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5555 N. Lamar Blvd, Suite C-127
Austin, TX

AustinBorn is the only boutique parenting center in Austin offering classes and services in a judgment-free atmosphere. We offer birth doula care, group prenatal gatherings, postpartum doula care, childbirth education, placenta encapsulation, loss doula care, postpartum support group, breastfeeding support group, lactation counseling, breastfeeding education and special workshops.  Come say hello and check out our cozy space. We can't wait to meet you!

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AustinBorn is Moving!

Austin Born

AustinBorn is going through a bit of a rebirth and we couldn't be more excited about all the good stuff happening. Our biggest news to share is that we are moving to a new space! We've been busting at the seams in our current office, so we're upgrading to accommodate our growing community.

Beginning August 1st you can find us at 5555 N Lamar Blvd., Suite L121, Austin, 78734. We're staying in the same complex -- just moving offices. The new space is a corner office located off Guadalupe, near a sweet little grassy area. (We have windows and trees and NATURAL LIGHT!)

Our office phone number will remain the same (512-555-5655), so don't hesitate to call should you have any trouble finding us!

We'll be celebrating at The Circle & The Breastfeeding Cafe next week, and will let you know when we have our official "Welcome" party in late August. 

We look forward to seeing you at our new digs!

My Bold Birth....?

Austin Born

By Juanita Sawyer

I wasn't the girl who grew up dreaming of an ornate wedding and tiny toes in satin cradles. I wasn't ever sure what I wanted in my adult life. It took many years lived as a pseudo adult, learning from mistakes and falling in to incredibly obvious traps before any sense of self or future came in to focus. I don't think my story is unique but it helps set the stage for my current life and this quickly evolving pregnancy of mine. I got here by feeling it out and making decisions based on gut checks informed by a life of very real experience. 

I came around to my role in the world as a doula through some very tough self exploration. I had waited so long for any sense of calling that I wasn't about to take this journey lightly. I realized that I'm capable of standing at the gates and crossroads in life with folks and offer some true connection in those times that can be a miasma of emotion. What a relief to know my purpose and have something to walk boldly forward in to.

When I met my current husband, while living in Eastern Asia and imagining a life of autonomy and travel, I wasn't even sure I wanted children. My ethic base and global consciousness was in over drive and I wasn't sure I deserved the luxury of having my own child. He was certain that we were to be together and make babies and I have to admit that there was something very sexy about his certitude. When he asked me to marry him, I promised to do my best and walked boldly forward.We returned to the states and started life here; he in nursing school and myself as a doula exploring birth work. We agreed that putting pressure on baby making wasn't going to offer either our marriage or our pursuit to be parents any help so we went forward in the spirit of 'not not trying' and trusted synchronicity and biology to do the rest. Starting a new life in a new inter-cultural marriage in a place completely new to both of us proved stressful enough. We finally found our way to my husbands graduation day and some traction in my work enough to move in to a home that provided a greater sense of stability and comfort. We were pregnant a month later. And so we walk boldly forward. 

You may have started wondering why I'm telling you all of this... By no means am I trying to paint the picture that big life decisions come easily for me or that 'walking boldly forward' is always been my go to in life. I'm also plagued with seemingly insurmountable fear when heading in to the unknown. Here's the thing though... this 'having a baby' business has, in many ways, thrown me for the biggest fucking loop of my life. It doesn't help that I'm a doula and can't unknow the things I've seen and learned. It also doesn't help that I'm not able to pursue a blissful, natural midwife guided home birth due to some health issues. So... here I am, walking into a medicalized birth having been trained in the natural model. And, ya know, that's all fine. I'm game to do whatever I have to do to bring a healthy baby in to this world. The problem is that I don't want this experience to be wrung of all of that beautiful, empowering juice that all momma's and babies deserve. So.. I'm on a mission. I'm gonna make this a beautiful birth. It may not be ecstatic or surrounded by candles and chanting while I moan my baby in to the world through water. There will be beeping machines and harsh lighting and perhaps scalpels and masks. There will be drugs and a hospital stay and rules. But there are things that I can do to advocate for that will draw me back in to the deep truths of the transformation that my baby and I are having together. And ya know... fuck some of the rules. Cause that's how I do.

