• Libby Forrester

Havenly Birth with Intown Midwifery at Atlanta Medical Center

Many of you many have heard the term "doula".  What exactly is a doula? What does she do? Who does she serve?  Is hiring a doula really worth it? My advice is to ask someone who has the experience and has hired a doula. 


Dona International describes hiring a doula like this: 

Like travel guides in a foreign country, birth and postpartum doulas help support new families through the life changing experience of having a baby!


Whether it’s a family’s first baby or their tenth, a doula can help make the birth and postpartum experience better. Today, a doula is defined as follows:


Doula

a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.


Countless scientific trials examining doula care demonstrate remarkably improved physical and psychological outcomes for both mother and baby. Doulas have a positive impact on the well-being of the entire family.


Being a doula and practicing within my scope takes priority. Dona International has been training doulas for 25 years and their Standards of Practice  and Code of Ethics helps doulas understand our role and uphold the upmost professionalism.  Being a nurse and a doula, my roles are quite different.  Exact opposite in many ways.  My knowledge from both certifications serves my clients and hopefully everyone in the birth room.  


Recently I supported a client who chose Intown Midwifery as her health care provider. She delivered at Atlanta Medical Center. It was a beautiful experience. The mutual respect and genuine concern and intentional care for our patient/client was tangible. Our mama had a wonderful experience and birthed in awareness,  fully understanding her options, and felt the love of everyone around her.  


If  you interested in more information about having a doula present at your birth, Please contact me for more information. 


Havenly Birth provides doula services and placenta encapsulation for all births within the metro Atlanta area including home births, Atlanta Birth Center, Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, Wellstar North Fulton Hospital, Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center, Dekalb Medical Center, Northside Hospital, and other area hospitals.


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Havenly Birth provides doula services and placenta encapsulation for all births within the metro Atlanta area including home births, Atlanta Birth Center, Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, Wellstar North Fulton Hospital, Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center, Dekalb Medical Center, Northside Hospital, and other area hospitals.

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