Hi! I'm Lori Wade. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my website. I hope that you are able to find the information you are looking for. After pursing through this site, feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
I am the mother of four grown children and very proud nana of five beautiful grand-daughters and one adorable grandson. My husband and I have lived in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains for the past 20 years.
I am an active member of our church and am very involved within my community. I was instrumental in starting the Knoxville Chapter of BirthNetwork and served as co-leader for approximately 18 months. BirthNetwork, is a non-profit organization focusing on mother-friendly maternity care. I also served as the President for the East Tennessee Chapter of Newborns in Need, a non-profit organization focused on providing new clothes and much needed necessities to families in need within our community. In addition, I served for approximately two years as the Operation Special Delivery State Coordinator and Doula. This non-profit organization provides Doula services pro-bono for active military families.
Three of my children were delivered in hospitals and the last one was delivered at a birthing center with a midwife. All were unmedicated, vaginal births.
Often times I am asked "Why be a doula?" Here is the condensed version:
I have been a labor and post-partum doula for over 10 years. I have always enjoyed working with babies and supporting families.
I became a doula because I felt that it was something I was called to do. I had been a stay at home mom for many years and was busy homeschooling our four children. When the children were nearing the end of their homeschool journey, I felt this gnawing feeling inside of me that wouldn't go away. I knew there was something specific I was supposed to be doing, but had no idea what it was. After praying for God to reveal this to me, I came across some information about being a doula. At the time, I didn't even know what a doula was! After some prayer and doing some research, it was quite clear to me and my family that being a doula was exactly what I was supposed to be doing.
I have enjoyed serving many families in different capacities over the past several years. I have and continue to expand on my skills by taking continuing education courses and certifying in other areas that are baby and family related.
I am honored to work with you in any capacity that is needed during your pregnancy, labor, childbirth or postpartum period. I am so thankful for this path being revealed to me. I have never looked back, or regretted taking the first steps to becoming a doula.
I have been very blessed in my journey of becoming a doula. As part of my commitment to "giving back" or "paying it forward" I do offer a limited amount of scholarships and reduced rate services for families who may otherwise not be able to hire a doula. If you would like more information about this, please do not hesitate to contact me.
- 3,000+ hours of newborn and infant care
- Experience with singles, twins, and triplets
- DTAP and flu vaccination current
- Infant and child CPR Certified
- Basic first aid trained
- Breastfeeding Assistance
- Baby Wearing Help
- Currently working on Certified Lactation Educator Certificate through CAPPA
- Certified Childbirth Educator, ICEA
- Certified Labor Doula, CAPPA
- Certified Post Partum Doula, CAPPA
- Certified Infant Massage Instructor, Loving Touch
- Certified HUG Teacher