I say all of this BUT you'll notice that I didn't invoke my catch phrase in the last paragraph. The truth is... I'm not feeling so bold yet. And I am hesitating in my steps forward. I'm on the hunt for the right OB and boy has that been an adventure so far (more on that later). In short, I've found that a practitioner that isn't the right fit can really throw a wrench in to any bold, birthing empowerment one tries to summon. Also, I'm looking for the right doula, although, that process hasn't started ardently yet. I need someone who can help me to completely honor my birth for everything that it is. So often, doulas come with a set of bias that our training can instill in us. And, though it's true that a natural birth is, as shown by a lot of evidence, the best for both mom and baby, what matters most is what remains in momma's memory and baby's bones. What was her work and how did her brave show up?   How did she invoke the deepest parts of herself to bring this life into our realm? What are her memories of those redefining moments? Was she treated like the warrior she brought? Was she given a warriors welcome? 

Sharing these thoughts with you is emboldening my outlook. Let's get this conversation started and keep it going! What do we need from our birth workers to make birth ours again even when they happen in an environment that can be alienating? How do we bridge the gap between the perceptions of a medicalized birth and a birth modeled after midwifery standards so that honor is showered upon every birth? When we give birth, we are approaching the very vale between life as we know it and the beyond. We are encountering the very essence of what makes us human and links us with the ancient and posterity. What do we need to avoid a complete irreverence of that? What tools do we need to walk blindly and boldly forward into the deep unknowing that makes life a miracle?

I know now, through experience, that life's big moves don't happen because I have calculated every thing perfectly. It happens because something larger than me moves me forward into some potential shit storms only for me to emerge a more complete version of myself. Never has that been truer than now as I bring this child into the world. And so, one bold step at a time, mommas. 

Juanita is a birth and postpartum doula, supporting families in Austin, TX. To read more of her work, visit her website Vine Doula Services.

UberEATS: A lifesaver for new parents

Austin Born

Real talk: the first few days and weeks (and months?!) with a new baby are tough. Priorities drastically shift and it's challenging to meet your basic needs. Yes, it's common not to remember what day it is, or when you last changed your clothes, or had a shower, or ate a meal. Here are two things you can do to help make sure you and your sweet little family are nourished:

1. Use UberEATS to have your favorite local ATX meals delivered right to your door. You know what you're not going to want to do with a newborn at home? Cook. So when the MealTrain is over, your freezer meals have run out, and you're still exhausted and hungry, UberEATS will be there to save the day(s). (Taco delivery anyone?!) AustinBorn clients use promo code AUSTINBORN10 to receive $10 off your first UberEATS order. Menus are not "upcharged" from what you would pay if you were in the restaurant and delivery is a flat $3.99. 

2. Hire a postpartum and newborn specialist to help make your transition super smooth. We specialize in care for your newborn, while also ensuring that your needs are met. We look out for the wellbeing of the whole family, helping to bring life back to (some form of) neutral in the first few weeks and months with a new baby. 

*3. Deep breaths. You're doing great!

Contact Us to set up an interview to meet your postpartum support team!

Meet Jacqueline!

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We are delighted to announce that our AustinBorn family is growing! (See what we did there?) Community, meet Jacqueline Chandler.

Jacqueline can't think of a time when she wasn't passionate about reproductive health, and after the birth of her son in 2014, she decided to follow her heart and become a birth and postpartum doula. In her previous life, she had dreams of becoming a Foreign Service Officer with the State Department, but the thought of being too far away from breakfast tacos and family made her rethink that decision. 

Working for over ten years full-time outside the home, and making the transition back to office life after only ten weeks off postpartum, has shaped her outlook on life pre- and post-birth and has provided her with a unique vantage point from which to serve families. Jacqueline believes it is a basic human right to birth the way one chooses and have access to all the information one needs to make informed choices. 

Jacqueline trained through Doula Trainings International (DTI), is a volunteer in the newborn nursery at St. David's Medical Center, and is a member of the Central Texas Doula Association. She feels fortunate to be a part of such a wonderful community at AustinBorn and looks forward to supporting families on life's most exciting journey. 

