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

I’m Leah, a labor doula and avid supporter of breastfeeding.  Like many women, as I had my own children, I became passionate about childbirth and breastfeeding.  I read everything I could find!  I eventually experienced hospital birth, water birth and home birth.  It was because of my range of personal experience (and the fact that I loved babies and breastfeeding) that friends and family kept requesting that I attend their births.  As my youngest child began to wean, I was finally able to pursue my favorite activity full-time.

I believe that birth is best when women have the support to labor as needed and that feeling supported in labor can have a significant positive impact on the start of their new family.  I’ve learned through research, experience and my training that support is one of the most important parts of feeling satisfied with the outcome of your child’s entrance into the world.  Support is what helps us feel like our choices are just that – ours.  I’m so honored when someone allows me to help support their labor; that I get to be part of a sacred time in their lives and that they trust me with being part of the inner circle that holds them through it.

I also think there is a lot of misinformation around childbirth in our culture – new-wives’ tales, if you will.  I am passionate about learning where we’ve lost the expert advice of thousands of years of human experience.  I want to help families have a break from conflicting opinions by showing them what scientific literature says about childbirth and breastfeeding and by empowering them to choose for themselves options they can feel good about in the end.

I’m a wife to a tall, dark and handsome guy and mom of three wonderful children (I know; I’m biased).  I love reading, cooking, running and yoga.  I’d also love to have the chance to be your doula.

Leah’s fee is $825 / Sibling doula service is $625

Contact Leah: info@alaboroflove.org Re: Leah

Hire Leah: Labor Doula Agreement ~or~ Sibling Doula AgreementDoula Retainer

 

 

Elizabeth Cooper, Labor Doula

“There is power that comes to women when they give birth. They don’t ask for it, it simply invades them. Accumulates like clouds on the horizon and passes through, carrying the child with it.”

– Sheryl Feldman

My journey to becoming a doula came long before I even knew the definition of the word. Watching my goddaughter come into this world was one of the most extraordinary things I have ever seen. A few years later, my sister would be the one to explain to me what a doula was and thus began my official journey to becoming a doula. I am thrilled about the opportunity to help support women in one of their most amazing life changing experiences.

I received my training through DONA International and waiting to have my certification approved. I started working with Labor of Love in the beginning 2015. I knew when I started working with Labor of Love that this would be like home. The ability to help women achieve the type of birth experience they want is truly an honor that I feel Labor of Love embraces.

I am the mom to boy/girl twins that I birthed naturally with the help of one of our doulas and lots of Labor of Love classes. I am also the “Bah” to my adopted 3-year old daughter that I am helping to raise. I currently live in the Lithonia/Stone Mountain Area. Becoming a mom has been my greatest joy, and I love helping other mom’s get to experience that joy. I can’t wait to help you with your journey and feel privileged to be chosen as your labor doula. In my free time, I am also a professor, which means you get a very well educated doula if that counts. ; )!

Contact Elizabeth: info@alaboroflove.org Re: Elizabeth

Hire Elizabeth: Doula Agreement + Doula Retainer

“The whole point of woman-centered birth is the knowledge that a woman is the birth power source. She may need, and deserve, help, but in essence, she always had, currently has, and will have the power.” ~Heather McCue

The baby in their mother’s womb has only his/her instincts and maybe the mother’s emotions to rely on. The mother however is in a different position and has many sources of information. A doula is a valuable source of information for the mother preparing for the birth and a source of support in labor by helping the mother to do her best towards the fulfilling of her own vision of the birth. The birth can be empowering and inspiring for the woman as well as for the child. I would like to see more empowered women and happy babies on our planet, therefore I decided to begin my doula career.

I am certified as a Holistic Doula by Matrona and currently working towards my labor doula certification from Births Art International. I feel very lucky to have also completed an apprenticeship with the wonderful team of Labor of Love. I’m also a birth photographer! 
I’m a single mother of a beautiful preteen daughter who was born naturally and breastfed. When I gave birth to my daughter I realized how important it is to have the support of someone who believes in you and supports you in your choices and decisions regarding your birth experience and your child. Since that time, I wanted to become such a person.
I hope to be a good source of information for the woman preparing for the birth and help her to do her best in fulfilling her own vision of the birth. I look forward to having the honor of being a part of your birthing story.

Contact Maria: info@alaboroflove.org

Hire Maria: Doula Agreement + Doula Retainer

taylor humble“Remember this, for it is as true and true gets: Your body is not a lemon. You are not a machine. The Creator is not a careless mechanic. Human female bodies have the same potential to give birth well as aardvarks, lions, rhinoceri, elephants, moose, and water buffalo. Even if it has not been your habit throughout your life so far, I recommend that you learn to think positively about your body.”  -Ina May Gaskin

For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated with the process of pregnancy and childbirth. As a child I would come home from school and watch TLC’s “A Baby Story” with my grandmother.

I am a mother to one spectacular little boy, and my birth experience with him quickly taught me that birth is messy, miraculous, and beautiful, no matter the circumstances. After giving birth to my son I realized that supporting pregnant women and new mothers was something I wanted in my life. I found out I could become a labor doula, and have had a great support system in the birth community to get me this far. I hope to be a supportive, encouraging part of the most amazing day of your life.

