I am simply over the moon about my collaboration with Wilmington Coastal Doulas.  I knew from the moment I met Whitney that a. we were going to be friends and b. we were going to be working together at some point.  We initially met through a shared client earlier this year.  What was supposed to be a short 30 minute meeting lasted three hours.  And we agreed that it probably could have lasted much longer.  We talked about everything from labor and delivery, to our childhood experiences, to branding and business.  We were all over the place but always on the same page.  It was fantastic.    

If I’m being completely honest, I will tell you that I was not exactly sure what a doula was.  I did know that a doula was not a mid-wife but that was pretty much it.  So if you are like me a year ago, you should know that a doula is incredible.  They help support families through the life changing experience of having a baby.  To be more direct, a doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to a mother before, during, and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.  What’s more is that doulas also provide support to the entire family.  Whether it’s a new father, a big sister or brother, or even the grandparents, Wilmington Coastal Doula offers educational classes and services to everyone in the family.

After working alongside Whitney’s team member, Hali, during a birth, I knew that not only did I want a doula in the room with me when or if my day comes, but that I also wanted that experience for all of my clients.  Whitney and her team are all gentle, sweet, and caring women.  They are there to lend support to you and your partner in the months leading up to your baby’s birth, during the labor and delivery process, and even postpartum.  They support the decisions YOU make. They support YOU.

Fine art lifestyle photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a maternity, birth, newborn, and family photographer located in Wilmington, North Carolina. Birth story photos are caught on 35mm film, medium format film, and a digital camera. Birth photography at New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Wilmington, North Carolina. Leanne uses a Contax645 and medium format Fuji400H film. Film scans from Richard Photo Lab. Leanne Haskins Photography is a partner with Wilmington Coastal Doulas.

So what does this mean for our clients?  Both Wilmington Coastal Doulas and I agree that the birth of your baby and bringing him or her home is a big, beautiful new chapter in your family’s story and we want to offer all of our new and expecting families both heirloom quality photos along with guaranteed dependable support.  Your family is growing and your priorities are changing.  Hiring a photographer takes any pressure off of you to document it yourself.  Hiring a doula take any pressure off of you to do it all by yourself.  Our services provide you and your family the space to simply be in the moment, provide support, and focus on your family.

We are now offering a Birth Package, a Postpartum Package, and an All Inclusive Package with discounted rates and complimentary services.  If our packages are not what you’re looking for you can still receive a 10% discount on selected services.  If you are expecting and want to learn more about the services we offer and the package details then contact us ASAP!  We are only able to offer birth services to a limited number every month.

Fine art lifestyle photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a maternity, birth, newborn, and family photographer located in Wilmington, North Carolina. Birth story photos are caught on 35mm film, medium format film, and a digital camera. Birth photography at New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Wilmington, North Carolina. Leanne uses a Contax645 and medium format Fuji400H film. Film scans from Richard Photo Lab. Leanne Haskins Photography is a partner with Wilmington Coastal Doulas. Whitney Teel

Whitney Teel is the owner of Wilmington Coastal Doulas.  She is also a Postpartum Placenta Specialist and a Labor & Postpartum Doula.  She believes that providing individualized support for families allows them to strengthen their confidence and enhance their experience.  She is dedicated to raising the standard for doulas and offering nonjudgmental support for all families.  Whitney is an all around awesome human.  She’s pretty funny too.

Fine art lifestyle photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a maternity, birth, newborn, and family photographer located in Wilmington, North Carolina. Birth story photos are caught on 35mm film, medium format film, and a digital camera. Birth photography at New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Wilmington, North Carolina. Leanne uses a Contax645 and medium format Fuji400H film. Film scans from Richard Photo Lab. Leanne Haskins Photography is a partner with Wilmington Coastal Doulas. Taryn Youngs

Taryn Youngs is a Labor and Postpartum Doula.  She is a certified CNA from Washington State who found her affinity for childbirth volunteering in the NICU in Wilmington, NC.  At the heart of Taryn’s professional and non-judgmental support lies her mission to keep her clients’ ideal birth experience front and center so they can come into parenthood feeling at home.  She’s also a new mama to the cutest and sweetest little guy!  She and her husband brought their son home to meet his big sister, their Miniature Schnauzer puppy Oaklee.  I would say they’re all completely smitten with each other.

Fine art lifestyle photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a maternity, birth, newborn, and family photographer located in Wilmington, North Carolina. Birth story photos are caught on 35mm film, medium format film, and a digital camera. Birth photography at New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Wilmington, North Carolina. Leanne uses a Contax645 and medium format Fuji400H film. Film scans from Richard Photo Lab. Leanne Haskins Photography is a partner with Wilmington Coastal Doulas.

Fine art lifestyle photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a maternity, birth, newborn, and family photographer located in Wilmington, North Carolina. Birth story photos are caught on 35mm film, medium format film, and a digital camera. Birth photography at New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Wilmington, North Carolina. Leanne uses a Contax645 and medium format Fuji400H film. Film scans from Richard Photo Lab. Leanne Haskins Photography is a partner with Wilmington Coastal Doulas.

Deb Lloyd is a Labor, Postpartum, and Sibling Doula.  She is a member of ProDoula and is CPR/First Aid Certified.  From her own birth and postpartum experiences, Deb is keenly aware that parents benefit from knowing their choices, and that they can follow their own instincts and feel safe. Her non-judgmental support naturally helps couples feel confident and encouraged when making decisions that best fit their family.

Fine art lifestyle photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a maternity, birth, newborn, and family photographer located in Wilmington, North Carolina. Birth story photos are caught on 35mm film, medium format film, and a digital camera. Birth photography at New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Wilmington, North Carolina. Leanne uses a Contax645 and medium format Fuji400H film. Film scans from Richard Photo Lab. Leanne Haskins Photography is a partner with Wilmington Coastal Doulas. Hali Hemmenway

Hali Hemmenway is a certified Labor and Postpartum Doula, a member of ProDoula, and holds a current CPR/First Aid certification.  Passionate about serving and helping people, Hali considers children, families, and babies her heart.  I have had the privilege of working alongside her in multiple labor and delivery rooms and would recommend her to everyone.  Through it all she is positive, consistent, and dependable.  Seriously, she is the best!

Fine art lifestyle photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a maternity, birth, newborn, and family photographer located in Wilmington, North Carolina. Birth story photos are caught on 35mm film, medium format film, and a digital camera. Birth photography at New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Wilmington, North Carolina. Leanne uses a Contax645 and medium format Fuji400H film. Film scans from Richard Photo Lab. Leanne Haskins Photography is a partner with Wilmington Coastal Doulas.

If you are expecting I highly suggest you contact Whitney and her team today.  They will provide you with continuous care that you won’t find anywhere else during your birthing experience. Wilmington Coastal Doulas work with every client without judgment providing the kind of care that helps clients feel prepared and confident. Continuous care from a doula during delivery takes the pressure off of your family, allowing them to be fully present for you and care for themselves while you are not left without support.

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