10 Fun Things to Know About Jacqueline:

  • Played contemporary and baroque oboe, and english horn - her favorite!
  • As a member of her high school colorguard, she tossed flags, rifles, and sabres up in the air.
  • Studied abroad in England and Scotland as a undergrad
  • Has dual U.S./U.K. citizenship (and has the tattoo to prove it)
  • Received her BA in international studies and MSc in international politics
  • Could never get tired of watching the movie Pride and Prejudice (2005) 
  • Adopted two huge dogs from Austin shelters and rescue organizations
  • (Almost) compulsively dusts and vacuums her home
  • Volunteered at the Glasgow Rape Crisis Center and Austin's SafePlace 
  • Loves to sew and cross stitch (especially cross stitch jewelry!)

Be sure to give Jacqueline a big "Hello!" when you see her around the office. She's looking forward to getting to know you all! 

Welcome to AustinBorn

Austin Born

We support YOU.

Yes, YOU. In all of your individual glory, we support you.

Since the beginning of AustinBorn, our message has reflected judgement-free support of your decisions. Our mission remains to uphold a safe and compassionate space where families can learn, belong, and thrive together. Our hope is that you’ve heard that message loud and clear. In case we missed a few folks:

We’re here to proudly state that we serve and support ALL FAMILIES.

Everyone is welcome to pass through our doors and receive the guidance and support they need and deserve. As new and expecting parents, you have one of the most important jobs on the face of this planet -- and we understand that process looks different for all families.  At AustinBorn we celebrate your diversity, we respect your decisions, and we vow to hold you up while you navigate the (sometimes rough) waters of parenthood.

We are honored to work with each and every one of you, to help ensure you thrive along your journey.

Welcome, Families...our door is open.

*We would love an opportunity to get to know you. Click here to schedule a meeting with our birth and postpartum doula team.

Meet Yaz!

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Yesterday, we got to introduce you to Chelsea. Now let's get to know wonder woman, Yaz! 

Yaz arrived to doulahood by the way of (postnatal) Yoga and her Mexican lineage. As a yoga teacher trainee in the United States, she observed a class where a group of women in the trenches of brand new motherhood would hold each other with sweet solidarity and fierce kindness. In an instant, all the tales of women caring for each other and their babies told by her mother and grandmother back in Mexico were happening in front of her. Even in another country, in another language, it was still sisterhood in the rawest and most empowering form. She was hooked! With that, she became trained and certified by Doula Trainings International. 

Yaz is a lifelong student of Yoga (with a passion for Ayurveda), a lifelong student of birth, of mamahood, of sister/brotherhood. She strives to offer what she honors the most: the space to feel heard, held, supported and loved.

Yaz has experience working alongside women of different cultural backgrounds. She’s doula’d (love this verb) in different settings for a wide diversity of women and families. She loves listening to people’s stories, using her rebozo, her oils for mean foot massages, and her newly acquired belly binding skills.

9 Things We Bet You Didn't Know About Yaz

  • Was born and raised in Mexico City

  • Is part Mexican, part Greek, part American (good food is in her genes, guys!)

  • Has been a vegetarian for 17 years, but secretly wishes she could eat gyros and tacos al pastor

  • Is hopelessly in love with the 90’s (where have all the grungers and Lilith Fairs gone? *sighs*

  • Wants to be a dancer, violinist, and spoken word artist when she grows up

  • Has loved owls and sloths WAY before the hipsters discovered their magic

  • Has a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and a Master’s in Education Development

  • Left the life she had built in Mexico, and moved to Austin to marry her best friend. #EpicWin

  • Hates routine but needs it

  • Loves coffee. Coffee doesn’t love her back. True story.

  • Learned to ride a bike in her 30’s (never too late to be humbled by gravity, right?)

  • Loves and fosters sisterly/brotherly bonds with people

  • Has a special interest in working alongside underserved populations

  • Worked with indigenous communities in both the North and South of Mexico, to design and build intercultural learning environments

  • Loves to binge on TED talks (nerd alert!)

  • Loves to photograph glimpses of beauty in unlikely places

  • Sings in the shower and on her way to births pretty much always

  • Loves to hug, but has total respect for non-huggers (however, if you are a hugger and see Yaz, make her day and hug away!)