Taylor’s fee is $625

Contact Taylor: info@alaboroflove.org

Hire Taylor: Doula Agreement + Doula Retainer

kristen“Giving birth should be your greatest achievement not your greatest fear.” ~ Jane Weideman

For as long as I can remember and before giving birth to my daughter, I had always been fascinated with pregnancy and the entire process of child birth. As I researched more, I realized that perhaps my calling was to support laboring mothers in their birth experience and from that point, I began my journey towards becoming a doula and my exit from Corporate America soon followed.

I am currently certified  through DONA International. Since becoming a part of Labor of Love, I’ve attended as well as supported, many different types of births as I believe that women should receive support regardless of how they choose to give birth.

In addition to my role as a doula, I am also a wife and mother. I believe that women are entitled to and should have the empowering birth that they deserve and I would be honored if I am given the privilege to be a part of that process.

Kristen’s fee is $875

Contact Kristen: info@alaboroflove.org Re: Kristen

Hire Kristen: Doula Agreement + Doula Retainer

amnesty headshot

“Sometimes when you pick up your child you can feel the map of your own bones beneath your hands, or smell the scent of your skin in the nape of his neck. This is the most extraordinary thing about motherhood – finding a piece of yourself separate and apart that all the same you could not live without.”- Jodi Picoult  

My name is Amnesty, and I am mother to three adorable children. After my youngest son self weaned at 30 months, I realized how much I missed it. Since I wasn’t ready to have another baby, I decided to devote my time to helping other mothers breastfeed their babies instead! I am now a Certified Lactation Counselor with over 2 years of breastfeeding counseling experience.

I have Bachelor’s degrees in Art, Education, and Special Education and spent over 10 years working with children with autism and their families. Working with parents and supporting them to discover the best way to care for their children was always my favorite part of my job. Becoming a doula has enabled me to continue supporting and educating other parents.

I am also a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (car seat tech) because I know that all parents want to keep their babies safe, and car seats can be a daunting task! I also have experience in breastfeeding babies with food allergies and managing restricted diets.

Contact Amnesty: info@alaboroflove.org Re:Amnesty

Hire Amnesty: Postpartum Doula AgreementPostpartum Doula Retainer

delandra-2016I believe in your body’s ability to give birth.  Just as you possess the natural ability to breathe, you are equipped with all that you need to birth…  My goal is to help you listen to your body, make decisions based on information not fear, and achieve an empowering birth as you define it.

I am the owner of Labor of Love. I began my career as a labor doula in 2006, almost a year after giving birth to my oldest child and have since had the pleasure of welcoming over 320 babies! Alongside doula work, I am also a midwifery student working toward becoming a Certified Professional Midwife (aka- home birth midwife).

As a labor doula within the group, I attend home births, birth center and hospital births. My clients’ birth plans range from low-intervention to planned epidurals and inductions. No matter what your ideal birth includes, I draw from my experiences to give you the guidance needed to have the most gentle experience and avoid an unnecessary surgical birth. We begin with mapping out your vision for your birth, then talk about your best options among childbirth education. I offer my moms guidance on nutrition and physical preparation during the pregnancy, so that we can minimize the risk of complications caused by maternal health and/or fetal positioning. We also work to process any fears you have about the birth, and talk in detail about how I can best support you and your partner on the day of. So many of my dads have told me they were SO glad I was there to help them help you! 

I am mom to two kids – a daughter born naturally in the hospital, and a son who was born at home.  It was after my daughter’s birth that I discovered my passion for birth!  Since becoming a doula, I have seen births unfold many different ways, and my own labors were both slow and steady & fast and furious.  My births gave me a great appreciation for the range of sensations a woman may be feeling during labor & birth and were a great lesson that, yes – every birth is different!

I would be honored to be your doula – guiding you through preparation, offering information and hands on help in labor,  and overall witnessing your strength while you bring your baby into the world! I attend births anywhere in the metro Atlanta area. Email me so that we can schedule an interview!

Delandra’s fee is $1190

Contact Delandra: delandra@alaboroflove.org

Hire Delandra: Doula Agreement + Doula Retainer

renee_w

Women have the power to grow life, give birth, and meet our babies’ most basic needs.  I am committed to supporting women during this time of metamorphosis.

I first came to Labor of Love as a student and immediately found myself passionate about pregnancy and birth. I began my journey as a birth professional by pursuing training with DONA and CAPPA and an apprenticeship with Labor of Love. I began attending births in 2008 and will attend my 100th birth in 2013.

I believe that preparation is an important part of the “happy birth pie.” I offer a childbirth education series—FUNdamentals for an Empowered Birth—to prepare couples for the big day and beyond. Information IS power.  In addition to childbirth preparation, I offer some specialty classes on green living, cloth diapering, and child safety.  I am a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician and will happily perform a car seat check upon request.

I live in Roswell with my wonderfully supportive husband, Michael, and two delightful daughters.

