Birth Fee: $1500
Postpartum Rate: $30 to $45
Fee Details: Flat fee of $1500 which includes photography and placenta encapsulation (if desired). Options of additional add on services such labor tub rentals. Offices in Mountlake Terrace and Queen Anne. Services include guaranteed back up doula who is also my midwifery partner.
Birth Doula Experience: 10 years and 575 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 10 years and 250 families served
Clients per Month: 2 to 4 births and 3 to 6 postpartum familiesAttends hospital births? All Hospitals
Former board member of MAWS (Midwives of Washington State) Former board Member of PALS (our local certifying organization) Volunteer doula for Open Arms Perinatal Services www.OpenArmsPS.org I have worked on-call for Midwife Seattle www.midwifeseattle.com (Cindie Brown, CNM), Moonrise Health and Birth www.moonrisehealth.com (Dr. Brandy Ross, ND,LM), and Mill Creek OBGYN as an office administrator. I was a volunteer Childbirth Educator at the Pregnancy Resource Center in Everett Washington. www.expectingmiracles.com I have lead Newborn PEPS Group Leader (Program for Early Support). www.peps.org
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Seattle, WA
I knew Tiffany was the doula for me when we first met with her back in August. I had a list of questions to ask and I didn't even have to ask them.She told us about herself and her work and answered all of my questions without me asking them. She was so knowledgable, personable and experienced from the very beginning. When it came time for her to join my birth she came when my husband said it was time and joined us in the hospital. She knew my birth plan from our prenatal visit and knew I wanted an unmedicated birthing experience. When she arrived, she immediatley gave suggestions for changing of positions and getting me more comfortable. She always had encourgaing words even when I was asking for meds. She pushed me and encouraged me to keep going and let me know that I could do it. She was not only there to supoprt myself, but also my husband. She helped guide him on how to help me and encouraged him as well. She helpe us achieve the unmedicated birth we wanted.Looking back,I am thankful she was there to support us and bring our bundle of joy into the world. She will always be a part of our birth story that we will never forget and plan to have her present for future births. I would recommend her to anyone looking to hire a doula.
Tiffany was amazing. She exceeded all expectations. She’s incredibly knowledgeable and compassionate. You can tell she loves what she does. I loved that Tiffany is also a midwife. As an RN I wanted someone with a holistic approach but also was knowledgeable about medicine. She is open to provide whatever birth you want as long as it’s safe. She doesn’t push her own beliefs on you. I would recommend Tiffany to anyone with great confidence!
Tiffany Wilson is awesome. My husband and I agree that we could not imagine our daughter's birth without Tiffany's support. We planned an unmedicated, out-of-hospital birth at a nearby birth center and also attended Hypno-Birthing classes in Seattle. Our prenatal consult meetings with Tiffany were helpful, as we were able to share with Tiffany our birth plan and our thoughts and feelings about the upcoming birth. Tiffany was both gracious and knowledgable in incorporating Hypno-birthing strategies into her coaching. I loved how warm, nurturing, and down-to-earth Tiffany is. She is super knowledgable about pregnancy, birth, and newborns - the technical side and the emotional side. When I thought I was going into labor, I called Tiffany and she came to my house so that I could labor at home as long as possible before heading to the birth center. Having her at our home was SO helpful - she helped me get into more comfortable positions in the tub and knew when it was time to head to the birth center. As first time parents, my husband and I would not have known when to go. At the birth center, Tiffany stayed close to me while I labored in the tub and backed off when appropriate to allow my midwives to do their thing. Tiffany was an important source of comfort and support for my husband, who felt overwhelmed. Two days afterward, Tiffany came to my home for a follow-up post-partum visit. She helped with breast feeding and general care. This visit was helpful because I do not have family in the state. I also received placenta encapsulation services from Tiffany- I'm so glad I did it because the post-partum experience has been quite seamless and emotionally consistent for me so far.
I highly recommend Tiffany Wilson to any expectant mother and her birth partner, regardless of your birth plan and vision for a birth experience. Doulas are totally under-rated and under-appreciated, and Tiffany's services are high quality and caring.
Tiffany was incredible and made my hbac possible. I felt she listened and understood my needs right from the beginning. She never tried to push me to do things a certain was, but waz full of guidance and wisdom. During labor she knew exactly the right words to say to keep me in the right headspace and she was really supportive as she took me through the miles circuit to try to flip my posterior baby. Birthing my baby was one od the best experiences of my life. I could not have done it without the incredible team that supported me.
Tiffany worked with us for the births of both of our daughters and we could not have had a better experience. She made my husband and I feel as comfortable and confident as we could going into the arrival of our first child. We took a childbirth class, but didn't feel like that alone prepared us and we wanted additional support as we had no idea what to expect. Our "birth plan" was to end with a healthy mom and baby, and I was open to whatever labor threw at me as long as I was informed about my choices along the way. I'm so glad Tiffany was there for us! My labor progressed very quickly (not like the books or class prepped us for) and then took multiple hours of pushing. Tiffany was a calming presence and a great advocate and resource for us. I have no doubt that had she not been there, that our birth experience would have been very different (likely a lot more interventions) and really stressful for me and my husband. When I found out I was pregnant with our second child, I asked my husband if he thought we should reach out to Tiffany for doula support and his response was an enthusiastic YES. I was already about to email her and was glad we were on the same page ;). He really appreciated her ability to help him support me during labor. She was also so wonderful in answering our random questions as first-time parents after we were home! Tiffany was again there for us for an even faster labor with our second, and we were so grateful to have her support. We probably wouldn't have made it to the hospital, if it wasn't for her doing a home check and telling us it was time to get on the road!
I was open to an unmedicated birth, and that's what I had for both daughters, but I really appreciated that Tiffany didn't push us any certain way for my birth experience. She clearly wanted to support me and my husband however we needed. We're pretty sure our family is complete, but if baby #3 occurs, there's no question that we'll reach out to Tiffany.
Tiffany was a tremendous source of support and reassurance during my pregnancy, providing all kinds of insight into what labor and delivery would actually be like, and helping us better understand our options on things like medication, cord clamping, etc. I don't think I ever had a question for which she didn't have a clear and insightful answer.
When I had to be induced a little early, she called to make sure we were calm and prepared and knew what to expect, then later visited us in the hospital even though my labor was going nowhere. When that induction failed and I was sent home, she continued to be a reassuring voice until induction #2. She joined us at the hospital after my water broke, and while the doctors and nurses were all wonderful, Tiffany was essential in helping us really understand each choice we needed to make and in coaching us through the birth of our daughter.
I cannot overstate how much it helped us to have Tiffany be a part of our birth, and I would recommend her to any expecting mothers.
Our birth experience with Tiffany was exeptional. As I entered this pregnancy journey, I came from a place of uncertainty, feeling fearful and feelings of anxiousness. This stemmed from my first birth experience that was far from enjoyable that resulted in an emergency c-section. It was a tramatic expeirence. Tiffany supported me throughtout my journey and was available to answer any questions that I had, concerns that arose, she is a strong advocate and empowered me to make informed decisions regarding my prenatal care and birth experience. Throughout labor, Tiffany was a constant, calming, active support. Without TIffany, I'm not sure I would have had a successful VBAC. With her guidance and skill, I was able to make informed decisions throughout labor, that I believe resulted in a very successful VBAC. My partner, he too valued Tiffany's presence during labor. Tiffany offered him support as well and he felt comfortable and involved throughout the entire labor. Tiffany is an amazing doula and if we choose to have more children, I will use her again and would recommend her to any pregnant couple.
After researching a couple of doulas, I came upon Tiffany via a friend recommendation. I wanted someone who shared similar views as mine - for lack of a better term, I didn’t want a hippie mentality who only believes in non-medicated births. Tiffany was flexible (and appreciated our flexibility) with the idea that we would do what I was comfortable with and not be tied down to a birth plan. She was a wealth of information and always avail to us with questions or concerns. Her background as a midwife was also helpful, as she is familiar with the medical side of things.
