Central Texas Birth serves families by providing evidence-based

childbirth education, breastfeeding support, and doula services.

We do not discriminate based on gender, age, sexuality, race, ethnicity, religion, or marital status.


PO Box 662
Gatesville, Texas 76528

254-216-9394

Katy@CentralTexasBirth.com

Founded in 2014

What is a doula?
A doula is a woman that helps provide relevant information to expectant parents during pregnancy and provides emotional, mental, and physical support before, during, and after the birth of your baby. A doula helps parents make informed choices and supports them unconditionally.  "Doula" is a Greek word that means "woman who serves". Traditionally, a woman's mother, sister, or friend would act as her doula and help her through natural childbirth, but as times have changed roles and needs have shifted. Professional doulas have been trained in childbirth education, breastfeeding, and other aspects of birth. 

How can I benefit from a doula?
A doula can help you have clarity as you envision your birth plan, work through your fears and anxiety about birth, encourage you to advocate for yourself during pregnancy and labor, help facilitate communication with your healthcare provider, and help you in your home after your baby is born. Unlike a doctor or a nurse, a doula works only for you and will not leave your side until your baby is born. Studies have shown that women who have support during labor like a doula can give them are:

  • 28% less likely to have a Cesarean

  • 31% less likely to use synthetic Oxytocin to speed up labor

  • 9% less likely to use any pain medication

  • 34% less likely to rate their childbirth experience negatively


Women without continuous doula-like support were also more likely to:

  • have an epidural or other regional analgesia to manage pain

  • use any type of pain medication, including narcotics

  • give birth by Cesarean

  • give birth to a baby with vacuum extraction or forceps

  • give birth to a baby with a low Apgar score rating of well-being 5 minutes after birth

  • be dissatisfied with their childbirth experience


What exactly does a doula do during childbirth?
Doulas offer massage, pain management and optimal positioning techniques, ongoing information about the birth process, and constant emotional and physical support throughout your birth. If you get an epidural, we're there to support you and assist in the process. Doulas can also help direct your partner to be a great support during labor. We help you reach your birth goals, whatever they may be. We stay with you for an hour or two after delivery and make sure you are adjusting, you have something to eat, and your baby has started breastfeeding.

Can I benefit from a doula even if I don't want a natural, non-medicated childbirth?

 Absolutely! A doula is there to support you no matter what your childbirth choices are. Doulas reassure you through your entire pregnancy as you experience all the changes that comes with it. Our doulas can also help you through a scheduled or emergency Cesarean.

What doesn't a doula do?
A doula does not give medical care, perform clinical tasks like cervical or blood pressure checks, fetal monitoring, interpret medical charts, prescribe or recommend medication, or anything else that is legally described as practicing medicine. Doulas do not take the place of a doctor or midwife but work with them as part of your birth team to help you have the best experience possible.


Why did you become a doula?

After having several of my own children, I saw how much it could benefit families from having compassionate and supportive care throughout their pregnancy, birth, and parenting experiences. I researched how I could get involved with helping families and took my first doula training  that summer. I founded Central Texas Birth in 2014 with a desire to fill a need in our local community with caring and experienced birth support.

Central Texas Birth is the first doula agency in the Waco, Temple, Killeen, and Gatesville area offering comprehensive support services from conception through the early parenting period. My goal is to support expectant families in every aspect of their personal journey and leave them with a positive, fulfilling experience.

I desire to uplift the role of professional birth workers and create a sustainable and passion-filled career for women or men desiring to serve families in this way. I encourage you to contact me if having a career as a birth professional is something that interests you.


 Fertility/Family Planning Books:


  • Taking Charge Of Your Fertility, Toni Weschler

  • How To Choose The Sex Of Your Baby, Landrum Shettles


Pregnancy Books:


  • Ina May's Guide To Childbirth, Ina May Gaskin


Breastfeeding Books:


  • Ina May's Guide To Breastfeeding, Ina May Gaskin

  • The Womanly Art Of Breastfeeding, Diane Wiessinger, Diana West,

        & Teresa Pitman

  • Dr. Jack Newman's Guide To Breastfeeding, Jack Newman, M.D.


For Your Partner To Read:


  • The Birth Partner, Penny Simkin


Home Birth Midwives:


  • Jennifer Bennett, Certified Professional Midwife

        254-247-6978

        Serving the Waco/Temple/Killeen area

        Avanlee.com

      


  • Mollie Miller, Certified Professional Midwife

        817-658-5064

        Serving Waco, Hillsboro, Johnson county, Hill county,

        McLennan county, and Bosque county

        MidwifeMollie.Simple.com


Birth Centers:



  • Waco Birth Center & Clinic

        1525 Austin Ave., Waco, Texas

         254-723-7116

         Brenda Keep, Certified Nurse-Midwife

                 WacoBirthingCenter.com



  • Central Texas Birth Center

         101 W. Cooperative Way, Georgetown, Texas

         512.736.7569

         TexasBirthCenter.com


  • The Natural Birth Center (multiple locations- offers birth center & home births)

        3112 W. Elm Mott Dr., Ste. 3, Waco, Texas

        405 N. Main St., Salado, Texas

        512-818-6791

        TheNaturalBirthingCenter.com


  • Edenway Birthing Center

         805 N. Main St., Cleburne, Texas 

         817-558-BABY

         DFWmidwives.com



Belly Painting & Henna Tattoos:


  • Gracielo Tovar

        (254) 644-7149

         G.Tovar@yahoo.com


Videos:


  • "The Business Of Being Born" by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein (Available on Netflix)

  • "More Business Of Being Born" (A four-part series) by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein (Available on Netflix)

  • "Breastmilk" by Ricki Lake


For information about social services in your area, including food stamps, Medicaid for pregnant woman and children, CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program), and shelters for battered women and children, call 211 or visitHHSC.state.tx.us. To apply for Medicaid or CHIP, visit YourTexasBenefits.com.


For information about the Women, Infants, and Children's Program (WIC), visit TexasWIC.org.