Maggie Watkins, Doula
Read more about my philosophy below.
My intention as a doula is to provide non-intrusive and non-judgmental physical, emotional and informational support, while helping you to feel safe and confident in body and mind to birth and care for your baby.
Birth: This is your journey, not mine. No matter the choices you make for your birth plan; I am there to support you, and to help you advocate for yourself during your labor and birth without judgement.
You will tell your birth story over and over to family, friends, co-workers, room-mothers and the stranger standing next to you at the grocery store. Whether it is 5 minutes after your birth or 20 years later; each time you tell your story the emotions come with it, as if you are in the moment again.
It is my intention as your doula, that you will be able to proudly and joyfully tell your baby's birth story. Whether your baby is born vaginally or by cesarean, naturally or induced; you will have the opportunity to actively participate in every decision through pregnancy to birth by making informed choices.
Postpartum: Mom needs time to heal and recover; while also taking the time she needs to bond, learn and build confidence in her mothering skills. She also needs small doses of daily alone time to reset her bearings. Oftentimes, this means she needs to learn to give up some control, and allow others to care for her.
Theres also a big lifestyle adjustment for both parents...a major lack of sleep and the pressure they put on themselves to do it all "right". I have a strong belief that parents become more confident in caring for their babies and in their roles as parents, the more they are supported and encouraged in the routines and parenting styles they create for their family and home.
Birth Partners and Families: I do not take the place of a loving partner or other family members. I provide care to them also by advising them on how best to participate and support the birthing process; as well as how best to care for the new mother and baby during recovery and adjustment.
I am the mother of 2 young adult children. Right after my own birth experiences, I began pursuing education in birth, breastfeeding, human development and counseling; which has allowed me to offer coaching and support to the new mother with regards to her pregnancy, birth, healing, feeding and infant care.
Education & Training
Master's Degree, Counseling & Life Coaching
Bachelor's Degree, Human Development
Trained Birth & Bereavement Doula X 4
Trained Postpartum Doula
Certified Lactation Educator
Trained to use Rebozo
Trained in TENS for Labor
20 Years of Experience as a Birth Worker
Birth & Postpartum Doula
Prenatal & Postpartum Educator
Hospitals I serve include: Northside Atlanta, Atlanta Medical Center, Emory Midtown, Kennestone; and all Wellstar and Piedmont Hospitals within 65 mi. I also serve The Atlanta Birth Center, and Midwife attended home births.
Maggie Watkins, Doula