family mother holding baby

 Southwest Louisiana Birth Services - Birth Lagniappe was founded by Ashley Augustine from a sense of gratitude

and wanting to share what made a wonderful difference

for our births and in our lives.


We have had seven amazing (and very different) natural childbirths. Using skills we learned in The Bradley Method® classes combined with other trainings (like Spinning Babies and Rebozo workshops) with a great support team, our first birth was very long but completely natural. Our second son was in our arms less than two hours after the first recognizable contraction. Our next five births each unfolded in unique ways as well-especially our youngest twins.  I am very thankful that we had been adequately prepared for a wide range of experiences by our teacher and doula.  The simple decision in our first pregnancy to become educated and have good support empowered our decisions, & completely changed the outcome of our birth, as well as the shape of our family through our next four children. Birth has been my passion ever since!  I am  excited to share what we have learned (foremost being that birth can be unpredictable, so you cannot be overprepared). 

As a labor doula, I hope to facilitate mothers feeling supported, confident, and informed, so that they can birth at peace.

It is an honor to help parents navigate this exciting time!


Professional Trainings/Certifications

2019 Gena Kirby Rebozo/doula workshop

2018 Evidence Based Birth Professional development

2017 - Stillbirthday Doula training

2017 - HypnoBabies HypnoDoula certification

2016 - FY Gena Kirby, Robbie Davis-Floyd, Patrick Houser - Austin, TX

2015 - Spinning Babies by Gail Tulley - Dallas, TX

2015 - Certified Apprentice Program, Gena Kirby - New Oreans, LA

2015 - Affiliated Bradley Method Instructor - AAHCC

2014 - Bradley Method Instructor Training - Ft Worth, TX

2002 - The Bradley Method 12 week course - LA

2001 - The Bradley Method course - LA




Ashley Augustine

Tel: 337-249-4278


Gena Kirby Certified Rebozo Apprentice

I'm constantly updating my training- staying current is very important to me!

Thank you! We'll get back with you as soon as we can!