Her support during pushing was invaluable. I came out of the birth experience feeling privileged to have experienced a warm, loving environment.
She also took AMAZING photos of the birth which we will cherish forever.
We will recommend Tiffany to future prego friends!
Tiffany Wilson was a major part of my birth team. At 43 years old, I dreamed of having a VBA3C and her undying support helped me acheive that dream!
She was so supportive and caring and knowledgeable throughout my pregancy and the birth process! She was by my side every moment from the time I checked into the hospital to after the birth, making sure all of my needs and wishes were honored.
Because of Tiffany, I was able to focus on my birth, as she advocated my wishes to the Dr. and hospital staff. I truly believe that if I didn't have Tiffany on my birth team, I would have ended up with another C-section birth, and I did not want that.
Tiffany seemed to have a steady flow of positive energy that emitted from her to me when I needed it. I was in pre-labor for a week, during the nights, and she was there for me, visiting me and by phone to support me through this confusing and extended process. When active labor began, she was right there, very quickly, even though the hospital was far away.
When I was in transition, she helped me through the intense moments by knowing what to say and do to keep me as comfortable as possible. She knew I wanted a natural unmedicated birth and she quietly advocated for my wishes so that no one would even mention drugs or other things that I did not want.
She made my birth experience as pain free and smooth as possible, and she worked well with the labor and delivery staff. When my baby was born, she made sure I got my wishes of skin to skin with baby without any interruptions. I was in a state of bliss and falling in love with my baby in my arms before she finally left to go get some well needed rest.
Tiffany's knowledge, quiet strength, and compassion was just what I needed to achieve my dream birth. I highly recommend Tiffany Wilson, and if I should be blessed with another pregnancy, I will definitely seek her assistance again! She is amazing!
My husband and I loved working with Tiffany. From our very first meeting, she was approachable and easy going and made us feel confident with her wide breadth of knowledge. She has attended many births in a variety of settings and this was very important to us in chosing a doula. Having experience with everything from home to hospital births, medicated or unmedicated, she can approach each individual birth without agenda or bias, there to help you have whatever kind of birth you chose in the best way possible. We elected to have an unmedicated hospital birth, and Tiffany pointed us in the direction of additional resources beyond our birth classes so that we could be as educated as possible. She also helped us form our list of birth intentions thoughtfully. When it came time for our little one to be born, she was an invaluable member of our team. Not only was she a calming and supportive presence in the room. but it turns out that she taught my husband the one coping technique that I relied on the most! The best part was that she helped him to help me.
Thank you, Tiffany, for helping us have the empowering and intimate birth experience that we had hoped for!
April and I are very happy we chose Tiffany. From the time she arrived at home during early labor she was a calming, reassuring presence. Her expertise helped us go to the hospital at the right time and be admitted by triage right away. As labor progressed, she helped us make confident decisions between various available options and she was a great advocate for those decisions--more cool-headed than we could have been in the moment--so we could do what was best for our family.
Tiffany took great photos throughout the process, including the moment of ecstasy when April first held our baby.
Her post-natal visit at our house was incredibly helpful, giving us practical advice to deal with all the various painful and exhausting realities of having a newborn child. We would wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone.
Tiffany has a passion, a calling and a profound gift for birth work. She was essential to the successful VBAC birth of my son in March. This was our second successful VBAC with Tiffany. Her experience as a doula and as a midwife gives her a depth and breadth of knowledge that is reassuring and incredibly helpful during pregnancy and birth. It was so reassuring to have someone like her to support me prior to birth. She is steadfast, calm and positive but also honest, and does not shy away from having tough conversations with you. I needed this, as a I once again had almost 6 weeks of painful prodromal labor with this pregnancy. She was there for me in exactly the way I needed. Answering text messages at all hours, coming to the hospital for at least one false alarm, reassuring me and validating my feelings when I needed it, and, finally, giving me space when that was what I needed. The day of my induction she came early. She knew I was nervous and needed her there. Again, she gave me exactly what I needed when I needed it - comfort when I was scared, encouragement when I was losing hope, space when I needed it. She answered my questions and made sure the nurses and my midwife included me in their conversations and honored my wishes. She was my advocate every step of the way. My most profound memory was during a moment of total fear. I was sobbing and terrified, and Tiffany got eye to eye with me and just looked into my eyes. She radiated strength when I had none, and I felt calm and at peace. I was able to shift my focus and deliver my very large baby quickly, beautifully and safely. I felt empowered, and even though things didn't all go as I had planned, I had the absolute best birth because I had Tiffany by my side. She believed in me and my body's ability to give birth, and will always be a special part of our family!
We are so pleased with our birth experience and Tiffany’s role in helping us achieve our somewhat hazy goal of an unmedicated birth. Meeting her for the prenatal appointment, we felt instantly at ease with her non-judgmental approach since we were uncertain which path we would purse until labor started. (Although we found her through community referrals, it turns out she is also very well known and respected in our midwives’ office and at the hospital where we delivered, which says a lot.) Our labor was somewhat unusual for a first time birth in that we did not have early labor so we arrived at the hospital already in the very active stages, andTiffany was there shortly after we arrived and did not leave until well after our son’s birth 12 or 13 hours later. She provided invaluable support during the labor and delivery for both me and my husband, always encouraging of where I was at and suggesting multiple options to keep things moving. Her training as a midwife was paramount to the process going as smoothly as it did and I can’t say enough how happy we are with the decision to have her there. Although hiring a doula is not an inexpensive venture, I can think of no better way to spend the money in preparation for the arrival of my little one.
Of all of the choices we made throughout my pregnancy, having Tiffany be our doula was the very best. We wavered about having a doula because I knew I wanted an epidural and we weren't sure whether we needed the extra support and whether a doula would be supportive of our choices. However a bad experience in L&D at 27 weeks + and knowing my OB would likely be on vacation during my birth left me anxious. We met with Tiffany and I immediately felt better. She was incredibly empathetic and made clear that her priority was supporting our choices. We figured that even if I had an uneventful birth, the peace of mind alone was worth it.
Well, my labor ended up being more eventful than I had anticipated. The doctor I had the bad experience with was on call, we had a nurse who didn't regulary work at our hospital, and my heart rate was quite high. However, I knew everything would be okay when Tiffany arrived. She and my husband were amazing helping me through the first part of my labor, advocated for me to labor in the tub, and helping me decide when to get the epidural.
Later, I ended up needing extra testing and I couldn't always follow what the doctor and nurse were discussing. Tiffany always took the time to explain what was happening and why. After delivery, my heart rate got even higher and there was a flurry of people. Tiffany stayed to make sure I was okay and her calm presence reassured me.
Given the circumstances, my birth could have easily been a bad experience, but thanks in large part to Tiffany, it wasn't. Her emotional support was pivotal. Women always remember how they felt during birth and I felt supported, safe, and cared for thanks to Tiffany.
We can't thank her enough for making the most important day of our lives such a positive experience.
Being that this was my first pregnancy, I knew I wanted a doula to help me and my husband through a home birth. We interviewed Jen and Tiffany and I instantly knew that they were the right people for the job. I felt right at home and heard with both of them and knew they'd be perfect for helping us during birth. I had a very long labor that started at home. Tiffany was there as soon as I needed her to be. Throughout the next 24 hours, she was there with me, encouraging me, making suggestions and telling me what to expect to come next. She was like a lighthouse. When my labor stalled, she encouraged me to to get things moving by making good suggestions to bring about more intense contractions. I felt safe with her.
Ultimately, after 48 hours of labor with very little progress and an inability to keep food down, we transferred to the hospital. I was heartbroken that we couldn't finish the birth at home, but wanted a rest and a break from the pain. Tiffany was so helpful in that transition to the hospital. While my midwife prepared the transfer, Tiffany spoke to me about what to expect. She was very familiar with Northwest Hospital and made it sound like such a safe haven - and it was. Once I was there I had an epidural and told to sleep for several hours. Tiffany went back to our house to get a few hours of much needed rest herself.
