Doula is a Greek word referring to an experienced woman who helps other women. The word has come to refer to a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the birthing family before, during and just after childbirth. Doulas provide emotional and physical support during pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum. They call themselves many things including: Childbirth Assistant, Labor Support Professional, Birth Assistant, Birth Companion, etc.
Many studies have shown having a doula increases positive outcomes for labor and birth. When supported by a doula, women have continuous labor support, experience less pain and use less medications, are less likely to have a cesarean birth and have a more satisfying childbirth experience.
We consider birth an incredible physical and spiritual event. Birth has the ability to shape our culture and its significance must be taken seriously. We consider it a privilege to be part of this special event. With open communication our goal is to help you achieve the birth you want.
The following people are doulas in the Austin area.
As the daughter of a midwife, I’ve grownup around pregnant women and from a young age attended many births. After I gave birth to my own child I wanted to help other women and their partners through the birthing process. As a doula, I see myself in a roll of service. I would love to
Phone: 512.791.8749 Website: Link Certification: ALACE and Maternity Wise, training and experience as a breastfeeding support counselor. Location: Austin I am certified through Childbirth International and have received additional training with ALACE and Maternity Wise. I have experience with moms having an unmedicated birth, VBAC clients, epidurials, c-sections, inductions, and multipuls. I have worked at
Phone: 512-858-0145 Website: Link Certification: DONA International Location: Austin I believe that pregnancy and the birth of a child is one of the most important and transformative experiences in one’s life. Parents who have a positive experience during the birth of their child have an easier time adjusting during their transition into parenthood. I believe
Phone: 512-299-6138 Website: Link Certification: DONA Trained Birth Doula (Certification Pending) Location: Located in San Marcos, Serving Central Texas Ashre is a DONA Trained Birth Doula and has been attending births since 2008. She has a passion for all things birth and mothering. She lovingly offers her doula services to mamas and families that want
Phone: 512.203.6097 Website: Link Certification: Certified Doula Location: Austin I am the mother of two beautiful children born in 2002 and 2006. I am both a Certified Doula (through Loving Hands in Hollywood, FL) and Apprentice Midwife. I have received additional training in birth support and midwifery from ALACE, the Farm Midwifery Center in Summertown,
Phone: (512) 633-5449 Website: Link Certification: U.S. Southwest birth doula trainer for Birth Arts International, a Hypnobabies Instructor, Hypno-Doula Location: Austin Area I am committed to helping women trust themselves and their bodies, and to approach childbirth with confidence and an empowered focus, so they can fully experience the power of bringing their child into
Phone: 512-710-9662 Website: Link Certification: CPM, LM Location: Austin and all central texas areas I am a Midwife AND a Doula. I have four sweet babies of my own. Two boys and two girls! I see pregnancy, birth, and the growth of a family as one of the most beautiful things about humanity. As a
Phone: 512.914.2092 Website: Link Certification: DONA Location: Austin In 2004, I received my Masters in Education in Counseling from the University of New Hampshire. After moving to Austin, I began practicing yoga regularly and in 2008 became a Registered Yoga Teacher with a specialization in prenatal yoga. I received my doula certification through DONA (www.dona.org).
Phone: 512-470-3749 Website: Link Certification: Central Texas Doula Association and Central Texas Birth Network Location: Austin Erica Hope grew up in Austin and graduated from Texas State with a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology. While an undergraduate, Erica studied extensively in Central America focusing on indigenous Mayan cultures. After getting married and giving birth at home
Phone: 512-771-1427 Website: Link Certification: LC Location: Austin Area I had my first child in the hospital and my second at home. I’ve experienced both spectrums with a doula and good family labor support for both. I feel it is important, at this time, to say that any woman can be a doula. There is
Phone: 512-796-4772 Website: Link Certification: Birth and Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator and Breastfeeding Counselor (Childbirth International) Location: East Nurtured Nest, LLC offers birth and postpartum doula support, as well as childbirth and breastfeeding classes or consultations to round out your knowledge and confidence for home birth. Kristie, the president, has birthed 7 of her own
Phone: 512-663-9320 Website: Link Certification: Location: Central Austin Lanell Coultas loves new mamas. And new babies. And new fathers – basically everyone connected to the emerging new family. A certified doula and doula mentor, breastfeeding educator, and certified Birthin From Within Mentor, Lanell has been compassionately ferrying parents across unknown waters since 1995. Her richly
Phone: 512-228-9906 Website: Link Certification: CD-DONA, PCD-DONA Location: Central Austin Laura Smith is a certified Birth Doula (CD-DONA), a certified Postpartum Doula (PCD-DONA), trained Breastfeeding Educator (through the Texas Department of Health) and a certified Childbirth Educator with Birth Works and level one Birthing From Within.
Phone: 512-289-1928 Website: Link Certification: Certified Medical Assistant and Phlebotomist, Certified Emergency Medical Technician, Certified CPR and First Aid Training Center Facilitator, ALACE trained Birth Doula Location: Austin & North I have been in the medical field for over ten years. I keep my continuing education up-to-date to stay current with any changes and with
Phone: 512-529-6751 Website: Link Certification: Location: Austin My jouney as a doula began the day I found out I was pregnant. I was one of those women who loved being pregnant and I couldn’t wait to give birth. Sure I wanted to meet my baby, but I was just so excited to go through the
Phone: 512-589-8764 Website: Link Certification: MA Counseling Psychology Location: Central Austin I have been working as a birth doula in Austin for about 13 years. My bachelors degree is in Transpersonal Psychology from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. gave me a foundation in holistic health that excited and inspired me. The first birth I attended
Phone: (512) 707-1394 Website: Link Certification: B.A. Human Development, Certified Yoga Teacher Midwifery Assistant, Life Cycles Celebrant Location: Austin As a Traditional Birth Attendant (“doula”) and Apprentice Midwife at various junctures throughout her adult life, Mary has worked with a diversity of client scenarios, births (home, birth center, and hospital) and prenatal & postnatal scenarios.
Phone: (512) 419-8143 Website: Link Certification: CD (DONA), HCHD Location: Austin As a birth doula, I believe that my role is to guide the mother through the birthing process. I am there to help nurture the family unit – mother and partner. I don’t want to detract from the role of the primary birth coach.
Phone: (512)779-5080 Website: Link Certification: Location: Austin, including Buda, Kyle and San Marcos A doula serves thoughout the birth experience to provide continuous support, encouragement, and comfort to the mother and father by focusing on non-medicinal ways to alleviate pain and reduce the length of labor. As your doula, my goal is help you have
Phone: 512-796-4772 Website: Link Certification: Birth and Postpartum Doula, Childbirth Educator and Breastfeeding Counselor (Childbirth International) Location: Nurtured Nest, LLC offers birth and postpartum doula support, as well as childbirth and breastfeeding classes or consultations to round out your knowledge and confidence for home birth. Kristie, the president, has birthed 7 of her own children
Phone: (512) 906-1288 Website: Link Certification: DONA-trained, Lamaze-certified Location: Austin I developed a passion for the birthing process in 1998 when I served as a Prenatal Educator for pregnant and parenting teenagers in Austin, Texas. After working extensively in Latin America and earning a Masters in Public Health, I have been providing doula services, teaching
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
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
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
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