Who We Are
Ember Birth Services is dedicated to providing professional, reliable and compassionate care during pregnancy and the postpartum period. We are a community centered practice with many local resources. Our doulas are experienced in attending births and caring for postpartum families in and around Albuquerque, New Mexico. We respect and serve all birthing preferences and offer a variety of services.
Black Lives Matter and Ember
Sarah Allen and I, Angelique Steadman, started our doula journey on the very same day; this was also the day we met. Although we were welcomed with open arms by our fellow doulas, we began to have reservations about the white culture that was prevalent within Albuquerque’s birth community.
When we set out to create EMBER BIRTH, our sole intent was to provide support services to all women, regardless of their ability to pay.
We decided to return to a traditional model of birth and prenatal health...a shift towards incorporating the time proven methods of birth and postpartum care.
We wanted to provide support for women who could not afford the cost of what, at this point in time, is currently only available to middle-class predominantly white families, and thus started a scholarship fund that is built into the cost of each service we provide.
The Black infant and maternal morbidity rate in New Mexico is unacceptable and our aim is to use doula care as a mitigating factor. And most importantly we have the autonomy to serve despite complex, non-traditional situations.
EMBER stands with Black Lives Matter. We will continue to provide culturally competent support and will no longer post or share information that doesn’t promote black centering.
What does this look like? Content that doesn’t feed into elitism or white privilege. Articles that highlight the practices of different cultures, traditions and inclusivity. But most importantly we will share the hard truths of Birthing While Black in America and the effects of systemic racism.
Join us as we unabashedly burn this motherfu*ker to the ground!
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Sarah & Angelique
How will Covid-19 affect my birth?
As doulas, we know having more information is better than less. COVID-19 is here and it’s not going to break us.
We have worked hard to create ways in which you can be supported and achieve your goals or the next best thing.
Some things that might be affected by the pandemic include but are not limited to the following:
Limited number of people allowed
Use of masks and PPE
Options of pain relief
If mom is positive, contact with baby after delivery.
Are Ember Doulas still working?
Yes! At Ember Birth Services, we are a small practice of experienced doulas who have spent extended time in hospital settings and we know how to prioritize safety and sanitation. We have all been following social distancing guidelines and are taking extra precautions as we work with a high risk population, pregnant folks and babies.
We are transitioning to virtual services which will include prenatal, birth and labor and postpartum services.
As hospital regulations and social distancing guidelines are lifted, we look forward to doing what we love in person.
What are the local updates?
As of today, August 6, 2020, this is the information we have. Please call your provider for the most up to date information.
All hospitals and birth centers will be screening everyone upon arrival.
Lovelace Women's Hospital is allowing one partner and one approved doula. All Ember doulas are approved to attend births here.
Dar A Luz is allowing one partner and one professional doula.
UNMH is allowing one partner and one approved doula. All Ember doulas are approved to attend births here. They are testing for Coronavirus upon admission to L and D. Partners are not allowed into triage.
Presbyterian is allowing one partner and one professional doula. They are testing for Coronavirus upon admission to L and D. Partners are not allowed into triage.
Where can I learn more?
Services We Offer
Since before recorded time, women have relied on each other to help navigate the transition into motherhood. We supported each other by sharing the burdens of everyday life and passing along the bits that we had found useful. Ember Birth doulas have the opportunity to step back into the traditional support model to meet you where you are.
The Fourth Trimester is the first 90 days after you give birth. It is a time when bonding and rest is of the utmost importance. We provide evidence based care regarding sleeping, feeding, newborn care, breastfeeding, baby wearing, sibling support, cooking, healing postpartum meals and teas also light housework, baby laundry and tidying up.
Placenta Encapsulation is not a fad. Mammals have been consuming their placentas for all of time. The anecdotal evidence is overwhelmingly positive. Most moms report things such as increased energy, faster recovery, boost in milk production, increased mood, decreased bleeding, decrease in Postpartum Mood Disorders.
"Asking your partner to be your sole guide through labor is like asking your partner to lead the way on a climb of Mount Everest. Your partner may be smart and trustworthy, and you love this person, but in the Himalayas you'll both be better off with a sherpa."
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