Later the next day, it was finally time to push. Tiffany was so encouraging, holding a mirror, taking pictures and coaching me on pushing. Her energy helped me push my little boy out in just two hours. I was thrilled! It was a rocky birth, as my waters had broken early and there was meconium in the waters. They had to take him away and suction his nose and mouth. Tiffany kept talking to me, letting me know what they were doing and how he was doing. It was exactly what I needed to stay calm and wait for him. He turned out perfectly!
I would definitely recommend hiring Tiffany and Jen!
Tiffany was a fantastic doula to my wife and I. Although we started working with her last minute, she made sure to provide excellent service at all times. We were really blessed to have her at our side during the pregnancy. She responded to our text messages at 3AM, when my wife started to have strong contractions, and compassionately guided us through until the delivery in the afternoon. She was at our side the whole way, and has such a depth of knowledge and experience to offer. We highly recommend her!
The birth of my first child was challenging and despite having a doula, I felt that she wasn't as supportive as I would have hoped. So after becoming pregnant with my second, I knew I wanted an experienced doula who could provide support and suggestions in any circumstance. A friend recommended Tiffany and little did I know that I would end up with two amazing doulas! Jen and Tiffany were both exactly what I was looking for... experienced, compassionate, present, genuine, and absolutley delightful to talk with. I never really felt nervous about the upcoming birth because in my mind, I had a dream team of support. When I went past my due date and was feeling discouraged, Jen called me to talk through my feelings and offer her encouragement. She was so compassionate and helped me stay positive. Then when my water broke 4 days later, Tiffany was very responsive and quickly met us at the hospital when things ramped up quickly. Throughout my labor, Tiffany was right there with me, a comforting voice in my ear, guiding me through each contraction and each stage. She was like having a GPS of my labor, telling me what to look for next, what to expect, and where to turn. She had one helpful suggestion after another... at one point in between difficult transition contractions, Tiffany suggested that I try to feel my baby's head. I reached down, skeptical that I would feel anything, but I did! I felt her head and with it, my confidence soared! A few contractions later, I felt her move down even further and it was time to push! Tiffany was again a calm voice in my ear, helping me to direct my energy in to pushing. 20 minutes later, my daughter was born! I honestly feel like I had the perfect birth... it was exactly what I wanted and Tiffany was a big part of helping me acheive that. Tiffany and Jen make a fantastic team and are truly gifted at what they do!
Tiffany was exactly what we needed. She was very available leading up to the birth and after for every question we had. The birth ended up being quite complicated and I had two failed inductions and ultimately a c-section. Tiffany helped advocate to get me the information I needed from the doctors. She was supportive throughout and we were so grateful she was able to attend the c-section. She took wonderful photos which really showed how special that day was for us. The surgeons who performed the section praised Tiffany for her supportiveness and professionalism on several occasions.
Also, after the birth I had some trouble with breastfeeding and Tiffany came over that same day to help me out.
From the moment that my husband and I met Tiffany, we knew she was the one we wanted there with us to welcome our baby into the world. Tiffany always listened to understand us. She has this way about her that is difficult to put into words. It is very clear that this is her calling and she was meant to do it. Not only is she calm and collected but her humor is refreshing. When my labor began, Tiffany kept in close contact. She even knew exactly when to come be with me, without my even having to ask. I remember Tiffany looking me in the eyes several times and giving me the reassurance and confidence needed to keep going while I labored. She was the calm to my storm. When baby girl decided she wanted to make a swift arrival at our home - which was totally unplanned, Tiffany helped us make the best choices for our family. She guided and navigated us through the overwhelming and unknown. I will be forever grateful for Tiffany, and we are beyond happy that we had her there. If/when there is ever another addition to our family, Tiffany is the one I will call without a doubt.
My husband and I met with Tiffany and Jen after getting a recommendation for Tiffany from a friend. Even our first "get-to-know-you" meeting was helpful as Tiffany and Jen offered suggestions and answers to questions that we had. Tiffany and Jen offered a lot of support and suggestions for coping with an induction, which came as a surprise late in pregnancy. When the induction process began, Jen was on call and offered lots of support via text and phone, as I was still in early labor. She was diligent about checking in with us. My latent labor continued for a couple days, so that by the time I went into active labor, Tiffany was the doula on call. Their communication and being able to reach both of them was seamless. During labor, Tiffany was supportive and encouraging as my labor and pushing progressed fairly quickly. I was most impressed with Tiffany and Jen's genuine concern for us as a family, especially in the post-partum period. We had a visit with Tiffany about 4 days after the baby was born and Jen called a week later to check-in on us as well. We felt very supported throughout the entire process, and I would whole heartedly recommend Puget Sound Doulas!
This was my second time having Tiffany as my doula, and I absolutely love her! My first birth was in a hospital and Tiffany was essential, a calming presence in the midst of chaos. When I found out I was pregnant again, I told Tiffany before I even told my own mother. It was so important to me to have Tiffany be part of my pregnancy and birth once again. She went far out of her way (as we had moved) to attend my second birth, this time at home. Once again, Tiffany was an essential part of my birth team. When it was time for me to push, I was in too much pain to even think, and my midwife was focused on my vitals and the baby. Tiffany was the calming voice in my ear, assuring me I could do it and coaching me to use the pain to bring my baby. Once I had a grasp on that, he came quickly! I know that both of my births would have been so much harder without Tiffany, and I am so very grateful for her dedication to her clients. I would never hesitate to recommend her, and if I were to give birth again I would want her there. She also encapsulated my placenta for me, and it has been a game changer for my post partum hormones and also for my milk supply. I really wish I would have done it the first time around too! Thank you, Tiffany, for everything you do!! Love, Amanda (and my two beautiful baby boys)
My husband and I chose to hire a doula to help both of us during the labor and delivery of our son. We would both hire her again. My husband frequently gets lightheaded in medical situations and having Tiffany there helped him to be involved yet also care for his needs during my 36 hour labor. It also allowed me to focus on giving birth without having to worry about my husband. I really appreciated Tiffany's vast knowledge of labor and delivery - ways to cope naturally and dealing with an epidural. She was also a very calming presence when things did not go as planned.
First of all, I would just like to say that I'm very much in awe of Tiffany as a person. She is doing so many things: doula, midwifery student, mom (of 6!), labor tub business owner, jewelry maker, among I'm sure other things. You wouldn't know it or feel that, however, except that her experience has made her a very wise doula that goes beyond simply physical and emotional support during labor.
My pregnancy was long, I was going into post dates. Tiffany understood the difficulty of that and suggested that my husband and I take some time for a date night and appreciate that time. After our son came, she suggested that we still make time for our relationship and time together, even though we might be taking shifts at night to care for our newborn baby. It was things like this that Tiffany said that demonstrate a deep understanding of not only the process of labor, but the transition in identity that a baby brings, and the challenge that can hold.
I didn't need a lot of physical support during my labor. But when we called her over, I was at my wits end. I said "I don't know what to do with this pain!" I don't entirely remember what she did, I know that she drew my attention to how I was holding tension in my hips. After she arrived, I was able to get into a flow. I don't like it when people touch me and I'm in pain, but she was present. When not helping me identify ways to move in labor, and move labor along, she also provided presence and encouragement, by identifying the things I was doing well. It was a long labor and she applauded the progress I made. She brought to my attention that things were going well, such as noticing the way I relaxed my body between contractions, giving me the confidence to labor, as a first time mom, at home.
Tiffany also supported my husband and remembered that he gets woozy with blood, and made sure that he had some calories before the baby arrived. She also took amazing photos. We are so grateful to her!
Tiffany was a fantastic support person during my home birth. She encouraged me when I needed it, helped keep me hydrated and as fed as she could, though I was very uninterested in food. She took fabulous pictures of the labor and birth, as well as helped my husband set up a video of the event. I really appreciated the follow up home appointment after the birth - she helped us with breastfeeding and explained what to expect with a newborn. I'm so glad to have had her on my labor/birth team, and I highly recommend her as a doula.
