informed, labor and support efforts were guided & effective, and they were provided support during stressful times of labor. Allowing the support partner to take breaks without leaving the laboring woman alone.
A doula creates a calm environment that meets the needs of the laboring mother such as soothing touch via massage or counter pressure during, words of affirmation, provide water therapy via shower/tub, aiding in positions of comfort, etc.
Tracking you and your baby’s health throughout your pregnancy is vital. conduct a prenatal visit each trimester, after the completion of your 1st trimester, develop an individualized birthing plan, discuss how to address your concerns with your OB/GYN during your appointments, and provide additional resources as needed.
Having a baby should be a positive experience, so my main focus is to create a safe and comfortable environment (via affirmations, massage, labor positions, pain/stress management, etc.) for you and your support system to bring your baby into the world on your terms and begin bonding immediately after birth.
provide postpartum care, to ensure you, your baby, and family are adjusting to life with a new family addition. Which may entail additional breastfeeding support, organization skills for daily tasks, ensuring mom and baby are getting adequate nourishment and rest, babysitting the newborn while mom runs errands, rest, goes out for some "Mommy Me Time".
Pregnancy is WORTH the JOURNEY
“A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, home happier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for.” – Anonymous
2.5 hours of evidence based information via powerpoint, posters, and hands on teaching aids. Upon completion of this class you will know how breastmilk develops, how to initiate breastfeeding, how to identify proper baby lacthing to the breast, and much more.
Assist mothers in preventing and solving breastfeeding difficulties such as sore nipples and low milk supply.
2.5 hours of evidence based information via PowerPoint, posters, and hands on teachings. Upon the completion of this class you will be fully informed and empowered to birth with ease and confidence. To able to consciously and effectively cope through labor and utlilze your support partner and/or doula. As well as be reassured that YOU have what it takes within you, to safely birth your baby into the world.
Labor and Delivery
In person visit at 36 weeks to reconfirm personal birth desires and any needed changes to be made. Provide doula services during labor, up to 2 hours post delivery, a postpartum home visit,
During labor, I will aid to create a warm and inviting birth environment; that embodies a sense of peace, a surrounding of love and endless support via your personal preferencs permitted by your choosen birth place. Utilizing stress management techniques, calm controlled breathing, movement, affirmations, massage, music, aromatherapy, etc. Supporting you as you make informative sound decisions regarding your birth experience and effectively communicate and advocate your needs to your health care team and support partner.
(after hospital discharge or around mom's 6 week check up. (This is already included in Labor and Delivery purchase )
*After hospital discharge:
Discuss mom's physical, mental, and emotional state. Pain and selfcare management. Identify baby feeding, sleeping, and diaper patterns. Discuss baby's 3-5 day check up with pediatrican post hospital discharge. Address areas mom identifies as needing more support in regarding self-care, baby, family support, household organization, etc. Provide additional breastfeeding support as needed.
*Around Mom's 6-week check up:
Discuss mom's physical, mental, and emotional state. Pain and selfcare management. Identify baby feeding, sleeping, and diaper patterns. Address areas mom identifies as needing more support in regarding self-care, baby, family support, household organization, etc. Provide additional breastfeeding support as needed. Accompany mom and baby to mom's 6 week check up or watch baby at family home, while mom attends 6 week check.
Additional Postpartum care
4 hours minimum
Frequency varies daily, weekly, or monthly this is a continuum of care, following a previous initial postpartum visit.
Specifically supporting the individual needs of the client/baby.
2 prenatal visits
2nd Trimester Prenatal Visit (between 16-24weeks)
Discuss mental, emotional, and physical state. Rapport and feedback from OB. How to present any unaswered questions to OB or obtain further information. Desired baby feeding method. Needed baby essentials, Baby safety (CPR, sleep area, outlets, carseat, chilbrith education). Discuss labor pain management and laboring positions. Discuss birth goals/desires. Prepare for advocay during labor. Discuss/establish/strengthen a birth support system.
3rd Trimester Prenatal Visit (between 25-36 weeks)
Discuss mental, emotional, and physical state. Necessary hospital bag contents, carseat installation and checkd by fire department. Help to organize baby's room, help create a calm/warm breastfeeding/bottle feeding area. Organize/create section in kitchen for baby's supplies. Discuss childcare/pet arrangement for older children/pet when labor onsets. How long desire to labor at home and when want doula present (home/hospital). Review signs of labor, what is considered an emergency and 911 is needed. Identify support system. Identify self-care methods/practices. GBS status. Cervical checks preference. Baby test/vaccines prior to hospital discharge. If baby will stay in hospital room or hospital nursery during postpartum stay.
Individualized birth plan
The creation of a birth plan that identifies your specific birth desires for you pregnancy, labor, and postpartum care of you and baby. It will entail if you desire cervical checks during labor, pain management (pharmacological and nonpharmological), the presences of residents during labor is permitted, laboring positions, fetal external monitoring, birth asssisted measures (forceps/vacuum, episiotomy) delayed cord clamping, circumcision, whom will accompany you if a c-section is warranted, postpartum care of you and baby, etc. This birth plan shall be taken with you at time of labor and provided to your healthcare team.
**Pricing and further service details are discussed during consultation **
This postpartum mommy healing package includes 15 essential items that EVERY postpartum mom, needs for healing (ie herbal hygiene self care products, C-section friendly washable pairs of underwear, reusable & multi-purpose environmental friendly hot/cold compress pad, breastfeeding aids). The packaging is actually a waterproof diaper bag, that can be carried by it's handles, as a backpack, or attached to a stroller. It has 3 outside compartments. One side compartment, can hold a water bottle, the other side pocket can store and access a baby wipes or a box of tissues without removing it from the side pocket. And the center compartment is insulated with 3 pouches to store baby's bottles, a mesh pocket, and additional storage space. All further product details are provided when you inquire about an order and prior to an invoice for payment being provided.
**Designated location for pick up will be provided when invoice is paid, if you live in Georgia.**If mailed out of state, additional charges will apply. Please provide mailing address when booking**Order will be received in 2-3weeks from placement of order. Unless otherwise notified
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