My name is Alanna Peters and I am the mother of two beautiful little girls. I am a certified HypnoBirthing® childbirth educator and a successful HypnoBirthing mama! I had such a beautiful experience with my birth that it has become my goal to help other families have the births they envision as well.
I first realized that I had an interest in birth back in junior college when I saw a birth video for the first time. It brought up a very strong emotional response in me and I strongly felt that birth was something I COULD do, that my body already knew HOW to do (even though I was in no way ready to be pregnant yet at that time!). Many years later, when I did become pregnant, those strong emotions returned and I began to do immense amounts of research on birth and how I could accomplish it in a peaceful, unmedicated way. Still to this day, every time I see a birth I get goosebumps and teary-eyed as I am filled with emotion. That moment of birth is such an amazing, awe-inspiring thing!
With my first pregnancy I tried a few different natural birth techniques and labored very peacefully for about 30 hours. The time eventually got to be too much for me and I gave in and got an epidural. I still had a wonderful birth experience but I was determined to do it completely naturally the second time around! I had several friends who had successful HypnoBirths so I decided to give it a try for myself. I ended up having the most amazing, relaxing, easy birth I could ever imagine. I was so relaxed that I didn’t even realize I was truly in labor until a few minutes before my baby was born peacefully at home! It was such an incredible experience that I felt called to share these HypnoBirthing® techniques with others.
In the years since I have taken my Birth Doula training through DONA and my Postpartum Doula training through CAPPA, and taught Newborn Care classes. A healthy pregnancy and birth, as well as helping new parents adjust to parenthood, are things that are extremely important to me and it is my desire to help others achieve them as well. It is my desire to help new parents feel empowered and confident in their birthing choices and parenting abilities.
What is a Birth Doula?
A birth doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible. Doulas also provide support to the birth partner and evidence-based educational resources and advocacy.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) states that “..one of the most effective tools to improve labor and delivery outcomes is the continuous presence of support personnel, such as a doula.”
Research shows that women who use a birth doula are:
- less likely to need Pitocin
- less likely to have a cesarean birth
- less likely to use any pain medication
- more likely to rate their childbirth experience positively
More info at https://www.dona.org/what-is-a-doula/
What is a Postpartum Doula?
Postpartum Doulas support new families by providing emotional, physical, and evidence-based informational support after the birth of their baby.
In the postpartum period it is so important to support the mother’s recovery. Remember that mothers just underwent a life-changing experience too, and they need to be cared for as well as their newborn does! Postpartum doulas assist new mothers by giving instruction on infant care and feeding, assisting with household organization, offering support, information, instruction, comfort, and referrals as needed. Doulas have a positive impact on the well-being of the entire family.
More Info at http://www.cappa.net/postpartum-doula
CAPPA Postpartum Doulas:
- Provide non-biased emotional, physical, and informational support during the postpartum period
- Encourage the family to seek care that reflects their values and needs
- Model and teach effective communication
- Encourage informed decision making
- Support the physical and emotional healing of the mother