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Doulas in Atlanta – How to Hire a Doula

Doulas in Atlanta – How to Hire a Doula

Doulas in Atlanta are growing in popularity and the benefits of hiring a Doula may catch you by surprise.  Kaprice Welsh, CNM of Providence Women’s Healthcare and Shaconna Haley of Inner Light Doula Services have a very enlightened conversation regarding the benefits of Doulas, the support of doulas and how to hire a Doula during your most important time of your pregnancy journey, which is child birth. Sheconna, a veteran Doula of twenty years talks about the importance of education for the family and creating an energetic bond with members of the family that aids in successful births. If you are looking for a Doula in the Atlanta area, here is a snippet of Shaconna’s bio: ​I have over 19 years of experience working with girls and women’s transition and reproductive empowerment and life coaching. As a strategic empowerment consultant, preconception and pregnancy coach, prenatal and birth doula (DONA trained) and researcher on the maternal-child health and reproductive life cycle, I provide prenatal education, childbirth support and transition work for women and families for overall wellness.  I obtained a B.A. in Psychology, M.A. degree in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University and M.A. in Sociology, specializing in sociology of birth.  I combined knowledge of sociological, psychological and development theory with independent study of culture, rites of passage, spiritual healing, empowerment, authoritative voice and life coaching in the conceptualization and creation of Inner Light Holistic Prenatal& Birth Doula Services.   Through InnerLight, I am called to support women and their birth partners with one simple vision: to build a community where women are empowered by the knowledge that their bodies were designed to bring forth life and...
The Revival of Natural Birth – Midwife

The Revival of Natural Birth – Midwife

It is great to see this documentary talk about the history of Granny Midwives in this country and the importance her role was to many communities.  Midwifery is not a new term and having a Midwife is not a new trend.  It was a natural and holistic way to birth a child and before the takeover of the medical industry, it was the only way a child was born.  The Granny Midwives featured in this video were loved and respected for their gifts that helped the community. Today, the interest in natural, holistic water birth is growing by leaps and bounds.  Dr. Shelley Dunson-Allen has spearheaded the initiative to rebirth Midwifery programs in the Atlanta area and runs one of Georgia’s most prominent and growing Midwifery programs in the state.   Like the Granny Midwives, Dr. Shelley Dunson-Allen and the team of Midwives at Providence Women’s Health Care are highly respected Providers that support the growing interest in natural and holistic childbirth.  Dr. Dunson-Allen saw a need to marry the ancient old practice of water birth with practices of the medical industry to create a safe and effective environment for families to experience childbirth with reduced to no medication.  The proof is in the numbers; to date, the practice has a 88% vaginal delivery success rate and 85% vaginal birth after cesarean success rate. “Long before Doctors and hospitals, Granny Midwives  were the incredible force that helped birth America.” Dr. Dunson-Allen is a firm believer in women having a voice in her own health care.  She has pioneered a movement for personalized care where the relationship between Provider and...
How to Change Doctors During Pregnancy

How to Change Doctors During Pregnancy

Can I Change Doctors During Pregnancy? Wanna break up with your OB/GYN?  Are you seeing red flags in your relationship?  Does your partnership with your Provider feel like a dictatorship? Pregnancy is an exciting time for moms and families.  In some cases, adjusting to the change for mom can be a bit overwhelming and even stressful; especially when choosing the right Provider or changing Providers mid-term.  We aim to help relieve some of this stress.  Changing Providers is a simple process and here is what you need to know when making this decision: But first, YES!!  You can change Providers during pregnancy, regardless of how far along you are.  Go ahead….breathe…. The first order of advice is to trust your instinct.  What you are feeling and the reasons why you want to transfer is true to you.  Stick to your gut decision and research your new Provider options.  Check their reviews, testimonials and services offered. Do they align with your desires? Perhaps you are interested in the Centering Pregnancy model of prenatal care, opportunity for water birth, holistic birthing options, or the family-centered Cesarean offered at Providence Women’s Healthcare. We offer “Meet and Greet” appointments if you want to speak with a provider or get a feel for the practice before making the decision to switch. Now, do this next: Fill out a records release at your current office or do it at any Providence Women’s Healthcare location to avoid that sometimes-awkward interaction.  We will receive your medical records, and a midwife will review them to assess our ability to continue your care. Once the records are reviewed and we can provide...
Mindfulness Benefits for Pregnancy

Mindfulness Benefits for Pregnancy

Hear Natalie Whitworth, CNM talk about the many benefits of practicing mindfulness to help with an easier, stress and worry free pregnancy term. Mindfulness is a technique that is free of charge and requires you to be present and breathe. Watch the video or read the transcript below: Leah: Good morning everyone, this is Lea with Providence women’s healthcare. Thank you for joining us on our first Tuesday talk. We are with Natalie, Whitworth, and we’re going to be talking about mindfulness. So you know I’m going to ask Natalie a series of questions, and I want you to engage. This is engaging thing so go ahead and ask your questions if you have questions, and we will get started. Leah: So Natalie, thank you so much for taking out time. Can you give us a little background about yourself, and how you became certified nurse midwife. Natalie: Oh sure, I am from, Georgia, and I’m really passionate about our community here and making women’s health care more accessible and really coming at it from a team-based holistic model. I did want to talk about mindfulness it’s really been just so impactful in my life, and I feel like it’s really the basis for wellness and how we start making our own lives better as women? I became a nurse midwife because I like that model of prevention based medicine and just kind of really coming alongside somebody having a conversation finding what works for them and approaching it not from a what’s wrong with your body, but how to get you where you need to be? Leah: That’s...
What is a Birth Doula?

What is a Birth Doula?

Doula comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” in which today refers to a trained and experienced caretaker who provides continual physical, emotional, practical and informational support to the mother before, during, and just after childbirth. The role comes with several different titles; labor companion, labor support specialist, labor support professional, birth assistant, or labor assistant. Doula-­client (mother) relationships typically begin several months before the baby is due which aids in building a relationship.There are three ways in which doulas practice; 1. some work as volunteers in community or hospital programs  2. others may be employed by a hospital 3. some mothers may hire privately. Clinical studies have discovered that having a birth assistant present during and after childbirth, mothers express greater satisfaction with the birthing experience, have fewer cesareans and requests for medical intervention and less postpartum depression. Birth assistants also have positive effects on babies, in which they have shorter hospital stays and even breastfeed more easily. Throughout the pre-­delivery phase the mother is free to ask questions, express concerns and play an active role in developing a birth plan. Does your birth plan include a home birth? If you are having a low­ risk pregnancy, you may want to discuss a homebirth with your Doula. There are many benefits to having a home birth. Being surrounded by loved ones is often on the top of the list for many. Including children, family and friends in the birth process opens doors for connection and intimacy. Another benefit home birth provides is immediate bonding and breastfeeding which helps the mother stop bleeding and clears mucus from the baby’s nose and mouth. Some may be attracted to the...