Ursula Sabia Sukinik
Birth You Desire
Phone: (301) 231-5122
Birth Fee: Not specified
Birth Doula Experience: 13 years and 680 births attended
Doula certification(s) lapsed
Specific certifications for the above: AAHCC, CDType of Practice: Solo practice
Clients per Month: 4 to 6Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
My goal is to help you make your birth the most healthy, safe and empowering birth experience possible. "If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it." ~ Dr. John H. Kennell
Languages spoken: english
Service Area MapArea of practice: Rockville, MD
I can't say enough good things about Ursula. I truly believe I had the positive birth experience I did because of her. She was calm and supportive when I needed that and she pushed me hard when I was losing steam, energy, and motivation. She was the perfect balance of being totally involved and giving my husband and I enough space that we really felt like it was our moment. I had heard before that the mood of the delivery room changes when Ursula walks in and that was completely true for us. Ursula brought calm and peace into a room that had been crowded with doctors and machines. She quietly but firmly let the hospital staff know my wishes for as few interventions as possible. When the baby was taking a long time to drop Ursula sprung into action with the nurse to move me into a position that got the baby moving. When I had been pushing for hours and thought I couldn't go on Ursula told me "you are stronger than this" and I believed her and I was. We trusted Ursula's opinion and intuition and it took much of the stress and unease away from our expereince. Ursula was my rock. I would hire Ursula again in a heartbeat.
I just wanted to take a moment to post a testimonial to Ursula based on my experience from the husband's standpoint. My wife was required to have a doula by the midwife program at GW because she was a VBAC. I did not like the idea at first because I felt like somebody else was going to share my role and responsibilities during child birth. It turns out that Ursula amplified my role and gave me an extra boost of confidence which made the experience unbelievable. Just her presence made me feel much more comfortable and gave me a sense of wellbeing simply because she knew what was happening. This sense of wellbeing helped me focus on my wife during contractions. During delivery, Ursula was able to give my wife the mental strength needed for a natural delivery while I focused on posture and support. During the entire process Ursula was able to give instructions and explain what was happening. She was also the extra hand I needed during a very stressful and emotional time. I just wish I was a little more open minded about having a doula for our first child because Ursula made my second experience of child birth even better.
Ursula was present for the birth of both of our sons - first in 2011 and again in 2013. She is truly a wonderful doula and birth coach. She is such a positive energy to have and focus on during labor and delivery - I honestly don't think I could have done two natural, unmediated childbirths without her!
Ursula is a wealth of knowledge on coping techniques, pain management (both physical and homeopathic) and knows just when to introduce them to a laboring mom based on her body language. She was able to explain to me through both births what was going on with my body and make me confident that things were progressing normally.
Ursula came to our house at 36 weeks to prepare with us for labor, discuss our birth plan and goals. I felt ready and relaxed when my water broke at 38.5 weeks with no contractions. I called Ursula and she talked to me every hour until she felt I was starting to labor. She came to our house where she coached me through several hours of contractions and offered pain management through massage and essential oils. We went to the hospital at 7cm! at the hospital she continued to assist the midwife with different positions to advance the baby lower and through the birth canal. When the time came to push she was a positive and forceful voice to focus on. She reminded me over and over that I could do it! Her encouragement and energy were amazing!
Ursula's love and passion for her work are so obvious! She is a true inspiration and a wonderful friend.
There are not enough words to express just how wonderful Ursula was during our pregnancy. The reassurance and information she provided us with was phenomenal. She was always available as a resource to help us make decisions. During labor, Ursula provided my partner and I both with an immense amount of support and guidance. While I had to give birth in a hospital due to being high risk, Ursula succeeded in making our room a protected and comfortable environment. She had a phenomenal rapport with hospital staff and knew many of the nurses at Shady Grove (where we delivered). As a result, they fully viewed her as part of my labor team and allowed her to assist me as desired. Ursula's presence not only helped me manage the pain of labor, but also helped me understand how the various interventions could help or hinder my desire to have a vaginal birth. I have no doubt that the support Ursula provided during and in the weeks prior to labor was the primary reason I avoided a c-section. By having a successful vaginal birth, my recovery has been minimal and I have been able to enjoy these first weeks home with our daughter without recovery from major surgery. The post-partum services Ursula provided were also incredibly helpful. Helping us secure a lactation consultant and even just checking up on us in the days following delivery were more important than I anticipated.
