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5555 N. Lamar Blvd, Suite L-121
Austin, TX

512-222-5655

AustinBorn is a modern parenting center in Austin, TX offering classes and services in an inclusive atmosphere. We offer birth + postpartum doula care, group prenatal classes, childbirth education, loss support, postpartum support groups, 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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Ask the Doula: Ana

Austin Born

We are super excited to introduce you to Ana Koehler, who recently joined the AB team. She's a mother, a doula, an artist, and the co-founder of an ATX organization for female entrepreneurs. Ana is a grounded, curious, and tells-it-like-it-is kind of gal and WE LOVE HER!

Meet Ana.


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What color represents you best?

Shades of blue.

What do you do in your free time?

Haha, what free time?! I'm always trying to carve out time to paint and make art. It's tricky with a 4 year old at home. I love spending time with my family outdoors, I really enjoy taking long walks alone while listening to a podcast which is something I always did in NYC but it's more complicated here. I love walking so much, I've been thinking about starting a walking club! Anyone interested?! Ha. I really value girlfriend time and love hanging out with the amazing women in my life as often as possible.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Sigh. I think I've decided that I don't want to grow up.

Tell us about your last job. How has it influenced your work as a doula?

I worked in NYC as an account executive for a British fashion label. Very very far from birth work! I think the biggest influence would have to be making connections and maintaining them. I learned the art of "following up" through working in sales, and that is key as my work as a Doula.
 

What is one thing people may not know about doulas?

We must process every birth experience we attend. A lot of us journal about it, or talk with a loved one. It's incredibly life changing to witness another person birth a baby, and we are so lucky to be able to see it so often but with that comes a lot of emotions and we must always process and restore before we can move onto the next birth.

If you had 5 minutes to teach a new skill to a birth client what would it be? 

I would chat with them about breathing and things/sayings that comfort them in their daily life and how we can bring those to the table when labor begins.
 

The door to the room you're in right now opens. Who do you want to walk through it?

 My parents. They live too far away, and I don't get to see them often. I miss them! We are so thankful for FaceTime.
 

What do you think about on your way to a birth? 

I'm usually going through all our prenatal discussions in my mind, remembering wishes and birth preferences.

What's one of your favorite tips to give to postpartum parents? 

This too shall pass. I always try and remind my clients that everything is changing and shifting and passing and to trust their instincts and themselves. Also, If my client is breastfeeding, I always recommend the Haakaa Silicone Breastmilk catcher! It didn't exist when my son was born but it certainly would have changed my life if it had. It's magic.
 

Your favorite song comes on right now. What is it?
Trouble - Cat Stevens
 

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!

Meet Jacqueline!

Austin Born

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.