Birth Power Doula Services
Alicia M. K. Power CD(DONA)
DONA Certified Birth Doula
Hi! I am a certified birth doula centered in Cedar Park, Texas. I was trained by DONA International in September, 2019. I have supported over 70 births so far and continue to serve families in the greater Austin area. My standard service package fee is $1,000 for a full range of birth doula services. This includes prenatal and postpartum visits in addition to support during your labor and birth. Please see my SERVICES below for more details. Please note that I can accommodate individual needs with a sliding scale fee. Additional discounts are offered to repeat clients and to clients referred to me by former clients.
My path to becoming a doula began in 2014 with the birth of my first child. It was then that I learned the value of a positive birth experience. My next two children taught me how unique each birth could be.
In early 2019, I served in the role of doula to another birthing person for the first time. That experience showed me how important a caring, sensitive, and knowledgeable support system is during childbirth. I knew I had found a calling and I discovered DONA International.
Who I Serve
I recognize birth as a key life experience that you will remember for the rest of your life. I also feel that everyone deserves that experience to be a positive one. So I aim to be as inclusive as possible in my practice. This means that I will support you whether your birth place is in your home or in the operating room. Regardless of how much pain medication or personal rituals you seek to use, I will support you. This also means that I will support you however you identify yourself or your family. As your doula, I have no personal agenda, and I vow to do all I can to nurture and protect your memory of this powerful event.
After beginning our relationship with a free consultation, I am committed to the wellbeing of your growing family. I will visit you at least twice in your home for our prenatal visits where we will become more comfortable with each other and discuss your birth preferences and strategies to achieve your goals. I will provide you with resources and will help you draft out your birth plan. Additionally, you will have access to my lending library and I will be available whenever needed by phone, text, or email.
Labor and Birth
I will be on call for you for the two weeks before and after your due date and I will join you once you begin active labor. As certified birth doula I will be able to offer you many comfort measures throughout your labor and I will remain by your side. I believe that every person is entitled to a positive birth experience and I will strive to provide you with the emotional and physical support you deserve during this special occasion.
The support I offer does not stop at the birth of your child. In addition to having access to my services directly following the birth, I will arrange a postpartum visit with you during your child’s second week. At this meeting I will be able to provide you with resources that you might be needing. And as one of the few people that will be present for your entire labor and delivery, I will help you reprocess the experience at this time.
For more testimonials please visit my DoulaMatch profile. The link is at the bottom on this webpage.
“Alicia helped me deliver my son almost 7 months ago, and not a week has gone by that I haven’t been grateful for the experience! My first birth was traumatic. Deep down I knew under the right circumstances I could have things go differently the second time, but I was scared and didn’t know how. I hoped a doula could help me, and I am so incredibly lucky to have found Alicia! I freeze during stress and so does my husband. I have a history of sexual and medical trauma. Having Alicia there through the my pregnancy, in the most kind and supportive way, I felt like she really understood me and had my back for the beautiful birth I imagined. I felt safe, and if you know, you know. It was wonderful! My husband has commented many times that having Alicia there helped him step in and not freeze, he had direction to follow and it even strengthened my bond with him too. With her support and intuitive thinking, I had the unmedicated waterbirth that I had only dreamed about years before. It was such an affirming experience and I really think Alicia was THE perfect, wonderful, kind, gentle and caring doula for me. I believe whatever birth plan I wanted, she would have supported me 100%. And if that went sideways like it sometimes does, I know she would have supported me too. Alicia helped me believe in myself, and I will always be thankful for her.“~ Allison
“I could not be happier that we had Alicia as our doula for the birth of our daughter. When I read the evidence about the benefits of doulas on birth outcomes, I was immediately interested. But when I started looking for a doula, I was surprised by how challenging it was to find someone who was evidence- based, supportive of my preferences and goals, AND warm. Alicia was all three and so much more! I have a medical complication that added complexity to my birth planning, so it was especially helpful to have Alicia there throughout my pregnancy to support me in thinking through my options- with the support of evidence, experience, and without judgement. During birth, Alicia’s ability to support both me and my husband on the most challenging (but ultimately awesome) day of our lives, was an absolute game changer. With Alicia there, we always had someone there to support me, even when my husband had to step away, so I was never alone. We felt secure in having Alicia there as a seasoned pro to suggest and lend a hand with support measures and add her knowledge as we evaluated medial options. Her calm but assured demeanor was such an asset to us as first time parents. As an added bonus, she’s just a great person who is a model for cultivating rich family experiences and raising grounded and happy kids. She inspires me to be an empowered birthing person and a great mom. I have so much admiration for her as a person and gratitude to her as our doula. Thank you, Alicia!”~ Isabel
