Who we are
Doulas best support families if we, too, are in a community of support.
People are healthier before and after childbirth when they're wholly supported and empowered to make informed decisions. That's why our collaborative goal is to ensure clients have a cooperative network of support.
Birmingham Born is a collective of birth and postpartum doulas, childbirth educators, and lactation specialists. Each of our members is dedicated to ensuring families have positive birth experiences. By supporting one another, we better support you.
Allison Miller is a birth and postpartum doula, childbirth educator, and the founding member of Birmingham Born. In 2009, Allison, fueled by a passion for empowering people with information and choice, began her path as a doula after realizing that universally there was a lack of dignity and respect for birthing individuals in the labor room. After completing her Master’s in Public Health with a focus in Maternal and Child Health and International Health, she acknowledged a disconnect between Health Care policy and the ability to actually help individual women. She trained through DONA in 2009 and certified through Doula Trainings International (DTI) as a birth and postpartum doula in 2016. In 2017, she certified as a Childbirth Educator through DTI. Through her work with DTI, Allison realized that there was a doula kinship in Birmingham that was missing, thus the creation of Birmingham Born. She believes in community over competition any day.
I believe that to the overlooked, a doula is a witness. To the powerless, a doula is strength. To the voiceless, a doula is a shout. To the disenfranchised, a doula is hope. I am a shoulder, a hand, a cool glass of water, a warm rag, a sounding board in a quiet place. A keeper of time and space. Someone that helps navigate systems, processes and emotions. Someone that translates and educates. At some births I am all of these things. And at some births I am simply there to observe.
From day to day, Hope does the mama-partner-birthwork-justice-dance with a deep sense of purpose and fueled by coffee. After a season in Boston where she recently received a masters in Theological Studies and Conflict Transformation, Hope is back in the South! In addition to working as a DONA trained doula and placenta encapsulator, she walks the long and winding road toward becoming a midwife.
I believe 'Peace On Earth Begins With Birth' has the deepest socio-biological resonance. The act of giving birth and the conditions concerning the how-where-when-why of birth matters at the most intrinsic and spiritual level. Therefore, I understand my role as a birth worker to be compassionate-birth-space-protector-hands-off unless otherwise prompted by the birth-giver, aware and woke to the needs of the birther and fellow dance partner[s], ever-anticipating movements and the body-spirit needs that sustain those movements. My birth work is compelled by a deep commitment to remembering that life makes a way and that to witness such a miracle is the greatest of honors.
After the un-medicated hospital birth of her daughter in 2015, Christina contracted rheumatoid arthritis, struggled with postpartum anxiety and as a result, became acutely aware of the need for postpartum support in Birmingham. Following that calling, she has been trained through DONA International as a postpartum doula and through SBD as a birth and bereavement doula. Christina has a degree in sociology from UAB and holds a satisfying career as a producer, but feels doula work best fulfills her desire of making a meaningful impact on the lives of others.
Our society places a lot of unnecessary and unrealistic demands on parents, oftentimes isolating or overwhelming them. Additionally, there may be variables that prevent you from leaning on an adequate support system during your fourth trimester. It is my aim to help foster self-determination and empower families through use of non-judgmental, evidence-based support. By providing postpartum support, I enable you to emotionally and physically process and recover from your pregnancy and birth, or adoption process, thus allowing you to focus your time and energy on bonding with your new baby/ies. By granting you this time, we enable antecedent children, other family members and pets to integrate into the family in a gentle way. I would be honored to assist you with your postpartum adjustments and the possible challenges ahead to ensure that you yourself are mothered during this exciting, but sometimes staggering life transition.