Childbirth Education, Lactation Classes, Newborn Care, Infant CPR

A doula is not a replacement for a childbirth education class. We highly recommend learning about birth in order to help better prepare you.

Colleen Goidel

Colleen is a postpartum doula, educator, and retired birth doula. Colleen has worked in the Atlanta birth community for over a decade. She uses knowledge and compassion to guide her classes. She offers several courses to help growing families better prepare for their birth and postpartum period.


Colleen offers private sessions by request for people whose schedules prevent them from registering for a scheduled group class.

Childbirth Education

Each series is scheduled over 4 weeknights from 6:30pm - 9:30 pm.



12-hour Birthing From Within™ childbirth series helps expectant parents prepare for birth in strength and awareness, rather than to achieve a specific outcome. Parents learn what the human body is physiologically capable of, the psychology of how to enable that capability, and how they can be fully present without fear clouding their experience or preventing them from birthing in empowerment.



  • Dozens of emotional and physical coping tools to avoid suffering

  • The stages of labor

  • How to process and face the fear of labor and birth

  • Ways for partners/birth attendants to provide emotional and physical support

  • Movement and positioning to ease pain and promote labor progress

  • Medical procedures: What? When? How? Why/why not?

  • The wise and compassionate use of pain medication

  • How to communicate effectively with care providers

2020 Series Dates

  • September 15, 17, 22, 24   6:30pm - 9:30 pm

  • October 20, 22, 27, 29       6:30pm - 9:30 pm

  • November: 10, 12, 17, 19   6:30pm - 9:30 pm

  • December: 8, 10, 15, 17    6:30pm - 9:30 pm


2021 Series Dates

  • January 19, 21, 26, 28        6:30pm - 9:30 pm

  • February 16, 18, 23, 25      6:30pm - 9:30 pm

  • March 16, 18, 23, 25           6:30pm - 9:30 pm

Birthing Refresher

Class is held on scheduled Saturdays from 1p - 4pm.


If you’ve given birth previously and are feeling like you need to brush up on what’s to come, this is the class for you! We cover a review/refresh of emotional and physical pain-coping practices, ways to create space to focus on THIS birth and THIS baby, how to integrate baby into your existing family, and how to support siblings through the transition.

2020 Series Dates

10/10  1p - 4pm

12/12   1p - 4pm

2021 Series Dates

2/13​    1p - 4pm

Lactation Basics


The rigors of birth can make it hard for newborns to initiate breast/chest feeding without guidance. And new parents often lack the peer support and resources to succeed at this nutritionally ideal feeding method.


Preparing for breastfeeding/chest feeding before birth can make a profound difference in a parent’s ability to cope, be resourceful and flexible, and see themselves, their baby, and their joint experience in a positive light. Parents who take a lactation class prenatally tend to feel more confident in the face of postnatal exhaustion because they have resources to address potential challenges before they become roadblocks. And when partners and caregivers understand the hows and whys of this tender journey, their encouragement and support can help breastfeeding succeed.


This 3-hour class is packed with details on latch, positioning, frequency and troubleshooting, taking a nonjudgmental approach to this sometimes complex relationship. You get hands-on instruction, practicing with dolls for positioning. We’ll view optimal breastfeeding on videos and engage in active discussion. Partners are encouraged to attend but not required. If you have any questions or challenges after your baby begins feeding, I offer FREE unlimited support by text, phone or video chat.

2020 Series Dates

Thursday 8/27,   6:30p-9:30p

Saturday 9/12,    9:30a-12:30p

Thursday 10/15, 6:30p-9:30p

Saturday 11/7,    9:30a-12:30p

Thursday 12/3,   6:30p-9:30p


2021 Series Date

Saturday 1/16,    9:30a-12:30p

Thursday 2/11,   6:30p-9:30p

Saturday 3/13,   9:30a-12:30p

Back to Work & Pumping


Returning to work or school after giving birth can be a difficult physical and emotional transition, especially if you’re lactating. This 2-hour class will help make your journey as smooth and stress-free as possible while maintaining your milk supply and staying connected to your baby. Topics include pumping and storage, nanny/daycare considerations, workplace considerations, scheduling challenges and support resources.


The ideal time to take this class is no later than a month before returning to work. Pre-crawling infants are welcome. 

2020 Series Dates

8/26  10a-12p

9/30  10a-12p

10/14 10a-12p

12/2   10a-12p

2021 Series Dates

1/6    10a-12p

2/3    10a-12p

3/3    10a-12p

Navigating the Fourth Trimester

Saturdays from 9:30am - 1:30pm


If you’re worried about learning to care for an infant while recovering from birth, you’re not alone--all new parents feel anxious during this time of physical and emotional exhaustion.


The immediate postpartum period is filled with joy and wonder for new parents. It's also a time when lack of sleep, physical discomfort and hormonal imbalance can undermine the joyfulness, leading to overwhelming stress and anxiety.


This 4-hour class gives expectant parents a boatload of tools and resources to care for their babies—and themselves—after birth, and explores ways to meet the challenges of new parenthood with an open heart and mind. Class is held on scheduled


2020 Series Dates

9/26  9:30am - 1:30pm

10/17 9:30am - 1:30pm

11/21  9:30am - 1:30pm

12/5   9:30am - 1:30pm

2021 Series Dates

1/9   9:30am - 1:30pm

2/6  9:30am - 1:30pm

3/6  9:30am - 1:30pm

A doula is not a replacement for a childbirth education class. We highly recommend learning about birth in order to help better prepare you. There are many different types of birth classes and several of our doulas are childbirth educations. One of the education courses we recommend is Baby Steps

"Baby Steps was founded with the knowledge that birthing persons are individuals, and what is right for one may not be right for another. It is our mission to provide evidence-based information to all families regarding pregnancy, birth, and parenting. We do not advocate any particular choice, only that parents be given all of the information they need to decide what is right for themselves."

We support clients who choose all options, including:

Medication Free Natural Birth, Vaginal birth with medication, Planned Cesarean Section, The Bradley MethodLamaze, Hypo-birth, VBAC, Induction, Twins, Hospital Birth, Homebirth, and High-Risk Birth.


Our Atlanta doulas serve Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Dawson, Douglas, Dekalb, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, and Paulding counties in the Atlanta, GA area.

We attend births at the following locations: Atlanta Birth Center, Atlanta Medical Center, Cartersville Medical Center, Emory Decatur, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Emory John's Creek, Gwinnett Medical Center, Grady Memorial Hospital, Kennestone Hospital, Northeast Georgia Medical Center, North Fulton, Northside Hospital Atlanta, Northside Hospital Cherokee, Northside Hospital Duluth, Northside Hospital Forsyth, Piedmont Hosptial, Piedmont Newton Hospital, Piedmont Fayette Hospital 


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Please note that each doula works for herself and herself only, and is not an employee of Atlanta Birth Doula. We strive to retain only the best doulas on our website, but we are not responsible or liable for their work in any way. If you have a complaint against any of the doulas listed herein, please let us know so we can reevaluate our relationship.