Tiffany is the perfect addition to any birth experience. My husband is squeamish and faints easily, so when we found out we were pregnant with twins, we started researching support options to help both of us. Tiffany helped me immensely while waiting for labor and was with me at the perfect time as labor started. I expected my labor to move quickly, and when it didn't, Tiffany helped me focus and stay positive. When things turned complicated, Tiffany helped me continue advocating for my birth plan. She explained what was happening, helped us weigh our options, and reassured us afterwards. With her help, I was able to have the birth I wanted. She also took great care of my husband so he was able to support me (without sacrificing his health or sanity) through the process. And she followed up with us after with amazing advice to support my recovery. She's an incredible resource that my family recommends whole-heartedly.
Tiffany is AMAZING! She is the perfect balance of knowledge, resources, sensitivity, and genuine care.
I hired Tiffany when I was about 20 weeks pregnant with my first child. Her expertise came in handy immediately, as I was considering changing my care. I met with a group of midwives that she suggested and was instantly convinced that I would change my care provider.
Tiffany was available to me, for all of my silly question, before the birth. She was beyond helpful during birth, to both me and my husband. She honored everything that I expressed wanting in my birth experience (even when I changed my mind near the end of labor), and helped my husband find useful tasks during the process. Furthermore, she went above and beyond after the birth. I had complications with my milk supply. Tiffany helped me get donor milk, attended lactation appointments with me, put me in touch with specialist, and was essentially available 24 hours a day when I was worried about the well-being of my new baby.
I cannot express how essential Tiffany was to our wonderful birth story. As a first time mom, I had a ton of questions and was worried about the uncertainties of not knowing what to expect during labor and delivery. Tiffany was much more than a valuable resource, she was truly supportive. Although I am not yet looking forward to going through child birth again, I am excited to work with Tiffany through my next pregnancy.
We had the pleasure of having Tiffany as our doula for our son (2 years ago) and now our daughter. I had an unplanned c-section with our son, so I was hoping to have a VBAC with our daughter. Tiffany was such a wonderful support through the whole process and, with her help, I was able to have the VBAC I was hoping for! She has a calming presence about her. The moment we met, over 2 years ago, I felt right at ease and confident in her knowledge. I would highly recommend her to any of my friends or family.
Tiffany was great! She was super informative and helpful during the pre-birth counseling, and performed wonderfully during my birth. She supported my choices and helped me to persue the birth experience I wanted in a relaxed and firm manner. I was able to deliver drug-free during my VBAC which meant a lot to me. I was so appreciative she was able to be there during my labor and delivery in the hospital, especially since she was still breast feeding her own baby and had to pump in the hospital! Tiffany recommended a great VBAC birth class for me that was awesome - I would totally recommend it to any other mom persuing a VBAC. She also helped with post-birth counseling and ooh-ing and aah-ing over the new baby!
My husband and I found Tiffany to be incredibly valuable in getting our new family up and running smoothly, even though our baby arrived unexpectedly almost 3 weeks early, and many of the plans that we had carefully put together quickly flew out the window as my labor rapidly progressed.
Tiffany met us at the hospital in the middle of the night and came in ready to coach and support us from the moment she walked in. We were confident in Tiffany's knowledge of childbirth given the number of births she had attended as a doula as well as her personal experience as a mother of five, but I was surprised at how comforting it was to have her with us in the hospital both during and after the labor given that in the previoius months leading up to the birth, I had only met Tiffany once in-person and communicated with her mainly via email. Tiffany has a presence about her that really puts others at ease, and her demeanor combined with her skills and experience make her a perfect choice for anyone looking for a doula.
Because our baby was early, we did not have a postpartum doula lined up yet, and Tiffany was also an enourmous help by offering to come to our home and even spend a night at our house during our baby's first few days at home. She didn't have to provide these additional services to us, but I have the feeling that she was willing to because she really cares about the families that she serves, and she is passionate about the work she does.
Overall, we were extremely happy with our experience with Tiffany - and would recommend her to anyone who feels that they would benefit from extra support during their pregnancy, childbirth, and early days as a parent.
This being our first pregnancy, this was also our first experience with a Doula. My wife and I knew we wanted to educate ourselves as much as possible prior to having our son, and in hindsight, Tiffany ended up being far more informative than we had ever imagined. With her extensive knowledge of the child birth process paired with her gentle demeanor, she truly embodies what a Doula stands for to us.
Even after our birth story was written, and not exactly how we guessed, Tiffany remained so supportive of the decisions we ended up making during our sons entrance to this world. Also, when I experienced trouble nursing our son, she was there (at all hours of the evening) to help in any way she could. We know that Tiffany is the reason our son is a breast fed baby today :)
These are just a few of the reasons our family benefitted from Tiffany's presence in our family's growth. I have no doubt she will have the same impact on many families to come.
Tiffany for president!!!
Seriously, I don't know what we would have done without her. She went so above and beyond what we expected from a doula, I don't know where to start. I had a 30 hour labor (16 in the hospital) that ended in an emergency C section since my baby's heartrate was dangerously low. She was with us the whole time in the hospital, hauling on my back with every contraction since I had back labor too. She came into the OR with us and took immediate pictures for me to see, cleaned up my vomit from the medications, etc. And then I found out she was pregnant in her 1st trimester! What!?!?! She is a machine.
I then had a pretty rough transition to motherhood. My baby couldn't breast feed for a variety of reasons, and my milk suppy was not enough and he was dropping weight. So Tiffany worked her doula magic and found me a source of free donor milk so I didn't have to give him formula. I really think she has wings and a halo!
We also went to a hypnobirthing class that she had linked on her website that we found extremely helpful. She is just very well connected, responds immediately to any question or need, has the stamina of a marine, and is a super cool person to hang out with too! It probably helped that we found out we both walked down the aisle at our weddings to the very same song. =) Ben Harper - Forever.
We are forever indebted to you, Tiffany!
Ben and Beth Adams, and baby Elias
First: I could not have done it without Tiffany. I desperately wanted a natural labor and delivery, and though I was committed, I was unprepared for just how much pain there is during that process. Tiffany was there the whole time - encouraging me, helping me breathe, telling me she knew it hurt but it was going to be okay, helping me change positions to find anything that was comfortable. She was an advocate for me with the medical professionals, and helped me have my ideal birth with no medication at all. I would recommend Tiffany to any mother to be, especially if you want a natural experience. I am so, so glad we hired Tiffany. It was money well spent, and she's more than worth it.
We had Tiffany as our doula for the delivery of our first child that I had originally hoped to experience without any medication or interventions. As often happens, things didn't go as planned and my med-free labor turned into requesting an epidural, which eventually turned into a c-section. Tiffany was a great support for my husband and I through all of it. She had me trying different techniques to help deal with contractions, she supported me in my decision for an epidural, and was there in the operating room for my c-section. She also took some amazing photos throughout labor and the first pictures of our son. I would highly recommend Tiffany to anyone. Both my husband and I are so incredibly grateful to have her support through this experience!
I found Tiffany on Doula Match and interviewed her simply based on a hunch that my husband and I would like her – happily, I was right! Having never given birth before, I wanted to have a doula in the delivery room with me as an additional support person besides my husband – someone who had lots of experience with labor and birth and knew how to work with the hospital staff. My husband was slightly skeptical, after hearing some doula horror stories from friends and acquaintances. Thankfully, we were both extremely happy to have Tiffany with us at the hospital. Not only was she a very calm and supportive presence for me, suggesting different positions during labor and encouraging me throughout, but her knowledge of the hospital and familiarity with the whole process meant my husband was free to stay with me while she grabbed towels, popsicles, water, etc., and communicated with the nurses. Her presence meant a less stressful experience for my husband, and in turn a less stressful experience for me. She was never pushy or preachy, and even my doctor told us later how much she liked her.
Tiffany also had great advice and resources both before and after the birth, and was always available for questions and requests. After learning about the TENS unit in our birth class, my husband asked her about using one and she rented a unit for us at no extra charge. She also provided sample birth plans and gave suggestions and feedback after reviewing mine. Her experience and personality made for a greatly enhanced birth experience for me and my family – we agreed that she was worth every penny!
