Sarah was a wonderful doula and my husband and I are so happy she was with us during the birth of our son. Sarah took time to get to know me and learn my birth preferences so she could know how to best support me. Since this was my third baby, I was already knowledgeable about a lot of the prenatal education topics she normally teaches, but we discussed everything and she really took the time to tailor our prenatal sessions to meet my individual needs. I really liked the web-based platform that she used to share materials, articles, and resources with me. During my labor, she was calm, nurturing, and supportive. She helped support both my husband and me. She helped guide him in different ways to comfort and support me. She repeated my birth affirmations to me, rubbed my back when I wanted, encouraged me, and helped me with positioning myself for comfort. She reminded me to relax my body and release the tension when she saw it and helped me stay calm and focused. After delivery, she helped us get comfortable in the bed and made sure we were settled before she left. She came for 2 visits post-partum and brought us a meal which was very helpful and delicious! She is such a kind, warm, loving and caring person and was wonderful to have as our birth doula. I would recommend her to any mom looking for doula support.
Sarah was our doula for the birth of our first child last November. She was absolutely perfect for us. We wanted someone who not only was mature and had experience but was thoughtful about that maturity and experience and how those attributes can help her clients. Sarah is professional, dedicated to helping not only the moms but the dads and whoever else is on your birth team, and refreshingly thorough. We had two (or three? it’s hard to remember now) prenatal meetings where we went over our birth plan and got to know each other. I am the typical ‘type-A’ personality—I don’t ask for help when I should and I don’t like people tending to me. Sarah took the time to get to know me and my husband so that when the time came she totally understood and gave the exact amount of help that fit our personalities. She nudged me in the right direction when I needed and took a step back when I didn’t. When my daughter had to be rushed to the NICU she went with my husband at our request and advocated for our post birth wishes for our daughter with her doctors. She also met with us twice postpartum, even though she was only required to do so once for her doula training program. She brought us a meal at our visit (just one more example of her using her experience as a mother to better help her clients!) and was very up-front and open about discussing any indications of post partum depression. Her candor in our post partum visits was comforting for me as a new mom. She also kept meticulous notes during the birth and gave us a copy so that we could write our daughter’s birth story. Although I was skeptical in seeing the value of a doula before I met Sarah, I now know that a good doula is priceless! And Sarah was that doula for us!
Sarah was my doula for my first pregnancy. I was probably not a typical client for her because my husband was deployed overseas, which meant I would be partnerless for labor and delivery. I also knew I wanted a medicated birth. She did a great job accommodating these aspects and preparing me for a confident birth when I had felt so alone. The prenatal visits really nailed down my wants and needs for the birth; this included talking about my fears, plans for labor, as well as answering all sorts of questions. Sarah was very forthcoming with her own experiences, which was invaluable to me and helped establish a much closer relationship. She made herself available through multiple means of communication, including calls, texts, and emails. After each prenatal appointment, she would promptly send a recap email with additional information that I may have requested. The morning my contractions began, she was in constant contact and directed me through different positions to progress labor until we met at the hospital. A combination of anxiety and asthma made my delivery a challenge but Sarah was right by my side to help me stay calm, hydrated, and focused. Once my handsome little man was born, Sarah stayed late to ensure I was in a healthy mental and physical state, and comfortable with her leaving. She later sent me a bunch of great pictures she quietly took with her cell phone during my labor and delivery (I had agreed to this previously). I was able to send these pictures to my husband so he could experience the birth of his son. I am so thankful for Sarah and all she did to help me through a difficult but rewarding time in my life.
Sarah was my doula for my first child. Sarah did a couple of prenatal appointmentts with us and got informed about everything to date about the pregnancy. She helped us create an affirmation banner as well. She also had me tell her about all my prenatal appointments after that with my midwife. Before I went into labor, she stayed in touch with me asking how I was feeling and gave advice on what to do to help start labor, etc. Sarah met my husband and I at the birth center when my husband called her telling her I was in labor. Sarah was amazing! She helped me try different positions to help cope with labor, which was really helpful. Swaying was what she found helped me most and she swayed with me until she had my husband take over so she could do other super helpful things. I was really hot during labor and she made sure to keep a cool hand towel behind my neck, which was a godsend. She made sure I had water and stayed hydrated. She knew my birth affirmations and recited them to me. I had a fast labor (only about an hour and a half) and Sarah stayed on top of everything! After our sweet baby girl arrived, she helped me get in bed and offered to get my husband and I food. She also held our baby girl for a while so we could take a nap! Sarah also helped to get baby to latch for breastfeeding. Sarah stayed with me while I got my sutures from my second degree tear as well. She stayed with us until about 4pm which was 2 hrs before we went home (arrived at the birth center at 9am, baby was born around 10am.) Sarah also came to our house for a couple postpartum visits to ensure mom and baby were doing well. Sarah makes sure there are no signs of PP depression too. I could not have asked for a better doula and highly recommend you to consider her as your doula!