Bobbie Humphrey CD(DONA)
Special Moments Doula Services
Phone: (410) 374-9565
Birth Fee: Not specified
Postpartum Rate: Not specified
Fee Details: I provide 1-2 prenatal visits. I am with you throughout your whole labor when you feel that you are ready for me to join you and delivery and up to 1-2 hours postpartum to make sure you have been cleaned up and that if breastfeeding you have gotten off to a good start. I do a postpartum visit. I also offer unliminted breastfeeding support through out your experience. I can labor with you at your home till 2nd stage (pushing) then I go with you to where you are delivering at. ( hospital or birth center). I can provide monitrice services upon request of client.
Birth Doula Experience: 6 years and 450 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 1 years and 3 families served
Clients per Month: 0 to 4 births and 0 to 4 postpartum familiesPostpartum limits/restrictions: no
I worked for DONA on the birth doula certification committee. I put on continuing eduation opportunities for doulas. I am involved in the community promoting and educating about doulas. I am active on many internet groups regarding birth. Most of all I truly believe that what I do is my calling in life. I have never felt more positvie and strong minded than what I do now and that is supporting families not just women in the labor and delivery of their new bundle of life. I am the leader for ICAN of Baltimore. Advocating and supporting child bearing women.
Languages spoken: english
Service Area MapArea of practice: Manchester, MD
Bobbie was 100% THE BEST and most memorable aspect of my birth experience. My goal was to have a water birth, and no drugs. I labored through a weekend and the entire time, Bobbie kept me calm when I called and let me know that it wasn't time yet even though my husband and I (being our first birth) would get nervous and question whether we should zip to the hospital! When active labor started, Bobbie knew, and came right to our house where she labored with me in my bedroom for almost 4 hours. It was like hanging out with a close girlfriend; she had me move around into different positions which made labor manageable. She also knew exactly how to push my hips or massage my back to make things comfortable. She also helped me labor in my bathtub when things got more intense and it was again, manageable, and I was so relaxed. This time with her also allowed my husband to relax (though that was hard for him!) and get food/water. The entire environment was perfect and calm and just what I imagined. I was a person who was TERRIFIED of labor and when my water broke (at home), I had already passed "transition" which was my most feared nightmare! It was hard but Bobbie was the reason I was able to get through it! Pushing was a relief once able to do so! Unfortunately, I had to have an emergency C section in the end, but even then, it was so great to have Bobbie there to keep us all calm and especially for my husband to have her to keep him calm through the whole process. Truly though I look back on my birth experience, and while tough to get through the outcome, I will always treasure the laboring process (I never thought I would EVER say that) and just the calm and empowering experience it was thanks to Bobbie. If you want to have a natural, drug free birth, and even are fearful (as I was) do yourself a favor and hire Bobbie. I can't say enough about what an empowering and wonderful experience labor was for me because of her.
When I was searching for a doula, I found Bobbie through this website and read all the wonderful things that other mommies had to say about her. All it took was one phone call and I knew she would be a great fit for us. I gave birth to my beautiful baby boy back in June and it was a wonderful experience. As it turned out, I had to be incuded at 39 weeks due to mild preeclampsia, and Bobbie had another client scheduled to be induced the same day! So while she was with her other client, she sent her back-up doula Bridgette to be with me, and she was absolutely wonderful! When Bobbie was finished with her other client, she came to take over for Bridgette and her help from there on out was invaluable to me. I was scared that having to be incuded would mean that I wouldn't be able to have a labor free of pain medication as I had hoped, but she assured me that it was still 100% possible. Her demeanor is very calm and I (reluctantly!) trusted her advice when she recommended that I do certain things I didn't want to do, like changing positions to help speed up labor, or eating a popsicle even though I felt nauseous. She helped me with breastfeeding as soon as my son was born and she even made a visit to my home to do the same. She's respectful of whatever kind of labor you choose to have (i.e. natural vs. pain medication), and I highly recommend her to any Mommy looking for a good support system.
Our birth experience with Bobbie Humphrey was outstanding. Her approach is professional, but yet she personalizes the experience to ensure that your needs are met. Bobbie is well versed in all aspects of the birthing process. Her medical knowledge helped us also make educated decisions about a medical issue our son had that caused him to go back into the hospital for a 24 hour period a week after his birth. Bobbie manages the process from beginning to end. The consultation visits at the beginning helps her get to know you, your family and what you want your birth experience to be. She also has a well thought out organized plan for the labor process. Bobbie understands the nuances of the birthing process and for example, was able to make suttle adjustments to the birthing bed to move the process along in a safe and comfortable fashion. Throughout the entire process she is calm and this demeanor helps all involved in the birth process stay calm as well. We would without a doubt use Bobbie again if/wjhen we decide to have another child.We have and will continue to recommend Bobbie to any of our friends that are expecting. She was meant to be a doula!
Bobbie was terffic! She was our doula for our first child and we didn't think twice before asking her to be there for our second. Her calm demeanor was such a blessing when I hit transition, she was able to keep me calm and focused through each contraction. She was also a great resourse to have through out pregnancy, if I had any concerns or general questions; she was always quick to answer and could assure me that I was progressing normally or if I should talk to my OB. I have recommended her to several friends thinking about having their children naturally.
Bobbie was an invaluable resource during my pregnancy and delivery! When I called her at 2am when my water broke, she was available, giving me advice for my first few hours of labor. Once I started feeling like I couldn't handle it on my own, she came to my house and helped me labor there for as long as possible. Had it not been for Bobbie, I definitely would have been in the hospital hours earlier, a lot less comfortable and a lot less happy. Bobbie was by my side for the entire time I was at the hospital, and I very much needed her pep talk while I was pushing.
My goal wasn't a drug-free delivery, but I very much wanted to avoid having a C-Section. This was a total success and I give Bobbie credit for helping me get through my vaginal delivery without any other interventions besides an epidural.
Bobbie has tons of experience, both as a doula and as an L&D nurse, this is why we chose her and this is why she is so great! There are a lot of doulas out there, make sure you choose one that knows what she's doing! Bobbie is one of the best out there!!
I feel very fortunate to have found Bobbie to help me during my second pregnancy and delivery. Bobbie is very professional, sweet, calm, and most importantly, knowledgeable.
I realized very late in my pregnancy that several practitioners at my OB practice would not support my birth plan. This unfortunate experience put me in a small state of panic, but Bobbie was very soothing and listened to all my concerns. She called me often and we had long conversations to help me find a way to achieve the type of birthing experience I wanted. This was the most difficult part of my pregnancy and I honestly believe I got past it smoothly thanks to Bobbie's encouraging words and support.
