Natural Induction Methods

First, RELAX! Forget due dates. Due dates are merely an educated guess, did you know only 4% of births happen on the “due date”? Your anxiety is pumping adrenaline at high levels into your system, and this could very well be further delaying any progress or starting. Concentrate on the wonderful feeling of the baby’s … Read more

Baby Is Breech, Now What?

In reading this you may just have found out that your baby is breech, or you may be preparing in case this does happen to you or someone you know. The most important thing to do is to relax and know that babies are often breech until the last trimester as they turn and move … Read more

Artificial Oxytocin Induction

The easy answer to a Pitocin or Syntocinon induction is even though it’s an artificial induction with artificial oxytocin you would think “it’s the same hormone, why not?” but it goes much deeper than that. First of all, I will explain what happens during natural labor vs. an induction or augmentation and then explain the … Read more

Birth Rites and Traditions Around the World

Anthropologists tell us, and we generally agree, that important life passages are more easily assimilated when accompanied by a ceremony or ritual, a rite of passage. North Americans celebrate some of these pivotal moments like graduation and marriage. Another common example is the Jewish tradition of Bar Mitzvah. I’m sure you’ve also heard that some … Read more

Birth Choices in Austin- what is right for you?

Today we have more choices than ever about how we birth. We have the option of using a doctor or midwife for our practitioner. We have the choice of birthing in the hospital or at home. We can choose who is present at birth. We can decide to hire a doula. We can choose between … Read more

OMG, did you just cut off a third of my baby’s blood supply?

Your baby has just been born.  Would you let someone draw their blood and remove 30% of their blood volume? I became a midwife before I birthed my own babies.  People often ask me how my practice changed after I became a mother and gave birth.  All midwives advocate for the needs of babies, but … Read more

Tamara Downey

Phone: 512.744.7792 Website: Link Certification: DONA trained doula Location: San Marcos Tamara is a DONA trained doula and Birthing From Within® mentor. She has been supporting families in the home, birthing center, and hospital since 2010. Tamara also holds an advanced degree in counseling (UK) and training in aromatherapy (FR). She offers weekly support classes … Read more

Summer Greenlees

Phone: (512) 944 9924 Website: Link Certification: LMT, CYT, CIMI, Star-Doula Location: Austin Summer Greenlees is a Registered Massage Therapist, Certified Yoga Instructor, and Labor Support Specialist, with specialized training in women’s bodywork including Body-Work for the Child-Bearing Year, Infant massage instruction, Children’s Yoga and Advanced Yoga Studies. Summer spent 12 years attending births as … Read more

Shelley Scotka

Phone: (512) 238-1725 Website: Link Certification: ICCE, ICD Location: Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park, Hutto, and Pflugerville Shelley Scotka is a certified birth doula and childbirth educator who has been serving families since 1995. She currently teaches Prepared Childbirth classes at St Davids Medical Center and at Any Baby Can in Austin, Texas. She also … Read more

Ryka George

Phone: 512-527-8684 Website: Link Certification: Certified Postpartum Doula in the state of Texas, she is also a Certified Birth Doula Location: Austin The first DONA International (DONA) Certified Postpartum Doula in the state of Texas, she is also a Certified Birth Doula (DONA) and an ALACE ( Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators) -trained … Read more