Connect With Us

Lumina Birth Happily Serves the Metro Atlanta, Georgia Area

Wednesday
May242017

Ashley Loggins, Birth and Postpartum Doula, Placenta Encapsulator

Ashley Loggins is a holistic, Catholic wife and mother.  She has two children and experienced two completely different births.  Her daughter was delivered by an emergency cesarean and her son by a VBAC 17 months later.  She prides herself on assisting mothers who want to experience a VBAC, keeping in mind that she supports YOUR decision and the type of birth YOU decide.  She is ready and willing to help empower and advocate for the birthing mother.  Ashley has supported many different kinds of births and encourages true informed consent.  She offers home labor support and encourages all of the families she works with to labor at home as long as the couple feels comfortable to avoid unnessary intervention in the hospital.  Ashley is a passionate and caring doula who believes all families deserve the birth they want and has committed herself to guiding and assisting each new mother through her journey to motherhood.

Wednesday
Oct032012

Colleen Goidel, Labor and Postpartum Doula, Birthing From Within Mentor

Becoming a labor and postpartum doula was my goal since the birth of my two daughters, who are now college graduates. My passion is to help women have a safe, positive birth and postpartum experience, empowered by knowledge and informed consent. I am a DONA-certified labor doula, a CAPPA-certified postpartum doula, a breastfeeding educator, and a childbirth education mentor for Birthing From Within.

As a mother of two, I discovered much about childbirth and breastfeeding through my own experiences. As a certified, experienced doula, I’m skilled at supporting pregnant and laboring women and their partners, whether their goal is an unmedicated birth or a medically assisted birth, at home or in the hospital. I strive to help each woman feel a sense of contentment, satisfaction and connection with her birth and her baby, regardless of the path labor takes.

 

Testimonial: "My husband and I met Colleen at a doula meet and greet, and she immediately stood out to us as knowledgable and friendly.  When the day of labor arrived, Colleen was with us the entire day. She encouraged me, reminded me of the pain coping techniques that I had learned, and she was great at working with my husband and the midwives.  Colleen made my natural childbirth experience a wonderful one, and I am so pleased with my decision to have Colleen as my doula.  After my son was born, Colleen texted, called, and visited me to make sure my family was doing well.  Through this experience, Colleen was not only my doula, but she became a dear friend."  (Kelly W.)

Tuesday
Nov222011

Jessica Cruz, BSN, RN, IBCLC, Lactation Consultant and Breastfeeding Educator

Jessica’s heart lies in women’s health. She feels that childbirth and breastfeeding are a natural ‘right of passage’ for women, and values helping them through these amazing experiences. Birthing and breastfeeding were transformational events for her and her passion is to assist families in making the most of this precious time. She has worked in a variety of medical environments, including local Atlanta hospitals. Jessica assists families with breastfeeding during home visits

Wednesday
Sep172014

Margaret Byrne, Labor Doula and Licensed Massage Therapist

Margaret is a Licensed Midwife from California and a Licensed Massage Therapist of over 20 years.  Here in the Atlanta area, she offers personalized doula services and pregnancy and postpartum massage. Completing the circle of support with her compassionate, grounded, and knowledgeable skill, she has a profound inspiration to assist birthing women in discovering their own power in childbirth and bringing sacred energy into their births.  Margaret is grateful to her daughter Ayisha for her transformation into motherhood during her home water birth 18 years ago.  Margaret brings her experience of the birth process and her understanding of hospital and homebirth procedures to help you plan and choose the birth options that meet your needs.  She offers a wide range of coping skills, breathing techniques, and comfort measures for pregnancy, labor and postpartum.  She helps to advocate for choices you have made for your birth.  She helps you feel confident, relaxed, and secure creating the most sacred and empowering birth experience possible.  She draws from all of her skills as she helps others on their own birthing journey.

Thursday
Jun132013

Patti Schultz, Postpartum Doula

Patti always knew that she adored babies and loved being with them, but it wouldn’t be until many years later that she discovered her calling as a postpartum doula.  Being able to help families get off to a great start with their new baby or growing family is one of her greatest joys.  She tailors her services to best meet the needs of the families she supports.  This includes breastfeeding education and support, baby care, soothing techniques, and baby wearing instruction in addition to meal prep, laundry, organizing and helping with siblings.

She is a CAPPA certified Postpartum Doula and has over 5 years experience of assisting families in this role.  She breastfed her own baby and used many of the comfort and soothing techniques with him that she teaches today.  It is a great gift to be asked to help a family as they begin their journey into parenthood.

Testimonial: "Patti was truly a lifesaver!  After giving birth a month early and as a first time mom, her calm, happy, and encouraging attitude were just what we needed.  I trusted her completely with our son. She went over and above what our expectations were of having a post-partum doula.  I only wish we could have had her longer!" (Jennifer... A very grateful mom!)

