Atlanta Birth Photographer – India’s Journey Through Motherhood and what made her become a Doula.

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September 13, 2019

Mother looking in to the camera, while nursing a newborn baby

MOther looking and holding newborn baby while nursing

Atlanta Birth Photographer. Atlanta Newborn Photographer.

So we are going to do a new theme here on the blog of your Atlanta Photographer. I am going to ask my birth clients if they want to share their birth stories or their journey through motherhood.

First out is India. We meet in Marietta Square a Saturday morning and I was right away so impressed with her calming presence. It was like everything slowed down around her, and I was deeply touched by this energy, and it has made me reflect more on what energy I bring with me when I am meeting expecting mothers. Bonus is that India is a doula and I  cannot think of anything better than having this calming energy in a birth space. I will link to all her information in the bottom of the blog post.

This is also a good post to read for anyone considering a birth photographer. Make sure your birth photographer have a solid backup! I was gone for the first day of my on call time with India, and that is the day she delivered. Thanks to my backup Chelsey, we were still able to get beautiful images.

Atlanta Birth Photographer

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Hi, My name is India,

When I found out I was going to be a mom for the very first time. We were not married and my boyfriend and I lived in two different states. I was alone – not really, but that’s how it felt. I had a few close friends in my corner who I had met that past year by my side through the whole pregnancy, thank God for true friends! As many, I always wanted to be a mom one day, but seeing that pink line on the stick turn positive was both exciting yet scary at the same time. “OMG, OMG, OMG” is all I could say.

Towards the summer I started preparing for my birth. I ran across a Facebook page for doulas assisting women of color in the Charlottesville area. A doula, what’s that? After I did a lot of  research I realized “THIS is what I need.” Even though I knew my boyfriend would be with me during labor, I just needed those extra hands and that extra support getting me through what would be my most life changing event. I reached out to the collective, secured my doula and ended up with two. I fell in love with them instantly and we still talk to this day. They didn’t take his place, they didn’t over step, they didn’t put their own opinions and beliefs on me, but rather reminded me of my own wishes for my birth and I will forever be thankful for their support!

September came, labor came, baby came. All the rush of emotions hit me at once. He is really here in my hands – I couldn’t believe it; all the sudden I was a mom. Now responsible for another human being – Woah. I didn’t return to my 9 to 5 after the 12 weeks postpartum. I decided to soak up the early stages of his life and be with him full time. It was the BEST decision I ever made and I am so glad I did it.  That same year, I decided to pursue becoming a doula myself and guide women into becoming new moms, whether it was their 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th time.

In February 2018 we moved back to Atlanta to get more support from our family and my boyfriend moved back to Atlanta shortly after. In March I had completely finished my training and started actively working on building my business while still being Mom to a now 6-month-old. Trying to start a business – new for me and becoming a mom – also new to me, at times was very overwhelming, but I started my business and still managed to get up for nightly feedings.  Oh the joys of breastfeeding, currently still nursing him at 20 months I might add.

Being a mom to a breastfeeding child and becoming a doula was harder than I thought it would be, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. The long hours, late nights, getting home at 4am – Why would I do that? Who enjoys doing that? Being a doula can have its bad days, but the reward is priceless. I get to help a woman bring her own little baby into this world, I get to help a woman become a mother for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th time. Reminding her that she is strong! Seeing those tiny babies makes you want to have more or at least miss the newborn snuggles, but not miss the sleepless nights because let me tell you – being a zombie and changing a baby’s diaper at 2 am is no fun.

Fast forward to September 17, 2018, I found out I was pregnant AGAIN – Woah. I called my dear friend and doula sister Lauren at 8am and said guess what, you were right – I am definitely pregnant. Now, I don’t normally call people at 8 in the morning because who does that, but I just had to tell her because she kept telling me I was pregnant when I definitely didn’t think so. Come to find out I was 3 months pregnant when I found out about my sweet Roman Alexander. This pregnancy and birth were so much different than my last – plant-based momma, planned home birth and chasing after my toddler. My thought everyday was – I honestly can’t believe I am about to be a mom to TWO whole kids.

March 10, 2019 changed my life yet again. I became a mom to two boys. I was reborn again. My body changed again. I brought my youngest son into this world technically unassisted in the comfort of my own home surrounded by my man, my doula, my oldest son and a dear friend. I feel blessed to be able to have two healthy boys and hold the title of mom – still can’t get passed the fact that I am a mom. Some days I want to pull my hair out because this is the hardest job I’ve ever had and kids will test your patience, but I love them and they bring me so much joy. I can’t stay mad or upset for long just looking at their sweet and innocent faces.

I never would have imagined that by the age of 29 I would have two boys of my own to love on, watch grow up and be an example to look up to. Being a mom has its highs and its lows at times, but I love it and I love them. As I end my story here, I just want to take the time to let all the women in my life who have impacted my life in someway know that you are loved and appreciated.

You are loved and you are adored.

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India is a part of a doula collective (they do so much more for mothers in North Atlanta) You have to check them out! Meraki Mama Collective. Do you want to talk to India about what Doulas do? Here is her info.

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The midwife for Indias ATL birth was Beth Miller at Birthing Way.

Photographer was Your Atlanta Birth Photographer through Chelsey Jones – Northern Light Photography.

Tip: If you are interested in learning more about home births I loved this podcast episode from Girls Gone WOD.

Read more about me here

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