During my labor, Bobbie was amazing! Although she has a very sweet personality, she is a force to me reckoned with in the delivery room. She took care of me emotionally and physically. I had a lot of hurdles (policywise) to overcome at the hospital where I delivered. However, Bobbie really helped me navigate all the hospital policies, and explained to me what my options were at every step. She helped keep me keep calm at the face of adversity and offered me lots of options for laboring positions. She applied pressure on my accupreassure points when I was feeling more significant pain and it felt amazing!! She kept me and my husband informed on my stages of labor, which really helped me (emotionally) manage my pain and keep a clear head during the laboring process. Bobbie added to my magical experience of natural childbirth in a way that I could never fully describe in words.
After my delivery, Bobbie came to visit me at home. She remembered I had issues with breastfeeding with my older child, and so she focused on this during her visit. She showed me new (to me) nursing positions, which I have been using ever since. We also relived my labor and delivery, and pieced together my birth story. We chatted a long while like old friends would. She is wonderful!!
Being first time parents and wanting a natural birth, we were wary of going it alone with just the doctors and nurses at the hospital. We really wanted someone who could not only support us during labor and delivery, but advocate on our behalf should we need it. Bobbie's presence, demeanor and experience assured us that she could be that person for us.
Bobbie was calm, reassuring, supportive and even firm when needed during labor for both me and my husband. With her skills and support, we were able to acheive our goal of a natural labor and delivery, something I don't think would have happened if left to our own devices (that epidural was so tempting at times). And because Bobbie was familiar with our birthing technique of hypnobirthing, she ensured that we stayed calm, relaxed and employed the techniques that we had practiced for weeks beforehand. As a result, our labor was relatively quick and uncomplicated and exactly what we had hoped for. Immediately after our daughter arrived, she was immensely helpful in assisting me with breastfeeding, something I was nearly as nervous about as the delivery itself.
Postpartum, Bobbie has visited and continued to share her invaluble knowledge and support which has given us confidence as first time parents.
My husband and I feel that Bobbie is worth her weight in gold. We will recommend her in an instant to anyone considering a doula and will certainly use her again should we decide to grow our family further.
My husband and I would highly recommend Bobbie to anyone looking for a birth doula- she was wonderful! I was able to have a successful and drug-free VBAC and I don't think I could have done it without her. Not only was she a wonderful advocate throughout my pregnancy, she did an amazing job of coaching me and my husband throughout the labor and reminding me that I could get through it. And afterwards she came out and was able to help me when I was highly emotional and having trouble breastfeeding. She has a calm, soothing demeanor and is extremely knowledgable about pregnancy and delivery, but is able to convey that knowledge without being pushy or judgmental. My husband was initially nervous that a doula would come in and "take over" his role as a birth coach, but she was extremely respectful of the fact that he was part of the team and seemed to have a sixth sense about when to step in and when to step back. He told me afterwards that he was really glad she was there and that it helped calm him down too! My second birth/postpartum recovery was a completely different experience than the first, and she deserves much of the credit. Thank you Bobbie!
Bobbie is a phenomenal doula. Let's just start there. With the birth of my first child, I wanted someone who could help me articulate what I needed during birth, help to guide my not-so-intuitive husband in assisting me, and to be an advocate for me in a medical setting. Bobbie's nursing background and no nonsense attitude appealed to me right from the start.
On the actual day of the birth, she truly was a rock and comforting presence. My intention was to have a drug free delivery, and while I did resort to stadol at one point, I fully credit my (mostly) natural delivery to her support. She was up front about my options, and was encouraging about my ability to do it.
With the birth of my second child on Christmas eve, she was even more an integral part of my birth experience. She helped to communicate to my husband (via skype in Afghanistan) what was going on, guided my sisters in helping me, was a focal point for contractions, helped me to move around and get through those really tough contractions, and was once again my advocate in the hospital. I went completely drug free the second time, once again I fully credit her support for being able to do that. When I was at my limit for ability to deal with labor, she was the one who made me get through it. I trusted her, and her steadfastness guided me through when I felt utterly spent.
She came to help postpartum as well, and was an emotional source of strength for me as well as practical support.
I really don't have enough wonderful things to say about Bobbie. I am so grateful she was present at and a part of the birth of my two children.
I was skeptical about hiring a Doula until my wife and I interviewed Bobbie. My main hesitation stemmed from a fear of conflict between our Doula and the hospital staff. But there was something about Bobbie's calming presence that assured me she was someone we would want around during this ordeal. Her extensive knowledge and experience as a labor and delivery nurse were also very appealing. We both agreed immediately after the interview that she was the right one.
My wife ended up with a very long and complicated labor. Bobbie provided input and comfort without ever being pushy or judgmental. The labor lasted days and she never once left us for more than a few minutes or even hinted that she was getting impatient. She kept my wife as comfortable as possible and kept me from losing my mind. My fear of a Doula fostering conflict with the hospital staff was completely unfounded. She knew most of the staff and you could tell they actually appreciated her being there. I can hardly imagine having gone through all this without her.
Bobbie has also been invaluable postpartum. She has visited my wife twice and helped alleviate any concerns we had about baby fussiness, breast feeding, and my wife's emotional ups and downs. She also put me at ease when I made a late night distressed phone call to her very early on. Around 3 weeks we hit a particularly rough spot and she came over during the day while I was at work and just hung out with my wife for several hours. I spoke with my wife and she told me how much better she felt afterwards.
Bobbie exceeded both of our expectations in every way. If we have another child, we would absolutely hire Bobbie again.
After looking into a few different doulas, we chose Bobbie because of her experience as a L&D nurse. Our plan was to stay at home as long as possible and then deliver naturally at the hospital and Bobbie was definitely the reason we were able to stick to our birth plan. Bobbie came to our house and helped coach me through my painful contractions. At one point I was having terrible back labor and Bobbie was able to turn the baby using a scarf (called Rebozo) to relieve the pain. When it was time to go to the hospital, my husband was too nervous to drive so she drove us both to the hospital. By the time I arrived I was fully dilated and ready to push. After about 15 minutes of pushing my daughter was out. Being able to deliver natural was the most amazing experience of my life. Bobbie also came to our house to check on how my breastfeeding was going and helped coach me with that as well. As a first time mom, it was very nice to be able to depend on Bobbie to be there for me and my husband every step of the way.
