By Design Birth Doula Services

By Design Birth Doula Services

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I love using birth affirmations...and they really are relevant post partum 🀣
So excited for your new adventure friend! You will be such an asset to expecting mommas :)

I provide women in the Birmingham & surrounding areas with continual support before, during, and after childbirth. Some services include: birth doula support, postpartum services, and Birth Story and Fresh 48 photography.

By Design Birth Doula Services was formed by Jeanna McNeil in 2017 with the belief that childbirth is an opportunity for mothers to discover and use their innate strengths and abilities to achieve their best and most positive birth possible, as they define it. It is my purpose to empower and support women of all backgrounds and beliefs by providing continuous evidence based informational, physical

Operating as usual

Photos from By Design Birth Doula Services's post 09/19/2021

Four years ago, at 14 weeks pregnant, I finished my very first doula training.

When I initially signed up, I had no idea where it would take me, or if I would ever even use it. I also didn't know that I was about 2 weeks pregnant at the time. But I remember driving home from Birmingham to Tuscaloosa that last evening of training and the sky was so beautiful. And I remember feeling in my heart that my path was going to change.
And man, did it ever.

I am so thankful for the calling to serve fellow moms and families in our community. It is equally challenging and beautiful, and by far one of the greatest honors and blessings in my life.

#birminghamalabama #birminghamal #doula

09/08/2021

LOLLLL this is my husband 100%

08/28/2021

No better way to start a brand new day than by welcoming brand new life.
Congrats, fam!
Always a pleasure at the P ❀

Now to enjoy the rest of the month off πŸŽ‰

#birthworkersunite

No better way to start a brand new day than by welcoming brand new life.
Congrats, fam!
Always a pleasure at the P ❀

Now to enjoy the rest of the month off πŸŽ‰

#birthworkersunite

08/22/2021

πŸŒ• Another full moon arrival. Welcome, little one! πŸŒ•

πŸŒ• Another full moon arrival. Welcome, little one! πŸŒ•

08/11/2021

Free Masterclass All About Natural Childbirth

*FREE RESOURCE*

”As you can see... EDUCATION + mental preparation is the key to an empowered, successful unmedicated birth."

08/01/2021

πŸ“£ BDBDS now has space on Google! πŸ“£

And as a thank you for clients who have already left reviews, I'll be doing a drawing this evening at 8pm for a gift card of your choice as a thank you!

Sharing your experience helps fellow moms find their best support, and I cannot thank you enough ❀

*if you previously left a review on doulamatch.com and/or Facebook, it can be copied into the Google space and you'll be entered to win as well. 🎁

πŸ“£ BDBDS now has space on Google! πŸ“£

And as a thank you for clients who have already left reviews, I'll be doing a drawing this evening at 8pm for a gift card of your choice as a thank you!

Sharing your experience helps fellow moms find their best support, and I cannot thank you enough ❀

*if you previously left a review on doulamatch.com and/or Facebook, it can be copied into the Google space and you'll be entered to win as well. 🎁

07/30/2021

Such a great resource for our community!
Thanks for all you do! ❀

Serving Jefferson County, Blount County, Cullman County and Walker County!
Clink on the link below to sign up for your FREE visits!
https://go.lactationnetwork.com/AlmaAdoraLactation

07/29/2021

I don't always cry at births, but when I do, I get really unprofessional about it.

❀ Congrats little fam. YOU. DID. IT! ❀

Pic in the fast food drive through celebrating the commencement of 2 weeks off-call βœŒπŸΌπŸŽ‰

I don't always cry at births, but when I do, I get really unprofessional about it.

❀ Congrats little fam. YOU. DID. IT! ❀

Pic in the fast food drive through celebrating the commencement of 2 weeks off-call βœŒπŸΌπŸŽ‰

07/17/2021

β˜€οΈ A morning spent welcoming a new life among friends is just the best.

#homebirth #birthteam #birminghamalabama

β˜€οΈ A morning spent welcoming a new life among friends is just the best.

#homebirth #birthteam #birminghamalabama

New From Mama Natural: Natural Birth Webinar 07/09/2021

New From Mama Natural: Natural Birth Webinar

* FREE Resource * from Mama Natural

New From Mama Natural: Natural Birth Webinar Free resource from the #1 natural birth and baby brand.