“I am high risk due to age and lupus so I had a highly monitored pregnancy and was induced at Seton Main. I didn’t think to get a doula until the last couple weeks of the pregnancy, so I literally met Alicia in the height of my painful induction at the hospital. Until she arrived, I felt prodded and poked at, stressed and inadequate. I wasn’t dilating, I was in excruciating pain, baby wasn’t moving “enough” and I was exhausted. Alicia showed up right after I had gotten my epidural and finally passed out for a couple hours. I woke up to being completely unable to move my right lower quadrant. I was so out of it, yet she swooped right in with this loving air of calm and confident. She moved my body for me, she had all the tools to help me feel safe and progress, she explained everything that was happening and what all my options were. And she never left. That was huge for me. As soon as she came, my body relaxed and I fully dilated within a couple hours. And during the birth, the doctors wanted to use more unnatural interventions, and with her support by my side, I was able to ask what my options were and see that I could say no. So I did. And I’m so glad I did. After we came home, Alicia paid us a house visit and literally put my breast pump together for me and showed me exactly how to use it while my brain was still too flooded with hormones and first-time-mom craziness to figure it out myself. She was our guardian angel, for sure. If we have another child, I have no hesitation that we will call her as soon as we find out. I can only imagine the empowerment and support she could give throughout an entire pregnancy, based on our experience with her through just my labor and delivery. Alicia. Is. Amazing.“~ Heather
“I had the most positive birth experience with Alicia! This was my second pregnancy and absolutely nothing was going according to plan. Alicia’s research background and calming presence helped ease my anxiety and gave me a peace of mind that I wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. My baby was breech from 33 weeks and I was terrified of a cesarean birth. Alicia spent time with me doing Spinning Babies techniques to help my daughter turn and checked in on me multiple times a week. She walked me through what a natural birth and a cesarean birth would look like, showed me comfort techniques, and relayed real birth experiences. And that was all before delivery! The day of the birth, Alicia was my biggest supporter and advocate! During delivery, Alicia helped calm my nerves with her gentle presence and touch. Although I feared the worst, this birth experience was beautiful and more perfect than I thought possible. I am so thankful for her and will definitely be working with her for my next baby. ”~ Katie
“Alicia is an incredible doula and we are so grateful she was part of the birth of our second child. We had a lot of trauma and anxiety after a difficult birth experience with our first child, so we wanted to do everything possible to make our second birth a more positive and empowering experience. It was clear from our first meeting with Alicia that she was a perfect fit for our vision for this birth. She provides the perfect blend of sensitive and compassionate emotional support and practical, evidence-based advice. I especially appreciated that Alicia has an extensive background in science and uses it to inform her practice. Overall, my son’s birth was as close to my vision of a perfect birth as I could have possibly hoped for. It was an empowering and healing experience, and having Alicia as our doula played a huge role in making it so positive and joyous. I would strongly and enthusiastically recommend Alicia to anyone looking for a doula.“~ Sarah G
“Alicia was an absolute blessing to us. This being my fourth child, but first baby born in Texas, was a little overwhelming, especially since I had a doctor that was not supportive of my wishes to have another natural birth. Having no family here to help us with our toddler, and me having anxiety about being alone led us to consider a doula for the first time and I am so grateful to have been matched with Alicia. She was so knowledgeable and supportive on every level. She showed us all genuine care and comfort through my pregnancy, labor, delivery and post-partum care. She was with me through every contraction, comforting me through each one and cheering me on with every push. She encouraged me to be brave and reminded me that I have the right to be heard and my voice matters; that it is MY birth. With her by my side, I managed to have my birth wishes met, despite a very pushy doctor and felt a care and understanding that I wish I had been given with my other 3 births. We were so grateful to have her by my side during such a vulnerable moment.”~Jazmine
“I labored overnight and struggled to stay centered and focused since all I could think about was sleep…but I vividly remember Alicia gently pressing on my brow to help relax my face during and between contractions and this small, small thing had a huge impact. It reminded me to breathe, to release my apprehension, and ride the wave. This is just a simple example of how in-tune Alicia was to the situation and what my needs were–I couldn’t have known before labor or during that something like that would’ve been helpful to me, but it was. Alicia was part of the picture perfect labor and birth of my son, and I am forever grateful.”~ Sarah E
“We found Alicia on Doulamatch. She was the first one we interviewed, and even after we left my fiancé asked if we needed to even interview anyone else, we liked her and felt a connection instantly. Alicia is kind, calming, knowledgeable and made us feel like our opinions were valid and offered any information on anything we had questions about. We are first time parents, and she helped us know what to expect and has just been a wonderful support for both myself and fiancé. During delivery she made me feel empowered and again was just a calming strong presence that both myself and my fiancé needed. I’m extremely grateful for her and loved having her as a part of our sons birth.”~ Stephanie
“The Covid19 pandemic hitting Travis County happened to line up with the final weeks of my pregnancy. I was so excited that we had a doula to support us this time around and was devastated that tightening visitor restrictions might prevent us from getting that in person support I really felt like I needed. Almost miraculously, we were able to have Alicia Power from Birth Power Doula Services there with us for the whole 22 odd hour ordeal. She was absolutely incredible. I handled the pain and emotional ups and downs so much better this time around. I felt so much less fearful and so much more confident in my decisions for myself. In a country, particularly a state, where our maternal outcomes are abysmal, these providers are invaluable if you can access them.”~ Claire
“Having babies can be unpredictable and stressful, but Alicia was supportive and helpful through my entire experience. When it came time to birth my twins, Alicia was there by my side and assured me that everything was going to be okay. I credit her a lot for getting me through my crazy pregnancy and delivery, and I recommend her to anyone. Calm, passionate, resourceful, reliable, and knowledgeable are but a few of Alicia’s qualities that make her the fantastic Doula that she is.”~ Rachel
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