The gifts Ursula gave us during this journey - encouragement, information, guidance, support, and ultimately the ability to have a successful vaginal delivery - are priceless. I would not even consider giving birth again without Ursula, because her presence was not only encouraging, but maximized my own health, my ability to have a healthy baby, and the chances of a successful delivery. I have already referred her to several friends and would not hesitate recommending her to anyone who is pregnant or considering pregnancy.
Ursula is an excellent doula! Our first childbirth experience was a long and complicated labor that ended in a C-section. We wanted to try for a VBAC, so hired Ursula after taking her childbirth class and being impressed with her knowledge and experience. She was absolutely everything we needed her to be and more - a source of knowledge, comfort, recommendations and support (physical, mental, and emotional) throughout the pregnancy and birth process. We experienced a vastly shorter labor and a successful VBAC, largely due to Ursula's expertise and support. Specifically, she has extensive medical knowledge and was able to explain and help us contextualize information we got from care providers; she had an excellent working relationship with our midwife and labor & delivery nurses in the hospital that made for a very smooth and collaborative experience; she has years of experience and a broad base of knowldge to draw from to offer insights and suggestions; and she was with us throughout the entire experience - from when we first got the news that we were pregnant through breastfeeding and caring for our newborn. Now I can't imagine going through a birth experience without her, and I can't recommend her highly enough, especially for anyone who may have concerns or complications around labor and delivery. You want Ursula on your team!
I highly recommend Ursula as a doula. Ursula's emotional support and close collaboration with the midwife and hospital staff was instrumental in helping me to achieve a VBAC. Having assisted in over 600 births, Ursula is a walking encyclopedia of labor positions and ways to cope with the pain. During the intense moments of labor and delivery she helped me to keep my focus on my breathing, and kept reminding me that the pain served a purpose. Ursula was invaluable in all aspects of the birth experience, from giving me drinks to help keep me hydrated, to offering a helpful list of the must items to take to the hospital, to providing detailed postpartum advice.
Ursula is wonderful! We hired her for our third birth, a high risk pregnancy following a horrific birth experience with our second child. Ursula was there for us every step of the way.
To start she is punctual, great about scheduling, and older siblings love her! She is honest, gentle, and has a good sense of humor. My husband and I could tell as soon as we met her that she was both knowledgeable and reliable.
Ursula knows about all of the area hospitals and doctors and this knowledge is invaluable. She helped me through interviewing many doctors and midwives.
Her advice and directions for caring for yourself before, during, and after labor are clear and wonderful. I love the handouts she gave me and I think that she has the best packing list that I've ever seen. Not to mention all of her great herbal and aroma knowledge.
I had several weeks of prodromal labor and she was not only supportive but very discerning as to what was going on. There were no false hospital trips which was very important for me emotionally. She gave me great advice on how to get labor going when it was clear that I was ready and it worked!
My birth was fast and if I hadn't listened to Ursula about when to go to the hospital, I would have had my baby on the beltway! When we arrived at the hospital she had everyone ready and waiting at the door. She kept me calm during the birth, no easy task because of my fears from the last birth. She was the perfect balance of strong and loving during the birth. She was so in tune with what was going on that she was the first person to touch my baby's head as she was being born.
Two days later when my baby had tongue tie and we were suffering, she came over, recommended and ENT for us and we had the problem fixed right away. Once again, her knowledge saved the day.
It was a pleasure to work with Ursula. I absolutely recommend her and I wish that I had more room to sing her praises!
