Breathe Love Birth

Breathe Love Birth

An Interview with Kaelie Harris

Recently, I was able to sit down and chat with Kaelie Harrie, the owner of Breathe Love Birth Doula Services. I really enjoyed getting to know her. Today I will be sharing her answers to the questions that I had for her. If you want to learn more about Kaelie and Breathe Love Birth, check her out here.

Doulas

 

A doula is someone that provides emotional, physical, and educational support. I help my clients figure out what their ideal birth looks like and how to achieve it. I give provider recommendations based on my experiences and what my client is looking for, help them research options with evidence-based resources,  help them become educated about their options, and help empower them to advocate for themselves. I help them build their birth plan and remind them of their preferences during labor and offer options for pain relief. As a doula, I leave my biases at the door and support my client in whatever way is needed, whether that is an unmedicated childbirth, a fully medicated birth, or a c-section.

How Do I Feel About Her? Is She a Professional?

 

I think the most important thing when interviewing doulas is finding someone that they click with. It is an intimate space and it’s so important that they feel comfortable with that person. I also think professionalism is really important- they want someone that they can rely on to be there when they need them.

Birth Trauma

 

I became a doula because of my own birth experiences. I did not have a doula with my first birth and was pushed into a c-section. For my second birth I hired a doula and felt empowered to make decisions for myself. I am extremely passionate about helping families that were in my situation the first time around and helping people realize that they have the power to birth the way they want to. Even if birth doesn’t go as planned, it’s important that people feel like they are a part of the decision-making process and that they are given the information to make a risk/benefit analysis.

So Much to Love

 

There is so much I love about being a doula. I love seeing people meet their baby for the first time. I love watching families grow and seeing people in awe of what their bodies are capable of. I love seeing a great provider/patient relationship that includes trust and true informed consent.

Finding Support

 

Yes! I have several that I work with that are amazing doulas that I use for backup. It is a small community but there is a lot of support there!

Other Services

 

In addition to birth doula work, I also offer Placenta Encapsulation, Childbirth Education Classes, and Prenatal Yoga.

Calming Influence

 

I always bring Christmas lights and a ceiling projector so that we can turn down the lights. It’s amazing how much those things can help with calming someone’s nerves. I don’t use a lot of tools for pain relief, mostly my hands for counter pressure. I also bring snacks and a change of clothes.

This is my 5th year of doula work and I just attended my 118th birth!

Different People, Different Techniques

 

I use a lot of counter pressure (pressure applied to the low back or hips to relieve pain), hot or cold therapy, positive affirmations, reminders to breathe through contractions, hydrotherapy- shower or tub depending on location, hypnotherapy, and education about options. Each birth is so different and so is each birthing person, so it is important for me to get to know my clients and really figure out how to help them individually.

Basic Instruction

 

I usually help with the first latch after birth and as needed, but refer to lactation consultants if they are having any issues.

Backups

 

If I can’t make it to a birth because I have overlapping clients or I am sick, I have great backups that cover me. If there is an overlap, I send a backup until I can get there. Luckily I have only had to use backups a handful of times- it is super important to me to be there for my clients if at all possible.

Always “On-Call”

 

Contractually I am on call for my clients from 38-42 weeks, but that doesn’t mean that I won’t be there if they deliver early or late. I set those dates mostly for planning purposes and vacation planning. It could mean that I may have to call in a backup if a client delivers early or late, but someone will always be at their birth.

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Wide Area

 

I cover most of North Alabama and Birmingham. I also travel to southern Tennessee.

Contact Breathe Love Birth

 

The best way for a client to contact me is to call or text me at 256-694-1248. They can also set up a free consultation with me through my website.

Ready to learn more? Check out Breathe Love Birth on their website and on Facebook.

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