Linda was our doula for the birth of our town sons Cody & Maxwell. Cody was born via c-section and Maxwell was born via VBAC. We cannot express how amazing Linda was at both our births. We could not imagine them without her gentle guidance and direction. There is something very calming about Linda. It is like she is doing what she is meant to do. During the birth of our first son, she was a strong quiet presence that helped us make some difficult decisions. We could not have imagined going through it without her. For the birth of our second son, the only thing we knew we wanted to do the same was have Linda. She was the first person we told. She again guided, per our request, to change doctors to Dr. Cap who was also amazing throughout the whole pregnancy. Linda was not only a great source of support for me during my pregnancy (we met at least once a month to talk about things), during labor she is such a calming presence. For the birth of my second son, as soon as she walked into the room when I was pretty deep in contractions, she knew where to put pressure on my back, she know what questions to ask like how long have you been in this position to which we replied about 1 1/2 hours, not knowing we should try a new position. Once Linda came to our house this gave my husband the relief he needed to pack our bags, call my parents to come get my older son and logistically close up the house so we can get ready to go to the hospital. In addition, Linda has such a lose working relationship with Dr. Cap that she called him during our labor to discuss our options. Linda is an amazing doula and would be a great addition to your birth team ~ Jennie, Brian, Cody & Maxwell
Ok, as a first time mother, I didn't know what to expect from a doula. However, you exceeded any expectations I could have had. What you offer is a combination of years of experience and some magical wisdom about what a woman's body needs at any given moment during labor. Meeting with you regularly prior to birth, reading the books and watching the videos you suggested, was a more educational experience that the birth class I attended.
As for your collaboration with the dad: I am going to be blunt and say my husband was a great help logistically, but he had very little idea of what to do with me during labor. Seeing me in pain made him nervous (and he was a Marine who had two older kids, haha!) I would have been a disaster if it were just the two of us. Having Linda there was a life-saver! My husband could just follow her direction and know I was in good hands. The bottom line: Linda, the most valuable thing you offer is the calming, soothing energy you spread in the room. Its power cannot be overstated. If I had to do it all again, I'd chooses you, over and over.
Linda was our doula with the birth of our daughter Sydney. I knew I wanted a doula, but my husband was skeptical (we has a c-section with our son 2 years prior and I wanted a vaginal birth -- the medical establishment was pushing me to have a repeat cesarean).
Linda met with both of us and my husband was convinced we needed her ;) I explained that I loved my husband, but really needed him AND a trained birth coach to help us BOTH. I think he felt that some of the pressure was taken off of him during the remaining months of my pregnancy and birth of our daughter.
It wasn't easy at the end of my pregnancy -- I was being pressured more and more by my OB to just go ahead with the c-section and called Linda in tears several times (In fact, i called her first after appointments sometimes before I called my husband). She always had time for me and made me feel a million times better and reassured me. She even came with me to one of my OB appointments.
3 days before my due date I went into labor and had my daughter fairly quickly that night. Looking back -- I would have been a mess that day without Linda. She spoke to the nurses and doctors on call about my VBAC wishes, spoke for my husband when he was too overwhelmed, and just made our birth smooth and as comfortable as can be. She was worth EVERY PENNY and then some!
My Darling-est Linda!!
Monday, October 5th, was a magical day which I loved sharing with you. Thank you for all the attention and artistic pregnancy care you provided that day. It was just the perfect right portion of care, inspiration, and alone time. I will always remember the magic of the singing bowls, the surprise of the angel card, and how amazing that felt. I was thrilled to write the letters to my husband & Tristan... who was born two days later. Keep doing what you do so amazingly beautiful... giving a piece of magic and blessings to pregnant women.
Oh, I am so grateful for this reprieve Linda. I am grateful for the peace and calm