Bobbie is amazing. She was the first and last doula we met and we knew instantly that she was the right person to help us through the birth of our daughter. Bobbie talked me through every contraction, every moment of doubt and undoubtedly helped shorten the length of my labor. She was with us at our home for about 5 hours and by the time we arrived at the hospital it was time for me to push. She was a great coach during pushing and stayed with us after the birth to ensure we started breastfeeding ASAP. It was my goal it have a natural childbirth and to labor at home as long as possible - and I did just that thanks to her support and presence. She has continued to be supportive post birth during my struggles with breastfeeding. Bobbie's personality, demeanor and experience are so perfect for this job and I cannot say enough about her and what she did for us!
Bobbie was great before, during, and after the delivery of my baby boy. It was very reassuring to talk to someone so knowledgeable about labor and delivery and what happens at the hospital. I had a VBAC and she was convinced that I would be successful and I was. My labor was very short; by the time I got to the hospital I was already 10cm and Bobbie was still on her way! But as soon as she got there she started making adjustments to the methods we were using (such as requesting a squat bar) and it was very comforting to have her by my side. I had no epidural and pushed for almost 3 hours, and she was there encouraging me every step of the way. Afterwards she stayed with us and answered many questions we had and shared in our joy. I would highly recommend Bobbie!
I hired Bobby because I wanted to vbac and she was so wonderful. She was super sweet and answered any question I had and reall put my mind at ease before the birth. Bobby meet with my husband and I several times before and she was so easy to talk to. The morning I went into labor she meet us at the hospital and really helped with the labor process. She gave me several tips to help ease the pain. I had a really long slow labor and it was so nice to have someone there to help me and give my husband a break. I was in labor for 24 hours and she was there for the whole process. She really helped reasure me that I could do it when things slowed down. I think she was just as happy as I was when I finally had my son. She stayed with us several hours after the birth to make sure we were doing good. I am so happy that we had Bobby with us through the whole process.
Bobbie is an absolutely amazing doula and I simply cannot recommend her highly enough. From the beginning, my husband and I were impressed with her knowledge, expertise, and experience. She was available throughout my pregnancy to answer questions about pretty much anything, and we appreciated her unbiased responses and supportive nature. When I went into labor (on Thanksgiving Day, no less), Bobbie helped my husband and I every step of the way. In addition to guiding us and carefully watching my progress while I labored at home, she was a calming influence the entire time and reminded me to stay in control of my body. At the hospital, she provided the exact encouragement I needed at each time, whether it was quietly assuring me or encouraging me to give more, and made sure that the practitioners followed our birth plan. It was such a relief to know that Bobbie was looking out for our interests with the hospital staff, so that we could focus on bringing our baby into the world. After I delivered, Bobbie immediately helped with breastfeeding, and she was constantly available for questions and support during those challenging first few days of post-partum. With Bobbie as our doula, we were prepared for and able to accomplish the beautiful natural birth we had hoped for.
Bobbie was the most amazing doula we could have asked for! She guided us through our first birth experience at Mercy Hospital. We could not imagine going through it without her and will be forever grateful to her. Bobbie was helpful from the beginning, advising us during the pregnancy of our delivery options. When the baby was past due and we got contradictory advice from the OB and midwives, Bobbie gave us detailed information about each option. When the baby was overdue and we got induced, Bobbie prepared us for the likely outcomes and interventions that would be administered at the hospital. This was particularly important to me because I wanted a natural birth. Once in the hospital, we had several frustrating interactions where the nurse and midwife told us contradictory information. Bobbie requested various options for us, including that pitocin be turned off after contractions were regular (we didn't even know that was an option). When labor stalled, Bobbie suggested I get in the shower where I went from 6 cm to 9 cm in 90 minutes! Once in active labor, Bobbie was right there with us, massaging me (she is wonderful at this and knows just how and where to massage), suggesting various labor positions, and encouraging me every step of the way. During labor, the OB recommend a C-section and then suggested I deliver on the OR table, citing risk from a large baby. Both of these intrusions were incredibly stressful and anxiety-producing. Bobbie helped us respond to the OB, and even spoke to her directly about our wish to continue trying for natural delivery, causing the OB to back off. Bobbie was always right there by my side and advocated for us every step of the way. She was wonderful and I would recommend her to anyone!
Bobbie was my doula for the birth of my daughter two months ago. My first child was born at home while I was living in Europe, and I was really hoping to have a home birth again. This was proving to be very difficult in the state of Maryland, but Bobbie gave me lots of information and recommendations. In the end I got the birth I wanted, and her presence was calming and encouraging. She took care of every detail during my birth - a little worker bee just buzzing around setting things up, cleaning and taking care of me and my husband before I could even ask for these things to be done. From the moment we met her my husband and I were completely confident in her ability and her knowledge. My daughter's birth was a wonderful experience, and Bobbie was a large part of that.
We started looking for doulas when I was eight months pregnant and, immediately after interviewing Bobbie, knew she was the doula for us. While much of my pregnancy was fairly low-key, Bobbie made it clear that if we had any questions about anything, we could be in touch at any time. She met with us prior to the birth in order to discuss our preferences and goals for the birth and, because she had worked with our midwives and the hosptial, was able to give us a great overview of what to expect for our situation.
The day of labor, Bobbie was available by phone to give advice on relaxation strategies before coming to our house and supporting us there as we prepared to go to the hospital. Bobbie was a fantastic advocate when we got to the hospital, getting us to the right place quickly, and helped coach me through the birth. Afterward, she took pictures (as we had discussed beforehand), made sure I was hydrated (giving me the drink she had brought for herself when nothing was immediately available), and answered questions and helped us process all that had happened. A few days after the birth, she visited us in our home and answered additional questions while also giving advice for the coming weeks.
We chose to hire a doula because we weren't sure what to expect from labor and delivery and wanted the most support - for both of us- that we could get. And that's exactly what we got from Bobbie, who took a huge weight off our shoulders, helped decrease our anxiety and help us see what actually mattered. We would absolutely hire her again for future pregnancies and recommend her to others!
Bobbie was absolutely wonderful! We decided to hire a doula late in our pregnancy and Bobbie was very responsive and easy to work with. She helped keep me motivated during labor and I felt like I had known her for far longer than the few weeks I had. Unfortunately, my labor went into her family vacation (I was late!) but she stayed as long as she could. She transitioned with her colleague perfectly and she was still texting to check in as she drove with her family on almost no sleep! I also was so happy to have her after baby as well- I ended up having a Csection and having someone to talk to about it afterwards who could help me process my feelings was really helpful. I would highly recommend Bobbie!
