Having a baby? My name is Andie Gunter and I am a childbirth educator and birth doula who serves
In my childbirth classes, I emphasize that labor is a normal process. In most cases, the safest approach is to allow labor to proceed normally. In our culture, women are often afraid of labor. As a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, I can help you understand labor and learn to work with your body to have a safe and satisfying birth. I can help you understand common labor interventions and how you can avoid unnecessary ones. Locally, we have over a 40% induction rate and a 38% cesarean rate. It makes sense to do what you can to avoid these interventions unless medically necessary. By learning about evidence-based maternity care and Lamaze's 6 Steps to a Healthy Birth, you can have the best birth possible.
As your doula, I help by providing information on options available during labor and birth. I can help you write a birth plan, if you choose to do that. During labor, I will provide you with physical support- such as massage, suggestions for position changes, and helping you use a birth ball- as well as emotional support. Immediately after birth, I can help get breastfeeding established and make sure you are as comfortable as possible. I will work with your partner, making sure that person is as involved in the labor as they wish.
I also teach childbirth classes at the