Arwen's Way * Women Empowered
Phone: (815) 501-8689
Birth Fee: $400 to $900
Postpartum Rate: $15 to $30
Birth Doula Experience: 5 years
Postpartum Doula Experience: 1 yearsType of Practice: On-call doula service
Clients per Month: 1 to 5 births and 1 to 2 postpartum familiesPostpartum limits/restrictions: At this time I am not currently booking overnight shifts.
ICAN of Dekalb County Chapter Leader. Sponsor of the first annual awweBABY EXPO fundraiser. Specialized volunteer work with local teens. Guest Speaker at DeKalb High School for 5 semesters. Guest Speaker at NIU Vagina Seminar in 2011 & 2012. Guest at Birth Matters event in 2010.
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Dekalb, IL
Cait was amazing from the start and she just clicked with my family immediately. She is very caring and understanding and is really knowledgeable and passionate about what she does. My experience was amazing! I didn't get the chance to have the homebirth I wanted but I had a great experience in a hospital setting with natural birthing minded midwives and Cait helped advocate everything I needed. She kept me moving and on pace with my contractions and helped me let my body do what it does naturally. I surprised the heck out of everyone there with how I handled my labor and I attribute a lot of my experience with Cait being such a huge support. After my daughter was born, she encapsulated my placenta very quickly for me and even surprised me by cleaning my house to a pristine sparkle so when I arrived home, the only thing I needed to worry about was resting and bonding with my baby. She left gifts and herbal bath mixes for me as well and it was so amazing! She is very knowledgeable in breastfeeding as well and helped me out a lot even postpartum to make sure everything was running smoothly! If you are at all hesitant about getting a doula, specifically hiring Cait as your doula, don't be. You will not regret it! I don't think I could have had such a successful natural birth without her help and for that I am grateful!
My experience with Cait was amazing! She was very supportive through the pregnancy and never left my side during the labor and delivery. She was great a checking back in with me after we came home and making sure that I was OK with how things went. She was an ear that I knew would understand and a heart that I knew could relate to how I was feeling--different from any friend or partner ever could be.
We absolutely loved having Cait at the birth of our son! He was 5 weeks early and it was a crazy fast labor, but Cait kept me calm and focused. She helped me feel empowered and strong. Cait always knew the right thing to say when I thought it was all too much and couldn't go on. Because of Cait's support I delivered a healthy boy naturally and it was a VBAC!
With my first baby in 2010, after 17 hours of labor, I was physically and mentally exhausted. Baby was not in danger and neither was I, but when my doctor offered a c section, I agreed - I just wanted to be done. Baby was perfectly fine and the recovery was slow, but after about 6 weeks I found myself feeling guilty for not being more mentally and pyhsically prepared. We had taken birthing classes and read books; I thought we were ready. I told myself that if we ever had another baby, we were going to find a doula and make every attempt to VBAC. Two years later, we were pregnant again. After a recommendation from a friend, we met Cait. When I met her for the first time, I felt like I had known her forever. She is excited and passionate about pregnancy and birth, extremely knowledgable, and met with us several times. Cait was right there with us at the hospital as soon as I went into labor. She supported me, encouraged me, reminded me how to breath through contractions, massaged a horrible back cramp that I had for a couple hours, and ultimately was an integral part of the team that was the reason for a successful VBAC!! The 2 nurses we had a Kishwaukee Hospital were awesome as well as Dr. Hobson, who was the Dr that ended up delivering our baby. My labor was no easier the 2nd time around, but Cait helped me to be physically and mentally prepared, reminded me to rest when I needed to save up energy, and helped me find the strength to push harder. However the recovery from a vaginal birth vs. a c section was incredibly different...I felt normal from the time I delivered. Cait encapsulated my placenta which also made an amazing difference in my recovery. We are blessed that our paths crossed with Cait's; she was a godsend!
(continued) Also armed with an arsenal of empowerment, i stood up to that doctor, for my wife and my unborn child, i declared: "Doc, thats our baby.... your not screwing shit into her head" to which he replied "its standard procedure ok..." and started to unpackage the sterile instrument. Spoke loudly this time: Doc, your not screwing that shit into my babies head, ill take her home and deliver the damn baby myself!" His final response, was to turn, stomp his feet as he left the room and mumbled "fine you do whatever you want" We didnt hear or see from him again til 5:30 am the next morning. It was half hour before shift change and he thought he would try one more time to line his pockets with the unnessacary blood of a needless operation. We adamantly refused, and 14 hours later pushed out a beautiful, perfectly natural baby girl. My wife did it with no drugs, no complications, no human intervention at all! The expierence could have had drastically changed had we not been so confident in everything we learned from Cait and thru our research. Cait had endless amounts of knowledge and resources and her compassion helped instill a confidence that to this day has not gone away. Cait even went so far as to encapsulate the placenta afterwards for my wife to consume. The added bennifits of placenta encapsulation were seen right away. Not only were vital nutrients for both mom and baby recycled, her recovery time was less than half of what was predicted! To anyone looking for a Doula in the northern illinois area should seek out Cait Olsen. She is as spirited and professional, caring and energetic, and did i also mention that this girl knows her stuff?!?! Thanks so much for all you have done and continue to do for us Cait! Your the best! Best wishes, and happy (hopefully natural) births for everyone!<br /> </p>
(continued) The scare tactics are a key tool for the doctors to minimize the amount of care provided, and to maximize profits when the birth occurs. (you can research this more on your own, and i highly suggest you do) After several weeks of the doctors insistance, we had enough. We started researching and inquiring about alternative birth methods, home births, vbacs, everything, the whole nine yards. And then along came Cait! Her incredible knowledge, passion and support was all we needed to finalize the decision. This birth was happening at home! I would deliver the baby, clean it, and cut it free! When my wifes water broke, there was no ensuing panic, we stayed relaxed and kept our cool.... for five (5) days! My incredible wife, armed with the endless knowledge and support provided by Cait labored for five days! The event however took its toll. My wife was becoming fatigued, and there were some other "medical concerns" that were seemingly prevalent that prompted us to go to the hospital. Upon arival, the doctor was ready to go into the o.r. and cut the baby out. This didnt sit well with either of us, after expressing our rights and opinions, reluctantly the doctor agreed. However this s.o.b. wanted to screw an electrode into the skull of our unborn daughter in order to monitor the babies vitals on screen in another room! There was no added bennifit other than the lazy bastard wouldnt have to come in frequently to check on the baby, he could do it from his office or his home, or his smartphone, whatever!
When Cait offered her services to my wife and I for the birth of our second daughter, (my 4th child) I was extremely happy. I didnt exactly know much about doulas, and the important role they can play for a women in need of comfort and reassurance durring such a monumental time of her life. Regardless, this birth was meant to be different. Right from the get go, my wife was adamant about giving a natural birth. The "problem" being that this birth would be a "vbac". You see our first daughter, (my third child) was un-nessacarily "ripped" from the womb, in what was considered an "emergency" c-section. The "emergency" being an early morning tee-time at the local country club. It wasnt long after that my wife started looking into how "nessacary" that c-section was. Turns out, it wasnt. At all. So anyway, fast forward a couple years to the pregnancy of my wife bearing what would soon be my 4th child and second daughter. The entire pregnancy was riddled with doctors suggestions that a vaginal birth was too risky, c-section was standard procedure for any birth after a previous c-section. etc, etc. (testimonial continued in next post)
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