Doulas of Memphis Spotlight: Cecelia Lucy Photography!

March 22-28 is World Doula Week, and this week on the blog Doulas of Memphis is taking the World Doula Week Blog Challenge hosted by Louisville Area Doulas! Today’s topic is to spotlight a local provider or business and our relationship with them. We've chosen Cecelia Lucy Photography, a Memphis birth, maternity, newborn, family, and lifestyle photographer. We love Cece and we think you will too! memphis newborn photographer

 

Doulas of Memphis and Cecelia Lucy Photography

It's no secret that Doulas of Memphis is a huge fan of Cecelia Steidinger, owner of Cecelia Lucy Photography. Cece started off as a professional friend of mine, and I had the privilege of serving as her doula. I used her for our fall family photo shoot, and when it came time to take photos for the Doulas of Memphis website, we knew we HAD to have her behind the camera! As a business owner, I come back to Cece time and time again not only because of her exceptional talent, but also because she values the same things that I do: quality service and personal connection. Cece's positive energy is infectious. She wants everyone she photographs to have a good time, and she has a magic about her that encourages even the most stubborn and shy to come out and play.

Maternity and birth photography

If you are pregnant in Memphis and looking for someone to do a maternity shoot or photograph your birth, Cecelia Lucy Photography is your choice for high-quality images you'll treasure forever. For birth, Cece goes on call much like a doula- your photography doula!- and is ready to come whenever it's baby time! She is a humble guest in your space and her ability to make others feel at ease is extended even into the intimate setting of childbirth.

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Memphis Newborn Photographer

After your baby is born, Cece can come to you within the first 48 hours of birth for a Fresh 48 session (see topmost image) where she captures some of the earliest moments of your baby's life on the outside. Lifestyle newborn photos can be done in your home, and posed newborn photos are done in her beautiful studio in Germantown near the Germantown Commissary.

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Cecelia Lucy Photography is also there when you want to capture every little milestone. She'll make sure to fit every ounce of sweetness into your photos. If you can't bottle it up forever, you might as well come close, right?!

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Memphis lifestyle photographer

It's not just all birth and babies with Cecelia Lucy Photography. She shines as a lifestyle photographer, and her photos will grace your walls for years to come! After we used her for our family shoot, I remember looking at my husband and telling him that this kind of quality is worth saving for and we would be making high-quality professional photography a priority. It's art and it's beautiful.

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Here's one of my own family, taken in what my son calls "the cotton ball forest." Look at the way she used that delicious sunset!

Where to find Cecelia Lucy Photography

For booking and pricing information, you can visit www.cecelialucyphotography.com.

You can find Cecelia Lucy photography on Facebook, and the studio is located at 2298 S. Germantown Road, Germantown TN 38138. She's still making a few tweaks, but here's a peek at where the magic happens:

 

So THAT's where they pose those babies!

Warm and inviting with lots of light!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doulas of Memphis is grateful to have relationships with local providers and small business owners, and we hope to build many more in the years to come. Doulas of Memphis clients who book with Cecelia Lucy Photography will receive a credit towards a digital image of their choice.

Get to know your Memphis doula!

March 22-28 is World Doula Week, and this week on the blog Doulas of Memphis is taking the World Doula Week Blog Challenge hosted by Louisville Area Doulas! Today’s topic is getting to know the doula... the Memphis doula, that is! Memphis doula

Anyone can read a bio on a website, but what’s the fun in that? We asked each Doulas of Memphis doula a few questions about things that really matter ;).

Memphis doulaAbby Powell | Memphis doula, birth and postpartum

If you had to choose one superpower, what would it be and why? My superpower would be the ability to freeze time! I would get more sleep, get my housework done, and have more time to snuggle my precious babies. Did I mention the whole more sleep part?! What’s your favorite comfort food? This is a little different, but on a bad day I love Ethiopian food! Veggie combo with some homemade cheese and that sour injera bread...yum!