Renee’s fee is $1190

Contact Renee: info@alaboroflove.org Re:Renee

Hire Renee: Doula Agreement + Doula Retainer

 

I am awed by the courage and strength of laboring women.  I am shaken anew, each and every time I witness birth. I see my role as part of your birth team to bring serenity and focus to your journey. I trust birth. I trust women. You will have your unique journey and it’s my honor to meet you there. 

I come to Labor of Love with a long career in holistic health. I love weaving that knowledge into my experiences with women. I am a certified labor doula. I attended my first birth over 20 years ago. I spent time with women during pregnancy and childbirth for 15 years as relaxation support and mind / body preparation. I am excited to be sharing those years of knowledge within the classes I teach at Labor of Love and with my pregnant clients. In 2010. I became certified officially as a Labor Doula and have embraced it as my life path ever since. I have experienced all types of birth and supported birth in hospitals, birth center and homes. And although my personal statistics include a much higher percentage of natural births, I have supported many women through medicated and surgical births as well.

I have quite a tribe…I am mother to 5, 1 of which is my Bonus Son. All of which are grown and having children of their own. I am grandmother to 8 and have been blessed to be present for most of their births, including the home birth of my granddaughter and I had the wonderful opportunity to catch one of my grandsons. I breast fed all of my children and feel as though my decade of birth and breastfeeding was one of the happiest times of my life.

I seek to live through what I am passionate about. The journey of women has been my greatest passion. To provide support along their path…most of my life has been spent nurturing and assisting women through all kinds of transitions. Teens into adults; women through their pregnancies and births; women through menopause and the humbling experience of women in hospice. One of my other passions is movement. I am a drummer and have been a dancer for nearly all of my life. I love incorporating movement into the process of birth. I feel that movement is the secret that birth has been missing, once known and now reawakened. I very much believe in the philosophy that in order to move the baby, we have to move the mother. (Gayle Tulley- Spinning Babies®.)

My first child was born at a time when I was very young and without the support of other women. I was alone in an “operating room” and heavily sedated, given the cocktail of morphine and scopolamine that was normal for the times. After he was born there was no one around me to coach me about breastfeeding and I sadly gave up very quickly. My body seemed to want to but I had no support and I gave in to the pressures around me. There were no wise women to help me feel okay about the changes and needs of my body. With each child I did a lot of self-discovery and grew in my birth and life wisdom. I make it my mission to serve as one of those women I was missing in my births and in my early life. I believe we have lost that connection in our society and birth and child rearing are where we need other women the most. I often ponder how different my life would have been had I had a wise woman to walk alongside me during my journey

I am a certified Labor Doula. I am a licensed massage therapist trained in advanced techniques for prenatal, postpartum and fertility bodywork. I include the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Massage® which is an advanced training in women’s body work. I am a 3rd degree Reiki Master/Teacher. I also have certifications in Prenatal yoga, Mind/ Body fitness, the BOLD Method Childbirth Education and Dancing for Birth™. I have studied a variety of bodywork, energy work and yoga practices for the last 2 decades.

Learn more about me or read my reviews

Instagram: @mymassagedoula

Facebook: FACEBOOK 

Birth Stories blog:  The Dance of Birth by Charlotte Scott

Contact Charlotte: info@alaboroflove.org Re: Charlotte

Charlotte’s doula packages range from $1150 – $2470. You may also create a custom package. Email us for more details!

Hire Charlotte: Doula Agreement + Doula Retainer

Placental Encapsulator Specialist

Melanie Belk Nasmyth, placenta encapsulator “Women are strong, strong, terribly strong. We don’t know how strong until we’re pushing out our babies.” – Louise Erdrich

I am the Placenta Encapsulation Specialist with Labor of Love. I began encapsulating placentas in 2010, after the birth of my third daughter when I encapsulated my own, although I had been in the birth community since 2006 as a birth doula.  At the time there were very few specialists in the area, and my midwife asked if she could give my name to other clients.  I started getting calls and decided to do some formal training.  As of late 2013 I have encapsulated hundreds of placentas.

I trained as an encapsulation specialist with Placenta Benefits and Full Circle Certification.  I hold certificates in Blood Borne Pathogens and GA Food Handling.  I also have a degree in biology and a professional background in both biology and chemistry.  I utilize my background by taking a very clinical approach to my job.  Unique among specialists in the area, I process placentas in a dedicated workspace built specifically for encapsulation, rather than in a kitchen where other food is handled.  I strictly follow OSHA standards for sanitization and use specialized equipment chosen specifically for its ability to be broken down and properly sanitized.   I focus on raising the standard in Placenta Encapsulation services and bringing the highest quality to my work.

I am a single mother of four wild, brilliant, hilarious girls.  When I’m not chasing after them or encapsulating placentas, I like to sing, dance, laugh, chat, camp, or potluck.

My children’s births have changed my life.  From being a first-time mom receiving my epidural in the hospital, to catching my fourth baby in a tub in my bedroom, I have had the pleasure of exploring all my birth options during my journey to motherhood, and ultimately learning what a strong, wise woman I am.  I am honored to be a part of other women’s journeys.

For more information contact info@alaboroflove.org