I am so glad I had Tiffany with me. This was my first baby and I wanted a natural birth. During the labor pains, I wanted to give in, but she helped me to get through it without medication, which I am grateful for. Also the doctor didn't want me to get in the tub with the baby monitoring stuff, but she convinced the doctor to let me get in. :) And being in the tub sped up my labor greatly! She also helped my husband by giving him breaks, and suggesting things for him to do to help me. I highly recommend her. She was a very calm, reassuring presence, which was so needed during the most difficult experience of my life.
It’s taken me a long time to write this, because I feel like I can’t properly articulate how amazing Tiffany is. As a doula for 12+ years myself, I had much professional admiration for tiffany as a doula and since having her at my birth I have much personal love and respect for her as well.
I had prodromal labour for almost 3 weeks before I actually gave birth and Tiffany helped keep me sane throughout it. When real labour started I was already out of it and exhausted, furthermore I had sprained ligaments and horrific back labour on top of the normal contractions, so I don’t have much memory of my labour.
What I do remember is Tiffany. I remember locking eyes with her many times and that was the only thing that kept me from spinning out of control. I remember her stroking my head and every time I didn’t want to do something and would say “I can’t do that” she would tell me “You said that before and you did everything else you couldn’t do.” She sat behind me and held me up while I was pushing (My mom says “your doula was white-knuckled on the edge of the bed to support you!”)
Long story short, even though I’m a doula with years of experience and over 200 births, I couldn’t have handled my own without Tiffany! My husband and I will be forever grateful.
~Mali Munch Hawthorne
My husband and I decided to work with a Doula for the birth of our first baby. We had not planned on family attending the birth, and we wanted someone who could support my husband as well as me during labor. We were quite positive everything we have read about and learned in child birthing classes would evaporate when the time came. When we first met with Tiffany, I was immediately impressed with her calm and composure. Tiffany is an amazing person, and so very centered, which helped tremendously with my laboring and childbirth experience. I had fairly open expectations in my birth plan, but really ended up with few options in the end. Tiffany’s own range of childbirth experience, whether personal or professional was an invaluable source for me to draw comfort from during my labor. She suggested different positions that helped me along. Her words of encouragement gave me extra confidence that the pain was good and normal, not a reason to have fear. She was able to talk me through the contractions, coaching me on how best my body should respond, which not only helped, but provided a focus for me. When the time came for decisions to be made, Tiffany was able to explain and help me rationalize the reality of my situation, which is no easy task during intense contractions. In the end, I had to have an unplanned C-section. Fortunately, Tiffany was allowed in the OR, and was able to take some great photos of the process of bringing our baby boy into this world. The nurses on duty were very complimentary of Tiffany. The next day, as my OB visited me, she asked how I found Tiffany, because Tiffany was the most impressive Doula she had ever observed. My OB commented that she noticed and appreciated Tiffany’s professionalism and demeanor, but was most impressed with Tiffany’s level of knowledge. I would recommend Tiffany to anyone in search of a Doula as she was a valuable part of our child birthing experience.
Tiffany did a phenomenal job as our doula - she met with us twice before the birth to answer our questions and provide information which was very helpful. When the big day finally came, she was a great asset to have in the birthing suite and her calm demeanor was much appreciated. Tiffany got along well with all of the birthing center nurses and doctors (receiving praise from them, in fact, for her professional manner and obvious experience) - she was a very good balance as someone who had the proper experience but didn't work at the birthing center. Because of this, she seemed able to see and interperet things from a more open perspective and offer suggestions accordingly.
Our birth did not go as planned (due to circumstances outside our control) but it all worked out in the end, and Tiffany's knowledge and level-headnesses were a huge asset and really helped us get through everything in a positive and beneficial way.
We would most definitely recommend Tifanny to anyone looking for a doula!
I had a negative experience with the hospital birth of my first child five years ago, which ended in an unncessary c-section. I had an instant connection with Tiffany. We decided to hire her because of her extensive knowledge and her experience with VBACs, home birth and hospital birth. I had planned on having a home birth, but a week before my due date began having painful prodromal labor which lasted for two weeks. Tiffany came to my house multiple times to check on me. She kept in constant communication with me, and offered advice on how to deal with the pain. After two weeks of prodromal labor, my water broke, but I still did not go into active labor. My midwife advised me to go to transfer to the hospital for my birth. I was scared, and heartbroken that the dream I had for this birth was not going to happen. Tiffany was amazing during this time. I did not want to give up on a completely natural birth, but Tiffany saw the clock was ticking and kept me focused on my ultimate goal, which was a vaginal birth. She laid out my options for me, translating the doctor speak into a language that my husband and I understood. She also helped me let go of the dream I had for the birth, and let go of the fear I had due to my previous birth. Once I did that, and decided to have an epidural and a little pitocin, my labor progressed fairly quickly. Tiffany did not leave our side once, and kept both my husband and I calm and focused on our goal. When I was having difficulty finding the strength to push, Tiffany was right by my side encouraging me, and I was able to give birth to my 9lb 11.5oz little boy vaginally. It was not the birth I had dreamed of, but it was just as empowering, exhilarating and joyful as I had dreamed. Without Tiffany's help, I do not think I would have had such an amazing birth in the hospital.
I'm terrible at writing these, so please excuse my brevity.
I gave birth to our first child in February at Swedish First Hill after thirty hours of labour that Tiffany stuck with us through.
Tiffany was instrumental in helping my husband and I stay sane and cope with what would have otherwise been not just a difficult process, but a traumatic one. With her help, knowledge, and encouragement, we were both able to feel comfortable with the process and the choices we had to make to deal with a difficult labour.
In the end, we have a healthy baby, a healthy mama, and no regrets -- what more could I ask for? :)
I gave birth to my third child last Thursday morning, March 22. This was my first out of hospital birth, and my first with a doula. Tiffany was spectacular. As a third time mom, and trained doula myself, she knew when my knowledge level was a help and when it was a hinderance. In the weeks leading up to my labor, Tiffany was so helpful in keeping me grounded and focused on letting my baby come when she was ready, helping me find peace with the process multiple times when my emotions and physical discomfort overwhelmed me.
During my labor, Tiffany was exactly what I needed from her. She made my husband comfortable and joined us in the laughing and joking when we first arrived at the birth center. She could see the subtle changes in my labor and respond to them as I needed her to. She let my husband take the lead in supporting me, and helped him when he needed it, either by providing additional hands or subtle direction on how to help me.
The end of my labor went very quickly, as I progressed from 5.5 cm dilation to the birth of my daughter in less than an hour. This of course made for a VERY intense hour, and one of my most clear memories of it was one of the few times I had lost control, and was doubting myself. It was really the last contraction before I pushed my baby out, and I have a photo of me staring at her with fear and uncertainty in my face. There was none in hers. In her face, was only confidence in me and my body, faith that I would be able to make it through these last few minutes and bring my daughter into the world. She had enough faith for both of us.
After a birth experience with our first child that really wasn't all we had hoped for, we decided to hire a doula for our second birth. We knew right away she was the person for us-calm, reassuring, knowledgeable and flexible. My hope was to have an unmedicated birth, but given my intense back labor the first time, I knew I was going to need some strong support in place, and Tiffany was just that! During our labor, she supported my husband as he applied pressure to my hips to counter the back labor. She made sure I stayed hydrated, suggested position changes (most of which I turned down, standing and leaning over the bed seemed to work best for me). She never insisted that I do what she recommended, she always allowed me to make the decisions about what felt best. Her verbal encouragement and cool washcloths to my neck were a lifesaver during my intense 4 hour labor. When it came time to push, I started in a position where I wasn't making much progress, so Tiffany suggested that I move to my side. I REALLY didn't want to, but I'm glad that I listened to her because as soon as I moved, baby Delilah decided to arrive much more quickly! There really is something to be said about having a support person there who has a large "bag of tricks" and is able to recognize what the physical signs are telling you about how the labor is progressing. I don't hesitate at all in recommending Tiffany!
