Sumner County Doula
Hendersonville, TN Service range 50 miles
Type of practice: Solo practice
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Hendersonville, TN Service range 50 miles
I am not one to write reviews or trust strangers, but Dana is so fantastic that I feel people should know how wonderful she truly is.
My wife wanted a doula and I wasn’t thrilled about it. I thought it was a waste of money and that people have kids without doulas all the time so why do I need them, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. I cannot express how thankful I am for her. I enjoyed my first child’s birth with only a little fear because of the compassion, experience, and understanding Dana possess. She worked with us to establish the birth plan we wanted and was there when it went out the window. The entire time she informed us of the steps, the alternatives, and the risks of each path. Even when we changed our birth plan, she never judged or pressured us, instead she continued to give constant reassurance and information.
I trusted her with my wife and son, the most precious things in my world, and because of her professionalism, kindness, and knowledge, I could not imagine having to go through that without her. She encouraged me and gave suggestions on how to make my wife more comfortable. If I wasn’t up to the task, she was able to pick up my slack. I was able to step out and get food as well as sleep, knowing that my wife was in the best of care.
I cannot thank her enough and when/if I have more children she will be there for all of them. She may have started out as our doula, but now she is family.
After having three vaginal births with failed epidurals and various complications, I decided that I wanted to have a natural delivery for my fourth child. Dana equipped my husband and me with the knowledge prior to labor that made us feel confident and comfortable with our decision to have a natural birth. She encouraged me to stand up for what I wanted in a delivery and I was able to form a very effective and detailed birth plan thanks to her encouragement and resources. As far as the delivery was concerned, Dana was very helpful in allowing my husband and me to cope with the pain by using various labor technniques, positions, and breathing exercises. Without her, labor and delivery would have not been a pleasant experience. I am so thankful for my decision to choose a natural birth and having Dana as our doula. I wish that I would have chosen this option for all four deliveries! Her post partum follow up has been very supportive and wonderful! Although this was our last baby, have Dana as a doula makes me want to have another one!
To a first time mom, birth seems like an intimidating and scary process. Maybe because it is an "unknown" or maybe because everyone likes to share their horror stories, but I always thought it would be a terrible, painful experience. After having the privilege of being in the delivery room with my best friend, who opted for a medicated hospital birth, I knew that I wanted a natural birth experience. I spent endless hours combing through natural birth books - and they all repeated the same thing: a doula is a great support person. Hiring a doula reduces complications and improves your chances of having a natural birth. Doulas can help support fathers during the birthing process.
After reading so much about doulas, my husband and I decided it would be worth the extra expense to hire one. I actually chose Dana on a whim. I had seen her getting off the elevator at a hospital I was working at. She was wearing her "Sumner County Doula" t-shirt. I knew I was pregnant but hadn't announced it yet, so I didn't say anything to her that day; I simply filed the information away for later. When I was ready, I called her. I knew immediately that she was a good fit for us. I didn't have to interview other doulas or wonder if I was making the right decision.
Dana immediately felt like a good friend, one I had known my whole life. She is open and approachable. To me, the most important thing Dana did was teach me to believe in myself and trust my instincts. She helped empower me to have the birth I had always wanted. She was a calming presence in what could have been a stressful time but turned out to be an incredible experience I will always remember. Dana has continued to support me during the postpartum period. I will definitely be calling her when/if we have another child, and I have already recommended her to one of my best friends.
As first time parents, my husband and I had no idea what to expect during my pregnancy let alone the labor and delivery process. We decided to get a doula to help educate us on the process and give us some tips and tricks for making the labor and delivery as pleasant as it could be. Dana did all this and so much more.
During my pregnancy, she would constantly check on me to make sure everything was going okay. Anytime I had a question or needed someone to calm my nerves, I knew I could text her and she would be there for me. She prepped us for each stage by giving us advice and several different checklists. This greatly helped us so we could know what to expect and gave us different things to do at each step to help with a smoother pregnancy and eventually delivery.
During the labor, she had a way of bringing this calming peace to the room that allowed me to be able to let go of the tension and be present in the moment. She had different positions for me to get in to keep baby moving that helped the labor go faster than it would have gone. She seemed to know what I needed before I knew I needed it.
During the delivery, she was so encouraging and helpful. Little things that she did like wiping my forehead with a cool towel and counting me through each push helped so much. There was so much going on at that point that I feel like she helped me focus and stay calm and in the moment.
I know without her help and encouragement, my pregnancy, labor, and delivery would not have been as smooth as they were. She prepared us physically and mentally. I feel like Dana is so much more than a doula to us, she has become a friend. I appreciate everything she has done for us so much.
We wanted to find a great doula to help both me and my partner, Ian, through the birth of our first child. We found just that in Dana. We were planning for an unmedicated birth at a birth center and I was particularly concerned about a potential hospital transfer that might lead to a flood of interventions. I was also aware that having a doula could really lower the chance of that.
