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Birth Into Community was founded by Postpartum and Birth Doula, Lara Austin-Mooney (she/they), in 2020, but her journey in birth work as a career began to take shape back in 2018. Lara her journey into parenthood in 2010, and had just discovered yoga practice right before finding out she was pregnant, which provided skills that she took into labor and birth.

This kicked off 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 earned 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. 

Lara is a DONA Certified Postpartum Doula and has attended DONA's birth doula training. Lara completed training to become a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist and maintained an active 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 annual flu shot, insured, and actively working on Birth & Bereavement Doula Certification through Stillbirthday In addition, we are an active board member of the Northern Colorado Doula Association (NCDA).

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. 



Lydia Cole (she/her) is the most recent addition to the Birth Into Community team!

Lydia comes with a wealth of experience when it comes to working with families and children. After years of babysitting and nannying, in addition to pursuing an acting career and a recent cosmetology graduate, Lydia took the plunge and went through the 34-hour DONA postpartum doula training.

When she is not working, she likes to play guitar, read, and hang out with her friends. She’s excited to be working with the Birth Into Community families.