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La Bella Birth and Baby comes with a unique philosophy: We don’t have one. Our services do not have an agenda.

Our Doulas bring a wide range of experience to the table. Each of us has personal and professional experience with different areas of birth. No matter what you are looking for, La Bella Birth and Baby can meet your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum needs.


Let us be that undying, unbiased, and knowledgable support so that you can have the peace of mind you seek and the support you deserve.

"Chelsea was amazing to work with! I hired her to encapsulate my placenta and she went above and beyond. She checked in on me throughout my pregnancy and was always quick to respond to all my questions. She is extremely knowledgeable in the field. Chelsea was kind and compassionate and put me at ease. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone!"
-Sheri

"My experience with Chelsea was beyond what I could have imagined. When things didn't go exactly according to our birth plan, she was supportive, knowledgeable, and helpful through every decision. She was the most amazing birth doula. If you are looking for someone to truly support you through this life changing time, I HIGHLY recommend her! You will be very well taken care of! Worth every single penny and more!" -Natalie

"Chelsea and her sweet team(Lauren) were absolutely remarkable. I couldn't have imagined a better team. They were so comforting to me and my husband the entire time, too many hours to count! We love what you do, you are so kind and are a wonderful doula! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all that you have done for us!!!" -Kati

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Meet the team

>> Lauren McCoy

>> Chelsea Tate, Agency Owner

>> Susanna Younts, Lead Doula

>> Kristine Willard

>> Nicole Hunter

>> Michaela Fink

>> Spencer Lanning

Lauren is a Childbirth International (CBI) trained and certified birth doula and birth enthusiast. She resides in Alexander County, North Carolina with her husband, BJ, and their three beautiful children. Aside from her passion surrounding birth and babies, she also enjoy baking, crafting, attending baseball games, and traveling with her family.

She chose to become a birth doula based on her love of babies, women rights, and the miracle of birth. After having her own three children, she realized that her births weren't what she had always envisioned. She decided to dedicate her life to helping other women achieve the birth of their dreams.

Lauren's secondary passion in life is teaching. Aside from working as a birth and postpartum doula, Lauren is also continuing her education at Appalachian State University for Career and Technical Education- Family and Consumer Sciences. She feels that teaching early child development and parenting classes would be a small way for her to make a huge impact on the high school students in our state.

For Lauren, it is an amazing gift to witness women bringing their babies into the world, while simultaneously bringing themselves into motherhood. Along with teaching young women how to become outstanding mothers in the classroom, Lauren also gets to teach women how to have successful and empowering birthing experiences. She could not imagine spending her life doing anything else.

Chelsea has always had a fervent desire to serve her community. After her experience birthing her son left her feeling unsupported, violated, and taken advantage of, she decided to research options that were available to expecting women and families. When she learned what a doula was, she immediately knew that was her calling.

In 2016, Chelsea became pregnant with her second child. Being a doula herself and striving for a VBAC, she knew she had options and used her voice. Although things did not go as planned, she felt empowered by her experience. This, along with her experience as an independent doula, inspired her to launch her agency, La Bella Birth and Baby. 

Chelsea is fully trained to provide Birth and Postpartum Doula Services, Placenta Encapsulation, Belly Binding, classes and more. Her passion is helping to create a cohesive bond between an expecting family and their birth team, and to witness families become empowered by confidently making decisions that are best for them.

Along with her husband and two beautiful children, Chelsea resides in Lexington, NC. Her favorite things to do are read, spend time with her family, and go on vacation. 




Susanna is a Birth Arts International (BAI) trained birth doula. Because of her own journey overcoming the negative effects of a traumatic birth experience, she realizes the importance of being respected and fully supported during pregnancy and labor. Susanna is extremely passionate about helping mothers find their voice and advocate for themselves during pregnancy and birth. Feeling called to birth work, she decided she wants nothing more than to support families as a birth doula.

Susanna lives in Lexington, NC with her husband Garrett and their two children. In her spare time, she likes spending time with friends and family, painting, and going on “staycations” with her husband. She believes that motherhood takes a village and is grateful that she can be a part of that village for the women in her community.

“My passion for pregnancy and birth started when I became pregnant with my first baby. Childbirth was always a scary thing for me, but the more I immersed myself in the knowledge of everything pregnancy and birth, the less fearful and more empowered I became. Natural childbirth was something I desired. Hypnobabies was introduced to me and I had two amazing and beautiful homebirths using it. After my second child was born, I knew my calling was to help women have the birth they desired!

I live in Greensboro with my husband and two children and we enjoy the outdoors. Some of my favorite activities involve being outside. Hiking in the woods, the lake, the beach and swimming are my favorite things.

I am a DONA trained doula and love Hypnobabies so much that I am a trained Hypno-Doula as well. Postpartum services is something I am looking forward to training in sometime in the fall of 2017. I appreciate and respect the traditional approach of creating a support network for the birthing process. It’s important that mothers have the birth circle of their choice surrounding them and providing a safe, nurturing and comfortable environment. My goal is to provide that quality to my doula clients.”


