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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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UberEATS: A lifesaver for new parents

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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

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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!)

Meet Chelsea!

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We know it's still feeling like summer (thanks, Texas) and my how we've grown during these warm months! Our birth doula dream team has been rounded out with two new members: Chelsea Greenwald and Yaz Costopoulos. Our little doula family is now complete at 4 members and with these wonderful women, we're able to offer even better, more comprehensive support for you before, during and after birth while staying true to our vision of super high one-on-one attention for each family that chooses us. Today, let's get you introduced to Chelsea!

Chelsea is trained and certified as a birth and postpartum doula through Doula Trainings International. Chelsea has been assisting families in childbirth and postpartum since 2008 after the birth of her second child.  She wants all birthing individuals to be aware of their choices, be empowered to make informed decisions and be nurtured by hands-on emotional and physical support during pregnancy, birth and postpartum.  

8 Things We Bet You Didn't Know About Chelsea:

  • She grew up on a 33 acre farm in Northern California
  • Her family owns a yoga studio and she has been teaching yoga since 1996
  • She was a clown and did singing telegrams in college (!!!!)
  • Her signature color is green
  • She found her first grey hair at just 18
  • She's the oldest of 6 kids in a blended family (1 biological sister, 1 adopted sister, 2 stepsisters and a stepbrother)
  • Her family is REALLY into halloween, and we dress up in a theme costume every year (photo evidence attached),
  • She worked in the music business for a record label in NYC for several years

On Birth, Death, Loss and Healing

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Usually what we do at AustinBorn is all about preparing for and coping with the joy of parenthood--of bringing a new little person into the world and finding our way along the journey of loving and caring for a baby. But, sometimes, our support of new parents looks different.

One year ago one of our doulas went to the funeral of an Austin Born client whom she had supported in giving birth. This mother had been a delightful combination of fierce warrior mama and tender-hearted girl. She brought her beloved teddy bear to the hospital to cuddle in labor, and then pushed her baby out without an epidural in front of a gaggle of nursing students who had never seen anything so beautiful and raw. Several months later, she died suddenly and unexpectedly. The doula sat in the pew, looked at her baby sitting in her uncle's lap, and cried her heart out.

A few months ago, another of our doulas attended the birth of a sweet little baby girl whom we knew had some significant health problems. Unfortunately, as time passed, it became clear that there were no adequate treatments for her.  She lived for one month before her parents sang her to sleep, tucked in with her Princess Leia doll and lamby lovey. The mother told us that day by day, week by week, she had held out hope that her baby could somehow thrive. She also said that her own physical recovery from birth had been very easy, with her body quickly returning to its pre-pregnancy state, and in the days following her baby's death, she found herself wondering, "Did I really have a baby?" Sometimes she goes into her baby's nursery to remind herself that her baby existed, that it all really happened. The Austin Born doula team attended her funeral, weeping with and for this beautiful family. 

And then just a couple of weeks ago, one of our families at full term called our Labor Line (the phone number we ask our parents to call when they are in labor) with the surprising and unbearably sad news that they had noticed less movement from their baby and had gone into the hospital to be checked, only to find that their baby's heartbeat could no longer be found. They immediately began the process of inducing labor. One of our doulas went to them the next morning and stayed with them throughout the day as they labored to bring their baby into the world. Each of our team of doulas visited them that day, bringing gifts and encouragement, hugs and tears to this new mom and dad who were in a much different kind of labor than they had ever expected. It was a little like sitting shiva--each of us in turn coming to sit with them in their mourning. Once their baby was born, their doula was honored to take photos and to have a turn holding their sweet little boy.

We are so honored to be able to cross over from supporting families in birth to supporting them in death. But this is some of the heaviest work we ever do.

As doulas and as friends, and as women who have experienced infertility and loss ourselves, we wanted to be able to offer some way to help these families and many more like them in our community on their journey of healing. So we dreamed up a ceremony, a time of sharing and ritual and support for families who have experienced loss. And so The Healing Group: Ceremony for Loss was born. It is an evening of nonjudgmental support, processing and ritual surrounding miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss and is appropriate for any parent who has lost a pregnancy or infant, no matter how recent or long ago the loss or whether the loss was spontaneous or elective. The loss of a pregnancy, whether early or late, spontaneous or elective, can bring on a wave of intense and overwhelming emotions. We want anyone who has experience such a loss to know that you are not alone. The Healing Group: Ceremony for Loss will be offered on the 1st Sunday evening every April, August and December of each year. Please join us, and/or extend the invitation to those you know in and around Austin who might find comfort in this kind of ceremony.

Rest in peace, Lisa, Chloe, Corsin, and the many others whose lives, no matter how brief, are cherished so deeply. You and your families are loved, and remembered.

 

Parts of this post were originally published on www.revdoula.com.