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My name is Chelsey Simons and I am a DONA certified doula as well as a certified Birth Boot Camp Childbirth Instructor serving the Metro Baton Rouge area (previously I served the Greater New Orleans area). I have been a doula for over 3 years but have been focusing my attention on developing a passion of mine, childbirth education. The childbirth classes in Baton Rouge that I teach are part of an amazing, comprehensive childbirth series. Please check out my childbirth classes page for more information. I am so excited about this new way I will be able to serve women in my community! As an interesting and useful side point, I am also a professional bra fitter so don't hesitate to ask me any bra fitting questions you may have!
So, you may ask why I chose to become a doula and eventually a childbirth educator. Well it all started with the birth of my first child. I went into trying to conceive assuming I’d go the typical epidural route when the time came however my journey to motherhood took longer than expected and out of necessity I became a research junky. Upon finally conceiving, my desire to learn all I could about pregnancy, labor and birth brought me to the realization that a natural labor and birth process would give me the birth experience I yearned for. My sister suggested hiring a doula, I had no idea what a doula was until I googled it. I agreed that was the right choice for me and hired my doula, Heidi Duncan, when I was 7 months along. That was the single best decision I made in my birth plan. My daughter was born naturally in the hospital in 2008.
After I settled in to being a new mother I began educating myself on becoming a doula, but life had a different plan and when my daughter was just 9 months old I became pregnant with my son. I was able to have the same doula for his birth (natural, in hospital, in 2010) and became even more determined to follow this path that was clearly laid before me. However life again threw me a curve ball and my family went through a difficult divorce when my youngest was just 1 year old. The beautiful family you see pictured to the left here came about when my now wonderful husband and his amazing daughter joined my precious babies and I on May 10, 2014 to make a very happy and blended family of 5! Through out all of these changes my goal to be a doula never faltered, in fact my desire to support woman on their journey to motherhood had grown pushing me on this new and exciting adventure of childbirth education.
I’ve attended the necessary workshops, completed the required reading plus more, heard and read hundreds of birth stories crossing the vast spectrum of possibilities in birth, I continually network with other birth professionals in our community and educate myself on the use of essential oils during labor and birth. (I now have a plethora of knowledge of essentials oils and their many uses in our everyday lives. Feel free to ask me about Young Living Essential Oils, distributor ID #2343159.) I’ve attended births in an observatory, assistant and primary doula role. I have seen women dig deeper than they ever thought possible and give birth not only to the child they’ve nourished and grown with their amazing bodies but to themselves as mothers. Every time a child is born, a mother is also and supporting a family through this moment inspires me to continue on this path.
I use the depth of knowledge provided by my BBCI and DONA training, my experience as a doula as well as my own personal experience, research and continuing education to give my clients a solid foundation of support informatively, emotionally and physically.