I went into labor unexpectedly. I was only 32 weeks but started to have chills, joint pain, cramps, and a high fever. I was encouraged to call my mid wife. She advised me to come into the labor and delivery department for a quickl check on the baby. When I arrived to the hospital I was told that I was contracting every three to four minutes. I was in labor!
Ursula was our doula and we tried reaching her but she happened to be out of town on vacation. It only took her a few hours for her to reach us and let us know that she would be sending her stand in doula Patricia. Things got very scary very fast when they told us they suspected I might have a rare bacterial infection that might effect the baby. Patricia came in and was amazing. She was in direct communication with Ursula who was on her way home. Urusla arrived at the hospital and we couldn't have needed her more. Patricia was amazing and Urusla provided us with the support and confident direction we needed to get us through this very stressful situation. She talked us through every doctor's recommendation and with her and Patricia's help, I had a beautiful labor and delivery. We couldn't have experienced a low stress delivery without her support. My husband and I agreed that having a doula, specifically Urusla was the best decision we every made. Thankfully our baby was born healthy and infection free. Urusla checked in on us frequently immideiately following the birth. Our baby will be in the NICU for a few weeks but once she gets home we know Ursula will be there for a visit to make sure we are off to a get start at home. We will definitely use her again if we are so blessed. Thanks Ursula.
My son's birth - as well as my pregnancy - was what I dreamed of, and Ursula ESSENTIAL in realizing that dream. The moment I met her at our interview, it was like meeting my guardian angel. Because this was my first pregnancy, and because I desired a drug-free delivery at GW with the Wisdom Midwifery program, I sought a doula who was direct, knowledgeable, hands-on, who would want to get to know me and my husband and guide us through from A to Z. We were also lucky enough to sign up for her Birth You Desire class- we all got to know each other and we were able to learn how to prepare for a non-intervention birth and for life afterward.
Both my husband and I put our total trust into Ursula's hands and she gave back in spades. She was absolutely present, checking in often during the final month and during the ten days overdue. The night I went into labor, Ursula was at our home helping me through contractions and helping to position the baby since he was posterior. She helped us stay calm and even let my husband get some rest while she took over. Having her by our side as we got to the hospital was extraordinary as she took charge and allowed us to focus on contractions.
Without going into details of the actual labor and birth, I will stress that Ursula's role allowed me to have a safe, healthy, glorious, not-too-long delivery- I will actually say it was a fun experience with her.
From our interview to her class, to her pre-natal home visit, to our birth, to postpartum visit and check-ins, Ursula was the consummate professional while remaining a trusted friend.
I would not even want to imagine my our life without her.
This was our "healing birth," and it would have not been possible without Ursula. My first pregnancy, labor and delivery left much to be desired. So when we learned we were having another child, my husband and I immediately contacted Ursula who was the instructor of our childbirth preparation class during my first pregnancy. We told Ursula our goal was for a natural VBAC delivery and she supported that goal every step of the way by offering suggestions during pregnancy, guidance during early labor and hands-on assistance during delivery. It was the experience I had always wanted! We appreciated her honesty and direct approach, but fell in love with her nurturing spirit and knowledge of natural alternatives. If it is at all possible, we will not have another child without her!
My husband and I cannot recommend Ursula highly enough. She was both our doula and our childbirth class instructor. I had a successful VBAC with the GW Midwives in January 2013, and Ursula was so incredily supportive throughout my whole pregnancy and birth. She is very experienced with VBACs in particular, and she knew how to address both the physical issues (position changes during labor, specific exercises all throughout pregnancy to help with proper positioning of the baby) as well as the psychological issues that many VBAC moms face (self doubt and getting hung up on what "went wrong" the last time!) She really helped me through all of this and helped me to be as calm and confident as possible. She was such an asset during a long labor and employed a variety of techniques (massage, aromatherapy) to keep me as comfortable as possible. She also made sure my husband was taking little breaks, eating, and drinking during labor and she offered him a lot of encouragement as to how to best support me (without ever trying to take his place as my labor partner.) As a class instructor, we were so impressed with Ursula's extensive knowledge about practically everything you could want to know, and her real world stories from births she had attended. Even though I already had a toddler, I still learned some new tips about infant care from Ursula that I used in caring for my 2nd child.
