Elysia Douglas grew up watching her mother care for elderly/ill relatives and helping out when she could. As a child she always knew that she wanted to have a career taking care of people or animals. Her doula journey began with a request to keep a laboring friend company until her support person arrived. She provided the physical and emotional support needed throughout her friend’s labor and birth. From that day on, she knew her purpose in life was to find a way to provide comfort and support to women and their families during pregnancy and childbirth. Elysia is now a professional, certified elite labor doula, certified postpartum and infant care doula, and certified childbirth educator in the Metro Atlanta area. During her career as a labor doula, she has assisted over 100 families as they prepared for and welcomed their little ones into the world. She offers mentorship to new doulas and works hard on building trusting relationships between doulas and the medical providers in her community. Elysia is a diaper need advocate, hosting an annual diaper drive each year, rallying neighbors and community business partners, to benefit her local community resource center. Elysia volunteers her time in the community with special events and has also served as a leader in children’s ministry with her church.
Since her initial doula training with DONA International in 2012, and subsequent trainings with ProDoula in 2018 and 2019, Elysia has gained a remarkable wealth of experience and expertise in providing the emotional, physical, and educational support her clients need and desire to enhance their birthing experiences. By keeping up with the latest recommendations and research and taking advantage of various training and continuing education opportunities, Elysia is able to provide evidence-based information to both her clients and the new doulas she mentors in an unbiased and nonjudgmental fashion. After a childbirth education class students depart feeling both knowledgeable and prepared for the journey they have ahead. Through mentoring opportunities with Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies of Georgia, Elysia is able guide newer doulas of all ages and backgrounds as they complete the doula certification process and prepare to confidently and competently support new families.