A Place for All Women

Yesterday I had the pleasure of going to the  Mommy’s Milk Breastfeeding Circle.  It is held in The Woman’s Nest in Macon.  I had never been there and I was so happy with what I saw.  The middle Georgia area has needed a place like this for so long and I am thrilled that we now have one.

The Woman’ Nest is owned and run by Lindsey Kyte, CNM.   When I got there,  I was immediately amazed at how warm and inviting it is.  They have converted a little white house into a place that women can go and find support of any kind.  I was there for the breastfeeding support group, so there were little ones and babies everywhere.  It was a safe place for the moms, as well as their children.  The room was beautifully decorated.  It was designed to make everyone feel comfortable.  The meeting felt like a group of friends just getting together for a play date.  It was an honor to be surrounded by such amazing women.


Lindsey is  warm and caring.  You can tell how passionate she is about reaching out to her community within moments of meeting her.  When asked about it, this is what she said,

“I strongly have a passion for women being supported by women at all stages in their life but especially during motherhood…. we need to feel loved, appreciated, lifted, worthy, and not judged because we are so critical and judgmental of ourselves and abilities as women….We are all fabulous and have a lot to share with the world and I want women to feel that and have a sisterhood that brings it out in them!”

This place is wonderful.  You will feel welcome the moment you step in the door.  Their goal is to provide support for women in all stages of motherhood.  Because of Lindsey’s love and passion, women in middle Georgia now have place to go to.  They have classes, retreats, and circles.  All there to help improve the lives of families in GA.  Because when you improve the lives of moms, you are improving the lives of those around them. That has a ripple effect.  It can only make our community stronger.

As a doula, I love families and am grateful for anything that helps them in their journey.  The Woman’s Nest does just that.  We all need a bit of help now and then and a safe place to find it.  Because our stories matter.  They matter to us and those around us.  They matter to Lindsey too.

Thank you, Lindsey, for giving the moms in our area the support they need.



Everyone Needs a Life Doula

While I was in my Birth Boot Camp doula training, there was a conversation about
fullsizerender-9different types of “doulas” that people might need.  Things like a “dentist doula”, someone to come and hold your hand during dental procedures that inevitably cause anxiety.  Or a “tattoo doula” for those that are scared that getting a tattoo will be too painful to bear.  That got me to thinking.  What kind of “life doula” have I had in my life? My answer…a deployment doula.

My husband, Tom, has been in the military for 17 years. Right now we are stationed at Robins AFB in Warner Robins, GA. We have loved being a military family and the military has been good to us.  However, with all the good there are some hard truths.  One of those hard truths is deployments.  It is hard to have your spouse far away, often times in a war zone.  He just came back from a deployment to Africa.  This was the 5th and one of the hardest deployments.

I would never have survived if it had not been for my “deployments doulas”.  My friends that walked through it with me.   On the days that I didn’t think I could do it, Brandi would look at me and tell me how strong I am and that I could (and would) do it.  Deb would listen to me cry and tell me she understood.  Kelly and Kathy loved me in the most practical img_4464ways, being there when I couldn’t do everything that needed done.  Rachel dropped everything and held my hand the day I had to put one of my dogs down and my heart was breaking.

That is what a doula is.  Someone that comes along side you and walks with you, helping you in any way you need.  They support you in your decisions, not judging you because it’s not the choice they would have made.  They remind you that you are strong and amazing.  A doula believes in you and doesn’t leave when things get hard.  We all need a support system like that.

When it comes to pregnancy and birth, there is no one right way to have your baby.  But you do need a support system.  Someone to support you in your decisions, hear your fears and concerns, and empower you to be everything that you are.  That is why I became a doula.  Your birth story matters to me.

I am so grateful for my “life doulas”!