The doula I had lined up for my home VBAC was at another birth when I called. Thankfully I was too far into heavy labor to freak out about that. When Tiffany arrived, she jumped in like we'd known each other forever, even though we'd never met. My husband was busy with our older daughter and our midwives weren't there yet. I was having an extremely intense labor, and I cannot imagine how I would have possibly gotten through it without Tiffany's support. Even after our midwives arrived, Tiffany was the one who got me through. My labor was so intense, I don't think she got two minutes to rest the whole time she was there. I am extremely grateful Tiffany was a part of my birth experience and I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a doula.
I am not happy with the service I received from Tiffany Shone. We hired her for a VBAC with 2 pre-visits and my birth. The first pre-visit she canceled only after I called her when she didn’t show! She said she wasn’t feeling well and wouldn’t be able to make it. Which I can understand but it would have been nice to have some notice. Anyway, we re-scheduled for the next day and after finding child care for our son a second time she canceled again. I would have appreciated an apology or some consideration of my time but got none. The second pre-visit we had a babysitter set up, but she had to re-schedule because her kids had a half day at school, again, no apology.
However, my greatest concern is we hired her to be on call for a VBAC birth up to the 42nd week. She never expressed to us that my doctor might not let me go past 41 weeks due to a chance of uterine rupture. I asked her for a token discount because we had a C-Sec at 41 weeks and she told me there are no discounts. I feel that I was uninformed and didn’t get the service I paid for. So needless to say, I wouldn’t recommend Tiffany Shone.
My wife and I interviewed several doulas to assist with our birth center birth, but easily selected Tiffany. Her personality clicked with us, and her wealth of experience and services offered were invaluable. We wanted someone committed to helping us through labor, and wanted someone with a strong enough personality to not let my wife give up or "lose it". Tiffany definitely delivered.
Her pre- and post-partum visits were helpful for getting to know each other and for assistance with a new baby. She really came through on the day of labor, however... all 18 hours of it, of which Tiffany spent over 14 hours with us. She worked incredibly hard supporting not just my wife but also me. She adapted to my wife's changing conditions and mood and remained calm and strong throughout the whole day.
Tiffany provided exactly what we wanted from a doula. We're incredibly grateful and fortunate to have had her there for the birth of our son. I'd recommend her without reservation.
Tiffany was an encouragement, support and strong tower during our labor and delivery. From the moment my water broke – at eight o’clock in the evening – she was available throughout the night giving advice, instruction, and peace of mind as my body was beginning the labor process. Because of her vast knowledge and experience she was able to instruct us on labor positions that would work with my body rather than against it. As a teacher and encourager for my husband, she would coach him on how to best assist me through each stage of labor.
Upon my request, she arrived at our home in the early morning hours. Her presence brought my husband and me peace of mind because she reassured us each new sensation was normal. We arrived at the birth center around 8am, at which point I was well into active labor.
In the early afternoon, the labor took a difficult turn. My cervix swelled during the pushing stage and the baby was unable to progress down the birth canal. I had to spend the next 3 hours lying on a bed trying to relax and keep my body from pushing when everything in me wanted to push. Tiffany strength, consistency, and patience got me through the most painful hours of labor. Her eyes never left mine. Even though there is no break in the contractions, she kept me calm, present, alert and breathing.
When my son arrived at 7:40pm, there was sheer relief and celebration. Because of Tiffany’s support, strength, encouragement and determination we were able to walk through one of the most difficult and life giving experiences as a family. We will never forget your loving care! And, the pictures she took of the birth– we will cherish for a lifetime!!! Thank you!
Tiffany was the first doula we interviewed, and eventually hired after meeting several others, who all seemed great too. We enjoyed working with Tiffany. She was open to hearing about my birthplan and offering suggestions; I had a VBAC with an epidural after several hours of active labor. She was always supportive of my decision to use an epidural, as I am sure she is supportive of those who want to go without. TIffany is easy to be around, relaxed, and comforting, without being overbearing. She was a great resource to us as we were deciding when to go to the hospital, and met us there when we arrived. She stayed until after the baby was born and made sure we had food on the way! Fortunately, everything went as planned for my son's birth, but I can imagine if it hadn't, having TIffany there would have been an even greater comfort. She was always available by phone for questions pre and postpartum, and will help you get the answers you need. I highly recommend her!
Our experience having Tiffany be a part of our first child's birth was amazing. With both of our families on the east coast, we were looking for someone who could ease our first-baby fears about labor, delivery, bringing baby home, etc. Tiffany was the answer to those questions and more! At our pre-labor appointment she came armed with info about birthplans and really helped us narrow our focus to what we wanted from the labor/birth experience. She recommended the birth classes we ended up attending and was a resource well beyond the labor and delivery portion of our experience.
Calm, cool and armed with experience, I am certain that it was working with Tiffany that enabled me to delivery my baby without any interventions. We delivered at Evergreen Hospital and the midwife raved after our delivery about much she enjoyed working with Tiffany-she assured us that we had found a very special person in Tiffany-something that we whole-heartedly agreed with. After coming home from the hospital, Tiffany made herself available based on our schedule for our post-partum appointment and it was with her help that we gave our son his first bath while she gave pointers and took photos for us.
I can't say enough good things about Tiffany and her presence at our son's birth. We feel so blessed to have worked with her and I certainly have her on speed dial when we're ready for baby #2.
I cannot even thank Tiffany enough for just being there for me when I needed her. Being that I had planned on a natural childbirth,I felt such peace of mind when I found Tiffany.I was scared the more thought I gave it & even had second thoughts about going through with the natural birth. She knew I could & encouraged me that I could do it! She really listened to my needs & I greatly appreciate that. I would love to have Tiffany as my doula the next time we plan on our next baby.Thanks Tiffany for the massage too! :))
My wife and I don't have any family in the area, so we needed someone to help us prepare for our first child. Being a pretty typical guy, I just went along for the ride and left it up to my wife to find someone that she was comfortable with. She wanted someone who wasn't going to push an agenda or philosophy and would work with us to develop a plan.
Tiffany was a perfect match for both of us. When we first met her she listened to what we wanted, and gave us the information we needed. She helped both of us during labor and birth - I can't imagine how it would have been without her there. After coming home, she helped us find breastfeeding support.
I can't recommend her highly enough - She made a great experience even better!
I feel like I got really lucky to have Tiffany as my doula. I appreciated that she didn't have her own agenda as to whether my birth was going to be medicated, unmedicated, at a hospital, or at home. She let me have the experience that I wanted and supported me tremendously. During labor she seemed to instinctively know the right thing to say at the right time and it really helped me to focus and not panic. After James was born she was an invaluable wealth of knowledge and resources. I had a lot of trouble breastfeeding at first and she hooked me up with a milk donor and called up a breastpump company and I had a pump that day. She also is readily available for any questions that I have had either by phone, email, or Facebook. I can't say enough great things about her.
Tiffany Shone helped make my goal of a VBAC a wonderful reality. I felt comfortable with her from the first moment I met her and knew that she was the doula for me. I was able to get help with my questions and resources with everything I needed. This labor was completely different than with my previous experience (much faster and more intense) yet I felt comfortable and supported. When my progression stalled we discussed my goals and options and I knew she would support me and my decisions. Medicated or unmedicated I felt no judgement. Her reminders and instructions were helpful and best of all...they worked. My husband felt that Tiffany helped him without taking over his role. I would use Tiffany again in the future and have already recommended her to friends. She is great.
I knew that I wanted a doula long before I even became pregnant. I envisioned my doula advocating for me as the patient, guiding and assisting me during labor, and helping my husband feel useful and involved during the birth. Tiffany was the first and only doula we interviewed. It was apparent during our initial interview with Tiffany that she was not only very passionate about her work, but that she was professional, approachable, committed, and had a significant amount of knowledge and experience as both a doula and a mother.
From the beginning, we were so impressed with Tiffany's level of commitment to us and to her work. Once my labor began, she was with us from beginning to end. She arrived at the hospital and was immediately able to connect with us and the medical staff in a very personal and professional way. She provided me and my husband with direction when needed (i.e what positions to try, when a bath may be helpful, breathing techniques, etc), helping us to work as a team during the entire birthing process.
