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$500 to $750
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 1 to 3
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Valrico, FL Service range 40 miles
My husband and I are so thankful that we found Victoria to support us in a natural birth of our second baby. Being new to the area and having a toddler, my biggest initial concern was how we would handle labor and making sure our daughter was taken care of during the birth of her new sister. Victoria eliminated the stress of that issue with her flexibility to our needs by offering to tag team with my husband in supporting me through contractions and in taking care of our toddler. Our prenatal meetings with Victoria were also incredibly comforting and productive for brainstorming comfort measures that would be distracting and helpful for labor. She made me feel so supported, prepared, safe and strong!
For the labor and birth itself, I was very appreciative of Victoria’s unimposing and calm presence and comforting reassurances. And my husband told me afterwards that having her there to help him help me was crucial. He entrusted her to fully support me so he could take bathroom breaks, provide updates to family, etc. and be recharged enough to keep coaching me effectively during some of the hardest parts of labor. We are just so pleased with our birth experience thanks to Victoria!
I feel so blessed that I was able to have Victoria as my doula! While I was pregnant she was always available to help calm me down during my meltdowns and help me talk through decisions that needed to be made about my care. She helped to remind me that I was prepared and capable of making the right decisions for me and my baby and made me feel at ease. I felt just as comfortable talking to her as I did my best friend. I took the Hypnobabies course and Victoria made sure to read about Hypnobabies to be as prepared as possible about the program.
During labor Victoria was fantastic. She made sure that my birth plan was followed and that everything we talked about being important to me was verbalized. She was very intuitive of my needs without me ever needing to tell her what I wanted, which was SO nice in the middle of active labor! While I was having a million suggestions being thrown at me or having people tell me what I "needed" to do, she reminded me that it was my birth and my choice and always remained on my side. I couldn't have done it without her!
Victoria came highly recommended by a friend of mine and after a brief conversation over the phone with her and one interview, I just knew I didn't need to look any further! Her level of professionalism was comforting, and what I loved most about her was that her number one priority was that I would have the type of birth that I wanted. When I asked her questions she would give me unbiased information or point me to medical sources so as not to interfere in my decision making. I was 1 week overdue with my first and terrified that I would have to be medically induced, but even though I was induced, Victoria gave me confidence to go ahead and do whatever needed to be done, even if plans changed last minute (she massaged my back for hours on end and even made sure the hospital had all of the comfort measures available that I wanted) . I did 8 hours of natural labor before I got an epidural. 12 hours after that I gave birth to a beautiful 10 pound baby. I couldn't have gotten as far as I did naturally without her calming presence and sweet guidance, and even with the epidural having her there made my experience that much more enjoyable. Once the baby was born, she made sure I was okay BEFORE She quietly left so that our family could bond. By then I considered her a close friend and didn't want her gone! I can't believe the level of dedication that she showed. What a blessing.
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