All around, she is just a wonderful and caring doula and person. If there is ever a baby #3 for us, I would call Ursula as soon as I found out I was pregnant to make sure she could attend the birth!
My husband and I had a wonderful experience working with Urusula. After having a c-section with my first, I really wanted to work with someone who could help me prepare for and support me through a VBAC- Ursula was a perfect fit for us. Through our initial prenatal appointment she gave me the extra boost of confidence I needed in the last trimester and her plan of action during the last weeks was really reassuring. During the delivery she was the extra support that we really needed without interference. She was able to spot issues early on and made suggestions to my doctor and nurses that made a substantial contribution to me being able to have a successful VBAC. I highly recommend.
Ursula was referred to us by a good friend. My wife and I are first time parents and didn't know what to expect from a birth. We enrolled in Ursula's birth class and decided to use her as our Doula. I learned during Ursula's class that the birth process can take many different turns with many different outcomes depending on what decisions you make along the way. Ursula's knowledge, experience and confidence put us at ease. We were sure that no matter what came up during the birth process we would be fine with her help. Two weeks ago we had an unmedicated natural delivery that lasted only eight hours. I would definately recommend Ursula to anyone having a baby. She definatley went above and beyond the call of duty for us. If we have another child we plan on using Ursula as our Doula again.
Ursula came highly recommended to us by a few members of my mom's group who had researched the topic of VBACs and were looking for a good experience of their own. We didn't even do another doula search - after hearing about her two or three times, I automatically called, bonded and decided that we had to have her if at all possible! Not only does she have a deep experience of the birthing process and high risk pregnancies, she has this intuition about what you need as a mom and she knows your limits too. I thought this was incredibly helpful throughout my pregnancy, and I knew she was going to do her darndest to make sure my birth went the way I wanted (an unmedicated VBAC). She also had great relationships with my midwifery practice (former WISDOM) and it helped tremendously that already knew her. When the time came, my birth was smooth and quick and no introductions were needed. Perhaps my Bradley teacher said it best, "Oh, you have Ursula as your doula? You'll have nothing to worry about then...your in great hands."
I highly recommend using Ursula as a doula. Simply put, Ursula made it possible for my wife to have a natural child birth without interventions through her support and knowledge.
Prior to my wife’s delivery date, Ursula was very helpful with giving advice as we prepared for the big day. She quickly responded whenever we had any questions regarding the birthing process (including helping us understand the significance of the information conveyed to us by our midwife during prenatal appointments).
On the day of delivery, she met us at our house at 1 a.m. and stayed with us there for over four hours. She let us know how long we should wait before we call the midwife/go to the hospital. Based on her advice, we stayed home for much longer than we would have had she not been there. This enabled my wife to perform labor exercises in the comfort of our own home. During this time (and throughout the remainder of my wife’s labor), Ursula gave my wife excellent advice about what exercises to do to ensure that the labor kept progressing.
Once we arrived at the hospital, Ursula continued to be a great help. Ursula was effective at keeping me involved in the labor and delivery process. I assisted my wife throughout the process and I never felt like a third wheel.
Ursula also forged a good working relationship with our OB nurses and midwife. She served as an extra set of hands for the nurses and midwife. Ursula also explained to us what was going on from a medical perspective during the labor and delivery process.
Post-partum, Ursula continued to be a valuable asset. She met with us to review our birth and gave us advice regarding post-partum recovery. She continued to be very responsive whenever we had questions regarding my wife’s recovery.
Needless to say, if we have another child we will certainly use Ursula again.
