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Kayla Smith, CD (DTI), HCHD, HCHI

Nashville Birth and Babies

Website: http://www.nashvillebirthandbabies.com

Phone: (615) 397-5841

Birth Fee: $800 to $1200

Postpartum Rate: $30 to $35

Fee Details: Ask about Hypnobabies Homestudy Advantage for FREE for my birth doula clients! I also offer a non-Hypnobabies childbirth crash course to birth clients for FREE! Rates increase in January 2020.

Birth Doula Experience: 8 years and 41 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 1 years and 8 families served

Birth Doula Certifications

  • Doula Trainings International - Certified Birth Doula
  • Hypnobabies - Certified Hypno-Doula

Postpartum Doula Certifications

  • Doula Trainings International - Certified Postpartum Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International, September 2011
  • Doula Trainings International , August 2018
Type of Practice: Other

Clients per Month: 1 to 4 births and 1 to 2 postpartum families

Postpartum limits/restrictions: Non-Smoking Households only
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
With qualified midwife or doctor in attendance

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • HCHI Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Instructor

Other Relevant Certifications

  • Rebozo Training
  • American Heart Association CPR Certified

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Previous birth trauma and/or birth injury
  • Single parents
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Aromatherapy
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Military families
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Active member of HEART doula network, Nashville Birth Collective, and Nashville Birth and Babies

Languages spoken: English

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Client Testimonials for Kayla Smith, CD (DTI), HCHD, HCHI

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Kate

We had a fantastic experience with Kayla. We chose her as our Doula because we were taking her Hypnobabies class and wanted a Doula who would understand all of our training and preparation. After meeting her, my husband and I immediately felt comfortable with her and decided to hire her. She supported my birth plan fully and when things started going in a different direction she continued to support my decisions. Kayla literally held my hand through my birthing process. She made me feel supported, empowered, educated, and capable. During my birthing time, I needed to make some medical decisions and Kayla was there to help me understand my options and encouraged me to take time to make my choices. She was there with us the whole process and didn't only support me, but also supported my husband. She watched to make sure all my needs were being met and helped my husband know when I needed more attention, and went to take a break. Kayla was extremely intuitive. At one point, it became difficult for me to speak through the discomfort, and somehow, with very limited communication, she knew exactly what I needed. Her knowledge of the birthing process and real experience in the field came into play over and over. I can't imagine birthing without Kayla. I will definitely be hiring her again, and think you should too. 

Posted 5/2/2019

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Jessica Rousseau

Kayla was so wonderful throughout the entire pregnancy and birth. I don't think I could have handled my fast and intense labor without her. She is so kind and supportive of any situation. She has such a calming presence that you can feel the second she is in the room. I studied hypnobabies using the home study advantage course and loved that Kayla was a hypnobabies doula. Kayla provided so much support to both my husband and I and we both greatly appreciated her services. My only regret is that I did not hire her for my first pregnancy and birth! I would highly recommend her to anyone! If we have another baby, I will be using her again! 

Posted 10/8/2017

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Samar Uthman Craig

Kayla is an AMAZING doula, and we would HIGHLY recommend her to anyone searching for a doula! She handles all situations with such grace, serenity, and kindness. She is such a great presence to have especially during the birthing of your child. She was a great resource from the beginning of my pregnancy to even after my son was born. She offered helpful information as well as reassurance throughout the whole journey. I was in labor for almost 34 hours. My cervix was taking a long time to dilate, and my son was not in an ideal position for a natural birth. Kayla offered suggestions (e.g., exercises, breathing techniques, verbal cues, etc.) to help the labor along as well as fantastic emotional support as it was a long time to be in labor. She was there for us starting at our house all the way until I was in a room with our son. Once we established expectations and her role during labor and delivery, she stepped right in and was extremely helpful to me and my husband. She was a much-needed, wonderful support for my husband who needed an emotional and physical break from the long labor. Kayla is truly a gem! I will definitely ask her to be my doula again for our next birthing experience. Kayla, thank you so much for being the quintessential doula.

Posted 9/22/2017

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Nita Hill

Kayla is wonderful! My husband and I studied the Hypnobabies method and used Kayla as our doula. I was able to have a natural birth without epidural and I could not have done it without Kayla. Not only did she rub my back for eight hours straight during labor, she was a calming and reassuring influence during pregnancy and the entire birth process. We weren’t sure we needed a doula, either, but ultimately were very happy we had one!

Posted 1/23/2014

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Bonnie Lee Panda

Kayla was a Godsend to Shane and I. We couldn't be more grateful fo her loving compassion, wisdom and support. 

We were so grateful Kayla was there with us EVERY step of the way. At first, when we were thinking about hiring a doula, we weren't sure it would work for us. Shane and I had done hypnobabies training for 8 weeks and thought we were solid together and didn't know where a doula would fit into it with us. We had really wanted our birthing experience to be intimate between the both of us. Not only did Kayla fit perfectly with us, she made us stronger as a unit. We were all a team and she added so incredibly much to our experience. 

Our birthing experience didn't go as planned, we had a lot more interventions then either of us hoped or planned for. But Kayla was loving, informative, supportive, honest, gentle, and just plain available. For 34 hours! When I thought she would get tired or bored or frustrated, she didn't. She was consistent. 

My husband Shane had thought he had the birthing experience all figured out, he even read the book, "The Birth Partner," that doula's read (he's such a cutie!). But he told me after how grateful he was that Kayla was there. He said there were times that he didn't know what to say to me when I was scared and upset, and Kayla would have the right words to calm my fears and bring me back to my peaceful center. He was grateful for the reprieve and support. 

If we were having another child now, there's no doubt we would want Kayla to be with us every step of the way. Her calming presence was a gift. 

Posted 8/25/2013

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Becca Stinson

Kayla was a wonderful calming presence for us leading up to and during my birthing time. This was our first baby, and we wanted to do everything possible to make it a positive experience for us AND our baby. We used hypnobabies techniques to have a wonderful, positive natural birth, and Kayla's experience with hypnobabies helped us do this with great success. She also helped us think through our birth plan, helped prepare us for breast feeding, and was so calm and reassuring during the two weeks we waited after our baby's due date came and went. Our little one was exactly two weeks late, and Kayla was helpful and reassuring during that waiting period. We highly recommend Kayla!

Posted 8/4/2013

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