Birth Fee: Not specified
Fee Details: My fee includes: 1 in person consultation 1 prenatal visit Attendance at your birth 1-2 postpartum visits I do offer flexible payment plans and am happy to work with families to find the perfect match for us!
Birth Doula Experience: 1 years and 12 births attended
Clients per Month: 1 to 3Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Arlington, VA
Gaby was amazing throughout, from the third trimester to delivery to postpartum. She was available for my questions/concerns after our face-to-face meeting at 6 weeks before the due date. She was very reassuring and provided useful information for the last trimester and my questions as a first-time mom. When I went into the hospital for a spontaneous induction, and she gave us useful tips throughout the day-long progression. We called her in when I started the second drug because I knew I would soon go into active labor.
From the moment she arrived, Gaby took charge of pain management. My husband and mother had been helping with the increasingly painful contractions, but hand-holding was becoming less comforting. Gaby jumped into action with hip squeezes to help the contractions and lavender-soaked washclothes to help soothe me. She was there for the entire 5-6 hour active labor and delivery, providing reassuring words as well as physical comfort. Gaby also took photos of us as I was delivering (from a discreet angle), so we have photos of us "in the moment" with our new little one. Her postpartum care was also excellent. She gave me tips and reassurance for some of my common complaints and checked in on us for a few weeks afterwards.
I delivered a healthy baby without any pain medication, and I don't think I (or my family) could have done it without her support. I highly recommend her doula services.
Gabriella was my birth doula for my second birth. This was the first time I had used a doula. I'm so glad I found Gabriella. From our first meeting, I could tell that she was a very friendly, amiable person who was determined to be a source of comfort and knowledge for the mother. She was very communicative up through my delivery. At the end of my pregnancy, I had a couple of health issues and Gabriella researched the issues and gave me a thoroughly researched email, which both informed me and assured me at the same time.
In the delivery room, she was a great presence. Her voice was soothing, firm and focused. She used a cool, wet washcloth on my neck, which I found to be very comforting during contractions. I felt more confident going into labor this time with Gabriella by my side. I had no doubt she would be a competent voice for me in the delivery room. My husband also benefitted from using a doula. He said that having Gabriella take care of me immediately after delivery allowed him to focus on our newborn son, knowing that Gabriella was talking to the doctors for me.
While I was recovering, Gabriella asked my husband if I had any chapstick in my purse. She brought it to me. I really appreciated how proactive she was without my having to ask for it. In a doula, it is important to anticipate needs ahead of time and to be observant enough to know what the mother needs.
Having a doula benefits not only the mother, but the partner too. It takes the pressure off the partner, and instills confidence in both people during an unpredictable time. I consider Gabriella a wonderful and capable doula, as well as a friend. Highly recommend!
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