We felt totally comfortable with Dana instantly. I could tell that she and Ian would work very well together as my birthing team. Our at home prenatal meetings were cozy getting-to-know you sessions but also super informative. We had the chance to develop a relationship and to get on the same page with expectations and our birth plan. Dana pointed me in the right direction with some exercises, positions and a wealth of reading material. She also made herself available to chat via email and phone if I had any questions which was an added bonus!
My water broke at only 37 weeks and we spoke to Dana several times on the phone. Listening to any advice she had for kickstarting contractions which had stalled. She really helped to calm any fears I had about transferring and made me feel like, wherever I delivered, all would be fine. Later that evening she met us at the birthcenter (where I would deliver after all!) and began to coach me through my short but intense contractions. Throughout the laboring process Dana quietly assessed me and made suggestions (positions, stretches & movements) in a calming voice that I know helped me to focus and speed things up. So much so that I surprised us all by progressing faster than anyone had anticipated. In fact, the midwife was napping when I delivered our baby boy(!) having thought my labor it would be hours longer.
We felt so well looked after by Dana in labor as well as pre and post natal which was a real luxury. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a doula, without hesitation. She is a gem!
As first time parents hoping for a natural birth, we mostly hired a doula to be a coach and supporter during labor. Dana did a phenomenal job supporting us during the labor and delivery of our son; additionally, she supported us before and after the labor and played a huge role in having a positive pregnancy and birthing experience. We highly recommend hiring a doula and using Dana.
From the first time we met with Dana, we both felt confident that she would play the role that we were looking for in our doula as a coach for dad and encourager of us both. She definitely fit into this role during labor as she communicated well with everyone in the room during our labor. Her knowledge was extremely impressive as she helped us to prepare for our birth and also during and after the labor. One thing that stood out to me as a first-time mom was Dana’s confidence in her expertise while being extremely approachable. I felt comfortable asking her any questions prenatal, postpartum and during the labor. Labor was messy and vulnerable, but I knew I could fully trust Dana during those moments in my life.
As a first-time dad, my husband appreciated Dana’s encouragement and support of him while giving her professional expertise and guidance. He immediately connected with Dana and very much enjoyed working with her. Dana was intentional about including him in all of our interactions and also supported him individually before, during and after labor. While Dana was critical to the delivery of our son she also did many little things such as capture some amazing photos during his birth and help us settle into our room after his arrival. We couldn’t be more grateful to have worked with Dana and to have birthed a healthy son into the world with her assistance.
As a first time dad, I just want to say that having Dana to help us through this process has been absolutely amazing. We went to a 12 week birth class, and I really felt like I had a lot of the knowledge I needed for us to have a natural birth. That may have been true, but Dana added something else...experience. When my wife's contractions became almost unbearable, Dana was there to suggest position changes and help her move. This allowed me to be solely focused on my wife.
Like I said, we planned on a natural birth; however, our experience was different. We had to do an epidural, pitocin, and ultimately had to have a C-section. I would have assumed that a doula would not have been as much help for a medicated birth, but that could not have been more wrong. She helped us to make calm, informed decisions and never offered her opinion unless it was solicited (and it was...constantly). Dana has the stance that this is our birth, and these our decisions--she is just there to help out and make sure mom and baby stay happy and healthy.
When we got home our little girl was struggling to breastfeed. Dana immediately starting reaching out to her lactation consultant contacts and in short order helped us get someone to our home to help us out. Before, during, and after Dana was so helpful. Nothing went according to plan, but it was comforting to know that we could rely on Dana. That consistency allowed us to remain grounded and successfully welcome our beautiful little girl into the world.
Above all else, we genuinely like Dana as a person. She's easy going, dependable, and compassionate. If you're looking for a doula, then look no further. If you're thinking a doula is not right for you, I would still give Dana a call and talk to her.
From the moment you speak with Dana, it's like chatting with someone that you've known for years. My husband first mentioned hiring a doula when he learned he would be traveling for work around the time of our second daughter’s birth. A friend recommended her. This was my second pregnancy, and I spent most of my time keeping up with a toddler instead of preparing like the first time around. Our first child was born at 36 weeks, so at the 35-week mark when we called Dana, I felt unprepared and overwhelmed. I had an epidural with my first child, so the thought of having my second all natural seemed like a lofty goal; something I'd like to do, but seemed unachievable. When Dana met with us, we knew we made the right choice in bringing her on board. Dana is knowledgeable on all aspects of the birthing process. She listens and supports your decisions while being an advocate to help your plan become reality. When Dana left our house after our first meeting, I felt at ease. I felt empowered. Dana respected my go-with-the-flow plan to probably have another epidural or possibly try natural birth. Dana was always a text or call away. She supported our decision to wait when the doctors tried repeatedly to set up an induction. In the short time since I met Dana, I was empowered and motivated to give natural birth a try. Dana was there for support, reassurance, and comfort along the way. She knew when I needed to laugh during labor, when I needed encouragement during a quick transition, and was a source of strength when it was go-time for delivery. My baby was brought into the world naturally. I achieved a feat that only seemed like a dream out of reach. We couldn’t have done it without Dana. She was an essential part of our team. She genuinely cares about her clients and values family. She truly is a gem with a heart of gold. She is a friend. If you’re having a baby, bring Dana on board. I know we will when we decide to expand our family in the future.