Nicole’s love for everything birth and babies began at an early age and has been growing ever since. It was intensified after her first birth did not go as planned, resulting in an induction and cesarean section. Nicole’s second birth was followed by a very rocky postpartum period that wasn’t realized until years later. She has always been passionate about helping people. After having children, that passion became focused on mothers and families.

Nicole is a REAL Doula trained and certified birth, postpartum, and newborn doula, and is certified in CPR/First Aid. She is working towards her postpartum and newborn doula certification and other childbirth related training. With her husband and their three children, she resides in Indian Land, SC. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and traveling in her spare time. Nicole is excited and honored to provide unforgettable support to women and their families.


"Since I was a little girl I have always had such a passion for pregnancy, birth, and infants. Being there while my niece and nephews were born really made me appreciate the miracle of life & what a women is capable of.

After obtaining my Bachelors Degree, I became a Birth and Postpartum Doula. I knew that it was exactly what I wanted to do with my life. After completing my internships with The Pregnancy Support Center of Rowan County & at Novant Health Medical Center in Labor and Delivery, I knew that this was the community I wanted to work in."




Spencer studied Studio Art and Education at Salem College and is an Integrated Birth and Family Alliance (IBFA) trained birth doula. She lives in Mocksville, NC with her fiancé, three children, their dog, Gypsy and Archimedes the gecko.

 After having three very different, yet equally transformative experiences: an emergency-cesarean at Forsyth Hospital(2010), a successful VBAC at Natural Beginnings Birth Center(2016) followed by an extensively planned Home-birth that didn’t go as planned(2017) she found out what a roller coaster ride life can be as families prepare to welcome their new babies. As she prepared for her first VBAC in 2015, she realized what an essential role doulas truly play and then decided that the doula life was the life for her.



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Birth Doula Support

Our training has taught us how to provide unconditional support and how to respect the uniqueness and individuality of every birth experience.

Our ultimate goal is to help create a cohesive and trusting bond between a mother and her birth team to create an unforgettable birth experience. 

La Bella Birth and Baby Doulas will help you interpret scenarios, provide information and research to make decisions, and prepare you with the proper language to communicate your choices with your birth team.

Birth Doula Services includes:

1-2 untimed Prenatal Visits

Unlimited Phone & Email Support

Continuous Labor Support


Immediate Postpartum Support


Postpartum follow-up visit

Community Referrals


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Belly Binding

BengKung Belly Binding has been used for thousands of years in many countries such as Malaysia, Mexico, India, and Japan. Belly Binding is intended to slim the rib cage, belly and hips by offering 360 degree support.

This practice can help the muscles and organs to return to pre-pregnancy placement. Binding is especially helpful to women who have had a cesarean section because it can relieve some of the pressure off of the incision sight and help things heal correctly. It can also help to prevent back, shoulder, and neck pain associated with recovery and nursing. Belly binding can also encourage blood circulation therefore decreasing postpartum bleeding and speeding up the recovery process.

There are emotional benefits to belly binding as well. Women who experience Postpartum Mood Disorders such as Postpartum Depression might find binding helpful by providing a sense of security and support- kind of like a ‘hug’.

La Bella Birth and Baby is excited to make this service available to you during pregnancy as well as the Postpartum period! We will come to your home, birth center, or location of your choice to show you how to properly bind your abdomen, answer any questions you have, and leave you tightly and comfortably bound before ending the session.


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Postpartum Doula Support

The Postpartum period is often referred to as “The Fourth Trimester” and rightfully so! Whether you are a first time parent, or a seasoned parent, bringing a new baby into the household is usually not an easy task. We are trained to offer Postpartum Doula support. A postpartum doula brings her experience, education, and support to parents and their newborns while providing non-judgmental and unbiased support. The doula's primary focus is on the mother's recovery after birth and the baby's transition to life on the outside. Imagine you have just arrived home with your new little one. There is laundry to be done, dishes to be washed, groceries to be bought, but your baby needs you to tend to his/her needs. Maybe your partner has returned to work and your family from out of town has left? Whatever the situation may be, we will be there to help make the transition to life with a newborn easier for you and your family.

At La Bella Birth and Baby, our doulas are well trained in breast and bottle feeding, sleep guidance, emotional and physical recovery after birth, infant soothing  and more. Our doulas are happy to assist with light housekeeping, running errands, meal preparation and planning, and the general needs of the family during the postpartum period and beyond. Our range of knowledge extends to cloth diapering, babywearing, baby-led weaning, home organization, newborn care, SNS (supplemental nursing systems), car seat safety, and so much more!























We are so proud to offer overnight postpartum doula services! We will handle all things baby so that you can get a restful night's sleep. We will tend to your baby's sleep schedule however you see fit- whether that be rocking baby to sleep, getting baby on a routine sleep schedule, or transitioning baby from co-sleeping/bassinet to crib. You deserve a full night of sleep so that you can take care of you and your family to the best of your ability! Please contact us for more information about overnight care and package options.

