Nhadyne Banton was my doula for the birth of my first child, Jonah. We discussed different natural, pain amelioration options and practiced relaxation exercises. When my water broke, we contacted her immediately (at 7 in the morning) and she was calm, reassuring, and knowledgeable. I was excited and she was happy for me; my husband was excited but scared, and she offered her knowledge and helped him calm down. We talked to her throughout the day-- she gave us good advice and timed my contractions over the phone. She came over to help me labor at 6pm. We did some exercises with the fabric wrap and she supported my husband and I. I labored in the shower, rolling on the ball. She was in charge of timing the contractions, leaving me and my husband to focus on the labor. At around 9, she suggested that we go to the hospital. She stood up to the nurse for me at the hospital and helped me avoid an IV. She checked the temperature of the water in the tub (for my water birth) and, determining that the nurses had made it way too hot, ferried ice cubes over until it was the right temperature. She got ice for my husband to give me. She coached me through the worst part, when I had the urge to push but was told by the nurse not to push (for fear of rupturing my cervix)-- panting with me. She helped me to have a wonderful water-birth (with no drugs, which is what I wanted.). She was unintrusive, but wonderfully supportive. My husband really supported me as well—panting with me, holding my hand—and she supported us both and created an environment in which I could labor successfully. More than the specific details, I felt like I could be completely open with her-- I trusted and trust her completely. I cannot say enough good things about her—I had a truly wonderful birth and she was a big part of that.