Birth Fee: $950 to $1000
Birth Doula Experience: 3 years and 3 births attended
Not SpecifiedType of Practice: Solo practice
Clients per Month: 1 to 2Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
1.Swedish Ballard Birth Center, 1997 Birth support. 2.American Field Services Paraguay, South America, 1998-1999 (Volunteer): Lived and worked as a medical volunteer in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay for 6 months. Lived with host family, assisted and attended many births. 3.Medical Brigade Honduras, April 2009
Languages spoken: English, some spanish
Kendal attended the birth of my first baby (She is my sister. However, her medical experience with emergency care and her demeanor are exactly what I would have wanted in any doula). I was 34 at the time and overweight, before getting pregnant. I planned a birth center birth with my midwife and had a pretty easy pregnancy. I went into labor a week late and spent two days at home laboring. Kendal was there for most of the time. This allowed my husband to sleep, eat and recharge, when he needed to, while Kendal gave me support through my contractions. She went on grocery runs, made me laugh, kept my husband calm and made suggestions to make me more comfortable. I ended up being taken to the hospital to be induced because I wasn't dialating. My midwife's care had to end there but it was so great to have Kendal (and my other sister) follow us to the hospital. I knew that dispite the change in birth plans, Kendal would advocate for the wishes my husband and I had written out (in case we did get transfered). She helped to dissipate my fears of going to a hospital by having so much experience and explaining things to me. After 3 days of labor, I pushed for 3 hours, with Kendal holding one of my hands and my husband holding the other. I needed a lot of guidance on how to relax between contractions. Kendal helped with counting, breath coaching and positive verbal feedback. She came to the hospital and to our house often to hold her niece and ask me what I needed and how I was feeling. Her communication style is very clear, direct and gentile. If I have another baby, she would be my first choice for a doula. I am lucky to call her my sister.
One of the best decisions we've made during our pregnancy was hiring a Doula (or someone I'd like to call, "birth coach"). Kendal, btw, is someone I know from work and when I heard she's working on DONA certification, without a doubt, I needed her in my labor and delivery suite! During my long, painful labor, Kendal was there to remind me of all the coping mechanisms, pressing on some pressure points to relieve my aches and pains, reminded me that what I'm going thru is nothing but normal, etc. Above all these, she impacted our lives by making everything easier. My husband was even able to leave the hospital, went back home to feed and take care of Keiko and Kenji, did some grocery shopping, and just plainly took all the emotional stress off of his shoulders! So yes, I highly recommend a Doula, and not just any one, but Kendal!
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