There are so many unexpected things that can happen with birth, no matter how prepared you believe you are. Without question, the best choice we made in preparing for the birth of our daughter was hiring Julia as our doula. Most of our pregnancy was spent abroad, but we were able to "meet" Julia via Skype and fit in both of our prenatal visits when we got to Minnesota. Julia was incredibly supportive and a great resource in the weeks leading up to birth with e-mail and text message check-ins, but she was absolutely invaluable during labor. My labor was 38 hours and she was there through it all, supporting my husband and I without ever being intrusive, without tiring, and without waivering in her encouragement. After we were sent home from the birth center to labor for the day, she was a great advocate for me, making sure I knew all of my options, and applied counter pressure for most of the labor. She also encouraged me to try new positions to help me progress, none of which I would have had the courage, strength, or knowledge to try without her there. While it was a difficult labor, my husband and I never had to be fearful and were reassured that everything was normal, which is huge for first time parents. She seemed to know what we each needed even when we didn't, and my husband was so grateful for her guidance on how to best support me. After 28 hours, we ended up with a hospital transfer, and having a familiar face there made it less scary. If we could do it all again, we would hire Julia in a heartbeat - we're so lucky to have her as a part of our daughter's birth story.
So incredibly thankful!
Our experience with Julia was amazing. My husband was weary about having a doula, and my decision to try for a natural water birth. Julia was there with us from the beginning. I contacted her soon after I became pregnant to ensure I had support throughout my pregnancy after previous miscarriages. Julia was sweet, calm and very knowledgeable. During our planning meetings we got to know each other. Her warm soul made her so easy to connect with. She also helped us create a birth plan and eased husbands fears about how a doula helps with the birth supporting both partners. She kept in contact in the months and weeks leading up to my due date. She was available to answer questions and help calm my anxiety.
Our birth was a complete surprise. We were totally unprepared for an emergency induction at 36 weeks. Julia jumped into action, as she was our first call from the hospital, not sure if we would be admitted or not. She was on standby and came when we felt we needed her. She was incredibly helpful in distracting me with conversation. Calmed me with her presence and knowledge of what was happening. She assisted my husband in pain relieving massages and words of encouragement for both of us. She was a voice of reason in my head and in the room. She voiced what I was scared to ask of my nursing staff. Our birth plan was almost completely out the window, and she helped us to restrategize and still create a calm and warm birth space for our daughter. She also supported when I needed more pain management and requested an epidural. She ensured me my body had not failed and I was making the right choice for my body. She was so helpful during every stage of labor and spent the entire day with us.
We loved the follow up we received from Julia. She contacted and visited us in the days following to help us process the unexpected early birth and having a baby in the nicu.
She was the best choice!
-Ali and Nick G.
Having Julia as our doula for the birth of our first child was hands down one of the best decisions we could have made. Though we planned to use a birth center, there was a complication with my pregnancy around 37 weeks that required us to ultimately induce labor at the hospital. Julia was there for us the whole time through text, phone call and in person. She answered our questions, discussed our options, and supported our decisions as we faced this sudden change in plans. Her support during labor and birth was outstanding. She met my needs quickly and calmly, and knew what to do at just the right time. Whether it was handing me scented sticks to ease my nausea, letting me crush her hands for hours, or helping me find different positions to move labor along, she truly came ready to help in any way possible. Even after giving birth, when I faced doubts and fears about breastfeeding, she was a phone call away. I look back at the birth of our son with so much pride and absolutely no regrets, and I know that one instrumental reason for this is the support we had from Julia. We cannot recommend her enough!
- Kelsey and Tom V.