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 five 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 three births each unfolded in unique ways as well. 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!
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