My husband just got a job in Memphis so we will be moving from Chicago - huge change for us! I will be joining him mid-August. I am pregnant with our 2nd and due Oct. 22nd. I had a doula for our first and absolutely loved the experience (I think my husband loved it more than I did!). I had an OB and delivered in the hospital. Both were very accepting of my views and with having a doula present. I was positive for Group B Strep for my first pregnancy so I will need to have antibiotics during labor.
I have read quite a few threads and it sounds like hospitals in Memphis are very against doulas and midwives (my hospital in Chicago has a midwife group for those hesitant to deliver at home). Does anyone have referrals or suggestions in finding a doula? Also, does anyone know of hospitals that are open to having a doula present?
The doula practice we used in Chicago has a service where someone can watch older children while the parents are in labor. Does anyone know how to find this service? I am really concerned because we won't know anyone in the area and will need someone to watch our 2 year old during labor. The closest family we have is 12 hours away.
I appreciate any help/advise I can receive from other mothers.
Thank you so much! Once word got out that we were moving, family all of a sudden decided to visit. Though I love having family around, it was at a most inopportune time. I just now had the first opportunity to look up the sites you mentioned and have found very helpful information. Thanks again!
Hi Karen. I'd love to hear about your Memphis birth experience and if you ever found a doula. We're expecting a little girl in November, and I think I'd feel much better about a hospital birth if we had a doula present!
I'm a New Doula/Childbirth & Parenting Educator, I live in Jackson-1 hr away. I do births in Memphis! Here is my background: I'm a 38 yr old mom of 3- ages 5, 8, 18. I have a B.A. in Psychology-Child/Adolescent Psych & Development w/ Early Childhood Education and Marriage & Family Counseling. Worked for 8+ yrs as Developmental Behavior & Curriculum Specialist as well as the Staff Trainer/Preschool Teacher/Supervisor & Parenting Educator in Preschool Education.
I've been a SAHM for the last several years raising my children and for the last 6 months I've been intensely studying and training for Pregnancy & Childbirth Education & Labor Doula Services. (I have a recommendation from my CAPPA trainer.) My website is www.DoulaGinnysBirthSvcs.com and my email is DoulaGinnyMills@gmail.com and my number is 731-499-7268.
Since I am New and starting out, I am offering my services at a very low cost right now. I have that time block open on my calendar right now so I would love to hear from you. Check out my website and see what you think! :)
~Ginny Mills (Mom to 3-ages dd-5(DIVA), ds-8(ADHD), & dd-18(Asperger's)
Doula/Childbirth & Parenting Educator & B.A. in Psych w/ Early Childhood Ed/Marriage & Family Counseling