Creator of Your Birth Helper
Co-founder of the Symbiotic Birth Movement
Certified Childbirth Educator and Doula
Natural Birth / Normality Expert
Certified Massage and Bodywork Therapist
Lead Birth Educator ~ YBH Pro Doula Trainer
Author & Motivational Speaker
We dare you to remove the words Scared, Bullied, Uninformed and traumatized from your birth vocabulary! Get informed, execute your labor flawlessly and accomplish your target birthing goals with ease!
How? By investing your time into proper preparation: Education to grow a healthy baby, Training to learn how to give BIRTH with as little discomfort as possible, Training your coach to best assist you in your birthing goals, and having an Understanding of informed consent and consumerism. Again, WELCOME and MEET my amazing Your Birth Helper Charlotte, NC and Athens, GA YBH professionally and personally trained TEAM MEMBERS!
Certified YBH Doula ~ Certified YBH Childbirth Educator
Co-founder of the Symbiotic Birth Movement
LDR RN "Natural Birth Champion", Pediatric, Antepartum, Postpartum Nursing in and out of hospital
Breastfeeding Guru / Former Le Leche League Leader
A source of unending support in the "Your Birth-Your Way" concept. Obstetrics is her passion and she fully believes couples can experience the birth of their dreams. Named by countless Charlotte couples as a key support person and the best LDR nurse ever! Nancy fully believes a woman's body is perfectly designed for her baby. She birthed three babies naturally herself. First baby, utilizing the Lamaze method (which she personally did not find as helpful) and two babies utilizing The Bradley Method® all weighing in 10 lbs or more. She has assisted every kind of birth from surgery, to low intervention natural, in water or on land in a variety of positions. She is instrumental in assisting with team training. She is a wealth of knowledge to couples during labor workshops. Particularly, helping couples gain needed confidence to prepare for overcoming the most common obstacles in labor and navigate labor in the least invasive way! Nancy serves YBH clients in the area of Birth Training, Birth Doula, consults, postpartum support and various birth family events.
Certified YBH Childbirth Educator
YBH Doula Apprentice
I grew up in a South beach town in Florida, then moved to South Carolina and onto northern California. From there, my husband and I, settled in Charlotte. I pursued traditional childbirth education in The Bradley Method® and it was there where I met Pam. After several months of training, we chose Your Birth Helper as our personal doula. Our training paid off big and I had a beautiful, low intervention natural birth. It was then I realized how important it is to have the support of a unbiased person, a doula, to help in achieving your birth plan. My desire is to support and empower women during one of the most important times of their lives, as Pam did for us. I have a strong passion for healthy lifestyle and loves to incorporate that into helping new moms eat well during pregnancy for healthy mom- healthy baby- healthy uterus! And, certainly after birth, during postpartum phase, as the nutrition for nursing moms is so very important for our little ones. I host our YBH Labor Workshops and serve Your Birth Helper expectant clients though a variety of services including: educational hiking workshops, consults, birth training, labor assistance and postpartum visits. Allow me to share my firsthand knowledge of how proper training + the perfect birth team = an amazing "Birth"day party!!
Certified YBH Childbirth Educator
Certified Bradley® Instructor ~ Bradley®Doula
Certified Advanced YBH Doula
During my first pregnancy, I would describe my husband and I, (like most) as being completely clueless expecting parents. By chance, I ended up with an amazing OBGYN, who supported natural childbirth. She also let me know “natural childbirth is not as easy as just showing up, you need to prepare”. Through my relationship with Pam and Your Birth Helper, we have had the opportunity to make wonderful lifelong friends, aka “birthfamily," we call Charlotte home and have since had two amazing natural births! Having been able to meet a lot of new expecting mothers, who originally, had the same mindset as I did, I’ve been able to give back and those women I’ve met who fear childbirth due to the lack of education, I now empower them. There is nothing that can compare to being properly informed and making your own choices, especially when it comes to YOUR OWN body, health, baby, let alone simply having your voice heard. I also believe that food/ good nutrition; plays a very powerful and important part in staying healthy and low risk during pregnancy, as well as, having a speedy, complication free recovery afterbirth. I hold new client consults, help instruct training workshops, assist labors, attend postpartum visits & help coordinate birth family events. I am also now serving Charlotte couples teaching the very best birth prep available, The Bradley Method. You need way more information than what to expect at the hospital. Pregnancy on average takes 9 months, use it wisely, there is much to learn. From how to eat, to physically, mentally and emotionally training for birth, how your coach can help, how to manage variations/ complications, etc.
