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Katie Terry

The Shoals Doula Group

Website: http://www.theshoalsdoulagroup.com

Phone: (256) 479-8818

Birth Fee: $0 to $950

Fee Details: My name is Katie Terry and I have been practicing as a labor doula since 2013. I decided to become a doula to help women see the possibilities of having the child birth they want. I believe that love, information, and affirmation will go a long way. I am a Certified Labor Doula (CLD) through CAPPA (www.cappa.net). I am also on faculty with CAPPA and offer Labor Doula Trainings in Florence, AL and the surrounding areas! My desire for evidence based care less me to pursue becoming an Evidence Based Birth Instructor. Along my Doula training, I am also a Personal Trainer and Aerobics Instructor and am knowledgeable in the areas of health and fitness. I hope to help assist an all around great birth experience as a Doula for the mothers, supporters, and of course, the babies!

Birth Doula Experience: 7 years and 80 births attended

Birth Doula Certifications

  • Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA) - Certified Labor Doula

Doula Training

Not Specified

Type of Practice: Partnership with 2 or more doulas

Clients per Month: 1 to 4

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Some Home Births
We only attend home births that are attended with a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM). We do not attend planned, unassisted home births.

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association)

Other Relevant Certifications

  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • Certified Aerobics & Personal Trainer

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Prematurity
  • Special needs babies
  • Waterbirth

Special Services Offered

  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Birth Pool rental
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Military families
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Satellite Doula (For remote and rural clients)
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • TENS units rental

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

I'm involved with Alabama Birth Coalition, Safer Birth in Bama, La Leche League, Cloth Diapering in the Shoals, Baby wearers of the Shoals. I also lead Active Moms Club which are workouts for pregnant and baby wearing moms as well as moms with bigger kiddos.

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Client Testimonials for Katie Terry

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Patricia Miles

I used Lindsey for my first birth in April 2016. Then in October 2017 I used Krista. I couldnt have done either birth without these ladies. I am so conflicted on what I will do for my third baby and how I will decide who to use. I may just have to have both! Because of these ladies I am in love with both of my births!

Posted 1/5/2018

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Megan Lewallen

I attended a Simply Birth Class hosted by the Shoals Doula Group and it was well worth the drive and the time! We traveled nearly an hour since there aren't any natural birth classes in our area. Highly recommend!! 

Posted 11/9/2017

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Adrienne Wiggins

We LOVE Katie Terry!  She is the most wonderful person and doula.  She was with me throughout my 3rd pregnancy, and was the perfect person to have on our team.  I dealt with prodromal labor in the last couple of weeks of the pregnancy and she helped me deal with the frustration of those days.  She was a great labor coach during my intense contractions and so supportive of the spur-of-the-minute choices that deviated from my birth plan.  I never felt judged for anything I chose, even if it wasn't how Katie would have done it.

Katie is very professional in all of her work, strives to be continually on the forefront of pregnancy, labor, and delivery education, and makes AWESOME turkey burritoes as a postpartum meal.

I recommend Katie very highly as a doula.

Posted 1/4/2017

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Jenifer Merry

I couldn't be happier with The Shoals Doula Group! My doula, Katie Terry, helped my whole family (husband, son, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.) navigate through our birth plan, changes in our birth plan, and my son's birthday with ease and grace! She was unwavering support for me and my family. She was patient, kind, and professional. I would recommend her to anyone and everyone I know. If you are looking for someone that can provide knowledge and support, look no further than The Shoals Doula Group!

Posted 11/26/2016

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Jessica Blevins

Katie did her job without hesitaion. she commanded respect from all medical staff and was respectful in return. I felt supported and listened to while she assisted appropriately. I cannot speak highly enough of Katie. It is a calling for her, and through her God works. 

