Ziah McKinney

A Doula for anyBODY

 
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SERVICES

I support birth for anyBODY

I support you before, during, and immediately after birth Physically, Informationally, and Emotionally to help you have shorter and more comfortable labors. Doulas create a more calm, comfortable, informed, faster experience for the birthing person. In addition to regular birth doula services I also provide belly/hip wraps, Dancing for Birth™, birth plans, baby sign language instruction, and mother blessing parties.

 

Schedule Appointment

Initial interviews are free

Why have a doula?

Doula-assisted mothers were four times less likely to have a low birth weight (LBW) baby, two times less likely to experience a birth complication involving themselves or their baby, and significantly more likely to initiate breastfeeding. Communication with and encouragement from a doula throughout the pregnancy may have increased the mother’s self-efficacy regarding her ability to impact her own pregnancy outcomes.
— US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health (NCBI) Article "Impact of Doulas on Healthy Birth Outcomes" by Kenneth J. Gruber, PhD,* Susan H. Cupito, MA,* and Christina F. Dobson, MEd*
...studies have shown that continuous support from doulas during childbirth might be associated with:

A decreased use of pain relief medication during labor
A decreased incidence of C-sections
A decrease in the length of labor
A decrease in negative childbirth experiences
— Yvonne Butler Tobah, M.D., MayoClinic.org
Birth coaches help facilitate an easier birth. In fact, having one present at your birth can cut your laboring time by 50 percent!
— Latham Thomas, TheBump.com
Since she is being supported, she might experience less pain and ask for fewer interventions...Stress hormones may inhibit the production of oxytocin, which is what causes contractions.
— Sunday Tortelli, Parent Magazine Article


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Certifications

  • Birth Arts International (BAI) Birth Doula 

  • "Dancing for Birth" Training- Dance for Pre and Post Natal health, Birth Education, and Optimal Fetal Positioning

  • Massage therapist with 25 years experience

  • Workshops
    "Birthing From Within" Mentor

  • "Seahorses and Unicorns: Trans Birth for Birthworkers" with Trystan Angel Reese 

  • "Reclaim the PostPartum" webinar

Specialties

LGBTI+ Support
Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) Support
Dancing for Birth™ Pre & Post Natal Fitness, Dancing during Birth

 

What services do I Offer?


About Me

MY NAME IS ziah

I believe that all births deserve the support of a birth doula no matter what type of birth you choose or chooses you. Currently, only 6% of births are accompanied by a doula. My philosophy is that every birthing person deserves a doula. I am here to help you advocate for your preferred birthing experience. Whether you choose to birth at home, in a hospital or birthing center, with an epidural or without, I will help you advocate for your choices without judgment. Part of my support is a helping you make informed choices by knowing the resources available to you.

Contact me to set up a free in person interview at 678 636 9333. You can secure me with or without an in person interview. 

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