Lauren Bernazza + Lauren Shields
Lauren and Lauren provide birth, postpartum, and coaching services to Metro Atlanta births in hospital, birth centers, and home. As partners, they both attend your prenatal appointment to help you prepare, and they share a call schedule so you know you'll have one of them at your birth.
Both Laurens are passionate about holding space for birthing people as they cross the threshold of birth + postpartum. They believe that every birthing person deserves to know their options surrounding childbirth and should receive unwavering support for their choices.
This dynamic duo specializes in supporting twin + multiples pregnancy, LGBTQ+ families, women of color, and surrogacy journeys.
BIRTH DOULA PACKAGE
-Free consultation at our office in Historic Roswell. We’ll sip on tea and get to know each other in the comfort of the beautiful Meraki Mama Collective Studio.
- 1 prenatal meeting with both of us where we will cover topics such as comfort techniques, options in labor, birthing positions, local resources, and a plan for your postpartum support. We'll also complete your birth preferences plan.
- Unlimited phone, text, and e-mail support throughout your entire pregnancy and we will be reachable 24/7 beginning two weeks prior to your estimated due date.
- You receive continuous support during your labor and delivery. The focus of our energy will be on making you feel comfortable and making your labor as effective as possible. After delivery, the doula attending your birth remains for 1-2 hours and makes sure that your new family is comfortable and ready for quiet time together. We also help with initial breastfeeding if desired and are available for phone contact to answer questions about the birth or baby.
- 1 postpartum meeting with the doula who attended your birth. We would like to get together with you within the first day or two after you come home to see how everyone is doing, to review the birth, and to get feedback about our role.
Mother Blessings are a wonderful alternative or addition to a baby shower. The focus in on celebrating the mother as she transitions into motherhood through pampering rituals and the sharing of blessings and food. I will work with a family member or friend of the mother to plan the entire event including an electronic invitation, location, decor, food, and activities. All mothers will receive a floral crown in their choice of colors, a blessing bead necklace, and a blessing candle. All guests will receive a candle to bring home and light when the mother goes into labor as a way to remain connected to her through her transition onto motherhood.
TWIN PREP CLASS
Twin Prep is a class for parents expecting twins or higher order multiples. As a Mother to TWO sets of twins and a Birth Doula, I will use my experience to ease your transition into twin-parenthood by offering you information, options, humor, encouragement and on-going support. Topics for the class are finding your care provider, pregnancy health, nutrition, birth options, navigating a stay at the NICU, postpartum healing and your postpartum support plan, newborn care, feeding options, twin gear, and babywearing.
MEET Lauren B.
Lauren Bernazza is a mother of two sets of precocious twins and two rescue mutts. She shares this life with her husband Tim in a wonderful 1960s ranch house in Historic Roswell, GA.
Lauren holds a BFA in Fine Art from UGA and spent 8 years working in art administration for Fulton County Arts Council and various non-profits. The birth of her first set of twins brought with it an unplanned calling to stay home and raise her family. That choice was the first step on her path to birth work as it allowed her to fully immerse herself in the world of pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting. The surprise of a second set of twins completed her family and encouraged even more research and self-education on childbirth.
Lauren has trained with both Carriage House Birth and DONA International and currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Georgia Birth Network.
When not busy doula-ing and enjoying life with her wild brood, Lauren spends time out in nature, completing yoga teacher training, fighting the patriarchy, and spending time with her amazing friends.
MEET Laruen S.
Lauren, originally from Illinois, is a second generation yoga/pilates instructor, and classically trained ballerina. She moved to Atlanta in 2010 as single mom working as a Speech Language Pathologist. After remarrying and having two more children, Lauren found her true calling working with women and birthing persons. She has identified a large gap in the fitness industry that only drives women to work towards goals of their pre-baby body and unrealistic body image in an isolating paradigm.
Her business Meraki Mama Collective strives to create space to empower and support women + birthing persons through pregnancy, birth, postpartum and parenthood. Teaching them mindfulness and movement practices to build and restore strength in their bodies from a stance of compassion and self love. In her studio, parents are encouraged to bring their babies to class with them, nurse as they need to, and gain tools to stay present and positive through all postpartum has in store. Most importantly, she is educating her community on the importance of proper support + care for parents, and that asking for and receiving help are the basis of a healthy family and community.
Lauren is a certified birth and postpartum doula, registered yoga instructor, registered prenatal, postpartum, and fertility yoga instructor, pilates and barre instructor. She is a mother of 3 amazing humans, and wife to Claudio.