Best of Both Worlds | An Informative Interview About Your Birth and Postpartum Doula Services

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As a Raleigh maternity photographer, my clients and I often talk about pregnancy and motherhood as we’re going through our sessions together. When a momma tells me they’re experiencing anxiety or even fear, I like to suggest they try doula services at Best of Both Worlds.

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Meet Doula Kelly Collins

How did you become a doula? 

Prior to becoming a doula and starting my business in 2015, I was a professional nanny and household manager for nearly a decade. After supporting families for so many years, I realized that I too needed support after giving birth to my son. Learning about doulas and fourth trimester care sparked a new fire and passion in me as a family caregiver.

What’s your favorite thing about being a doula? 

I love being a doula for several reasons, but my favorite part of birth work is having the chance to help children and families in such a personal and fulfilling way. It always brings me joy to know that families are more confident, knowledgeable, supported and prepared for birth and parenting when we connect.

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What’s the most challenging part of being a doula? 

The most challenging part of being a doula is work-life balance. Aside from running my doula business, I am a wife, mom, fitness instructor and community volunteer. Burnout in birth work is very real so the time I take for myself is very important because it allows me to show up as my whole, authentic self for my family and my clients.

How long have you been a doula?
What kind of experience have you gained in this field? 

I have been a doula for over 7 years, but I have been a professional family caregiver for 23 years so I have seen and experienced quite a bit. I have extensive experience, training and education that have given me the tools needed to support any and all families through all stages and aspects of their parenting journey. A big part of my job is to listen. Listen to concerns, fears, hopes and plans. Support at its best includes trust and it is important that I build relationships with my clients because family means everything to me. My main goal is to facilitate the birthing process as my clients desire and ensure a smooth transition throughout the postpartum period.

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Do you provide lactation support at Best of Both Worlds Doula Services? 

Yes, I provide basic lactation support to all of my clients, but I also recommend seeing an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant for a more successful nursing/pumping journey.

What is the strangest request from a client you have ever had? 

The strangest request I have received from a client was cleaning their home. While I do light housework for postpartum clients based on need, I am not a cleaning service.

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Do you think having a doula is necessary for all pregnant women and/or new mothers? 

I do not believe every pregnant person or new parent needs a doula. But I do believe everyone should have access to a doula if they choose. We know that birth is a natural occurrence and while medical intervention isn’t necessary for all births, having support can make a huge difference in the birth experience. The support of a doula for labor can provide benefits such as shorter labor time and a decrease in the use of iv pain meds. The increasingly significant role of doulas can also reduce the chances of a surgical birth as well as the maternal mortality rate.

If you could give one piece of advice to someone who is considering becoming a doula, what would it be? 

The one piece of advice that I always give my mentees is to make sure they are doing this work for the right reasons. The “why” is an important piece of birth work and one must be prepared for all outcomes of pregnancy and birth in order to truly show up and support people. I always say, birth work is not for the faint of heart and it is essential to discover your niche’, have clear boundaries with clients, stay within scope of practice and remember your why. 

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Would you like to add any more information for moms-to-be? 

Start preparing early! Whether you are planning to get pregnant or it’s a surprise, it’s never too early to start preparing for baby. Nutrition is the first place to start. A healthy body usually means a healthy baby. Eating a healthy and balanced diet with vitamin enriched foods will be good for your womb and growing baby. I highly recommend preconception support from a doula or your OB/midwife if you are planning to get pregnant in the next six months. A good birth team will be essential throughout pregnancy. Prenatal vitamins are also a great addition for overall health. You can take them before and after pregnancy too.

What is the best way to contact Best of Both Worlds Doula Services? 

The best way to contact me regarding doula support is through my website’s contact form. You can learn more about me and schedule a complimentary consultation on my website as well.

Since you’re reading a blog about Best of Both Worlds Doula Services, I would love to chat with you about your maternity photography needs! Check out the maternity portfolio on my website and get in touch.





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