“As a Birth Doula, I provide my clients with up-to-date information in maternity care so they are equipped to make the best choices for themselves and their babies. This is important always, but especially during this time of uncertainty due to COVID-19. It is my goal to help moms adapt to this unique birthing environment and still ensure they are receiving evidence-based care.”
Alicia has a passion for helping you achieve the birth you have envisioned for you and your little one.
Times are crazy right now and if you are preparing to bring a precious gift into the world all of the uncertainty in the medical community can make it downright scary. Alicia can help you figure out what works best for your family. Are you considering a home-birth? Alicia knows which provider you should to turn to and which questions to ask. Are you wanting a hospital birth? Alicia is here to help it go as smoothly as possible and to help you plan for it. Are you confused and need answers so that you can make an informed decision? Yes, you guessed it; Alicia can help with that too!
Here is a sneak peek into some of Alicia's wisdom surrounding birth. This and much more can be found by contacting Alicia with your questions.
WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY ON BIRTH?
"My philosophy is that birth is a natural but unpredictable process; when I say natural I mean it's physiological. Birth is something the female body is designed to be able to do. Childbirth is not an illness and we should not treat it as such. Therefore, it is important for maternity care to reflect that. It is often best that there be as little medical intervention as possible for healthy, low-risk, laboring women.
On the other hand, I had someone say to me, “So you are a Doula? Well I guess you would look down on me because I had an epidural!” The answer I gave them was “No!” As a Doula, my first priority for a client is to support her in the birth she wants. If she desires an epidural, then I support her in that and ensure she has the desired information she needs to plan for the best birth possible with appropriate positioning, comfort measures, and encouragement.”
WHY CHOOSE A DOULA?
“Doulas give continuous physical and emotional support for both laboring moms and their partners. We are trained in certain massage and counter-pressure techniques, and other types of soothing touch. We help maintain a calm and comforting atmosphere in the modern medicalized birthing environment in order to facilitate progress of labor.
We are also equipped to help parents find evidence-based information about their options for birth—whether they are natural or medical in form.
Doulas help enhance communication between couples and providers by encouraging moms and dads to ask questions and speak up for what they want during a birth. Doulas do not speak for moms, but we support them in their right to make decisions about their bodies and for their babies.
Research has shown that support from a Doula can:
*Reduce the risk of Cesarean
*Reduce the need for medications for pain relief
*Reduce the need for the use of vacuum extractor or forceps
*Reduce the need for synthetic oxytocin to speed up labor
Of great importance is the increase in mothers’ satisfaction with their birth experiences when they received this continuous support Doulas provide."
I encourage you to call Alicia today and start your journey to the birth plan that works best for you and your family.
Cindy Brown is the owner/photographer of Beauty Revealed Photography, based out of Owensboro Kentucky.
I am a professional photographer that offers families the unique opportunity to completely be themselves in front of the camera. It is my genuine pleasure and honor to be entrusted with the opportunity to photograph your family as it is right now and freeze that moment as a memory forever. I strive to show the beauty of your family being your family.
The result is heirloom pieces and exceptional service that captures once in a lifetime moments to fill you with feelings of pride and love. With a newborn, child or family portrait session at Beauty Revealed Photography I will help you create priceless heirloom, wall art that suits your cherished memories. Moments that when revisited recapture the awe and wonder you felt when you first held your little bundle of promise or the massive love and pride you have for these children.