Our experience with Bobbie was great. At the birth we felt comfortable and safe with her. We had many discussions prior to the birth, and we felt like she "got us". She understood our concerns. The previous birth was very messy and this really bothered my husband. We had discussed this with Bobbie and let her know this was something that's important to us. She understood us and reassured us. At the birth she paid attention to the mess and we (dh) really appreciated that. She stayed by my side every step of the way, explaining things to me when i didnt understand, when i was "dazy and hazy " after the birth, she took care to make sure i knew what was going on, and who was doing what with my baby, as i was concerned about this and we had talked about it prior. At the last birth there was a lot going on and i was confused, not understanding what was happening, and this made me feel unsafe. We really felt like she listened to us, followed up with ou concerns that were discussed prior to, was there for us, respected us. Bobbie took time to get to know us, to understand us. She was extremely respectful of our religious customs/differences and our personal decisions for our birth plan. Bobbie didnt impose her beliefs on us, everything was about us, what we wanted, what was important to us, meanwhile she was supportive and encouraging. Overall, we were very happy with our doula and would use her again! Thank you DoulaMatch.net for allowing us to publicly acknowledge and share our appreciation for Bobbie.
I had a wonderful experience with Bobbie. She helped me have a totally different birth experience for my third child than I had had for my first two (both induced). I was able to give birth naturally with her tremendous support and encouragement. She really saw me through. She had so many ideas for how to help labor progress. My husband was able to be a great support for me with her direction. It really made a difference to have someone there for me, totally focused on me the whole time. I am so blessed to have had her as my doula!
Bobbie was originally recommended to me by several ladies on an AP email group I joined after moving to Baltimore. After interviewing with her, my husband and I felt we'd definitely found the doula for us. During my prenatal period, Bobbie would regularly email or call me to make sure things were going well; she was a source of much advice when we had a pre-term labor scare at 30 weeks, and checked up on me frequently afterwards to make sure I was following my doctor's orders for rest!
At 35 weeks, during a standard BPP checkup, we discovered that my son had flipped breech, I was 7 cm dilated, and the cord was showing. Suddenly I was being wheeled into an operating room for an emergency c-section. I called Bobbie as they prepped me for surgery to tell her what was going on. She across town during lunch rush, but she still managed to get there immediately after they wheeled me into recovery (since doulas aren't allowed into surgery). She stayed with me for the next 8 hours, helping me navigate all the confusion of post-surgery, the inevitable moving of our son into the NICU, as a constant source of comfort and sanity in a truly insane situation. She helped me get started pumping colostrum immediately, and only left when she was sure I was feeling steadier and would be okay for the night.
It's been 7 weeks, and she has continued to stay in contact, available by phone or email for advice, reassurance, and sometimes emergency drop-in visits when our son has been doing something we don't understand! *laughs* She loaned me a breast pump so I could continue to pump milk while my son slowly learned how to breastfeed, and even helped us get our first successful latch and nurse at home! Throughout my time as a new mom, she's been there to help me maintain equilibrium, going (in my opinion) far and beyond her job description to be there for us as a new family. I can't recommend her strongly enough.
My doula experience has been crazy. The first doula I had chosen ended up having to move across country unexpectedly and 1 month before my due date told me she would not be able to be present for my birth. She found Bobbie for me. It was hard to find a doula that was insync with my needs. I wanted a hospital birth and I knew I would probably get an epidural. A lot of the doulas I looked into were not excited about my "birth plan" When I met with Bobbie she was so supportive and wonderful. She had no problem supporting my birthplan! She also has the hospital experience that was very reassuring. So we get to my birth. I had to be induced. Bobbie was already with another birthmom so she sent a back up to me who was awesome! pretty soon Bobbie was able to show up and just in time. The doctor was trying to bully me to do a csection because of a heartrate problem after the epidural. Bobbie was a wealth of invaluable information, She didn't pressure one way or another but she told me exactly what my rights were, what her opinion of my situation was, All the different things we could try and do. I did end up getting a csection. But only after knowing all my options thanks to Bobbie. I felt that even though the doctor and nurse were bullying me, I did have options and I could make this choice. Without Bobbie being there I would have felt completely out of control and lost. After the birth she hung around for hours making sure I was ok, helped me with breastfeeding, helped making sure my baby was ok (she had low blood sugar) etc. As much as my birth was not what I was expecting, Bobbie was fantastic! without her reasurring words and vast knowledge I would have felt lost.
Bobbie was just great! She provided the support and encouragement I needed as I faced giving birth to our wonderful twins without my husband being able to be present (due to immigration issues). I only had a chance to meet with her once before Max and Elly's birth, but I felt completely at ease with her and appreciated her calm support at a time that was both joyful and scary for me. I am eternally grateful to Bobbie for working with my OB/GYN to prevent a c-section, which would have made taking care of newborn twins by myself nearly impossible. Bobbie was a great advocate for me prior to and throughout labor and delivery.
Hiring a doula was the absolutely best decision I made regarding the birth of our twins, and I am so grateful to Bobbie for her service and care. I highly recommend her!
I just had my first baby on June 10, 2012 with Bobbie as my doula. It was an amazing birthing experience and everything I wanted it to be. Bobbie has been supportive of all of my wishes throughout my pregnancy and labor. She took time meeting my husband and I before we hired her and answered tons of questions from both myself and my husband. It was great having a constant resource and support person I could go to anytime. She helped us develop a birth plan and walked me through talking with my OBGYNs about it. She attended our hospital tour prior to labor with us and spoke up on our behalf to the nurses ensuring our needs would be met. I had a preterm labor scare and was put on bed rest - Bobbie was there when I needed her and helped us through that. We chose to do hypno birthing classes and Bobbie was extremely supportive and helpful with those too! When the day came, my water broke in the morning and Bobbie was in constant contact with me meeting all of my needs. We went to the hospital in the afternoon and Bobbie was right there with us until our beautiful baby girl was born. Bobbie helped me change positions, told me positive affirmations and helped my husband meet my needs throughout my labor. She worked hand in hand with my OBGYN midwife, my husband and the nurses at the hospital. She spoke up for me while I was in labor so I could focus on my labor which was amazing. Afterwards, she helped me learn how to breastfeed my baby and visited us at home a few days later. I will definitely be hiring Bobbie again for my future pregnancies and I highly recommend her. She's wonderful! :-)
I used Bobbie as my doula for my home VBAC in May 2012. She was fabulous - extremely attentive during my pregnancy and full of knowledge and support for the birth itself. I bothered her quite a bit during my pregnancy with lots of questions about traditional and homeopathic medicines and asked for lots of advice in choosing a care provider after I was no longer able to use the first one I'd chosen. She fully supported my decision to have a VBAC in my own home and worked hard to make sure that I was able to fulfill my dream. All the hard work paid off! I had a wonderful birth, and that was largely due to Bobbie's expertise. She gave me some homeopathic meds during early labor to help keep my contractions going, and she was instrumental in getting my baby into a better position so that my labor would speed up. She used a rebozo scarf to get my baby to move, which was actually a relaxing experience in spite of the contractions. I highly recommend Bobbie to any expectant mom.
our experience with bobbie was wonderful. i wasnt exactly sure how much a doula could help during the whole labor process until i experienced her at my third birth. bobbie was attentive to everything i felt and needed. she guided me to more comforable postions during labor. bobbie is so kind and caring. she truly has a desire for what she does and it shows. another plus was she was previously a rn that worked as a labor and delivery nurse. bobbie literally spent all day with my husband and i walking to progress labor which was comforting. during the pushing stage i heard bobbies voice say push slowly so i didnt tear. her voice was always there even if i was in the moment her voice really helped...especially during the pushing stage. bobbie was such a wonderful doula and friend.
