The most valuable thing about having a doula was the peace of mind that came with knowing we had an experienced advocate to help us deal with the unexpected.
Honestly, I did not know much about doulas prior to hiring Rebecca. I think our biggest concern once we became pregnant was that, because our extended families do not live locally, we were essentially on our own for preparing for and getting through labor. So, we wanted to have someone who could fill the role of experienced supporter/advocate. In this sense, I thought Rebecca would be most involved during labor, but she was also really helpful in helping us think through our other preparations and understanding all of the choices you have to make once the baby arrives.
During labor, having Rebecca available to be there as a source of encouragement when we were getting tired, and just knowing that she was a second set of ears and eyes to keep track of all of the different things that go on during labor, was a huge benefit. Our labor did not go exactly as planned, but having Rebecca there to remind us that we had talked about contingencies and to refocus our thinking was something that significantly improved the experience. Ultimately, we wanted labor and birth–however it ended up–to be a positive experience, and Rebecca kept that goal in mind throughout.
I think a doula is most helpful if you want someone to help you navigate the non-medical aspects of labor. As helpful as they can be, you can only ask doctors and nurses so much. A doula is someone who will be there to let you know whether something is “normal” or not, and to educate/remind you about things that sometimes fall through the cracks (like having a post-partum plan, for instance).
Rebecca is all about education and making informed choices. However, she is not someone who will tell you what to do. If you want someone who will provide more explicit direction before and during labor (a more traditional “coach”), Rebecca is probably not a good fit. However, if you are looking for someone who will make sure you are considering all options when making decisions, and who will keep your family’s interests at the forefront, I would highly recommend Rebecca.
The most valuable thing about having a doula was the peace of mind that came with knowing we had an experienced advocate to help us deal with the unexpected. As first-time parents who were unfamiliar with most aspects of the labor process, Rebecca was there to help us prepare for labor, answer all of our questions, and be a source of calm and clarity once we got to the hospital.
I have told all of my friends that a doula is the greatest investment anyone can make in the birthing journey. Rebecca is seriously worth her weight in gold!
I knew that emotional support is the most overlooked and yet the most important part of the birthing experience. Having a person designated to be my advocate, supporter, and coach was a key component to having a successful birth. After our meetings with Rebecca before labor, my husband and I finally felt ready and eager for labor to begin. Rebecca came to our home on two separate occasions and spent one session reviewing baby care basics, and another session going over labor support positions that my husband and I could practice. She also provided insight and education on changes in marriage dynamics as a baby enters the picture.
I have told all of my friends that a doula is the greatest investment anyone can make in the birthing journey. Rebecca is seriously worth her weight in gold! My husband and I had moved to Moscow the month before our baby was born and Rebecca was a vital part of making us feel prepared and supported in our new community.
Rebecca’s endurance alone was incredible. She was right by my side throughout my labor walking with me, rubbing my back, offering me sustenance, running the tens unit with every contraction, spraying hot water on my back, and so much more. At one point she physically used herself as a table for me to lean on. Rebecca’s calm, positive energy really set the tone for the whole labor. I couldn’t imagine Rebecca improving on any part of her doula care. Seriously, she was amazing.
Whenever I told my providers that Rebecca was my doula, they were visibly happy and enthusiastic about it. She not only works well with her clients, she works well with the doctors and hospital staff, which is so important, as well. She really is a great bridge between the doctor and the mother.
My biggest worry going into this delivery was feeling like I had choice and autonomy. Even before the delivery, Rebecca was an incredible resource, helping remind me of my options and reassuring me that I was still in control of my own body. During the actual delivery, Rebecca was a calming presence, helping me feel supported as I followed what my body needed.
I loved how positive, empowering, and educated Rebecca was. She listened to all of my thoughts and concerns, she responded to them, and she was simply there to help me through this journey — before, during, and after. I loved having someone consistent through all of it, and such a supportive person, too. She also had amazing resources for me to consult, which really helped with my postpartum healing as I tried various ways to make sure my stitches were taken care of properly. I also want to mention that, whenever I told my providers that Rebecca was my doula, they were visibly happy and enthusiastic about it. She not only works well with her clients, she works well with the doctors and hospital staff, which is so important, as well. She really is a great bridge between the doctor and the mother.
She was an incredible doula and I am so glad I hired her. It was worth every cent! Having Rebecca as a resource before delivery, during delivery, and checking up postpartum was so nice. I felt taken care of throughout the whole process, and I loved that reassurance. She helped me feel like this process was one I didn’t have to walk alone. I loved the physical support she gave me, the words of encouragement, and the way she checked in with me verbally.
I am not sure how Rebecca could be more supportive in this capacity because she was the best doula we ever had.
My biggest fear about hiring a doula was that I would have to have a Cesarean delivery and would basically “waste” my money. In fact, I do not think the money would have been wasted at all since Rebecca was such a great informant when it came to all the particulars of my birth situation. We did end up deciding to go with an induction due to the situation and the information she was able to find and share with me was invaluable. She also continued to assist me in asking all members of our birth team the necessary questions and being more self advocating which helped ease my anxieties over EVERYTHING before and during the birth and labor process. She was willing to be with me throughout the entire labor and birth even though we knew the induction situation could take us over our prepaid hour amount. All these matters were discussed ahead of time and everything was in place before I went in for the procedure. In addition, since things were progressing normally this birth ended up being almost completely like a natural one since I wasn’t on any medications by the end.