07/06/2021

Ending this holiday weekend with the best celebration of all...helping a new family welcome their sweet surprise baby.
Mama, you are so smart and so strong.
Congrats family! πŸ’š

#holidaybaby #50thbirth #onebirthatatime #BLOOMAlabamaDoulaCollective

Ending this holiday weekend with the best celebration of all...helping a new family welcome their sweet surprise baby.
Mama, you are so smart and so strong.
Congrats family! πŸ’š

#holidaybaby #50thbirth #onebirthatatime #BLOOMAlabamaDoulaCollective

06/22/2021

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Hospital birth.
Home birth.
Cesarean birth.
Vaginal birth.
All the interventions.
No interventions.
Screaming.
Silence.
πŸ“£
However and wherever your birth unfolds - my number one priority is YOU and YOUR wants and needs.
That your wishes are heard.
That you are respected.
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You are the captain, and everyone else is your crew. Is your whole crew aware of and on board for your wishes regarding you best birth - as you define it?
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Unsure of how to navigate all the things to work towards your best birth? Perhaps consider hiring a doula - a guide to all things pregnancy and birth. We are happy to help you learn about all of your options in order for you to have confidence in your journey.
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Because if you don't know your options, you don't have any.

#empoweredbirth #supportedbirth #motherhoodsupport #parenthoodsupport

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Hospital birth.
Home birth.
Cesarean birth.
Vaginal birth.
All the interventions.
No interventions.
Screaming.
Silence.
πŸ“£
However and wherever your birth unfolds - my number one priority is YOU and YOUR wants and needs.
That your wishes are heard.
That you are respected.
πŸ“£
You are the captain, and everyone else is your crew. Is your whole crew aware of and on board for your wishes regarding you best birth - as you define it?
πŸ“£
Unsure of how to navigate all the things to work towards your best birth? Perhaps consider hiring a doula - a guide to all things pregnancy and birth. We are happy to help you learn about all of your options in order for you to have confidence in your journey.
πŸ“£
Because if you don't know your options, you don't have any.

#empoweredbirth #supportedbirth #motherhoodsupport #parenthoodsupport

06/09/2021

Could there even be better weather to welcome brand new baby snuggles?

Congrats to a super strong mama in powerfully bringing her baby earthside surrounded by a supportive team and prayers from all over. πŸ’š

#snuggleweather #surprisebaby #BLOOMAlabamaDoulaCollective

Could there even be better weather to welcome brand new baby snuggles?

Congrats to a super strong mama in powerfully bringing her baby earthside surrounded by a supportive team and prayers from all over. πŸ’š

#snuggleweather #surprisebaby #BLOOMAlabamaDoulaCollective

06/05/2021

A Friday full of surprises!

Congratulations to such a kind, strong, smart, and powerful family in welcoming their firstborn. Bringing a child into the world often throws a few curveballs, and you, sweet mama, navigated them all with grace.

And I am so thankful to spend a whole day doing what I love. ❀

#doulaon #BLOOMAlabamaDoulaCollective
#birthdoula #birthstoryphotographer

A Friday full of surprises!

Congratulations to such a kind, strong, smart, and powerful family in welcoming their firstborn. Bringing a child into the world often throws a few curveballs, and you, sweet mama, navigated them all with grace.

And I am so thankful to spend a whole day doing what I love. ❀

#doulaon #BLOOMAlabamaDoulaCollective
#birthdoula #birthstoryphotographer

05/26/2021

⭐7 days
⭐4 births
⭐1 grateful doula

And a HUGE thank you to my doula partners who were on call for backup during this busy week. Kara stepped in and gave my client the very best support so I could rest and recharge to be there as well. I appreciate both Heather and Kara so much, but when I get to see them in action, I am reminded that they really are the very best! Thank you so much to this amazing family for trusting us to support you as a team today.

And congratulations on welcoming your beautiful baby.
Mama, you are beyond amazing! πŸ’ͺ🏼

#BLOOMAlabamaDoulaCollective #birthdoula #community #bettertogether

⭐7 days
⭐4 births
⭐1 grateful doula

And a HUGE thank you to my doula partners who were on call for backup during this busy week. Kara stepped in and gave my client the very best support so I could rest and recharge to be there as well. I appreciate both Heather and Kara so much, but when I get to see them in action, I am reminded that they really are the very best! Thank you so much to this amazing family for trusting us to support you as a team today.