Quite simply, Patti is absolutely amazing! She is incredibly gentle and caring and was such a wonderful calming presence to have in the house in the midst of the chaos that a newborn brings. She was an absolute life saver in so many ways, really looking after me and my son and knowing instinctively exactly what we really needed. I really appreciate the wonderful guidance and advice offered (when I asked for it!) and her experience is very evident. My son absolutely loves her too - she has endless patience and such a warm and loving approach. She has been the perfect post partum doula for our family! (Sian E.) 

Tuesday
Mar122013

Sherri Wilkerson, Labor Doula, Placenta Encapsulator and Lamaze Childbirth Educator

Sherri is a certified labor doula with DONA International and is a childbirth educator through Lamaze International. Drawing upon her background in education, Sherri understands how empowered her clients feel when they are informed about labor and birth.  She is passionate about helping moms have the birth they desire, as well as supporting their birth choices. Sherri counts it a joy and privilege to serve expectant mothers and families. Sherri has given birth to five of her own children, and she is well acquainted with the benefits and trade-offs of both natural and medicated births.  Sherri, her husband Rob, and their children live in Woodstock, and she is happy to serve any metro Atlanta area hospital.  She is also available for placenta encapsulation.

Testimonial: My husband and I met Sherri at a "doula mixer" early in my pregnancy. We set up a dinner date some weeks later and immediately knew we felt comfortable with her. I was so relieved to have someone who I was able to connect with, ask questions of, and feel support during pregnancy. Sherri is very knowledgable and has tons of experience (personal and professional). When my labor started I immediately called Sherri- she asked a few questions and said to call her whenever I felt ready for her to come to my home. I quickly felt I wanted her support and she was over shortly. She was very calming for me and my husband. One of the main reasons I wanted to have a  doula during my labor/birth was so I could have someone to relax/support my husband. She helped me find comfortable positions at home and allowed me to have the freedom to stay home as long as I felt comfortable. She allowed me to labor on my own without much intervening and then sometimes when needed she would help with pain or relaxing. We went to the hospital in the middle of the night. Sherri continued to be my support. She helped make me comfortable and helped with positioning. She would guide me during contractions- we used the squat bar, the yoga ball, and other pressure exercises. I would never go through labor and delivery again without the assistance of a doula. She is amazing. I am happy to answer any questions about Sherri, my experience, or anything else. Sherri has my contact information and I will use her again in a heartbeat when ready! (Ashley R.)

Sunday
Aug192018

Stephanie Wagner, Birth Doula, Lactation Educator, BLS/CPR Instructor

Stephanie is a DONA certified Birth Doula as well as a certified Lactation Educator Counselor and a certified BLS/CPR Instructor. Her doula journey began when a childhood friend asked Stephanie if she would support her during the homebirth of her second child, followed by her third child a few years later. Not long after, she found herself supporting another childhood friend through the hospital delivery of her daughter. In addition to her own birth experience, these shared experiences made a lasting impression on Stephanie and provided the foundation that allowed her to discover the passion she would have for becoming a Doula.

Stephanie is dedicated to educating, supporting, and assisting families so that they have the best possible experience bringing their little ones into the world, no matter if they are becoming a parent for the first time or the fifth.  She knows that every couple’s needs are different and tailors the support she provides to her client’s individual needs. Since becoming a Doula, Stephanie has worked with families in both home and hospital environments.  She has also worked with couples who have conceived after struggling with infertility. As a mom herself to a son who was conceived via In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), Stephane has both the professional and personal knowledge that allows her to provide the additional support and insight that is sometimes needed by these couples. 

Testimonial: “I became pregnant with my first child at the age of 35. I was scared to death. My pregnancy was rough because I had horrible nausea the entire time. I absolutely dreaded the labor and delivery. I had a history of anxiety and the pregnancy made it worse. Of course, the looming birth terrified me. My husband and I took birthing classes. I decided early on that I would not use drugs/epidural. My birthing plan was to keep everything as natural as possible. I also chose to use a mid-wife at my OB/GYN. At the time, I was not even thinking about using a doula. Fast forward to my labor and delivery. My daughter decided to make her entrance into the world a week early. I got to the hospital via ambulance. All I could think about was calling my parents and my doula. When I called Stephanie and told her that I was at the hospital, she dropped everything to be by my side. Stephanie was able to do what no one else could. She kept my anxiety at bay. Stephanie kept me calm and focused so that I was able to concentrate. I honestly don't know what I would have done without her. She instinctively knew when to talk to me, rub my back or just silently stand beside me. Stephanie stayed by my side for over 8 hours. She was an incredible source of comfort, encouragement and knowledge to help ease my worries. I was able to successfully deliver my daughter via vaginal delivery, without any drugs. Stephanie is kind, warm, and funny. She has a wonderful ability to make people feel comfortable in all situations. I highly recommend her as a doula. I would definitely use her again.” (Ellen A.)