In walking through my own pregnancy, labor and delivery, and discovering the unexpected realities of the postpartum period, I became acutely aware of the importance of having a supportive tribe of women surrounding this delicate time of life. I have always viewed myself as an advocate of women, especially those who may lack access to essential resources, and it is this passion that fueled me towards becoming a doula.
I trained to be a postpartum doula in August of 2017 and to be a birth doula in January of 2018 with DONA International. I became certified through DONA International in July of 2020 and am a COVID-19 approved birth worker as a result. I have completed my Lactation Management Training with Lactation Education Resources, so I have breastfeeding knowledge and am well-connected to local lactation consultants. I received my Bachelor’s in Education from Liberty University, and I have years of teaching experience in the Montesorri classroom setting. I am CPR, AED, and First Aid certified through the American Safety and Health Institute.
I currently reside in Atlanta, Georgia along with my husband and two boys. I enjoy spending my days as a stay at home mom to our new baby boy, exploring new areas, and connecting with other like-minded mamas and birth obsessed professionals.
I look forward to serving you and your family during this incredible time in your life!
Ann Morris CD(DONA)
What is a Doula?
The term “Doula” in the Ancient Greek translates to “a woman who serves.” Long before it was customary to have a baby within the hospital, it was common practice for women to birth amongst their mothers, sisters, grandmothers, aunts, and friends - those in their community who had given birth before and who could be helpful in assisting during the labor or birthing process.
When birth transitioned to hospitals in the early 1900’s, community-centered childbirth was no longer the reality. During this time, women birthed by themselves or with very minimal support, which - clearly - was not ideal. Between the 1960’s and 1980’s, the doula occupation came about as a result!
A doula is a professional birth coach who provides emotional, informational, physical, and mental support to expecting families during the prenatal, birth, and postpartum periods.
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“As a new doula I’ve been feeling pretty overwhelmed and insecure about a lot of things pertaining to doula work. After spending some time chatting with Ann, I have a whole new confidence. She answered all my questions, gave me great advice, and then just encouraged me in my calling. She reminded me of my worth and was just an all together friendly person. Having Ann mentor me was such a wise decision I made in investing in my new business and adventure as a birth doula. I look forward to setting up more time with her in the future.”