Dana Fuqua is excellent. I recently had my first child (2/21) and was really looking to have a natural birth at the hospital. We were able to meet before agreeing to work together, at our first encounter she felt like an instant friend, very caring and devoted to her work, i instantly knew she was who i wanted to help me through one of the toughest challenges i would face. We had 2 in home meetings to discuss our plans for delivery but also ways to help ease labor or prepare your body.
Labor day rolls around, i called her when i was ready (10 hours into labor), she then spent the next 30 hours with us, through a very difficult labor. She was beyond encouraging, never making decisions for me, but also a voice of reason and calm when tough choices needed to be made. She stood by my side the entire time, encouraged my husband and mother to help where they could and was there when we welcomed our surprise daughter into this world. She was there by my side as my daughter was then taken yo the nursery for breathing troubles. After my daughter got transferred to another hospital with a NICU she continued to check in on us daily.
Again I cannot say how thankful I am for Dana throughout pregnancy, labor and post labor. She is truly a friend and I will certainly be calling her again when we are ready to add to our family or recommending her to any friends who are looking for support during labor/delivery.
After a forced and unpleasant induction with our first, our goal for our second was to let things be as natural as possible. I knew the biggest key to achieving the birth that I wanted was to find a doula. Before we even met for our interview Dana offered to chat on the phone a bit so we could get to know each other. I hung up after an hour and told my husband "she's the one!". It was so helpful to have Dana there in the weeks leading up to my due date keeping me focused on what I wanted for this birth. I ended up going a week past due with baby having yet to drop. Dana came over one night and helped me do all sorts of exercises and positions to get him to descend and it worked: my water broke the next morning! After 7 hours at the hospital I hadn't made any progress and baby still hadn't descended any more than when we had arrived. Dana knew something must have been preventing him from dropping so she went to work putting me in all sorts of different positions. Shortly after, things became intense fast! I 100% believe that the reason I went from 3cm to 10cm in an hour and a half was because of Dana and her expertise! Without her I'm sure it would have taken all night. On top of the technical stuff she was also so calm, comforting and encouraging. Instead of being scared when things got so intense that fast, we felt very sure that everything that was happening was normal. The truest testament to how important Dana was to our birth was my husband saying "Everyone should have a doula! She was worth every penny, in fact I think we should have paid her more. Most people think a doula is just for the mom but I think it's just as crucial for the dad." He went from having anxiety and panic attacks after our first birth, to feeling happy and in awe of the miracle of birth after our second. If you're on the fence about needing a doula, let us sway you to make the investment. It's more than worth it. Especially Dana, she's the very best in town!!
I can not begin to say enough wonderful things about Dana. As first time parents we had some fears about the labor and delivery process and achieving the delivery we wanted. In preparing for childbirth, my husband said he was sure that he could support me through labor himself. As the time got closer though I told him I felt like we really needed to look into hiring a doula. From the moment I met Dana, I knew we were making the right decision in asking her to be with us during our birth. After our son was born, my husband said having her with us was the best decision we made. I feel that without Dana we wouldn't have accomplished the natural birth that we wanted and had prepared for. She was such a huge support before, during, and after having our son. She has a way of knowing exactly what you need when you need it! I can only pray that Dana will be a part of our birthing experiences in the future.
When I decided to have a natural birth, my husband and I had not planned on having anyone else in the room. I’m so glad we changed our minds. We had never considered a doula, but looking back now, I can’t imagine the experience without her. The knowledge and training and the nurturing seems to come so natural to her. At first we weren’t sure what to expect from a doula. Now having gone through the entire process, we see what a difference it makes. Not only did she help educate us on what to expect leading up to the delivery, but the delivery itself, and also postpartum and breastfeeding help. Being first time parents is pretty terrifying. We were very nervous about the labor and delivery having never experienced it. Labor can last for several hours, and even days, in our case. Having Dana there allowed my husband to be able to take a break when needed and we looked to her for comfort through the long haul. It truly made all the difference in the world. After having Dana as our doula, it opened our eyes to what all a doula actually can do to help. I would highly recommend Dana to anyone.
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