YOUR Perfect Birth Team: The Doula

In this series we have already talked about choosing the right medical provider and the right location for your birth. We also talked about how these choices work with one another. Choosing your doula is no different. Since doulas typically work in many different settings with a variety of providers they are a valuable resource for …

YOUR Perfect Birth Team: The Location

Now that we have talked about how to find the provider that is right for you lets talk a little bit about WHERE you will birth. Most doctors and midwives work at a specific hospital or birth center so this topic goes hand in hand with choosing your birth medical provider. While you can often …

YOUR Perfect Birth Team: The Medical Provider

I often get questions from friends and clients about local midwives and obstetricians. Usually they want to know if I think a particular provider is the right one for them. My answer is always the same: It doesn't matter what I think. It matters that *you* feel confident in their care and support of your …

A Different View of Postpartum Mental Health

Most of us have heard of postpartum depression and many are also familiar with postpartum anxiety. Often both of these illnesses are thought to present with similar symptoms such as overwhelming and often unexplainable sadness, difficulty performing non essential tasks, lack of focus, constant exhaustion, being impatient, constantly feeling overwhelmed and worried about all of …

Who Has My Back? (Part 3 of 3)

Taylor Shofstahl is a newer addition to my back up doula plan. Taylor has a large amount of knowledge and experience as a birth doula. She has a heart that is full of love for helping couples  grow their families in an empowering and supportive environment. In her own words Taylor describes how her personal …

Who Has My Back? (Part 2 of 3)

Stefanie Kelly is the first doula that I started using as my back-up doula. Stefanie is very knowledgeable and kind. She also has a wonderful sense of humor. Stefanie is supportive of all birth preferences and encourages education to make informed choices. Stefanie also does placenta encapsulating and I highly recommend her for that service. …

Giving Birth At Northside Forsyth: An Insiders Guide

Northside Forsyth is a hospital located to the north of Atlanta in Cumming just off of Highway 400. The Women's Center at this hospital is beautiful and offers many options to expecting women and their partners. Whether you prefer to birth with an obstetrician or midwife, if you are in the northeast Atlanta suburbs Northside …