Tiffany lead me through labor and delivery with nothing but motivation, encouragement, and support. She helped me to make some very difficult decisions during labor. It was wonderful to have someone, not a part of the medical staff, that could provide me with honest, non-judgemental advice. I truly believe that it was this open and honest communication that helped me to make decisions and feel empowered during my birth. Twenty-four hours later, and with Tiffany and my husband by my side, I had the most perfect, peaceful and beautiful birth. I thank Tiffany for all of her prenatal and postnatal love and support. I would recommend Tiffany to anyone and everyone. Our experience with Tiffany convinced me even more that having a doula is an essential part of the birthing process.
I met with Tiffany very early in my pregnancy and instantly felt a connection with her. She is so warm and loving that I knew she was the person I wanted to help me during my labor and birth. I wanted to have a natural un-medicated birth, but was not so sure I would be able to cope! I wanted a doula that I felt would be strong, loving, nurturing, sincere and confident so I could let go and trust her wisdom. Tiffany is all of that and more. Her support helped me feel confident in myself and that I was going to be ok, no matter what. My husband loved the fact that we had her expertise at hand, so he could just focus on me and not have to remember everything from birth class! He was free to be my loving partner, and not my labor coach.
Tiffany also inspired me to look outside the hospital box and to explore the free standing birth center world. It was the best choice I could have made. We had an absolutely beautiful water birth that would not have been possible anywhere else.
Tiffany's postpartum visit was terrific. For a first time mom, there are so many worries that come up and her baby knowledge is invaluable. I know that if I have any questions or concerns that Tiffany is there for me.
I don't even know where to start when writing this testimonial. I guess the most important message that I want to get across is to say that my husband and I got the birth experience we wanted because of Tiffany. There are so many parts of my labor and delivery that could have gone differently if Tiffany were not a part of our experience. Tiffany helped us to make the right decisions FOR US throughout the entire process. Whenever we had questions about what we should do at a particular fork in the road, Tiffany helped us navigate through the pros and cons of each option. During the most difficult parts of my labor, Tiffany was right there coaching me through what I needed to do. My husband wouldn't have known what to do at those times. Together, Tiffany and my husband had exactly the expertise and love that I needed to deliver our baby without medication or interventions. We would hire Tiffany again in a heartbeat and encourage others to consider using her as a doula as well. You will not regret the decision to do so. In addition, we've enjoyed our post-partem visits with Tiffany as well. She helped us give our baby her first bath and has provided us with countless bits of information that have been extremely helpful for us as new parents. Thanks to Tiffany for everything!
As a first time father hiring a Doula was the best thing I could have done for me and my wife. We took the prerequisite birthing classes read a bunch of books... but the services Tiffany provided are what really helped us get thru and more importantly get what we wanted out of the birth process/experience. Tiffany has the most calming and reassuring demeanor. Her presence alone makes everything feel alright. My wife's water broke at 3am and we didn't go to the Hospital until 7pm. Throughout that time my wife talked with Tiffany on a routine basis. Every time my wife got off the phone with her she was reassured and a little less stressed. It meant alot to be able to speak with someone who had "done this before". I could remind my wife of what we learned in classes, read... but there is something to be said about EXPERIENCE. Once we got to the hospital things progressed very quickly. We arrived at triage at 7:30 pm and the baby was born at 9:00pm. During that 1.5 hours Tiffany was able to literally finish my wife's sentences. She new exactly what was happening, why it was happening and what we could do to comfort my wife. I thought I would be scared during the delivery process but watching Tiffany interact with my wife helped calm and reassure me. A Doula is not just for the mother. In different ways I found her just as valuable as my wife did. It is very tough to watch your wife suffer through labor and have literally no idea what she is feeling or how painful it is. Tiffany helped me cope with that just as much as she helped my wife deliver our beautiful baby girl with no intervention.
From the first day I met Tiffany, I was so impressed with her vast knowledge about pregnancy/chidbirth. She ALWAYS made herself available to me, night and day, and never made me feel as though any question I had was unimportant. My labor started at around 4am and we were off to the hospital by 10. Tiffany had another client who went into labor that morning, so she wasn't able to come be with me right away. She sent her back-up Doula, Kate (who was equally as amazing and helped me immensley through the first 26 hours of med-free labor) until she could come be with us. Tiffany periodically checked on us and checked in with Kate even though she wasn't there with us. When she arrived to take over for Kate I had just got my epidural and was much less stressed than earlier. Throughout the next 17 hours, Tiffany was a breath of fresh air and so encouraging. Looking back, I don't know how I would have coped without her calm demeanor, willingness to ask the doctors questions and be my voice when I was too exhausted/in pain to speak up for myself, and simply be at my side when I needed her. When it came time to push, she suggested different positions/props that I could use and if there was a dip in the baby's heart rate or something else we needed to attend to right away she was right there, also letting my partner know what he could do to help. When I felt as though I couldn't do it anymore and the medicine had worn off, her encouraging words gave me the extra strength I needed to push. As my beautiful baby boy made his way into the world, Tiffany was a heaven-sent presence in the delivery room. I am forever grateful to have met her and have a great love and respect for her. I would definitely like to have her at my next birth and feel confident that anyone who gets the chance to meet her and/or have her as their Doula will be equally as impressed.
I called Tiffany in a panic, It was a week before my due date and things had completely fallen apart with my other doula. I was anxious, thinking I would not be able to have one, and my mom is out of state. I explained the situation she agreed to meet with me right away. We met at my house, and fell right in sync. She was so knowledgable and kind. She listened to my concerns, asked me really probing questions to get my mind going and I signed the contract before she left. I felt so relieved!
It was a GOOD thing, 3 days later I went into labor! A day before my due date! I sent her a text at 3 in the morning and she was here by 4. What an incredible help. She has a very calming effect. We labored at home for a long time before going to the birth center, and she gave great direction to my husband. She communicated with my midwife and my mom, and handled everything for me, I was free to just labor. While at the house she helped me find that most comfortable position to labor in, when we moved to the tub she made cold compresses and put on music. While at the birth center she made sure I knew what was going on, and that everything I needed was done. I really appreciated how professional she was, I knew no matter what happened or what I asked of her she would get it done. I birthed in hands and knees position and when my son came out his cord was really short, so I couldn't turn around to see him. Tiffany immediately grabbbed the camera and took a picture of him and showed it to me so I could see him. That was such great thinking on her part because everything was happening really fast, and I was immoble.
Afterwards she dropped by to make sure how I was, she answered my questions and gave me some REALLY great resources. She also made us a disc with all the photos she took during labor.
I HIGHLY reccomend Tiffany and hope she can be my doula many times in the future.
Tiffany Shone was the greatest doula we could have asked for. She is professional, knowledgable, respectful, self-aware, experienced, sensitive, nurturing--a true earth mother, the kind of woman you want advocating for you when you're too pained to speak, educating you when you don't know which questions to ask, pulling for you when you're out of strength.
I had planned a birth center birth, however, at 39 weeks we discovered I'd developed an umbilical hernia. Needless to say, this completely changed the game for us and I instead had an induced hospital birth--quite the opposite of what we had planned! Tiffany had experience with this situation when even my midwives didn't. She listened attentively when I explained what was happening and what the new course of action was to be. She followed up with me regularly from the time we discovered the hernia until I actually checked in for the induction, right there with me every step of the way, arriving at the hospital within minutes of my settling into my room. She asked the doctors and nurses questions about the induction procedure that I wouldn't have known to ask, and in every way made me feel like I had Mama Bear on my side, making sure nothing was done without my full awareness of the options, risks and expectations. During hard labor she assisted me through my contractions, applying counter-pressure to my back, aiding my partner in understanding the things he could do to help me cope, and offering suggestions on things I could try to ease the labor process.
She has been great post-partum as well, always available 24/7 to answer any questions or concerns I've had regarding my recovery process, diapering, breastfeeding, whatever! No matter how trivial or inane my questions may be, she always takes the time to answer them thoroughly, leaving me reassured and educated with every conversation.
