what does a doula do

Doulas Can Help Turn Lemons into Lemonade

Having a doula is not a magic wand. Sometimes I dearly wish it was. However, things don't always go how you/we planned --- whether it's in birth or postpartum / physical or emotional. But, even though I can't guarantee outcomes, I can guarantee support. And with that support, I can provide you with options, choices, and resources to make the best of any situation. 

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I'm your professional doula lemonade maker, if you will. 

If you're handed "lemons" during labor, as your doula, I can give you options and alternatives and support to make the difficult decisions.

If you're handed "lemons" after labor, again, as your doula, I can give you options and alternatives, as well as outside resources (I have a huge list of support persons in the area ranging from postpartum counselors to lactation consultants). 

However your birth goes --- beautifully as planned or beautifully as unplanned --- I'll be there for you. Holding that beautiful pitcher of lemonade begging you to drink from it.

<3 Your Chattanooga & Knoxville Doula,

My Promise As Your Doula

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I take my job as your doula seriously. When I began birth work I don't think I truly understand the impact that doulas can potentially make -- for good and for bad. 

So, here are some promises that as your doula I make to you...


  • Never judge your decisions. I may push back if you've indicated you want me to. But judge? Nope. Never.
  • Tell you that you are amazing. Always. No matter what.
  • Let you tell your own birth story. I'm not going to take to Facebook, etc and even give vague details about your birth without your explicit permission.
  • Validate your inner feelings and decisions. Whatever you are feeling is true. Whatever decision you make is the right one for you.
  • Not replace your partner. 
  • Be your biggest cheerleader (but not the annoying kind).
  • Give you options, choices, risks, benefits, and alternatives throughout your entire labor.
  • Hold your birth in my heart and treasure the sacred time you've allowed me to be a part of. 

Those are just a few things you can expect from me as your doula. Doula work is such important work. I don't take it lightly. 

<3 Your Doula for Knoxville, Chattanooga, Athens, & Beyond
Martha H.

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I DO(ula) THAT. Part I :: What Does a Really Doula Do?

It's noon on a Friday afternoon. Your OB's office is closed, but you probably wouldn't call them about your slight constipation anyway. So, you head over to Google to search for the answer. 

Your head starts to swirl and swim with all the conflicting advice. What should you really do? It's hard to know when you rely on Google for advice.


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When you hire me as your doula for any East Tennessee (Knoxville, Chattanooga, etc) birth, I'm available to answer unlimited questions via text/phone/email. That means that instead of running to Google (where the advice can be shoddy at best), you can check with your doula, who has tons of experience dealing with simple pregnancy related issues.

Keep in mind, I will NOT give you medical advice. Instead, I will give you options and choices, and if needed, I will refer you to your doctor or midwife. But, for most easy peasy pregnancy questions that you may just not know the answer to as a first time mom (or even a 2nd, 3rd, 4th+ mom!), you can always check with me!

I DO(ula) THAT!

<3 Your East Tennessee Doula,

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Knoxville & Chattanooga Doula Support. More than just "healthy".

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When a new mom describes her traumatic birth and the person she's talking to says "healthy baby and healthy mama are all that matters", I cringe. While, it probably is the most important thing in the birth -- that baby and mama are healthy at the end; it's not the only thing. If you've ever had a birth where you didn't feel like an active participant, or perhaps you didn't give your permission for a certain procedure, or maybe it was just disappointing, then you know that there are other things that important. Bad birth experiences can even cause post-partum anxiety, depression, or post traumatic stress syndrome. 

To help avoid that, a doula can help you determine what matters to you. Maybe it's feeling in control. Perhaps it's being comfortable. Or knowing all of your options. Or not being medicated. Or having a vaginal birth. Or having your partner be an active participant. 

Whatever is important to you -- a doula can help support you. A doula can help you determine ways to try to achieve your desired outcome, in addition to a "healthy baby / healthy mama". 

<3 Your Knoxville/Chattanooga Doula,

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