~from a partner's perspective~
I wanted to write a review from the partner's perspective. My wife delivered our son about a month and a half ago. The entire DC Birth Doula experience was phenomenal. From the first meeting where they gave us some great advice about our hospital (at the time we hadn't done the hospital tour yet), to the advice we received on the phone when my wife was starting to go into labor (saved us from going to the hospital 3 hours early and having my wife go into labor in a waiting room) to Rena's support during my wife's delivery. The entire experience put my mind at ease. We went to 3 birth classes in preparation, but nothing can really prepare you, and having an expert there with you while you're half asleep and just not sure what's going on really makes the experience all the better.
The birth is all about the mother and baby and Reena really focused on my wife and helped her through the birth - particularly the transition from 8cms to 10cms and the pushing, but she also paid attention to my needs and made sure that I ate something and drank during the delivery.
I cannot recommend them enough. I can't imagine having gone through my son's birth without them.
Thanks again so much Rena!Mark,
We could not have been happier with our experience with the DC Birth Doulas! We opted for the Junior Group, and were so pleased to get paired up with Elizabeth for our son's birth. She was incredible! As first-time parents, my husband and I cannot imagine having gone through all that without her support and guidance!
Before we asked her to join us at the hospital, we found ourselves alone and clueless in the huge delivery room in the middle of the night, not knowing what to do with ourselves. As soon as she arrived, we felt a huge sense of relief! She helped me with coping techniques for the pain, kept us entertained by chatting us up (when I wasn't having a contraction!), helped keep me comfortable and moving as much as possible, etc. She was with us the whole time, which was especially helpful when my husband had to step out to get something to eat. When the time came to push, she worked with the nurse and doctor to provide an extra level of much-needed support (both physical and emotional!). Elizabeth just seemed to know exactly what we needed at all times, whether it was bringing my husband some coffee on her way over, getting me more blankets when I was cold, or taking some beautiful photos on our phones of our very first moments together as a family of three. 🙂 She intuitively understood and supported all our wishes for the birth, and helped make sure they were fulfilled.
During my pregnancy, it was a comfort to us just to know we had a doula on standby, and we can now confirm the comfort was just as great once she was there with us in the delivery room! Besides being a skilled doula, Elizabeth is an awesome person - it sounds cliche, but we can't recommend her highly enough! (And we're sure the same goes for all the Junior doulas, who all seemed awesome when we met them at the meet & greet.) We're so glad she was there for us on one of the most challenging and rewarding days of our lives so far while we welcomed our baby into this world. Thank you, Elizabeth and the DCBD Junior Group!Lambert,
~Junior Group Team Support~
"It is hard to even imagine what my labor experience would have been like without a doula... I can't even comprehend how I would have gotten through it mentally, emotionally, physically.
Attend one of their meet and greet sessions... meet them, listen to their stories and their approach to being a doula. It costs nothing and is totally worth your time. After that, I was sold on the concept and the value of having a doula.
DC Birth Doulas has a really cool model in that you secure a team of doulas. This makes it so you know there will always be someone available to support you, rather than relying on one single individual. Also, they support each other... so 24+ hours into my labor, one of the other doula team members tagged in so that she was fresh and ready to continue providing support.
They have a lot of different methods for supporting during the labor process... which given my labor kept stalling out (which we found out later may have had something to do with my 10lb 4oz baby girl), was extremely helpful. And each time we tried something new, it helped me keep going and keep up hope.
I went with the Junior Group... they were incredible. As far as I know, the primary difference is in experience level between the two teams, but I would never have guessed that from the ladies that supported me.
I also appreciate that they don't try to judge your labor & delivery choices or impose a certain set on you. Rather, you discuss your preferences ~ the 32wk mark during a meeting in the comfort of your home and then they are there to support your journey.
After a totally healthy pregnancy, complete with daily exercise (OrangeTheory up until 38 weeks; pilates, yoga, etc.)... I would have never forecasted the labor experience I had. But you can't predict that sort of thing... and that is exactly why having a doula is so great. I didn't know I would need the level of support during labor that I ended up needing, but I am beyond grateful to have had it.
Huge thanks to Stacey and Amanda!!
Should you get a doula? absolutely, if you can... and DCBD is excellent!"Harolyn,
~1-Day Childbirth Class~
"I wanted to thank you for a fantastic class. While this is our second child and we are giving birth at home as we did with our last, we wanted a day to focus on this baby and to get a refresher of what to expect. This class allowed us to do both, but what was even more wonderful was that we learned new tools and new information in your class as well, even though we'd been in a 10 week intensive Bradley method class last time. It is perhaps because we've done it once before, but we did find ourselves saying that we got more out of your class in 1 day than we had in the entire 10 week session! A lot of that has to do with your ability to communicate information and warmth at the same time, Sarah. I wanted to thank you too for finding ways to incorporate our previous experience into the class"JP,