And congratulations on welcoming your beautiful baby.
Mama, you are beyond amazing! πŸ’ͺ🏼

#BLOOMAlabamaDoulaCollective #birthdoula #community #bettertogether

05/25/2021

πŸŒ• full moon nights are wild πŸŒ•

In 12 hours, I got to be a part of 2 amazing teams supporting 2 beautiful and powerful moms and their families.

Welcome, precious babies!

"We ran as if to meet the moon."
- Robert Frost

#homebirth #hospitalbirth #birthphotographer #birthdoula

πŸŒ• full moon nights are wild πŸŒ•

In 12 hours, I got to be a part of 2 amazing teams supporting 2 beautiful and powerful moms and their families.

Welcome, precious babies!

"We ran as if to meet the moon."
- Robert Frost

#homebirth #hospitalbirth #birthphotographer #birthdoula

05/25/2021

I love these words from our Bloom Alabama Doula Collective partner, Kara. When backup is on deck for you, this is the love and heart that goes behind it. πŸ’š

#bloomalabamadoulacollective #bloomdoulas

πŸ¦‹Sitting by the window drinking my coffee🌿
β€œMommy what are you doing?”
β€œI’m preparing for a birth”
When I first became a doula this part used to be stressful, always wondering if I would have what the birther needs packed in my bag, worried I wouldn’t have the right headache meds for the partner. Mind racing, thinking I have to leave at just the right time. Did I have enough knowledge to help my clients birth.

πŸͺ΄It looks a lot different nowadays. πŸͺ΄
Now I sit in a quiet place and pray for β€œmy” laborer. I pray for their body to send clear signals of what they need. I pray for peace and clear communication, between us, and their care team and especially for them and their partner. Devine wisdom. I pray that they leave the birth experience feeling whole and connected to this new family. I pray for stamina for all of us!

And sometimes I pray that my own family misses me just enough 🀏 to be super nice when I get home, but not enough to be sad.
#thisishowwedoula #birmingham #ironcity #ilovewhatidoula #bloomalabamadoulacollective
#harmoniabirth #happybirthday

05/19/2021

If there's a better way to get get day started than helping a family welcome their newest blessing in prayer and praise, I'm not sure what it is. Congrats fam!

Happy Wednesday!

#surprisebaby #aheavenlywelcome

If there's a better way to get get day started than helping a family welcome their newest blessing in prayer and praise, I'm not sure what it is. Congrats fam!

Happy Wednesday!

#surprisebaby #aheavenlywelcome

Photos from By Design Birth Doula Services's post 05/09/2021

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Tomorrow my plans are to unplug a bit, so today my little family and I have been enjoying the whole day exploring downtown together, having dinner, and trying lots of new treats.
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My hope for tomorrow is to catch up on rest, take in some fresh air, and not fold a stitch of laundry.
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I wish you all a very happy Mother's Day, and hope you do something to celebrate yourself!

*pics from Easter when we were all clean and not covered in dirt from rolling in rocks and chasing pigeons at The Pizitz. Not that I know any children who would do that.

05/08/2021

It was so nice getting to meet fellow moms and let our littles play today! Thanks so much for hosting space for us to gather ❀

The Gathering: Pregnancy and PP Support & Education

It was so nice getting to meet fellow moms and let our littles play today! Thanks so much for hosting space for us to gather ❀

The Gathering: Pregnancy and PP Support & Education

05/05/2021

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Why do doulas cost so much?
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When I first became a doula, I researched what others were charging and was *mind.blown* at what I found. I mean hundreds of dollars more than what I would have guessed. Fast forward three years and a few price-raises later, and I get it. Sometimes those higher numbers don't even cover all of the time and investments that a doula may put into one person.
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Things like training, continued education, professional memberships, lending libraries, birth tools, professional backup, experience, and time. The time, y'all. Time spent reading, researching, creating notes and resources for each individual, travel, preparing for prenatal and postpartum visits, prental visits, postpartum check-ins, phone and email support, childbirth education, up to a month of on-call time, not to mention attending birth with an average of 10+ hours and even days. And time that we dedicate solely to one person/family, and not our own.
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So really, it comes down to what each person values. I personally value my time and investments in my business and in each client, and charge accordingly. Doulas are a professional service like anything else. We have to be paid, but we do have flexibility!
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If you are interested in any service but are unsure how to afford it, please always feel free to reach out. My doula partners and I can help you make a payment plan that gets you the services you need and want in an affordable way.

