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Natasha Woodard

Gulf Coast Doula

Website: http://www.gulfcoastdoula.com

Phone: 228-365-5941

Birth Fee: $600

Postpartum Rate: $10 to $20

Fee Details: Visit www.gulfcoastdoula.com for more information on Services

Birth Doula Experience: 3 years and 28 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 2 years and 3 families served

Birth Doula Certifications

  • Childbirth International (CBI) - Certified Birth Doula

Doula Training

  • BEST Doula Training, April 2017
Type of Practice: Partnership with 2 or more doulas

Clients per Month: 1 to 3 births and 1 to 3 postpartum families

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? Some Birth Centers
Unfortunately MS does not have any birth centers. I have attended births at the birth center in New Orleans
Attends home births? Some Home Births
I will attend a homebirth with a midwife in attendance.

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Plus size mothers
  • Single parents
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Antepartum doula
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Military families
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Parenting consulting
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Founder of Gulf Coast Birth Options, Rally Coordinator for Improving Birth, Volunteer for Military Doula, Member of the Mississippi Birth Collective, Professional Member at Evidence Based Birth®, and volunteer for MS Friends of Midwives.

Languages spoken: English

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Client Testimonials for Natasha Woodard

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Julia Thomas

I am so pleased with our birth experience with Natasha. She was helpful during pregnancy and answered any questions that my husband or I had. If she didn't know the answer, she found out and got back with us. During the birth of our daughter, she helped me relax and used pressure relieving techniques on my back to ease pain. It was very hard for me to move during active labor but she encouraged and reminded me to try to take a walk to the restroom or even stand and sway for a minute to speed labor. She helped me have the birth I had planned! 

Posted 8/6/2017

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Kendall Regan

I had a wonderful experience with Natasha! Throughout my pregnancy, at our multiple prenatal appointments, I always told her "I didn't know I was getting a therapist AND a doula!" Natasha is a natural listener and was such an amazing asset to have throughout a rough pregnancy. We had multiple educational "meetings" as well to go over what was to be expected in labor and birth. She was always there to help me make knowledgeable decisions about my birth plan while NEVER passing judgement or offering a biased opinion. It was always about knowledge and evidenced-based birth, which I loved. During the weeks leading up to labor, natasha was a constant resource and reassurance for me. I texted her almost daily to help me cope with those final, challenging weeks and to help me decide when labor had finally begun. When we were ready for her "hands-on" support, she came immediately and didn't leave until my baby was safely in my arms and we were getting settled in. She supported me every step of my labor and delivery, even when plans changed. My birth this time was 100% different and better than my first, and I attribute that to my support team: natasha and my midwife. I would 100% recommend Natasha to anyone looking for an optimal preganncy and birth. She is truly an amazing resource and friend. 

Posted 7/25/2017

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Miriah Carpenter

This was my second pregnancy. I knew without a doubt I wanted a doula and that I would most likely choose Natasha. We had already clicked online because of our shared views on birth and life. When my husband and I met with her she was as warm as I imagined she'd be. She was very helpful and professional throughout my entire pregnancy, and though she miss most of my labor (no fault of her's. I progressed VERY quickly) when she did arrive she jumped right in in supporting me 100%. After birth she was absolutely. amazing. I recommend her to all of my expecting friends and acquaintances.

Posted 3/14/2017

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Nikki Jourdain-Earl

It was an absolute pleasure working with Natasha! We were expecting our first child and were looking for a doula to support us through the process. Natasha was incredibly helpful throughout the pregnancy and through birth. She would check in regularly to see how I was feeling and I could tell she was genuinely interested in supporting me. It was really helpful to have someone else to share the highs and lows of pregnancy with and someone to check-in with after doctors appointments.

Natasha made us feel very prepared for the child birth experience. We were well informed about the stages of labor, what to expect throughout the process and she taught us various coping techniques. She was always there to share resources and various perspectives, but never pushed us towards a particular point of view. We felt empowered to make our own decisions and had enough information to make an educated choice. We also felt great as we prepared for the birthing experience, as we had gone over the birth plan and various scenarios with Natasha in advance.