Bobbie was the first doula we had met with and she impressed my husband and I so much with the vast knowledge and experience she had, we felt we didn’t need to look any further. She had worked with every one of the midwives in the practice we were going to and was very familiar with the hospital we had planned to deliver with. All three of us clicked right away, which was an extremely important factor as well.
Our initial birth plan was to labor at home naturally until I was far enough along, upon which time we would then deliver at the hospital. That scenario didn’t work out quite as we had planned, there were potential complications and the hospital was convinced we needed to be induced. We were given a few days before our scheduled induction and during those few days I was corresponding with Bobbie daily. She was continuously giving us advice and support as to how to naturally start labor on our own to avoid the induction, as well as emotional support for me, because I was having a hard time with this decision. I ended up laboring for 24 hours of an intense pitocin-induced labor. During labor we were lunging, squatting, swaying through contractions; utilizing the ball, a rocking chair and warm showers to help alleviate the intensity of the contractions. Given the hospital’s restrictions, Bobbie ever so effortlessly kept us on track in having a natural birth. Miraculously I made it without an epidural, which I know I couldn’t have done without her. She was by our side through it all giving both myself and my husband the emotional support and guidance we needed. Deciding upon Bobbie as our doula was the wisest decision my husband and I could have made, we knew from the moment we met her. She’s an amazing woman who is truly in her element when acting as a doula. We would recommend her in a heartbeat.
Initially we hired Bobbie because my husband travels a lot and I don't have any family in the area. We wanted an experienced person to be available to me if my husband was traveling when I went into labor. Bobbie proved to be a much more valuable resource to us. My OBGYN office continued to make me feel more and more like a number as my pregnancy progressed. I would get my 5 minutes a week from one of the 9 doctors in the practice but I never really received any real information nor was anything ever discussed with me. I felt I was being shuffle through a standard process and told how my pregnancy would be. This is when I started discussing my concerns with Bobbie. She was a wealth of knowledge and support. She gave me the information to make my own decisions and was able to share facts and previous experiencthreat was so valuable to me. Additionally she was kind and extremely responsive whenever I had questions. I truly believe that I would not have had such a good birth experience if it wasn't for Bobbie! I highly recommend her!
Bobbie was the doula for 2 of my 3 birth experiences. My first birth was a c-section and she has assisted with both of our successful natural VBAC births. My husband and I have been very pleased with our experiences working with her. She is very supportive and helpful before, during and after labor. She is easy to work with, accessible, and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a doula.
My husband and I are so grateful for Bobbie's amazing assistance and support during the birth of our daughter in Oct. 2008 and our son in Nov. 2011. I do not think we would have been able to achieve our goal of natural birth without Bobbie's support. Bobbie is a wonderful listener and has a very calm and reassuring manner. She worked extremely well with our midwives and nurses. I will always remember pacing the hallways of the hospital and Bobbie reminding me how to swing my hips through the contractions. During our second birth, Bobbie helped us achieve our goal of trying to labor as long as possible at home before going to the hospital. We were so pleased that our son arrived within two hours of arriving at the hospital. Bobbie was also a wonderful resource for breast-feeding. I phoned her numerous times after the birth of our daughter and during our post-natal visit Bobbie taught me some additional nursing positions.
Bobbie's attentiveness, confidence, and reassuring manner helped me to believe in myself and have the strength and will-power to achieve our goal of two natural births.
When I thought of having a doula, I primarily imagined the support I'd have during the hours of labor and delivery. Bobbie was wonderful during that trying time. My best memory of the birth of our son is Bobbie whispering in my ear during pushing contractions and giving me delicious Vitamin Water when they were over. But Bobbie was there for support for so much more--from when I was afraid of birth weeks before to when I was having trouble nursing weeks afterwards. I'm grateful that Bobbie helped us have the best overall birth experience possible. I'd definitely call on her again and would recommend her without reservation to any expecting family.
Choosing Bobbie was the first and best decision I made when I found out I was pregnant. I had originally wanted a homebirth; Bobbie helped me find a few great midwives. Unfortunately, I had to switch to a hospital at 7 months, which I was very anxious about. Bobbie once again gave me a ton of resources and helped me weigh the pros and cons of each hospital, doctor, and midwife. I was especially thankful to have her when I went past my due date and had to get tests done. Bobbie told me exactly what to expect. I desperately did not want to be induced, and she helped me advocate for myself by giving me information and resources to make an informed decision (and helped me avoid getting bullied by the docs). My goal was to labor at home as long as possible. Bobbie helped me at home for several hours, in addition to my partner and some friends. She answered every, “is this normal?” question that I had, which really helped me relax throughout labor. We arrived at the hospital one hour before my beautiful boy was born- exactly as I had hoped, with no medication or intervention.
I can't write enough positive things about our experience with Bobbie. She will work with you to help you achieve your ideal birth experience and at every step along the way - before, during, and after labor - she wil be there to support you, give advice, and answer questions. My husband and I both feel that having Bobbie at the birth of our first child was a fantastic decision and we would love to work with her again for all our future deliveries.
Bobbie was a fantastic support and resource. She was beyond helpful throughout our pregnancy. After the birth she was instrumental in establishing a good latch and was helpful in following up with us after the birth when we were at home. Special Beginnings was a great match for our birth experience. The staff and the environment were great. It also exceeded my expectations.
Bobbie was great. I was extremely nervous about having my second child without labor medication and she was a tremendous help. She gave me great advice and helped me to understand that I could be more in control of my labor this time after a terrible experience with my first child. I didn't know what my options were and didn't want another delivery on my back, and I wanted to be more actively involved by not having an epidural. She gave me the information I needed to make my decision on whether or not to be induced (I wasn't) by helping me understand that I had a choice. Bobbie was a godsend at the delivery, she helped me find a comfortable position to labor in and really helped me focus on my breathing instead of screaming! I'm so glad I found Bobbie; she really helped to make the experience a wonderful one.