Posted 11/26/2016

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Connie Walker Daniels

I came very close to hiring Katie during my first pregnancy, but eventually "chickened out". I was experiencing a lot of self doubt regarding natural childbirth. I ended up struggling with breathing/relaxing during my labor and received an epidural late in labor. My daughter arrived healthy and for that I'm grateful, but I didn't like how "out of control" I felt. I was given medication that made it very difficult to focus & I wasnt given any instructions to leave my bed. I was nearly 9cm before receiving my epidural and immediately after I was at 10cm & given instructions to push. Had I been able to focus, breath correctly & move around I believe my 1st experience would have been much better. So, when I found out that I was pregnant with my 2nd child, I felt very strongly that I wanted to at least give it a shot. After meeting all of the lovely doulas of Shoals Doula, I felt the strongest connection with Katie! From that moment on she was in the loop on Doctor's visits, my progress, even just calls/texts to just see how I was feeling & dealing with my pregnancy. Her sincerity was very touching and appreciated! I ended up making it to 41 weeks 3 days! Katie knew of my desire to avoid medicinal induction if at all possible and informed me of EVERY natural method under the sun! Katie even accompanied me to my acupuncturist appointment which ultimately sent me into labor, Woo Hoo!!! During labor she was a Godsend from massage, to switching positions, walking stairs, distracting convo, filling/refilling my tub, helpful instructions for my husband & ultimately VERY helpful suggestions for my final stages of labor. She was a positive light throughout my pregnancy and labor. My husband and I were so grateful! I couldn't imagine a better birth experience and I am so thankful for Shoals Doula for their services!

Posted 2/1/2016

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Beth Dussor

As soon as I found out that I was pregnant with my second child I knew that I wanted a more natural experience than what I had with my first. Unfortunately I did not have a very supporting family of my decision. At the time I had never even heard of the word "Doula". After looking into what classes my area had to offer I found a natural birthing class and immediately called. I spoke with Katie and sign up for the natural birthing class. I was so excited. In the process of finding the class I found the Doula group page of the women in my area. (Also the same group of Doulas that offered the natural birthing class in my area.) I started looking into what a Doula was. And wanted to add one to my birthing team to help me achieve the birth that I wanted. My husband and I meet Katie at the natural birthing class. After the class my husband looks over at my and ask "Why aren't we hiring her to be our doula??" I meet up with her later on and hired her to be our Doula. I felt very comfortable around her and knew that she would be a positive support during my labor. I could tell that she wanted me to have the birth that I wanted. And she helped me achieve that birth. She was there to walk up and down several flights of stairs. She was there listening while I rambled on and on, because I talk ALOT! It was like two old friends chit chatting through the hole labor. When the labor got ruff she was there reminding me I could do it. When the labor got fast she was there to keep me calm and reminding me to "Blow the feather!" She was there for every bit of it. I would highly recommend Katie as a doula. She is worth MORE than every penny. She would be a positive addition to your birthing team.

Posted 1/17/2015

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Andi L

We love Katie! She was amazing throughout my pregnancy providing information and support, which is just what I needed. She was always just a phone call or text away and was great at working around my crazy schedule. She is full of info and will provide any family with professional, friendly and amazing support no matter where your pregnancy and birth lead you! I strongly recommend her, she will forever hold a special place in our hearts!!!

Posted 11/4/2014

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Ginifer Fowler

I knew that I wanted a natural birth, and at nearly 38 weeks pregnant with our first baby, my husband and I finally decided to hire a doula. I met with Katie and felt an instant connection. Her welcoming personality and enthusiasm added to our excitement about our coming baby. She took time to get to know both of us and find out what exactly I wanted for my birth. She was knowledgeable and explained what we could expect throughout labor. Then, a week later my doctor decided that things were not progressing correctly, and for the baby and my safety, we would have to do a caesarian section the next morning. I was devastated and terrified. When I called Katie to let her know, she really went above and beyond to make me feel reassured. She gave me helpful information to see if we could get things back on the natural track, although ultimately we did have to go through with the C - section delivery. Katie worked with me to redo my birth plan so that even though I was not going to have the natural birth I had envisioned, I would still be able to have a positive birth experience. The morning of my baby’s birth Katie was absolutely wonderful. Although I did not have the opportunity to have her support physically throughout my labor, I absolutely had her support emotionally. She was indispensable before and after baby E’s delivery, and made sure that I was able to cuddle and successfully breastfeed as soon as I was out of the operating room. I tell everyone how great Katie is and how big of a part she played in E’s birth. The only regret that I have is that I waited so long to contact her! Next time she is going to be one of the first calls I make! Overall I can’t say enough good things about Katie. The love she has for her work is apparent, and inspiring. I really can’t thank or recommend her enough.