Finally, Natasha had a very calming presence during the birth. I knew she was there for support and guidance, but also felt like she gave my husband and I the space to have our experience. She also helped me achieve my goal of not introducing pitocin. My labor stalled towards the end and Natasha had me try a position that helped my labor progress. Without her, I'm not sure we would have had such a positive birth story.

I'd highly recommend Natasha if you are looking for a doula. She is very friendly, knowledgeable and supportive and we're so glad to have worked with her.

Posted 3/9/2017

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AshLee Cano

  Natasha was the perfect choice for our doula. There was an immediate connection between us when we met, she was just that comforting to me from the beginning. She was always there when I needed her, just a message or phone call away and she'd be there for us. 

      With our visits she really helped my husband and I get excited about labor, and be better prepared for managing labor before she would come. 

   When labor finally did come she was there in what seemed minutes after we told her we needed her and immediately brought relief with just her presence. Our birth plan went a little out the window due to medical issues so we didn't get to use all the pain relieving labor tactics we had wanted, but she was there the whole time I just wanted to hold onto her and her hand. She was there for me, she made me know everything was ok, and got me through our labor of love to meet our beautiful second son. 

 It is a happy thing to finally have our son in our arms but I get a little sad knowing I will truly miss my doula! I would in a heart beat (if our military travels didn't hinder this), have her at every birth of ours in the future. She was an essential part to my pregnancy, labor, and delivery without a doubt in my mind. :) 

       Love you Natasha!!! 

Posted 7/3/2016

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Heather Williams Duke

When I became pregnant a second time I knew I wanted to use doula again. Natasha was great to work with as I was looking for someone who supported my decisions without being over the top or judgemental. As an RN I was already pretty knowledgeable in the field of labor and delivery so there were times where I felt I wasn't using her to her full potential. Nevertheless, she continuously provided me with resources geared toward preparing me for birth. Knowing she would be there to provide me support during labor kept my mind at ease. On the night my son was born Natasha didn't disappoint and met my every need-she wasn't pushy and just let me do what felt right. In the end I was able to have my second unmedicated birth with her support. Natasha was also instrumental during the posttpartum to talk through my birth experience. Her recollection helped me to work the entire experience out in my head. I will definitely recommend Natasha in the future-Heather Williams-Duke

Posted 12/22/2015

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Leiana Wortel Coakley

Natasha was my doula for the birth of my son in October 2014. She is kind, nurturing and very professional. She provided us with a detailed summary of our birthstory and an excellent postpartum check in. She can give guidance in your breast feeding and baby wearing needs as well!

Posted 6/27/2015

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Leslie Reneé Moniot

As a single mom, I first became interested in hiring a Doula because I needed a birth partner that didn't have to be my baby's father.  He and I are on good terms and he's a committed dad, but he lives out of state, and there was no guarantee he would make it on time for our daughter's birth, so having a Doula was the ideal solution.  During my pregnancy Natasha proved to be the perfect choice.  She has an extremely mindful approach and you can tell her experience as a mother of two gives her special insight in how to talk to a pregnant woman.  She made a point of checking in with me, at what I always felt was just the right time, ready to offer help and advice without asking me the same annoying questions everybody else was asking me.  During our consultations I felt very confident in her knowledge and intuition, and I always felt she was very prepared.  In the days before my due date, she was on call 24 hours a day for any questions I had, or should I go into early labor.  When the time came, I was 41 weeks and went in for a scheduled induction.  Many people think a Doula is only for a natural birth, but I was medically induced and had an epidural and Natasha was supportive and knowledgable about it all.  In the end, my baby's father was there for the whole birth, but I still found Natasha to be indispensible.  She helped me relax, coached me through the pain (yes, there was plenty of pain, even with my epidural) and she used special techniques to help my labor speed up naturally, specifically with the way she helped me position my body at various points throught my labor.  Yes, not only was my birth less stressful and more successful, it was actually shorter!  I was so impressed by how she worked with my birth team.  My mom and my baby's father also relied on Natasha's cool head and great ideas, and she was a great team player with my doctor and nurses.  In the end, a great experience!

Posted 3/11/2015

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