Gwynne Knap

Childbirth Educator, Labor Doula & Postpartum Doula Faculty

Location: Georgia

I became a labor doula back in 1999 after meeting Tracy Wilson Peters for coffee one day after picking up her business card in a baby gift shop. I had been casually supporting my friends and family during their birthing experiences and at home after childbirth. I was ecstatic about being a birth professional! I co-doula’ed with Tracy in my early career and learned so much. As a single mom with a full time sales/marketing career, I had creatively make time for my passion project of developing as a birth professional. In 2003-2004, I started an apprenticeship with a busy local postpartum doula. I realized how much I enjoyed nurturing new moms at home after birth-helping them with breastfeeding, guiding them with infant care & soothing tips and helping them keep focused on bonding with their baby. After certifying as a postpartum doula, I have had the privilege of caring for over 100 local families over the past several years. About 5 years ago, I embarked upon my journey as a childbirth educator and discovered how much I love teaching–even though I shied away from it for years. I cherish the opportunity to inspire and empower young expectant couples as they prepare for childbirth. Having now taught over 500 couples in group and private settings, I am energized each time I meet a couple seeking a low intervention birthing experience. A year ago, I was approached by Tracy to take over for her in conducting Atlanta area Labor Doula & Childbirth Educator Trainings. I happily accepted the opportunity and have thoroughly enjoyed training enthusiastic new birth professionals. I am honored to act as mentor and teacher to women ready to embrace their calling as birth doulas and childbirth educators.

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