"She was such a calming and encouraging presence and I truly feel that she was my guardian angel throughout my labor." - Liz Tangel
Specialties: Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices, Lactation, Hypno-Doula
Age 2, snuggled with her dolls
Layne has been a Labor & Delivery RN since 2009. After working in L&D at Northside Hospital, and having 2 children, she pursued her dream of being a doula by becoming a DONA trained doula. She is a childbirth educator through Lamaze International and teaches private and group prenatal birth classes.
Layne maintains her registered nurse licensure and continues to study relevant nursing and pediatric topics to stay on top of the most current recommendations. She is also a certified lactation counselor working towards her IBCLC credentials.
Accepting inquiries for birthdays in Atlanta after April 2018.
Her meeting location is Starbucks, 8655 Hiram Acworth Hwy, Dallas, GA 30157. She works as a birth doula at the following hospitals:
Get To Know Layne
- She hates latex balloons and tries to avoid them whenever possible, but her husband and kids use them to torment her.
- She was in dance, plays, and musicals throughout most of her life and misses it. She throws impromptu dance parties and pretend plays with her kids, who have some pretty awesome moves and imagination.
- In 3rd grade, she traded her lunch cookies in exchange for her friend giving her lessons on writing in a "cute bubbly" style. Didn't work; she pens chicken-scratch.
Why did you decide to become a doula? As a labor and delivery nurse, I found so much joy in helping mothers through their labor process. I was constantly behind on my charting because I hating leaving my laboring mothers. So many patients came in not knowing what to expect aside from what friends and family had told them, and we all know how perfectly accurate everyone else’s experiences are in relation to our own pregnancy/birth (sense the sarcasm here). These patients came in trusting mostly in the experiences and limited knowledge of their friends and family. When you combined that with the timeline and wishes of a provider who may not always have the patient’s birth plan wishes at the forefront of their mind, the chances of the patient being able to experience the birth she had hoped for diminishes greatly. It broke my heart not to be able to stay in patient’s room the entire time and offer them the one-on-one care, support, and knowledge I knew I could provide to help them have an experience they hoped for. In being a doula, I am able to do just that.
How does your experience set you apart as a doula? Personally, I believe my L&D RN background at Northside provided me with a sound understanding and experiences of many of the directions a labor can take, when interventions are truly needed, and when they start falling into a provider’s personal timeline. I feel I am able to better support my clients, fill any gaps in their understanding, and thus empower them to make their own educated decisions regarding their baby’s birth. Personally, my experiences include having had one baby with an epidural and one without, so it is easier for me to relate and empathize with clients in either scenario. I feel my experiences as a whole help me to better help my clients.
What are your thoughts on medical pain relief in labor? I understand that not each birth is the same; nor is every mother. The needs and concerns of each laboring mother/partner will vary. Some may have had a traumatic birth experience in the past and want an epidural as soon as they can in order to help them relax through their experience this time. Others may have felt their birth experience was taken from them by pushy providers or family, and want to experience as many or all aspects of a medicine-free birth and/or VBAC as possible. And still yet, other first time mothers may be unsure of what they want, but know the experience she desires to have. No matter what you decide, it is your birth. Not your provider’s, not your mother-in-law’s, not mine. It is yours. And I am there to help you make it want YOU want.
Why isn’t a childbirth class enough? Before I had my first child my thought was, “I’m an L&D RN, what more could a class teach me??” Ha! Even though I understood the basics, had seen just about everything, and am 1 of 6 kids, I was more than a little lost during and after my first child was born. Had I done all I could to have the birth I wanted? Should I have tried pushing in different positions? Is co-sleeping okay? Is breast-feeding supposed to be this hard? A childbirth class such as Lamaze, Hypnobabies, Birth Boot Camp, etc. would have been such a confidence boost and amazing refresher course for me. However, even armed with that knowledge, would I have been able to remember everything in the middle of labor? Would my husband? The answer is hard to know for sure, but it would have been amazing to have had a doula with which to discuss these questions at the time. To have her there to help guide us and remind us of different positions to try and position baby better, or to help my spouse feel empowered to help as well. Her experience combined with the knowledge I had gained from a class, would have helped me immeasurably and left me with no regrets or questions.