Give 18-year-old you a piece of advice. Home management matters! Find a routine that works for you and stick with it.

memphis doulaLindsey Hanna | Memphis doula, birth

If you had to choose one superpower, what would it be and why? If I had to choose one superpower I would pick teleportation. I don't actually enjoy driving, it takes to long, and sometimes other drivers scare me. If I could teleport then I could just hop on over to the mothers day out to pick up my son or even go to Europe without the cost and time of flying. What’s your favorite comfort food? Biscuits and gravy

Give 18-year-old you a piece of advice. Stop worrying about fitting in and focus on your classes.

jessicaJessica Kostic | Memphis doula, birth and postpartum

If you had to choose one superpower, what would it be and why? I'm also on team teleportation! I would use it to go grocery shopping because I hate unloading the cart into my cart then unloading it once I'm home. We also live in the second story of our building so steps are my worst enemy. Btw I'm the one who does the shopping so I do it all by my lonesome What’s your favorite comfort food? Mexican, mainly chimichangas Give 18-year-old you a piece of advice. Decide what you're passionate about in life and try to make it your career.

memphis doulaKristina White | Memphis doula, birth

If you had to choose one superpower, what would it be and why? My super power would be stopping a tantrum. I can easily predict them, but figuring out how to get one to end is another story. I've tried bribery, sweet talking, raising my voice, the list goes on. Nothing works!

What’s your favorite comfort food? Huey’s cheese fries

Give 18-year-old you a piece of advice. When in doubt, dont!

 

 

memphis doulaCammie Warren | Memphis doula, birth and postpartum

If you had to choose one superpower, what would it be and why? I would want my superpower to be super human strength! Then I would be able to physically do anything and not get tired!

What’s your favorite comfort food? Tomato basil soup Give 18-year-old you a piece of advice. Speak little, listen lots.

A doula-in-training is not a thing.

March 22-28 is World Doula Week, and this week on the blog Doulas of Memphis is taking the World Doula Week Blog Challenge hosted by Louisville Area Doulas! Today, we’ve been challenged to address a common doula stereotype, and we've chosen the concept of a doula-in-training. We all have words or phrases that drive us crazy when we hear or see them. You know, like someone pronouncing the word mischievous “miss-chee-vee-ous” or not knowing the difference between its and it’s. As annoying as those are, there’s a word that I dislike much more, and that word is doula-in-training.

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If you have made the foray into the world of Facebook Mommy Groups, chances are you have run across a post along the lines of:

“Does anybody know a doula-in-training who is looking for births or hours to finish her certification? We really want a doula this time because I’ve heard that they can help you during labor, but unfortunately it’s not in the budget right now. If you know anyone, please PM me. Thanks!”

Translation: This person wants the luxury and benefits that a doula provides for free or very low cost. All in the name of the doula being “in training.”  It would be easy to blame the consumer a situation like this, but honestly, they are doing their job as a consumer by seeking out the best value for their money.  The bigger problem here is that…

The idea of a doula-in-training is a common stereotype that is perpetuated by doulas who have educated the public that a doula-in-training is even a thing.  It is not a thing.  A trained doula is a doula. End of story.

Once a doula has completed a training, like the intensive training ProDoula offers,  she is no longer in training. She is a doula. Her time away from her family is not worth less than someone who has been working longer than she has. She deserves to be able to receive a fair wage for the time, energy, and care that she puts into each and every client.

Being a doula is not a hobby, or a megaphone for a set of ideals.  It is a career. It is not a “labor of love” or “heart work” in the sense that you cannot assign monetary value to it.  As doulas, we are able to continue to put our hearts, love, and passion into supporting clients only if we are able to sustain ourselves financially.

We cannot serve from empty vessels, and it is unrealistic to expect a doula to work for little or no  compensation for the sake of “gaining experience.” It is our job as doulas to educate the consumer about the value of a doula. Every time we further the idea that a “doula-in-training” is worth less than anyone else, we are teaching the consumer to value free and low cost over attunement, over service, over the very things in which we pride ourselves. Who does that benefit? NOBODY. The term doula-in-training needs to die and it needs to die yesterday.

You won’t find a doula-in-training at Doulas of Memphis. Here’s why.  

The label of doula-in-training exists in part to make a distinction between a doula who is certified and a doula who is not. Certification comes with its own set of benefits beyond the practical work that a doula does. Pursuing certification is important as it shows professionalism, follow-through, and dedication. Certification helps legitimize doulas in the eyes of medical professionals and the community as a whole. At Doulas of Memphis, we value certification. All of our doulas are working towards completing their certification through ProDoula, but we also believe that our doulas have value apart from the certification process. They are passionate about supporting you and your choices, and we stand behind the quality of every doula we work with. Doulas of Memphis works to build up, equip, and encourage our doulas so that they bring you their best every time you come into contact with them. Because of their training, they have been given the tools they need to support you through birth and early parenting. Because they are pursuing certification, they are committed to learning and growing. Your Doulas of Memphis doula has access to a support network of her own through ProDoula and through our agency.  She has been trained to attune to your needs and brings her own unique set of experiences and gifts to your birthplace or home. She is respectful, professional, and reliable.  She is not a “doula-in-training.” She is a doula…your doula.