Chelsea has always had a fervent desire to serve her community. After her experience birthing her son left her feeling unsupported, 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.
Chelsea is fully trained to provide Birth and Postpartum Doula Services, Placenta Encapsulation and Belly Binding. 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.
La Bella Birth and Baby comes with a unique philisophy: We don’t have one. Our services do not have an agenda.
Our primary goal is to provide you with the education you need to make informed choices, and support you in those choices. It is crucial to our clients that we bring NON-JUDGMENTAL support during pregnancy and birth. Every family has different beliefs and convictions on how they want to birth and a doula’s job is to support the family in every unique situation.
As your doula, we 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.
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. We are also passionate about breastfeeding and bottle feeding. We have an amazing community network of lactation consultants, friends, family, and through our own personal experiences. We also have combined personal experience and training with Postpartum Mood Disorders. We believe in the benefits of Placenta Encapsulation and are excited to offer this service to the community.
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.
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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.
We are proud to offer IN-HOME Placenta Encapsulation Services! You can rest assured that you will be ingesting your own placenta. We practice the utmost sanitary standards and universal precautions. We even change out each box of gloves in-between clients. You are invited to watch the process, and even take pictures if you like. We can also come to your home while you are in the hospital, and have everything completed, cleaned and the capsules waiting on your kitchen counter when you get home.
By only offering placenta encapsulation services in YOUR home, YOU are in control. Your placenta never leaves your sight, therefore you can rest assured that it is being properly and safely handled. You won’t ever wonder if your placenta got mixed up with someone else’s, if it was left unrefrigerated, or if the workspace was unsanitary. This protects you and the Placenta Specialist. Not only is safety a good reason to choose in-home encapsulation, but we are also able to provide you with some postpartum support as well. Need some help with light household chores? We’ve got it! Need to take a nice, long, warm shower in peace? We can watch the baby for you! Need a compassionate and listening ear to process your birth story? We can offer that. We take care of you in more ways than one, and we take so much pride in that. You won’t regret hiring us for your postpartum needs!
Cost: $300 (plus travel fee,if applicable)
Birth Doula Support
1 Prenatal Visit
We will provide you with one untimed prenatal visit where we will discuss a proposed birth plan that reflects the desires and needs of you and your partner. Depending on your wishes, we will also practice comfort techniques. Additional prenatal visits may be added to the contract.
Phone & Email Support
Your doula goes on call for you the moment you sign the contract. Babies can come at any time, and we will be ready and prepared to meet you wherever you are, whenever that is. During your pregnancy, if you have questions or concerns, you are welcome to contact us at anytime.
We offer continuous labor support until your baby is earthside. Our training has equipped us with hands-on techniques in relevance to position changes, breathing techniques and massage to help lessen the intensity of labor. We will strive to create a calm and peaceful environment within the circumstances allowed by your birth place.
Baby’s First Feeding Support
After birth, we will stay with you at least one hour postpartum to be sure you are settled and breastfeeding/bottle feeding is going well. We are happy to cater to your needs however you see fit.
Postpartum follow-up visit
La Bella Birth and Baby is happy to provide a one-hour postpartum follow-up visit within 10 days of the birth of your baby. At this meeting, we will process and discuss your birth experience and will answer any questions you have regarding the birth, recovery, and care of your newborn.
If you are looking for a Chiropractor, Pediatrician, Lactation Consultant, ect, we have many referrals to help you find exactly what you need. Just ask us!
Cost: varies by location, please contact us for a quote
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.
Cost: $100* (includes binder, informational session, and binding session
*Discounts available as an add on service
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.
Cost: $30/hr (plus travel fee, if applicable)
-4 hour per day minimum
-16 hour minimum contracts
-8 hour maximum per day
**Discount Packages Available**
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
Additional prenatal sessions may be added to this package at $75 per session.
Cost: $500 (plus travel fee, if applicable)
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. One decision for one family is not always the right decision for another. Because of this, 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 class 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!
We currently offer:
-Newborn Care Class
-Comfort Measures Class: The Five Senses
-Birth Partner 101
-Childbirth Education: Unbiased and Evidence Based
-VBAC, CBAC and RCS Education
-Car Seat Safety Education
For your convenience, please check back here to view our current class schedule. We will update weekly!
Cost: Varies by location, please contact us for a quote
-includes cost of materials and snack (for public classes)
Our birth planning session is an affordable way to plan for your birth with the support and expertise of our team! After this session, you will have all of your questions answered, resources provided, and will feel confident as you near your due date. Our birth planning session includes one untimed session where we discuss and create a birth plan that reflects your needs and desires. We will talk through and process your past birth experiences (if you want to), make sure that your chosen birthplace can accommodate your needs, and answer any questions/concerns you (and/or your birth partner) have. You will be provided with a printable PDF copy of a simple yet detailed birth plan that we create, and a list of any other resources you requested. Please contact us to schedule your birth planning session.
Cost: $100 (plus travel fee, if applicable)
-$75 when paired with any other service
Our birth video creations are one of our most requested services! This service includes hand selected pictures and video from your birth experience (that either we took or that are provided by your photographer) put to a song by your choice into a skillfully crafted video/slideshow. Please visit our YouTube channel to view some samples of our work! This service includes all pictures and video taken during your labor and birth, and completed birth video provided on a flash drive, and custom packaging.
-$75 when paired with any other service
We can't wait to hear from you!
La Bella Birth and Baby
La Bella Birth and Baby