We hired Tracey to attend my second birth. My first birth was a uncomplicated home birth but there were some things we wanted to change to assist int second birth that we thought Tracey’s expertise would come in to play. From the beginning interview stage to the prenatal visit, Tracey made is feel comfortable and calm. It is her calming nature that made us believe that we had made the correct decision in hirinf Tracey.
On the days leading up to the birth, Tracey was in constant contact with me via text message and phone call (I had called her to let her know my water was trickling and that baby may be arriving within the next two days). She would provide information to me about what the midwives may advise next, what was normal, and what to expect if I don’t go into labour. Again, Tracey’s calming nature was at the forefront.
after going into labour and texing to Tracey that I needed her assistance, she arrived promptly and got “into action” by helping me through contractions, anticipating my contractions, helping my husband make the decision to call the midwives. As my husband puts it, “Tracey knew what I needed before I knew what I needed”. This was incredibly helpful and a very fast second home birth occurred and a baby girl was born!
Although this was my second child, Tracey assisted with breastfeeding and “reminding me how to do this again!” Haha
At our post partum visit, Tracey was there for me to ask questions and presented me with a lovely birth story. We cannot thank Tracey enough for her assistance in welcoming our little girl into this world!
As a first time mom, I was quite nervous about the birth of our daugter, and wanted to find someone who would be able provide additional support for my husband and I. As soon as we met Tracey we knew she was exactly what we were looking for. She has an incredibly calm and reassuring nature, which encouraged us to stay relaxed through the process. Tracey was also very professional when working with us as well as with the hospital staff. Her wealth of knowledge and experience shows through her ability to explain the birth process and potential outcomes we could encounter. From our first meeting, she made us feel comfortable to talk about how we felt and our concerns, while being able to offer valuable advice and reassurance.
When my contractions first started, Tracey ensured that she was available to talk to me about what was happening and what to expect next. Then when the contractions ramped up in earnest at 1am, she was able to promptly join us at our home. I think the support and guidance she provided while we labored at home was invaluable. She recommended that I go through the "Miles Circuit" and although it was tough, it helped labour progress while getting baby into the right position, which likely helped the rest of my labor and delivery go smoothly at the hospital.
At the hospital, Tracey continued to provide guidance with different positions and recommendations as my labour continued. Her knowledge of the in's and out's of the hospital is also very valuable, as even small things like putting our snacks in the fridge helped eliminate unnecessary stress for us. My husband was especially grateful for how Tracey was able to help him know what to do next and identify when he needed to rest.
Overall, we were lucky to have a very straightforward birth and I think Tracey played an important role as she helped keep us calm and positive throughout. We loved working with Tracey and would highly recommend her!
Tracey was recommended to us by a colleague. We are first time parents and had zero experience with labour and delivery. Tracey's support has made a huge difference to us. With my petite physique and a not-so-small baby, the delivery was not uncomplicated. Tracey has absolutely made a huge difference in how I experienced the labour and delivery. She provided such excellent support that I think back of the birth experience much more fondly than I would have otherwise! With no family in town, Tracey's post-partum visit also made a difference to me as a sleep-deprived first time mom. I will absolutely recommend Tracey to anyone who's looking for a doula!
Tracey's calm demeanour went a long way in keeping myself and my husband calm and grounded throughout labour. Knowing that we had her wealth of experience at our disposal was huge in calming my nerves! She kept in touch throughout the day when my early labour started, and gave us good advice as to when to head to the hospital. We would have gone to the hospital hours earlier and been sent home if it weren't for Tracey reassuring us that my labour hadn't progressed far enough yet! The hopsital staff were familiar with Tracey and on great terms with her, telling us that she is one of their favourite doulas. Tracey helped us with pain relief techniques throughout labour, suggesting things we wouldn't have thought of that helped me to stay unmedicated for many hours before finally requesting an epidural. Both my husband and I felt like we were in really good, competent hands with Tracey; at one point, our baby's heart rate suddenly dropped while there was no medical staff in the room, and while neither of us was sure what to do, Tracey immediately took charge and contacted a nurse. During the pushing phase, she offered tremendous support both physical and emotional. She even helped me to express colostrum for our baby's first meal since he wouldn't latch and I was unable to express the colostrum myself. We were very happy with our experience with Tracey, and both feel that our birth experience would not have gone nearly as smoothly if it weren't for her!
My husband was originally the one who wanted to hire a doula because he felt like as much as he’d want to help, he had no experience with labour and childbirth and wanted someone with more experience to be present. Tracey was recommended to us by a friend who is a labour and delivery nurse. Our friend told us that Tracey is well-known and respected in the midwife community, so we were very interested to meet with Tracey and see if she would be a good fit for our planned home birth. Tracey is the perfect mix of warm and professional, so we signed-up with her on the spot.
Tracey made our first home birth experience so positive that we hired her again for our second home birth. I believe that Tracey’s assistance was a huge contributor to our excellent birth experiences. I feel like the births could have been completely different if she hadn’t been there to draw on her vast experience. She got to know me while I was pregnant and understood what would be most beneficial to me personally during labour.
I would recommended Tracey to everyone with no hesitation.
Tracey was our doula for the birth of both my son and daughter. Having Tracey there to support both myself and my husband was extremely helpful. My first labour was long and exhausting and my second labour was short and intense, with her support I was able to achieve my goal of having natural/epidural-free, healthy deliveries, making both my birth experiences positive.
Tracey provided birth photos for us as well. The photos are beautiful, precious memories of the first few minutes of our babies' lives that we will cherish forever.
Tracey was our doula for the birth of both my daughter and son. Her prenatal, labour and postpartum assistance and knowledge were beyond helpful. My husband in particular was so relieved to have her assistance during my labours because she gave him techniques to assist, and not hinder the process. Aside from providing me with immense comfort and confidance, she ensured he was eating and drinking throughout my labour, which sounds strange, but is really so important.
I personally found her pain-relieving techniques effective, and her support gave me confidance to enter both my labours with a positive and open mind.
It's clear that Tracey's experience is wide-ranging and well respected by medical professionals in Calgary as well. So many doctors and nurses already knew her, and asked her opinion on things, so there really is no better sign that Tracey is a doula that you can trust. I highly recommend her as a doula!
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