Posted 8/20/2014

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Kristen McCaney

Right away Katie's zeal for life and service to mothers was easily seen. She is a born cheerleader/motivator, instinctual knowing which one is needed at that time. Her God given skills are complimented by technical expertise that lets you know that you are being cared for by a professional. We are so thankful that Katie was our doula and look forward to consulting with her again soon as we just recently found out we are expecting!

Posted 8/10/2014

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Lindsey Aline Black

Katie was my doula at my second birth and it couldn't have went better! I attempted to have a natural birth with my first child but was unsuccessful. When I found out I was expecting my second child I looked into getting a doula and quickly decided that having the birth I wanted was worth the cost and I was right! I am more of a shy passive person so I knew I needed someone who was outgoing and easy to talk to. When I met Katie the first time I new she was exactly what my birth needed! She was there from the beginning answering even the smallest of questions. During the days leading up to my birth she contacted me often to see how I was doing. When I felt anxious she always offered encouraging words that lifted my spirit. Once labor began Katie met us at the hospital and was again encouraging and supportive. Throughout labor she continued to speak uplifting words to remind me I could do it. She remembered things I had mentioned previously such as laboring and birthing positions I felt most comfortable with asked if I wanted to try those (which was of great help because my mind was else where lol). Once I began pushing she cheered me on and after pushing only a short time (3 minutes) she was there with us to excitedly welcome our new little girl into our family. After the birth she assisted with nursing and check in with me multiple times. Katie was a fantastic doula and I do plan to use her with my future children!

Posted 7/12/2014

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Maegan Cody

We had a great experience with Katie as our doula! From being excited and offering guidance early on in my pregnancy to checking up on us days after our son was born, Katie was professional and helpful. She answered my questions along the way and provided resources to gain knowledge and stay healthy during pregnancy. When it was time to deliver, it was comforting to my husband and I as first time parents to have someone supporting and working with us who knew the hospital staff and where to go. My husband didn’t have to worry about finding the nurse or getting me more ice chips and was completely freed up to be by my side. Katie took the time to learn what kind of birth experience I was aiming for and did all she could to make it happen. She created a calm environment and was able to communicate what was going on with my body and what the hospital staff needed to do. I felt very reassured with her knowledge, experience, and good relationship with the hospital. She was lovingly tough and pushed me when I needed to focus and help my body keep progressing through contractions but was gentle too. She stayed with us as long as I needed her to in order to get nursing get started. She continued to contact me after delivery to answer any questions and encouraged us as new parents. Her passion and love for what she does shinned through when our son arrived and she got to hold him and share in our excitement. Overall, my husband and I couldn’t have had the natural delivery experience I wanted without Katie, and I would use her again no questions asked! My family who was present with us at the birth feel the same way and now recommend a doula like Katie to everyone who asks about our experience!

Posted 6/13/2014

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Tiffany Bostic

Having a Doula at your birth is a good idea. Having Katie T. as your Doula is a GREAT idea. Her advice and support was indispensible throughout my pregnancy and birth. At my son's birth, we felt like she was another family member helping to welcome our son into the world. She supported all our decisions and rejoiced in our baby's arrival. After his birth she made sure breastfeeding was on track and that mom and dad  were adjusting to their new roles.  Three months later I still feel like I can call on her for support as my doula and my friend. 

Posted 6/11/2014

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Cassi South

Katie was amazing. I gave birth 12 months ago, and I continually think about what a wonderful experience it was. I labored in the tub which was very relaxing. Katie constantly had ice and cool wash cloths ready to keep me comfortable. 

Posted 6/11/2014

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Krista Trotter

Katie was my doula for the birth of our 3rd baby! We hired her to be there for us with information and support through my pregnancy and birth. She far surpassed our goals, she became a part of our family. 

She was such a big help to me with excellent advice and prayers. She helped us through some very stressful times. She was a great support during my birth and made herself readily available to us at anytime we needed her.

We will be forever thankful for God placing Katie in our lives. 

Posted 6/10/2014

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Ashley Barnes

Katie was such a vital part of my birth experience! She knew how to help me and when. she made me feel strong and capable even when I doubted myself. If I ever have anther baby I want her on my labor team. She really helped make my baby's birth amazing!

Posted 6/10/2014

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