ABOUT CAROLINA DOULA COLLECTIVE
Carolina Doula Collective was formed out of a desire to redefine what the standard of care looks like for growing families in North Carolina.
In 2013 Samantha McClellan found herself at a professional crossroads. After many years of working with women and children in educational, counseling and advocacy settings she was searching for a way to combine all of her experiences and passion into one purpose and profession. So, she became a doula.
For Samantha, being a doula is about offering each individual family the personalized support and information that they need to come away from their birth experience feeling confident and emboldened, regardless of the form the birth takes. During the early years of her doula career, Samantha had the opportunity to be mentored by a number of other seasoned doulas, nurses, and midwives and soon found herself uniquely positioned to build connections between the doula community and the medical community.
Labor support is most beneficial when it is provided within the context of a team. The mother, the partner, the nurse, the medical provider, and the doula all have their own unique roles to play in the birth of a baby and when everyone is able to work together with understanding, birth is nothing short of magical.
When Samantha formed the Carolina Doula Collective she had one goal: to create a team of doulas that elevates the standard of professional birth support. Through actively building connections with area hospitals and medical providers and by giving new doulas structured mentorship and support we are striving to create the strongest birth support community possible in order to best support every growing family in our area.
CERTIFIED BIRTH DOULA CARE
A doula is a non-medical birth professional who is trained to provide emotional, informational, and physical support to a birthing person and their family.
Doula care includes a free interview, two prenatal meetings, 24/7 on-call support, continuous labor support, and two postpartum visits.
Becoming a mother to your new baby is a once in a lifetime moment that you will want to remember forever. There is no emotion more raw and powerful than that of those first moments of motherhood and through birth photography, you will be able to cherish those moments forever. Birth photography can be a stand-alone service or can be added on to doula care.
Observed* Benefits of Placenta Consumption include an easing of the effects of postpartum mood disorders, replenishment of iron due to blood loss after childbirth, increased oxytocin which gives a consistent flow of the calming and bonding hormone, help establishing a healthy milk supply, and help easing the sudden drop in hormones after birth.
We offer multiple encapsulation methods, pickup of the placenta from your birth location and fast delivery of your capsules to your home.
*strong, empirical research for placenta consumption is ongoing
HypnoBirthing® is a birth philosophy as well as a technique for achieving a satisfying, relaxing birth. Through self-hypnosis, breathing and visualization techniques, HypnoBirthing teaches you to release fear and trust your body's ability to birth instinctively.
HypnoBirthing International is the
gold standard for childbirth education. Mongan Method HypnoBirthing has been recognized as a leader in birthing education for over 30 years. Founded in 1989 by Marie Mongan.
POSTPARTUM DOULA SERVICES
Becoming a parent, whether for the first time or the fifth time- brings with it a time of transition for the whole family. It is the job of the postpartum doula to help you and your family navigate that transition successfully.
Postpartum doulas come and provide care after the baby is born, and throughout the first six weeks after birth. They support parents in learning how to sooth, comfort, bathe and feed their newborns. Provide respite care and can help with basic household tasks.
My husband and I hired Samantha as our doula for the birth of our son and I could not say enough nice things about her. She was so supportive and knowledgeable about labor and birth, which I was appreciative of during the few days of prodromal Labor I experienced before the real deal. She understood my anxieties and made me feel empowered in my decisions, which ultimately helped us to have a very positive birth experience. She was amazing at the hospital of course, but I was most surprised by how much I leaned on her before and after the actual birth. Samantha has two young children and was able to empathize with much of what I was going through. Pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum can be so hard— it’s nice to have another person on your team during this time. Thanks to Samantha for everything!!