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Volunteer Doula (the one who is pregnant) and her teen client six months after the birth
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We feel very lucky to have had a doula as part of our birth experience. We went in search of a doula as I was determined to have an unmedicated birth and wasn’t sure how supportive the nurses at the hospital would be. Our doula met with us before the birth and thoroughly talked through our vision of the birth of our son. We knew then that we had made a great decision as the doula’s exprience, confidence, and kindness shined through. These qualities continued as she labored with us throughout the night at the hospital. As soon as she walked into the room, she was advocating for me. She was by my side helping ease the pain and talking me through the contractions. Even after the birth, she guided me through passing the placenta myself and helping my son latch for the first time. I had the birth experience I envisioned, and I believe our doula helped to make that happen. Even after we were home, she continued to be a great source of support. She visited us at home and eased all of my worries and was always a quick e-mail away when a question arose. I highly recommend hiring a doula’s services.
From our most recent doula client’s evaluation:
How did your doula help you during labor and birth?
“She helped me to calm down and breath and not to panic. She gave me massages which relaxed me. She explained terms that I didn’t understand that the doctor and nurses were saying.”
What was the MOST helpful thing about having a doula?
“Having someone to help me stay calm and be understanding during labor.”
If you were to have another baby, would you want a doula to help you again?
I wanted to experience labor with a doula. I felt that a doula would help me cope with the pain sensation of natural childbirth. I was right. Having a doula made the experience more pleasant. I enjoyed having the encouragement and coping skills the doula used to help with labor pains.I would recommend it to anyone wanting have a natural enjoyable childbirth. Cause with the right doula it is possible! My doula helped me through the hardest part of labor the last 30 minutes. She encouraged and helped me cope with the intense pains of labor. I am truely grateful for her presence during my labor.
Hi my name is Lenora and I had a labor doula during my birth. I really enjoyed having her with me during this wonderful process. To me the labor doula did things that your family members may not want to do. My doula held my hand during the epidural process. She brought something called a “rice sock” and it was very warm and helped cope with the pain alot. She even brought pepper mints for me even though (during labor) you dont sappose to eat anything. She also brought scented oils and candles to make the room smell nice and make me feel a little more comfortable. So Basically she helped me through-out my whole labor and helped me breathe through my contractions so I would recomend that ALL young moms/ and women get a labor doula to be apart of their support system.
When my daughter-in-law, Jenna, told me that she was going to use a Doula, I thought to myself “What the devil is a Doula?” And also thought “OK, my children are crazy and have read a lot of new fangled ideas on having babies.” But when we were in the birthing room during labor, I met Heather. During the course of Jenna’s labor I saw the caring and compassion that a Doula brings to the birthing process. Heather not only was a “hands on” Doula, but was also a tremendous comfort to my son Matt, myself, and Jenna’s mom. I was allowed to help during the labor, thanks to Heather, which is a memory I will never forget.
Thanks so much Heather!
I don’t have enough words of praise for you. You are special!
I know this review is long overdue, but it is necessary that I post it. I had a doula name Emily who at the time was a volunteer. She was fabulous. Even though she didn’t get to experience the birth of my son with me due to having an emergency C-section, she was there for me every step of the way. This was my first birth so of course I was terrified and had a lot of questions. She was able to answer all of my questions and even guided me in my decision making. She was there after the C-section and even offered to go get me food that I had been craving. Though life is so busy, she found the time to check up on me and my son after we went home from the hospital. I would like to give a special thanks to Emily for making my experience with pregnancy and birthing a little easier.
thank you so much for your kind words and for taking the time to post this! I am so glad that you were happy with the support you got from your doula Emily!
My experience with my doula Ashley Crowe (and backup doula Haley Pilgrim) could not have been better! Both ladies were committed to and supportive of my desire to have a completely natural, noninterventional childbirth. This was my third baby, and it was by far the most beautiful labor and delivery I’ve yet to experience, largely thanks to my doulas. They provided unending support during the pregnancy and through several false alarms and were prompt to meet me at the hospital when I went into real labor. They were knowledgeable of every aspect of natural childbirth, helped my husband and me create a serene, peaceful environment and communicate with the hospital staff, and they helped guide me through the relaxation/breathing techniques I learned from HypnoBirthing. They were both so attentive and calm, and I felt so well taken care of!
Thank you Courtney. I am so glad your doulas were a help to you!
I chose BirthWell Partners for my second pregnancy. My first medicated delivery left me with much anxiety and fear about having another child. When I became pregnant again, I learned about Birthwell partners services and decided to try having a doula, to see if I could increase the chances of having a better birth/labor outcome than previously.
My doula was Tessa. She met with me a few times the months before my due date. At these meetings she shared information on coping tools, exercises, stretches, and other information. Some information even helped my husband support me at home. She listened to my concerns, she reassured and empowered me to use the knowledge and coping tools she shared to have a more positive birth experience.
I contacted her when we decided to go to the hospital and she met us there. She brought oils for a diffuser and lowered lights which transformed the sterile hospital room to a comfortable and calm place. While on the birthing ball, she used massage and compression to help me deal with contractions. She gave me affirmations at the moments I felt like giving up, she helped me focus and listen to my body. When my daughter was born we did skin to skin and she helped me nurse in the first hour. I was able to completely transform my birthing experience because of my doula. I had a calm, loving and fear free natural birth because of the wisdom and aid of my doula, Tessa. The experience transformed the way I see birthing now, such a contrast to my previous birth experience without a doula. I would recommend a doula, specifically Birthwell Partners to any and every expectant mother.
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