πŸ‘›
Why do doulas cost so much?
πŸ‘›
When I first became a doula, I researched what others were charging and was *mind.blown* at what I found. I mean hundreds of dollars more than what I would have guessed. Fast forward three years and a few price-raises later, and I get it. Sometimes those higher numbers don't even cover all of the time and investments that a doula may put into one person.
πŸ‘›
Things like training, continued education, professional memberships, lending libraries, birth tools, professional backup, experience, and time. The time, y'all. Time spent reading, researching, creating notes and resources for each individual, travel, preparing for prenatal and postpartum visits, prental visits, postpartum check-ins, phone and email support, childbirth education, up to a month of on-call time, not to mention attending birth with an average of 10+ hours and even days. And time that we dedicate solely to one person/family, and not our own.
πŸ‘›
So really, it comes down to what each person values. I personally value my time and investments in my business and in each client, and charge accordingly. Doulas are a professional service like anything else. We have to be paid, but we do have flexibility!
πŸ‘›
If you are interested in any service but are unsure how to afford it, please always feel free to reach out. My doula partners and I can help you make a payment plan that gets you the services you need and want in an affordable way.

Photos from By Design Birth Doula Services's post 04/27/2021

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DID YOU KNOW...
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That any client of our Bloom Alabama Doula Collective doulas receives discounts on all other services provided within the group?
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This precious family is a client of Harmoniabirth and wanted photos to share their good news, so I was able to offer them a BLOOM discount.
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Other services we offer include placenta encapsulation, childbirth education, birth and Fresh 48 photography, prenatal-only support, full birth doula support, post-partum support, and more - all in one place.
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How can we help you?

#BLOOMCommunity #BLOOMtogether #onestopshop

Photos from Crowned Warriors's post 04/24/2021

Veronica is a client-turned-friend who has always been so open and honest about her experience with infertility. Last year alone, over half of my clients had experienced infertility and/or loss as part of their journey.

My Bloom Alabama Doula Collective partners and I are specially trained through stillbirthday.com to support families going through fertility treatments, past and current loss(es), and NICU stays. And we are sincerely honored each time one of these special families trusts us to hold space and support them.

"It’s hard to fully explain to someone who doesn’t β€œget it” what it’s like to be the happiest you’ve ever been and still feel miserable. To be so thankful, yet so terrified. Every day of my pregnancy was the happiest and most terrified I have ever been."

Thank you again, Veronica, for sharing your heart.

04/14/2021

Some labors and births take mere minutes; others take days. Some are at home, in rooms like this, operating rooms, in cars, on the side of the road...and many - a combination of locations.

No matter where you plan to go - and where you don't - doulas will be there for you, every step of the way.

Sending huge congratulations and all the love to a sweet family who welcomed their firstborn this morning. They were such a great team navigating all of the turns of their journey together. And I got to witness one of my favorite OBs jump in for some Spinning Babies with the always amazing nurses, which was so cool to see.

#happybirthday #doulasarehereforyou #spinningbabies #cahabamedicalcare

Some labors and births take mere minutes; others take days. Some are at home, in rooms like this, operating rooms, in cars, on the side of the road...and many - a combination of locations.

No matter where you plan to go - and where you don't - doulas will be there for you, every step of the way.

Sending huge congratulations and all the love to a sweet family who welcomed their firstborn this morning. They were such a great team navigating all of the turns of their journey together. And I got to witness one of my favorite OBs jump in for some Spinning Babies with the always amazing nurses, which was so cool to see.

#happybirthday #doulasarehereforyou #spinningbabies #cahabamedicalcare

Our Story

By Design Birth Doula Services was formed by Jeanna McNeil CD(DONA) in 2017 with the belief that childbirth is perfectly and wonderfully designed, and that it is an opportunity for mothers to discover and use their innate strengths and abilities to achieve the best and most positive birth possible, as they define it.
It is my purpose to empower and support women of all backgrounds and beliefs by providing continuous evidence based informational, physical, and emotional support before, during, and after childbirth. I assist mothers and families to obtain information and resources in order to feel confident in their abilities and choices, and to trust their instincts to carry, give birth to, and care for their their babies.
I also believe that every birthing person should have access to a doula, so by partnering with BirthWell Partners, I am also able to offer reduced cost/free doula services to low resource mothers and families in the Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, and surrounding areas.

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