Birth Into Community was founded by Postpartum and Birth Doula, Lara Austin, in 2020, but her journey in birth work as a career began to take shape back in 2018. Lara became a mama in 2010, and had just discovered yoga practice right before finding out she was pregnant.
“I was a STRESSED out pregnant lady - lol. I found yoga to be vital for relaxing during this time.”
This began Lara’s journey into teaching yoga, obtaining a yoga teaching certificate (RYT-200) from Holistic Yoga School in 2015. Then in late 2017 during a major career shift (corporate employee to entrepreneur / business owner), Lara decided to obtain a prenatal yoga teaching certificate (RPYT) in 2018 from Yo Mama. For electives for the prenatal yoga teaching certificate, the universe chose Lara to be a birth doula, as this was not the route Lara had intended, but she quickly identified a mama in need, and it turned out to be a life changing experience.
In 2020 Lara began official doula training and attended DONA's Postpartum Doula Training, and DONA's Birth Doula Training and is currenlty working on certifying for both. Shortly after Lara completed training to become a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist and Blood Borne Pathogen (BBP) Certification, as well as a course on Safe Food Handling through Larimer County.
We are up-to-date on all recommended vaccinations including the flu (September 2020), insured, and actively working on a dual Postpartum Doula Certification with DONA Int’l and CAPPA, and Birth Doula Certification through DONA International. In addition, we are an active member of Northern Colorado Doula Association (NCDA).
Lara is currently teaching a prenatal yoga class at The Be Free Healing Center in Fort Collins, in-person on Tuesdays 4-5:15pm - register for the class and learn more about the studio by clicking here.
We are proudly from, and serve the Northern Colorado community - with an approximate 30 minute maximum drive (with the exception of Placenta Services, which is a 31-60 miles max + $50 travel fee) from our home base in mid-town Fort Collins - 80525.
Lara likes to laugh and enjoy life to the fullest. When she's not working with families you can find her with her own family, exercising, cooking, singing, dancing, listening to music, hanging out with friends and experiencing nature as often as possible.