Birth Fee: $1200 to $1600
Fee Details: I offer three different packages to meet your needs. Please visit my website for more information!
Birth Doula Experience: 3 years and 30 births attended
Clients per Month: 1 to 2Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I am part of a doula partnership with the Labor and Delivery Staff at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, IL. I also am one of the founders of McHenry County Mommy And Me, a community of moms with young children who meet in person on a monthly basis in downtown Crystal Lake. Our community online forum may be found at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/McHenryCountyMommyandMe/ In addition, I am on the board of directors for Arms of Love, a not-for-profit maternity home based out of McHenry County, IL serving pregnant women in crisis.
Languages spoken: English
Let me start off by simply saying that Happi was truly one of the greatest blessings we had during my wife's pregnancy and subsequent delivery of our son! Speaking from a father/husband perspective, given that this was my first foray into parenthood, nervousness, anxiousness and excitement were among the many emotions running through me, as I wanted to ensure I could be the best support possible to my wife. Happi was so instrumental in providing my wife and I the tools, knowledge, support, education, and motivation to make this a truly memorable experience. She educated us on what to look out for throughout the pregnancy, and how to make it the most positive experience for us.
During the delivery itself, Happi was there from the very first minute of labour, to the actual delivery of our son. She was exactly the support and strength my wife needed to have a successful delivery. Spiritually, mentally, motivationally...it was incredible to see what value she brought in that delivery room. Her presence and impact was also evident when many of the nurses were excited to see Happi in our delivery room! Clearly, she has been a great resource for many delivering mothers and families at the hospital :)
In summary, I cannot begin to recommend Happi enough as a birthing coach. She brings a value that cannot be justifiably articulated in words. Thank you again Happi for helping us with the pregnancy, and helping us welcome our beautiful son to the world! We will never forget you!
The birth of my newest son was indescribable. I knew I wanted a safe and natural-as-possible labor and delivery, but I was a little traumatized from the birth of my first son. I delivered my first son without any medication-- also, without any idea what I was getting myself into and without the proper support and encouragement that was needed. Praise the Lord he arrived safely and we were both just fine! But it left me terrified of giving birth again. This time was sooooo different though. We weren't *just* fine. I felt confident and in control of my body. I felt supported 100%. Having Happi's encouragement (and support in making sure my birth plan was executed as much as possible), I was able to achieve the birth that I desired. When things got tough I didn't immediately go into panic mode as I had the during my first birth, the whole process didn't turn into chaos as I had experience the first time around. She helped me maintain through it all. She provided a presence that was calming and encouraging for both my husband and myself. My husband had a much better idea of the role he needed to fill this time around and that made all the difference for me, and left him with wonderful and positive memory of this birth. We were both just so delighted when all was said and done. I always thought of a doula a luxury I couldn't afford at this point in my life. But I am SO glad we opted to reach out to Happi. Now my husband and I both agree having a doula is a NECESSITY. Thank you, Happi Berger, for all of your words of support and encouragement, for your prayers, and for helping the birth of our son to be a joyous memory to cherish for a lifetime.
Happi was a wonderful support for me and my husband during the birth of our son. She took the time to hear and understand all of our desires for our home birth and did everything in her power to ensure that we had the birth experience that we wanted - even baking birthday cupcakes for my son (at 4am!) because I was unable to do it before the birth. That was so touching and truly above and beyond! Happi also made sure that my husband felt supported and involved in the birth. She did not want to replace him, but worked with him to support me throughout labor. Her constant words of encouragement and physical support during labor were invaluable to me. When she told me that I could do it, I really believed her. And with her help, I did accomplish the natural birth that I desired! And even when I had some difficulties after the birth, Happi provided encouragement and comfort. Happi was a HUGE part of making our birth experience AMAZING!
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