Ashley Lovell, MS, CD(DONA), HCHD

Ashley Lovell, MS, LCCE, CD(DONA), HCHD

Ashley is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, a Certified Birth Doula (DONA), a Hypnobabies® Childbirth Hypnosis Doula, and an East Alabama Medical Center Breastfeeding Counselor. Ashley is a founder and Executive Director of the Alabama Prison Birth Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit working to improve the health of newborns born to incarcerated mothers in Alabama along with their mothers’ mental well-being.

Ashley has been teaching childbirth classes and providing professional childbirth support services to families in Auburn/Opelika, Montgomery, and Columbus since 2013, and she is current on her DTAP vaccine. She is committed to comforting and supporting mothers and their partners and helping them to begin their relationship with their newborn in the most satisfying and healthiest way possible. Ashley believes that when a mother is a steward of her pregnancy and birth, she finds surprising strength within her, no matter what path her birthing takes.

Ashley is energized working with mothers. This drive emerged when she became a mom herself and felt the deep connection with women everywhere struggling to build their families. Ashley stumbled through two miscarriages, a reflux baby that didn’t sleep well, leaving a full-time career, breastfeeding difficulties, post partum anxiety, and a birthing injury that left her unable to walk for a short time. Each of these experiences led her to teach, support, and validate women as they make choices about how to give birth and parent.

Applied science drove Ashley’s work as a former wildlife biologist in the field of wildlife damage management. It is no surprise that you will find links to published research throughout her site. She received her B.S. in Aquaculture, Fisheries, and Wildlife Biology from Clemson University in 1996 and her M.S. in Wildlife Science from Auburn University in 1998. She started her wildlife career as an extension wildlife associate for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System in 1998 and went on to work as a wildlife biologist for the USDA for 18 years. Her job took her to the field throughout the state of Alabama, and to Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mexico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. You can read more about how Ashley became a childbirth professional here and her work as a wildlife biologist here.

When she is not working in the prison, teaching, or attending births, Ashley enjoys fishing with her two daughters and turkey hunting with her husband.  She also dabbles in web design projects, scours yard sale sites for mid-century modern pieces, and has an unhealthy addiction to BBC series on Netflix (Broadchurch, anyone?).

Whether through childbirth classes or doula support or both, Ashley looks forward to helping you have a stronger birth, a stronger beginning, and a stronger memory with your newborn. Mama, you are strong.