Birth Fee: $300 to $400
Birth Doula Experience: 1 years and 8 births attended
Not SpecifiedType of Practice: Solo practice
Clients per Month: 1 to 4Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Languages spoken: English
We decided that Abby was the Doula for us from the moment we met her. Her calm and loving personality made it easy for us to put our trust in her! During the first interview, Abby was able to clearly articulate the services that she was capable of providing which and also asked a serious of questions that made us really think of what we wanted during our natural labor experience.
Once we decided that we were a good match the process continued to go smoothly. She provided a questionnaire to get to know us and also provided examples of birth plans. We stayed in contact throughout my pregnancy and saw each other in person one more time before the big day.
When the big day arrived, Abby exceeded our expectations! We called her the evening we went into labor and she was able to provide advice over the phone – the biggest being to get some rest! Abby did offer to come to our house but we decided that it was best for her to also get some rest. The next morning, we contacted her to let her know we were going to the hospital since I felt like I needed to push (I later learned the REAL urge to push).
While at the hospital, Abby was a super star! She was able to show me different laboring positions, provide verbal calming guidance, and ease the pain by working on my pressure points. Additionally, she was able to engage my husband in the process – this was very important to us and she worked extremely well with our medical team.
Abby was able to take pictures of the delivery (as discussed) and stayed with us for hours after the baby arrived to make sure we were okay. She also came to our home a week later to check on us and surprised us with “birth notes”.
If we decide to have another baby (natural or not), we will be contacting Abby! Thanks to her knowledge and experience we had the birth we planned for. I do not think we would have accomplished a natural birth without her help!
Abby was fantastic!! She was incredibly helpful and supportive through my entire (very long) labor. She came to our house and was so helpful through early labor. She did a great job of teaching my husband things that he could do to support me--so she complemented my husband's role as a support person rather than replaced it, which was something that was important to me.
Once we were at the hospital, she did an amazing job of helping me understand my options and make decisions that were most in line with the priorities and values that I had shared with her prior to the birth. I can't emphasize enough what a difference that made. Birth plans can never really account for the unexpected, so when circumstances arose that caused the delivery team to recommend things that I had previously wanted to avoid, it was incredibly helpful to have Abby there to help walk me through the pros and cons of my options and ultimately feel good about my decisions. I would have been so overwhelmed without her. I'm also convinced that Abby spared me from having a c section by recommending a maneuver that we try when we were out of other options. Even though the maneuver was something the rest of the delivery team had been unfamiliar with, Abby presented the idea in a way that didn't challenge anyone's authority and that made everyone receptive and willing to give it a try. I'm so glad we did--it worked perfectly, and I was pushing within the hour!
Abby made such a tangible difference in the way the birth played out, and thanks to Abby, I feel completely satisfied with all of the decisions that were made. I feel like I had the perfect birth for me!
I’d highly recommend Abby!
Abby was a tremendous help with my entire family. She was not only very helpful to me but to my older children as well. She made all of us feel very calm and comfortable during the entirety of the day. She knew what to do to help with the pain of my contractions as well as help my partner know what to do to help me while in pain. She sat by my side the entire time, which allowed my family to go and get some fresh air and grab lunch during this long day. I would recommend her to anyone who is planning on having a baby.
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