I met Bobbie just a week before I gave birth -- I'd had another doula arranged, and her circumstances made her unavailable for my birth date. Bobbie came highly recommended by my yoga teacher, and I add my voice to that recommendation for others. She is mellow and soft-spoken -- self-effacing and a good listener -- I did not know until after I'd worked with her how truly deep her experience was -- she has attended hundreds and hundreds of births. Having her present at the birth was a huge help to me and my husband, but the real differential was in the days afterwards -- I texted her with questions ranging from the mundane to the painful and embarassing, and she was direct, honest, informative and supportive. She came several times in the weeks after my birth and each time she left, I felt more prepared, informed and supported. I recommend her highly and would happily serve as a reference.
My husband and I would recommend Bobbie in a heartbeat. She supported and guided us through the birth of our first child and was instrumental in making it a beautiful and unforgetable experience. We are both highly trained/scientifically minded people, and Bobbie gave us the perfect mix between experience and evidence-based assistance. Beyond her extensive knowledge and experience, Bobbie's bedside manner is amazing and is what really made the difference. I felt so at ease with her, sitting in my bedroom at 4am working through the contractions... she was relaxed, helped me with positions and coping mechanisms, and helped me have the confidence and self-assurance that I needed to believe I was strong enough to get through this. Not to mention, it was a lot of fun as well! Eating breakfast at 5am between contractions... laughing, chatting... it was great. Both her pre and post partum support was tremendous as well, and she always made herself available. We will definitely be working with Bobbie again for our future deliveries!
Bobbie was so wonderful. She made the birth of my daughter a memorable positive experience. She was with me every step of the way providing great professional guideance and emotional support. She helped me make decisions that put me in control of my birth choices before I went to the hospital and once I was in labor. It was so empowering and positive from start to finish and I couldn't have done it without her. I am so grateful to her and whole heartedly recommend her to anyone seeking a doula.
Bobbie was an amazing, support and a knowledgeable resource throughout my second pregnancy and the birth itself. I had a successful VBAC, and largely credit Bobbie for that. Her grounded presence was so valuable throughout my pregnancy, especially when I was told the baby was large and when my son was late. She supported me and helped me through my concerns that I would not be able to try for a vaginal birth. She was a rock and a guide. During my long labor she served as a voice of calm and was an endless resource for handling pain and worry. She is friendly, confident, calm and caring. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a doula. I tend to be a little high-strung and I was very worried about my son’s size and lateness, Bobbie helped counsel and advise me without ever making me feel pressured in my decision making. Whenever I needed to talk or had questions Bobbie was available by phone and email and spent a lot of time and energy helping me remain positive. She is the definition of supportive, caring and calm. My husband also says he wishes she had been there with our first child, and is immensely thankful for her being a part of our second child’s birth. We can’t recommend her more fully; she is amazing.
I knew from the beginning of my pregnancy that I wanted a doula. It was my husband and I’s first child and he is a little squeamish about childbirth so I knew I wanted someone experienced there with us! Hiring Bobbie exceeded my expectations.
My original plan was to have a natural vaginal birth. However, at 36 weeks I found out that the baby was breach. I was devastated and felt like hiring a doula and spending weeks practicing the Hypnobabies were of no use now. I was very wrong though. When I called Bobbie in tears she gave me the support and advice I needed. She directed me to websites that had exercises I could do to encourage the baby to turn and to a chiropractor who specialized in the Webster method. She also accompanied my husband and I to the hospital when I tried a manual version to turn the baby. Ultimately the baby did not turn and I had an unplanned cesarean. Once my labor started it went very fast. It was after midnight, but Bobbie made it to the hospital before us which I was grateful for since I was already fully dilated! At the hospital, she knew exactly where to go and quickly got me to labor and delivery. She stayed with me right up until they took me into the operating room. Bobbie met back up with us in the recovery room shortly after and within minutes she was showing me how to nurse my sweet new baby. Having Bobbie there to focus on me and the baby and establishing that bond right away was wonderful. During the post-partum visits, Bobbie showed me different breastfeeding positions, the correct way to swaddle the baby and how to wear the baby using my wrap. It was all tremendously helpful.
Throughout everything Bobbie was calm and reassuring. I completely trusted her and can’t imagine what the pregnancy and birth would have been like without her guidance and support. My husband and I both feel having her be a part of the pregnancy and birth was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made.
We were very pleased with Bobbie’s doula services for our recent home birth. We were impressed with her professionalism, sensitivity and caring spirit. She supported us in the final weeks of labor by staying connected with phone calls and emails. On Birth Day, she responded quickly to our call and arrived ready to help. Between contractions, she prepared our home for the birth by setting up our birth tub and the midwife’s supplies between contractions. She also stayed in contact with our midwife by request so that she could time her arrival when it was most needed. Bobbie’s aftercare was amazing – she knew what to do and took care of things without being asked (laundry, trash, clean up, food, drink). We highly recommend her services!
Bobbie was incredibly helpful in facilitating the birth of my son. I had a successful VBAC and I give Bobbie a lot of credit for helping me to make that happen! She was very patient, supportive, and kind, but also was able to encourage me and propel me on with labor when I was getting tired. I am so glad that she was a part of my son's birth and would wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone looking for a doula.
I had a very long and challenging labor (62 hours from ROM to birth of my son), and my husband and I both feel that having Bobbie's support during those days and nights was a lifesaver, and helped us have a vaginal birth despite many odds. I needed a lot of support and encouragement during my long induction, and Bobbie had many creative ways of helping me cope with discomfort and pain, and supported and championed all of my birth preferences, encouraging me to stick with the plan even when I began to doubt myself. She also provided unexpected comforts, like lending me her headphones when mine broke, and offering a wonderful postpartum snack. My husband and I were truly grateful to have Bobbie's support at our labor and delivery.
We could not have been happier with our birth experience. From the time we met Bobbie she made us feel comfortable about the birth process through her stories of past births in which she assisted as well as through the educational materials that she recommended. Throughout my pregnancy Bobbie was available to discuss concerns or answer questions and encouraged me to phone, text or email at anytime. In addition, at 36 weeks Bobbie helped to ease our fears about the hospital in which we originally chose to deliver and suggested a hospital that was more natural birth friendly/friendly to a new mother’s needs and desires. Even though this was a stressful decision, Bobbie helped to ease our concerns over multiple phone calls. During labor Bobbie came to our house so I could labor at home until I was ready to make the transition to the hospital. While at the hospital Bobbie continued to advocate for my desires as per the birth plan I created. She helped to keep me as well as my husband focused and calm while delivering. In addition she helped to get the baby to nurse immediately after birth. Finally, even after our daughter was born Bobbie has come to our house on multiple occasions to assist with nursing to assure that I could be successful with a sometimes stressful task. Overall, Bobbie is a fantastic, extremely knowledgeable doula. I have and would recommend her to anyone seeking the assistance of a doula.