As a first time parent, I spent a lot of time & energy researching childbirth . I formulated strong feelings on how I hoped my first birthing experience would be. I wanted to birth in a hospital , but wanted a completely natural birth within that setting. With Ursula's help, I was able to achieve my goals. I felt empowered by Ursula's presence & encouragement. I found great value in both Ursula's childbirth class & her support as doula.
Ursula's enthusiasm is contagius. From the moment I met her, I knew I wanted her by my side in that delivery room. She never skipped a beat in the process. She was always thingking ahead of the game and she made the experience a truly memorable event. With Ursula on our team, we were able to focus on what really mattered that day -- the birth of our first baby and the amazing strength and beauty of the human body. I will be calling her again to support the delivery of my second baby.
Ursula is AMAZING! She taught us a private birth class 5 years ago before our first child was born, but she was unable to be our doula due to an injury. Three years later we remembered how awesome she was and hired her to be our doula for #3. She answered ALL of my questions no matter how dumb or repetetive they were and she's a wealth of knowledge. I just loved being in touch with her often about everything. For the weeks leading up to the birth, I spoke to her almost daily about different areas of concern, question, uncomfortability, etc. and she was always willing to take my calls, emails and texts. The day of the birth she was incredible! She was so strong - both physically and mentally - and coached me through a quick, but painful labor. She was my cheerleader and I definitely couldn't have done it without her. You will not go wrong with Ursula!
Ursula was a reference from my sister in law, who was her doula for her June 2010 natural birth. I emailed Ursula just in time as I was one of her last spots left for a February 2012 delivery. At 37 weeks Ursula met me and my husband and we went over everything. I felt really relieved after our meeting and was excited to give birth. We met just in time because I went into labor the next week! It was my first pregnancy, so I was not sure if I was in labor, but I was in constant contact with Ursula via email/text/phone. Within 7 hours and at 5 cm, Ursula was at my apartment, ready to work her doula magic to ease the throbbing pain in my sacrum. She was quickly able to ease my pain and the contractions became much less painful. Urusula was also in touch with my midwife the entire time on my behalf (phew!). When we all arrived at the hospital at around 7 cm, I felt very confident in her to help me both emotionally and physically. (My husband also had a 24 hour bug and was vomiting starting at the same time that my contractions intensified, so I was really stressed.) I was open to her homepathy like lavender oil in the birthing tub, rescue remedy in my water, jojoba oil as lubrication while pushing, etc. After a few short hours at the hospital of goddess pose, chanting om, and trying to relax in the birthing tub, my baby popped out - only 17 minutes of pushing! I truly mean it when I say I could not have had a natural delivery without Ursula. It was truly empowering and amazing! She pushed me to my limits but I could not have been happier. I also want to add that her postpartum help was extremely valuable. I really did not know what to do with a newborn and she was contstantly checking in on me and offering advice. I have only great things to say - I am already looking forward to my second baby and having Ursula be my doula once again!
Ursula is an AMAZING doula, and I would have her there for my next baby!! I had a 30hr labor without drugs and Ursula was there throughout it all! She gave me and more importantly my husband and parents the confidence that everything was normal and progressing well. She helped keep me calm, give me strength and guidance, and keep my family informed and at ease. Not only was she a HUGE supporter during the birth but also before and after. She met with my husband and I before our delivery to go over the beginning signs and signals for labor so that we felt prepared with what to accept. And after the delivery, Ursula met with me to go over breastfeeding, and how to adjust to being a new mommy! She also made herself available the first month for questions and concerns, which was wonderful! I had every question from mastitis, gassy baby, hiccups, sleep schedule,to breastfeeding problems. Ursula is passionate, caring, knowledgable, and makes you feel completely comfortable in your most vulnerable state. She is an absolute gem!! love her!
Ursula was amazing throughout my entire pregnancy and delivery. She's always available - by text, phone, or email. When I went into labor, she was at our house quickly, and calmed me down as I was quite nervous. At the hospital, she never left my side. She brought water and juice, suggested different positions, etc. She also took pictures occasionally throughout the process, which were great to see after our daughter was born. Ursula listens to your concerns, addresses them, gives you your options in a cool, and level-headed manner. I would recommend her (and have) to anyone who's having a baby.
