Teresa Howard, CHBE, BOLD
I am a birth guide- someone to help you along your mysterious journey- guiding you when you need it, helping you back on the path if you step off, watching in wonder when you don’t, and always supporting you.
Services: I am a childbirth, parenting and lactation educator, labor and postpartum doula. I am the founder of Labor of Love Doula and Childbirth Services, Inc. and the owner of Athens Nurturing Nanas- postpartum services ( Athens Nurturing Nana ). I began assisting in births in 1992. I’ve worked with water births, natural births, twins, high-risk births & VBACs. I have doula’d for both home and hospital births. I’ve enjoyed working with both single moms & couples ranging in age from 17 to 46. I have been blessed with having doula’d for 691 moms and babies by the end of 2018. I offer a rewards discount program for my labor doula services. Preparation Equals a Reduction in Fee= Rewards Package (see below)
Areas Served: I serve women in the metro area of Atlanta and Athens. I prefer to only labor doula at home births, Piedmont Athens Regional, St. Mary’s, Atlanta Birth Center, Atlanta Medical, Dekalb Medical and North Fulton Regional Hospitals, but will consider other locations on a case by case basis. I only provide postpartum doula services in the Athens metro area. I teach at the Atlanta Birth Center and in Athens.
Training: Previously certified with Doulas of North America (DONA) for 12 years and with the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA) as a labor doula and lactation educator. I am a retired La Leche League leader and previous certified postpartum doula trainer and childbirth educator for several years with CAPPA. I have personal experience with the Lamaze and Bradley methods, was trained and taught Birthing from Within for over a decade from and have taken courses for doulas supporting Hypno-birthing and Hypno-baby students. But the childbirth education I choose to teach and that resonates with me is from Karen Brody with her BOLD Method for Childbirth. I am a BOLD Method Certified Birth Facilitator as well as BOLD trainer for educators and birth professionals and also a certified Happiest Baby on the Block instructor and trained Dancing for Birth instructor. I am also trained to integrate acupressure into pregnancy, labor, and postpartum care.
Personal: Married to Dallas since 1977, I am the mom to three naturally born, grown children, and grandmother to five naturally born grandchildren. My daughters experienced home births and hospital births, and I was present at all of them and able to catch my last granddaughter! I love being a nana, they are the reason we have recently moved to Athens. I live in west Athens, but close to a jump onto I-85 or 316 into Atlanta. The drive is really a straight shot into Atlanta with little traffic.
As a breast cancer survivor since November 2007, I have learned so much about being flexible as life throws you curve balls! I understand how you can only control certain things in your life, just as in labor and birth. I bring this experience to my philosophy as a doula and educator.
Packages: I offer a reduction in my doula fee, depending on your birth location and amount of preparation. Those fees are as follows:
- Full Rewards – Wisdom for Birth and Aligned and Ready taken, birthing with a preferred provider, repeat client or Athens area client- $1030
- Partial Rewards – Any comprehensive childbirth class taken*, any provider – $1135
- No Rewards – No classes taken, any provider – $1240
*Read more about the reward packages here – Preparation Equals A Reduction in Fee
To view a PBS special on doulas of which I am featured – Real Savvy Moms_Doula
See my LinkedIn profile for my continuing education and more.
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