~for unexpected outcomes~
I had an incredibly challenging labor and delivery (almost 40 hours, 4 hours of pushing and finally a c-section) and while it was not how I pictured it or what I would have wanted, with Sarah P as my doula I felt that my interests were well represented and my husband and I felt supported to make challenging decisions in the moment. We could not have done it without her. Her calm, constant and reassuring presence, strong support and great comforting techniques and ideas got us through many hours of unmedicated back labor. And she was incredibly supportive when it came time to decide to go for the epidural. She maintained a respectuful and productive relationship with all of the midwives, nurses and eventually OBs that were involved. I have never felt closer to a what was essentially a stranger in such an intimate setting, that is truly a gift and a great quality in a doula.
All the DC Birth Doulas have these qualities and I would have felt very comfortable with any of them at my birth. I can't recommend them highly enough- professional, considerate and kind.Sara,
~for second and third time moms~
I was well aware when hiring DC Birth Doulas that labor never goes as planned. I had two babies without a doula and opted for an epidural with each - even though I really wanted to give birth without pain medication. My husband tried but had no idea how to comfort me during labor and the nursing staff was there to make sure the baby and I were healthy, not fulling my desired birth plan. So when I found I was unexpectedly expecting #3, I researched doulas and found DC Birth Doulas through a coworker.
My birth plan was only "no epidural!" Amy helped me achieve that. It was so nice to have such amazing support and so much experience with me during labor and delivery. She offered peppermint oil to help with nausea and even though I normally don't prefer that smell, it worked like a charm. I now love peppermint aroma! I also love that I did finally have the labor I'd always wanted and discovered just how tough I really am! Best of all, she helped me bring my beautiful baby boy into the world (literally because the doctor didn't make it there in time, though the less than fantastic nurse arrived just in time to catch him).
I cannot say enough about them or how great their support was. My husband didn't agree with my decision until he witnessed a doula in action. He admitted how wonderful it was to have Amy's support and how cool is was to see a natural labor and delivery. He said having a doula also helped him relax knowing someone with her level of experience was in the room the whole time with us. I wholeheartedly recommend them!Jen,
Working with the Doulas was one of the best decisions we made. My husband was skeptical as to why a doula would be necessary even after the "Meet the Doulas" event, but signed on because I was so interested. However, after our in home meeting with Casey that included her thoughtfully posed questions and insights on our chosen hospital, OB-GYN, and more, that yielded information than we were expecting, my husband totally understood the rationale for partnering with a doula. Casey was the perfect reminder that "you don't know what you don't know" and as first time parents, helped put us at ease about owning our experience. When my 40 week OB-GYN appointment resulted in the decision to be induced, Casey was immediately responsive and made time to go through each part of the induction process, helping us go back to my doctor armed with some additional questions.
At the last minute, due to a family emergency, Casey was unable to join us as our doula. She was apologetic and let us know as we were checking in for our induction that Jen would be taking over. Anticipating that the last minute change in plans might cause anxiety, Jen reached out to us right away and put us at ease with her calm demeanor and gentle reassurance.
My induction was unsuccessful and we had to make the difficult decision of moving forward with a c-section. I could not have moved forward with that decision without Jen's counsel. My husband wasn't sure how to support me and my emotional response to moving from a vaginal delivery to a c-section. Jen asked all of the right questions, gave me permission to feel and process the emotions I had surrounding the change in plans, and knew when to step up as an advocate with the doctor and when to allow my husband and I space to process. Jen was wonderful and the reason that our unexpected birth story ended up being the perfect birth story for us. We could not be more grateful!Katie,