She also came over to meet with us a few days after we got home from the hospital, which was particularly helpful for us as first-time parents. She showed us how to get her safely into the sling, gave us some general tips and advice, and reassured me that it was okay for her to get a little bit of formula since she had jaundice. (I am personally pro-breastfeeding, so was worried that she wouldn't want breastmilk after getting formula)
All in all, Ursula is fantastic, and whenever we have our next baby, we'll be hiring her again.
Ursula is an absolutely amazing birth assistant. During my 34 hour labor, she worked tirelessly to make sure I was comfortable and that I had the best delivery possible. When my labor was regressing, my midwife suggested I go to the hospital. Ursula quickly suggested we go to a nearby where she had connections. When we got to the hospital, we did not have to wait at all. Ursula did all the prep work. My husband and I did not have to worry about the hospital procedures and could focus on the labor. She made sure I was comfortable and that everything went smoothly. She stayed with me until after I had the baby and after she knew I was doing well before she left. She is that ideal combination of knowledgeable, caring and passionate about her craft. I give her my highest recommendation as a birth assistant or doula.
This was my first child, and i was very surprised by the lack of information provided to me through my obgyn's office. i've talked to a lot of friends and they have felt the same. I think you really need to supplement and do your own research so that you know your options.
We got to know Ursula well through taking her birthing class (which I also highly suggest taking). Ursula is very approachable and super easy to talk to, and she always took my questions seriously regardless of the topic. I also took great comfort in knowing that she was always available to talk. Ursula is an amazing person who is extremely passionate about child birth. She is experienced and as a result is a wealth of information.
Ursula was a huge part of my labor and delivery and I honestly do not think I could have done a natural birth without her there for me that day and leading up to it as well. She also encouraged chiropractic care throughout my entire pregnancy, which i also encourage. While i was in labor Ursula was able to offer wonderful advice and guidance. She was also able to offer encouragement and support. It's very easy to get lost in the process and she kept us on track. There are so many things that Ursula said that made so much sense and made everything seem calmer. She was also an asset at the hospital because she was able to help us better understand our options.
I have so many positive things to say about her. I feel lucky that she was there with us. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a doula.
From one husband to another, I would highly recommend both taking her class (for new parents) and hiring her as a doula for the birth. For me, I could not imagine going through this amazing process without knowing what to expect and her class did just that in a relaxed and open atmosphere. As for the big event, she was unbelievable - hands on, knowledgeable, confident, experienced - making the event a lot more personal, relaxed, enjoyable and meaningful. In hindsight, my wife and I would not have done it any other way. In fact, next time my wife and I plan on trying for another munchkin, I am checking Ursula's availabilities 9 months out first :)
Ursula is fantastic! We couldn't have asked for a better birth experience and it is in large part due to the great preparation and support we had with Ursula. From making sure I was physically prepared (including: stopping by my house to try a variety of ways to turn my baby when he was in an uncomfortable position, referring me to her vast network of related providers, making sure I was eating the right things in the right amounts, etc.) to mentally prepared (including an in depth pre-natal couples interview, phone check ins, counseling on birth plan and post-natal plan, and frequent post-natal check ins), she did it all. She was available at the drop of a hat for my labor which proceeded very quickly (and on Mother's Day no less!), and she was welcome support during my laboring at home and my rush into the hospital and through delivery. Her knowledge not just of labor and delivery (and every possible permutation) but of our hospital and providers proved invaluable and were critical in our having a safe delivery (that didn't end up with an 8 lb baby on the side of the road - which nearly happened!). She has an amazing ability as well to "translate" what is happening to the laboring mother throughout the process. And her intuitive sense of how people take in and respond to information makes her delivery of the content as well as format/tone comprehensible. We are so glad we had her as part of the most important day of our lives!