I would totally recommend a doula hands down. We would not have made it through any of our births without them. I would specifically recommend with Rebecca to ask a lot of questions and get all the necessary information related to your situation. She has a goldmine of resources and don’t be afraid to tap into those. It is so important to ask questions to help yourself feel at ease regarding your birth situation whatever that may be.
The return on my investment would be that I felt TOTALLY supported. Not only was Rebecca there for me when I walked into the hospital for the induction, but she also was available to me and my family postpartum to help us with our older children and acclimate to having another baby in our house. My older kids were super demanding of her, too, and she just took everything in stride.
I am not sure how Rebecca could be more supportive in this capacity because she was the best doula we ever had. She even made muffins for the hospital staff, brought flowers for our birth room, left for a while so she could take a nap and be more attentive in case we went into the night, and just made me feel like I had help through the whole thing.
We had a full return on our investment in a doula. Despite our labor plan taking a completely different turn than what we had planned for, having our doula made our experience better. Rebecca is a uniquely engaging individual and your story is safe with her.
The primary concern leading our decision in hiring a doula was our desire in having as natural a birth as possible.
We had a full return on our investment in a doula. Despite our labor plan taking a completely different turn than what we had planned for, having our doula made our experience better than not having her because we had no close family to process the changes and adjust to a C section birth. Our doula provided the support we needed as well as the necessary guidance to provide us with the additional care and attention we needed during the difficult and joyous time.
I would recommend every birthing couple to meet with a doula to consult on what a doula could help/add to their birthing experience…I think too often people with family and friends assign the “doula” role to people they know without realizing the added benefits of hiring a doula despite the many friends they may have. A doula really takes care of the mom-to-be and is a great support for the dad-to-be to have as well. I would tell others to be as open and honest with Rebecca from the start to fully invest in this process. Rebecca is a uniquely engaging individual and your story is safe with her.
Filipp Muzychenko and Maria Carrillo
Rebecca was great about filling whatever role was needed during the birth process, becoming a critical member of the team, along with our nurse, and doctor.
I think the biggest worry we had about birth was the unknown. Being our first child, it was difficult to know exactly what to expect. I was worried about knowing the right positions to recommend, or breathing techniques, or just how to best support my wife during birth. Having Rebecca there rounded out our birth team. I think all of us during the birth got in a rhythm and played a crucial role, and I couldn’t imagine the birth without Rebecca there.
I would highly recommend working with a doula. For us, giving birth in the hospital, Rebecca helped bridge the aspects of midwifery we were intrigued by and the security of a hospital birth that gave us some comfort and ease. She was great about filling whatever role was needed during the birth process, becoming a critical member of the team, along with our nurse, and doctor. Rebecca is truly a kind soul, and is great at reading the situation and filling the role you need from her.
Doula care made us more confident and relaxed going into the birthing process. Even the small things made such a big difference: like meeting us at the hospital to check in for induction. Having that presence alone reduced our nervousness, and helped make the birth experience extremely positive for us. Rebecca is awesome!
Although we didn’t experience the birth we had planned, I know that my experience was still wonderful because I had the extra support of these kind, loving, and knowledgeable doulas!
Hiring Marci and Laurel was one of the best decisions my husband and I made when preparing for our baby’s arrival. We were on the fence about needing a doula, but after learning about the positive outcomes of having a doula’s assistance during birth, and then meeting these awesome ladies, we both agreed it was what we needed to complete our birth team. Our original plan was to have an unmedicated birth at a local birth center, but with a breech baby who had no intent on turning (many futile attempts were made) we had to reconsider our options. Both Marci and Laurel provided us with advice and gave us the opportunity to make the best informed decision for our family. I especially appreciated the emotional support I received as I grieved the loss of the birth I had diligently planned and prepared for. Once we made our decision, I had no regrets because of the support I felt in making this difficult decision for our family. Marci was our doula the day I went into labor (baby decided to come early before we scheduled a c-section) and I was worried she may not make it because they were going to get us into the OR soon after our arrival at the hospital. She arrived quickly and I couldn’t be more thankful to have a friend and supporter in this unknown territory. She gave me the confidence to let our wishes be known to our nurses and doctors, and she was ready to accompany us to the OR, although they didn’t allow us to bring her :(. Our belly birth went well, and when we got back to our room Marci was such a comfort to have during the whirlwind of emotions. She made sure to take pictures of me and my son when I got to have my first real look at him after surgery and they are some of my favorite pictures of us together! I was contacted and visited by both doulas in the days following the birth and with no local family, it meant more to me than anything else to have people offering their love and support during this brand new phase of life. My relationship with both ladies continues, even months after the birth. Because of them, I have had the opportunity to connect with local mothers and I have had a network of great new parenting resources. Although we didn’t experience the birth we had planned, I know that my experience was still wonderful because I had the extra support of these kind, loving, and knowledgeable doulas! Thank you Laurel and Marci!!