Oak and Moon Birth Services LLC
Winchester, VA Service range 60 miles
2 years and 20 births attended
Type of practice: Partnership with 1 other doula
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Winchester, VA Service range 60 miles
My husband and I could not have asked for a more perfect match in having Garland as our doula. She went above and beyond from the start, being there for us whenever we had questions or concerns, which frankly we never did, because she made sure to shower us with positive reinforcement. Whatever we needed, she was there for us. She made us feel comfortable and confident with our birthing decisions. So much so, I didn't feel the need to have a written birth plan, because I knew when the time came, I was in the best, most caring hands, and truly had someone I could trust (other than my husband) to be my advocate. I couldn't have asked for a more flawless hospital birth. I don't know how I would have gotten through the contractions and transitioned sans Epidural without her! Garland's ability to make you feel respected, heard and attended to, well informed and prepared, and all around cared for, is truly a unique gift. From her loving personality, to providing her expertise and personal experiences, to coming to check on us once we were home from the hospital, I could not think of a better person to have for a doula! Thank you Garland, for everything!
Towards the end of my second pregnancy, my husband and I were faced with the difficult task of trying to find a doula for our VBAC at home. Our previous doula had an unexpected family matter come up and could no longer support us. Upon meeting Garland, I found immediate comfort in her soft voice and eagerness to understand our situation. It was an easy decision for our family. Despite having some schedule conflicts, she ensured us that we would have support for our birth. Thankfully those conflicts never interfered with our birth. During labor, she offered the perfect amount of support that our family needed. Always careful not to overstep boundaries, her soothing voice and gentle touch were the tools my body needed to remain calm and focused so that I birth my baby safely. After birth, she remained with our family until we felt that we were ready for her to leave. She continued to check in with us in the days and weeks following birth. I joke with my husband that she was the cherry on top of the cake of our birth team. We were truly blessed to have her support at our VBAC at home!
My husband Andrew and I had Garland as our Doula and we absolutely loved her! Our experience was perfect. We knew from the beginning we wanted a hospital birth. We asked Garland to help us navigate the waters of what to expect from hospital staff during delivery, how to best prepare my body and baby for delivery, and understand all the medical terminology that comes along with having a baby! We met with Garland during my 3rd trimester to discuss my birth plan, I took her Dancing for Birth class- which was SO much fun! And finally when the day came, Garland met us at the hospital. She helped me with a shower, different positions to help prepare for delivery and most importantly was like my big sister giving positive encouragement the entire time I was in labor. I couldn’t have done any of that without her. A few days after baby and I came home, she even stopped by with lactation cookies and helped me with breastfeeding. Garland is truly a one of a kind Doula, and person in general!
We became pregnant with our second child unexpectedly, in a new area where I didn't love the hospital's C-section rate or the stories I heard from friends. I couldn't take time off of work to travel to a different practice if I wanted maternity leave and home birth was just not something I was interested in. The provider I chose was so swamped with patients, I never felt known by person I saw. That's when I started asking around for doulas. And by the grace of God, we found Garland. She is one of the warmest souls I have ever known and truly loves her clients. She was so easy to talk to, to be honest with. I went 2 weeks past my due date with several false alarms and was so past the point of sanity. She was so comforting and affirming and always prepared with information and willing to research all the things. I can't put into words how helpful her guidance and coaching was in my 24 hours of labor. I cannot imagine birthing our boy without Garland's presence, support, and knowledge.
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