Ursula is an amazing, competent, experienced, strong, sensitive, intuitive supporter for all women who want a satisfying, empowering, and personalized birth experience. She was referred to my husband and I by two friends who had made use of her Doula services during hospital births. As we decided to have a natural child birth at home with midwives, I knew Bradley classes were the way to go so we chose to attend classes with Ursula. After each Bradley class both my husband and I would feel validated for our choice, supported, and enthusiastic about what we were going to experience with the birth of our child thanks to Ursula. In addition to how informative she was, Ursula also displayed a sensitivity and understanding about how experiences in a woman's life might affect labor and was prepared to work with whatever might have come up as a result. Ursula was the first to arrive at the house after I had labored with my husband for ten hours overnight. Her energy was perfect and I knew I could now just let go and let the process unfold. While everyone who was there was wonderful, it is Ursula's strength and clarity that I drew upon at some of the toughest times. She knew when I needed an explanation of what was happening to help me get through it. It is her strong presence that was so constant throughout the many hours of a very difficult labor. From making sure I had the bowl when I was about to get sick to trying to feed me quinoa and honey after many hours of taking in nothing but a few sips of water to holding my legs as I pushed for over an hour Ursula was there. When it was time to push after so 28 hours of labor, it is Ursula's strength that I remember the most which helped me get through the next 1.5 hrs. I feel blessed to have had her with me for one of the most incredible experiences of my life, and my husband feels the same. We highly recommend her!
We knew we wanted a doula from the beginning, as we had no family in the area and were truly solo during the pregnancy and birth process. I loved her no-nonsense approach and frank answers to all my questions and knew right away she was the right doula for us. My preference was always for a natural childbirth, and knew that I could not do it without help or instruction in the process, so arranged to take private Bradley classes from Ursula as well. Her realistic approach and extensive knowledge of the practices of both my OB practice and the hospital I was delivering in, gave us confidence and assurance that we could have the birth we wanted. From the very beginning of labor she was there by phone, and as soon as active labor started she came to our house and provided emotional and physical support in the process. Based on the time she took with us before the birth, she knew what to say and when to say it, and was an infinite help in allowing us to stay home for as long as possible, then providing the same knowledgeable support once we arrived at the hospital. Though my labor was short, it was intense, and know that Ursula’s support made the experience possible.
After a 32 hour labor, I gave birth to a 10lb, 10oz baby boy without the use of pain medications. If it weren’t for Ursula, I am sure my experience of birth would have been quite different.
Ursula first influenced us through her Bradley classes, where she impressed me with her breadth of knowledge and experience. I also liked her assertive yet conscientious personality. Because of her classes, my husband and I ended up switching from an OB/GYN practice to a midwife practice, and we chose to have Ursula attend our birth as our doula. I knew when I would be in labor, my ability to make decisions for myself would be compromised, and so I wanted to put in place people I trusted to help make decisions for me, because my goal above all was to avoid a C-section.
That being said, if it weren't for Ursula' s influence, I am fairly certain I would have ended up with a C-section, given the size of my baby, my slow progression, and the fact that my water broke first and I passed the 24 hour window (to name a few, of many, risk factors). When I was only 3.5 cm dilated after 24 hours of labor, I didn’t think I could do it any more and asked for the epidural. Ursula gently suggested that we try the jacuzzi first, which I agreed to. She then helped me through the next most difficult 7 hours of my life as I progressed to fully dilated and was ready to push. She coached me through the pushing stage, teaching me verbally how to push effectively. This is where I became certain that if I had the epidural and couldn’t feel what I was doing, I may not have been able to push out my 10lb, 10oz baby boy!
If my husband and I are blessed enough to have another child, we will definitely ask Ursula to attend our birth again. Her support was indispensable!
