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Shana C.

Location:

Atlanta, GA

Member since:

February 26, 2013

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Are you a mom to be, experienced mother or a birth professional?

I am working toward certification as a postpartum doula through CAPPA, and also plan to become a Certified Lactation Counselor through the Healthy Children's Center for Breastfeeding program.

How did you find Atlanta Birth Coalition?

Meetup search

What is your idea of a great birth experience?

An experience that preserves and nurtures the mother-infant bond to the greatest possible extent, including a birth free from unnecessary interventions, a birth in which the mother feels empowered to make well-informed decisions in an environment that she trusts and feels comfortable in, a birth (and birth team) that make getting breastfeeding off to a good start a top priority, supportive caregivers such as doulas who can help free mom from daily responsibilities so that she can focus on bonding with her baby, and ongoing support for mom, her partner, and baby's siblings from birth professionals who understand that the postpartum period is a unique time in a family's life, one deserving of protection and encouragement.

What would you look for in a care provider?

Someone who is deeply familiar and comfortable with the above vision of birth and the postpartum period. Someone who knows what "normal birth" looks like and is unafraid to assist moms with experiencing it, but who also understands when a mom or baby may need more medical attention than what s/he is able to provide. At this point, I'd want someone with the ability and expertise to hand off to another health professional, while still helping to protect mom and baby's physical and emotional health while they are in the hospital system.

What style of parenting are you using or planning on using?

My "baby" is now almost 5. I have always been an attachment mom, and over time have tried to incorporate attachment parenting teachings into raising a toddler and now a preschooler. I have a great respect for the developmental stages of childhood and try to view "discipline" as a positive guiding force that always takes into account my daughter's age and level of emotional development. My husband and I see her as a real person whose thoughts and feelings are as important and deserving of respect as our own. We try to balance this respect for her needs with an appropriate level of guidance as she learns how to regulate her impulses and feelings in a more mature way.

Introduction

Hi, I am the mom of a 5 year old living in Atlanta, GA. I am also the organizer of the meetup group: Only Child Playgroup Atlanta.


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