We had the good fortune of connecting with Columbia Williams and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Columbia, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
My work life balance has changed exponentially after being married and having a kid. I understand how valuable time is compared to money. I can’t get the time or memories back, so creating a business allows me to have complete control over when, where, how, and how much that I work.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
There are hundreds, possibly thousands of doulas in and around Atlanta and they all have a place in birth work, but I think what sets me apart is that I believe in holistic care from an evidence-based approach. I am constantly learning about traditional practices, but I also fully believe in the role science and medicine has in birth work. I think there can be a balanced model of care and that it doesn’t have to be a competition.

As a birth photographer, which is another big portion of my business, my mission is to show the beauty of birth, and to document these stories in a way that showcases the power of womxn, particularly people of color.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love taking my friends to the beltline. For a great weekend outing, we would start with brunch or lunch, and shopping at Ponce City Market (a perfect place to take people who have varying taste in food). Then we would rent bikes and ride the beltline, take a few photos along the way.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
So many amazing people to name individually. The Atlanta birth worker community for accepting me with open arms. The Atlanta Birth Center team who delivered my child and showed me what patient-centered holistic midwifery care looks like. They are a huge part of my journey to becoming a birth worker.

Website: Ahelpinghanddoula.com

Instagram: Instagram.com/cocothedoula

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/atlantadoula/

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