I just wanted to drop by quickly to let anyone in the area know that I am officially booking births, placenta encapsulations and more for the Spring season of 2014, with April looking like it may be filled if all 3 families book! I provide birth, antepartum and postpartum doula services within an 80 or so mile range, as well as placenta encapsulation (and placenta truffles, tinctures and essences, skin salves, necklaces and fresh welcome-home mama smoothies), Rock Your Birth in-home childbirth education on your schedule, lactation counseling and support, belly casting and I also work with a fellow doula and apprentice tattoo artist to bring clients traditional Sailor Jerry style henna tattoos and henna belly art :) I am the only doula in the immediate area who is OSHA certified for placenta handling for your safety and peace of mind. If you're interested in a free consultation, you can contact me by visiting albanydoula.net or calling me directly at (518)542-5475. I am also actively seeking attendance at home births as well for NARM observer births (I have attended midwifery school and am in the process of preparing for apprenticeship.)
I have been involved as a co director with a group called the Northeast Full Spectrum Project and one of our goals is to research and develop a community doula program for the Albany region, in order to serve single moms and families who cannot afford doulas with support and advocacy in labor. If anyone is great with grant writing, creating non-profits or willing to write up proposals for such a program to places like Healthy Families NY, please contact me through my website, above. We have also been able to secure an instructor to teach groups for community doula work if we can get the ball rolling, so if you would be interested in working as a community doula, you can contact me as well. Let's get this rolling!
and last, I was approached by a photographer out of Clifton Park, who does excellent work, who is looking for a few births to photograph, free of charge, to develop her portfolio. If you are interested, please contact or message me and I will pass your information on to her so you can connect. Hope some of this helps!
Also...there has been pox floating around the Albany region, just putting it out there ;) ;) ;)