Bobbie was great! We liked her from the first time we met her, and we knew it would be a great match. We really liked her background and experience, and she has a way about her that felt very comfortable. We met with her a few times before the birth, so we could share our birth plan and ask any questions. She was incredibly supportive - both physically and emotionally - during labor and delivery. I felt at ease knowing she was there. She is caring, knowledgeable, comforting, and patient. After my baby was born, Bobbie was available over the phone and for visits, checking in to see how we were doing and answering our questions. We are so happy glad we selected Bobbie, and I highly recommend her.
We had a great experience with Bobbie, I definitely couldn't have delivered my daughter without her!! Her vast experience as a doula and as a L&D nurse made me feel extremely comfortable and confident that she would be able to help me cope with my labor pains and know when we should head to the hospital. I had a posterior baby so my labor was pretty difficult but she stuck by my side the entire time and helped me and my husband get through each contraction. She even taught my doctor something new!--squatting next to the bed to begin pushing helped rotate our sweet baby and she turned!! Bobbie was also terrific in helping me after the baby was born. She graciously helped me settle in after the delivery and helped the baby and I begin breastfeeding. She was terrific and I would definitely recommend her. I will definitely be calling her when we decide to have baby #2!! :)
Bobbie is a wonderful and invaluable doula. She supported me and my husband throughout late pregnancy, labor and the birth of our first child on 2/20/11; she also continues to provide excellent postpartum support. Specific to our birth experience, Bobbie drew upon obvious experience and passion to be both firm and compassionate. From the start of labor, Bobbie stood for our vision of a natural, vaginal birth at a birth center in MD. When I was at risk of being transferred to a hospital (my waters had been ruptured 24+ hours and I was stalled), she pushed me to focus, surrender and birth my child in love (and admittedly, urgency). At the end of the day, Bobbie was an integral part of the team of professionals --alongside my loving husband --who enabled me to have an empowered and fulfilling birth with relatively limited intervention. To the extent that there were interventions, Bobbie was knowledge, e.g., of homeopathics. I'd recommend her without reservation to anyone who wants a true and effective champion for a natural birth.
Bobbie Humphrey assisted me with the births of both of my children, now 3 years old and 9 months old. Bobbie was an invaluable resource for both of my pregnancies, deliveries, and post-partum. She is very knowledgeable able all aspect of pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum. If it wasn’t for Bobbie, I whole heartedly believe that I would not have been able to stick to my birth plan of having my children naturally, without medication. I have recommended Bobbie to several of my friends and will continue to recommend her to anyone who is looking for fantastic doula. Thanks Bobbie!!!
Bobbie is fantastic. She helped us through a long and painful labor, answered all of our questions before and after birth, and made the whole process far more enjoyable and rewarding than it would have been without her. Even though the birth didn’t go completely as expected and hoped, having Bobbie by our side helped us deal with setbacks in a positive manner. Our baby is happy and healthy and we couldn’t be happier. We’ll definitely contact her again when/if we have another baby.
We had a great experience with Bobbie Humphrey as our Doula. She was warm and friendly from the beginning and gave us such comfort for our upcoming childbirth experience. She provided us with books, videos, and relaxation techniques. She made several house calls prenatal and postnatal. She will quickly become a good friend and is so easy to confide in on many levels. Bobbie represented my husband and I during out childbirthing experience like a family member and laboring expert. I could not have made it through my labor without her knowledge, tactics, and expertise. She not only gave me great confidence, but also a great peace throughout my experience. She works well with any medical team and family, and understands the many variables and needs of an expecting mother. She has a great heart and wonderful sense-of-humor and will be an asset to any mommy! :)
My wife and I had a great birthing experience and Bobby was a major part of that. She was always available prior to the big day for advice and came over several times to go over our plans and answer questions. Her support during delivery was crucial. She was a strong advocate for us in the hospital and took an active role in helping my wife birth our daughter alongside our midwife. She also came to the house twice after the birth to check up on us and help my wife w/breastfeeding techniques as well as various other helpful hints on how to take care of a newborn (as it is our first).
Bobby also has a ton of experience in the doula world as well as a NICU nurse and a mom herself which proved invaluable throughout the process.
Her calm demeanor, encouraging words, and wealth of experience made her the perfect choice for my wife and I. We hightly recommend her to anyone looking for a doula.
My experience with Bobbie was exceptional. We interviewed some other Doulas before choosing her but as soon as my husband and I met her we knew she was experienced, professional, caring and very friendly. She inspires trust from the beginning. She stays in touch with you all the time and is always within reach if you have any questions. Having her gave my husband and I a lot of peace of mind knowing that we would have somebody professional and caring by our side during the birth of our daugher Fatima. My labor was 23 hour-long and Bobbie stayed with us from 1 p.m. on a Monday helping us through labor, supporting me and my husband, giving us encouragement and coaching us...Finally Fatima was born at 4:59 a.m. the following Tuesday and Bobbie was there making sure we all were fine. She even stayed with us to make sure I knew how to breastfeed my baby for the first time. I remember being extremely exhausted after such a long labor and being in the bed waiting for the nurse to bring my daughter...I was thinking I was not going to be able to have the strength to nurse my baby, but Bobbie was there telling me: "Of course you can, you can do it" and I could ! She's amazing. Even after I went home, she came and visited me a couple of times to make sure mommy and baby were doing OK. I called her several times after that to ask about nursing issues and she was always very responsive and friendly. I would hire her again with no doubts!
Bobbie Humphrey was my doula for the birth of my son and I can't imagine having anyone else by my side in the future. This was my first birth and Bobbie helped me every step of the way. When I told her how I was having trouble switching certified nurse midwives, Bobbie was able to get me an appointment with the person I really wanted to deliver my baby. She referred me to a pediatrician whom I love and a mother's group where I have found support with other moms. When it came time for the delivery of the baby, I could not have asked for someone to support me more than Bobbie. My baby arrived several weeks early, but Bobbie was there. She made it possible so that I could stay home as long as possible and even assisted me in writing a last-minute birth plan. She stayed by my side for hours and hours and I am sure that she was a crucial reason why I didn't need to have a c-section. After the delivery, she was available every time I would call with a question and even came over to help me with breastfeeding issues. When I needed help with the baby, she recommended a post-partum doula. Bobbie is a lovely person who is very knowledgeable and compassionate. Bobbie made me feel completely comfortable and confident. I highly recommend her.