You could not find a better doula :-))
Tiffany helped me from within an hour of my water rupture to an emergency cesarean 31 hours later. After 9 hours of labor I opted for a "walking" epidural and she never made me feel like I was giving up but instead altered her own approach. With this epidural I could still labor in any position and feel the contractions; I just couldn't leave the bed and needed help when changing positions. Tiffany helped and encouraged me through contractions, gave me suggestions for positioning and had the most wonderful hot rice bag that felt amazing! She helped my husband be strong while he had to watch me move through the contractions. She guided my sister and friend in ways that they could help by pushing on my hips and low back, it was a huge help. After about 26hrs we found that the epidural had pulled out and was not working... Tiffany was there to help me stay sane and foccused. I made it to 9.5cm dialated before I was sent to cesarean but I don't regret a single moment of labor. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to experience it and my little girl is amazing no matter what exit was used. I don't think I would go through a labor without a doula, without Tiffany!
Tiffany Shone a Must Have for Parents!
To put it plainly, having a Doula changed my life - as well as that of my daughter's, even before she arrived. Not exaggerating there. The experience of having a Doula changed my pregnancy, my birth experience, my perspective on advocating for my own medical care and that of my family, and as a mother.
OK, why do I think Doula's are the end-all-be-all? Tiffany showed compassion, patience and knowledge that helped me, my husband and our soon to be newborn daughter. I am so grateful for the positive birthing experience she afforded our family. With 32-hours of labor, she was supportive every step of the way leading up to our labor and delivery and then ever present and available 24-hours once we returned home. We couldn't have been more blessed than we were with Tiffany.
Doulas ROCK for Dads. My husband was grateful to have another suport person to coach both of us in our first time experience as parents, to have someone to remind him to take care of himself and to afford him the opportunity for me to be with a support person when he stepped away to use the restroom, update our family or grab a quick bite to eat (remember, 32-hours of labor - a Dad has to eat!).
Tiffany is so easy to get to know, trust and feel at great ease with. She visited us in our home, met us for coffee and contacted us via e-mail and phone frequently. She was always willing to accompany us to medical appointments too. She has an easy nature which made it easy to share such a personal journey as birthing.
Having worked with Tiffany, I wouldn't want to deliver without her - she was such an integral part of our positive birthing experience. Simply put, we love and adore her for what she provided us.
Barbara and Josh
Tiffany was incredible! She truly did epitomize the definition of a birth coach. From the first moment I called her to tell her my water broke, she remained calm and gave me instructions for starting my labor journey. When she made it over to participate in my active labor, she came prepared with a bag full of doula tricks, as well as many ideas for helping labor to progress smoothly and to help me cope with the labor. Even more impressive is that she kept my husband engaged during the times I wanted him to participate, and took over the active role as my main birth partner when I knew that I needed someone who could understand what I was going through. At the end of my experience, I consider Tiffany a friend for life, and I am so thankful that she was part of my birth experience!
When i first met Tiffany Shone, i had no doubt that i wanted her to be my doula, She was so kind, warm and loving, My experiance with her was truely AMAZING.
Turned out that i could not have the "perfect" birth that i had planned for, due to some medical complications that i started having after the first 12 hours of labor, but Tiffany made every situation so much better, she had words of comfort, words that gave me strength and helped me stay focused, and helped me with each obsticle i had to overcome within myself.
I was 37 weeks pregnant when i met TIffany, my midwife had told me about her and what a great doula she was, that she heard a lot of good feedback about Tiffany from previous patients, She was right. Tiffany called and checked in with me almost daily, she always showed interest in what i was going though, what my concerns are that day, how i feel, made sure she knew what i wanted during labor/birth and how i wanted to be cared for during those time. She came to my home to just "talk" to me, and get to know me and my family, She made time to come to a few of my doctors apts (per my request) and never seemed to busy to give me her attention.
My Labor was a total of over 30hr and she was there with me every min, never had to leave, never seemed tired, always alert and ready to assist me, that meant so much to me and my husband. we dont know what we would have done without her. she truely was so caring and just wonderful.
Tiffany Took photos of our sons first seconds of birth, my first kiss to my little angel and so many first special moments with our new son, I could not put a price to those photos that she took, i could never say enough thank you's to her, it made me and my husbands birth experiance worth every moment, not matter how hard it really was, we only have happy captured moments and we have Tiffany to thank for that.
Wow! Tiffany was just the person that we needed during that very intimate, very real moment in our lives. She supported us and made herself available to us for any questions/concerns we had from the moment we met her (around 34 weeks) and even postpartum. Tiffany has many resources in her toolbox and will make sure that you get the support that you need. We did not even know what a doula was before we were pregnant, but we are now convinced that we need her there if we have another child.
Thank you Tiffany! We were blessed to have you!
Taylor & Derek
I loved working with Tiffany-I contacted her at 35 weeks pregnant. She called me and provided me with comfort right away, she had lots of resources for possible birthing options as I was not happy with my current doctor. After talking with her I decided to have my birth at Puget Sound Birth Center-she came with me to tour the facility. Tiffany has a very calming personality, she set my husband and I at ease right away. After meeting her I swear we both slept better that night as we knew we were in good hands.
Tiffany is just a book of information- she is so knowledgeable and if she doesn't have the answer she will find it for you in a timely manner. She was very easy to get a hold of, she kept in contact with me via phone, facebook and text several times a day just to check in or send me links for advice. With in just two weeks of knowing her we established a very good relationship and I felt as if I knew her longer.
Unfortunately, Tiffany wasn't able to attend my birth as I was three weeks early. She was up front with us about her plans, we knew that she would be out of town. Before she left town she introduced me to her back up doula, Kate just in case anything were to happen while she was away. Kate was a wonderful stand-in and after the birth they both came to my postpartum visit.
After my birth on day three, my son came down with Jaundice, Tiffany and Kate were able to recognize the signs and told me to seek medical help right away. I don't know what we would have done without my doula angels. Tiffany offered to come to the hospital for support and checked in with me daily.
Tiffany is a warm and genuinely sweet nurturing person, I feel that she is incredibly passionate about her job and she has an amazing personality that would work with most anyone.
I will never forget her
My labor came on fast and hard, and I was already well into active labor when I called the doula I had expected to use. Unfortunately, she was at another birth and said she would send a back-up. I was too far into labor to care, although normally this would have been pretty upsetting. I wasn’t even sure I wanted a doula because I didn’t want someone who was essentially a stranger to be a part of my private homebirth (which was also a VBAC).
When Tiffany walked in, I was already in very intense labor and she immediately jumped in. She was the only one supporting me for a while, as my husband was busy with our four year old and the midwives had not yet arrived. She was amazing. Incredibly gentle, but firm in her suggestions. I don’t know how she survived all my hollering directly into her ears. My labor was an extremely intense eight hours (starting at 1 am) with no breaks between contractions. She was on-call the entire time and did not get a moment’s rest. I could not have done it without her and would absolutely recommend her to anyone. She is very gifted at supporting a birthing woman, meeting them exactly where they are and helping them have the birth experience they were meant to have. I am so glad she was a part of my home VBAC.
Tiffany is a very motivated and organized doula! She has a great personality that I think would mesh well with anyone. She has wonderful resouces to provide and is constantly updating information and sending tips as she comes accross them. I'm really looking forward to this birth because I know she will be there to keep me from losing control and to help my husband through our first labor.
TIffany is prompt at returning phone calls and emails. She is knowledgeable and direct, yet personable and kind. Being both assertive and gentle, I can imagine her having the guts to tell hospital nurses to 'back-off', while making me feel comfortable. During our orientation, she spent close to two hours disclosing important information in a way that didn't feel overwhelming. I barely noticed that she nursed, changed a diaper, and kept her 5 mo. old baby entertained and happy during the whole thing. I like the way she interacts with her child. I feel confident in choosing her as my doula, knowing she sets a good example. She has personal experience to share as well.
Also, my sister used her postpartum for breastfeeding information, etc. and was very happy with her.
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