YBH Doula Apprentice (Advanced Skills Program)
I began my Doula training over 17 years ago with DONA. As a DONA Certified Doula, I had the pleasure to assist several women through natural birth. I am the proud mother of three. I have two pre-teen growing boys. Unfortunately, natural birth was not part of my personal story. After a personal loss, the fear of safely giving birth naturally consumed me. My former
training simply was not sufficient for me and at the time, I did not understand the need for my husband to be trained in order to assist me during labor when I doubted myself. I have since been drawn to protecting moms and dads from the lack of knowledge and preparation that my husband and I experienced that altered the outcomes of our births. Through my Advanced training with Your Birth Helper and my studies in The Bradley Method® of natural childbirth, I now have an understanding of the priceless education and teamwork skills which couples, if only they will take the time to acquire, can change their outcome completely. And, even when medical intervention is necessary, couples can still find the JOY in giving Birth, because they have a basis of understanding thus eliminating Fear. Being educated, informed and an active part of the decision making process, changes stories described as traumatic to very happy "birth"days! Pam calls it #SymbioticBirth. I can attest to how wonderful it truly is when women can experience the best of the natural process and know how to work with their body in combination with any medically necessary interventions to "Give Birth" together, as a team! Birth is truly remarkable!
Make #CharlotteDoulaDreamTeam your choice for your happy "BIRTH" day in Charlotte or surrounding areas.
Certified YBH Childbirth Educator
Certified Doula ICCE, ICBD
Certified YBH Advanced Doula
Nikki grew up in Georgia and was a Cum Laude graduate of Georgia Southern University in 2010. She studied education and taught three years in Atlanta. After birthing her two sons she discovered her passion for educating and supporting moms. She herself experienced anxiety, depression and trauma during pregnancy and postpartum. With little to no resources local to her, she began her own peer support group in 2017. Maternal Mental Health Support blossomed and she continues volunteering her time and knowledge. Nikki’s goal is to help make the birth experience exactly what the mother desires by resisting modern medicalized procedures that focus simply on science, technology, convenience and profits. Instead, turning to continuous care and support during labor, birth and beyond and what is medically necessary for safety of mom and baby. Nikki also teaches childbirth education monthly at Emory Dekalb and Emory Midtown. She holds additional certifications including: PMH-C (perinatal mental health) & BLS (basic life support) through American Heart Association.
YBH Doula Apprentice (Certificate Program)
Amanda grew up in New Jersey and moved to Georgia in 2004. She then attended University of North Georgia and Gwinnett Technical College, completing their Healthcare Assistance program, but not before meeting her husband and giving birth to their first son!
She had always wanted to have a drug-free, low intervention birth as nature intended and her work assisting animals before, during and after birth as nature intended only further fueled that personal goal. Believing she could give birth naturally, with a supportive practice and her husband coaching alongside, she skillfully executed a beautiful WATER BIRTH in Atlanta. During the postpartum phase, she did feel as though she and her husband, could have benefited from extra support and more detailed education. She later became aware of how important quality childbirth preparation really is and how a skilled Doula could compliment birth. Not only for the mother, but for couples and the family as a whole. This realization, paired with the general lack of postpartum and breastfeeding support in our society today, really fueled the flame that was burning in her to become a doula and childbirth educator. Amanda has since completed training in The Bradley Method® under Pam and will serve YBH clients in all areas from consults, to childbirth education, to labor and birth assistance, to postpartum and breastfeeding support. Her goal is to help couples realize that they have options during labor and birth, lots of options; they don’t have to make the birth of their child just "work" for them, they can "PUT IN THE WORK" educate, prepare and execute together to achieve the birth that they WANT!
Stay tuned for new additions to our amazing growing Doula Teams!
Tip of the Year: Work "Labor" Smarter NOT Harder "doing everything wrong
Never allow "To medicate or not" to be the deciding factor of whether you educate or not. Our bodies are designed to give birth yes, but what is instilled within us is to do everything incorrectly... tense up, rise up, fight pressure, avoid positions that create progress. If you have no idea what you are doing, imagine how your partner feels. How can they possibly support you when you do not even know what your choices are?
Want to HOST a Bradley series, Labor Workshop or 4th Trimester retreat in your area? We would love to serve YOU!
Stay connected for #BirthFamily events in your area! We are happy to plan lunch, walk and play dates with our clients. We also have monthly fun days including craft nite on the farm. Postpartum and Breastfeeding support etc. Simply put, we don't go away just because you had a baby!
Now offering KOPA BIRTH TRAINING!!!
Email for NC and GA options. Outside our current service areas, no worry we have online class options!
Natural Birth Training in The Bradley Method®
~12 segments of study~ for more details on class outline: BradleyBirth.com/pamelasauls (Athens, Ga)
BradleyBirth.com/sarahneri (Clt, Nc)
and surrounding areas are scheduled on demand!
2 hour YBH Labor Workshops ongoing in both north Ga and Charlotte, NC monthly as babies allow.
WE ARE GROWING AGAIN... Want to Join Us?
Seeking 1 Doula Apprentice for Athens/ Gainesville or surrounding area who desires to serve expectant parents in north Ga through birth education, Doula services & Birth Family events. If selected, we personally train! Prior doula certification not required. What is required: Passion for natural birth and educating & empowering women! Email yourbirthhelper@gmail send contact info and 100-200 word essay "Why you think you would make a great Doula?" to apply for open spot in our amazing Apprenticeship Training Program.