Foothills Birth Services


Montvale Rd
Maryville TN  37803

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Foothills Birth Services

My name is Leah McCord and I am a DONA International trained Birth Doula. I am currently working towards official certification, requiring the attendance of several births. At this time, rates are reduced as a thank you to all families who help me reach this certification goal.

Doula {doo-luh} (n.): A trained non-medical woman who assists a woman before, during, and after childbirth. Continuous support during labor has proven to result in healthier outcomes for mother and child.

Studies have shown that doula attended births have:
- 25% shorter labor
- 60% reduction in epidural requests
- 50% reduction in the C-SECTION RATE
- 40% reduction in oxytocin use
- 40% reduction in forceps delivery
- 30% reduction in analgesia use
- Mothers report greater satisfaction with the birth experience and greater confidence in their bodies which has shown to lead to increased ease of breastfeeding, lower postpartum depression rates, and more content babies.

What is a doula?

As a doula, I support women in labor to help ensure a safe and satisfying birth experience. I have completed training approved by DONA International. I provide emotional support, physical comfort and, as needed, communication with the staff to make sure that you have the information you need to make informed decisions as they arise in labor. I can provide reassurance and perspective to you and your partner, make suggestions for labor progress, and help with relaxation, massage, positioning and other techniques for comfort. As your doula, I am working for you, not your caregiver or hospital.

Services Provided

-Two home visits to discuss the parents’ desires and preparation for the birth
-Phone and email support as needed during pregnancy and postpartum
-Assistance in creating an individualized birth plan
-Labor support by phone during early labor and upon arrive at your home or in the hospital during active labor
-Emotional, physical and informational support during labor and birth
-Initial breastfeeding support
-One postpartum visit in your home within 2 weeks following the birth

As a doula, I DO NOT:

-Perform clinical tasks, such as blood pressure, fetal heart checks, vaginal exams, and others. I am there only to provide physical comfort, emotional support and advocacy.
-Make decisions for you. I will help you get the information necessary to make an informed decision.
-Speak to staff instead of you regarding matters where decisions are being made. I will discuss your concerns with you and suggest options, but you or your partner will speak on your behalf to the clinical staff.




Foothills Birth Services currently offers doula services in the greater Knoxville Area. We plan to offer childbirth education, lactation consultation, and midwifery services in the future.

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