Our experience with Ursula was amazing!! She was extremely helpful and truly a partner for both me and my husband. For me, she was a huge support while I initially labored at home. I called her many times and she explained everything, so that I could know exactly what was going on and what to expect next. When she came to our house to assist me before going to the hospital, she calmed both me and my husband. Moreover, she gave me strategies to lessen the discomfort of each contraction. At the hospital she was an emotional and physical support to me. She coached my husband on how to assist me. Everything she explained was knowledgable and reassuring. She explained our options with each decision. With the hospital staff, Urusla was very deliberate in assisting and explaining to them where I was, served as my advocate, while at the same time, she did not step on staffs' toes. We truly felt that Ursula was caring and a part of our family during the entire process. She is extremely genuine, caring and knowledgable. We would recommend her in a heartbeat!
I tell everyone thinking of a childbirth class about Ursula. She was our instructor for our first Bradley baby, and invited us back at no charge for refreshers before our second Bradley baby. We did not choose to use a doula for either birth. However, I regret not enlisting her for support for our second. Our first was a dream...9 lbs 14 oz after 2 1/2 hours pushing (hard work but manageable pain) and a total of 3 1/2 hours of labor. Our midwife was the best in town so we got lucky that time. Our second baby we had less knowledge about and she was less experienced. While the labor was again 3 1/2 hours, and just 12 minutes of pushing, I would consider it a far more difficult childbirth. I WISH I had Ursula there. I am quite sure it would have been a very different, more manageable and comfortable experience. My husband did his best but was a bit freaked out and didn't know how to advocate for me the way I am sure Ursula would have. The hot tub was lukewarm, I felt unsure about the best pushing position, and we arrived before the midwife due to a communication breakdown. I think most, if not all of this would have been avoided had we been better linked with Ursula. She is SO knowledgable, not to mention incredibly committed.
Though I've told her in person, I hope she reads this to know how indebted we are to her for the phenomenal education she provided us. We credit her with providing the key to us having natural childbirth both times, with two beautiful daughters. If I may add, Ursula's education on breastfeeding contributed to us maximizing this with our daughters. Our first grew quickly but our second was 24 lbs 5 oz at six months...completely on breast milk...and such a happy baby. The bond that started immdiately after her birth was supported by her being born naturally...something I couldn't have done without the knowledge I gained from Ursula.
Thank you for your dediation, Ursula.
We took Ursula's Bradley class and she was our doula for our first child - a natural childbirth in a hospital after 49 hours of labor. Ursula does not push you to have a baby "her way", she enables and empowers you to have your baby your way.
In the months before the birth, she met with us to discuss what we wanted from the process and what role we wanted her to play. She asked lots of good questions to learn more about how us as we prepared to go through the process together.
My wife had contractions for days before she went into active labor and Ursula was available via phone and text message at all hours. When active labor began she came to our house. 12 hours later we left for the hospital and 12 hours after that we had our baby. At times there were minor complications, but we were able to face them - confident in our preparation and supported by our doula.
Through all of this Ursula was a coach, confidant, guru, photographer, cheerleader, friend and consumate professional. She enabled me to be a coach for my wife and a full participant in the birth of our son. I highly recommend her to anyone who is having a baby.
Ursula was our Bradley instructor for our first child. At first, we were a little uncertain about using a doula. Eventually, though, we began to realize how helpful a more experienced person helping us would be. We decided on Ursula because we already knew her and figured it would be the easiest transition. We now realize it would have been a great fit even if we hadn't already known her.
She was, quite simply, phenomenal. She was extremely easy to work with, deeply knowledgable and very skilled at her trade. We had worried that having a doula would just be another person to get in the way, but Ursula ended up being the one making sure everyone was where they were supposed to be. She seemed to have an instinct for when to transition from assistant to director as needed and never made either of us feel uncomfortable (or superfluous). Even after 40 hours of work, she was still going strong and stayed with us through to the end.
We can honestly say that without Ursula, the birth of our first child might have been a considerably uglier and more painful affair. We would completely recommend her to anyone and we intend to use her for our next birth.
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