Tracy Abney, Birth Doula
Phone: (256) 289-1709
Birth Fee: $225 to $500
Fee Details: Please contact me regarding pricing. Fees are dependent on services provided and I offer various discounts.
Birth Doula Experience: 4 years and 19 births attended
Specific certifications for the above: DONA trainedType of Practice: Partnership with 2 or more doulas
Clients per Month: 0 to 2Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Madison, AL
This was my first pregnancy, my husband and I wanted to have a natural childbirth but had never been a part of a childbirth experience. I had the desire to hire a doula, my husband was skeptical of hiring one, but decided to humor me. i set up an interview with Tracy and we met with her and ended up hitting it off. I tried to interview a couple of other doulas and our schedules never matched up, my husband and I felt that was the Lord's way of confirming our choice with Tracy. My first labor pains started when I was at work on a Wednesday afternoon, I texted Tracy to let her know that things were probably starting soon. She told me that what I was experiencing was normal and to keep her posted. We called her to come to our house at around 2 am Wednesday/Thursday night/morning. She came over and immediately started coaching and encouraging me through the contractions. We labored at home as long as possible. I had a very long labor, my baby boy was not born until Friday at 3:44pm, Tracy was with my husband and I the entire time. I was able to have my natural childbirth, no epidural or pitocin and I was in labor for a total of 52 hours! Not normal at all, but I could not have done it without first of all God's help, and then Tracy and my husband. My husband who was skeptical at first about hiring a doula, would recommend her to anyone and she is worth every penny!
I had a great experience with Tracy, especially since I am a first time mom. I hired her pretty early on in my pregnancy, so she was there for me nearly the entire time. I didn't consider myself the "typical" client of a doula, and was only vaguely familiar with what they did when I met Tracy. However, I knew I wanted someone there to help support and guide me through pregnancy and childbirth since it was my first time, and I natrually was nervous about the experience. When I met Tracy, I knew we'd be a good match. She was warm and compassionate, and always responsive to any questions I had. She checked in with me prior to and after my OB appointments to see how I was doing and help me remember what to expect and what questions to ask. She came with me to a couple of appointments later in my pregnancy, too.
The day of labor and delivery, she was invaluable. She really helped me stay relaxed and focused. She knew a lot of techniques to make the pain more bearable. Hiring her really was one of the best decisions I made for myself and my baby, and even my husband also said he couldn't imagine our birth without Tracy there. She made my birth experience so much more enjoyable and wonderful. After delivery, she and the nurses helped me get started with breastfeeding. She also took pictures during the birth and took detailed notes, which is so wonderful to have since I forgot a lot of small details. She has also checked on me a couple of times in the postpartum period and provided emotional support and reassurance during that fragile time.
It is my belief that every woman should have a trained doula to support them during their pregnancy and childbirth, no matter what kind of experience she desires. I wouldn't hesitate for a second to recommend Tracy to anyone.
Hiring Tracy as my Doula was the most important thing I did for my delivery and my child. I was terrified of the experience and Tracy made sure to keep me calm and provided me with excercises and massages to ease the pain. The delivery was flawlessly natural and requied no intervention whatsoever from the doctor. I also appreciated a lot of the advice she gave me about the experience. I was having a hard time talking to my doctor and Tracy filled the gap and gave me critical information. She's very knowledgable in the medical aspect of childbirth and does her research. She helped guide my decision every step of the way. But the most important thing is that she brought a camera and took lots of good pictures and documented my delivery. My mom had forgotten my camera at home. If it hadn't been for Tracy, I would have missed the pictures of the baby after birth which would have been a disaster for me.
My advice to any pregnant woman would be to always hire a Doula, even if you have the most supportive husband. Husbands are not child birth experts and will not do the job a Doula can during delivery. Get a Doula that really cares about their work like Tracy. They will make the experience so special and easy for you.
I truly owe Tracy for being there for me during the most important event of my life and hope to be able to repay her some day. Thank you Tracy
Tracy made my birth with my 3rd son a wonderful experience! She was an advocate for me, and spoke up to the nurses about what I wanted even when I couldn't. She made me feel like I was doing a great job and also helped distract me from the pain at times. Although my husband was there through the whole thing, it was a blessing to have someone who had been through labor herself in my corner as well. I would most definitely hire her as a doula again, if I were having any more children.
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