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Pregnancy Doula Support

We will never ever advertise the message that every woman NEEDS a birth doula. Some women and families would really like to utilize the benefits of having a doula, but either don't feel comfortable adding another person to the labor room, or would simply rather labor alone. And that's okay! This is why we offer the option for Pregnancy Doula Support. This package includes the following:

-3 untimed prenatal sessions where we will discuss your birth preferences and create a birth plan that reflects those desires in contingency with your birthing center
-Practice comfort techniques
-Briefly discuss a few Childbirth Education topics
-Address any questions or concerns you have so that you feel fully prepared for your upcoming birth

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Education

Our mission at La Bella Birth and Baby is to provide classes that satisfy the needs of EVERYONE in our community. We respect every type of birth and every decision that women and families make. We provide an array of different classes to prepare you for whatever goals you have for your pregnancy, labor, and birth experience. If you are looking for a specific curriculum that you do not see listed here, please reach out to us and let us know! We are always open and looking to add new classes to our list! Our Public Class Schedule is listed below. We also provide private in-home classes at your convenience.




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Class Descriptions

Birth Partner 101

Childbirth Education

Comfort Measures : The 5 Senses

You’ve been to the childbirth education and Lamaze classes, and you both prepared for what her body is about to do. But do YOU feel prepared on how to support her emotionally and physically? Do you feel prepared on how to support you too? Oftentimes, the birth partner gets pushed aside as mom is being taken care of. This is usually unintentional, but can happen at any point during pregnancy, labor, and/or the postpartum period. This class is designed specifically for the birth partner and/or support person(s) to prepare you emotionally and physically for the road ahead.

Cost: $55/couple; covers the cost of custom class booklets, other class materials, and a snack

Our Childbirth Education class is a 3-4 hour comprehensive guide on the labor process, how birth works, common hospital and birth center procedures, birth planning, B.R.A.I.N., a brief overview of comfort measures, breastfeeding, the postpartum period and more. During this class, we will focus on how to stay calm in the moment and make thoughtful decisions when they matter the most. If you don't have time to take a Child birth Education series, this class is perfect for you!

Cost: $100/couple; covers the cost of custom class booklets, other class materials, and a snack

Learn how to utilize the 5 senses to enhance comfort during pregnancy and labor. Our professionally trained doulas will teach you some of their tips and tricks used for birth clients. These techniques can be practiced in almost any birthing situation, including whether or not you choose to have pain medication during labor. These tips are great to have on hand for unexpected situations such as a fast labor or failed epidural. Don't want a birth doula? No problem! Take our Comfort Measures class and equip yourself with a few professional hands-on techniques so that you can deal with the intensity of birth!

Cost: $55/couple; covers the cost of custom class booklets, other class materials, and a snack

Have you ever heard "Once a c-section, always a c-section?" More and more women are learning that this is no longer true. Vaginal Birth After Cesarean is usually much safer and reasonable option versus a scheduled repeat cesarean. Our goal is to educate more women about this option and provide them with research and statistics so that they can make a truly informed decision.

VBAC Education is designed to prepare you with statistics, research, medical terminology and general knowledge about VBAC/CBAC/RCS so that you can be fully prepared for your upcoming birth. Struggling with deciding between VBAC and RCS? This is the perfect starting point. Spots are filling up quickly so be sure to register now! 


Cost: $55/couple; covers the cost of custom class booklets, other class materials, and a snack

View our Public Class Schedule below.

 Additionally, we provide private in-home classes at your convenience.

Please contact us to schedule your private class. 

Class  Schedule 2018

Location: Natural Beginnings Birth Center Statesville, NC

Location: High Point Chiropractic 
High Point, NC

Location: Active Life Chiropractic
Charlotte, NC

March 10: Comfort Measures for Labor 1-3pm
               Birth Partner 101 3-5pm

March 17: Childbirth Education 10am-2pm

March 31: VBAC Education 1-4pm

April 7: Childbirth Education 1-5pm

April 14: VBAC Education 1-3pm

April 28: Comfort Measures for Labor 1-3pm
             Birth Partner 101 3-5pm

May 5: Comfort Measures for Labor 1-3pm
          Birth Partner 101 3-5pm

May 19: Childbirth Education 1-5pm

June 16: Comfort Measures for Labor 1-3pm
            Birth Partner 101 3-5pm

June 23: Childbirth Education 1-5pm

June 30: VBAC Education 1-3pm

March 10: Childbirth Education 10am-2pm

March 24: Comfort Measures for Labor 1-3pm
             Birth Partner 101 3-5pm

April 25: Childbirth Education Part 1 6-8pm
April 26: Childbirth Education Part 2 6-8pm

May 3: Birth Partner 101 6-8pm

May 17: VBAC Education 6-8pm

May 23: Childbirth Education Part 1 6-8pm
May 24: Childbirth Education Part 2

June 12: Birth Partner 101 6-8pm

June 21: VBAC Education 6-8pm

June 27: Childbirth Education Part 1
June 28: Childbirth Education Part 2

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