Bobbie is wonderful!! She came highly recommended to me and upon meeting her, I knew why. She was very warm and welcoming and made a nervous first mom feel very comfortable. We met about 3 times prior to my birth. We discussed all of my concerns, as well as what I wanted my birth experience to be like. She was very supportive and open to my wants and needs. She was always available by phone to answer questions and to reassure.
My son was born the morning after a huge blizzard in downtown Baltimore. She was on the phone with me from the time I went into labor making sure I was able to get to my hospital and giving me other alternatives in case I couldn't. She also immediately began digging herself out, while making sure there was a back up doula available for me. In spite of all of that, and coming from near Pennsylvania (!), she arrived at the hospital right as I did!! She was perfect. She really helped encourage me through my labor, kept me focused and supported me. Without her, I may not have had such a wonderful birth experience.
She came to my house after the birth for a visit, brought a meal and made sure I was doing okay. I also called her a few weeks for her advice about cloth diapers and breastfeeding. Once again, she was so helpful and informative.
Originally, my husband wasn't sure why a doula was so important to me. After my son's birth and seeing how Bobbie supported us, he understands! We are both so grateful to her and highly recommend her to everyone who needs a doula!
FROM START TO FINISH IT WAS WONDERFUL TO HAVE BOBBIE WITH ME ON MY PREGNANCY JOURNEY. SHE WAS ALWAYS AVAILABLE IF I HAD QUESTIONS AND MADE HOUSE CALLS WHICH IS SO EASY. SHE HAS A NATURAL CALMING FEELING WHICH IS VERY SOOTHING AND HELPS YOU TO FOCUS DURING LABOR. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND BOBBIE TO ANYONE AND I PLAN TO USE HER SERVICES IN THE FUTURE FOR OTHER PREGNANCIES. ALSO YOU GET EXCELLENT POST PARTUM SUPPORT FOR YOURSELF AND BABY AND ALSO WITH BREASTFEEDING. (SORRY ABOUT ALL CAPS THE IPOD WILL ONLY TYPE IN CAPS)
It is hard for me to fathom giving birth without Bobbie. My delivery was long (over 36 hours) due to my baby being in a posterior position. Bobbie was absolutely amazing during the whole time, she stayed with my husband and I and was incredible support to us both. She assisted me in every way, from trying all sorts of positions to try to get that stubborn baby to turn, to relaxation and breathing techiniques, and even gave me a massage at one point. She was also great at intervening with the staff and advocating for the birth that I wanted. When some tough decisions had to be made, Bobbie was right there with my best interests in mind without being intrusive. She supported my decision to get an epidural 24 hours in and also in a discussion about possible c-section.
Bobbie was patient and calm througout the process, but also firm and encouraging when I needed it. She was also great support to my husband throughout the birth and they integrated so smoothly as a team to assist me.
Bobbie has also been very knowledgeable afterwards re breastfeeding and general new mom questions.
I would highly recommend using Bobbie as a doula.
Bobbie is wonderful! I can't say enough about how knowledgeable and available she is. She was there anytime I needed her. In addition, she was instrumental in making the birth of my son a more comfortable and informed experience.
I highly recommend her to anyone looking for an experienced Doula.
When my husband and I found out we were expecting our first baby, we felt overwhelmed by all the information about pregnancy, birth and babies. Knowing I was interested in a natural birth, and breast feeding to follow, a coworker suggested I consider a doula. Though she had used two, she said Bobbie was her favorite.
I cannot speak highly enough of Bobbie and the services she provided. From our first conversation, I felt comfortable. She was an integral part of my pregnancy, birth and baby care. Bobbie always responded to messages immediately, never rushed me off the phone, and absolutely never seemed annoyed by my many, many questions.
Bobbie was a source of patience during the last days of pregnancy. She was a source of strength during a less than ideal induction and posterior delivery. She never made me feel like a failure when I strayed from my birthing plan, but instead she provided the support and encouragement I needed. And from nursing to cloth diapers, she was an invaluable resource. I know women who quit nursing because they didn’t have help they needed. During some difficult nursing moments, if it weren’t for Bobbie, I may have been one of them.
My baby is now seven months, and Bobbie remains on my speed dial. When I hear someone is expecting, immediately following “Congratulations”, I ask if they have considered a doula and give them Bobbie’s information. Whether I have one more child, or ten, I will be using Bobbie and each birth—if she’ll have me!
Bobbie is an wonderful doula and we couldn't have asked for better support during pregnancy, the birth, and post-partum. She is an extremely warm person, very knowledgeable about all aspects of childbirth, and reassuring (which was very helpful to me as a first-time mom). Bobbie was always reachable during the late stages of my pregnancy when I had questions, and she was fully present and attentive during my entire labor. I think she was central in my being able to have a natural childbirth, by being a constant, kind presence and reassuring me that I was doing a good job (and that it would be over soon!) I especially appreciated that Bobbie was reachable with questions about breasfteeding in the early weeks after my daughter was born. She even stopped by our house a few times just to check in on us and answer questions.
We loved having Bobbie as our doula and give her our highest recommendation!
Bobbie was recommended by my OB after they had been snowed in at the hospital during the blizzard of 2010. Since I had a lot of confidence in my doctor, I contacted her. I made Bobbie aware that my interest in having a doula was centered on the fact that I have Type 1 diabetes, and I wanted to maintain control of my blood sugars while using my insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor throughout labor and delivery. My husband is very supportive so I knew he would be a good birth coach, but I was concerned that in the excitement he may not be able to be a medical advocate for me, too. I needed Bobbie to be an advocate with the doctors/nurses to help me maintain control of my blood sugars while also having a natural birth. Bobbie played the advocate role to a tee!
Although I was 8 cm dilated when we got to the hospital, I labored for a while because the baby wasn't in position. During that time, Bobbie shared strategies that helped to ease the pain, and helped me to stay calm during the strongest contractions. She also provided extra support for Jason by offering new/different coaching suggestions. Because I had a big baby (10 lbs 6 oz), it took me a while to push. Once the baby was born, my husband heard the nurses congratulating the delivering doctor in the hall for being so patient and restraining her desire to 'do something.' After having overheard that, my husband was convinced (and so was I) that my labor and delivery would have gone very differently had Bobbie not been there to facilitate our natural birth. She was fantastic and really helped me to achieve my goals of giving birth to a strong, healthy baby while also being able to maintain control of my diabetes. My son was born naturally and my blood sugars stayed in excellent control thanks to Bobbie's advocacy, comforting, coaching, and knowledge!
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