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About Me

As a doula, it is my job and my joy to educate and comfort the couple before, during and after labor.

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Services

Please click on the "Services" page for more specific details about all of my services and fees.

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Contact

I look forward to talking with you to help answer any questions you may have during this special time.

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Services Offered:

I would be honored to work with you during this most memorable time of your life. All of my services are custom designed for your specific needs.

LABOR DOULA

    Services Include:

  • FREE initial consultation
  • Hospital, home or birth center births
  • Two in-home comprehensive prenatal visits
  • Assistance with preparing a birth plan and post-partum plan
  • Unlimited phone consultation/support before and after birth
  • Specialized research pertinent to your specific circumstance
  • Continuous physical/emotional support during labor
  • Helping the dad to feel confident in his role
  • Staying with you and your partner for one to two hours after delivery
  • Initial help with breastfeeding
  • One postpartum visit
  • Access to my lending library
  • Pictures during labor and birth
    *Please note that I am not a professional birth photographer. My main focus is you. The photos are an aide in remembering your special day. If you would like professional pictures of your birth, I can recommend experienced, local birth photographers.
  • Birth timeline for mom and baby

Fees for my labor doula services are $800. Half is due at the signing of my contract and the balance is due by the second pre-natal visit unless other arrangements have been previously made.

AFTER BABY CARE (Postpartum Doula)

    My services are custom designed to fit your needs, but may include:

  • Physical support
  • Emotional Support
  • Referrals when needed
  • Access to my lending library
  • Nursery organization
  • Setting up breastfeeding/diaper changing stations
  • Breastfeeding and bottle feeding support and tips
  • Newborn care instruction
  • Calming and soothing techniques for baby
  • Infant massage instruction
  • Light household assistance
  • Baby's laundry
  • Baby wearing tips and techniques
  • Sibling care
  • Light meal preparation
  • Errand running

*Postpartum doulas do NOT offer any medical advice or perform any medical or clinical procedures. Fees Begin at $25 an hour.

About HUG: Your Baby's Mission Statement

HUG Your Baby (HYB) believes that parents want to be good moms and dad...but sometimes need a little help! HYB provides family-friendly information created from evidence-based child development and medical literature. HYB helps parents prevent and solve problems around eating, sleeping, crying, and parent-child bonding and provides innovative training and resources to professionals who serve expectant and new parents.

How will The HUG program benefit you?

Parent-child bonding is enhanced when parents can read their baby’s body language. The HUG teaches parents to notice and respond well to a baby’s SOSs (Signs of Over-Stimulation) which can interfere with parent-child attachment. Breastfeeding is facilitated when parents notice their baby's communication.

Often times new parents get home from the hospital and don't know what to do with their new baby. Babies give off certain cues and SOS's (Signs of Over-Stimulation). Their body language says a lot before they get to the out of control crying stage.

If you would like more information about the HUG program, please contact me at knoxvillebabylady@gmail.com or go to the contact page of this website.

Classes Offered

I have taught a variety of classes at the following locations: Physicians Regional Hospital, Lisa Ross Birthing Center, Cutie Tootie Cloth Diaper Store and Bohemian Baby Natural Parenting Store. Classes may be in a group or personal setting. Please call about availability and class fees.

Preparing for Childbirth:

This series focuses on birth experience, what to expect upon arrival at the hospital or birth center, normal birth process, signs of labor, pain management techniques, medication and anesthesia options during labor, paced breathing and relaxation techniques, maternal care after delivery, comfort measures, coaching support, etc.

Newborn Care/Postpartum Care

Description: Class topics covers newborn care, cord care, swaddling, baby wearing, calming techniques, breast and bottle feeding, feeding, baby cues, bathing baby, introducing the family pet to baby, newborn health and safety, baby sleep basics, postpartum care for the mother, postpartum depression, characteristics of the newborn, care of the circumcised and in-tact baby, information on car seat safety, information on SIDS, room temperature, smoking, taking baby’s temperature and suctioning baby.

Grandparenting classes:

Hands on diapering, burping, importance of breastfeeding, bathing and calming techniques, SIDS information, car seat safety, baby proofing, back to sleep, swaddling, and how a grandparents role is special and important.


Infant Massage Series

Individual or group instruction available!

Description: Infant Massage: Touch has been proven to positively influence newborn health in many ways. Some important benefits of infant massage include: improved immune function, weight gain, digestion regulation and an enhanced mind/body connection. Health experts have also found that babies who received massages are either to soothe, cry less and are more alert while awake.

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Infant massage is a wonderful way to bond with your baby. It is fun and exciting and something that dad's can do too!

Infant massage provides relaxation for both you and your baby. It increases bonding and allows parents to better understand their baby's communication skills. It provides quality one-on-one interaction, aids in improving sleep cycles, decreases pain from colic and constipation and also helps to improve the immune system.

Infant massage is the key to amazing benefits for both infants and their parents.

Classes can be private or in a group setting and typically last 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

One of my main goals is to make sure both you and your baby are comfortable. If you need to stop, feed, change or just hold your baby, that is absolutely fine.

What you will learn during your classes:

  • History, theory and practice of infant massage
  • Easy to follow step-by-step instructions
  • How you & your baby will benefit from massage
  • Why you should only use a cold-pressed oil on your baby
  • How to read your baby's verbal & non-verbal language
  • How to better engage your baby and read his cues
  • How to work massage into your daily schedule
  • How to combine strokes to help relieve and release discomfort due to colic
  • How to help baby stretch and do "baby yoga"

If you are interested in registering for any of these classes listed and to find out more info please fill out our Contact Form. Thank You.


Areas Served:

Phone: 865-719-5485

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