Tracy Abney, Birth Doula
Phone: (256) 289-1709
Birth Fee: $300 to $525
Fee Details: Please contact me regarding pricing. Fees are dependent on services provided and I offer various discounts.
Birth Doula Experience: 5 years and 42 births attended
Clients per Month: 0 to 2Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I'm one of the administrators for Rocket City Sling Swap on FB (a local baby wearing group.) I volunteer to help in my local ICAN chapter.
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Madison, AL
I contacted Tracy Abney and met with her during my first trimester. I was pursuing a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarian) and knew that having a doula would increase my chances of success. I like that she has personal and professional experience with VBACs. I knew immediately that Tracy's personality was compatible with mine. I like that she is straight forward, friendly, and genuine. I'm happy I ended up contacting her early on because she became imperative to me during my pregnancy. She was always available for questions and advice throughout my whole pregnancy. I ended up switching to an out of town OB and she was still willing and excited to come along! We happily paid her for her additional travel time. It was well worth the investment having someone local that would be a support person when we were also out of town. She came to the hospital armed with supplies, knowledge, and a wonderful demeanor. When I'm in pain I like to be alone and not touched. Tracy was still able to help me tremendously by making sure I stayed in control of my body. She would notice when I started to get overwhelmed and was capable of bringing me back in control by helping me focus on my breathing. I loved having her support throughout my pregnancy, labor, and postpartum times. Tracy was just as helpful for my husband. He loved having someone there that was educated in birth that was also able to dedicate their time to us during the entire labor and delivery. I can't say enough good things about Tracy as a doula and a person. I 100% think every woman should have a doula! Please put Tracy on your list to interview!
Deciding to hire Tracy was a great decision for us. Early on, she was a link to all the pregnancy/birthing resources in Huntsville. She helped us find a childbirthing class and gave book recommendations, and she knew the ins-and-outs about hospitals, doctors, and chiropractors in our area. My husband and I really wanted to have a natural birth, and Tracy was so supportive! She helped us to develop a realistic birth plan and had a great attitude about entering into the unknown that is childbirth.
However, what we are most grateful for is how supportive Tracy was when our best-laid plans for a natural birth didn't work out, and we had a c-section. In reflecting on our baby's birth, I don't think the hardest thing was the unplanned earliness, or the recovery, or the feeling that I was letting myself and our baby down, or that I was disappointing those who supported me. It was the lack of transition. One minute, I was terrified of being cut open. The next minute, there was a baby! It was great to have Tracy there to keep my husband's and my mind more focused on meeting our new baby than we ever could have been on our own. I am so grateful to be able to remember some of the special moments of that day that weren't the surgery: first meeting our baby, first nursing, being so afraid of holding our baby wrong, etc. And, I credit Tracy for helping to create a space where I could take a minute here and there to focus on that day rather than the moments leading up to it and the moments to come after it.
I highly recommend hiring Tracy, regardless of your expectations for childbirth.
Tracy was amazing throughout my entire pregnancy. She was always available to answer questions or discuss any concerns that I had at any time. My labor and delivery was fast, but she was by my side the entire time offering words of encouragement and telling me that I could do it. I would recommend her to anyone looking for an amazing doula and friend.
Being a first time mom, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do for my daughters birth. After researching several options, I decided that I wanted to have as natural a birth as possible and I wanted a doula. We met and interviewd Tracy and felt she was our perfect fit. My husband was a little skeptical at first, but now he tells guys he works with that are pregnant they should hire a doula and that they won't regret it!! They not only are providing support for you, but also for your husband.
During pregnancy she gave tons of tips to aid during that time, and also a list of things that we would like to have after our birth that we never would have thought of!
Labor and Delievery: I started contractions around noon on August 7th.I let her know and told her I would keep her updated. Around 5:30pm the contractions were becoming harder. I called her and said things were progressing, but we were handling it okay at that point. At around 10:00 or so, we called and said we were ready for her. Things were becoming more painful and closer together. Tracy came to my house and helped us labor at home until about midnight. She was so supportive and giving different things to help during contractions. Around midnight we went to the hospital. My daughter was born aorund 10:30am. During this time Tracy was such a huge support for me and my husband. She talked through contractions, provided positive support, massage, aromatherapy, we got in shower, tub, counterpressure during contractions, relief for hubby to go get coffee and bathroom and not feel bad about leaving. She was very knowledgeable about labor, stages of labor, interventions, decoding what the doctors/nurses said, ect. If we decide to have another one, after I tell my husband we are pregnant my next phone call would be to Tracy no doubt!
Tracy recently assisted in the birth of our second son. I can not imagine it going any better! I had a difficult delivery with my first (pitocin, 2 failed epidurals) so I was really looking for a different experience. I was able to completely labor at home, which was my biggest goal. Tracy helped me through each contraction phsycially and emotionaly. She was extremely knowledgable of the stages of labor and how to help make me more comfortable. I was able to arrive and the hospital and deliver an hour later! I can not imagine doing it without her!
My experience with Tracy was extremely professional and positive. From the very beginning, she was warm, kind and put my husband and I at ease with the birthing process. Before the birth, she answered numerous questions, provided helpful resources, and was emotionally supportive.
As the birthing process began, she talked me through contraction after contraction. She massaged my back and comforted me through the pain. She was a great source of comfort and guidance to my husband throughout the entire process.
During the birth, she helped to calm me with prayer through really intense moments and she was with me for approx. 20 hours. Her knowledge of the process, her patience and presence with me were critical to me during my birth. She made me feel safe at times when I felt the hospital didn't have my best interests at heart.
Tracy worked hard to give me the birth experience I wanted. Having her with me throughout my childbirthing experience was invaluable to me.
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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