First, let's break a little ice. My name is Alexandria. I'm originally from Memphis. I've lived in New York City, Los Angeles, Medellin and have now made a home in Atlanta. I have a bachelor's degree from St. John's University and a master's degree from Columbia University. I love a good TV series. I have a slight addiction to office supplies. I'm pretty sure baking is my other calling, and I'm on a mission to find the perfect pickle recipe. I love children, dogs and I'm actively overcoming my fear of cats. I really enjoy reading nonfiction, but I'd like to start dabbling in fiction so let me know if you have any suggestions! :) Now, who am I as your Doula? I am a lover of all things pregnancy, birth and motherhood. It is true that people give birth every single day, but that commonality makes it no less remarkable and miraculous. And I am committed to honoring that. As a Certified Birth Doula, I will draw on my professional training, knowledge and experience to provide you physical, emotional and informational support to assist you in having an empowering birth experience. I will also help facilitate communication with medical staff to ensure you are able to obtain the information needed to make informed decisions as they arise in labor. Let's be honest. Everyone experiences pregnancy, labor and birth differently. Whether you love it or you're just trying to get through it (or fall somewhere in between), my job is to support you through it all. If you need to be comforted, I'll comfort you. If you need to be pushed, I'll give you that nudge. If you need some calm, I'll create that space for you. If you need to vent, I'm all ears. This isn't a one-size-fits-all. I want to get to know you and your needs and show up for you in a way that is best for you. It's also my job to show up for partners so that they can be present for you. I will facilitate ways for your partner to be helpful and involved as desired so that you both can share in this incredibly special experience. Lastly, I will always provide mother-centric care and evidence-based information, but I am not here to judge you or your choices. I want you to birth how and where you feel safe and comfortable as that is essential to the health of you and your baby. Above all, you deserve respectful care, a peaceful, loving birth experience and an awesome doula.